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About That New Chair

May 2nd, 2016 by Honey Hill

New Chair“It” happens almost every weekend.  “It” is the question.  “It” usually gets asked by our guests while they are checking in.  “It” (the question) is: “So, why did you buy a B&B and become innkeepers?”

Depending on how spirited I feel, I offer up either the “Cliff Notes” version or the full “Moby Dick”.    Either version tells pretty much the same story…

  • We were dismayed with the collapse of paradise in South Florida…rampant development, over crowding, insane traffic, escalating property taxes, skyrocketing insurance, pollution of the reefs and the everglades, cost of living, escalating crime, etc.,
  • We wanted to be closer to our families…mine in the Upstate and Tom’s in the Lowcountry of South Carolina,
  • We were tired of it being HOT and sunny all the time,
  • I wanted trees with limbs and leaves instead of fronds,
  • It was time to own land instead of just a lot,
  • Tired of our lives serving the needs of big corporations, we wanted a new challenge

But the ones not on the list are the two we hadn’t anticipated when we set out on this journey:  Creating memorable experiences for the strangers who would come to stay in our new home and, at the same time, benefitting from the unique energy and enthusiasm they would bring into our lives.  Who would have thought that the joy of engaging with guests would become such a cool reason to be doing what we are doing?

Case in point… It was late on a Sunday and we were still waiting on a couple to check in.  They arrived and were enthusiastic.  I, on the other hand, was tired and…I admit it…cranky, something I now regret.  Once Tom checked them in, I took over (as is our process) to tell them about Asheville before taking them up to their room.  As I sat down in the tacky, left over from Florida ugly and beat up leather chair we were using at the desk, I started bitching about it (it being the chair this time).  They said wanted to go antiquing so I quickly marked the shops of the Biltmore Antiques District along Swannanoa River Road on a map before escorting them upstairs.  That was that and we were all off to bed.

The next day, they left after a delightful breakfast and we did not see them again.

On the second morning and the day of their departure, breakfast was served and pleasantries were exchanged as per usual.  The dishes were cleared and a final round of coffee/tea was served.  And then, the coolest thing happened.

“We were thinking about you guys yesterday while we were out shopping,” the lady said.  “We saw a chair that we thought you would like.”  “Chair?” I wondered.  “What could she be talking about and what would she know about what we would like”? (I had forgotten my commentary on the leather chair.)

With that, she produced her smart phone and found a photo they took of a chair they thought we might like behind our front desk.  I LOVED it.  “Tom,” I said, “come in here and look at this.”  Which he did.  And he LOVED it, too.  We immediately asked them where they found it and, later that day, set out to buy it.  It now sits behind our front desk.

So what does this chair story have to do with becoming innkeepers?  I’ll tell you.  That chair will always be a symbol to me of the kindness and generosity of spirit our guests bring to our new venture…they, too, want to see us succeed.  And, they want to be a part of it.  How cool is that?

It will also serve as a reminder that Tom and I are getting to live our dream…the dream of a new venture in a new place with new surroundings and new friends.  We are grateful.

So,  now you know about that new chair…

Engadine Inn and Cabins Featured on Pet-Friendly Blog

March 4th, 2014 by Honey Hill

This is Bella enjoying a sunny winter day on Honey Hill.

This is Bella enjoying a sunny winter day on Honey Hill.

 

We recently had a blog writer from the Canine Journal stay in one of our dog-friendly cabins. She, her husband and their two sweet dogs stayed in our Smoky Mountains cabin. Michelle wrote about their experience in a recent blog post.

Do you travel with a dog? We have three pet-friendly cabins on our 12 acre property. Check out Michelle’s blog post about staying at Honey Hill Inn and Cabins.

Happy Holidays 2013 Special

November 18th, 2013 by Honey Hill

This Holiday 2013 special has expired.

Take some time for yourself this holiday season and visit Honey Hill Inn and Cabins. Reserve a room or cabin for a stay any time (yes, the weekends are included!) between December 1 and December 19, 2013 and receive a Happy Holidays discount on your entire reservation!

Honey Hill Inn and Cabins Holiday Special

  • Two night stay – take 20% off
  • Three night stay – take 25% off
  • Four night stay – take 30% off

Yes – you can add on a package! We usually don’t allow specials to be combined with other specials or packages, but… it’s the holidays! Our Biltmore Candlelight Evenings package can be added to any stay. Please read the details on our blog and mention the package when you book. All policies and restrictions detailed on our blog page apply to this package.

