Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Cradle of Forestry has just opened for 2014 with living history interpreters on site, new exhibits and an art exhibit.

The Cradle of Forestry

The Cradle of Forestry in America
America’s first school of Forestry Historic Site

11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
(828) 877-3130
Open daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., from April 12 - November 9

The beginning of forestry conservation in the United States: Established by George W. Vanderbilt on Frederick Law Olmsted's advice when he built the Biltmore House, the school focused on teaching forestry skills and transforming what is now the Pisgah National Forest after extensive devastating logging practices. Festival Trail
A 1.3 mile trail that combines history with current forest issues.
Explore past forestry and transportation methods and exhibits on how plants grow and decomposition.
  • Dr. Schenck’s forestry experiments
  • Antique portable sawmill
  • Restored 1915 Climax logging locomotive
    Climb aboard and ring the bell!
Biltmore Campus Trail
A one mile trail that winds through the Biltmore Forest School campus.
See how the first American forestry students and their families lived and learned in the early 1900’s.
  • One-room schoolhouse
  • General store
  • Original cabins
  • Blacksmith shop
  • Garden 
Forest Discovery Center
Explore with movies, hands-on exhibits and The Giving Tree Gift Shop.

Changing Climate, Changing Forests
Interprets climate change as it relates to forests and what Southern Research Station scientists are learning.

Fire in the Forest
Traces fire's use as a tool from American Indians to today's land managers.

Virtual Firefighting Helicopter Ride
Experience a new firefighting helicopter "ride". Ride with firefighters aboard a helicopter on their way to a roaring fire in the wilds of Idaho in the Forest Discovery Center Exhibit Hall.

Live Amphibian Habitat
 Peer into a live amphibian habitat in the exhibit hall.

Gallery in the Woods Art Exhibit
Painting Western North Carolina by the Mixed Nuts plein aire (outdoor painters) artists, will be on display through the end of May.

Landscaping Demonstration
Observe native landscaping demonstrations that sustain the interdependence between pollinators and plants.

Seasonal Demonstrations & Displays
At various times during the season, living history volunteers will demonstrate wood carving, fiber arts, blacksmithing, and making candles, corn husk dolls, and brooms.

The Giving Tree Gift Shop at the Cradle
Unique creations, forest related books, maps, gifts and snacks.

Hobnob at the Cradle
Casual Appalachian gourmet fare.
Open for lunch on weekends only in April and 7 days a week beginning May 1.
Salads, soup, paninis, Poboys, and local Everett Farms hamburgers.

Directions from 1898 Waverly Inn
1898 Waverly Inn is about 40 minutes from The Cradle of Forestry.
Take US-64 west toward Brevard.
  • In 16.8 miles you will come to a red light intersection.
  • Continue Straight on US-276. (US-64 will make a left turn.)
  • You will enter the Pisgah National Forest.
  • In 11.2 miles you will see the Cradle of Forestry on the right

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

Friday, March 7, 2014

Spring at the Biltmore Estate

Biltmore House near 1898 Waverly Inn Bed & Breakfast 800-537-8195, near Biltmore Estate, Historic Downtown Hendersonville in the mountains of NC near Historic Flat Rock, Asheville, Brevard, Chimney Rock & Lake Lure.

Spring at the Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate is beautiful at any time of the year, but Spring is spectacular! Stroll 2.5 miles of paths in manicured gardens with early flowering shrubs and trees, forsythia, spirea, magnolia, and flowering cherries. The famous Tulip gardens peak in April. The spring bulbs, dogwoods, and redbuds are followed by poppies, snapdragons, and pansies. The azaleas peak around the first week of May. Stroll through acres of formal and informal gardens, the Walled Garden and the Winery beds. Explore the Biltmore Estate grounds and hike lush green forests and the open meadows of Deer Park.

Visit the Biltmore House. Take as much time as you would like exploring three floors of vintage clothing, accessories, art and furniture on a self-paced, self-guided tour. See original art by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and John Singer Sargent the way it was lived with by George and Edith Vanderbilt. The basement includes an exhibit on the history and innovative construction methods of the Biltmore House.

There are so many adventures on the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate Grounds!  Stroll through acres of formal and informal gardens, the Walled Garden and the Winery beds. Enjoy 22 miles of hiking trails, along the French Broad River, through lush forests, or the open meadows of Deer Park.  View Biltmore’s wonderful scenery on a wagon ride* drawn by Belgian draft horses. Explore miles of bike trails, a paved trail along the French Broad River and more challenging woodland trails. Bike rentals* are available or bring your own bike.  Segway Tours, Guided Raft Trips and Kayak rentals are also available!*

The Estate also offers a variety of other Classes, Lessons and Clinics.* Take an off-road driving lesson, then take off in a Land Rover to explore. (There’s also a Land Rover Kids Adventure Course where your kids  drive through natural obstacles and gentle terrain in an electric mini Land Rover.) Expert instructors teach Clay Shooting. A high-quality Caesar Guerini or Fabarm shotgun is provided. Biltmore is an Orvis Endorsed Fly-Fishing School with Fly-Fishing Lesson for all skill levels or a guided fly-fishing float trip on the French Broad River for smallmouth bass. There is also Kids’ Fishing!

