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 flowers captured us all with their majesty. Summer followed with warmer temperatures which lends itself to numerous outdoor activities such as hiking, whitewater rafting, tubing, zip lining, mountain biking and so much more. It is a time of pure joy and fun in a magical setting of the Smokies.
We are now beginning to enter our fall season. In many ways, it is the most glorious as the mountains take on the look of a spilled package of M ‘& Ms. We are already noticing cooler temps and clearer skies. The dogwoods and some sourwoods are beginning to show their early color. Winter will soon follow with cold weather and some snow for sure. But it is a great time for roaring fires and hot coffee. Winter hiking is also some of the best. Since the trees have lost their leaves, some wonderful mountain views become more visible.
Here are some things you need to remember as we approach fall and winter months at Hemlock Inn:
–October is prime leaf season. Color is noticeable all month, but usually at peak later into the month. It is not unusual to see color even into early November. While most weekends are very busy, we still have some rooms available during the week and near the end of the month. If you can only come on a weekend, keep checking with us. Cancellations and changes happen and we could have some last minute openings
–Thanksgiving weekend, November 26-29, is a great time to be at Hemlock Inn. This is usually a very popular weekend and is highlighted by our “Thanksgiving Feast” on Thursday evening. Our usual Hemlock meal is replaced by the turkey and dressing, ham, sweet potato casserole, cranberry casserole, and all the other traditional Thanksgiving dishes (that includes pumpkin and pecan pies for dessert). This is sure to fill up, so call soon.
–Polar Express excursion train ride is the most popular event of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. It starts in early November and will run through New Year’s Eve. This magical ride to the North Pole is loved by kids of all ages and will sell out. Each year, folks make their reservations earlier and earlier to assure themselves a place on the train. We encourage you to call and make your reservations as early as you can. We have packages available including breakfast and dinner or breakfast only. CALL SOON!
It is impossible to say which season is our favorite, because we love them all! But it is hard to beat the fall colors and the fun of the Polar Express. We hope your plans this fall and/or winter include a trip to the mountains and Hemlock Inn.
Hope to see you soon.