Sapphire Journals

Western North Carolina in a week

A November 2005 trip to Sapphire by JayneeS

Living Room Photo, Sapphire, North Carolina More Photos
Quote: Alone on the mountaintop, with no civilization in sight. The perfect vacation or the trip from hell? You decide...

Western North Carolina in a week

Overview

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Our seven days in North Carolina were fun but exhausting all at the same time. We spent a lot of time driving from location to location in an attempt to visit with friends and do some local sightseeing. Despite constantly being on the go we had a great time and highly recommend visiting Charlotte, Flat Rock, Hendersonville and Asheville in North Carolina. Comment on restaurants: the restaurants listed in this journal are in Charlotte, Boiling Springs, Hickory and Asheville, as well as Sapphire.Quick Tips: Check those brake pads before you come! If you are staying in the mountains of Western North Carolina, make sure you have your car thoroughly checked out before you come. And then check your...Read More
Living Room Photo, Sapphire, North Carolina
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Best Things Nearby:Asheville (90 minutes), which has Biltmore Estate and amazing art galleries. Flat Rock Playhouse (also 90 minutes), which is the state Theater.Best Things About the Resort:Decent sized one bedroom suite, seemed to have a lot of amenities even in November before ski season started.Resort Experience:The decor of our one bedroom was a bit dated and damaged, and it also was out of the way for visiting anything of any value - just getting down the mountain took 30 minutes, and then you had to add on the time to actually get anywhere. Also, the resort is very spread out and requires driving to different amenities and restaurants associated with th...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 14, 2005

Mica's Restaurant

Restaurant | "Mica's"

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The restaurant was located 2 miles from our timeshare suite, and we walked in without a reservation and were immediately seated. The waitress appeared almost immediately with water glasses, but mine was dirty. She quickly brought a clean glass.Service was friendly and the food was decent. I selected "fine dining" as the type of dining, but only because it's the only true "restaurant" in the resort; the menu ran the gamut and our dishes were enjoyable.I found out after the fact that if you listen to the timeshare pitch, you can get a $30 discount card for Mica's, which is good since the prices were a little on the high side for the quality. We recommend sitting through the pitch...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 14, 2005

Mica's Restaurant
4001 US Highway 64 W.
Sapphire, North Carolina
(828) 743-5740

Etowah BBQ Shack

Restaurant

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This place was recommended to my friends and was incredibly disappointing. Supposedly it had great barbecue, but I found it rather tasteless. My husband got the all-you-can-eat buffet and was extremely disappointed. He said that the food looked like it had been sitting out for a while, despite the fact that we were there during prime lunch hours.

I ordered the pulled pork sandwich plate, and the sandwich had no flavor, despite the fact that I was liberal with the barbecue sauce that was on the table.

Pass on this one--not worth it at any price!

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 14, 2005

Etowah BBQ Shack
Rte.s 64
Sapphire, North Carolina
(828) 891-3200

Frankie's Italian Grille

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Restaurant | "Frankie's"

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The place was hopping when we arrived for dinner, but despite no reservation and seven people in our party, we were seated quickly and immediately approached by our waiter.This restaurant serves individual meals as well as the more popular family-style ones. We decided to go with individual meals. The memorable dishes included the lasagna, the angel pasta with garlic shrimp, and the old-fashioned pepperoni pizza. The lasagna and pasta dish provided HUGE portions upon delivery. Both ended up being put into takeout bags at the end of the meal. The alcoholic beverages were served promptly and were delicious.Our waiter was delightful and easily entertained us during our meal. He wa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2005

Frankie's Italian Grille
800 E. Morehead St.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
(704) 358-8004

Penguin

Restaurant

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Do you want cheap eats that still enable you to call it good quality food? Try The Penguin, a delightful burger joint in Charlotte. The waitstaff is covered in tattoos and piercings, but business is brisk and caters to not just fellow tattoo enthusiasts but also bankers on a break and families complete with toddlers. We got there at noon and the place was packed - we ended up waiting about 15 minutes for a table. But it was worth the wait. The three people in our party each got a burger - I got the single, my friend got the double and my husband went for the triple burger. We split an order of onion rings and briefly contemplated getting some fried pickles because they ha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2005

Penguin
1921 Commonwealth Ave.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28205
(704) 375-6959

