Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Meet Our Santa(s)!

December 18th, 2015 by Honey Hill

Christmas at Engadine is on full display where we invite you to meet our Santa(s)!DSC04594 (lo)- 150 x 200 pixels

Our Christmas tradition began nearly 33 years ago with the purchase of a single, simple Christmas tree ornament…a carved balsa wood Santa Claus bought for a quarter.  He was just a piece of wood, devoid of color or decoration.  But he sparked an inspiration:  “Let’s decorate our tree only with Santa Claus ornaments this year!”.

With that one purchase, a collection was born.  And in the ensuing years, we collected what we estimate is about 1,500 unique and different Santa Claus ornaments.

Sadly, for  most of the time we lived in Florida, most of them stayed packed away, DSC04598 (lo)- 150 x 150 pixelsrelegated to a storage unit given our limited space and our “anywhere but the North Pole” setting, we just couldn’t use them all.  But we kept collecting!  And collecting!!  And collecting!!!

With our move to Engadine, an opportunity presented itself.  It’s vintage charm and the size of its rooms provided us the reasons to drag the old boys out of storage for a Christmas display we could have only imagined in South Florida.

This year, the Christmas tree in Engadine’s parlor topped out at 12 feet.  And, once the tree was up and the lights strung, we started the process of hanging DSC04622 (lo)- 150 x 150 pixels Santas.  After so many years away, they are FINALLY out of their boxes and on display for our guests to enjoy! Here, you will find…

  • Santas delivering all sorts of goodies…from toys to trees
  • There are “theme” Santas…from fisherman Santas to fireman Santas
  • And Santas made of all sorts of stuff…from paper and to porcelain
  • There are naughty Santas…including a “mooning” Santa and a Santa raiding the refrigerator
  • And nice Santas…bearing gifts and offering Season’s GreetingsDSC04633 (lo)- 150 x 150 pixels
  • Then there are Santas from the sea…created from star fish and oyster shells
  • And also from the forest…coached by their creators from corn cobs and pine cones
  • There are big Santas and small Santas
  • All with prices tags from cheap to insane


We’ve also decked the halls of Engadine with a sleigh full of other Christmas and seasonal decorations…all setDSC04914 (lo)- 150 x 150 pixels in place to celebrate the start of our second year here and to also welcome our Yuletide guests. So if you’d like to meet “Santa(s)” this year, we invite you to visit with us!

It might not be Christmas At Biltmore, but it’s the beginning our own NEW Asheville holiday tradition…Christmas At Engagine!

Christmas at Engadine

December 20th, 2011 by Honey Hill

The Holidays are a wonderful time at Honey Hill Inn and Cabins. Engadine, our 1885 Queen Anne Victorian mansion is decorated from top to bottom for Christmas! This year, we have two gorgeous trees adorning the first floor. The largest, a nine foot tree, is in our formal parlor. We also have a smaller tree in the dining room for guests to enjoy during breakfast.

The the cover of our 2011 Christmas cardfeatures our historic barn, which was built in the 1940s by Glenn Howell for his livestock. It stands where Captain John Keais Hoyt once had his Engadine Vineyards winery where he made his famous Engadine wine. Today, the barn is still in use, even though there are no farm animals. Our nearest neighbor, Mr. Kitty, occasionally checks in for the evening to dine on small critters.


This year we have two trees in the mansion. A 9 foot tree graces our formal parlor.

Guests can also enjoy a tree in our spacious dining room.


This year Christmas weekend promises to be busy at Honey Hill. Our cabins are fully booked, but there are still a couple of rooms left in the mansion. Gretchen and I will be working and enjoying every minute of our second Christmas at Honey Hill Inn and Cabins!

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