Tuesday, August 16, 2016

HIghlands Food & Wine Festival News Flash!!

HIGHLANDS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MUSICAL LINEUP

Tickets for the revamped tenth annual culinary weekend are on sale now!
(Scroll down for Last Minute Specials at Colonial Pines Inn B&B)
 
   
HIGHLANDS, N.C. (August 16, 2016) – Renowned folk artists, bluegrass legends and gospel icons are all part of this year’s Highlands Food and Wine Festival musical additions. The festival, taking place from Thursday, November 10, to Sunday, November 13, will feature a variety of performances throughout the weekend.
With the city surrounded by the breathtaking Nantahala National Forest, visitors of Highlands Food and Wine Festival will be able to enjoy tunes while experiencing the premier culinary destination of the Southeast this fall. New signature events, along special wine dinners offered by Highlands’ award- winning restaurants, will create a great weekend experience. Tickets for the Festival are on sale now
  
Headlining musical talent will include Bruce Hornsby at the recently announced exclusive dining event, “Rockwood Rocks!,” held at the private estate, Rockwood Lodge, where Hornsby will perform a medley of his well-known classical and jazz hits. Rockwood Rocks will be an intimate dining experience curated by renowned chefs from across the Southeast in addition to local talent Chris Huerta, executive chef of Madison’s at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa.  A portion of this event’s proceeds will benefit The Food Pantry of Highlands, which provides food and personal items to local families in need. 
  
Also new to this year’s festival is a Sunday Gospel Brunch at which five-time Grammy award-winning gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama will perform. A team of praised regional and local chefs will prepare comforting brunch-inspired tastes while guests enjoy the live gospel performance and morning cocktails.

Rhiannon Giddens of Grammy-award winning group Carolina Chocolate Drops is set to perform at this year’s Main Event on Saturday, November 13. The Main Event, held in a picturesque location right off of Main St, will include an oyster roast, local beer and tastings from local and regional chefs.
   In addition, Brooklyn-based American musical group The Lone Bellow will perform at the Friday Truckin’ event, featuring a selection of the Southeast’s most beloved food trucks including Canyon Kitchen, Root Down and Farm to Fender.
  “We are thrilled to launch the new programming for this year’s festival, and look forward to what its offering brings to our community,” said Highlands Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bob Kieltyka. “These musical acts are the first of many new and exciting additions to this year’s culinary weekend, that has been, and continues to be, anchored by the incredible local restaurants and chefs we are lucky to call our own.” 
  
The complete festival schedule and chef line-up will be announced at a later date. Stay tuned for upcoming updates through the festival website at www.highlandsfoodandwine.com and on social media at @highlandsfoodandwine.  

Future Press Releases will include Wine Dinners, Celebrity Chefs, Sip and Stroll, and other events throughout the weekend.


ABOUT HIGHLANDS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL: With a sophisticated taste in food and roots in the mountains of North Carolina, the Highlands Food & Wine Festival appreciates the artistry behind food and wine. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the event, previously named Highlands Culinary Weekend. Guest celebrity chefs will combine talents with the local chefs in Highlands to bring a not-to-miss culinary event to the town of Highlands, N.C., on November 10 through November 13.
Call NOW for your accommodations reservations 
and start your days with a fabulous breakfast!!
541 Hickory Street
Highlands NC 28741
(818) 526-2060
ROOMS - SUITES - COTTAGES
LAST MINUTE SPECIALS:
August 23 - September 11, 2016
Weekly Stays Reduced from $1500 to $1100
Nightly Stays Reduced 25% 
(Excluding Labor Day Weekend) 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Invasion of The Fabulous Fifteen!!


 
 For the past 10 years, around 3pm every Friday before Memorial Day, cars & vans roar into our driveway and out pour 15 ladies bearing picnic food, party snacks, extra lawn chairs, and wine!! Laughter and lively conversation soon flood our porch and can be heard all over the neighborhood.  They are free at last!!  This is THEIR time - away from jobs, husbands, children, and life's daily routines.  "How do their families allow this on a holiday weekend?" I ask. "Easy," they say, "We just wave goodbye and leave!!"

This is a tight-knit core group that has known each other for more than 20 years, brought together by church & their families. They are the village that raised their children, some of whom are now grown and gone. There are a few alternates that come and go over the years, and a personal recommendation is necessary for a newcomer, along with a certain amount of irreverence and sense of fun. A few group activities are planned such as cocktails on the porch, but mostly each gal does however much or little she pleases over the course of the weekend.  There are a host of activities to choose from in Highlands, but sometimes an afternoon nap or just relaxing on the porch with a magazine or a best friend is just the thing.

