The Windover Inn Bed & Breakfast
Waynesville Has Great Coffee And Yes, Pumpkin Spice! 30 Aug 2019, 1:01 pm
When we first discovered Waynesville, we were impressed with its offerings for a small town – great shops and restaurants, art and culture, beautiful views of the surrounding mountain ranges, and great coffee. Since that time we have seen microbreweries added, movie theatres revived and even more coffee options!
But before I go further into the coffee options, I need to come clean – I am not a pumpkin spice coffee fan, and can’t even get myself to try it! I love the smell and flavors of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves – and appreciate it in baked goods, but just can’t get into it as an additive to my coffee. I realize, however, with all of the commercials and national advertising I’ve seen lately, that I am definitely in the minority. Apparently, including some family members, people wait with anticipation for the fall season so pumpkin lattes return to menus!
As Waynesville residents, coffee lovers, and bed and breakfast owners, we are proud of and grateful for all of the great places to get a good coffee. We love them all . . . Smoky Mountain Roasters (We serve their Organic Guatemalan and Organic Peruvian Decaf at Windover. Guests have loved it so much they now have the coffee shipped to their home!), Panacea CoffeeHouse, the Espresso Bar at the Strand, Starbucks, and the newest addition, Orchard Coffee Roasters. We drink our coffee black, and add nothing that could hide the flavor, and I can tell you, they all have great coffee.
And, just for you, I’ve checked, and yes, pumpkin spice is showing up on their menus. You’ll just have to come and do the taste testing of that yourself!
Art Festivals Make Gift Buying Easy 26 Aug 2019, 1:42 pm
This coming weekend, Asheville holds its annual Labor Day Downtown Festival of the Arts. It’s held Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM, and is only 30 minutes from us!
With the variety of artists participating, it is a great way to reconnect to art and culture, but also presents the perfect opportunity to find that special Christmas or birthday gift, or maybe just something special for yourself! 🙂
Held in historic Pack Square in downtown Asheville, you can park in one of their downtown lots, (we like the Aloft Hotel lot), or, for some extra fun, why not park free at the Asheville Visitor’s Center at 36 Montford Avenue and take the Gray Line Trolley Tour through Asheville. You park free at the Visitor’s Center, the tickets are $31/person, which gives you 2 days of trolley use. One of their stops is Pack Square, so you can get off, enjoy the art, get that special gift and then get back on again when another trolley comes by. It’s a great way to get the big picture of the town, with local guides sharing their knowledge of Asheville’s history, architecture and local offerings. With 2 days to use your tickets, you’ll have plenty of time to get off and enjoy all of the other stops along the tour the second day, without having to worry about where you will park. If you like to walk, it’s doable from the VIsitor’s Center too. Just remember, if you’re doing some shopping, you’ll also be hauling packages on the way back.
Not able to visit this weekend? No worries, our downtown Waynesville art galleries offer great opportunities to find that perfect gift every day! No festival required!
Experience the Music of the Blue Ridge Mountains 21 Aug 2019, 2:05 pm
It’s hard to believe it is the end of the summer, and the 50th Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival will soon be here! Held August 30th and 31st at Lake Junaluska, this festival is a great way to experience the traditional music of the North Carolina Mountains and reconnect to art and culture.
We’re proud that our county and local music have the distinction of being included in the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina! Along with the rest of Western North Carolina, our area is internationally known for it’s music traditions and some musicians from this area are acknowledged as shaping many forms of American music.
It’s easy to take for granted what is readily available to you – Pickin’ in the Park on Fridays in Canton during the summer, The Stompin Grounds in Maggie Valley, Raymond Fairchild at Maggie Valley Opry House during high season, Mountain Street Dances in downtown Waynesville, and various artists appearing on weekends at places like Frog Level Brewing Co., and the Boojum Brewing Company Taproom.
Rich in history, rich in culture – that’s our home. Proud to live here and time to start kickin’ up those heels!
