Inspiration: I found it in the mountains. [Photo Diary]

A couple of weekends ago, my fiance and I met my parents at our annual getaway retreat – a small, elegant cottage just outside of Asheville, NC.

The cottage is built like it was constructed a hundred years ago,with finishes and decor from the English countryside. The way the morning light pours into the kitchen makes you feel like you’re living in a poem.

The grounds are 200 acres of undeveloped woods, mountain, stream, river, and pond. There’s a small civil war cemetery at the summit of a lookout hill. I spent a few precious minutes up here with my guitar, playing for them, singing.

We fished, we hiked, we slept in, woke up with the sun, built fires, roasted marshmallows. For the entire weekend, it felt like one collective exhale. We let it all go into the woods.

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The beautiful, inspiring North Carolina countryside. Mountains.

Sarah Spencer

Sarah Spencer is an award winning singer/songwriter based in Nashville, TN. Born in the Sunshine State, Sarah Spencer writes vibrant, shining americana/pop music. She works in Nashville TN as a singer/songwriter, as well as a UX designer for a marketing firm. You can listen to her music at SarahSpencer.com or purchase her debut EP, "Freshman Year" on iTunes.