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Small Towns, Big Doings

As most of you know, Hemlock Inn is located just 4 miles outside Bryson City. Our town has a booming year round population of 1500 and surrounding Swain County has about 14,000 full time residents. When I first moved here 21 years ago, it took me a … [Read more]

It’s all about our guests!

It's all about our guests! I know every business like ours realizes that guests come first and that everything we do should center around their desires and needs. We constantly strive to give our guest a change of pace, a change of scenery, great … [Read more]

Mom would be so disappointed in me.

Mom would be so disappointed in me. In my last blog, I was so excited over the achievements of my sons that I failed to recognize someone very important to Hemlock Inn. For many years, Jim and Eleanor Burbank have come to the inn in the springtime to … [Read more]

Location, Location, Location

Many business people have said that location is one of the most important factors in determining the success of a business. If the business was visible and near high traffic areas, it had a better chance to attract customers. Hemlock Inn is neither … [Read more]

We had a big eventful week-end personally.

On Sunday, we attended the graduation of our oldest son, Andrew, from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a degree in Religious Studies. He plans to work for Campus Crusade for Christ in Chapel Hill for a while before beginning … [Read more]

After two years of drought, the rains have returned this week.

After two years of drought, the rains have returned this week. We have had plenty of rain, like most of the south. The benefit, beside the rise in the water table, is the increase in the flow of all the streams and rivers. It is a great time to tube … [Read more]

We just completed a great week.

We just completed a great week. The weather was ideal, the dogwoods in full bloom, and our guests were wonderful. Many of our regular April guests were here to hike, rekindle friendships, and of course eat. It was a lively group and our dining room … [Read more]

Well, we opened last Monday and have had a good opening week

Well, we opened last Monday and have had a good opening week. We loved having a family with us celebrating their "spring break" and they had so much fun rafting, hiking, seeing the elk in Cataloochee, biking and more. We also enjoyed having several … [Read more]

Hello Friends! Hemlock Inn is officially open.

Hello Friends! Hemlock Inn is officially open. Spring has finally arrived (for the most part); the grass is green, the trees are beginning show see new leaves, the tulips other flowers and Dogwoods are starting to bloom. We've had some good rain this … [Read more]

Spring has finally arrived.

Spring has finally arrived. I hope many of your have already received the postcard about our new season. We've adopted a "theme" of sorts this year...Return to Simplicity...Return to Nature. With all that's been going on, we think it is time for all … [Read more]