North Carolina Mountain Birds: Whip-Poor-Will

Eastern Whip-poor-will [photo credit: National Audubon Society]

Many evenings during the week in May and June, at precisely 9pm (OK, maybe not precisely…sometimes at 9:04pm), guests of the Inn on Mill Creek B&B and North Carolina Birding Trail site are treated to short symphony by the Eastern Whip-poor-wills. Since it is a May mainstay in our neck of the woods, we’re bestowing the Whip-poor-will with the honor of being our May 2014 bird in our 12 Months of Birding at the Inn series on the blog.

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2014 Asheville Beer Week is May 23-31

Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville [photo credit: boabeerblog]

We’re told that Asheville, NC, has more breweries per capita than any other city in the United States. And we believe it. Currently, there are 16 craft breweries (and counting), and Asheville has something like 80,000 residents, so there is plenty of brew for Ashevillians and visitors alike. Favorites of ours include the Black Mocha Stout from Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, Green Man IPA from Green Man Brewery in Asheville, and the GFY Scotch Ale from Lookout Brewing Company in Black Mountain. And we love so many others as well.

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Guest Favorites Garden April and Early May Update

We are improving garden spaces at the Inn on Mill Creek B&B this year, and have created a new garden called our Guest Favorites Garden. The GFG, located along the driveway heading to the north side of the property, is going to be a collection of shrubs and flowers that our guests have told us are their faves.

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Early May Morning in the Biltmore Azalea Garden

Biltmore Azaleas, early May 2014

We headed over to Biltmore Estate on May 6, to walk through the Azalea Garden and were treated to a beautiful sight, and of course, we had to share it with you. The Azalea Garden at Biltmore is in a park-like setting and sits below the formal Walled Garden. If you visit Biltmore in springtime, we recommend walking through the Walled Garden to the Conservatory:

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