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End of Summer

It's been a while since I have written. We had a pretty good late summer surge that kept us busy for a while followed by the Francis Asbury Society Retreats in August. They have been coming to the inn for 28 years every August. We are very thankful … [Read more]

Happy Anniversary……to us!

July 4th is the anniversary of our country's independence. It is an important day and should be revered by every American. I hope each of you had a great holiday with wonderful cookouts, spirited family gatherings, and reflections on the significance … [Read more]

Friends and Family

Much has been written over the years regarding the value good friends and the love of family. I am reminded of this often and have especially been aware of these truths over the past few weeks. Yesterday, I witnessed the high school graduation of my … [Read more]

Congratulations Noelle and JT Carpenter!

Noelle Puryear and JT Carpenter were married at Hemlock Inn this past weekend. We have had a few small family weddings here before, but this was the first full "destination wedding" we have had at our inn. Noelle grew up coming to Hemlock Inn every … [Read more]

Graduations, and Pride…..Again

About a year ago, I wrote a personal blog about the graduation of my oldest son, Andrew, and the overseas mission trip by my second son, Steven. This year, the roles are reversed. Last week, our family went to Knoxville to attend the graduation … [Read more]

Good Friends, Great Weather, Wonderful Wildflowers

We are so fortunate to be located in one of the most beautiful areas on earth. That is especially true in the spring, when the winter brown horizon turns into various shades of spring green. The bitter cold gives way to wonderfully cool temperatures … [Read more]

Cleaning Up and Clearing Out

After what seems like an endless winter, spring has finally arrived in the mountains. The sun is shining and we are beginning to see sprouts of new spring growth. Although, it seems a little later that usual, the trees are showing green buds, tulips … [Read more]

It snowed again today!

It snowed again today! That means it has snowed a measurable amount in every month for the past four months. I know it has been the same for many of you as well. It has been colder and wetter than most recent years. Our local weather reported in late … [Read more]

What Do You Do All Winter?

We hope your holidays were great. We enjoyed a few "family days" over Christmas, celebrated John Shell's (Lainey's dad) 80th birthday, and then closed up the inn after the Polar Express completed its run on December 30. Turns out, we closed just in … [Read more]

Merry Christmas!

It has been a while since I last wrote a blog. The reason has simply been that we've been busy with the Polar Express. For any who may not know of this event, the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad turns into the magical train ride to the North Pole, … [Read more]