Back on my birthday in September Joe took me on a day trip to Chimney Rock.
This has been my birthday gift 3x now since we've been married.
There is something about this particular park and the Lake Lure area that I just love.
Its only a 2 hour drive, making it a really easy day trip. We got to the little town of Chimney Rock around 11am, and walked through the shops, climbed on rocks by the river and found an adorable restaurant overlooking the river and the mountains- just perfect.
After lunch we discovered an awesome mini-golf place. It wasn't part of the plan, but our competitive spirits couldn't resist playing each other (we tied, by the way).
Then we spent the next 4 hours hiking this beautiful park. The lake behind us is Lake Lure.
My favorite thing about this park is that gorgeous views are everywhere! Its not like you have to wait until you reach the peak to have a view. We just love it! And after enjoying the scenic hike on top of the mountain, we hiked down the mountain to a water fall we could walk under! Its the best after a long hike!!
To top off this already lovely day, we found a lake side cafe where we ate dinner while the sun was setting, before we drove home. This trip was especially lovely to have a whole day just the two of us! Dates are so wonderful, but there is something so refreshing about an entire day with my boy. I'm ready for another one already!!