No Desperation For Season Changes Here 5 Apr 2019, 2:39 pm
Sixteen years ago, we came upon a quaint, small town in Western North Carolina. We loved how it was surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges that were visible from almost every area of the town. As we explored the town shops and restaurants and talked with their owners, we noticed how friendly and happy they seemed, but also noticed how often they said how much they loved living there. The experience caused us to add Waynesville, NC to our list on a bed and breakfast for sale website and to begin our research!
We found out the average annual temperature in Waynesville was in the 50’s, with winter getting very cold at night, but with the altitude and sunny days, feeling warm enough to do without those bulky, heavy winter coats and for golf to occur year around! The summer could get hot, but rarely hit 90 degrees, and again, because of the altitude, the heat came without the humidity! And those beautiful mountain ranges surrounding the area were not only beautiful, but they serve the purpose of breaking up severe weather patterns that would otherwise descend upon the area.
After I missed noticing the first day of Spring had come and gone weeks ago, I realized after living here for 13 years, I was starting to take for granted how fortunate we are to have the variety of the changing seasons and our moderate average temperatures. They do truly contribute to our happiness! Being able to take breathtaking hikes in winter or working in a sun filled yard in February, keeps the desperation we had for Spring when living in Pennsylvania from occurring. Instead, Spring arrives calmly and gradually as I notice the wildflowers and daffodils sprouting, our mountain ranges changing color with their budding trees, and the days getting longer so we have more time to enjoy this beautiful area we live in!
Sweet! 30 Nov 2018, 11:48 am
Congratulations to our maple syrup vendor, Dufresne’s Sugar House!
They received 3 ribbons in this year’s North American Maple Syrup Council’s annual competition. Taking first place for maple cream, second place for golden/delicate syrup and third place for maple candy, they claimed more ribbons than any other entrant, and competed against areas across the US and Canada! Sweet!
Thanks to Keith and Jacqueline Dufresne, we are able to provide quality, real maple syrup to our guests – a priority in this house since Glenn fancies himself a syrup connoisseur. Our guests enjoy their medium amber syrup, a great complement to Glenn’s French Toast, Belgian Waffles and German Apple Pancakes.
Congratulations again Keith and Jacqueline! We appreciate what you do!
Windover’s Little Piece of Biltmore History 29 Mar 2018, 1:59 pm
I must admit, as much as I love our home, and exploring it’s history, there is one area I have refused to explore in search of hidden treasures – our basement dirt crawl spaces. It’s not that I mind getting dirty. (Anyone that has stayed with us and seen me in the garden can attest to that!) No, it’s more the tight quarters that would make me uncomfortable and claustrophobic. Luckily though, that was not a problem for our insulation contractor, and you guessed it – a treasure was found!
We did some research, and according to local folks, Biltmore Dairy made deliveries in Waynesville. I have no doubt that Pearl, Windover’s original owner, made sure Old HIckory Street was on their route. The BIltmore Estate’s museum staff was very generous, and shared with us what they could tell us. Apparently, plastic crates replaced the metal milk bottle crates in the 1950’s and were used until the 80’s, when the Biltmore Dairy sold to Pet Inc. To some, this may not be much of a treasure. After all, at most, it’s probably as old as I am! But to us, it’s just another piece of the puzzle that is the history of Windover – and we’re excited to have it!
We’re trying to think of some creative way to use it in the Inn, but for now we’ll just proudly display it in the sitting room for all to see. So now when you come to stay with us to visit the Biltmore – there will be a little piece of it’s history right here to greet you!
DuPont State Forest 8 Feb 2015, 3:29 pm
Yesterday we enjoyed a rare weekend ‘day off’ due to some work being done at the inn, so we headed down to DuPont State Recreational Forest. For some reason this is one place we hadn’t visited in our nine years here. It was a beautiful 60+ degree spring-like day in February; the kind of mild winter day we have grown to look forward to – and love – here in western North Carolina. The 60 mile trip took us a little over an hour. With the weather and the views cooperating, the time went by quickly.
