I am in the process of planning a trip to the NC mountains for Oct. 25-31. I have a few questions: Will there still be color that late? I have booked a cabin in Hot Springs for the first three nights. We wanted a little time to unwind first. Any recommendations for day trips around Hot Springs? How about places to eat or should we plan to eat in at night? The other two places on my list are Blowing Rock and then Highlands. Is that too much to do? If not, what would be the most scenic route from Hot Springs to Blowing Rock and also from Blowing Rock to Highlands. After Highlands we will head home to Mississippi. Places to stay and eat in Blowing Rock and Highlands would be appreciated. I like nice and romantic. Many thanks.