Double occupancy in three king beds and three queen beds, along with three additional single beds allows a maximum of 15 guests here at Colonial Pines. This group started it all, and we've become particularly popular with ladies groups. Some like to spread out a bit more with single occupancy and that can add to the cost, but even so, we are Highlands' most reasonably-priced accommodation, especially when you factor in the quality of our breakfast, amenities, and secluded in-town location.

So here it is - Thursday - the day before the "INVASION," and all is quiet.  Are we ready?  YES, WE'RE READY!! Ready to host another three days of laughter and prayer, ready for conversations both deep and frivolous, and ready to witness bonding like only women can do.  We hope they leave refreshed, relaxed, and ready to face all that life throws at them in the coming year (our thoughts will be with you, Cindy) and we look forward to another "Invasion" in 2017. 

It has been a total pleasure being their innkeepers for the past decade!!
Flowers from the Fabulous Fifteen!!

We'd love to talk to you about YOUR group.
Have a wonderful Summer and call NOW if you are thinking of a trip to Highlands.

Donna & Chris Alley, Innkeepers Since 1984
541 Hickory Street
Highlands NC 28741
828.526.2060
10am-10pm


 






Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Bascom: Art and Magic under a Carolina Blue Sky

Mid-Week Special!!
Arrive on MONDAY and your
3rd Night (WEDNESDAY) is HALF PRICE 
at Colonial Pines Inn B&B
May, June, September excluding holidays
(828) 526-2060 
Did you know that Highlands is one of the top twelve Small Town Art Communities in the country?!!! DO NOT visit Highlands without checking out The Bascom, our thriving arts center, located on the Franklin Road (Hwy 64W) about 1/4 mile from the intersection of Main Street (Hwy 64) and the Dillard Road (Hwy 106). Two galleries feature rotating exhibits and innovative major outdoor sculpture installations offer something that is always new and thought-provoking.  The Bascom is open every day and admission is free!

 Events at The Bascom are popular, especially weddings.  Our daughter was married there last year and this delightful Hobbit House happened to be among the outdoor sculptures - wonderful fun for the children attending and a great photo opportunity for the bride and groom!
The restored Will Henry Stevens covered bridge on Hwy 64 forms an inviting entrance to the six acre complex. Explore the authentic corn crib, the horse barn converted into a pottery studio, and a large campus-style three-story barnwood building which houses galleries, studios, and classrooms.
Two indoor galleries have rotating exhibits that change about every three months.  No matter how often you visit Highlands, you'll always want to check out what's new and different at The Bascom.
The main building itself is a work of art with gorgeous timber frame construction and heart pine interiors with ladders and lofts. And did I mention there is a FABULOUS gift shop featuring reasonably-priced beautiful handmade items?!!!
 A charming sculpture and nature trail follows a mountain creek that borders the acreage and offers a lovely walk through the woods with a few surprises.
 Magic and creativity abound at The Bascom where you can enjoy year-round thought-provoking exhibits that will delight and amuse.  This is not your Grandmother's art gallery!!
 Youth programs are vital to supplement the curriculum at local schools and many of them are offered free.  After-school classes, Summer Workshops, Home School Classes, Pumpkin Painting events, and Holiday Crafts including a Gingerbread House Workshop are all extremely popular with families.
The adult programs offer an amazing array of classes in Ceramics, Woodturning, Photography and other media.  Art by Appointment is great for planning a private session for your group. Classes are taught by artists-in-residence and visiting professionals.
You can be part of the fun at the twice-a-year barn dances where, for a small cover charge, you can learn square dancing and clogging taught by locals.  Other fabulous events include Collective Spirits, The Bascom in Bloom, Three Artists Symposium, and more.
The Bascom will make YOU feel like dancin' - don't miss it!!! 
Check it out at www.thebascom.org

If you're attending a Bascom class, ask about our exclusive mid-week accommodations discounts for participants.  
We LOVE The Bascom!!!

Colonial Pines Inn Bed and Breakfast
541 Hickory Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-2060
Donna & Chris Alley, Innkeepers Since 1984




Saturday, December 5, 2015

Another End, Another Beginning...

 
Winter Schedule:
The Inn is open Dec 28 through Jan 24, and will be closed Jan 25 - Feb 17.
Miss Rebecca's Cottage is ALWAYS open with 25% off Jan - Mar.

 QUESTION: WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO 
RUN A B&B FOR 32 YEARS??

