Thursday, July 9, 2015

Have you ever seen a double rainbow? How about a third or fourth rainbow?




Have you ever seen a double rainbow? Have you ever heard of a triple rainbow? Or even a fourth rainbow? 

Here’s how you see a rainbow:

The sun has to be at an angle of 42 degrees, so in the morning or in the evening. If there is rain nearby, stand with the sun at your back. The lower the sun, the more brilliant the rainbow.



This works with fountains and waterfalls, too.


A double rainbow happens when each raindrop reflects the light twice. It is backwards to the first and dimmer.

Here’s how you see an incredibly rare third or even fourth rainbow:

There has to be rain and the sky has to be very dark. That’s because the third rainbow is even dimmer than the second and the fourth is dimmer still. If the clouds part enough for the sun to peek through brightly enough to create a double rainbow, turn around. The third and fourth rainbows, called tertiary and quaternary or third-order and fourth-order rainbows will be around the sun. Remember, the closer to sunrise or sunset, the more likely you are to see them. Put your hand over the sun so you can look.

I once saw a third rainbow. I was wearing polarized sunglasses. When I took the sunglasses off, it was gone.And it didn't come out in a photo at all. I've been looking for them ever since.

Depending on the time of year, you can see spectacular rainbows from some of the Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks. You can get spectacular photos near local waterfalls if you get there early enough in the morning or later toward evening.

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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

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Spring 2015 issue of North Carolina Field and Family has an article on our Historic Hendersonville!



The Spring 2015 issue of North Carolina Field and Family has an article on our Historic Hendersonville!

Small Town, Big Fun: Historic Hendersonville offers a mountain-sized assortment of shopping, arts, recreation and family-friendly fun

“Nestled in the foothills of Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Historic Hendersonville beckons visitors with its breathtaking scenery, cool mountain climate, vibrant arts and cultural scene, and abundance of outdoor activities.”

The article talks about our pedestrian-friendly downtown, with quaint shops, museums, restaurants and cafes.  It mentions our restored Historic Hendersonville Train Depot, Mast General Store, Team ECCO Ocean Center and Aquarium, the Antique Toy Museum, Henderson County Mineral and Lapidary Museum and the Hands On! children’s museum.

The article features Flat Rock Playhouse theater and the Music on the Rocks series.   Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward Angel is in the Oakdale Cemetery. Carl Sandburg  completed a third of his works at his home and farm here, open year round.

Outdoor recreation mentioned includes kayaking, rafting and ziplining, golfing, hiking and mountain biking. DuPont State Recreational Forest has 10,000 acres of forest, trails and waterfalls.

The article concludes, “One of Hendersonville’s greatest amenities is its Southern hospitality.”  

We agree!

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

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring at 1898 Waverly Inn Hendersonville, Biltmore and the Surrounding Area



Spring is a beautiful time of year around 1898 Waverly Inn, with new leaves and prolific wildflowers.
Our yard brightens up with brilliant yellow daffodils and forsythia.


Our pink dogwood blooms in April.


The garden beds downtown Hendersonville are always beautiful, but spring is spectacular with eight to ten thousand tulip bulbs blooming.


Biltmore Blooms
Biltmore Blooms starts on the first day of spring each year. Biltmore’s gardens and grounds come alive with thousands of tulips, azaleas, rhododendrons, roses, and   more. Biltmore Blooms runs through late May. Stay up to date with the weekly bloom report at www.biltmore.com/bloomreport.


Restaurant Spring Menus
Many local area restaurants reflect the change in the season with specials and new menus. Heavier winter comfort food is replaced by fresh farm-to-table options.  Sample some of our local light and healthy choices!

Weather
Hendersonville has a very mild climate year-round. We are at an elevation of 2,200 feet. Spring weather can vary wildly. In early spring, it can be in the ‘80s one day and blow snow the next.  We’ve even (very rarely) had some record days in the ‘90s! The average temperature in March is 59 during the day, dropping to 36 at night. April gets up to 67 during the day with crisp 43 nights and by May expect an average of 75 with the nights dropping to 53. June, daytime highs will be in the low 80s with comfortable 61 nights. Pack layers.
According to the State Climate Office of North Carolina, Lake Toxaway in Transylvania County, the next county to the west is the wettest area in in the state with 92 inches of rain and snow a year. Some areas of Asheville only get 37 inches a year. Hendersonville is in the middle with 54.7 inches a year.


Babies at Biltmore & Connemara
Spring is time for baby animals! As you drive around, you will see calves, lambs and baby goats playing in the fields.
At Connemara, the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, you can see the friendly baby goats beginning mid-April. Biltmore Farmyard welcomes new babies in May, too.
No matter when you come, you will enjoy your stay at 1898 Waverly Inn. There is always so much to see and do.

