Monday, April 27, 2009

Waynesville Explodes with Weekend Events

Art After Dark and A Taste Of Chocolate...what more can you ask for in one weekend? The first Friday of every month starting on May 1, showcases all of our wonderful galleries and studios in downtown Waynesville, NC. All of them have special venues for the evening and you can stroll at your leisure. The uniqueness and diversity of all of our artists is what makes our town stand out.
Who doesn't love chocolate. We serve it regularly at Andon-Reid Inn whether it's a brownie hot fudge sundae for our dessert at breakfast or our decadent flourless chocolate tort for the afternoon delight. A Taste of Chocolate is
an evening of sweet delights to benefit the Haywood-Jackson Volunteer Center. This year's event will be held at the Maggie Valley Country Club. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. In addition to chocolate, guests will be invited to sample coffee at the coffee bar, visit the wine or milk bar and bid on an array of silent auction items to be provided by area businesses, artists and crafters. Entertainment throughout the evening will be provided by Empty Slate and takeout boxes will be available for purchase.

All in all there are always so many things to do in western North Carolina and especially in our quaint town of Waynesville.

Rachel Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper

Friday, April 24, 2009

Motorcycle Rally in the Smokies

Well it is that time of year again when we listen for the thunder in the Smokies, brought to us by over 3500 motorcyclists that arrive in the tiny Smoky Mountain town of Maggie Valley. Twice a year spring and fall, for the past seven years this wonderful rally makes its way through the mountains and they are awakened with the roar of the bikers. Thunder in the Smokies takes place at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds and features beer, bands a bike show, and more. Scheduled acts for 2009 include South Dakota rocker Jasmine Cain and bands Warhorse and Scotty Box. Friday night at dusk a drive-in motorcycle movie will be shown. Saturday morning a guided ride up to Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway will be offered.

Andon-Reid Inn is less than 10 minutes from Maggie Valley and we are proud to say that we are biker friendly and garage the bikes for their owners so they needn't worry about their well being.
We always have our regulars come back plus a few newbies. They walk through our door and say "what are you making for dessert tomorrow morning? We're going to need the fuel." Our bikers know the ropes.

Rachel Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Waynesville, North Carolina Hosts Quick Draw 2009

Andon-Reid Inn is fortunate to be located in the quaint town of Waynesville, North Carolina. This great town is not only known for the scenic mountain vistas but we are inundated with fabulous artists, studios and galleries.

One of the liveliest known events is Quick Draw. This is an annual benefit for the arts. Fine artists race the clock to start and complete original art in just one hour. They actually bring their studios to you! You can chat with them before the starting bell and stroll around their working stations as they create original art. It's mesmerizing to watch all different mediums at work in this arena. At the end of the hour these completed pieces plus other completed works are offered in a silent auction.
Each artist then donates half or more of the auction price for art teacher grants, student scholarships and to promote the Western North Carolina area as an arts and crafts destination. It's a wonderful way to spend a Saturday night!

Come join us on Saturday, April 25, 2009 5:30PM-9:30PM

Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Great Smoky Mountains Driving Adventure to Ohio

Today we're on our way to Cincinnati to visit our children and grandchildren, especially our new little one Miles Parker, haven't met him yet. We always look forward to this trip from Andon-Reid Inn, not only because of the obvious but the drive is beautiful. The first hour is an amazing drive through the Great Smoky Mountains range and Appalachian trail through Western North Carolina and into Tennessee. As soon as we leave the Knoxville area we drive through the outskirts of Cumberland Gap...awesome vistas.In Kentucky the many many miles of horse country. As we get closer to Ohio we drive just past Covington, Kentucky through an area called "The Cut in the Hill" and all of a sudden you get the most beautiful view of Cincinnati. Then all I can think about is Graeter's Ice Cream. Yes, I'm ashamed to say I am a Graeter's junkie. All my kids know that when I'm in town it's 2 scoops of Graeter's every night!

Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Great Smoky Mountains -The Return of the Elk

One of the wonderful things about Western North Carolina are all of the mountain ranges that surrounds us. Andon-Reid Inn is central to the Great Smoky Mountains, Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

We love sending our guests up into Cataloochee Valley, an area of the Great Smoky Mountains for hiking and viewing wildlife. The edges of Cataloochee's meadows are good places to look for elk, deer, bear, wild turkey and other wildlife.

The Elk which once roamed the southern Appalachian Mountains were eliminated with all the over-hunting and loss of habitat. The return of the elk has been a mission of the National Park Service since 2001 with outstanding success. We pack a picnic for our guests and send them up there to do some great hiking and then in the late afternoon just sit back and view the elk as they graze. In the Spring most elk shed their antlers and immediately begin to grow new ones. Most calves are born in the June as well as the antlers by August can reach the width of 5 feet. Male elk make their legendary bugling calls to challenge other bulls and attract cows in the fall and in winter they grow a two-layer coat for the cold months ahead.

Whenever you are visiting us in Waynesville, NC, the elk will be here waiting for you in all their glory.

Rachel Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Spring in Western North Carolina-Snow in April?

Every year Spring arrives and I am loving the warmer weather and all the new growth and smells that this season provides for us. Then it snows. It always seems to be right around the Easter holiday. Sorry, I still can't get use to it. It's not suppose to snow anymore! The good news is that it is short lived. I then started thinking about our quaint town of Waynesville and how beautiful it is when it does snow. The shops are mostly unique to our town and one of my favorites is The Mast General Store. The Mast General Store was built in 1882 by Henry Taylor and opened in 1883 in Valle Cruscis, North Carolina. There are 9 of them now in the area. The best part for me is walking downstairs where all the candy bins are and hearing the creaky floors above you. They recently renovated the store and I checked to make sure that they didn't fix the floors. They didn't! The walk into town from the Andon-Reid Inn is less than a mile and well worth it. Walking through the store is like going back in time and it's a great place to explore.

Rachel Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Blue Ridge Parkway, Enjoy the Great Outdoors

It's absolutely beautiful here in Western North Carolina today so I thought we should take advantage and go out and explore. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a great place to spend some quality time and it's right around the corner from the Andon-Reid Inn, MM#443.1. I decided to pack up a picnic lunch and off we went. The drive is incredible and the colors of spring were amazing. We pulled over to the side of the road and took a short hike into Waterrock Knob which is MM#451. It's only about a half mile hike but it takes you up to the summit which is 6,292 feet. Needless to say it was a bit chilly up there ( if you know me, I'm not a cold weather lover) but the spectacular views were well worth it.

Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper