We are starting to get some fabulous spring weather in Western North Carolina. Warm sunny days and cool starry evenings are interspersed with the occasional light shower, encouraging Mother Nature to wake up and do her thing. As a result the Andon-Reid Inn gardens are starting to burst into bloom once again. Early snowdrops and lily of the valley have now given way to spectacular deep purple clematis flowers, a resurgence of jolly pansies, an emergence of hostas, the first rhododendrons blossoms and a plethora of roses.
Nearby, Mother Nature is also very active in the mountains. Over the last few days Andrea and I have taken advantage of the weather and managed to get away from the Inn for a few short hikes – officially our excuse was to verify first-hand that the detailed hiking instructions we provide our guests are accurate.
It was wonderful – and being May – not crowded at all. The views from the Blue Ridge Parkway were spectacular, including the overlook that takes in Looking Glass Rock. Recent rain had swelled the waterfalls into impressive cascades, wildflowers were appearing, the Cataloochee elk were happily wandering and feeding by the roadside, and we even saw our first black bear of the season. Unfortunately she was too camera shy for us to get a decent photo of her, but we’re happy to share a few other photos of our outings.
All of this just reminds us how lucky we are to live in such a wonderful place and we would love to share it with you. So come and stay with us at the Andon-Reid Inn. Enjoy our elegant, comfortable en-suite rooms and suites, relax in our guest lounge, on the wrap-around porch or the sunny patio, and savor our yummy breakfasts and afternoon treats. Then (if you can tear yourself away) get out and pay Mother Nature a visit. She’ll be pleased to see you too.