This is the only time of year when we have the opportunity to ask ourselves this question!  The busy part of the season is over, the phone isn't ringing (as much), and we aren't working seven days a week buying groceries, baking, and trying to keep things shipshape for a parade of guests. January & February will bring  guests on weekends, a little snow, some end of year accounting (how could our expenses add up like that?), confirming advance reservations, tying up loose ends and getting ready for a yearly vacation. Spring means prioritizing projects and maintenance, updating our internet presence, and deciding how to confront yet another season in Highlands. As you can imagine, there aren't many breaks in the action when you run a "Mom-and-Pop" business like this one.

But December is quiet.  Leaf Season, Thanksgiving, Culinary Festival, and the Christmas Parade are over and there is a little lull in Highlands.  Most people are home going to holiday events, finishing school projects, and preparing for family gatherings. So we take a break and try to rest and reflect a little.

The answer to the question lies in the photo above.  This magnificent view of Whiteside Mountain is right in our neighborhood on Big Bear Pen Road - a two minute drive from the Inn. There is also a newly reclaimed hiking trail, the Kelsey Trail, which takes you from the Inn through the woods to this same location in about 30 minutes. But remarkably, we lived here 30 years before we discovered  how close and accessible this iconic scene was.

 There is ALWAYS something new & different to discover about Highlands!! It is an ever-changing canvas that is being painted over time with remarkable embellishments.  It has evolved from a cute but sleepy little mountain village into a dynamic town with a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly Main Street, year-round events in visual and performing arts, and new venues from which to enjoy the outdoors -  a new in-town park with ice skating, a year-round indoor public swimming pool, and a system of walking trails that connect town streets with nature areas. Forget the country clubs - the new sought-after place to live is IN TOWN!!

So, the answer is - it's INTERESTING!!  Our town is interesting, our guests are interesting, and it's interesting to see how we can continue to operate when the trend is toward pricey luxury hotels. We love being able to offer a reasonable alternative while providing our guests a quality experience in food and accommodations.  Doing this is a creative challenge and is one of things we love most about running a B&B.  Fifteen other B&Bs have opened and closed in our 3 decades here, and I suppose our time for that will come, too.  Maybe sooner, maybe later - but at least right now, we know that every single day, we will have something interesting to do!!

THANK YOU FOR MAKING 2015
ANOTHER GREAT SEASON!
 HAVE YOUR OWN WONDERFUL
ENDING & BEGINNING!
We hope to be your hosts in 2016 for our 33rd Season,
 so call now for the best choice of rooms.

Donna & Chris Alley, Innkeepers Since 1964
541 Hickory Street, Highlands NC
(828) 526-2060






Wednesday, June 17, 2015

To B or not to B?


Even at a B&B, there are options for NOT having breakfast!

Maybe you are just not a happy morning person like the ladies above; or maybe you are a super-early riser; or you have a golf, ziplining, or rafting date; or you have to attend a brunch, meeting or other event; or maybe you're on a special diet or perhaps you just don't care for breakfast. Either way, that doesn't mean you shouldn't stay at Colonial Pines Inn!

Here's the thing: any room in the main building that is normally a B&B room can come without breakfast for a discount! Just let us know at the time you make your reservation and we won't prepare anything for you (you can still have coffee or tea), and we will adjust the price of your room. We shop, bake, and prep way ahead, so you can't change your mind at the last minute and still get the discount, but with plenty of advance notice, we are happy to accommodate.

The Bargain Basement (Sunflower Room as some call it) does not include breakfast and is a good choice if you are on a budget. The Guest House Apartment or Miss Rebecca's Cottage do not include breakfast either and are appropriate if you need a kitchen or plan to stay more than a few days.

To see some examples of what we might serve for breakfast on a given day, go to our recipe blog:
If you are on a special diet but still want breakfast, please give us advance notice and, if at all possible, we can prepare something that will fit your program.
Bon Apetit - or Not!!
541 Hickory Street
Highlands NC 28741
(828) 526-2060
Donna & Chris Alley
Innkeepers Since 1984

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fine Feathered Friends


A NEW HIGHLANDS ADVENTURE

Ready for something new in Highlands? Curtis Wright Outfitters offers an unforgettable experience as a hawk or falcon follows you from tree to tree, circles in the sky and then returns to your glove! This is an up close and personal "hands on" meeting with a bird of prey where you will accompany a licensed falconer such as Peter Kipp (above) and learn about the time honored sport of falconry.








Beautiful tail feathers of the Red-Tail Hawk.  Look closely underneath to see the soft and fluffy white down feathers.






