Terrell House Bed and Breakfast
Take in the Views and the Arts on a Visit to Burnsville 26 Jul 2015, 10:52 am
In Burnsville – the only town and the county seat of Yancey County – you won’t find high-rise buildings, gridlock traffic and honking horns. What you’ll get in and around this small, mountain town are great riches in nature and art. Yancey is the most mountainous county in North Carolina, holding five of the highest peaks in eastern America, including Mt. Mitchell, which at 6,684 feet is the highest point east of the Mississippi. Amid these peaks are forests, nationally protected land and a host of small communities – and a population that is thick with artists. Scattered around the county, you will see the work of woodworkers, glass blowers, potters, metal-smiths, weavers, quilters, basket makers, painters and more. You will delight in places such as the downtown Burnsville Toe River Arts Council Gallery (www.toeriverarts.org) . Stop in at One of a Kind Art Gallery in nearby Micaville (wwwooakartgallery .com).Rob Levin blowing glass
Call ahead to visit artists in their studios/galleries. Many of them including potter Claudia Dunaway and mixed-media artist John Richards at Yummy Mud Puddle (www.yummymudpud dle.corn), as well as glass blower Rob Levin (www.robertlevin.com) – welcome visitors to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look and see their work. Plan ahead to take part in the Toe River Studio Tour held twice annually in June and December (www.toeriverarts.org/ studio-tour). Save a lazy afternoon to drive through the Mt. Mitchell Scenic Byway Quilt Trail (at www.quilttrailswnc. org, scroll down to “Trail Maps”).
Art takes the stage at the Parkway Playhouse (www.parkwayplay house.com) where the 2015 season is in full swing. Coming up are performances of “All Shook Up”, “Red” and “The Glass Menagerie.” Many artistic events and festivals take place in Burnsville’s town square.
Cooler summertime temperatures make Yancey County a perfect place for hiking, camping, mountain biking, gem hunting and, of course, cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway, which defines the county’s southeast border.
Burnsville’s B&Bs offer the comforts of home. Remarkable among them is the Terrell House Bed and Breakfast Inn (www.terrellhousebandb.com), where six individually decorated rooms- and a scrumptious breakfasts await -the homemade cinnamon bread makes every morning special. There is a history lesson in every room of the Nu Wray (www.nuwrayinn.com), North Carolina’s oldest operating inn. Its front porch rockers overlook the town square and on weekends family-style Southern meals are offered to guests and the public.
Road Trips: Great riches in nature and art in Yancey County 17 Jul 2015, 9:50 am
Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 10:35 pm
Zenda Douglas/Special Correspondent
In Burnsville, both the only town and county seat of Yancey
County, you won’t find a lot of the things that often come to
wealthier places: high-rise buildings, avenues of McMansions,
traffic and the noise of honking horns. What you will find in this
small, mountain town and its surrounding area are great riches in
nature and art.
Indeed, Yancey County is the most mountainous county in North Carolina, having within its boundaries five of the highest peaks in eastern America, including Mount Mitchell which, at 6,684 feet, is the highest point east of the Mississippi. Amid these peaks are diverse forests, nationally protected land, small communities and a population that is thick with artists. You can’t roam far without encountering an artist, piece of public art, mural, artist studio or gallery. Scattered around the county, you will see the works of woodworkers, glassblowers, potters, metalsmiths, weavers, quilters, basket makers, painters, sculptors, papermakers, photographers and more. Everywhere you look there is nature inspiring art.
Visitors will delight in the local area galleries such as the downtown Burnsville Toe River Arts Council Gallery. Stop in at One of a Kind Art Gallery in nearby Micaville. Call ahead to visit artists in their studios/galleries. Many of them, including, Claudia Dunaway, a potter, John Richards, a mixed-media artist, at Yummy Mud Puddle as well as Rob Levin, a glassblower, welcome visitors to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look and see their work.
Plan ahead to take part in the Toe River Studio Tour held twice annually in June and December.
Art takes the stage at the Parkway Playhouse where the 2015 season is in full swing. Coming up are performances of “All Shook Up,” “Red” and “The Glass Menagerie.” Many artistic events and festivals take place in Burnsville’s town square.
Cooler summer temperatures make Yancey County the perfect place for hiking, camping, mountain biking, gem hunting and, of course, cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Night-sky enthusiasts will want to make their way to the Mayland Community College Blue Ridge Star Park, the first star park in the Southeast United States certified by the International Dark-Sky Association. Construction has started on an observatory building for the largest telescope in the Southeast that is in dark skies and dedicated for public use. Completion is expected this winter.
Burnsville’s bed-and-breakfast inns offer all the comforts of home. Remarkable among them is the Terrell House Inn where six individually decorated rooms and a scrumptious breakfast awaits — the homemade cinnamon bread makes every morning special. There is a history lesson in every room of the NuWray Inn, North Carolina’s oldest operating inn. The rockers on the long front porch overlook the town square. On weekends, family style southern meals are offered to guests and the public.
Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, Burnsville Town Square, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 7-8: With approximately 200 juried crafts, this annual event qualifies as a craft shopper’s paradise. Over 25,000 people attend each year searching for special, one-of-a-kind items created by artisans from across the Blue Ridge. Have a seat and watch as the artisans work throughout the day. Free. For more information call (828) 682-7413.
10th Annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, Burnsville Town Center, 6 South Main St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 10-12:Celebrate the stories of our shared earth. Reflect on our pasts and wonder about the possibilities for our futures. Dual keynote speakers are Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett. Most events are free. For more information, call (828) 208-4731.
