Sunday, December 27, 2009

Barn Quilt in North Carolina At Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast

Barn quilts...never heard about them until a couple of months ago when Ron came back from a tourism development meeting where there was a discussion about barn quilt tours. Colorful quilt blocks, usually 8x8 and then hung on a building or painted right on the building itself. I have seen them during our driving trips but didn't really know the name or history.

Donna Sue Groves is the person who originally conceived the idea of barn quilts.
Please take the time to watch her video by clicking on her name. Growing up in West Virginia, Donna Sue and her family would play a simple game of counting the barn advertising signs, such as Chew Mail Pouch, See Rock City, Seven Caves, Natural Bridge and Drink R C Cola on long road trips. During vacations, she delighted in watching for the colorful geometric Hex signs scattered throughout Pennsylvania. Her family used barn watching as an opportunity for family discussions, a way to pass the long hours riding in the car, and as a history lesson.

In 1989 she and her mother purchased a farm in Adams County, Ohio. On the farm was a tobacco barn. Donna Sue promised her mother that someday she would paint a quilt square on it for her. As the years passed she kept thinking about her tobacco barn and the quilt square that she had promised to paint. In 2001 the barn became her canvas to paint a colorful quilt square to honor her mother, an accomplished quilter. But the mural soon morphed into an arts-based tourist attraction that other communities began imitating..

Donna Sue’s early vision was to create an imaginary clothesline of interconnecting barns decorated with quilt squares across Ohio and the nation thus creating a National Quilt Barn Trail.

A National Quilt Trail is rapidly spreading across Ohio to Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Iowa, and North Carolina and beyond. Over 400 colorful quilt squares adorn barns, flood walls and other significant community structures.

Ron and I found this very interesting and decided to have a barn quilt designed for us. Our son, Josh used his artistic abilities to create it. It's a visual image of comfort, family, who we are and where we come from. Thank you Josh for your creative insight! Come to Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast and see for yourself.

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Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Active Duty Military Getaway Giveaway from Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast

R&R Giveaway Getaway from Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast
North Carolina B&B Offers Some R&R for the Active Military

Waynesville, NC: Ron and Rachel Reid, owners of the Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, NC are reaching out to all active military couples in need of a special getaway. We are honored by those who are willing to serve our country and this is our way to thank you for your service.

The Reid’s are extending (3) all inclusive two day R&R getaways to military couples who are enlisted in active duty. We want to hear your story on why you both need this mountain respite. Simply email us at or send a letter explaining your story in one page or less to:

Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast
92 Daisy Ave
Waynesville, NC 28786

We will award 3 deserving couples to the following, complimentary:

· All inclusive 2 night stay (Sunday-Thursday, non-holiday)

· Signature candlelit breakfast, including dessert, each morning

· Snacks throughout the day plus afternoon freshly baked goodies

· Use of our recreation room, fitness studio and sauna

· Two coffee mugs with a bag of our freshly ground coffee

The R&R Getaways will be arranged, one a month starting in March, 2010 to U.S. residents, 25 years or older who is not employed by or related to Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast. All letters from interested participants must be received no later than February 1, 2010. One letter per person is allowed. Duplicate entries will eliminate interested parties from consideration. R&R recipients will be notified by email or phone. R&R Getaways are not transferrable and may not be combined with any other offers or promotions. R&R getaways will be scheduled no later than December 23, 2010, are subject to availability, and blackout dates may apply.

Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast is an AAA Triple Diamond property named Best of the South by members. Our impressive accommodations are surrounded by the beauty of the mountains, just a quick walk to all the happenings in the quaint town of Waynesville and many outdoor adventures. Experience our southern hospitality, the sumptuous breakfasts, your own fireplace, plush beds and our Recreation/Fitness room.

For more information, contact Ron & Rachel Reid at 828-452-3089 or visit


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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Cookie Recipes From Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast

My holiday cookies are done! I made 10 different kinds this year. I have my old standbys such as my Holiday Biscotti with Cranberries and Pistachios, Almond Thumbprints from Marlene Sorosky, Bill's Butter Cookies, Mexican Wedding Cakes and more. But, every year I have to try new recipes. Well, I really found a new winner, literally, Choco-Peanut Butter Cups, a 2006 Bake-Off Pillsbury Winner. I tweaked a couple of things and voila it tastes like a Buckeye, and you all know that chocolate and peanut butter are my favorite flavors!

