You can almost have the whole Biltmore Estate to yourself. The prices are the best now through March and you know, the house tours can be shoulder to shoulder on summer weekends. If you can’t come now, come in warmer weather during week days for the best summer prices.
Vacation on Cloud 9 Farm
Anne Tansy of Twig work made this beautiful table that sits inside the living room at Heavenly Hideaway Cabin. I like to purchase local art because the western North Carolina Mountains draw a magnitude of talented arts so why go else where. In fact there are craft tours you can take to see the artists in their own studios sponsored by Hand Made in [ MORE » ]
There’s always something to do with chickens here on Cloud 9 Farm. I keep a flock of about 30 with a rooster, (presently “Goldie”) which gives me enough farm fresh, large, brown eggs to share with renters, to sell locally and to make quiches, custards and cakes anytime I want. Here’s the latest hatch…sort of sad, though. I have 5 mother hens that have [ MORE » ]
Here’s renter, Alex, at Looking Glass Falls who sent me this picture. You take a 45 minute delightful tour south on the Blue Ridge Parkway (entrance just 8 miles from Cloud 9 through the Pisgah National Forest to this exit to U.S. 276 near Brevard. Looking Glass Falls is one of the most popular falls in Western North Carolina. The name “Looking Glass” comes [ MORE » ]
Walk the mountain trails on Cloud 9 properties and hunt for the rare Lady’s Slippers. This is my favorite time of year to find these gems in the shaded woods!
An internet group of well-behaved Maximum Suzuki motorcyclers meet here every year. The outside workshop, known as the garage, becomes a smorgasboard of colorful helmets, gear and motorcycles in all colors. This year they gifted a waterproof map of their favorite trails which include the Deal’s Gap Tail of the Dragon (318 turns in 11 miles of scenic and twisty US 129 over the [ MORE » ]
Dirt roads, almost as rare as hen’s teeth in Fairview, NC as developers demand ameneties for prospective buyers. My favorite winding backroad to town got paved a few years ago. Sure, less dust and easier on the car but it was the road I always took out-of-town guests on the way back from the airport. “We live way back in the hills,” I would [ MORE » ]
Asheville has lots of fun places to explore. One of them is the Arboretum off the Blue Ridge Parkway. This traveling exhibit is called Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders and since I had never seen a real live glow-in-the-dark scorpion or been in an artrium filled with hatching monarchs, I went. Here I am almost being eaten by the giant pvc pipe, paper [ MORE » ]
For those of you that are addicted, let me introduce you to Drinking Beans Coffee Shop otherwise known as Drinkin’ Beans or DN BZ as the closest place to get snap-you-awake java. My former 4th grade student, Zach, (pictured here) created this space a year ago. I’m so proud of him. It’s a relaxing place, half way to Asheville, full of great artwork and [ MORE » ]
All fall and winter I curse that crab apple tree in the pasture. It’s prickly limbs that fall off or have to be trimmed give injuries even to my gloved hands everytime. But now…in the spring…full glorious blossoms (double blossoms this year to make up for the freeze of ’07) in pinkish white that make the valley come alive with happy honeybees and happy [ MORE » ]