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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]

Christmas 2014

It is the Christmas season, the most joyous time of the year.  A time that we celebrate our Savior's birth and talk of peace on earth and goodwill towards  men. But that seems like unrealistic hope these days.  International terrorism is rampant … [Read more]

Four Seasons

One of the most enjoyable perks of living in Western North Carolina is  getting to enjoy all four seasons.  Our spring this year was as beautiful as ever with emerging "spring green" spreading over the mountains like icing on a hot cake.  The spring … [Read more]

Through Children’s Eyes

It is July, near the middle of our season, and it has been an interesting year already.   Harper Davison is our summer intern from Arkansas Tech and she has been learning all the adventures and challenges of a family business and inn.  She … [Read more]


                 Someone recently asked me if I had given much thought of my legacy at Hemlock Inn.  Lainey and I are second generation innkeepers.  We have run this family owned inn for 27 years, an usually long time as innkeeping goes.  And we plan … [Read more]

News From the White House…and some from the Inn

Thought the headline might capture your attention, but I wanted to take the liberty of sharing the latest news from our house...the White's house. This is a big weekend for Lainey and me because we get to celebrate two graduations. First we go … [Read more]

There is nothing like the Great Smoky Mountains!

Now that spring is upon us, I have had the opportunity to do get out and do a little hiking.   Over the last two weeks, I have been to the far western and far eastern parts of the park.  Last weekend, I hiked the seven mile Twenty Mile Loop.  This is … [Read more]