Sunday, October 3, 2010

Pamela Lanier Visits Creekwalk Inn Bed and Breakfast

Pamela Lanier, Famous Guidebook Author and Cookbook Editor, Travels to Tennessee, Keynote Speaker for Tennessee Bed and Breakfast Association Annual Conference September 19, 20, at Whitestone Inn . State Association Website

Written by Janice Haynes, innkeeper, Creekwalk Inn and Cabins at Whisperwood Farm, Cosby, TN.

A breath of fresh air, even more than our usual mountain breezes, just blew through Tennessee in the form of Pamela Lanier.
Pamela is a gatherer, explorer, huntress of interesting, unique places. She has single-handedly envisioned the gathering of over 8500 lodging properties in her web sites and international guidebooks. With all of her fame, she settles into the landscape and the fun of our Smoky Mountain area like the comfortable, seasoned traveler that she is—eager to experience a new adventure.
I have had the privilege of experiencing Pamela’s eclectic travel style as her host. We visited our local apple barn and orchard, Carver’s Orchard, tasting their famous fried pies under a Smoky Mountain waterfall. Creekwalk Inn and Cabins at Whisperwood Farm, Cosby, now features her cookbook collection gathered from her travels. Her signed copies rest in the apple basket she just had to buy at Carver’s but couldn’t sneak through security on the airplane home.
I see Tennessee a little brighter by seeing my neighborhood through her eyes. A sparkling September day glistened around us. I am already in love with Tennessee, especially the Smokies, having lived here since 1982. Yet I’ve never seen light dance like stars in my favorite swimming hole, Midnight Hole. Pamela was first in the water, swimming into the falls, or as close as we could get. The current kept pushing us back. After our icy swim, we draped ourselves over the boulders on the little beach, laying out on the hot rocks around the pool-- a true hot rock massage, solar style.
So I will miss Pamela, knowing she is enjoying hearing our creek lullaby her to sleep in our Hannah Mountain Room. I will miss knowing all we have created here is being received by a true connoisseur of travel.
Best of all, besides the new fresh air and the new vision, I feel I have made a friend. I do believe the kindness of her vision and her life work enlivens the world with discovery. So pick up a Pamela Lanier guide: The Complete Guide to Bed and Breakfasts, Elegant Small Hotels, or Family Travel and Resorts. Breathe in her discoveries and travel experiences and discover your own. Go, as she does, gently.

Janice Haynes, innkeeper, Creekwalk Inn Bed and Breakfast and Cabins at Whisperwood Farm, Great Smoky Mountains, Cosby by Gatlinburg, TN

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