Hickory Nut Telegraph: News from Spring House Farm
Happy Spring 2013! Winters gone finally, leaving us with all the amazing things that early spring brings like fresh new blooms and whippoorwills' calling for a mate late away into the evening.
A new garden has been planted with lettuces and a nice variety of tomatoes that when in we will be happy to share with our guests. With the warmer weather, our fish are getting active and fattening up for the season by feasting on the fresh crop of tadpoles and grasshoppers.
The cabins have all had their spring deep cleaning and are ready for a new season of happy campers! There's still enough firewood for a nice fire in the fireplaces on those still cool nights after a long soak in the hot tubs.
Don't forget about our farm fresh breakfast items like our local farm eggs and sourwood honey! Smear some of that on a slice of our fresh baked bread we hand over upon check in! That bread sliced off and heated in a pan with some olive oil and a little fresh garlic makes some pretty incredible croutons for that lettuce that will be coming from our garden. Speaking of food we are now featuring Vegetable Kingdom pepper jelly and salsa in our new gift shop. The line up includes salsa, chow-chow, relish's and gumbo. Our gift shop also has the usual items like logo item mugs, shirts and robes as well as our very cool Spring House Farm ball caps.
We are still running our Super Spring Special which is ...
Stay two nights on Sunday-Thursday nights, and get special rate of $199-$245/night! On Friday & Saturday, get 25% off your second night.
Don't forget that the weathers getting just nice enough to have a side by side massage on your cabin deck (the cabins are that secluded)! Check it out.
We look forward to seeing our many repeat guests this year and also are excited about meeting new guests.
Arthur, Zee and the whole Spring House Farm gang!
Hello and HAPPY NEW YEAR Spring House Farm friends!
After a very busy season we are looking forward to another great year of providing the very best vacation experience possible. It's hard to believe that we are starting our 13th year in business! What's new? The list is long so let's get started!
First, we would like to introduce my new right hand man Kris. A local fellow, Kris started helping me almost a year ago. He's very handy and with his help we have gotten much accomplished since he started. Besides cool things like creating a picnic area by the little bridge over our waterfall, he has helped me with many of the "behind the scenes" things necessary to insure a smooth and trouble free operation.
If you all have been following our photograph progress on our Facebook page
(while there don't forget to hit the "Like" button) you will have seen that I have moved and restored another structure!
No, not another house like "The Appalachian," but our little "Two Holer" outhouse which was located behind the big house. We moved it up to the office and have created a gift shop! We are stocking with our shirts and coffee mugs we will be offering Mr. Searcys great sourwood honey and locally produced jams and preserves.
I am planning a very large garden this year and will be producing our own line of Barbados style hot sauce and will have fresh veggies for our guests checking in.
Speaking of garden, we will be starting a new garden in the spring in the pasture just across from the water fall. As a kid growing up on the farm, I always enjoyed hanging out in the garden so I will be placing a new picnic table on a little hill between the water fall and the garden. I will probably have to find a place to mount my Kritter Kam because our abundant deer population will no doubt be enjoying that new garden too!
This time of year it's difficult to speak about what's not there like our wonderful lilly pad garden. After the first frost the plants completely disappear pads and all! No worries when spring begins to happen the pads and blooms will reappear ensuring an explosion of beautiful and colorful blooms.
We all here at the farm wish you all a prosperous and happy new year and in the mean time we will be here offering you all the best vacation experience possible.
Arthur, Zee, "The Chicken" and Mr. Jerry Lee!
Hello Spring House Farm friends!
It's late spring with our summer about to start with a bang! Well at least a quiet one as things are mostly quiet and peaceful as usual here on the farm.
Spring brought some great rains so our forest is lush and healthy with at the present a great display of Rhododrendon blossoms. As always, our Big Rock Candy Mountain trail is a great way to work out the kinks all the while providing some great scenery. We now have a picnic table placed about halfway through the 2.5-mile loop which makes for a nice stopping point to catch your breath and take in the beauty.
Our Hammock Island pond is flush with new color for our Lilly blooms! I have started a small coy fish population which will add some under the surface color. So far the fish seem to love their new home!
Did you guys know that we are an Eco-Friendly resort? Check it out!
If you just want to come and chill without getting out and about, there are lots of cool things to do during your stay!
Don't forget to 'Like' us on the farms own Facebook page where one can find current farm news and special deals!
Our two bedroom "1835 Appalachian" is sporting a cool new cantilevered deck out over the bold stream that passes directly by the yard. See photos!
Scroll through the pictures there and notice that I have some great shots from my "Critter Cam." It's a cool motion sensitive camera that captures our wildlife in there natural habitat.