Two Easy Ways to Reserve

  1. Call us directly – 828-633-1110
  2. Book online (mention Happy Holidays Special in the Notes section) – Click the Reservations button anywhere on our site to be directed to our secure reservation system.

The Not-So-Fine Print (Policies and Restrictions)

  • Cannot be combined with any specials, discounts or packages (exception: Biltmore Candlelight Evenings package).
  • Valid for stays between December 1 – 19, 2013.
  • Discount based on double occupancy. For cabins with occupancy of more than two guests, we add an additional $10 per night per guest. This additional charge is not discounted.
  • Special must be mentioned at the time the reservation is made. No exceptions!
  • You may add the Candlelight Evenings package up to three days prior to your arrival date.
  • All other Honey Hill reservation and cancellation policies apply.

Veteran’s Day 2013 – Showing Gratitude

November 18th, 2013 by Honey Hill

November 11, 2013, Veteran’s Day, was a special day here at Honey Hill. We were proud to participate in a program sponsored by the Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association honoring veterans and their spouses for their service to our country. The local program was part of the Professional Association of International Innkeepers (PAII) initiative: B&Bs for Vets – A Better Way to Stay.

We hosted two veterans, Army and Navy, and their spouses in our bed and breakfast. What made it even more special was knowing that one couple were victims of Hurricane Katrina and had been displaced as a result of the damage and devastation caused by that hurricane. We were so happy that they were able to take advantage of this program, as they have had such a difficult time in recent years.

Our veterans’ complimentary stay included afternoon snacks, 24/7 hot and cold beverages and a delicious three-course plated breakfast in our dining room. Here are some photos from that day.

Veteran's Day Free stay

Chip and Betty

 

Veteran's Day Free stay

Joe and Melissa

A Beautiful Day for an Elopement

October 14th, 2013 by Honey Hill

We were so happy to host an elopement ceremony on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Many people picture an elopement as two people “running away” to secretly get married. These days, many couples are opting out of expensive weddings in favor of smaller, intimate weddings or elopements, which consist of the couple, two witnesses and the officiant. Whitney and Matthew chose Honey Hill for their elopement. It was the perfect location with a spectacular backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Brown elopement oct 2013

Best of luck to you both and we hope to see you on your first anniversary!

Asheville River Arts District 2013 Studio Stroll

June 10th, 2013 by Honey Hill

On June 8 and 9, Asheville’s River Arts District held the first of two Studio Stroll weekends. I was thrilled to slip away from Honey Hill for a few hours on Saturday afternoon to experience it for the first time. More than 180 working artists in 19 historic converted warehouses along the French Broad River, open their studios and galleries to the public.

My friends and I had the option of walking to studios that were located close together. We also took advantage the free trolley rather than drive to some of the studios that were further away from our starting point.

Our first stop was our favorite artist Diane English, owner of the Great Cosmic Happy-Ass Card Co. Diane is a talented mixed media artist who creates original works of art and greeting cards. Her use of color is amazing and the subject matter is often fun and thought-provoking.

I Love My Life - Diane English

I Love My Life – Diane English

 

We hopped off the trolley at the historic Cotton Mill Studios. The building is all that remains of the original textile manufacturing complex owned by the Cone family. As an aside, the Cone sisters (Clarabel and Etta) were art collectors and friends of Picasso, Matisse and Gertrude Stein. They were also friends of Mary Hoyt Reese, the daughter of Captain John Keais Hoyt, who built Engadine, our 1885 Queen Anne Victorian mansion. What drew me to this building was the wonderful trompe l’oeil mural on the façade.

There were numerous artists at work in their studios. I was fascinated by the potters and stopped to watch Maria Andrade Troya make honey pots at the Curve Studios.

Maria Andrade Troya

The River Arts District also has some great restaurants and breweries. We stopped for lunch at White Duck Taco, located in the Hatchery Studio building. This is not your traditional taco/Mexican restaurant! White Duck serves up delicious gourmet tacos, such as duck, Thai chicken, and fish. You won’t find ground beef here!

If you missed the June Studio Stroll, the second one is scheduled for November 9 and 10, 2013. Plan to do some Christmas shopping, and of course, book your stay at Honey Hill Inn and Cabins!

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