 Me holding the calm and gentle hawk - who is wearing a hood.  If you are ready for this adventure or want more information contact Peter at (828) 553-5036, or go to www.curtiswrightoutfitters.com/falconry




June 6 & 7 Weekend Special:
Stay at The Guest House Apartment
or Miss Rebecca's Cottage
and enjoy your second night at
HALF PRICE!

JUNE SPECIAL:
Arrive MON and your THIRD NIGHT is
 HALF PRICE!


Special June 2015 weekly rate $950!

We hope to see you soon in the mountains!

Donna Alley, Innkeeper
541 Hickory Street
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-2060

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!!


HELLO!

Like this little bunny, we just wanted to stick our heads out to wish you a
HAPPY 2015!!

It has been unusually warm in Highlands, and the bunny came out of his rabbit hole the other day and visited our backyard feeder area which was a madhouse of hungry winter birds who were totally unbothered by his presence.  Over the past year, we've also had mama bears with cubs, bobcats, red squirrels (locals call them boomers), coyotes, and hawks - not to mention the proliferating chipmunks.  
...at least they were proliferating until the hawks showed up!

Beat the winter blahs with a visit to Highlands:
Check out off-season activities at
the Highlands Chamber of Commerce website.

RESERVE NOW AT LAST YEAR'S PRICES!!!!!!!

COLONIAL PINES INN
WILL RE-OPEN MARCH 6 FOR THE 2015 SEASON

MISS REBECCA'S COTTAGE
  This separate, private, in-town rental house is ALWAYS open!
Check out the details HERE and email for availability and a quote. Pricing varies with the number of guests and bedrooms used, so don't be put off by the fact that it has three bedrooms if your group is small.
 The house is only 1300 square feet and it's easy to close off the unnecessary bedrooms and give you a lower price!  Cozy and warm with good heat and a stone fireplace in the great room, Miss Rebecca's is a comfortable winter rental.  Walk right out your door and up Sunset Rocks, stroll the Nature Center across the street, or take the "rabbit-hole" sidewalk to shops & restaurants - only 1/3 mile from the cottage.

THE GUEST HOUSE APARTMENT
Open mid-April through mid-December
Perfect for two or three guests in a cabin-like environment adjacent to the Inn.  Add The Bargain Basement on the lower level for two additional guests to enjoy the entire building for your group of five guests. Breakfast is not included but may be available with advance notice if the Inn is not full.
Other breakfast options are available neaby on Main Street.


Have a wonderful 2015 and we hope to see you as we begin our 
32nd Year as Innkeepers!!

Donna & Chris Alley, Innkeepers Since 1984
541 Hickory Street
Highlands, NC 28741
email:  sleeptight@colonialpinesinn.com
(828) 526-2060
(866)526-2060 Toll-Free





 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Winter Schedule at The Inn


HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM COLONIAL PINES INN

and THANKS SO MUCH to EVERYONE who made 2014 a GREAT SEASON!

Actually, it's not quite over yet, and here are the remaining opportunities 
to stay at Colonial Pines in 2014:

Christmas Parade Weekend - Fri & Sat Dec 5 & 6
After Christmas - Sat Dec 27 through Sat Jan 3

is ALWAYS open and is a cozy, warm, convenient winter rental.  
Enjoy a stone fireplace, hike up Sunset Rocks, explore 
the winter beauty of Highlands Nature Center, and
get a special off-season rate.

Call for Reservations:  (828) 526-2060
Or email sleeptight@colonialpinesinn.com

541 Hickory St
Highlands NC 28741

Donna & Chris Alley
Innkeepers Since 1984
We love being your hosts!





Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hummingbird Special

Thanks so much to Nanci Adler who snapped this gorgeous and hard-to-get photo of a lovely little female hummingbird visiting the Moon Feeder on our porch!  The tiny birds are on a feeding frenzy right now before they fly South to avoid the coming cool weather.  Nights are now in the 40s and it hasn't been raining nearly as much as the forecast says, so check the special (below) and come on up!!

The hand-blown glass and copper feeder shown above is for sale in our gift shop along with other variations of Parasol's recycled hand-blown "Mini-Blossom" glass feeders which can hang from a beautiful curved hook or rest on a stake put directly into the ground or into a flower pot.

Stay with us soon for a last look at our little friends zooming from feeder to feeder and take advantage of this Last Minute Hummingbird Special:

20% Off 2014 Weekly Rates (Seven Nights) at
Miss Rebecca's Cottage or
The Guest House Apartment
Excluding Thanksgiving & Christmas Weeks
(MENTION THIS BLOG - NEW RESERVATIONS ONLY)

541 Hickory St
Highlands NC 28741
(828) 526-2060
Donna & Chris Alley, Innkeepers Since 1984

Monday, March 3, 2014

Not a Moment to be Bored!!

