West Jefferson // Ashe County Cheese + Mt. Jefferson

The Mr. and I just had one of the best weekends we have had in a long, long time. We hosted our very best friends from back home in Apex as our first guests at The Taylor Homestead. These are the kinds of friends that arrive at 8:30 pm, and after a few bottles of wine, it somehow became 2 am! I just love these two!

The next morning, after breakfast and two pots of coffee, we headed down our mountain and over to West Jefferson. Why did we visit West Jefferson, you ask?

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Why are three paleo eaters visiting a cheese factory? Don’t judge me. Sometimes you just want a block of cheese.

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Yes please!

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After salivating through the cheese making process, you can conveniently walk across the street to the land of packaged cheese.

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We sampled, we browsed, we strolled, we stopped back by the sample station.

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It was very difficult leaving a room full of cheese, but I managed to walk away only buying a bag of cheese curds and a block of Jack and Dill.

Since little cubes of sample cheese are only there to make you hungry and want to buy cheese, we quickly found a lunch spot then roamed the streets of the cute little town of West Jefferson.

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Wait a minute! Is that an ice cream shop? Pumpkin Pecan in a waffle cone please!

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After stuffing our faces with food all afternoon, we had to do some sort of exercise so that we could button our pants back up for the ride home. (And who wants to be trapped in a car for an hour with four people who each ate their fair share of ice cream and cheese? Not me. Did I mention I am lactose intolerant? Oops.) Mount Jefferson is a quick ride away, has short trails, and an expansive view. Perfect for out-of-towners.

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(Joy is into theater, in case you were wondering about her show tunes pose.)

It was late in the day and windy on top of Mount Jefferson, so after jumping into a cave for a brief moment . . . . .

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we made our way home for more wine and cheese.

How To Get There:
From Boone, you will take Hwy 421 S towards Deep Gap. At the intersection of Hwy 221 N, take a left at the stoplight. When you reach West Jefferson in about 12.4 miles, take a left to turn onto Hwy 194 N/ Bus 221 N. In about 1.6 miles, take a right onto Main Street. The factory will be on your left and the cheese store on the right.

From there, you can make a quick trip up to Mt. Jefferson to walk off that cheese while taking in some fresh air and beautiful scenery. From the factory, backtrack to Hwy 194 N/ Bus 221 N. Take a left onto Hwy 221 N. In about 1.3 miles, take a right onto Mt. Jefferson State Park Road. The road into the park will lead you all the way to the tip-top of the mountain.

(This post was originally published on our sticks or stones blog, which is no longer in publication.)

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