Saturday, March 8, 2014
When Melissa was giving us advice about where to fish, she also told us about a shop we didn't know about in Waynesville. And although it's not one of our downtown Waynesville Art Galleries, from what Melissa told us, the owner is definitely familiar with his art - the art of fishing!
Waynesville Bait & Tackle is less then 2 miles from us on Old Balsam Rd. and takes about 5 minutes to get there.
Plan to spend some time there, because they have everything from clothing to bait, rods, licenses and even more importantly, Jim, the owner!
A great resource for all you need to know about fishing in this area, and just a nice guy, Jim's never too busy to share stories and pictures about local catches, and offer some good advice on the subject.
Current hours for the slower season are Mon, Wed, Thurs and Fri 8-5:30, Sat 8-5 and Sun 8-3, closed on Tuesday. The phone number is (828)452-1624. For more info:
Friday, March 7, 2014
Since Western North Carolina fishing is something we haven't tried yet, we asked Melissa to share some information on fishing with us, and to keep us updated with any good spots she finds. (She's getting quite good at it!)
To start, she told us about Big Creek, just about 40 miles and just under an hour from us. This beautiful trail follows the creek and is an easy one, so no strenuous hiking involved! There are many good fishing holes along this 5.2 mile trail, but if its a hot summer day, it's important to remember you may have to compete with swimmers. But no worries, fishing in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is permitted year round with a Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license, and has over 2000 miles of streams with wild trout and many are within an hour of us, so need to wait until summer!
A beautiful waterfall, Mouse Creek Falls is also accessed by Big Creek Trail, so why not put out that "Gone Fishin'" sign and come enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Western North Carolina mountains, the sounds of nature and feel rejuvenated by the sunshine and fresh air after being cooped up all winter long!
Don't know where to get a license? Need supplies? Melissa found a great one stop shop where you can get a license and any other fishing gear you need called Waynesville Bait & Tackle not far from here. She's going to get the details and we'll share them soon!
Labels: Connecting with Western North Carolina by Melissa, fishing, Hiking Waynesville Asheville area, Reconnecting with nature
Monday, February 10, 2014
I often wonder when I meet innkeepers with children still at home - how do they do it? Owning and operating a bed and breakfast requires you to do it all. You have to be flexible and spontaneous, while very organized, so that when the unexpected happens, you're as prepared as you possibly can be. When talking to aspiring innkeepers, I always liken innkeeping to being a parent, because you have to be available 24/7, your home environment and your behavior sets the tone for the guests' experiences, and no matter how you feel, you need to carry on! So, back to my original point - how do they do it?
When I was a working mother years ago it was a lot of hard work, and yes, there were sacrifices, no question, so why would this job be any different for a parent? Schedules were crazy, meals together were almost impossible, and yes, there was more stress than if I would have stayed at home. But, what we didn't have, was our business in our home. So again I must say, how do these innkeepers do it? I need to know!
I'm now faced with a different, yet similar dynamic to juggle. My mother, who lives in Pennsylvania is starting to show signs of needing more help from us. Enough so, that I had to have "that conversation" with her. The one where the adult child begins to parent while maintaining the balancing act of respecting some one's wishes and making sure they are safe, being a loving daughter and a person that gets the job done without breaking any laws.
I've been down this road before. I, along with my brother and sister helped my mother care for my father before he died. We, have been down this road before when Glenn and I and his sister cared for both his Mom and Dad before they died. But at that time, we had jobs that we could take leave from, lived in the same area, and didn't have a bed and breakfast. Unfortunately, my mother doesn't love the idea of living in Western North Carolina like we do - at least not now.
Enter my reconnection with juggling parenting and work, and now I ask myself the question - how will I do it? I feel very fortunate. My sister and brother and I work very well together, and at this point in my life I feel better prepared through life experiences to meet the challenge. I feel stronger than I ever have because I take better care of myself than I did when I was younger, have a supportive spouse and a job I love! And even though Mom is 10 hours away, I have technology that makes it easy to access resources anywhere in the world! So how will I do it? Somehow! And if you have any suggestions, please let me know!
Friday, January 3, 2014
This week our Western North Carolina connection is Robin Blu, a unique home decor and gift shop located in the Hazelwood area of Waynesville. It's only about 5 minutes from the Inn and is a few shops down from Hazelwood Soaps (another great shop), Bourbon Barrel, Beef and Ale, a great restaurant, and Smoky Mountain Roasters, Windover's wonderful coffee supplier.
They carry an eclectic mix of vintage, industrial, rustic and some modern accessories that will fit any home. They also have gifts, jewelry, baby clothes, books, light fixtures and much more. The staff is one of the nicest I've come across in Waynesville, and the layout of the store makes it enjoyable to browse. The prices are very reasonable and they have things you won't find anywhere else. Their hours are
- Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sunday and Monday: Closed
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
|Lake Junaluska, Waynesville, North Carolina|
|Lake Junaluska, Waynesville, NC|
|Lake Junaluska, Waynesville, NC|
Sunday, November 24, 2013
After driving about 47 miles from the Inn I connected with DuPont State Forest. This 10,000 acre state forest has over 90 miles of hiking trails. I chose the 3 mile roundtrip hike which takes you to 3 waterfalls, Hooker Falls, Triple Falls and High Falls. Its not a difficult hike and the trail is gravel and well marked, but there are a few steep spots when reaching the waterfalls. Most of the falls can be viewed from the top and bottom.
It was pretty crowded the weekend I went, but if you arrive earlier, during the week or off season you could avoid the crowds. There are restrooms and picnic areas. The movie Hunger Games was filmed in the park including Hooker Falls and Triple falls. I actually saw some of the filming the first time I went to the park a few years back.
Directions from the Inn- travel 276S through Pisgah National Forest and Brevard, in Penrose there will be a Marathon gas station on your right, turn right here on Crab Creek Rd, continue 4.3 miles to DuPont Rd and make a right after about 3.1 miles you will see Hooker Falls Parking area on your right.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Purchase Knob is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is about thirteen miles from the Inn. It took me about thirty minutes to get there and the hiking time is about one and a half to two hours. The hike starts on Purchase Road at the gate, park here even if the gate is open or you could get locked behind the gate. Then its a gradual climb on a gravel road. The road will split, take the road to the left, there will be a sign for Ferguson Cabin and Cataloochee Divide Trail follow that up. To the right, a grassy path will lead you to Purchase Knob this is a steeper climb but worth it. The round trip distance is about two and a half miles. The Smokies, Pisgah National Forest and the Black Mountains can all be viewed . On the way down there is a short trail to Ferguson Cabin which was built in the 1870's and was inhabited until 1902 it is open and the inside and outside can both be seen. Purchase Knob is great place to spend the day. There are other trails that can be joined for a longer hike and it doesn't seem to get as crowded as some other hikes.