A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were invited to spend several days in the mountains of North Carolina. Friends of ours, who had just built a home there, decided to celebrate the New Year by inviting about 50 people to join them! We all stayed in cabins at the Iron Horse Lodge in Stecoah, which is close to their property.
Every day they had fun activities planned for everyone. And one of my favorites was an excursion on a Great Smoky Mountains Railroad vintage steam train. Their 1702 steam engine from 1942 is only one of two left in the whole country. Take a look at this beauty!
When I first heard we were going on this trip visions of murder mysteries and film noir started started dancing in my head. North by Northwest, Strangers on a Train, Murder on the Orient Express. Trains are the perfect setting for intrigue, spies, femme fatales, rogues and romance.
Ok, so maybe I got a little carried away. It was obvious the trip wasn’t going to be quite THAT exciting. But all my crazy thoughts did help inspire the vintage outfit I put together for the ride.
I have this early 1950s black rayon gabardine coat I had been looking forward to wearing. It is a fitted and flared style in the “new look” silhouette that Dior made popular in the late 1940s.
Our friends reserved two first class dining cars for our 4 hour trip. They also treated everyone to a fabulous lunch that included open bar. My dessert consisted of the biggest most delicious hunk of decadent chocolate cake I ever had. It was so massive I had to wash it down with a couple glasses of chardonnay!
50s Red wool knit top with black velvet accents
70s black and white glen plaid button front skirt
70s cognac leather boots
contemporary red leather purse
vintage floral print Echo scarf
50 red and black clip on earrings
The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad also runs different themed trips, including one combining dining and drinking Carolina moonshine while riding through the Nantahala Gorge. I’d love to go back for that one!
The scenery in the Smoky Mountains was breathtaking, even though it was overcast most of the time we were there. These are photos I took when we were out walking in the national forest on New Years Day. After all the eating I had been doing I forced myself to hike six miles, most of which was uphill! I figured I’d at least burn off the calories from that Death by Chocolate dessert. And, yes, that is exactly what the servers on the train called it.
I found out that the Smokies get their name from the mist that hovers around the peaks and valleys. It is actually caused by the vegetation that grows there. It exhales VOC’s, or volatile organic compounds, which might sound scary, but they are perfectly natural when coming from plants and trees. It also makes the fog appear blue tinted because the molecules from the compounds reflect the blue light of the sky.
Everywhere we walked in the forest there were beautiful waterfalls and rivers with rapids. The sounds of all the rushing water was hypnotic. I could have sat there all day just listening.
And here I am with my leading man, Andrew!
Have you ever taken a scenic train ride? If so, where to and how did you like it?
Till next time……..
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