Halloween Mountain House Weekend

12200541_937369346309642_361889823_nAlthough I wish I could go back and relive the weekend all over again, it sure feels good to be reconnected with cell phone service, my computer, and my own bed.

As Rachel and I were hiking up a mountain a few months ago, we came up with the idea of having a Halloween party in the mountains with our friends. October is such a beautiful month to be in the mountains and I was so excited to take photos of the fall scenery. I was also looking forward to seeing everyone after being away in Washington D.C. for so long.

We packed up the car around one and headed up so we could decorate before everyone got there.12204533_937369352976308_1696068267_nIt was supposed to be a two-hour drive, but it turned into a three and a half hour drive because we got distracted and stopped about five times for “decorating purposes.”IMG_9052The house took our breath away. It was so quiet and peaceful, but we were about to change that for the weekend.


This called for a toast!

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IMG_9037The mountain house was located on Lake Lure. This is the place where Dirty Dancing was filmed.

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We had two sets of corn hole out and other games planned.

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After decorating and putting away all the groceries, we finished our bottle of champagne and waiting for our friends to arrive.

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This place had fishing, canoeing, paddle boats, hiking, and a swimming dock.

12200942_937149316331645_408742358_nThere were people swimming in the water. I don’t know how they did it…it was 55 degrees outside.



I am not a streamer expert, so this was stressful. I dropped the streamers off the top of the deck a couple of times and it was a pain pulling them all the way back up. It was a long way down…but I think they turned out pretty well.

We grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, baked french fries, and had other finger foods out. No one was going home hungry.

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Brett and Rachel also had birthdays last week so it was a great excuse to make cupcakes and celebrate.  IMG_9083 IMG_9087 IMG_9092 IMG_9094 IMG_9106


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IMG_9169 IMG_9172I made a pot of coffee and headed out on the deck to relax.

IMG_9174 IMG_9177 IMG_9164Once everyone started waking up around eleven, I headed into the kitchen to whip up breakfast!

IMG_9167We had scrambled eggs, bacon, blueberry pancakes, regular pancakes, quiche, toast, mimosas, coffee, yogurt with fruit, and donut balls.

IMG_9180Back at it in the morning.

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IMG_9198Angel & the devil! IMG_9200




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It had carrots, hummus, spring mix blend, crackers, tomato, avocado, pepper jack cheese, and balsamic.

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  • Camesha

    Good evening Taralynn. I am interested in renting the property you guys stayed at. It is gorgeous. Do you have the link to the property?

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  • Briana Marshall

    Where was this ? I am thinking of having a bachelorette party on a lake seems so nice

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  • Madison

    Wow so funny I just ran across this on Pinterest. That “creepy house on the hill” and the tiny tiny town you drove through to get to lake lure is in my town. That house was beautiful at one point and it got ran into the ground. About 5 years ago they began renovations (which is why there is a huge hole behind the house where if you step out the back door you fall a billion feet) but then they just gave up. Glad you enjoyed lake lure. It truly is beautiful and the only enjoyable part of growing up in this small town.

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  • Anonymous

    You’re beautiful!! Thank you so much for this inspirational blog! You have inspired me to get healthy and to stop eating junk….. Before its too late? you’re beautiful NEVER forget it?

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  • Maggie

    Your pictures are beautiful! What camera do you use?

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  • Mousy

    You look pretty! My friend and I want to be the angel and the devil too next year!

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  • Amber

    Looks like you had an amazing time and the pictures are beautiful. One important question: Did I spy a Gamecock cornhole table? LOL ?

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  • Sarah

    Beautiful photos of your weekend! You look so refreshed! a well deserved getaway!


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  • Demi

    Gorgeous shots!

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  • Cendal

    You should be a photographer for magazines!

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  • Melanie

    What a fun weekend! Love the costumes! 🙂

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  • Amanda

    It sounds like you had a fun weekend- what a beautiful area!

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  • Kristin

    Wow!!! What a beautiful view for the weekend. I can see why you have so many pictures, I would have taken that may too. Looks like a fun get away!

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  • Rebecca

    You’re pictures are GORGEOUS! Do you use an iphone or a professional camera? I’m really getting into photography and always looking for tips! I especially love all the colors of the leaves in your pics! Oh, Fall!

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  • Tara

    Where has Tino been?

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Tino lives with Nick and I was in D.C. for three weeks.

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      • Sandra

        Hi I live in Las Vegas. I was searching cute fall pics for my background on my phone and found yours. Which now I totally want to go to North Carolina. I’m looking at tickets and I don’t know what dates would work best that I can enjoy the trees changing colors and that me and the kids could enjoy the lake. U did mention it was pretty cold. Plus the house that you stayed at was it a hotel or a cabin ?? I don’t know where to stay so I can get a beutiful view like that. I would totally appreciate it if you could get to me. Thanks a bunch.

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  • Julie

    What a cool idea! All of the food looks divine, as well as your pictures! What kind of camera do you use?

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  • Jessie

    That house looks so nice! Glad you had fun. Love how realistic you are!