Aside from Highlands' famous hiking, shopping, and dining, take a look at the following amazing list of special events offered year-round for your pleasure.  Click on the links for complete details and SCROLL DOWN FOR A SPECIAL for week of SEPTEMBER 5.

 Highlands Playhouse (one-quarter mile from the Inn) offers first-run movies Thursday through Sunday on a new 35-foot movie screen with Dolby Surround. First Run movies are on the schedule, so click the link above to see what's playing now. They also sell popcorn, candy, soft drinks and wine!!  Their 75th (can you believe it!) Live Theater Season was a huge success and there are some off-season offerings as well.

The Bascom Arts Center (one mile from the Inn) has put Highlands on the map in the art world, and offers a vibrant year-round selection of week-end and week-long adult classes in pottery, painting, and photography for all levels. They also hold wonderful community events such as  Barn Dances and Raku-Firings. There is ALWAYS something to do at The Bascom, so check it all out on their website. Both professional and amateur artists find Colonial Pines Inn a reasonably-priced, and conveniently-located choice for accommodations while studying at The Bascom.

The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center (half a block from the Inn) offers great off-season entertainment such as Metropolitan Opera Performances in HD and live concerts by country, bluegrass, retro-rock, and Broadway artists. The PAC, as we call it, is also home to The Highlands-Cashiers Community Players offering "Mama Won't Fly" in May & June; and The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival opens their 33rd season of top-quality professional chamber music concerts in June, July, & August. Don't miss this incredible talent!

The Highlands Chamber of Commerce maintains a Calendar of Events organized by dates to make things easier for you.  They sponsor the annual CHILI COOK-OFF in March, a toe-tapping evening for residents and visitors alike featuring live music, dancing, chili, salsa, cornbread, wine & beer for only $20 per person!! They also sponsor two free music gatherings for all to enjoy June through August: FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE and SATURDAY IN THE PARK.

The Laurel Magazine is a beautifully printed monthly magazine about Highlands featuring news, stories, events, dining & shopping. It's another good source for finding out what's going on and you can look at it online at the above link. You will also want to pick up a free hard copy to take home when you're in town.

The Center for Life Enrichment with the motto "The Curious Mind Knows No Bounds," offers valuable adult continuing education classes since 1992 in the Peggy Crosby Center (3/4 mile from the Inn).

 
 Who knew there was so much to do in Highlands!! When we first became Innkeepers in 1984, there were only a few Summer happenings.  My how times have changed. At this writing, there are events yet to be scheduled, so please click the links above for more current details. 
 And if relaxing in a  rocking chair, sipping tea, and breathing cool mountain air is more your style than throwing pots at The Bascom (see photo), we offer that right here at Colonial Pines!!


 

is open for 2014 and we hope you will be our guests!

LAST MINUTE SPECIAL
Sep 5 - Sep 12: stay at least THREE NIGHTS and receive
A 20% DISCOUNT
at Miss Rebecca's Cottage


Donna & Chris Alley, Innkeepers Since 1984
828.526.2060 or 866.526-2060 Toll-Free

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Escape to Winter at Miss Rebecca's Cottage

A Snowy Forecast for 2014!!

We can't guarantee you will see this scene, but we can guarantee a 
WINTER SPECIAL
at Miss Rebecca's Cottage for January through March:
Special Rates for a Two-Night Minimum:
Two Guests: Reg $200/night, Special $150
Four Guests:  Reg $275/night, Special $200
Six Guests:  Reg $375/night, Special $250
(holidays excluded)

LONGER ESCAPES in JAN & FEB ONLY $700 per week!

Invite friends or cozy up by the fireside with your special one 
and enjoy Highlands without the crowds!
Click HERE for more information.
For reservations, call (828) 526-2060
or email sleeptight@colonialpinesinn.com.

LAST MINUTE SPECIAL AT COLONIAL PINES INN:
Weekend of February 28
The Master Bedroom $160
WITH SECOND NIGHT HALF PRICE!!
Including Full Breakfast & Afternoon Refreshments


Thanks to EVERYONE who made it a GREAT 2013!
We are now taking reservations for 2014
and Highlands is expecting a busy season.
Call or email soon for the best choice of rooms.

We look forward to seeing you in 2014!
Donna & Chris Alley, Innkeepers Since 1984
 (828) 526-2060
(866) 526-2060 Toll Free