Studio Tour in Sparta

June is going by quickly.  Flag Day and Father’s Day have come and gone.  The

blueberries are ripening and summer has arrived.  This coming weekend, it is time for

the Studio tour in Sparta.  It runs Friday, June 20 – Sunday, June 22nd.  There are 13

Studios open in the county for viewing.  You can see some wonderful craftsmen at work

and pick up some beautiful items for yourself or as gifts.  The tour occurs twice a year,

and will be repeated in October.  We have maps here, or you can pick one up at the

local Chamber of Commerce.  We still have a couple of rooms available for the weekend.

Come join us in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.

Iris are Blooming at Glade Valley

Here it is, Memorial Day already!  What a beautiful day to celebrate.  The iris are

blooming  and summer is finally here.  The Dutch iris on our hillside are spreading,

and will be covering the entire hillside soon.  The lilies haven’t started to bloom yet.

The pictures are of the Dutch iris and the bearded iris.  These are a variety of bearded

iris that are reblooming.  They are supposed to bloom again later this year,  we will

wait and see.  Last year  was the first year for them and I was so pleased to see them

blooming.  Many of them have a fragrance, a little different than the regular iris.

Dutch Iris on the hillside

Dutch Iris on the hillside

Reblooming  IrisAnother Reblooming Iris

Happy Mother’s Day!

Spring has really come and the grass is growing along with the weeds.  The iris have

started to bloom, as have our rhodendrons.  It is so pretty this time of year!  The cold

of winter did take a toll however, I lost several rhododendrons to the cold, as well as

camellias.  I tried cutting one camellia back to see if it might come out again.  Our huge

hydrangeas are coming out from the roots, but there is no growth on the stems at

all this year.  The butterfly bushes have shown no sign of life and I fear they are gone

too.  It is so sad to lose plants that are so well established and have done so well over

several years.  One bush has not been effected by the cold winter, that is my flame

azelia.

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Happy Earth Day!

Redbud Tree in our yard

Redbud Tree in our yard

Earth Day  already here, and my garden is barely getting going.  It is off to a really slow

start this spring because of the cold weather.  Tried to plant in mid March, as I

usually do, but the ground was still frozen.  The  last week of March we were still

getting snow, so I waited until April to get things in and then covered the beds up.

Now the radishes, carrots, spinach, green snow peas, and onions are coming up,

but we discovered that the wind had blown off the grow covers on two of the beds

last week.  Pulled the metal pins right out of the soil and sailed them down to the

woods!  Thus some of my little plants got burned by the 23 degree temperatures last

Wednesday morning.  Not a happy camper about that.  I am hoping they will still

come back out with time and sunshine.  So glad it is finally looking like spring will stay

for a while here.  Everything is so pretty with the flowers blooming.  I took some pictures

of the redbud tree, just as it was starting to open last week I wanted to share.

 

 

 

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to everyone.  The happy part is that  we DID NOT get snow last

night like some spots to the north did.  Foggy and a little slippery on the decks, but

not snowy!

Our new flag from the North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Association has

arrived and we are proud to have it.  This flag signifies we are an inspected facility and

is one way you can be assured of quality when you choose a Bed and Breakfast to stay

at.  The association inspects every Inn before you can become a member, unlike other

organizations that simply ask for your money in turn for membership.  The association

helps us in many other ways as well, giving us opportunities to share with other inn

keepers and learn more about our business.  We are proud to fly our new flag!

Our New NCBBI flag

 

March is Here, Where is Spring?

Daffodils in the Snow

Daffodils in the Snow

Spring seemed right around the corner on Sunday, but winter

returned on Monday afternoon.  Today is back in the teens and

we are on another roller coaster ride with the temperature.

I am thinking about the garden and planting seeds inside

to satisfy my longing to get out and dig.  It won’t be long now

until we actually have spring coming in the mountains.

Watching the leaves come out in all the shades of green

is such a beautiful time and we can’t wait for it to arrive!

 

Valentine’s Day

Couples celebrating with us on a snow covered night in Glade Valley.  Each one was

greeted by a romance package.  Sparkling cider, a homemade cheesecake for two,

and chocolate truffles, made here as well, waiting in the room today.  Everyone who

booked a two night stay received the special package free.  It is available at any time

during the year,  whenever you want to add a little romance to your stay.  Book a night

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Warm by the Fire Tonight

 

Sitting by the fire tonight, enjoying a cold night with the guests.  It seems that

January has been an extremely cold month.  Perhaps February will be warmer.

Hunter hasn’t been able to be out much at all and doesn’t really understand why

he  has to be in the basement all the time.  He would much rather be out in the yard,

but it’s just too cold.  It is  a great night to be quilting and enjoying the fire.

 

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Cold night in the Mountains!

The day started at 32 degrees and gave us some sun and a little wind snow. Tonight it

dropping quickly and in the single digits!  The weatherman is predicting it will go to

below zero tonight.  I don’t think it has been this cold since we moved to Glade Valley

to build the Bed and Breakfast almost ten years ago.  The fireplace in the great room makes

it feel cozy and warm inside, even as the wind blows outside.  Hunter and Pumpkin

are both in the basement staying out of the weather too.  Looking forward to warmer

weather over the weekend.  Quite a cold start for this new year!

A Beautiful Day in Glade Valley

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There was a beautiful sunrise today and it ushered in a beautiful day.  The temperature

rose into the  50′s and the day made it hard to believe that it is only a few days until

Christmas!  The trees are up and decorated.  The decorations are done outside and the

stockings are ready to be hung.  Tomorrow I will start baking Christmas cookies!

Can’t wait for the family to arrive!   We hope your family also has a wonderful holiday!

 

 

High Country Lights

Plan your visit to Glade Valley to include the High Country Light Show.  This is a huge display

of lights that dance to music.  You tune your radio to 96.5 FM and sit in your car to watch the

show.  It began on Thanksgiving night and continues until New Year’s Day from 6:00 P.M.

until 10:00 P.M.  It is located at the Glade Creek Fire Department at 6374 Glade Valley Road,

about 4 miles from us.  A really  fun thing to do while you are with us.