Saturday, June 26, 2010

a letter to Pam Lanier about our gatlinburg bed and breakfast in the rural countryside of Tennessee

Our little farm is on 47 acres and in a town that is not even incorporated, Cosby,Tennessee, just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, between Gatlinburg and North Carolina.
Our guests are welcome to experience the wonderful hiking trails in the Smokies, over 900 miles so a reason to return for many trips to our inn. All of our rooms are named after hiking trails. Here on the farm, just a few miles from the park entrance, we have meadows and creeks and trees with beautiful mountains in the backdrop. Summer fireflies light up the night along with a canopy of stars.
Our horse and dog pets lounge around the farm and wonder where their hammocks and rocking chairs are...My daughter raises Australian Shepherds so sometimes puppies are underfoot, but never in the house!
We have lots of wonderful books to read and nooks and crannies to read them. Our rooms vary in size from smaller than cozy (nooks), to normal size rooms, all with cathedral ceilings and paddle fans and interesting log beam architecture. Two of our rooms have private hot tub and fireplace gardens, perfect for honeymooners or anniversary celebrations. Our farm was the campus for the Log Home Guide magazine and log home lovers enjoy the 8 styles of log buildings on the farm and their interesting history.
Cosby Creek along the front of the farm is stocked with trout and makes great fly fishing. We love to tell our guests about our favorite swimming holes in the park and cook out areas. One of the local stores has a world class collection of hand made quilts representing the art of Appalachia.
Of course, it is tempting to go beyond Carver's Apple Orchard restaurant just down the street, or our local Bluegrass and Mexican food casual restaurant called "The Front Porch" a short walk from the farm...on to Gatlinburg, just 19 miles away, or off to Asheville to see the Biltmore. I'm glad there are many interesting city trips for our guests an hour or less away. I notice more and more that our guests try a raft trip, or a zip line, just up the road in Hartford over the Pigeon River, and then have supper close to home and un-agenda themselves. That is something the swing, curled up dogs on the porch, and a guitar someone might pick up and play seems to encourage. ______________________________________________
Janice Haynes
Creekwalk Inn Bed and Breakfast and Cabins at Whisperwood Farm
166 Middle Creek Road, Cosby, TN 37722
Tel: 800-962-2246 Fax: 866-392-1236

Experience a Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain bed and breakfast base camp close to hiking and waterfalls.
From Samuel Johnson: "There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn." March 21, 1776

Janice HaynesCreekwalk Inn Bed and Breakfast and Cabins at Whisperwood Farm, Great Smoky Mountains, Cosby, TN

Creekwalk Inn Lilving room library a favorite with our guests

While enjoying the mountain scenery, our guests find lots of good books to read in the living room library opposite the picture windows. We have collected books over the years ourselves and our local library has a book sale regularly, so lots of titles to interest every reader. Several of our guests have begun writing the book they meant to write on the balcony by the stream or at our picnic table. Welcome readers and writers! I'm a fan of Prairie Home Companion and also an English Lit major. If you enjoy the show, you know all the jokes about how useless we English lit majors are! We have a few puppies left to play with and Kelsey wants to sell to good homes right away. Kelsey, my talented daughter, is up in Montreal right now learning French to go with her culinary arts degree. Hope she is learning lots of new recipes too!
Janice HaynesCreekwalk Inn Bed and Breakfast and Cabins at Whisperwood Farm, Great Smoky Mountains, Cosby, TN

Fall color: not too soon to plan your Smoky Mountain Fall vacation

It isn't too early to reserve rooms or a Gatlinburg hot tub cabin for your autumn fun in the Smokies. We are close enough to Jonesboro Storytelling Festival October 1-3, just 45 minutes away, to combine great storytelling and Gatlinburg hiking in the same week. Dream about cooling down in a Smoky mountain stream if you come in July or August. A picnic by the river in the evening, watching the fireflies come out with the stars, is the best relaxation ever. Our favorite swimming holes are either drive in or walk in. So pick your season. Don't forget the coziness of winter in our log cabin by the fireplace. We are a 4 season destination! Plan your anniversary or birthday trip now by calling Janice at 865-696-2222. We offer wonderful dinners for our guests by reservation.
Janice HaynesCreekwalk Inn Bed and Breakfast and Cabins at Whisperwood Farm, Great Smoky Mountains, Cosby, TN

Sunday, June 13, 2010

One of my favorite Gatlinburg Rotary Members, Ralph Egli

Businesses in Gatlinburg can participate in the Rotary Club's flag display. This is a successful program available to all businesses in Gatlinburg for a small annual fee. Please contact the Rotary Club for details if you would like to have a flag placed in front of your business on our holidays. Ralph is photographed at the weekly Rotary meeting wearing his National Trail Day shirt for helping out in the Great Smokies National Park trail day.

Janice HaynesCreekwalk Inn Bed and Breakfast and Cabins at Whisperwood Farm, Great Smoky Mountains, Cosby, TN

Gatlinburg bed and breakfast romantic escape

Sometimes a summer meadow is just the perfect place to be! Plan your anniversary renewal or wedding while the meadow grasses are high. Tifton will have the mower fixed soon so you had better come soon. Lots of fun specials including dinner in the meadow with fireflies blinking all around. Gatlinburg bed and breakfast specials on and off the farm.

Janice HaynesCreekwalk Inn Bed and Breakfast and Cabins at Whisperwood Farm, Great Smoky Mountains, Cosby, TN, 37722, phone (cell) 865-696-2222