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Our Vacation at Grandfather Mountain Golf & Country Club

I took an unintended break from blogging the back half of this week because getting my half marathon training plans finished and the group organized has been a time consuming (but fun!) endeavor. I also had a few other projects due and vacation was so wonderful that I wanted to soak it up while I was there.

Grandfather Mountain Golf & Country Club

I have quite a few photos to share with you today from our trip to Grandfather Mountain Golf & Country Club. As I shared earlier this week, one of our clients and friends has a condo there that she so kindly invited us to use. It was my first trip to Grandfather and it’s a very special place. This was one of my favorite vacations that I’ve ever taken.

Grandfather Mountain Golf & Country Club

Grandfather Golf & Country Club is a 1,900 acre mountain resort that’s located at the base of Grandfather Mountain in Linville, NC. Though it’s an easy 2-hour drive from Charlotte, it feels like you’ve escaped to somewhere far away. It’s extremely quiet, peaceful and serene. We had wifi at the condo but cell service was hard to come by…which I loved! The development features a mix of condos and custom-built homes but they are all very well spaced out and nothing ever felt crowded. Our condo was in a great location and opened right up to the lake and a bridge that crossed the lake and took you over to the club.

Grandfather Mountain Golf & Country Club

We loved our spot and GGCC so much that we only left the resort a handful of times to go hiking, to the grocery and to visit a friend.

Grandfather Mountain Golf & Country Club Golf Course

We didn’t golf but the course is gorgeous and I’ve heard it’s one of the best in the state. The landscaping all over GGCC is this lovely.

Grandfather Mountain Golf & Country Club Beach

There’s also a little beach on the lake. We didn’t get to visit because of storms that rolled in every afternoon but it’s a nice spot for some sun bathing and lake swimming.

Grandfather Mountain Golf & Country Club Athletic Complex

We enjoyed the gym complex very much. It features a huge athletic field with a walking track around it.

Grandfather Mountain Golf & Country Club Gym

Check out this view for cardio. Can’t beat it. I did run outside one day and HOLY HILLS! It was quite a cardio workout!

Grandfather Mountain Golf & Country Club Gym

The gym was well equipped, clean and never too crowded.

Grandfather Mountain Golf & Country Club Yoga Studio

It also had a nice yoga/barre studio space.

Grandfather Mountain Golf & Country Club Lake

On our last evening of vacation Tanner asked what my favorite part of the trip was and I said, “this.” We were outside throwing the ball to the girls and watching them enjoy running free and swimming.


I can honestly say that I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Sullie so happy. We couldn’t keep her out of the water. We nicknamed her “Sullie Phelps” because every time we’d go outside she’d beeline to the water and stand there waiting for us to throw the ball.

Golden Retrievers Swimming

She’s a smart cookie and quickly figured out a system where she waited in the water for us to throw the ball while Zoey brought us the ball on the banks. That gave Sullie a head start to go after it and swim it back.


She’d then give it back to Zoey and the whole process would begin again. Sullie swam and swam and swam some more. She’s our little fish!


When they weren’t swimming they were drying off and sunbathing.

Profile Trail Hike

We took an awesome hike up the Profile Trail on Grandfather Mountain on Tuesday. I’ll share all the details of the hike in a separate post. I get asked about NC hikes a lot and this one deserves lots of detail!


On Wednesday it was rainy so we had a lazy day. We worked most of the morning and then watched a movie, took a nap, went to the gym and then walked across the bridge for dinner at the clubhouse.


We cooked in every night except for this one. I’ll share a separate post with vacation week eats tomorrow!


On Thursday we went to visit some friends who have a mountain house just down the road from Grandfather. Tanner got to go fly fishing.


And I got to hang out with my girlfriend and her three adorable kiddos. This cutie put on her mom’s sunglasses and said to me, “take my picture.” Ha!


We had a champagne toast and one final ball throwing and swim session on Thursday night.


And then packed up the car and the girls and headed home on Friday. Zoey was passed out for most of the trip although I have to share this story. We were stopped at a red light and there was a cement truck next to us. Zoey was majorly freaked out by the spinning truck and sat there growling and barking at it until the light changed. {insert cry-face emoji here} It was hysterical. She’s a nut.

We’re back in Charlotte feeling about a million times lighter, recharged, rested and connected. There’s something so special about the mountains and this trip was just what we needed. I’m so grateful that we could enjoy it together and with the pups.

Do you travel with your dogs? 

Favorite mountain activity? 

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  • 1
    Tara August 20, 2016, 11:07 am

    I love Grandfather. The western Carolina and East Tennessee mountains are bewitching. You will undoubtedly be back. Next time, I suggest a cabin in the Great Smokies National Park.

    • 2
      Jen DeCurtins August 21, 2016, 12:33 pm

      Yes, they certainly are! I was so lucky to spend three summers in the WNC mountains in college when I worked as a camp counselor and they always have this pull on me. I’m so grateful that we’re close and just a short drive away. I will check out the cabins you are referring to!

  • 3
    Nicki August 20, 2016, 1:04 pm

    What a wonderful trip!! As someone who recently moved from NY to CO… I can say that mountains are majestic and I love being in them. Love all your pictures, this looks like it was exactly what you needed!

    • 4
      Jen DeCurtins August 21, 2016, 12:32 pm

      Oh wow! What a change from NY to CO! I hope you’re loving it. The mountains are so truly special!

  • 5
    Bonnie August 22, 2016, 11:30 am

    Your blog photos are always great, but these are especially beautiful! What a gorgeous place! And there can never be too many happy pup pics. I always go to Asheville in the fall but these pictures make me want to go to Grandfather Mountain, as well. So, so pretty!

    • 6
      Jen DeCurtins August 25, 2016, 3:49 pm

      Grandfather was a totally different experience than Asheville. Both are wonderful places to visit but Grandfather is definitely more “one with nature/chill out/relax” vibe than Asheville.

  • 7
    DeeDee August 22, 2016, 12:54 pm

    My mom has a plastic kiddie pool for her labs (one black and one yellow) and they go nuts over it. They start going crazy as soon as she takes it out of the shed, and then love to try to bite the water as it comes out of the hose while she fills it up, and roll and splash and play in it until they’ve splashed most of the water out.

    The pool they have now has little sea creatures painted on the bottom of it and the black lab tries to catch them with her mouth, but of course never can. It’s very cute.

    • 8
      Jen DeCurtins August 25, 2016, 3:48 pm

      This is cute and something I might have to do for Sullie!

  • 9
    erin August 22, 2016, 9:26 pm

    looks like an awesome weekend – i’m going to have to check this place out! we travel with our dog as much as possible because it makes me so happy to see her happy – especially at the beach. she’s almost 8 year old now, but when she’s running on the sand, she reminds me of a little puppy…so careless and free.

    • 10
      Jen DeCurtins August 25, 2016, 3:46 pm

      It’s a very quiet and magical place. And so close to Charlotte! I think they do have some VRBOs there.

  • 11
    Emily My Healthyish Life August 24, 2016, 9:10 am

    Jen, this sounds like an amazing trip! The photos of the mountains are incredible. We’ve traveled with our older dog, but not the puppy yet! Maybe in a few more months because he’s still really little.

    • 12
      Jen DeCurtins August 25, 2016, 3:37 pm

      It was one of the best trips ever. I just can’t even put it into words. Can’t wait until you can take the little one on adventures!

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