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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 for them. Now, schools are starting back up and things begin to slow down around here. It’s a shame too because September is one of the best months to travel. The weather is cooler (finally), the crowds are smaller, and there are discounts to be found. We are extending our own discount for the whole month of September…stay the first night at regular price and all other nights are 25% off. Can’t beat a deal like that. We also have a photography workshop September 10-13 and opportunities for watercolor and pottery as well.

October will be great as always with the wonderful fall colors. Rooms are still available though, so give us a call. Thanksgiving is filling up, but a few rooms remain. Believe it or not, Polar Express is already a hot item. Some of the First Class runs on December weekends are almost full. Plenty of other time still open. I still advise you reserve early for this great family event. It is very popular.

This economic environment has been a challenge for everyone, but we are encouraged by the support of many folks like you that continue to visit and send your friends. It has been interesting that we have heard from a number of former guests who haven’t been here in a while. They seem to be reaching back and thinking of the fun times and good memories of the inn. I got an email recently from former guests now living out west. They summed it up nicely when they said…

“Today, my husband and I were reminiscing about our lovely vacations in NC back in the 70’s….Since the 80’s, we have moved around the country but have never forgotten the Hemlock Inn. …Many times over the years when we have cooked bacon, we have been reminded of your place and the smell of cooking bacon. Staying and eating there made such an impact on our emotions….We hope to stay with you in the future when we make one of our sentimental journeys back to our beloved South. Now I need to find some golf courses in Bryson City because that is our passion. Well, golf and bacon.”

We hope to see them soon…especially since we do have golf courses in Bryson City now. We hope to see you too.