Sumary of In North Carolina’s High Country, soaring scenery and simple pleasures:
- In 1949, the family donated the estate to the National Park Service, and it’s still a popular pull-off for parkway travelers and outdoorsy locals alike.
- Virginia Brown for The Washington Post Get up close with 20 alpacas, including Aspen, foreground, and other farm animals at Apple Hill Farm, in the hills over Banner Elk, N.C.
- At the manor — which is being restored, but you can still go in — I find the Southern Highland Craft Guild shop.
- Outside on King Street, the Mast General Store stocks outdoor gear and country-store nostalgia.
- Its original Valle Crucis location, about 15 minutes away, dates to 1883, and includes an annex store, where candy barrels burst with Charleston Chews and black licorice and little wax bottles with juice inside.
- I park along a fence by the animals, and Apple Hill Farm owner Lee Rankin guides me to a shaded spot where two sparky farm dogs yap and circle our shins.