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

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!

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

  • 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. 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. 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

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Biltmore Estate & Gardens and the Vanderbilt Family

The Biltmore Estate & Gardens and the Vanderbilt Family

The Biltmore House was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II. Why is he the second when his father's name was William Henry Vanderbilt? Why is it called Biltmore? Where did the money come from? Did you know the Vanderbilts are related to the Whitneys, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Humphrey Bogart?

1898 Waverly Inn is 24 miles from The Biltmore Estate & Gardens. It is really a beautiful example of architecture. You will never forget your visit to 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. The beautiful gardens and grounds surrounding it were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. 

The Biltmore House was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II.

The Vanderbilt family had an incredible fortune from steamboats, railroads and other businesses. The family came from Holland to New Amsterdam, as New York City was then named in the 17th century. The family originated from the village of De Bilt. In Dutch, “van der Bilt” means “from De Bilt.” The Vanderbilts are related to the Whitneys, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Humphrey Bogart.

Cornelius Vanderbilt left school at age 11. He began working on his father’s ferry in New York Harbor. When he was 16 he borrowed $100 to buy a shallow sailing craft and started a ferry service, carrying passengers and freight between Staten Island and Manhattan. Older nearby captains teased him by calling him Commodore, a nickname he kept for life. 

Starting with this single boat, Cornelius Vanderbilt built a shipping and railroad empire making him one of the wealthiest men in the world. He left most of his fortune to his oldest son, William Henry Vanderbilt. 

William Henry died only eight years later, but not before doubling his father’s wealth. He left most of his estate, about $200 million, to his two older sons, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, who his grandfather had selected as the next "Head of House." and William K. Vanderbilt.

George Washington Vanderbilt, who built the Biltmore House, was his youngest son. He is named after his father’s brother who died during the Civil War. That’s how he is "II," George Washington Vanderbilt II, even though his father’s name was William Henry Vanderbilt.

George Washington Vanderbilt traveled extensively and was fluent in nine languages. He is said to have been shy.  He inherited $1 million from his grandfather and received another million on his 21st birthday from his father. When his father died, he inherited another $5 million and a $5 million trust fund.

George Washington Vanderbilt enjoyed visiting Asheville with his mother. He began construction on the House in 1889. The basement of the house has wonderful exhibits and photos on the innovative construction techniques. Over 1,000 workers and 60 stonemasons worked on the House. (The stone came from the Balfour Quarries, two miles from 1898 Waverly Inn.) While the House was being built, Vanderbilt traveled throughout Europe collecting tapestries, carpets, paintings and prints, linens and decorative objects to fill the house. Other items were custom made, some locally. He named the estate Biltmore, from “Bilt” where his family originated in Holland and “More,” the Anglo-Saxon word for open, rolling land.

Family and friends were invited to the opening of the estate Christmas Eve 1895, just three years before 1898 Waverly Inn opened! The Biltmore House is the largest privately owned house in the United States. It has 178,926 square feet of floor space. It is still owned by one of Vanderbilt's descendants.

1898 Waverly Inn Biltmore Estate Packages
The Biltmore Estate is beautiful at any time of the year!

Packages include:
  • Two nights at 1898 Waverly Inn
  • Two Adult 2-Day Tickets to The Biltmore House and Estate Grounds
  • Fresh Farm-to-Table Breakfast both mornings
  • Complimentary, snacks,  beverages and baked goods
  • Evening Tasting Hour both evenings
  • And lots of fun.

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, 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
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