Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Learn to Geocache from The Waverly Inn Gang in Hendersonville, NC

"What on earth is that thing?" Those of you who are NOT already familiar with these things might ask this question.....the millions of people who have fun every year finding hidden "treasures" such as this would not! It's a geocache, albeit a smallish one.

This cute little container is made of aluminum and has a threaded top that makes it impervious to the weather. Inside is always "something." In these smaller "micro-caches", there might just be a log on which you can list your name and the date you found it. In larger geocache containers (some as large as an old ammo box), there can be all sorts of goodies in addition to the ever present "log".

When you find a geocache, you get to sign your name on the log to indicate that you actually found it and, if you would like, you can take an item that was previously left in the geocache by someone else, provided you leave something appropriate. It could be a trinket, a coin, batteries for a GPS, etc. Almost anything that is small and can fit easily into the cache container is acceptable.

"Why would I want to look for these geocaches?" Well, first of all, it's just plain FUN! Second, if you own a hand held GPS (or know someone who does,) it's an inexpensive pastime. There are geocaches virtually everywhere, you've probably even walked or driven right by one during your everyday routine. But geocaches are also located in some of the most historical and/or beautiful places in the country. There are literally hundreds of geocaches right here in Western North Carolina; in cities like Asheville, smaller towns like Hendersonville, on top of mountains, by waterfalls, and everywhere in between.

"This sounds complicated" you say. "But I AM curious enough to want to investigate a bit more. How would I go about learning to geocache?" Well, here's an offer for you. You come to Hendersonville, NC and stay at The Waverly Inn and John, one of the trusty innkeepers, will teach you how to geocache. Of course he's not on call 24/7 so, if you ARE interested in learning more about geocaching, then be sure to make that something you mention when making your reservation so we can check the schedule to make sure he will be available.

If you're lucky when you come, it'll be a beautiful and sunny day and perhaps John will share the coordinates of the location of the geocache that resulted in this picture! But not to worry, extreme hiking is not necessary. There are geocaches scattered throughout Hendersonville. There are even caches that are "drive bys". It really is a "sport" for everyone of any age.

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

John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
The Waverly Inn Innkeepers

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hendersonville High School Band Wins....Waverly Inn's Tori Helps!

Well, they did it yet AGAIN! The Hendersonville High School Symphonic Band took First Place at the Festival of Gold competition held yesterday at Chicago Symphony Hall.

This is the 4th consecutive victory for the HHS Symphonic Band over an 8 year period during which they prepare and compete in a National Competition every other year. Previous wins have been in 2008 at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Boston Symphony Hall in 2006 , and NYC's Carnegie Hall in 2004.

Congratulations to the students, the faculty, the parents, and the entire community for the support they have given to make this one of the absolute best high school band programs in the country. This is truly the result of a "team" effort!

If you are ever visiting Hendersonville, be sure to ask us whether the Symphonic Band, the Concert Band, or the Jazz Band are performing somewhere in the area. They are absolutely worth the price of admission which is usually VERY modest (or even FREE sometimes!) Their schedule for the rest of this school year is shown below:

March 26 - North Carolina Concert Festival Brevard College (Opt workday)

April 30-May 2 - Honors Band Clinic @UNC Chapel Hill

May 8 - NC Solo & Ensemble

May 22 - Spring Band Concert

BTW, that's our daughter Tori in the center of the picture above. For a more in depth article and a picture of the entire band click here!

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

John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
The Waverly Inn Innkeepers

Friday, March 19, 2010

Clint Holmes at The Flat Rock Playhouse - Hendersonville, NC

Clint Holmes - My Own Song

The 2010 Season begins with a brand new show by the man who was recently named "Best All Around Las Vegas Performer." Part Sammy Davis Jr. and part Frank Sinatra, Clint Holmes is one of the most dynamic performers in the country. This award-winning show draws upon Clint's very personal love of music to bring the stage to life and audiences to their feet.

For a nice write-up about this show click here.

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

John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
The Waverly Inn Innkeepers

Friday, March 12, 2010

A Night (or Day) at the Movies!

Okay, yesterdays post was a little lame so I am told (by my wife, Debbie our innkeeper, even my daughters!) "Who's thinking about hiking when it's still under 50 and raining" they asked? Well, actually that's not EXACTLY the way they phrased their criticism. Anyone who really knows each of them knows that only Debbie would be that polite.