Old Timey Fall Festival, Burnsville Town Square, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 26: A full day of old timey family fun. Antique tractor and car parade, live music, kids’ games, arts and crafts, farmers market, food and a great community atmosphere. Free. For more information, call (828) 678-9587.
30th Annual Music in the Mountains Folk Festival, Burnsville Town Center, 6 South Main St., Burnsville, 5:30 p.m., Sept. 26:The festival is dedicated to the preservation of mountain music, culture and includes bluegrass and traditional music, ballad singers, storytellers, and dancing. For more information, call (828) 682-7215.
Blue Ridge Magazine Article 15 Apr 2015, 9:18 am
Excerpt from “Sleeping In School (And not Getting Kicked
May-June 2015 issue of Blue Ridge Country Magazine
“It’s a dream-come-true, especially for former students: The setting where they struggle to stay awake is now a place designed for the best in a comfortable night’s rest.” by Joe Tennis
TERRELL HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST
Mike and Laura Hoskins put a lot of class into making guests feel welcome at their plush and comfy bed and breakfast_ Mike Hoskins is also never tardy in sharing history: The Terrell House was a dormitory in the early 1900s for the Stanley McCormick School, a place where young ladies came to live in the small, mountain town of Burnsville, North Carolina.
“There were probably 12 or 13 girls -and one bathroom,” Mike Hoskins says, grinning. “That must have been a real challenge. But, there was probably an outhouse, too, I suspect.”
In 1927, the Stanley McCormick School became the Carolina New College. Soon after that switch, the college closed during the Great Depression in 1931.
Later, what one school bulletin had advertised as a “Cottage for Young Women” became a private home. Ultimately, this 4,500-squarefoot structure was converted by 1991 into a six-room bed and breakfast by former owners John and Pat Terrell.
The Hoskins couple took over the B&B operations in 2006. And. today, says Mike Hoskins, “Every room has its own bathroom.”
Restaurant for Recess: Terrell House breakfasts boast such fare as pancakes with blueberries plus plenty of coffee.
You can also sample salads, sandwiches, soups and specials like crab cakes or “Bourbon Sirloin” at the Garden Deli (828-682-3946) on Burnsville’s town square.
Bristol Harold Courier – Feb. 27, 2014 8 May 2014, 12:44 pm
BURNSVILLE, N.C. – It’s Sunday morning, and the food just keeps on coming at the Terrell House Inn: pancakes with blueberries plus bacon and coffee. It’s all hot and fresh, just like the fruit served to guests of this historic home, lying less than a mile from the heart of the town square of Burnsville, N.C.
Mike and Laura Hoskins make it a point to make guests feel welcome at their home. But, it’s not like it used to be. And, well, perhaps any guest should be glad of that.That is, the rooms named “Ann” and “Patricia” once were not bedrooms at all, but screened-in porches.
And, wait – we’re not even onto the subject of the bathroom. – ‘A real challenge’
You see, this is more than just another bed-and-breakfast. The Terrell House was once a dormitory for the Stanley McCormick School in the early 1900s, a place where young ladies came to live in this small mountain town.
“There were probably 12 or 13 girls – and one bathroom,” Mike Hoskins said, grinning. “It must have been a real challenge.”
In 1927, the Stanley McCormick School became the Carolina New College but soon closed in 1931 during the Great Depression. After that, what school bulletins had called a “Cottage for Young Women” became a private home. Then, finally, the 4,500-square-foot structure was converted into a bed-and-breakfast, thanks to renovations conducted in the 1990s by former owners John and Pat Terrell.
Today, overnight guests can choose from one of six spacious rooms – all with separate baths – in the renovated home along Burnsville’s Robertston Street, where the Terrell House faces the Stanley McCormick School’s former dining hall, a brick building now used as a Mason Lodge.
Burnsville sits just over the mountains from the Tennessee Tri-Cities, lying along U.S. Highway 19, the same road that cuts through Abingdon, Bristol and Lebanon in Southwest Virginia. It’s about halfway between Boone and Asheville – in Yancey County, with a center square featuring a statue of the man for whom the town was named, Otway Burns (1775-1850), a sailor, soldier and statesman.
Nearby, the Penland School of Crafts draws both visitors and artists to the region, ranging from potters and painters to quilters, crafters and glass-blowers.
What’s also to see: The Western North Carolina Quilt Trails feature nine separate trails that showcase more than 200 huge, wooden quilt blocks hung prominently on barns, buildings and farmhouses throughout the countryside of Yancey County and neighboring Mitchell County.
You’ll find one quilt block above the front door of the Terrell House. And Mike Hoskins points to that large square with particular pride.
“It’s the arts,” Mike Hoskins said. “Yancey and Mitchell counties are USA-renowned for arts and crafts.”
‘It’s a small town’
Year-round, you can taste such fare as salads, sandwiches, soups – and specials like crab cakes or “Bour-bon Sirloin” – at the Garden Deli, open since 1987 on Burnsville’s town square, a popular gathering point for the town’s 1,700 residents.
On the first Friday and Saturday of August, look on the square for the Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair, an event dating to 1956. This event draws as many as 30,000 visitors a year.
Often, still, Burnsville simply serves as a center for something that may not sound unique but is, really, quite special: “peace and quiet,” Laura Hoskins said.
“It’s a small town. It doesn’t change much,” added Mike Hoskins, a businessman who has traveled around the world and bought this bed-and-breakfast in 2006.
“We’re busy from the first of May to the end of October,” Mike Hoskins said. “The uniqueness is the fact that we like people. And, again, the history here is very attractive to people.”
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