The Ingagliatos

Bryson City, North Carolina

September 6, 2017

A Trip to the Mountains

How was everyone’s Labor Day Weekend?! I hope this week has been treating you well so far. We know how hard it can be to get back in the groove after you have taken some days off to spend relaxing with your friends and family. This holiday weekend, we celebrated my momma’s 50th birthday in Bryson City, North Carolina!

My momma has always been a mountain girl. She’s always loved the fall leaves and the cold weather over the beaches of white sand. So it was only fitting that we would take her (and my grandparents!) on a vacation to a cabin in the woods near the North Carolina / Tennessee border! Unfortunately, Tony was unable to come last minute because of a super important deadline for a restaurant that our favorite chef is opening up in D.C.! So obviously we had to bring ol Card Board Cut Out Tony for a group picture (which you will see at the end of this post).

Because of hurricane Harvey, we got most of that left over storm for the majority of the time we were in Bryson City, so most of these pictures you will see that it is cloudy and rainy! But that’s okay because it MADE us relax and spend our time indoors with each other. We just adored our cabin! It had the most beautiful view of the valley and it was just a five minute drive to the town to get coffee and dinner. We spent the first couple days just enjoying the cabin, playing card games and drinking coffee and wine on the back porch.



The next morning after we arrived, it stopped raining for about two hours so we took the time to explore the town a bit. They had the cutest coffee shop called La Dolce Vita and EVERYONE was just the sweetest! Seriously, everyone. We kept joking that this town was definitely made up by Hallmark because of kind everyone was. It was too good to be true, we thought! The night of my momma’s actual birthday, we ate that this adorable little bistro that was at the end of the town’s main street called The Everret Street Hotel & Bistro.


While on our walk around town, we stopped into the train station to see what train rides they had going out the next day. They had a ton of options but because of the holiday weekend, most were booked up! But we were able to squeeze into the last “First Class Dining” option that would fit all five of us, so we took the chance and bought our tickets immediately. I’m so glad that we did because it was the coolest experience. They fed you an amazing southern lunch complete with a specialty cocktail bar! This train took you on a four hour train ride through the Great Smokey Mountains and they were such beautiful views! I would HIGHLY recommend this train trip. It was so fun and something that everyone could enjoy. You can find more information on their website.


The train ride pretty much wore us out for the day. Day drinking will get ya! So that night we just went back to the cabin to relax and hang out. I actually got started on the Harry Potter series because there was a Harry Potter marathon on the TV (which I have already seen) – so I thought this was a great opportunity to get started on some books. So far, I am already onto the second book and I’m loving it! I can totally understand the hype from all the crazy (I say this in a loving way) Harry Potter fans. Makes me want to go to Harry Potter World!

To end our last day at the cabin, we headed into Asheville and drove around the Biltmore then went back to Bryson City to eat at a rooftop brewery called Mountain Layers Brewing Company.


That night we actually had a great sunset so we were finally able to fly the drone and get some awesome shots from the sky! We are already planning on how to get back to ol Bryson City because we loved it so much!


Here are some more of our favorite travel posts!

Capri & Anacapri | Our Honeymoon

Tuscany & Siena, Italy

Iceland, A Trip Around The Ring Road | Part 1

Taormina, Sicily

New York City




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At home near the sea. Ever-focused on beauty and the thrilling art of creation; found in the moments that leave me breathless and in awe. 

After 15 years of capturing couples and families during the most precious times of their lives, she can truly say that this is exactly where she is meant to be. When she isn't photographing weddings, Andie enjoys the outdoors alongside her husband, Tony and daughters, Ava & Audrey.



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