A Fall Evening at The Windover Inn Bed & Breakfast

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mast General Store in Downtown Waynesville Connects the Past and Present




Mast General Store is an authentic and nostalgic downtown emporium only about a mile from the inn. It features clothing, camping gear, gourmet foods, kitchenware, candy, toys, shoes and hiking boots. They have everything you need and things you didn't know you needed. A great place to do some holiday shopping and purchase souvenirs to take back home. The hours are Monday thru Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-6. There are three floors and each floor is worth checking out.





One of my favorite finds at Mast are these walking sticks. They are unique and are made from Tennessee hardwoods. Prices are $50-75 and they are located on the lowest floor where you can smell the popcorn and hear the old wood floors creak as the people walk above you.


 On the top floor they have really nice hiking and camping gear. And if you have any questions or need any help they have a knowledgeable, friendly staff who are always eager to help. These packs are reasonably priced for a good pack around $175.




 They have quality long sleeve tees and sweatshirts which are great souvenirs and also look good. These are on the main floor the level you walk in off of main street towards the back. The price on the tees and  sweatshirts are $25.


 A local artist makes these hand warmer mugs. They are designed to keep your hands warm on those chilly winter nights and mornings. They have left and right handed mugs and a good selection of colors. These are located on the bottom floor and under $20.




Also on the bottom floor against the back wall you will find these local jams, jellies and preserves. They all look so good it is hard to pick
one so maybe get a few to take with you. Most of them run under $10.














 To the left of the jams is every kind of kitchen gadget you can imagine. A great gift for anyone who enjoys cooking and maybe a helpful tool for those that don't. Most of these gadgets are under $10.











And don't forget gifts for the four  legged ones.
Around the stairs on the bottom floor there are treats and toys for your pets. The dog biscuits
are around $7 a box.






Back on the main floor you will find women's, men's clothing, bags, jewelry, hats and footwear.
















Now back to the best floor the bottom floor. The one thing that keeps me going back to Mast is the feeling I get when I see barrels full of candy. Just get a basket and pick out whatever you want take it to the register and they'll weigh it for $6.99/lb its a lot of fun especially on a rainy day. And you can check out all the great toys most you don't find in a toy store or even purchase one for someone or yourself. You can't help but smile on the this floor. Here is there website if you need any more information

http://www.mastgeneralstore.com/Communities/wv/

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Reconnecting with Nature at Eastatoe Falls

About 50 miles from the Windover Inn I connected with Eastatoe Falls. After one of the guests mentioned its beauty I decided to check it out. The drive was about an hour and a half  going through Pisgah National Forest on 276 S.  I passed Looking Glass Falls, a must see and right off the road. When I got to Brevard, I made a right to get on 64W and continued until I hit US178 and made a left towards the town of Rosman. I followed US178 until I found this sign and a gravel road on my right, a little over 3 miles.
 
The owner happened to be outside when I pulled up and he assured me that all are welcome. He has a few signs up for parking I just went to the right of the house and parked.
After I parked I could hear the falls, its a short walk through his back yard and I was there.



 This wasn't a hike just a short walk but worth it. Its hard to believe its somebody's backyard.