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 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.

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

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Connemara Farms, the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer Carl Sandburg

Connemara: Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Connemara Farms, the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer Carl Sandburg
Flat Rock, NC 28731Open daily, 9 AM - 5 PM
Home of Poet and Author Carl Sandburg and Goat Dairy of his wife, Paula Sandburg.  264 acres of pastures, ponds, small mountains, hiking trails and fifty structures.
Admission to the grounds, trails, barns and outbuildings is at no charge. Donations are accepted at a box near the parking lot. The house tour is $5.00 for Adults 16 and older and $3.00 for seniors 62 and older. Children 15 and under are admitted free. There is no charge for America the Beautiful and Federal Golden Passport holders.

If you are unable to walk to the main house, call for assistance on a phone at the parking lot or at the information station.

Guided House Tour
30-minute house tours are offered every day, once an hour. The first tour begins at 9:30am with the last tour at 4:30pm. Tours are limited to 15 persons, no reservations, first come. 
Goat Dairy
Paula Sandburg owned and operated a premier goat dairy from 1935 to 1965. Visit three breeds of goats. Park rangers and volunteers will introduce you to the herd and answer any questions. In Spring, see the new baby goats!

There are five miles of well-maintained trails.
  • Trail to Main House  .3 mile
    Leaves from the parking area, Information Station and Restrooms and crosses the dam from the front lake and follows the original entrance drive past Margaret’s Garden and the Gazebo to the Main House
  • Trail Around Little Glassy Mountain .8 mile
    From the back of the Main House over the rock outcropping
  • Trail over Little Glassy Mountain .4 mile
    From near the Pumphouse and Wood Shed through the Woods
  • Memminger Path to Glassy Mountain 1.2 miles
    From near the Wood Shed and Greenhouse through the Woods
  • Spring Trail to Trout Pond .1 mile
    From the Vegetable Garden and Goat Sheds
  • Trail from Main House .5 mile
    Meanders from the back of the Main House past the Goat and Donkey House and Amphitheater back to the parking area
Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg is the author of several volumes of poetry. You are probably familiar with at least some of them; Chicago, Fog, Grass or Arithmetic. He wrote two biographies of Abraham Lincoln and one of Mary Lincoln. He wrote a number of children’s books including the Rootabaga Stories and Abe Lincoln Grows up.  He won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln.
Carl Sandburg was perhaps the first American urban folk singer, accompanying himself on guitar at lectures and poetry recitals. He began collecting American folk songs when he was 19 years old. He published three song collections which became very popular.  He would entertain audiences after poetry recitals with these songs. He was awarded a Grammy Award in 1959 for his recording of Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait with the New York Philharmonic. 
Lilian Paula Sandburg
Lilian Paula Sandburg was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Chicago and became a school teacher. In the early 1900’s Charles and Lillian, in their 20s were active in the Social-Democratic party. They began to correspond, sharing their poetry and discussing politics, philosophy and art. They married in 1908. She preferred Carl, his birth name and he called her Paula. In 1935, to make ends meet, Paula Sandburg began raising goats. She began to research the benefits of goats milk and breeding for milk production.
Lilian Paula Sandburg was sister to Edward Steichen, an American photographer, painter, and art gallery and museum curator. He was the best known and highest paid photographer in the world, taking the first modern fashion photographs.

In 1945, Carl Sandburg and his wife moved to Flat Rock where they lived the next 22 years. Connemara is one of the best-preserved writer’s homes in America.
"The home’s original owner, Christopher Gustavus Memminger, christened the structure as Rock Hill in 1838. An orphan born in Germany, Memminger was raised by Thomas Bennett, who later became governor of South Carolina. Memminger was such a success as a lawyer that he amassed the funds to build Rock Hill by the age of 35. When the Civil War broke out, he chaired the committee that drafted the Confederacy’s constitution. Jefferson Davis appointed him secretary of the treasury, a position from which Memminger organized the entire financial structure of the new country. But such responsibilities took their toll. After three years on the job, Memminger was forced to resign because of poor health. He retired to Rock Hill but kept in touch with his colleagues. When it appeared that Richmond, Virginia was in danger, he wrote several leaders suggesting that they move the Confederate capital to Flat Rock, which could be defended more easily. Legend has it that Jefferson Davis sent the Provisional Seal of the Confederacy to Memminger in Flat Rock when it became evident that Richmond would fall. The seal has never been found. Some say Memminger buried it on Glassy Mountain behind Rock Hill."
Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads by Carolyn Sakowski
Directions from 1898 Waverly Inn
1898 Waverly Inn is about 10 minutes from Connemara.
Take Main Street or Church Street south toward Flat Rock.
  • You can take Main Street or Church Street south. Main and Church merge.
  • At the light in front of the Fresh Market (on the left), stay in the far right lane.
  • Through the light stay to the left, on US-225. The right lane turns off.
  • Continue for 2.5 miles.
  • Turn on Little River Road, just past the Flat Rock Theater. The road is marked.
  • The parking area is just to your left, clearly marked.

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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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