Choco-Peanut Butter Cups
1 roll(18oz) Pillsbury refrigerated peanut butter cookies

1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 24 mini muffin cups with cooking spray. Cut cookie dough into 24 slices. Press each slice into bottom and up side of each mini muffin cup, forming 1/4 inch rim above top of cup.
(Hint- Use the Pampered Chef
Mini Tart Shaper). Bake 10-15 minutes and cool for 5 minutes. With Mini Tart Shaper, press dough down in center of each cup to make room for 2Tbs. filling.
2. Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, melt white chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter over low heat, stirring constantly. Divide mixture evenly into cookie cups (about 1Tbs. each). Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

3. In same 2-quart saucepan, melt chocolate chips and remaining 1/2 cup peanut butter over low heat, stirring constantly. Divide chocolate mixture evenly on top of peanut butter mixture in each cup (about 1Tbs.each). Sprinkle chopped peanuts over top of each. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.

WOW!! Are these amazing!
Enjoy every morsel.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Holiday Festivals in the Mountains

Tis the season of holiday festivals galore. Here's the list so far! We have rooms available. Call us.

Nov 06, 2009 to Jan 02, 2010 - Christmas At Biltmore
Holidays arrive at America's largest home® in style. More than a century ago, George Vanderbilt chose this magical season as the time to unveil his new home to family and friends. On Christmas Eve 1895, he opened Biltmore House's doors for a regal yuletide celebration. This year's Christmas at Biltmore promises another beautiful celebration, complete with more than 40 Christmas trees, miles of ribbon, garland, lights and holiday music.

Dec 7, 2009 to Jan 03, 2010 - National Gingerbread House Competition
For the fourth year, the Grove Arcade and the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa are partnering to display entries from the annual National Gingerbread House Competition. Beginning November 18 and running through January 3, the Arcade will display 35 of the whimsical entries. In a change, the houses will be displayed together in Suite 115 on the O. Henry side of the building in a winter wonderland setting. The public is invited to view the houses Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m.

December 12 - A Night Before Christmas
Waynesville 828-456-3517
Come share our Holiday Tradition. Caroling, live Music, a live Nativity, Pictures with Santa, old-fashioned wagon rides, storytelling, poetry and more. Main Street is lined with hundreds of luminaries. Shops and restaurants remain open till 9 pm.

December 12 - Great Smoky Mtns. National Park 75th Anniversary Celebration “Festival of Christmas Past”
Sugarlands Visitor Center 865-436-1291
Enjoy a celebration of Christmas and winter in the Smokies. Free Event and open to the public. 9am -4pm

December 18—Holiday Season Begins
Cataloochee Ski Area 800-768-0285
Holiday rates apply everyday during the holidays through January 2, 2009. Enjoy night skiing under the stars every night beginning December 18, with the exception of Christmas Eve- even on New Year’s Eve.

December 19 - Great Smoky Mtns. National Park 75th Anniversary Celebration “Holiday Homecoming”
Oconaluftee Visitor Center 828-497-1904
Free Event and open to the public. 10am – 2pm

December 25 - Merry Christmas! Ski and Ride with Santa
Cataloochee Ski Area 800-768-0285
Cataloochee opens for skiing & riding with Santa at 1PM.
Make us part of your family’s Christmas Day celebration and join us for turkey & all the trimmings in the lodge. Open until 10PM.

December 31, 2009 - New Years Eve Spectacular, Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast
We have an affordable romantic getaway all planned for you and your sweetheart. Spend at least two nights with us and find a plateful of chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne waiting for you in your room in front of your fireplace. On New Year's Eve spend a couple of hours with us and all of our guests in our Garden Room sampling an array of hors d'oeuvres and sipping on wine. At 7:30PM you're invited to a four course dinner, at our neighboring bed and breakfast with a champagne toast. Next morning we will have a holiday breakfast with a special dessert waiting for you. Come join us and let the New Year begin!
Add $199.00/couple plus tax, to any room choice. Price includes gratuity.

December 31 - New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds 828-497-8122

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