Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads by Carolyn Sakowski is the book to consult for Thanksgiving.
No, it doesn’t have recipes but it has more important help. It will help you entertain your out-of-town guests.
They’ve heard about the beauty, history and culture of the area but they don’t hike and don’t really know where to go. This is where you’ll be able to shine as you take them on backroads.
The book documents 21 driving tours all over Western North Carolina. When I got the book, I went directly to the Overmountain Victory Trail Tour. This trail is mostly a driving trail but it pops up all over the place. It follows somewhat the route that the Patriots took to Kings Mountain to defeat the British Forces. The author took a part of the trail and created a 87-mile driving tour. Along the way, the author explains the history and culture of the area.
For each tour, there’s a map, a driving distance and lots of black and white pictures. At the front, a map of the area shows where each tour lies, so you can quickly decide if you want to go to the starting point.
Carol Sakowski is the publisher of John F. Blair and this is the third edition of her book, so obviously it’s been well-received. The author is doing book tours throughout the whole region, including Malaprops in Asheville on Thursday Sept. 29 at 5:30 P.M.
To see her whole event schedule, see the website.