Saturday, July 4, 2009

Flags, Flowers, and Free Nights in July!

Happy Fourth of July! We've flown a large flag between our columns for 25 years, but today it seems especially beautiful rustled by a slight breeze with the sun coming through the leaves on this cool 52 degree morning. Avoid the weekend crowds and join us on a Monday in July for a four night stay and one night is FREE! This cannot be combined with other offers and does not apply to rooms already booked. July is a great month for hiking and viewing the native rhododendron which is profuse this year and usually lasts several weeks. Enjoy these beautiful photos of native rhododendron and mountain laurel blooming next to the Inn, or better yet, come see for yourself! Email us at or call (828) 526-2060 for availability.

NATIVE RHODODENDRON (Rhododendron maximum)
Blooms late June - July in Highlands with evergreen leaves 4-10"long and large clusters of pale pink or white flowers that are 1-1/2" or more across.

MOUNTAIN LAUREL (Kalmia latifolia)
Blooms late May - June in Highlands with evergreen leaves 2-3" long and 1/2" bell-like petals in white to pink.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Innkeepers' Tour Cookbook

I recently enjoyed designing a postcard cookbook (similar to our own) for the 2009 Innkeepers' Tour held on June 25. Over 140 postcard-size photo albums were given out free of charge along with directions to each participating Inn. Tour guests enjoyed refreshments and picked up a recipe card at every stop, resulting in a souvenir cookbook. We served Apple-Oatmeal Bread, Cheesy-Chive Ham Muffins and Minted-Lime Fresh Fruit and gave out recipes for the bread & muffins. The cookbook was such a success that we are ordering extra copies to sell alongside our own postcard cookbook, "Best Breakfast Recipes from Colonial Pines Inn." If you are interested in purchasing either one, email us. They make wonderful gifts and are $12 plus shipping. Watch for this next year, too. Could be the start of a tradition...