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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]

Ashley’s Big Announcement

Last night, our friend, Ashley Hackshaw, announced on her blog, lil blue boo, that she and her family will be moving to Hemlock Inn this summer.  I encourage all of you to read not only this particular blog, but the others she has written over the … [Read more]

Never Say Never

When Lainey and I were young newlyweds,  we were having dinner with a group of friends.  One of the couples starting sharing about how their child had scratched up the walls in their hallway riding his tricycle.  Lainey and I gave each other "the … [Read more]

2014 – A Year of Milestones

After the end of our 2013 season, Lainey and I took a little while off to recuperate from another long year.  Now we are back, getting ready for 40 guests coming for President's Day/Valentine's Day this weekend. We are also thinking about 2014, our … [Read more]

Where’s the Love…..

It's Christmas...when we celebrate peace on earth, good will towards men. It is a time of joy, and love.  But recent events have me wondering "Where is the Love?". I normally do not like, or think it is wise, to comment on news events, but I am … [Read more]

The Polar Express

We are close to one of our favorite times of the year!  We love the fall and all its color and cool days.  We love seeing so many of our regular guests who come that time of the year.  But I am also talking about the Polar Express. For the past … [Read more]

Blue Zones

Have you heard about "Blue Zones"?  This is new to me but I recently saw a report and was curious so I did a little checking.  Blue Zones  refer to a few areas of the world where folks have longer life expectancy than most.  Not surprisingly, their … [Read more]

Memories

I am certainly no expert, but I imagine we all have childhood memories that brings a smile.  I remember growing up in Charleston, SC, living on Winston Street,  playing backyard baseball with Sammy King and of my friendship with Doug Cone who could … [Read more]

Attitude Adjustment

Every now and then, we all need an attitude adjustment and I needed one badly this  week.  This economy thing is just beginning to get the best of me.  I hoped this year would be the start of a slow recovery for businesses like ours.  The election … [Read more]

The Big Wedding – Behind the Scenes

Last week, I wrote a bit about Steven and Sarah's big wedding June 1 here at the inn.  In addition to the normal planning and hosting of this big event, we also encountered a few non planned events leading up to the wedding. Thought you might be … [Read more]