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Enjoyed a Very Pleasant Stay at the Vintage Inn

Stuffed Blueberry French Toast at the Vintage Inn, Yadkinville, North Carolina

Last week I stopped for the night at the Vintage Inn Bed and Breakfast in Yadkinville, North Carolina, on my way to Hanging Rock Park. As you can tell from the Blueberry French Toast above, it was pretty incredible. In fact, it tasted even better than it looked. The French toast was actually stuffed with a delicious honey-walnut cream cheese and blueberry preserves, then baked and served with fresh blueberries on top.

Fresh Granola at the Vintage Inn

I could tell it was going to be a great breakfast when I tasted the granola, even before I knew the French toast was coming. The granola was delicious, a full cup of toasted oats, fruit, with brown sugar and yogurt.

Picture of the Vintage Inn, Yadkinville, North Carolina

The Vintage Inn is meticulously maintained by the innkeepers. It’s not flashy or pretentious, simply comfortable, immaculately clean, and pleasant in every way. From the parlor…

Vintage Inn Parlor, Yadkinville, NC

…to the sun room, patio, guest rooms, and dining areas…

Sun Room at the Vintage Inn, Yadkinville, NC

Cabernet Room at the Vintage Inn, Yadkinville, NC

Dining Room at the Vintage Inn, Yadkinville, NC

The owners are warm and helpful. Chip even takes up to six guests at a time on tours and wine tastings at some of the many wineries nearby, so you won’t have to ask “who’s driving home?”

Visit the Vintage Inn web site for additional information or call (866) 219-0696 toll-free for reservations. The Vintage Inn is located at 705 East Main Street in Yadkinville, North Carolina.


Rainbow ‘Promise’ Photo by Joye Ardyn Durham

Joye Ardyn Durham Captures a Rainbow After a Summer Storm in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Another popular photograph (and one of our favorites) in the new Blue Ridge Travel Guide is “Promise” by Joye Ardyn Durham. She captured this beautiful rainbow after a summer storm in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Joye’s award-winning photography has appeared in numerous publications, including WNC magazine, Our State, The Wall Street Journal, Views, The Laurel of Asheville, and the Black Mountain News, to name just a few. She photographs nature and landscapes, as well as weddings, portraits, dogs, and family events.

Joye has an amazing collection of fine art on her web site. But for the best perspective of her work, visit the Gingko Tree Gallery at 128 Broadway Street in Black Mountain, NC.



Black Bear Climbs Over Jack Christfield’s Railing

Black Bear Climbing Over Railing

This picture of a black bear climbing over a railing, taken by professional photographer Jack Christfield at his home in Western North Carolina, appears in the current edition of Blue Ridge Travel Guide. Another one of my favorites is his photo of an Autumn Stream…

Jack Christfield's Photo of an Autumn Stream in Western North Carolina

Jack Christfield has been photographing Western North Carolina for over a decade. He conducts presentations and provides individual photography coaching, and he is active in the Land of Waterfalls Camera Club. In addition to our Blue Ridge Travel Guide book, Jack’s fine art photography has appeared in Our State magazine and Blue Ridge Country magazine. He has an extensive gallery on his website at JackChristfield.com.


Todd Bush’s ‘Winters Past’ Photo in New Book

Todd Bush's Photo of Winters Past

Professional photographer Todd Bush contributed some beautiful art for the new edition of Blue Ridge Travel Guide. One of my favorites is entitled Winters Past (above). The Matney farmhouse and snow covered meadow pictured above is located on Scenic Byway 194 (NC Hwy 194), between Banner Elk and Valle Crucis, North Carolina. This beautiful area is home to many stunning Appalachian settings.

Since 1990 Todd Bush has shared images of and for the High Country of western North Carolina based from his commercial photography studio and gallery in Banner Elk. His images have appeared worldwide in a variety of media. Todd hopes his photography will raise awareness of the wonders of the world and inspire others to keep natural places intact for future generations.

For scenic or advertising photography call Todd at 828-898-8088 or visit the Bush Photo web site.



Incredible Dinner at the Lodge on Lake Lure

Picture Outside Tree Tops Restaurant at the Lodge on Lake Lure

We took a nice drive for dinner at the Tree Tops Waterfront Dining restaurant at the Lodge on Lake Lure. There are lots of good restaurants in Western North Carolina, but this dinner was truly spectacular. It started with the quaint atmosphere of the lodge’s exterior, and continued with the magnificent stone fireplace in one of the cozy lounges inside…

Picture of the huge Stone Fireplace in the Lounge at the Lodge on Lake Lure

The view of Lake Lure through the dining room windows is beautiful…

View From Tree Tops Restaurant at the Lodge on Lake Lure

The service was great. And the meal was perfectly prepared by Chef Phillipe. But the highlight was definitely the Grilled Beef Tender with Choron Sauce and Demi Glaze…

Grilled Beef Tender Entre at Tree Tops Restaurant at the Lodge on Lake Lure

Choron Sauce is a Béarnaise without tarragon or chervil, plus added tomato. (Spectacular!) My sweetheart told me her Salmon was one of the best she’d ever had…

Sauteed Salmon at Tree Tops Restaurant at the Lodge on Lake Lure

Of course we couldn’t pass up dessert. It was included in the special, three-course “Winter Menu” of heartwarming dishes. Mine was New York Cheesecake with a blueberry sauce and lemon ricotta custard, and hers was a pear crème brûlée…

Desserts at Tree Tops Restaurant at the Lodge on Lake Lure

If you’d like to try one of the best meals in our area at a very special rate (a bottle of wine for two is included), you’d better hurry. The Winter Menu ends this month. The Tree Tops Waterfront Dining restaurant is located in the Lodge on Lake Lure at 361 Charlotte Drive in Lake Lure, North Carolina. For reservations call 828-625-2789.


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