Sasso and I stayed in a cabin about 20 minutes from Jefferson, North Carolina: the Cabins at Healing Springs.
The cabins were built in the 1930s, near a natural spring believed to have healing powers. The structure built over the spring burned down a few years ago, leaving only this at the site (probably all of 50 feet from our cabin):
We drove into West Jefferson for dinner. West Jefferson is a cute, old-fashioned, somewhat touristy, town that has a reputation for being very dog-friendly. We ate at a restaurant our hostess at the Cabins recommended: Boondocks Brewing Tap Room and Restaurant. (Okay, technically I ate; Sasso twined around my legs and the table legs, getting us all tangled up.) Boondocks has a large outdoor deck, with heaters, which were unfortunately not on while we were there. The staff was very friendly, though, and I had a tasty burger and a Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout (so far my favorite North Carolina beer).
After dinner we headed back to our little cabin and strolled up and down the road near in front of the cabins until Sasso settled down (it was a tough day, filled with lots of new experiences, for an uneasy puppy). And I saw the Milky Way for the first time.