Friday, October 19, 2018

It's a Late Fall and We Still Have Rooms!!!


On October 19, this beautiful maple tree on our property was completely green, but we'vet had our first nights with temperatures in the 30s, so that is FINALLY setting off the process. There is color showing around town and we're predicting that the FIRST TWO WEEKS IN NOVEMBER will produce the elusive PEAK OF THE LEAVES.

This is good news in a way, because now there are still rooms available for all you folks who don't like to plan ahead.  This is your year to enjoy a last minute Fall!!

UPDATE ON FRIDAY NOV 2:  
TODAY TWO MAPLES ON OUR PROPERTY ARE FINALLY LOOKING GORGEOUS AND WE PREDICT THE PEAK OF THE LEAVES WILL BE SOMETIME THIS WEEK!!
 
WE HAVE AT LEAST ONE B&B ROOM AVAILABLE EVERY NIGHT THROUGH NOV 10 (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SAT NOV 3). 

 JOIN US TO ENJOY THE BEAUTY!!
 

The Guest House Apartment is filled for the rest of the seaon.

Miss Rebecca's Cottage is available Nov 4 - Nov 6,  Nov 12 - Nov 14, and other dates after Leaf Season and throughout the winter.

This availability can change fast so call us now!! (828) 526-2060

Please note that we have had one cancellation for the weekend of the Highlands Food and Wine Festival Nov 8-10. Tickets to the event have been sold old, but you can still enjoy the music on Main Street without even buying a ticket. However, it's not too late to plan ahead for next year for this fabulous event that is getting noticed all over the Southeast. Check it out!

Hope to see you soon in the Mountains!

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



Wednesday, June 27, 2018

"Connect to Protect" in Highlands

Colonial Pines Inn is the latest location for a "Connect to Protect" Pollinator Garden installed by our daughter, Heather Alley, of the Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens.

Pollinator Gardens have been planted by Heather and her staff in various locations around Georgia. She carefully selects plants in an effort to educate and support wildlife by providing nectar, pollen, food, and shelter.
 
Go to  Connect to Protect, to learn more about this important program, 
for valuable information about their important work in saving native plants for use in habitat restoration, endangered species recovery, and introduction to the gardening and green industry community.
 
Heather chose plants specifically for our area and growing conditions. Science & Conservation staff and Education staff from the State Botanical Garden of Georgia will work with you to customize your Connect to Protect garden to suit your site and individual needs. Contact them at garden@uga.edu.

An informative sign explains the program and helps foster an appreciation for the connections between plants, animals, and people.

It was a family project, and Heather had help from son Owen
 and father Chris, owner of Colonial Pines.
Many Thanks to All Three!

Come see our beautiful new garden!
 
Colonial Pines Inn Bed and Breakfast
541 Hickory Street
Highlands NC 28741
(828) 526-2060


Monday, March 12, 2018

Opening for the 2018 Season on March 23...

...and it won't be long until these delightful little guys are back to say hello to our Moon Feeder on the front porch.  They bring a bit of fantasy to the mountains and we eagerly await their arrival!

After a Snowy January and a Spring-like February, we are currently (in mid March) experiencing occasional snow flurries followed by cold winds revealing clear blue skies. Surely this means Spring is on the way!

It was a busy winter and we did what innkeepers do in the off-season - catch up on things there is no time for in Summer & Fall.  That means doctor appointments, holidays with family, taxes, a couple of great vacations, sprucing up the Inn, and some old-fashioned relaxing.

Having done all that, we are ready to have guests again, and it will feel good to get back into a routine.  After this many years in innkeeping, we just wouldn't know what else to do!  Our across-the-street innkeeper friends from the former 4-1/2 Street Inn report that they miss innkeeping but are settling into a comfortable retirement while their former building is a bee-hive of activity and getting ready to open as a nine-bedroom rental house.  It's been interesting to watch the transformation! We're happy to welcome all their past guests who still seek out an authentic B&B run by the owners who live in the building and prepare a sumptuous home-made breakfast, served in the dining room or on the breezy wrap-around porch.

We offer a little of everything, so if a separate cottage is more to your liking, check out our two vacation rentals which can be booked online:
Miss Rebecca's Cottage
and
 The Guest House Apartment

BETTER YET, CALL OR EMAIL WITH YOUR EXACT DETAILS (Adults/Children, length of stay, etc) FOR A PERSONALIZED QUOTE ON THE COTTAGES AND SCROLL TO THE PREVIOUS POST TO CHECK OUT THE 25% SPRING DISCOUNTS.

Thanks for visiting our blog and we hope to hear from you soon!

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

 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A Snowy Start to 2018!

Side View
At times this winter, Miss Rebecca's Cottage looked like this.

View from Driveway
 At other times, it looked like this.


Well, you know how weather predictions are, and we can't guarantee which scenario you'll end up with, but we can guarantee a great deal on accommodations at Miss Rebecca's Cottage through April
 with these off-season discounted prices:

WEEKLY RATES:
January & February $800
March & April $900

NIGHTLY RATES:
2 adults $175 per night
4 adults $225 per night
6 adults $300 per night

If some in your group are children, or you're planning to stay more than two nights, call or email for an even more discounted quote. Check out Miss Rebecca's Cottage at www.vrbo.com/37271 for photos and details - but call us direct to avoid their fees and get a lower price.

WHERE IS MISS REBECCA'S COTTAGE?
Right in town at 31 Gibson Street on a beautiful, private 2/3 acre.  Right across the street you'll find the Highlands Nature Center and immediately adjacent is the popular Sunset Rock Hike.  You'll love the 1/3 mile walk to the center of town through the "rabbit hole" sidewalk.

Rabbit Hole Sidewalk to Center of Town

WHAT TO DO IN HIGHLANDS IN WINTER/'EARLY SPRING?
LOTS!! In-town ice skating, indoor heated pool, live theater and other events at the Performing Arts Center, first run movies at Highlands Playhouse, bluegrass & country rock at Ugly Dog Pub, and much more!!  Check out the winter & spring offerings at highlandschamber.org and thelaurelmagazine.com, each of which keeps a calendar of events. Or just live like a local and enjoy the serenity of off-season Highlands without the crowds!

Here at Colonial Pines Inn, we're hibernating or vacationing until Spring and if we're out of town, our amazing housesitters are available to answer calls. We're taking reservations now for the busy Summer & Fall Seasons and for special events such as the Highlands Food and Wine Festival in mid-November (check it out at HighlandsFoodandWine.com). 

DID YOU KNOW?
Colonial Pines is one of the few establishments in Highlands that includes a fantastic homemade and beautifully served breakfast. With reasonable prices, we are popular (if we do say so ourselves) and  we'd love to have you try us for the first time  - or have you back if you been with us before!!

If you don't care about breakfast and want  more space than just a room, check out The Guest House Apartment, and if you're on a budget, try The Bargain Basement. Both are in the little guest house adjacent to the Inn.

BED & BREAKFAST ROOMS WILL BE OPEN STARTING MARCH 23

We look forward to seeing you in Highlands in 2018!!

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