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House Sitting Job in North Carolina – Part 1

Our week long house sitting job in North Carolina was located only four hours away from where we live.

We arrived right on time, and after introducing ourselves to the home owner and his cat, lets call the home owner Keith for privacy sake, we received a tour of the house.

A beautiful 4 story home set in the side of the mountains surrounding Asheville, NC.

House Sitting Job in NC

Our bedroom was located on the lower floor and had a small sauna in the adjacent bathroom. Keith told us to feel free to use the sauna. Yay, we never lived in a house with a sauna.

The house was being remodeled at the time so a painter and contractor were also present when we arrived. An upper floor apartment was getting finishing touches and we were expecting the first renter to arrive the day before Thanksgiving.

We gave Keith a ride to the airport the day we arrived and on the way he was nice enough to point out places to visit and a few of his favorite restaurants in the area. After a relaxing night in our ‘temporary home’, a good nights sleep and breakfast taken care of, we were ready to start exploring the neighborhood.

Our first day trip took us to the nearby town of Black Mountain “The Front Porch of Western North Carolina”.

Black Mountain NC

We enjoyed walking through the historic downtown area, there are many quaint little shops and antique stores, several tea rooms and a German restaurant. We stopped to have coffee at the Dripolator Coffeehouse were Nick couldn’t walk away without buying one of their t-shirts.

The older guy at the town’s visitor information building was very friendly and told us about the nearby hiking trails.

So our next step was the Montreat Christian Liberal-Arts College that offers beautiful hiking trails which we took advantage of for several hours.

Nick in Montreat NC

Nick posing in Montreat NC

Lake Susan Montreat NC

Lake Susan Montreat NC

We checked out the camping sites, there are 26 of them that were all built by volunteer campers from different churches over the years. We could easily see ourselves coming back in the warmer months to camp in one of these secluded camp spots. It’s a very relaxing and beautiful mountain retreat.

Camping at montreat NC

Silke at a camp ground in Montreat

Montreat Campground

Next we walked the Prayer Path and Serenity Trail in the Walk Jones Wildlife Sanctuary at Montreat Conference Center.

Nick discovered a pamphlet to go along with the path. There were seven stations where one should stop and reflect on life and God. We felt very blessed to have found this serene place and walked the labyrinth and included the other stops to reflect at as well.

Walk C Jones Wildlife Santuary

Welcome _Montreat, NC

Labyrinth at Montreat

Montreat NC

Montreat Reservoir

Reflecting in North Carolina

Reservoir at Montreat

November was a great time to visit North Carolina.

We only encountered one other couple on the trails, and even though we worked up a lather, we didn’t get too overheated and there were no mosquitoes or other bugs to contend with.

We did work up a thirst during our hike, so on our way back into the town of Black Mountain we made one more stop.

The Outlook Brewery in Black Mountain.

This was one of two breweries in the town. Time constraints limited us to the nearest one. When we arrived a small group had already gathered and were sampling the many different kinds of brews that were available.

Lookout Brewery in Black Mountain NC

It was a cozy little spot that offered outdoor seating which was easily accessible through a side garage style door. Leaning toward the darker beers we had a pint of the BBQ Amber and the local favorite. It wasn’t until after we had received our pints that we realized that we could have ordered a sampler set. Oh well, so much beer, so little time.

The Outlook was a relaxing place to hang, but the beer ignited our appetites. Finding a decent meal was next on the agenda. On the way back ‘home’, we happened upon a nice family style restaurant. Both of our meals were excellent and left us full, satisfied and ready to settle in for the night.

It was getting dark by now and time to head back so we could tend to the cat and try out the sauna. :)

Our first day house sitting in the North Carolina mountains concluded with a nice outing all the way around.

Be sure to visit the links below to read more:
House Sitting Job in North Carolina – Part 2 – Exploring downtown Asheville and a few local breweries
House Sitting Job in North Carolina – Part 3 – A vineyard in SC and the many NC hiking trails to explore

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