Our Favorite Things – Small Town General Stores

Phone screen with a photo of Davis Country Store's interior showing goods for sale

This year, we’ve put together Our Favorite Things – a short list of places near the Inn on Mill Creek B&B where you can find the stuff that brings joy. Thinking of a small town often evokes the image of a family-run country or general store. Well, it’s not just an image in our neck of the woods – we have three small towns nearby, each with their own store:

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Stained Glass Outdoor Sculpture

Multi-colored stained glass framed in wood in a garden

The Inn on Mill Creek Bed & Breakfast has a new outdoor sculpture to greet guests when they arrive… beautiful stained glass! A Black Mountain artist, Barbara Brinson, created the one-of-a-kind piece for us, called Sunrise in Pisgah, and we installed it in the garden area along the driveway. We’re so excited to share it with everyone!

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Western North Carolina Open Studios 2016 Art Event

It has been a while since our immediate area had a substantial open studio tour of artists’ studios, and 2016 is the year we say hooray, open studio tours are back! WNC Open Studios allows the opportunity to tour 30(!) studios in three different western North Carolina counties during the first two weeks in October.

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Ray Spillenger Exhibit at Black Mountain College Museum

Black Mountain College, an experimental liberal arts college that existed from 1933 to 1957, and which produced several influential artists, poets, musicians and dancers of the late 20th century, has been receiving some well-deserved recognition lately.

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2015 American Craft Week is Oct. 2-11

Sure, October is the month where Mother Nature transforms the mountains of Western North Carolina into a brilliant work of art with her color palette of golds, reds and oranges, but it’s also when the colorful work of our local artisans is celebrated, during American Craft Week.

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Art at the Inn: Black Mountain Art in the Afternoon Program

In February, we were at one of Black Mountain’s restaurants — a longtime local favorite called My Father’s Pizza & Pasta. While devouring our lasagna, spinach ravioli and tasty artichoke salad, we started talking about how when we arrived in 2007, we noticed how much art by local artists was displayed at restaurants and how awesome it was to be in an area that’s so supportive of its artists.

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