HH...one of my former co-workers is the town manager of Blowing Rock...I have promised him a hat for the cold winters but haven't had the opportunity to get to work on it yet...when I do get the hat finished, I plan to make my first trip there because I hear it is absolutely beautiful and has lots of neat shops...a yarn shop too...called Dee's Knitting Nook...downtown!
We are in Mount Airy...about an hour and 45 minutes from BR...I'm sure you'll see the sign on I-40 on your way to BR...Mt. Airy is located on Hwy 52 North and this weekend is the Autumn Leaves Festival...lots of craft vendors downtown Friday, Saturday and Sunday...I'm sure you'd love to stop by on your way to Blowing Rock
Of course, turning off of I-40 would take you "out of the way" a bit, but around 100,000 tourists usually come to "Mayberry" during this particular festival. Pilot Mountain has a great yarn shop named Whispering Cedars...it's where I learned the knit stitch...everything else I've basically learned HERE!! They just opened last November and are getting a greater selection of yarns now...Noro, Berrocco, Cascade, among others! There's another great yarn shop in Elkin, NC named Circle of Friends...now, they have a spectacular collection of yarns, etc.!
I'm sure you'll enjoy your trip to the NC mountains...the leaves aren't as colorful as they will be in a week or so...but still... beautiful scenery!
Whatever you do, I'm sure you'll enjoy the weekend