Let me show you what a PERFECT family vacation looks like:

It is officially less than one month until I hop onto my plane to the UK. Once in a while I actually realize that it is not a dream and  get really scared. So bear with me if the next couple weeks are filled with family centered adventures and an overload of emotional mush. 

My family went on a two-night getaway to our favorite airbnb cabin in the Appalachian mountains. Let me tell you, there is no sanctuary more comforting than the mountains. No, not even Jason’s Deli can compare, but that’s another story.

cabin in the mountains

It was nice to get into the cabin and explore, but first, WHERE IS THE WIFI? One can only live in the moment for so long. In my little sister’s case… like five minutes.

where is the wifi

north carolina mountain cabin

I got to bunk with three of my sisters. We planned giggling girl sleepovers, but soon realized that the wooden walls amplified every whispered word throughout the entirety of the cabin. So we decided that we’d save sleepovers for another time and just enjoy real rest. The nights were marked by the warmth of safety under thick country quilts with rain beating softly against the roof top and coyotes calling in the distance.

north carolina mountains

In the mornings I would sneak out extra early and take walks along the country roads.

north carolina mountain church

I found a little ol stone church and got really excited. I REALLY wanted to find a graveyard. Um… yeah, I have a strange obsession with graveyards. There wasn’t one. But there was a neat pedal car trail around the grounds, so I forgave the church anyhow.

north carolina old fashioned stove

North Carolina cabin

pancakes in north carolina

I made a hearty Scottish breakfast with pancakes, grilled mushrooms and tomatoes, fried eggs, and fresh fruit. We had to energize ourselves for days of complete rest and mountain exploration.


We spent our days reading books on the front porch, making daisy chains, and exploring the local general store and trails.

For dinner we managed to make a wee little fire and did hot dogs and smores and such. I keep telling myself “this will be the last time I can have smores before I move to Europe, so I have an excuse to go ALL OUT”. Do you know how many times I’ve had smores this past month? I need to stop. Or just move to Europe already.

north carolina cabin

The evenings were spent singing and playing board games together with generous hot chocolate  supplies on hand. We may or may not have divided up every part of One Day More from Les Miserables and sung it together as a family. It was fantastic. We tend to produce potential blackmail material every time we get together. What ever else are family gatherings for?

 And that, my friends, is the definition of a perfect family weekend in the mountains. Quiet. Not over stuffed. Surrounded by good food and people you love. Amen.

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

6 thoughts on “Let me show you what a PERFECT family vacation looks like:”

  1. Wow, that all looks GORGEOUS! It sounds like you had some good time to connect with your family and enjoy some R n’ R, and that’s good. I especially like your pictures of the church, even if there was no graveyard. It seemed to have a character all its own. Thanks for sharing your trip, and all the pictures. They are lovely. 🙂


  2. Wow, it sounds like you had a great time! There’s something about just getting away from it all and escaping… And I hope you survived alright without Wi-Fi (and your sister, too 🙂 ).

    You have made me feel hopelessly nostalgic/homesick, though. *shakes fist* The picture of the road with the trees looks just like B.C.


    1. Woah! You are from B.C.? That is ridiculously amazing. I have always dreamed of going there. I am sorry if my pictures made you feel homesick… that isn’t what I meant to do!


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