North Carolina Mountain Birds: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at the Inn on Mill Creek

September marks the end of summer here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and what better way to bid farewell to lovely summertime than feature one of our lovely summer residents before he flies to his winter home in Central or South America? Therefore, we introduce you to the Rose-breasted Grosbeak, our September 2014 bird in our 12 Months of Birding at the Inn series on our blog.

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Arrowhead Artists Battle of the Brushes 2014

The Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League (A3L) in Old Fort, NC, recently held its 2014 Battle of the Brushes, a plein air art competition, where nearly 20 artists painted scenes of the Old Fort area. Judges chose Judy Meyler’s depiction of the Thomas Wolfe Angel statue in the Old Fort Cemetery as the first place winner. Love the colors!

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Waterfall Hikes Near Black Mountain, Marion and Old Fort

Catawba Falls in Springtime
Roaring Fork Falls

A lot of our guests like to hike to waterfalls, and while choices are limited east of Asheville and involve a little bit of driving (scenic routes, of course), the quality of the waterfalls near Black Mountain and in McDowell County near Old Fort more than make up for it. Here’s a short list, in order of drive time from the Inn on Mill Creek Bed & Breakfast to each waterfall hike’s trailhead:

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