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We can feel a change in the weather in the Smokies

applesWe can feel a change in the weather in the Smokies. Not only have we had a fair amount of rain this fall (especially lately), but the temperatures are cooling off. We are experiencing temps in the 50’s at night and 70’s during the day. Some of the dogwoods are already beginning to show a change in leaf color.

Yes, the fall season is upon us.

There is absolutely no time better in the mountains than Autumn. The mountains become ablaze with color, temperatures are cool and comfortable, we keep a fire going in the fireplace, and there is nothing better than a hot cup of coffee in the early morning as the early morning fog lifts revealing the beautiful colors of fall. A roommate of my sister’s once said the mountains in fall looked like a huge bag of M&Ms with the assortment of red, orange, yellow, green, and brown. I can think of no better example.

Even though we are busier in the fall than most any other time, THERE IS STILL SOME ROOM AVAILABLE. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to come, even at the last minute. We have changes and some cancellations and may have room for you. Often the color last well into early November as well, so that is another option for you if October is not convenient.

The other event of fall here at Hemlock Inn is the making of our Apple and Pumpkin Chips. This special recipe is the only one we don’t divulge. They are the creation of Lorraine Haney, the original owner of the inn. They are served on our tables every night and are very tasty and popular. We make our Apple Chip supply in September and our Pumpkin supply in October. We make enough to serve and sell. We just finished our Apple Chips and are in the process of getting our supply of pumpkins to start the Pumpkin Chips soon.

If you like to plan ahead, we are open for Thanksgiving and still have rooms available. We are already taking reservations for the Polar Express for November and December. I will give more information on that soon. But it is not too early to make your plans. Many nights and train excursions are already filling up.

We always look forward to seeing you. It is going to be a great and colorful fall. Make plans to enjoy it.

— Mort