We arrived about 1PM and found the parking lot at the Visitor’s Center already full. After turning around and heading back out to find a space in another lot we spotted what was literally the last (or first!) space at the entrance. Then we remembered this was a Saturday – a rare time for us to be out and about – but clearly a day when most everybody else was!
DuPont Forest was one of the film locations for the first Hunger Games. As we left the Visitor Center along the wide white sandy path that cut through the thick forest, it became clear why this area was chosen for many of the movie’s forest scenes. The dense forest growth was as impressive as anything you’d find in the deep Appalachian wilderness, but the path was very wide and well manicured; tailor made for a film crew, cameras and booms. In our 2.5 mile hike, we passed two majestic waterfalls: High Falls and Triple Falls. A third waterfall, Hooker Falls, is also nearby.
DuPont is a relatively compact park, yet for all the vehicles in the parking areas, we didn’t feel like we were part of a tourist herd even though we were in the most popular area of the park between Hooker Falls and the Visitor Center. In fact as we hiked back along Triple Falls Trail, we were often the only hikers in sight. The park layout obviously does a good job in spreading out the visitors so that it doesn’t feel crowded. In all there are 84 trails for all abilities. Most are fairly short – less than a mile. But there are some of between 2 and 4 miles. Many of these are multi-use trails for equestrian and bicycling as well as hiking.
DuPont Forest is a nice day trip – or part of a day trip – for anyone looking for an easy (or at least short) hike with lovely scenery. It was really more like a walk in the woods in the area we chose. Wide trails with no tricky footing issues; gently sloping inclines and declines, but nothing steep except for the steps down to the base of Triple Falls. All told, we enjoyed a leisurely day out- and-about in another beautiful location not too far away!
Gorges State Park, Gorgeous Way to Reconnect With Nature 17 Mar 2014, 11:57 amGorges State Park is about an hour and 20 min from us (about 60 miles) and is part of the Southern Loop Day Trip we made up for our guests. The day trip to the park from Waynesville is a great way to see a little bit of everything, and gives you a lot of options to see a number of our Western North Carolina attractions. It starts with with a stop in the town of Franklin, continues along the beautiful Rt. 64 Mountain Waters Scenic Highway for some of the best Western North Carolina waterfall viewing and before you get to the park there is a stop off in the towns of Highlands and Cashiers if you want to do some shopping, or just get a bite to eat. We asked Melissa to check out the hiking, because we ran out of time the day we mapped out the day trip. (Someone has to earn a living around here!) A fairly new North Carolina state park, Gorges has a very nice visitors center with a paved parking lot, and something I really appreciate restrooms!
Melissa found the trails to be beautifully maintained and according to the park information, along those trails is an abundance of rare wildlife and plant species. It never ceases to amaze all of us how many rich, natural resources our area has! With a number of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, fishing and the beautiful waterfalls, this North Carolina park is a must do when visiting the mountains of Western North Carolina.
There are conflicting reports online, but Rainbow Falls itself is anywhere from 125′-150′ high and is obviously breathtaking (Niagara Falls is 167′)!
According to Melissa, the trail takes you right on top of the falls. ( I want to experience that Lion King moment!) After you make it to the top, there is a skinny trail between 2 rocks, and if you continue on the trail you can get to another waterfall, Turtleback Falls.
No doubt we’ll all be going back several more times to Gorges until we get to see everything. But this week, as Glenn and I tackle the trail (look for Glenn’s photos on Facebook), while Melissa will be tackling the mountains of laundry!
Oh well, it’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it!
Waynesville Bait & Tackle Gets You Connected 8 Mar 2014, 1:14 pm
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!
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.
Beginning in April the store is open 7 days a week, 6-6 Mon thru Sat and 6-5 on Sun.
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:
Fishing along Big Creek Trail and Reconnecting with Nature 7 Mar 2014, 4:01 pm
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!