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Cherish Every Memory…Love Every Moment

  This past weekend, our middle son, Steven, and his bride Sarah, were married at the inn.  It was a wonderful ceremony on our front lawn overlooking the beautiful Smoky Mountains.  The spot was then dramatically transformed into an outdoor … [Read more]

Andy Griffith and Me

If you know me at all, you probably know that I am a huge Andy Griffith fan; more precisely I am a fan of the Andy Griffith show. I grew up watching it, still follow the reruns and usually can identify the episode after only watching a few minutes. … [Read more]

Personal Retreat

I should have said more about my nephew and his family that moved here last summer to help Lainey and I here at the inn. Some of you have already met Chad Gilbert and his wife, Maggie, and their two young sons, Seamus and Declan. They have already … [Read more]

Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Weddings

February has always been a special month in our household. In addition to the usual Valentines and Presidents Days hoilidays, Lainey and I also observe our anniversary and my birthday. We were married February 12th (Lincoln's Birthday) and celebrate … [Read more]

New Year’s Resolutions and Winter Views

I am not very good at making New Year's Resolutions, and worse at keeping them, but I try to make a few every year with varying degrees of success. I won't bother to reveal what's on my list this year except for one item. I resolved to get out … [Read more]

Ringing in the New

It has been a while since I have written. We have been very fortunate to have a busy fall and holiday season. We loved seeing many of our regular guests in the beautiful month of October while November and December have been filled with wonderful … [Read more]

Hemlock Inn Folks

We just finished our biggest season of the year. Each fall, we enjoy seeing so many of our regular friends as well as a good number of new guests who have come to the mountains to see the beautiful fall colors. The colors this year were exceptionally … [Read more]

Blessed!

Please forgive this very personal blog. And I apologize if my experiences do not match occasions in your life and bring up unpleasant memories for you. I just feel I need to share some events in my life that can be summarized in one word … … [Read more]

A Great Way to Clear and Energize Your Mind

When I am flustered and frustrated, I am not always the best person to be around. I can be moody and sometimes downright grouchy. When that happens, Lainey always knows what to say…”Mort, take a hike”. Literally…She is not giving up on me, just … [Read more]

The Disappearance of Rural America

Did you read the recent article about the disappearance of rural America? It seems that only 16% of the nation's population now lives in a rural setting... the lowest percentage ever. By contrast, there is a growing number of "megalopolises". In … [Read more]