*Some activities are included with estate admission.
Others are at an additional price.
Some activities require reservations.

Spring at the Biltmore Estate Package

Rates include:
  • Two nights at 1898 Waverly Inn
  • Two Adult Tickets to The Biltmore House and Estate Grounds
  • Fresh Farm-to-Table Breakfast both mornings
  • Complimentary, snacks,  beverages and baked goods
  • Evening social hour and tasting both evenings
  • And lots of fun.
March 20 - May 22, 2014 Double Occupancy ~ Only $389 + tax
May 23 - August 28, 2014 Double Occupancy ~ Only $439 + tax     
With Double Occupancy Room - Your choice of room with one queen or one king bed.

Reservations must be made by phone. Please call 800-537-8195 or 828-693-9193 to reserve your room.

Upgrade your package! Stay in the Holly or Laurel for just $20 more per night.
Stay in the Mountain Magnolia Suite for only $60 more per night.

More Specials & Packages 

At the 1898 Waverly Inn, we have a variety of enchanting Asheville bed and breakfast packages ready for you. Enjoy a Blue Ridge Mountain stay with us at very special rates.

We have different 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

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Decoration Is Out - We Are Ready For Valentines Day!

Do you have one of those friends that has a big box of decorations that she/he can change out for EVERY holiday?  Me too.  I tried doing it also. I bought all of the stuff, put it out and then boxed it up afterwards and stored it in the basement.  I could not find the autumn box in the basement last year and had to start over.  

Small set backs are expected, but that seemed like a problem that was going to rear its' ugly head again and again.  So, a solution was needed.  I decided to think about it after Christmas.
Fast forward to January 15th.  I have been reading and looking at a lot of magazines, books and websites to find ideas for our inn and have come across an easy concept.  In my reading this time, I found the idea of taking one nice piece and pulling it out of the closet.  It can be a painting, a flower arrangement on the dining table or cute hand blown glass heart for the fireplace mantle to go with the season! I chose the latter for Valentines Day...local art, red, shaped like a covered all my requirements.                            

This does not mean that you can cut out a heart from construction paper and tape it  to the wall and call it done. Your children can do that for you.  It just means that you too can feel like you have participated even if you have an inability to organize.

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

Friday, January 24, 2014

Winter fun in Hendersonville, NC!

This is a guest post by Debbie Jones, Innkeeper at 1898 Waverly Inn.

People often ask us, “What can we do in the Hendersonville area during the winter?” It’s a great question and one with lots of answers!  Here is a list of some of our favorite recommendations. (In no specific order)
  •          Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing – Only 15 minutes from the inn, this park has over 500 feet of fun & excitement for all ages and is one of the only Snow Tubing Parks in the Southeast that allows trains. They make their own snow so as long as the temperatures are low they are open on weekends and holidays.
  •          Biltmore Estate – January through Mid-March we offer a great package and an Audio Tour of the House is included in every admission! (That’s an additional $10 savings!)
  •          Check out the museums in downtown Hendersonville

o    Team ECCO Ocean Center & Aquarium (currently closed for renovations until Feb. 5)
o    Hands On! A Child’s Museum – this one is highly recommended for kids 1-12 (they may never want to leave!)
  •          Shopping – Did you know that we have some great shopping here?  With over 50 unique stores in just downtown Hendersonville we can’t possibly list them all here but we’ll give you a map and a list when you arrive.  Here are a few area favorites…

o    Bloomfield’s of Flat Rock (Dining, kitchen, housewares, patio, and more)
  •          Winery & Brewery Tours – This area has become a haven for craft breweries and wineries.  Here are a few with-in a 10 minutes of downtown Hendersonville. (If you want to explore more ask us for a complete list when you visit)

Burntshirt Vineyards
We hope we have shown you that there are great reasons to come to the lower mountains of WNC in the winter!

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

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

For those of us that have raised children at the inn our children have a story to tell also.

I finally realized this during the Christmas vacation when I was short of help again and wanted to clean a room NOW.  I asked/told my beautiful twenty one year old college junior to come help me make a bed.  As she started to help strip the room a lot of her "ongoing commentary" struck me.

A few of the highlights were:

"I hate the hospitality industry.  I'll never work there."

"I wonder if there is a world record for how many beds you have made in a lifetime.  I bet I could win."

"What is that on the desk?"  She touches it.  "Ewwwww....NO...Do not tell me.  I do not want to know.  I hate this."

"If you say that a different bed sheet has to be used I will leave!"

For those of you who do not have this kind of entertainment you are missing a lot.

This New Year of 2014 promises to be fabulous.  Come enjoy a visit to Hendersonville!

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