Christmas is everywhere

Merry Christmas to all of you.  I want to let you know that you staying at the Lodge this year was like getting a present every day, as all of you brought joy to me.  I truly feel like you come as a stranger and leave as a friend!

Banner Elk is decorated for this season and it is beautiful. I always get a warm feeling when I am in town and see all the lights on the trees, lamp posts, restaurants and shops.  The town really is like something you see on Hallmark.  Banner Elk is so quaint and I love being a part of the town and the festivities it has for Christmas.

I have to tell you about a restaurant I ate at on Sunday.  It is a wonderful Italian Restaurant in Mountain City which is around 30-45 minutes from here. Not many people can eat in this small house, so reservations are a must.  It is owned by a man from Italy and he brings different items back every year when he returns from his visit home.  The pasta is made there and delicious… I have to tell you, I have not been to Italy so I did not realize that when I got the Carbonara that it was the real deal made completely different  than what we have in the states.  They make it with Pancetta and cream but is finished off with egg yolk.  Wonderful surprise.  I wanted to try the lasagna with meat sauce so I bought one to try at home.  Can’t wait!! The name is La Cucina Italian Kitchen.  They are open March through December and then he closes to return to Italy.  It is worth the drive!

The weather has gotten colder and the slopes are packed with snow.  We are expecting snow next week so I have lined up the gentleman to plow the driveway so you will not have to worry about getting in and out.  Come and see us soon!!

From all of us at the Lodge, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

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