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The Oak Tree

I am devastated.  My favorite tree on our 57 acres is a large white oak that sits at the end of our parking lot, near the lamppost and walkway up to the inn.  I don’t know how old it is, but it is massive and perfectly shaped and provides shade for … [Read more]

Checkout Time is 11:00am

    Our Sunday routine is pretty simple, just like all our other days.  We ring the bell and serve our family style home cooked breakfast promptly at 8:30am.  Sunday’s breakfast is always scramble eggs, cheese grits, local sausage and … [Read more]

“We were looking for a place like this…”

  Our Memorial Day Weekend just ended and it was a good one.  It was good not only because we had lots of folks here, but also because of the quality of those guests. First, we had a family reunion consisting of old friends and regular … [Read more]

National Park Centennial

As you are probably aware, 2016 marks the centennial of the National Park Service.  All year long, there will be special programs and information about the wonderful national parks in our country.  I love to watch CBS Sunday Morning News (taped of … [Read more]

One Week

Hemlock Inn opens for our new season in one week…on Wednesday, April 20.  We have been working very hard for the last month getting ready for you.  For those who have been to the inn, you will immediately notice a few changes.   The most … [Read more]

Family Time

Winter time is family time for us. The Inn is closed most of January, February, and March. For us, this is the time we use for rest, relaxation, and family. We went to Florida for some personal time of rest early in the winter, and then took trips … [Read more]


Appalachia is the cultural region stretching from New England all the way down to the southern states of Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.  It is primarily a mountainous area that is steeped in nature.  It is an area abundant with rivers, streams, … [Read more]

Why are we Innkeepers?

As you know, Hemlock Inn closes every winter, except for a few get away weekends and some special events.    Lainey and I use the winter months to rest from the exertion of the season past, and begin preparations and planning for the next season.  … [Read more]

A Good Man

As you probably know, Dean Smith recently passed away.  He was part of my childhood.  Being raised in and around North Carolina in the 60’s & 70’s, I was an avid fan of the UNC Tarheels.  I started following them when Charlie Scott was a player … [Read more]

Dawn of the New Year -2015 

I actually took this picture a few mornings ago just as the sun was coming up over Hemlock Inn, but I think it symbolizes our hopes for 2015. A new year brings new opportunities and horizons.  We start new and fresh with renewed dreams and … [Read more]