During the 2013 Blogger Party, we arranged to meet up with Sandy and Stu Hoffer for lunch and a visit to Highlands, NC. They live about an hour away on the western side of the Smoky Mountains.
We met for lunch at the Caffe REL, which shares a building with the Hot Spot gas station on East Main Street in Franklin. While a unique location for a Bistro, to say the least, it received 4½ stars everywhere I looked - check out Sam’s post (My Carolina Kitchen) from November, 2009 for more details.
According to the chef/owner, he spent most of his career working for corporations including the prestigious Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV and finally decided it was time to quit making them rich and make a little for himself – based on his white 911 Porche Carrera, it’s working.
Bev and I each had oysters with hers being fried and on a po' boy and mine being poached and served over linguine with a spinach sauce.
Both of our meals were delicious and I will definitely go there again if in the area and would encourage you to do the same – thanks Sam for the recommendation.
Highlands seems to be a typical tourist town for the area and Stu and I found a nice wine garden at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa and drank a cold Highlands Brewing Company ale while the women did their shopping thing - the tall lady in the white pants was modeling for the boutique next door.
The road from Franklin to Highlands is a curvy narrow road that runs through the Cullasaja River Gorge and provided a shot of this side stream waterfall that could be driven under and the impressive falls on the main river after a big rain.
Photos best if enlarged by clicking on them - especially the falls.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.
6/7/2013 event date