More and more of our guests are traveling with the canine friends so please ensure that your pups are all up to date on their medications and are free of ticks and fleas!
We have expanded our pet policy and are allowing only well behaved and house broken over 15 months canine friends here at the farm. Animals must be leashed on the walking trails and around other guests. (Please leave your animal in your vehicle during the check in process!) Check out our official pet policy link.
We hope to see all of you soon, especially our valuable repeat guests that have been returning to this comfortable, beautiful and stress free escape for years!
Arthur, Zee, Miss Belle (Chickie) and Mr. Jerry Lee!
Greetings from the crew at Spring House Farm! We hope you all had a grand holiday season and a better 2011.
Farm news: So far here on the farm, this winter season has been more like spring. No snow or ice so far has allowed our guests to more around more easily on the farm and enjoy the area. Our trails are open and have given our guests some great opportunities to photograph and enjoy the natural beauty of the farm. In the winter, remember that the leaves are off the trees and the "through the woods" visibility is great. Speaking of our "Big rock Trail", while it may seem a little thing, I have placed a picnic table about halfway along the 2.5 mile trail offering a nice place to take a break and enjoy the view. I have a new motion operated infra red new game camera that I will be posting pictures on the farm's Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/springhousefarm. The hope is to "capture" some pictures of some of our more elusive wildlife residents.
We are hoping to restore our dairy barn est c.1780 and creating a new cabin. This log structure was located here on the farm and moved a short distance and served as the dairy barn. It's a genuine story and one half Appalachian cabin. There's a place on the farm overlooking a deep gorge and stream that will make a great location.
Direct TV: For you folks that will be staying with us but think will be missing that program or sporting event on television, not to worry! For a nominal charge, I will have a Direct TV dish set up and ready to go upon your arrival. Pop corn included!
Fishing Report: All our ponds are full of fish and ready to catch... and release. Bring your gear and hang out in one of our gazebo's and enjoy the action. Artificial folks bring your own but natural bait anglers not to worry. Plenty of night crawlers are available at Rita's Country Store or I can provide a shovel for you "dig your own" anglers.
Pet policy: We have expanded our pet policy and are allowing our well behaved and house broken over fifteen months canine friends here at the farm. Animals must be leashed on the walking trails and around other guests. (Please leave your animal in your vehicle during the check in process!) Check out our official pet policy link.
Facebook: Don't forget to 'Like' us on the farms own Face Book page where one can find current farm news and special deals! http://www.facebook.com/springhousefarm
We here at the farm wish you all a happy and prosperous 2012 and beyond. When you need a break from your life in the real world and need some quiet down time, think of us. We will be here with smiling,welcoming faces with your cabin key ready.f
Arthur, Zee, Mr. Jerry Lee and "The Chicken" (aka Chickie)
Hello again Good Spring House Farm friends!
Spring is almost here! Finally after a cold and snowy winter things are beginning to warm up here on the farm. Back on our mountain, I noticed that a sugar maple is beginning to show a hint of purple in it's still bare branches which is a sure sign that the forest is waking up. The Hammock Island pond lillys are beginning to send new shoots to the surface of the pond with beautiful blooms to follow!
I would like to formally announce the opening of our newest trail loop I call "The Big Rock Candy Mountain" trail. It's a two and one half mile trail that starts from out office and makes it's way to the top of the mountain and back. The trail passes an impressive formation of rock and makes it's way through thick groves of rhododendron and hard wood forest. I have placed some rest spots along the way to catch your breath and take in the natural beauty of the trail. Our family pet Mr. Jerry Lee will be happy to be your guide. Speaking of Jerry Lee, we were thrilled to learn that Jerry Lee was featured in this years Woolrich fall clothing catalog. There's a great centerfold shot of Jerry Lee along side the "other" male model. His picture proudly hangs in the office so don't forget to have a look when you check in.
So quiet here.. but!
We hear often from new guests and many repeat guests about how quiet and peaceful it is here on the farm. Quiet compared to what these folks are used to in their everyday lives and it probably is in that regard. But one has just to sit our on the deck of your cabin or on a quiet spot along one of our trails and listen. Open your senses, be absolutely motionless and quiet for a few minutes and watch the magic begin to happen. When you become one with the woods, a hawk might circle over head, the birds will begin to sing the squirrels start messing about and a deer or wild turkey just might happen by. Now add a mixture of spring time and things really get interesting. Our ponds wake up and the resident bull frogs, tree frogs and other "critters" add to the symphony.
We here at the farm hope you all get the chance to come for a visit and take your stresses away.
We would lke you all to become our "Friend" on our Face Book page. Catch up on farm news, special events and special deals. http://www.facebook.com/springhousefarm
Arthur, Zee, Mr. Jerry Lee and our new addition " Miss Chickie"! "You will have to log on to find out who she is!"