Ham's

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Restaurant

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This location is relatively new, so they are still working out the kinks with the wait staff, which didn't seem to work together well. Despite the restaurant being crowded, we noticed several times that the wait staff would gather in a corner and ignore customers completely.Despite this, the food was delicious. This is a chain restaurant, but I had never been to Ham's before. The restaurant is filled with large-screen TVs and music, but the booths are spacious, and despite the loud atmosphere, we were able to maintain a pleasant conversation during dinner.I ordered the French dip sandwich and was worried about the quality, but when it arrived I found it to be perfectly prepared...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 14, 2005

Ham's
204 Hwy. 321 NW
Sapphire, North Carolina
(828) 326-4267

Bulldog Quik Snak

Restaurant

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This little hole-in-the-wall diner in a one-stoplight town is worth the visit if you happen to be visiting the small college that inhabits the town of Boiling Springs. The prices are college-student cheap and the food is delicious. I'll recommend you order the JBC with chili and slaw, which is a cheeseburger with meat sauce and coleslaw and a side of french fries. Add a chocolate milkshake to that order and you have a meal I ate every other day when I was in college. The prices have remained the same in the past 15 years since I graduated, and the same folks are running it I knew back in the day.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2005

Bulldog Quik Snak
131 N. Main St. Boiling Springs
Boiling Springs 28017
(704) 434-9336

Lobster Trap

Restaurant | "The Lobster Trap"

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Website: http://www.thelobstertrap.biz/We were walking around in Asheville and decided to pop in for a quick bite. I love seafood, so this place seemed like a no-brainer. Boy, was I happy we found this place!Our waitress was cute and perky but not annoying. The decor was funky but not pretentious. But what made this place sing was the food. Oh, the wonderful food.Of course I ordered a lobster dish, the Maine Lobster Roll, which was chopped lobster and lettuce on a hot dog bun. The lobster was plentiful and delicious. It came with a small bowl of steamed potatoes cooked to perfection. The drinks we ordered from the bar were served promptly and were quite delicious....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2005

Lobster Trap
35 Patton Ave.
Asheville, North Carolina
(828) 350-0505

Flat Rock Grille

Restaurant

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Website: www.flatrockgrille.comWe drove by the place and liked the look of it so we turned around and ate there. What a great decision! The menu was fantastic and would have tempted anyone's taste buds. We split an order of artichoke dip that was to die for - it was loaded with bacon that really packed a punch. My husband had the crab cake and loved it, and I had the half rack of ribs which were a bit small but quite delicious. The bar drinks were delicious and well priced.The place was huge and even if we were there during the lunch rush I think we would have found a seat - I think it could seat 500 between the non-smoking, smoking ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 17, 2005

Flat Rock Grille
1302 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, North Carolina
(828) 277-1212

Biltmore Estate and Gardens

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Attraction | "Biltmore Estate"

Biltmore Estate and Gardens Photo, Asheville, North Carolina
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8,000 acres of gorgeous land. 250 lavish rooms in a single house. Gift shops galore. Gardens that amaze and wine that is delicious. This is one home tour that has it all. We signed up for the self-guided audio tour and spent the next 2 hours with our mouths gaping as we went from room to room all over the house. What a fun tour--completely fascinating and entertaining all at once. The house tour was crowded, but the audio tour enabled us to ignore the large guided groups and amble through at our own pace. I defy you to be bored by this house--the indoor swimming pool had me laughing if only because it boggled the mind. What particularly caught my fancy were the quarters for the servants. Hum...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2005

Biltmore Estate and Gardens
1 Approach Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28806
(828) 274-6333

Woolworth Walk

Attraction

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Website: http://www.woolworthwalk.com/ This former Woolworth store is now filled with wonderful art by local artisans. Everything from jewelry to paintings to sculpture to glassware to photography to woodwork - this two story warehouse has art for just about every interest. The prices ranged from $10 to $3000 so all wallets can be satisfied. My husband and I bought three small pieces for about $100 total. There is a fun little old-fashioned diner inside on the main floor, but the real show is the local art. I'm always amazed by the creativity of artists, and Woolworth Walk has some amazing featured artists. We took a plethora of business cards and plan on contacting mo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2005

Woolworth Walk
25 Haywood St.
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
(828) 254-9234

Flat Rock Playhouse

Attraction

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Website: http://www.flatrockplayhouse.org/index.htm

We planned in advance and bought tickets for the production that was playing during our visit, which happened to be a fun country Christmas version of the popular "Scrooge" story. We had excellent 3rd row seats in this charming theater.

If you are visiting western North Carolina, definitely visit the Flat Rock Playhouse website and see what production is playing during your visit. Then immediately call and buy your tickets for a guaranteed good time. We had four adults and a 7-year-old in our party and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2005

Flat Rock Playhouse
2661 Greenville Highway
Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731
(828) 693-0403