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Red Chair Changes Innkeeper’s Viewpoint

Red Chair Travels visits Prospect Hill - russet, dried hydrangeasThe Red Chair was “found” in New England and is spending 2013 being handed from innkeeper to innkeeper down the East Coast Read More→

The great outdoors–without crowds

Just the other day we had the opportunity to check out Asheville’s many riverside parks. The weather was great and people were everywhere, enjoying the lawns, trees, water and views.
When we returned home to Prospect Hill B&B Inn, to Johnson County, TN, and to Mountain City I was struck by how much we have here of what people around Asheville want–scenery, fresh air, places to be outdoors to walk, run, bike or just sit and relax.  What also struck me was how much people there have to share these wonderful things. In contract, around here the area is so rural and the crowds so few and far between that you can have it all–and have it all to yourself.
This summer we are directing our guests to the soon-to-open Laurel Creek Trail which will one day connect with the Virginia Creeper Trail. It is a shaded, rolling path beside a rushing creek. Laurels and rhododendrons have recently been in bloom. With a Tennessee fishing license you can throw your lures in this creek, pulling out only “natural” trout. The Virginia side is stocked but we are sure the Tennessee fish sneak on down there, too. This trail is about 8 miles from the inn and under 4 miles from A Cottage in the Woods, our self-catered vacation rental house.

Also new this summer is the Doe Mountain all terrain vehicle park whose “soft opening” is days away as  I write. We at the inn are the closest lodging to the park entrance–just 2 miles away. We have great parking for any trailer you might tow with your ORV or ATVs. We serve a hearty breakfast to get you started, too!

Take note:  July 4th fireworks in Mountain City–seen from our front lawn–will be June 29 this year. We’ll have snacks on the porch. Come stay at the inn or cottage and enjoy the spectacle of professionally set off fireworks. It’s a great show.

Pansies and Weddings Go Together

Pansies are such a Roadside flowers in the mountains compete with pansies planted at Prospect Hill Tnsimple flower. They speak to me of the simplicity of love (and marriage). Pansies and weddings go together well. Here’s how I’d use them.


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Bottle trees cure for “last day of winter”

Blue things in the landscape are rare. Blue wine bottles are fairly rare. Blue glass, blue wine bottles—in the shape of a bush or small tree—also rare. Still, I want one. Read More→

“Little” flower arrangements go a long way on party tables

Small jars can be filled with large flowers — such as these lilies –for a very large impact on a party or reception table.

Little flower arrangements are something I’ve been using something like this for awhile when setting up wedding-related events at Prospect Hill Bed and Breakfast Inn in Mountain City, TN.

We own floater bowls which allow us to  turn 4-7 blooms and a few leaves into a high-impact table arrangement. Or, as you see here, a narrow “ribbon” of frayed burlap and a piece of raffia quickly transform something as simple as a Starbucks’ frappuccino bottle into a rustic vase.  For a bit dressier set up, use color-coordinated ribbon or narrow pieces of colored fabric or bridal satin plus a contrasting ribbon. I can see using the scrap fabric from shortening your wedding gown or those of the bridesmaids. That will make for a perfect color match, especially if you don’t have zillions of them to make.

Your best and quickest way to make sure your creations stay together during transport and set up is to use a dab of hot glue on the outside of the vase to affix the burlap or initially secure the ribbon. It’s important to get this sort of set up done well in advance and in a way “almost anyone” can set them up without much fuss or training.

We had one situation prior to a wedding where thebride’s  grandmother—who was doing the flower—ended up in the hospital instead of in her garden plucking flowers and filling vases. Plan ahead. These vases are pretty and very easy to duplicate, just in case someone has to step in and help.

With the ribbon secure they can also be easily transported.  Susan Wright at Shady Grove Gardens & Nursery  reminded me to tell everyone to “please fill the vases up to nearly the rim. Many flowers drink a lot and you don’t want them to run dry and then wilt before your special day ends.”

This idea comes from and blogger JoAnna from Canada.