Spring Specials & Packages

At the 1898 Waverly Inn, we have a variety of enchanting bed and breakfast packages ready for you. Enjoy a Blue Ridge Mountain stay with us at very special rates.
  • Spring Spa Packages: Relax at Le Petit Spa at 1898 Waverly Inn with our Couple’s Spa Package, Spa and Golf Package and our Ultimate Southern Hospitality Package three-nights with everything!
  • Spring Golf Packages: Challenge yourself at Cummings Cove Golf Course with our Two Round Golf Package, Spa and Golf Package or choose the Golf option with our Ultimate Southern Hospitality Package, three-nights with everything!
  • Spring Biltmore Estate Packages: Explore the House, Garden and Grounds of the Biltmore House.
  • Spring Adventure Packages: Packages offer a Family Friendly Kayak Adventure or a high-adrenaline whitewater kayak trip. Our Zip Line Canopy Adventures Packages are perfect for first-time zipliners or experienced thrill-seekers.
  • Spring Romance Package: Perfect for your Honeymoon, Anniversary or to make any occasion special.
  • Spring Theater Packages at the Flat Rock Playhouse: Broadway quality plays at The State Theater of North Carolina. Considered one of the "Top Ten Theaters in the Country."
  • Spring Baseball Package: Box seats at a Tourists game; a team with a history longer than our Inn's, league champions in 2014 and featured in the movie Bull Durham.
  • Spring Dinner Packages: Choose our Irish or Italian Dining Packages.
  • Spring 3 Night Packages: Spend four days and three nights enjoying the best Western North Carolina has to offer!
  • Affordable Vacations: A super relaxing getaway at our Inn and the gasoline is on us!

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Chimney Rock Park is having some work done to help clear a trail that was closed last year.   WHY am I telling you this?  Because they are using a helicopter to get materials to the site!  Right now!
  
 
















This is the second time that they have threaded their way through the trees to set down building materials.  Last time they flew 70 loads all in one afternoon. 


With the daffodils blooming at the inn and the helicopter working at the park I think Spring is finally around the corner.  That means that the wildflowers at the park will be blooming soon!  


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, February 4, 2015

Feeling Wonderful With A Winter Walk or Hike.  An How To Guide:


Winter Hiking is a favorite of a lot of people to do in cold weather.  Even as a small child I remember playing in the woods and running to keep up with our parents on the trail. The fresh crisp smells of winter and the sound of dead leaves crunching under my feet still makes me smile.

So, grab your boots, find your hat and come up the road to 1898 Waverly Inn.  We will feed you an incredible breakfast and give you the information that you want for a hike.

Summit Hikes 

Beautiful views, dramatic scenery and sometimes even a 360 degree view.

  • Dupont State Forest has the Stone Mountain Summit hike.  Less than a mile to the top.  Not easy but not hard either. 

  • Dupont State Forest also has the Cedar Rock Mountain hike that is a 4.5 mile loop.  Beautiful scenery on this one. 

  •  Pisgah National Forest has some wonderful hikes and the John Rock Trail is perfect during the winter.  A Mile from the trailhead at Looking Glass Rock, John Rock is a 5 mile loop that runs to the top of a rock face with incredible panoramic views and you can see Looking Glass Rock.

Waterfall Hikes

 Beautiful in every season but frozen water falling down a hill is spectacular to look at. 

Some of the fun ones for the winter season are:


  • Daniel Ridge Falls Trail, also near Looking Glass Rock in Pisgah National Forest.  It is a 4 mile loop that includes the 150 foot waterfall.


  • Dupont State Forest has High Falls, Triple Falls and Hooker Falls

"Not The Usual Suspects"

  • The Asheville Urban Trail has often been described as a "museum without walls".  There is more information on it at exploreasheville.com

  • North Carolina Arboretum has ten miles of trails.  It will cost to park ($8 I think) but beautiful winding walks in lots of different environments.

The Mountains To The Seas Trail Hikes

  • One Ridge Trail is a 3.5 mile hike east of Asheville.  It starts at the Folk Art Center (I-40 @ Exit 55).  It is an easy mile to where the Blue Ridge Parkway crosses the trail.  Add 4.5 miles by walking up to Craven Gap.  www.hikenc.info says that this trail can be accessed when the park is closed by parking at the Tunnel Road intersection.  Awesome?

  • Rattlesnake Lodge Trail has a great story, ruins AND nice winter views.  RomanticAsheville.com has detailed information.

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

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