Wednesday, September 26, 2007

FOLIAGE WATCH: REPORT 1



The first hints of Autumn have arrived with the turning of a few leaves on the trees. We'll be providing weekly "Foliage Watch" reports on Wednesdays here at the innblog. Feel free to drop by the blog to get your fall foliage fix.

Dave went out on a hike with two eager innpugs the other day (taking the scenic western forest service trail at the end of our property). He took the camera and captured one of the first trees in our "neighborhood" to change:



Back at the Inn, the walnut trees are changing faster than everything else. They line our drive and provide a nice frame for looking through into the orchard and national forest across the way.



A few trees across our little mountain lake are showing the first signs of brilliant color as well. Here's one:



This is just the start to what we hope is a beautiful fall here in western North Carolina.

Oh, and we found a great blog to keep up with the fall foliage called the Asheville Fall Color Hunter Blog. Check it out for updates on fall foliage reports throughout our area.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

PRE-FALL PLANTING

Brigette spent a good, theraputic, two hours planting baby perennials that arrived last week from Blue Stone Perennials (http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/). Now that summer is pretty much over, it's getting darker earlier, so more gardening therapy continues tomorrow.

The first of our new arrivals include asters, monarda, phlox and false indigo. We've ordered more perennials and lots of Spring bulbs from other nurseries and they'll get here in a few weeks.



We also have echinacea (purple coneflower) and, just to try something new, we ordered baby's breath. Brigette planted both the purple coneflowers and baby's breath around the bird feeder and hopefully, that will provide a nice 3-foot high circle of blooms in the center of the garden during the summer.

Here's a shot of one of our baby echinacea, which has been planted, along with baby's breath, among the moss phlox. The moss phlox is stunning in the springtime around the bird feeder, but now that the evenings are cooler, it's going dormant:

Sunday, September 16, 2007

DINNER RECOMMENDATION: SEPTEMBER

Two of our most recent guests, Max and Susan, told us about their nice experience at Berliner Kindl German Restaurant and Deli in Black Mountain. Max is Bavarian, and was impressed with a restaurant featuring authentic German cuisine (it's owned and operated by a German couple).



Inside the white brick building that houses Berliner Kindl, you'll find items such as Leberkase, Pork Schnitzel, and what we hear is a fantastic Black Forest Torte. They also have a variety of wine and beer, including Franziskaner Weissbier -- their brewery is located right in Max's hometown of Munich.

Berliner Kindl is located on Broadway and is open 11am-8pm Monday-Saturday.

Friday, September 7, 2007

COLORING INSIDE THE LINES

The front hallway is now more cheerful and definitely warmer. Or should we say, we added a little Orange Sherbet (from Lowes' Seaside Retreat collection) and some Mustard Yellow (also from Lowes, from the Waverly collection). Those names don't sound like a tasty combination, but oh, do they make for an outstanding color combination on the walls.



Below is Day 1 of painting. View of the stairway (Mustard Yellow) to the Lake View suite and Creekside Hideaway, with the Great Room in the background:



View of the front porch hallway (Orange Sherbet) leading to the Great Room:



We'll be continuing to paint the walls of the ground floor just as soon as Dave and Brigette agree on a color (the debate continues!).

Monday, September 3, 2007

EARLY SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Two events are coming up in our area that might interest you if you're visiting early this month:

Downtown Swannanoa will hold its first ever street festival on Saturday, September 8, from 2pm to 6pm. The Mill Around the Village Festival will feature live music, arts and crafts booths, food from Swannanoa restaurants (all food items will cost $1 or less), activities for kids, contra dancing, and Swannanoa heritage and history displays.

The Mill Around the Village Festival is presented by the Swannanoa Pride Community Coalition, and is generously supported by over 30 businesses and organizations. Admission is free. Please note, it is requested that pets remain in the comfort of your home rather than be taken to the festival.

The festival will be held in the historic downtown area of Swannanoa, where Park Street meets the railroad tracks (alongside the First Baptist Church of Swannanoa). Frank Blankenship, a long-time Swannanoa resident and one of the festival organizers, came up with the idea of holding the festival in the downtown "mill village" area of Swannanoa as a way to bring the community together, showcase local businesses, and generate excitement about the possibilities for revitalization. Local artist Ken Pittman designed the logo.
Music at Mill Around the Village will kick off with Desperado, a local rock and blues band that has pleased crowds at Black Mountain's Sourwood Festival and other venues for years. Victory 5 will entertain festival-goers with gospel music, and local favorite Bud Bradley and his Circle D Bluegrass band will close out the evening with bluegrass tunes and contra dancing. Folks can bring a chair and enjoy the music, kick off their shoes for some old time dancing, or browse the 30 vendor booths.

Festival attendees can also stop by the Heritage Exchange Booth, co-sponsored by the Swannanoa Valley Museum and the Swannanoa Pride Community Coalition, to see photos and other memorabilia, learn about Swannanoa Valley history, and share their Swannanoa stories. Walking maps of the old downtown will be available, and long-time residents will have the opportunity to help map Swannanoa's history by filling in the names of businesses remembered from years past.

For more information about Mill Around the Village, please call 828.337.7545.

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A new date for a great event: Taste of Black Mountain, originally scheduled for June, will take place Thursday, September 13. Over a dozen local restaurants will offer samplings of their best dishes at this annual event, now in its 8th year. Mark your calendar for an evening of fun, festivity and food! For more information, contact the Black Mountain Chamber at 828.669.2300.