|One of the Famous white squirrel and a scene from O. P. Taylor's|
Our random stop in Brevard, NC on the way to pick up our camper from Camp Highlander last month provided my crew's #1 surprise of the summer.
Led by our now required travel companion Atlas Obscura, we made a minor detour in hopes of catching sight of one of the city's famed white squirrels. Guided by locals, we struck out at the beautiful grounds of the Silvermont Mansion before heading to the campus of Brevard College on the edge of town. After finding a colony of baby rabbits, the kids were ecstatic to discover the character above.
My favorite discovery of the day was O.P. Taylor's downtown, justifiably billed as the Coolest Toy Store on the Planet. We spent an hour here exploring two stories of every imaginable Lego set, model car kit, magic trick and board game. I would make a return trip in the fall just to have more time here. A must for kids and parents missing the old school experience of pre-Amazon toy shopping.
After hitting a pop-up bluegrass performance on the square and a tour of the WSQL Radio studios, we had a quick dinner at Mayberry's Soups and Sandwiches before heading out.
Brevard is less than an hour south of Ashville, NC and well worth the three hour drive from Atlanta. See you on the road.