As I sit in my cabin writing this today we’ve just had our first sprinkling of snow, early considering it’s only November 12th. Wow. The fall leaves were splendid this year, much more colorful than we’ve had in sometime. Maxine, Billy and I took right advantage of the bright, clear, blue skies and crisp fall weather. Hiking around our little mountain keeping an eye out for what might become our Christmas tree. With the fall nearly behind us, and winter looming, everyone has been busy splitting and stacking wood getting ready for colder temps and to fire up the wood stove. Fall festivals are just about over and we all look forward to the peaceful mountain winter, even if it is a bit chilly.
This year we have a new venue opening just in time for the Holidays– INOLA Blue Ridge. Once a private residence estate modeled after Williamsburg, Virginia, INOLA Blue Ridge will be throwing its doors open to the public with a grand opening celebration over the Thanksgiving weekend. Fully renovated historic buildings and immaculate grounds will be the backdrop for Holidays at INOLA, where guests can meet Santa, take carriage rides, go ice skating or stroll through the illuminated maze.
While INOLA Blue Ridge is a wonderful event space for weddings and special events, featuring an historic chapel, Wetherburn’s Tavern & Inn and the Wythe Estate (allowing accommodations for 40 guests), it could also be your new home! Homesites, shops and restaurants will be coming soon, making INOLA Blue Ridge a truly magical experience.
And yes, the Season is upon us! We’re once again featuring our “Shop Local Mountain Style” Gift Guide. How fun to ramble around our mountain towns while looking for that perfect something for that special someone? Don’t forget about the best part of the holidays- cookies! We’ve provided a few timeless recipes with a new twist. So– ready, set, BAKE!
A visit to the mountains this season wouldn’t be complete without our small town Holiday merriment. Santa arrives, tall town trees are lit– parades, caroling and New Year’s Celebrations are plentiful. There’s lots to do, so don’t miss out.
Next up is the February March issue featuring the goings on for Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and of course St. Patrick’s Day. We hope you join us in the mountains for some fantastic weekend events.
Until Next Time!
-Alice, Maxine, & Billy Zoom