Some of the best dates my husband and I have are on backroads. We love to try to get lost and see where an unknown road might take us. With our favorite music playing, an afternoon drive becomes an adventure. As windy mountain roads descend into hidden valleys, rustic barns and log cabins tempt the imagination with a simpler way of life from days gone by. The road lengthens, our worries shorten and we keep on driving.
A real treat is when we find an out of the way “Mom & Pop” diner or a provincial hole-in-the wall restaurant. To see where the locals go and do a little people watching is a always a thrill. A few weeks back, we celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary by spending some time in the NC Mountains. My niece pointed us in the direction of a winery she had visited and the roads to get there looked inviting. While not exactly a mom and pop, our destination did not disappoint.
Situated smack dab in the middle of apple country, St. Paul Winery is a delight to the senses. With an intriguing history, an oversized rock fireplace, to die for views, and award winning wines, the tasting room is the perfect respite from a long drive. We sampled several selections paired with local made goat cheese and crackers. I know I sound like a travel guide but I prefer to be called a, “Backroad Connoisseur.” Visit St. Paul’s if you can.
Sometimes the best therapy is a long drive on a backroad. Give it a try.