Over the past few days, the colors have really begun popping. Peak leaf season is upon us here, although we hear that the patches of red, yellow and orange are not as widespread as years’ past. We took these pictures of our woods at the Inn this week:

Walnut tree with our orchard in the background:

It’s been rainy in Black Mountain this week; however, the forecast calls for clearer weather this weekend, perfect for catching some fall foliage on a drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway, where the elevations are over 4,000 feet. Recent guests tell us that a drive on the Parkway a few days ago yielded a cascading show of color that drifted from golden yellow to bronze to crimson red.

Another recommendation for visitors to our area would be to take in the sights at the North Carolina Arboretum. They have a wonderful bonzai display with over 100 specimens, and the deciduous bonzai trees are changing color along with their regular-sized counterparts. The Arboretum has a variety of gardens on over 400 acres and is set in a beautiful area surrounded by mountains, just south of Asheville.

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