The Coffeeshop Book

After our skating adventure at Sugar Mountain, we headed out in search of sweets and hot beverages.

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Michelle took us to downtown Boone, NC.

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This place looked interesting.

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And the sign of this place was cool.

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But we were really in search of something more like BeanStalk – a local coffeeshop.

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The place had the look and feel of a space loved by the local college kids – very cozy and eclectically fun.

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I loved their mug collection. It kind of reminded me of mine – a random assortment of color ceramic coffee holders. I was hoping to get a cool mug to use, but I think they save them for their regulars. I got a disposable cup.

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I really liked how they had Starry Night painted on the side of their countertop.

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The space was really small and intimate on the inside, but we found a spot for the 3 girls (Michelle, me, Jen) and a chair for hubby off to the side.

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I was especially happy we got the spot we did because we found – THE BOOK! Ok, I don’t think they call it “The Book” at the coffeeshop, but it’s the book I was referring to in my previous post.

The book used to be completely blank on the inside, but people are welcomed to write and draw on the books pages, and over time, the pages have begun to fill up with quirky notes and drawings. It reminded me a lot of Post Secret.

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This was the first page I found and the first note I read. Loved it!

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I also really enjoyed the pretty unicorn drawing – the colors reminded me of My Little Pony.

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I turned this heart balloon into…

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…and TCL shout out. :P

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The Zog.

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Happy Baby.

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I especially enjoyed how people wrote back and forth to each other, like on this earth love drawing.

A man at the coffeeshop (I think the owner?) told us that the coolest story he’d seen in the 3 books they’d gone through was about a guy who anonymously wrote a note about how he was waiting for the school year to end so he could propose to his girlfriend because he loved her so much. Apparently, the girlfriend found the note, recognized his handwriting and wrote back that he didn’t have to wait. Anywho, they ended up getting married and lived happily ever after. Aww :)

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I had to leave two of my favorite quotes:

“On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur; l’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.” ~Le Petit Prince

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And my all-time favorite (which many of you have probably seen at the bottom of my template):

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

I think I could have looked at that book all day…it was so fascinating!

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After the coffeeshop, we hit up a local bakery in search of sweets. We visited Stick Boy Bread Company.

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Yummy display case.

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I took a cinnamon roll back to enjoy. Yum!

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After a quick pit stop at the cabin and once the other boys got home, we all headed out to hit up the Mast General stores – yes, both of them.

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First up – the Candy Barrel!

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Hellooooo sweet tooth heaven!

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I love bottled Coke!

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We also visited the Annex store just down the street.

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And I got a new plate a new bowl!! Woohoo! Can’t wait to use them and share photos!

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Back at the cabin, we snacked on chips and salsa while Jen made our Saturday night dinner.

See, you can go on vacation and still eat in!

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Enchiladas!

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Jen made yummy black bean, zucchini, and pineapple enchiladas! The pineapple was so unexpected, but a nice touch. We all loved the warm pineapple.

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And hubby and I brought a bottle of wine from our wine rack to share while we all watched The Town. We all LOVED this wine and Jeff figured out that it’s only $5.99 at Trader Joe’s. Woohoo!

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Oh and I had baked good #2 – a chocolate croissant! It was no French croissant (it’s shaped totally different!), but it was nice and tasty.

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And we enjoyed one last cabin fire-lit evening. Is anything more cozy than a fire? Maybe hot cocoa? lol

Do you camp? Do you prefer tents or cabins? I’m a cabin girl for suuuuure!

Sugar Mountain Skating

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I took SO MANY photos from all the fun of our visit to Sugar Mountain near Boone, NC that I couldn’t fit them all in one post (or even a few posts broken up). So, I put together a little photo gallery for you guys. Please note feed/Reader friends, the photos look best in the post, so click on over for the best viewing experience! ;)

In the event you don’t make it through the gallery right away, here are some highlights and extra photos…

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The view from our cabin.

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Our cute front porch. It was way too cold to hang out there, though. lol. I think the temperature was around 17 degrees F when we arrived the first night.

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Lucky us, Ben + Michelle brought Great Harvest Cinnamon Chip bread and The Bee’s Knees PB – it made for a great breakfast the first day.

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On the way to Sugar Mountain.

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The lifts and ski areas ahead! Looks scary! Like a giant, more natural theme park ride.

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I’ve never really been skiing before (ok twice in France when I was on exchange, but that seemed different). When we arrived in the parking lot, it was surreal being in such a different environment. Everywhere were people dressed up in crazy ski gear with bright colors, flashy patterns and weird, spiky hats. It was like being in a different world!

Jen and I thought these ski holders on the sides of the shuttles were interesting. The snow boarders had to bring their snowboards into the bus unfortunately.

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Most of the people there were for…duh…sking! There were people there from all over – even different countries!

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But not us!

We were there to SKATE!

I kind of wanted to ski, but I think it would be better to go for a few days before trying skiing. I’ve never ever done downhill skiing, so I’d like a couple days to get used to it. Since our trip was short, I decided to stick with something I was more comfortable with. Not to mention, I’ve been itching to go skating for the last few months and just haven’t found the time!

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No matter the city, the ice is my home away from home. I love it there!

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Check out Jen doing some mad swizzles! Go Jen!

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Sadly, I haven’t skated in probably well over a year. But I guess muscle memory is a lot strong than I ever thought because I was still able to do most of the same spins I used to. I didn’t try anything too crazy because I was worried about getting hurt. I’m a chicken. Bok bok bok! :P

By the way, I’ll be posting an exclusive video for Facebook friends later, so go ahead and “Like” The Chic Life for more exclusive fun. :)

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After skating, we went back to the busy part of the mountains (where all the skiers were) to find our friends at the lodge.

I loved seeing the ski people in their natural environment. hehe. Seriously…it reminded me a bit of how other hobbies I do have their own quirks. I was a little jealous that I didn’t know how to fit in and navigate the slopes so naturally.

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We took Eat In Month to a new level and brought food to make lunch at the lodge. I had a turkey/muenster sandwich (with Earthfare deli fare) and Great Harvest honey whole wheat bread, plus Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies. And thanks to Michelle, I tried my first Salt and Vinegar Chips – nommy noms! :)

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Shortly after lunch, Jen, Michelle, hubby, and I left Ben and Jeff to enjoy the slopes some more and headed out in search of Boone’s finest coffee shops and bakeries!

More on that in a minute…plus photos from THE book I mentioned last night!

Ooh and be sure to check out the gallery photos above!

Are you a skier? Are you new to skiing or did you grow up doing it? What do you think about the ski culture?

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