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 noticeable change will be in the second building. We have torn off the entire roof, done some repair, and installed a new metal roof. In keeping with our Appalachian theme, we wanted a barn tin affect. The new roof is light and a bit shiny for now, but that will be tempered over time. We also added a split rail fence and some pagoda lights to further enhance the look.
In the first building, we dramatically cut back the large boxwood hedge (don’t worry, there is still some green growth and they will grow back quickly). It was so large, guests in the building couldn’t look out the widows in their rooms and see the mountains. We also had to cut down the large silver maple tree. It has served its time and was dying. With the boxwoods trimmed and he tree gone, the front yard really opened up and our mountain view became so much more pronounced. We also added a spilt rail fence along the building.
We also cut down the large pine tree beside the Rondette for safety reason, but in doing so noticed that its removal also opened up a better view towards the Blue Ridge Parkway and Waterrock Knob.
Rooms 10/11 and 18/19 are now permanent two room suites. We took out the double bed in the back room and put in a new king bed. So the suites now have two rooms with a king bed in each room, two bathrooms, a sitting area in the larger room with a sleeper sofa. We hope you like them.
We brought in a number of new mattresses for our beds, did some painting, and rearranged some rooms. All this is designed to make your stay more pleasant and ever.
We added more shelving in our library so all our books, including the children’s books and Ella Jo’s cookbook collection are together in one location.
We will do more as we can. But some things will not change. George and Donna will still be here preparing our wonderful homecooked meals (no shortcuts here). We will still offer warm southern hospitality. We will still have wonderful views, peaceful setting, and friendly atmosphere.
It’s election year. Get away from all the madness and come to the mountains. We are waiting for you.