A Fall Evening at The Windover Inn Bed & Breakfast

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving from our Table to Yours

Today was a typical day at the inn. Earlier we served breakfast for 2 couples, then turned over their rooms after check-out. This afternoon we welcomed three new couples. Actually "new" is a misnomer, since all of today's guests have been here many times before. That's nice since we can share today's holiday spirit with these friends we've made here over the years.

This is a time when we think about how fortunate we've been over the past year. We have a business and lifestyle we enjoy, we make new friends each time our doorbell rings with new guests, or - like today - renew acquaintenances with old friends who are returning to visit us and our inn. Part of our Windover extended family.

Needless to say, we do not celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving here at the inn. Between working and Glenn not eating meat, there's not much that's traditional at all. But Glenn did prepare a vegetarian feast that made some turkey happy, somewhere. Pictured are 'before' and 'after' views of our dinner which we devoured in the early afternoon. The recipes are from the November/December issue of Vegetarian Times. The article is entitled, 'The Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu.' (And it was delicious, and executed perfectly by Chef Boy 'o Boy!)

One part of the tradition is still very evident though, and that is how thankful we are for all of our blessings, but a holiday doesn't have to come to make us feel that way. We count our blessings every day, and feel very fortunate for the life we have, even if it's got some downsides (maybe someday we'll be able to talk our family into moving here).

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 1, 2010

A Day on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Last week in between our innkeeping duties, we took a ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We needed to run some errands in Asheville, so we decided to travel part way there via the Blue Ridge Parkway. It didn't appear to be a great day for vista viewing, or so we thought, as the day started with a steady drizzle. But short periods of the sun peeking through the grey haze gave us some hope! Only a 10 minute drive from the inn, the Blue Ridge Parkway is easily accessible for us and our guests. Quite a perk for living in a lovely little town ringed by 6,000 foot mountains! As expected, grey clouds and drizzle greeted us as we entered the Parkway, but as we ascended toward the "Highest Point" just a few miles from our entrance point at Big Balsam, the clouds lifted like a giant veil revealing a vista of teeming colors and textures below. And what views!! Even though some of the 'best' color had passed, there was still plenty for our eyes to behold.

The beautiful colors of fall were especially dramatic this year, and even today there is still significant color to be viewed in and around Waynesvlle. Come and see for yourselves!