For my first trip to the N.C. mountains alone I would be traveling across the entire state. That would make for a long day of towing so I decided to break it up by going halfway and staying overnight at a Harvest Host. I found a beautiful winery not far off of the interstate near Burlington, N.C. called Grove Winery. It was a nice place with plenty of parking and a somewhat level area to stay for the night. I specifically chose this place because it carried red wine, which is my preference. They have won various awards over the years and the wine was delicious.
Their tasting room is open daily and I made it just in time to grab a few varieties before settling on my choice. The host was very kind and I purchased a bottle of their 2018 Reserve Merlot while I sat back and enjoyed the scenery after a long day of traveling. They have a small pond with a stage in front of it for weekly events. It was quiet that evening with only another RV in the parking lot. One thing I have learned about camping is that fellow campers are super friendly. I enjoyed talking to my neighbors, which was a young family. The dad worked remotely while the wife homeschooled their two little girls. They were getting to see the United States in a Class A RV and were really enjoying the nomad lifestyle. I can’t imagine the things their little girls were seeing and learning in real life instead of through history books.
The next morning, I headed out for a mini-hike down the winding country road to see donkeys, horses and explore the area. I try to walk several miles each day and when I travel I especially like to walk and explore. I found the Haw River Trail which is part of North Carolina’s Mountains to sea trail system. It was pretty and such a great way to wake up. Afterwards, I logged into work, attended a team meeting and then headed out around noon. I was off to my next destination for a week of adventure and fly fishing in western North Carolina. To read more Harvest Host Reviews, you can visit my blogs.