Marion, NC is about an hour drive from the Asheville area – perfect for a day trip. AndÂ Sis gets all the credit for the itinerary this time.
We began at Carson House. Built in 1793, this home began as one big room downstairs, on the left side of the house as it’s pictured below, and another one above. It expanded with an expanding family and made it through northern troop occupation during the Civil War without being burned, although all the original furniture was. Our tour was led by theÂ exuberantÂ Sara Bryant, executive director of Historic Carson House andÂ descendantÂ of area historic figures. She told some good stories and didn’t she even exclaim, “O Lawd!” at one point. Wonderful fun!
1805 Us 70 W
Marion, NC 28752-7455
For lunch we pulled in to Moondoggy’s Diner and Soda Fountain. This place was spotless, so we weren’t surprised to see the Sanitation Score of 100 posted. Our server was good. She did bring regular fries instead of sweet potato fries for Sis, but quickly and apologetically brought the correct order when we pointed out the error. They use actual glass mugs for fountain drinks. Not plastic, not a cup – an honest to goodness glass mug. We both had the burger platter listed under Lunch Specials: Burger with fries and a drink for $5.55. Choose any or all of the following at no additional charge: lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, mustard or mayo. Cheese is .20 cents extra and Chili is .35 cents extra. Our burgers were both good. There’s a nice covered patio area outside. Classic car rallies are held at Moondoggy’s. Check their website for dates.
You can’t tell from this picture, but the seats are all sparkly red vinyl and not a stain or tear to be seen. If you look closely, you can see a table of Sheriffs in the back.
Then we headed out winding country roads to South Creek Vineyards & Winery in the neighboring town of Nebo. This winery has been in operation for nine years, but the current owners took it over a year ago. We paid $5 for a tasting of 2 whites and 4 reds. Sitting on 29 acres and using property-grown grapes to make their wine, they refer to themselves as a boutique winery. There’s a nice big deck outside the tasting room where musicians occasionally set up.
If you have an afternoon and are looking for something to do, head to Marion and check it out. Main Street is cute. There are a couple restaurants, including Bruce’s Fabulous Foods, a couple coffee shops and some retail shops.