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  • Kalli

    That is such a gorgeous view! My family has been talking about going somewhere real pretty next Fall so I’ll definitely have to show them this place!

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  • Kalli

    That is such a pretty view! My family has talked about going somewhere pretty next Fall and I’ll definitely have to recommend this place!

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  • Giusi

    It’s such a pleasure to see you happy Taralynn ! I really mean it ! 🙂

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  • Kristin C

    Gorgeous! I used to work about 10 minutes from Lake Lure.
    This is the first time in 6 years that I am not living in the mountains during the fall. At least I can live through your pictures, right?

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  • Elizabeth

    Your friend group seems really fun! Where did you all meet?
    Loveee all the scenery pictures, #backyardgoals

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  • MacStucker

    I love that you call Bakersfield your “favorite salad spot”!! LOL There’s one here in Cincinnati. I love the Johnny salad too, but the tacos. Oh man, the tacos with their guacamole!! MMMMMMM.

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  • Liz

    Does crystal light ever bother your stomach? Every time I drink it, i get horrible cramping and a headache. Maybe from the sugar substitute? I really want to be able to drink it since it tastes yummy and is low calorie, but no such luck.

    Reply to Liz
  • Denver

    You look hawt!

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  • Jacquelyn K.

    Beautiful scenery! Also loving your costume dresses – I want one for New Year’s Eve! Why didn’t nick and the boys dress up?

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks Jacquelyn!

      The dresses are really cute and come in different colors. Nick came up late Friday night and brought a mask lol (typical) He was dressed up earlier for his work, so I think he had enough 😉

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  • Betsy

    Your photos are absolutely breathtaking. Can we be friends?

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  • Jen

    Omg so beautiful. Where is this cabin? Did you rent it? I live in Charlotte and have been trying to find a pretty cabin like this one to rent for a weekend!

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  • Tara

    That looks like it was a blast! You look really happy! And, that is a sweet picture of you and Nick!

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  • Tessa

    I’m loving your dark hair! It looks great with the red costume. You rocked it!

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  • Desire

    How did you lose so much weight?

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  • KellyAnne

    This post was so much fun. It makes me want to be friends with all of you! I love how fun your posts are and so “realistic.” I read a lot of blogs and they seem so perfect, but you really know how to have a good time. I think that is why yours is my favorite. Where did you get those teal solo cups???? I am having a party for my friend’s birthday next month and her favorite color is teal.

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  • Paige

    OMG! I LIVE DOWN THE ROAD FROM THAT HOUSE! I can’t believe you were so close to me!

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  • Leslie

    You look adorable and I love the devil/angel idea!

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  • Courtney

    You should consider a boob job…

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  • ML Bishop

    We’ve had shit foliage up here in New England- so it was awesome to see your pics! Just stunning!

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  • Kerri Mcgrail

    Looks so fun! love the idea of renting a cabin! The fall foliage is so beautiful- you captured it with some amazing photos! I can’t really do two nights in a row of drinking either- it is too much for me!!

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  • Allison

    I have followed your blog for a few years now and I love keeping up with your life especially since you moved to Charlotte, NC. But I was really excited to read this post because you were in my county! I am from Rutherfordton, NC, and I pass by this house all of the time. I have always imagined what it might look like if it were renovated. Glad you had a fun weekend!

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  • Lyndsey

    You look so good.

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  • Katie @ Katie Wanders

    That house was so beautiful omg great find! Love the idea of a cabin weekend away with friends 🙂

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  • Melissa

    what an amazing weekend!! My friends and I all get a cabin each year around January but the changing leaves in your pictures is making me rethink our strategy..

    What’s in that Jonny salad?? It looks so good!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks Melissa!

      January was our plan last year but we got snowed out! I bet it’s still gorgeous up there.

      The johny salad has mixed greens, bacon, cotija cheese, hearts of palm, avocado, red onion, toasted almonds, and a side of buttermilk chive dressing.

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  • Mandy

    Looked like a fun weekend! The creepy house picture is really pretty!

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  • Emily Weir

    Beautiful pictures! I would be so freaked out at a cabin in the woods on Halloween…sounds like a horror movie waiting to happen 😉 Looks like it was loads of fun though!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks Emily!

      It was less freaky because we had so many people, but we totally talked about it! The creepy thing was that the cabin’s home kept ringing and no one would say anything when we’d answer! Plus at night, we couldn’t see ANYTHING outside, and we kept hearing random things walking around. It was most likely an animal ,but STILL creepy on Halloween!

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  • Jacqueline

    I’m putting Lake Lure on my bucket list! I freakin love the movie Dirty Dancing. For some reason, I always had it in my head it was filmed in the Catskills. Great photos – you and all your friends look super happy 🙂 what a dream Halloween weekend!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you Jacqueline!

      It could have been filmed in both maybe! But, they have signs around the area with “Dirty Dancing Filmed Here” 🙂 Definitely put this on your list!

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  • Heather

    I loved this post! The pictures were GORGEOUS!!!! It looks like you all had a great time in the mountains! Hope you get some rest this week 🙂

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