|Triple Falls, Dupont State Forest|
Dupont State Forest
After a nice drive through rural North Carolina, passing farms and horses and sheep along the way, we entered Dupont State Forest and parked at the Hooker Falls parking area.
I'm no Bill Bryson, but I do enjoy a walk in the woods from time to time. Even though this was mid-December and only the evergreen foliage remained, the beauty of the area was stunning. On a 2-3 hour hike along well-maintained trails, we saw multiple waterfalls, including Triple Falls and High Falls.
Pictures sometimes speak louder than words so I'm going to let them do most of the talking about our hike. Let me just highly recommend this itinerary if you're ever in the area.
|View from the base of Triple Falls, Dupont State Forest|
|High Falls, Dupont State Forest|
To wrap up the afternoon, we took our happy mutt into historic Hendersonville. A quaint downtown area, it looked like something out of a Christmas movie from the 1950s. We grabbed some falafel sandwiches from the Black Bear Cafe and made our way to the brewery.
Walking in, we saw a huge side patio, perfect for cornhole and lounging in the sun. Given the temperature, we went inside, where friendly dogs are welcome.
The Southern Appalachian Brewery in its Hendersonville location is relatively new, opening in the summer of 2011. The brewery was actually founded in 2003 by husband and wife team Andy and Kelly Cubbin and called Appalachian Craft Brewery.
We ordered a sampler of their six beers and were quite impressed with their range of full-flavored beers, including:
- Bohemian Pilsner - Respectably hoppy with 6% ABV
- Belgian Blonde - A yeast character reminiscent of a Belgian wit, solid pale malt backbone (6.5%)
- Autumn Ale - Features strong caramel and toffee notes (5.6%)
- IPA - Very hoppy and complex with some nice fruit notes (7%)
- Copperhead Amber - Malt forward and sessionable (5.5%)
- Black Bear Stout - Super roasty with loads of coffee and a hint of licorice (5.5%)
Furry Friends Fundraising Film Festival
- Tuesday, January 8th, 6pm-9pm
- $10, rsvp at SAB
- All proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Humane Society
- Films include "From Grain to Glass: Brewing Black Bear Stout with Brewmaster Andy Cubbin" and "A Day at the Dog Park: A short film of HiDef ProGo footage taken from a dog's point of view."
A Carolina Christmas
- Sunday, December 23rd, 6:30pm-10pm
- No cover!
- A benefit for Heifer International
- Live music with w/ Old North State & Special Guests