|I spotted some of Sue Dial's gorgeous buttons in the yarn shop there.|
|I was very tempted to purchase 4 of these for the members of the Sock Monkey Sisterhood, but I resisted.|
Penland School of Crafts is not far from Spruce Pine, so art there is a lot of art and artists. The Inn's neighbor is apparently somewhat of an artist as well.
The Tropical Grill. Fabulous food and very friendly people. Then we wandered around downtown for a while, and saw some more art, that was a little more practical this time.
Toe River Arts Council was having an event with several artists selling their art, and I might have purchased a few things.
After that, we drove out towards Bakersville. We went by a piece of property that was for sale, that looked somewhat promising online for a very good price, but after looking at it, decided it wasn't really what we were looking for. We went into Bakersville, which is tiny, but it had a couple of art galleries where we browsed for a bit.
In Bakersville we saw a sign for a wolf sanctuary. If you know Rob, you know he has a fascination with wolves, so we started following the signs. We had great timing because they are only open for tours on Saturdays certain parts of the year and this Saturday was the first time this year they'd been open. We saw some gorgeous wolves, and even got to pet one of them.
Knife & Fork. They have some very unique items on their menu. Rob had braised rabbit, which was very good. I opted for a more traditional steak and potatoes, but the blueberry tart with lemon curd that I had for dessert was different and delicious.
Back at the Inn, one of the resident animals took a liking to Rob's lap. Actually, she wasn't really particular about whose lap she was in, but I was knitting, so I guess she found his more relaxing at the time.