Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Holmes Educational State Forest



It was a beautiful day at Holmes Educational State Forest.
The weather was beautiful and I learned a lot!
Did you know that White Oak trees helped to win the Revolutionary War?

Forest Fire Fighter Helicopter

Forest Service Tractor Plow Unit
This plow removes the fuel from the path of the fire to create a firebreak
 
Many Displays and Exhibits

Slice of Tree

Marbled Orbweaver Spider


Talking Trees


Forest Fire Lookout Tower
 
Holmes Educational State Forest
235 acre educational forest with rugged terrain, numerous rock outcroppings, and scenic vistas in Henderson County.

Holmes Educational State Forest is a state managed forest designed to promote better understanding of the value of forests. There are well marked and maintained trails ranging from very easy to a little steeper. There are educational exhibits and a wide range of hardwoods, rhododendron, flame azaleas, and a variety of wildflowers. The Talking Trees Trail features audio stations that teach about the trees. There are also ranged conducted classes available.

There are plenty of picnic tables and a picnic shelter with fireplaces.
Admission is Free.

Open:  Mid-March through Mid-November
Hours: Tuesday to Friday   9:00 to 5:00, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 8:00

The Hiking Trails are approximately 5 miles in varying degrees of difficulty.
Trail maps are available at the Ranger Station.
  • Talking Tree Trail: Recorded audio messages about various trees and their surroundings. Information on the part various trees played in history.
    1/2 mile. Easy.  Approximately 30 minutes.
  • Crab Creek Trail:  1/2 mile. Easy.
  •  Forest Demonstration Trail:  Information on current  forestry 
    2 miles. Strenuous.  Approximately 1 1/2-2 hours.
  • Wildcat Rock Trail:  3/4 mile. Very strenuous.
Directions from 1898 Waverly Inn
1898 Waverly Inn is less than 30 minutes from Holmes Educational State Forest.
Take Main Street or Church Street south.
  • You can take Main Street or Church Street south. Main and Church merge.
  • Turn right on Kanuga Rd.
  • Kanuga Road changes it's name to Crab Creek Road, but it's the same road.
  • The signs will be on the left about 10 miles out of town.

1898 Waverly Inn has Specials & Packages for every season.

We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit the 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!

John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC

Monday, October 6, 2014

Burntshirt Vineyards Apple Wine


The next time someone wants to add one more stop to your day go ahead and do it.

When Christie and Jessica came home a few weeks ago we went to Burntshirt Vineyards and did a wine tasting  that included an apple wine.  It was not at all what we expected.  We thought it would be more like cider or maybe like a dessert wine.  It is not at all!  We really enjoyed the forty five minutes (including shopping time) that we spent there.  Even found a couple of special gifts for Christmas stockings. 


Burntshirt Vineyards Apple Wine has won the prestigious International Women's Wine Competition Apple Wine Silver Award. This annual competition is judged by the wine industry's leading professional women.  This was a wonderfully fresh wine with more of the feel of a crisp front forward fruit that does not finish sweet.  I wanted to sit outside in the late afternoon watching the world go by and drink a glass of this mountain elixir...so I bought some to share.  October is definitely the time to serve it and I am looking forward to sharing it.

Burntshirt Vineyard is about ten minutes from 1898 Waverly Inn, here in Hendersonville.  There are wine tastings and winery tours daily.  The vineyard offers magnificent views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from patios overlooking its vineyards where you can sit, relax and renew your spirit.  Sunsets last longer so you can savor Burntshirt Vineyards' award winning wines that are estate grown, produced and bottled at the state of the art winery.  Picnic grounds and lush gardens surround  the tasting room.  Add one more stop to your schedule and do not miss this vineyard.
We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!


John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Certified Wildlife Habitat with Butterfly Garden plants at 1898 Waverly Inn

 

We all love to see butterflies! 2014 is NC State Parks' Year of the Lepidoptera. 1898 Waverly Inn has a Certified Wildlife Habitat with Butterfly Garden plants to attract local butterflies. We hope to play our part in helping increase populations of butterflies.  We have tried to provide a variety of the nourishing plants butterflies need for all stages of their metamorphosis. These plants also attract honey bees and hummingbirds.


Natural food sources for many butterflies are becoming less abundant as the plants they naturally feed on are lost. Most of the plants we usually put into a garden are not good choices for butterflies.  Planting a Butterfly Garden is a great way we can provide native plants for butterflies to feed on. 


Right now our little garden is in full bloom with plants including Butterfly Bush and hydrangeas for butterflies and Rose of Sharon and Hosta to attract hummingbirds.











While you are visiting our Inn, stop and see the Butterfly Garden at Chimney Rock State Park.  They are participated in NC State Parks' Year of the Lepidoptera by planting a butterfly garden with Junior Ranger Volunteers and Boy and Girl Scouts. They planted Echinacea, Black-eyed Susan, Blazing Star, Butterfly Weed, goldenrod, Bee Balm and Obedient Plant. The Butterfly Garden is planted near Grady the Groundhog's Animal Discovery Den, at the end of the Great Woodland Adventure where you can also see Fiona, a Virginia Opossum, non-venomous snakes and some local turtles.
  
You can help butterflies, too. Have you incorporated some butterfly plants in your garden?

We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!

John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC

Sunday, July 13, 2014

You can see 7 kinds of squirrels near 1898 Waverly Inn.




The most common is the Eastern Gray Squirrel. They are 14 to 21 oz, 9.1” to 11.8” plus a 7.5” to 9.8” tail.

White Squirrels are the same size as gray squirrels. They are not albino.  Our white squirrels have a little decorative darker “hat.” They were only found in Brevard, but they have spread and you can see them around Hendersonville as well. The one in the photo is on my porch, just a mile or so from the Inn.

Fox Squirrels are much bigger, 1.1 to 2.2 lb, 17.7” to 27.6” plus a 7.9” to 13” tail. They are mostly found north of us, closer to the Virginia state line. They are usually dark brown or black with lighter faces.

American Red Squirrels or Pine Squirrels are small, only 8.4 oz, 12” long, 6” body, 6” tail, just a little bigger than a chipmunk. Around here they are called “boomers” because they will give you a good scolding. They are red with whitish tummies. They are harder to spot. They don’t live much in town.

There are two kinds of Flying Squirrels here. Southern Flying Squirrels are smaller, about 8” to 10” long Northern Flying Squirrels are 10 to 12 inches long.  They are both gray-brown, light brown and cinnamon colored with greyish legs and whitish tummies. They have really big eyes. They are nocturnal, so also hard to spot.


Woodchucks or Ground Hogs are also Squirrels. Yes, really! They are large ground squirrels. They are really easy to spot around here, standing on the side of the road. They weigh 4 to 9 lb, 16” to 26” long including their little 6” tail.  They can climb trees, but they are fat and clumsy. If you want to see them climb trees, try the Lake Lure, Chimney Park area.
http://www.wildwnc.org/animal-spotlight/groundhog-0

The Squirrel is the North Carolina State Mammal.

We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!

John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Bears are Back! Bearfootin Public Art Display Hendersonville, NC



The Bears are Back! 


Bears are painted by local artists in different themes and set out along Main Street. They are on display until they are auctioned off in October to benefit area charities.

There are more. Which one is your favorite bear?














Our very own bear in front of  1898 Waverly Inn


We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!

John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC
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