So, how about movies as a topic? The Academy Awards were just given out with all their pomp and circumstance. But what about the average viewers opinion and comments about some of the movies out there recently? Well, not that you asked...but here's my somewhat irreverent opinion on the movies I've seen recently (and I HAVE seen every one of these movies):

"Brooklyn's Finest" - Good cop, bad cop, bad cop, bad cop, bad cop. No one in their right mind wants to go see this movie! I don't care whether you are a Richard Gere fan or not. Stay home or see something else. This movie is all drugs, raw sex, and lots of violence. Don't waste your money, you can see all this stuff on TV these days.

"Shutter Island" - This is a cerebral, thinking persons film and Leonardo DiCaprio is at his best in this role. Just make sure you get there and get settled in well before the movie starts because you better pay attention from the VERY first flicker on the screen. This movie doesn't quite fit the film noir genre, but it is worth every penny you'll pay to see it. Of course, I gave YOU a piece of advice I wasn't privy to, so now I have to pay to go see it again just so I can figure out why it took me so long to "get" the film. And NO Christie, I did NOT cry at this movie!

"Cop Out" - Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan trying to be Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Need I say more? On second thought, I do need to say more. This movie needs to "Die Hard" (and fast!)

"Avatar" - I don't even know why I am writing about this movie. If you haven't seen it, you are probably the ONLY person in the U.S. that hasn't! I saw the 3-D version and it was great. After about 2 minutes I forgot I had those Doogie Howser glasses on over my regular specs and was immersed in the world of director James Cameron. I know it didn't get a whole bunch of awards, but this movie has nice acting, stunning visuals, and a clear message about caring for our environment. If you haven't seen it....GO!

"Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" - As you all know, I spent a LOT of time in the basement a couple weeks ago. When I finally got out of the dungeon, I told Diane I was going to the movies. What I wanted was a total escape and no reason to think about anything. Well, that's just the type of entertainment this movie provides. Kids will like it, but this is just a plain fun and feel good movie to go see. I highly recommend it if you too find yourself in the basement for a week!

"Green Zone" - Why can't Matt Damon stay with movies like "Good Will Hunting", "The Talented Mr. Ripley", and "The Departed". We don't need Jason Bourne in an Army uniform being filmed by a camera person who's jittery and can't get the lighting right, to tell us there were no WMD's in Iraq. On the heels of a brilliant film like "Hurt Locker", don't waste your money on this one. REALLY!

"The Blind Side" - This IS the movie to go see if you are having a bad day or are down for whatever reason. This movie will give you will renew your will make you feel proud to live in a country that has the freedoms and resources we do. Ah shucks, just go see it...and YES Christie, I DID cry at this one!

Don't forget the popcorn y'all.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Hiking to heaven..........

In roaming around the blogging world these past few days, I have run across some fantastic hikes that I felt you all might enjoy knowing about. I know, I know, the supposed purpose of blogging is to express your own thoughts and ideas about stuff. That may be true, but my father always told me that other folks probably would have better ideas than mine. Over the years, more often than not, he's been right!

So, here are a few links I found interesting and wanted to share with you. (BTW - each of these links represents a hike that you could do while staying at The Waverly Inn....I'm just sayin'!)

Wonderful hikes in Western NC:
(Be sure to find the tabs at the top of the above page...great pics there from the trail)

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

John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
The Waverly Inn Innkeepers

Saturday, March 6, 2010

And the "Heat" Goes On at The Waverly Inn!

For the past week, I have been in the basement of The Waverly Inn, pressing a button! At times I have felt like one of the Goblins of Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings, coming up from the mines long enough to hunt for food and then returning to the dark to perform a mindless and senseless task.

But, blessed is he who has an industrial boilerman as a best friend! Dale, my Utah skiing partner just happens to make a living repairing commercial boilers and he literally saved my butt this week. With the help of a cell phone, digital camera, the internet, and Dales wife Jeannie (only one of which Dale knows anything got it, the cell phone) this picture was sent to him and he correctly diagnosed our problem as a short in the flame rod and voila, the HEAT was ON at The Waverly and John was released from the dungeon.

About the only person who was displeased with all of this was my wife Diane who, for the first full week since we were married 34 years ago, knew exactly where I was 24 hours a day! I am once again free to roam Western NC at will.

The moral of the story is: it's important to have at least one best friend and one great wife! I am indeed a fortunate man to have both in my life.

The Waverly Inn Innkeeper
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