Thursday, March 4, 2010

Spring in the Smokies

Pennsylvania has Punxsutawney Phil, Brookside Mountain Mist Inn has Chippy! Well, we think it was Chippy, it could have been Chipette or Chip-off-the-old-block. It really is hard to tell them apart. They are all part of the chipmonk family that lives in the gardens at our Wanesville, North Carolina bed and breakfast.

The sighting of Chippy can only mean one thing, spring is not far away. Boy, are we ever ready for that! The snow and cooler temperatures are nice, especially when you are relaxing by the warmth of the fire or having fun while skiing on the slopes at Cataloochee Ski Area. But spring in the Smoky Mountains is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. First come the tulips, then the daffodils, followed closely by the blooming of the rhododendrons, mountain laurels and azaleas. The Smokies seem to come alive with greenery and blooms of every color.

Take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, see the elk at Cataloochee Valley, hike the numerous trails among the Smoky Mountains or tour the numerous waterfalls in the area. Spring also brings more events and activities in the town of Waynesville, North Carolina. Be sure to check out our 12-page travel guide for up-to-date information on upcoming events in the western North Carolina area.

Carolyn Gendreau & Dina Giunta
Brookside Mountain Mist Inn

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