Hello again good Spring House Farm friends! Summer has descended upon us here on the farm with some warmer than usual days. The night are cooling down nicely and with open windows allowing the cool air in as well as the sounds of the night. Crickets peeping and bull frogs drumming in the ponds sing a nightly symphony of soothing natural music. It rained last night which made morning crisp and clear with a soft veil of blue fog hanging over the farm.
This morning the humming birds on the front porch of the Albertus Ledbetter house compete with one another and also with honey bees for a morning sip from one of the three humming bird feeders on our front porch. We also keep feeders hanging on the front porches of all the cottages so our guests can enjoy the action!
Up at Hammock Island, the Lilly pad blossoms are truly amazing now with so many different colors. Red, yellow, pink and deep purple colored blossoms as big as a dinner plate! Check out our Facebook link at http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/photo.php?pid=4483565&id=88714702988
In fact why not become a fan of the farm by adding us to your friends page? I am up-dating almost daily with farm news and specials. Incidentally don't forget about our massage specials where you can have outside massages on the privacy of your own deck!
I have opened our swimming hole under the bridge that leads to the regulation croquet court and horse shoes pit. Here is a picture of Mr. Jerry lee looking down and wondering what are those crazy folks doing in the stream? http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/photo.php?pid=4162838&id=88714702988
We all hope you have a wonderful summer and plan to come for a visit soon. Don't forget to check out our Face Book page for updates and farm news.
Zee Anne, Arthur and Mr. Jerry Lee!
Hello again good Spring House Farm friends!
Spring is finally here on the farm once again after an incredible fall and winter. We had some amazing snows this year with nearly sixteen inches in one blizzard in January! Believe it or not we were nearly full that weekend but all our folks got in safely and had a wonderful time playing in the snow and then retiring back to their warm and cozy hot tubs and cabins! Even Jerry Lee had a huge time romping and playing in the snow. It was actually hard to see him in the snow because of his almost white coat, just some black spots dancing in the snow!.
This past fall I built "Cailein's Bridge" in honor of our son who joined the United States Navy in August. You can also see the "Blue Star Service Banner" we have proudly displayed on our home page honoring our son and other young men and women's commitment to serve our great country.
This new walking bridge over heads a small waterfall and our new swimming hole! Also, once across the bridge I have set up a horse shoe pitching area and regulation croquet court in the hay pasture beyond.
I have also kept busy by finishing our hiking trail. For you folks who have hiked it before you may remember that once to the end one had to back track back down the mountain. I borrowed an amazing machine called a D-8 Caterpillar bull doser and using as delicate care as possible, continued the trail thus completing the "Loop". The trail passes through two and one half miles of deep mountain forest of hard woods, rhododendron, laurel and dog woods. It also passes a remarkable formation of rocks as big as a house. Jerry Lee will be happy to guide you although the trail is well marked and easy to navigate. This trail is one I consider strenuous so plan on taking your time, camera and bring along a bottle of our great Spring House Farm water.
The fishing is still good with plenty of large mouth bass, blue gill and shell cracker biting. Bring your own gear works best but I may be persuaded to let you borrow my fly rod and give you a fly fishing casting lesson.
Folk's we don't pester you with "blanket" emails like so many other properties do. We think we have what is the most uniquely different cabin and vacation experience any where in the state of North Carolina or the country. If you have a minute click on the "North Carolina Weekend" link on our home page http://springhousefarm.com/unctv.htm and see what they have to say about us. We believe that once here you will probably return as so many of our previous guests have done after nearly ten years in business!
Take care and hope to see you soon!
Arthur, Zee and Mr. Jerry Lee (he's the polka dotted one!)
Pray for Peace
The Hickory Nut Telegraph, May 2009
Hello again Spring House Farm friends! Here’s hoping you all are well and happy!
The past few years our area has experienced what’s called an “exceptional drought”. This spring however, has been especially beautiful with an abundance of beneficial rains. Because of this, the forest surrounding the cabins is bursting with foliage like I haven’t seen in years.
When Earnest Hemingway wrote “Islands In The Stream” about an island called Bimini in the Bahamas being surrounded by clear green waters of the Caribbean Sea, it reminded me of our cabins this spring… like being surrounded and adrift in an ocean of swirling lush rain forest.
The soft evening rains have also been keeping time with a quiet patter of drops on the metal roof, cooling the forest so that a warm fire in your fireplace is necessary to ward off overnight chill. The morning sunrise filters through the wet, sparkling hardwood canopy drying things out from the night before.
Springtime here is a wonderful thing indeed!
I have gotten my garden in… almost!
You guys are welcome to come and raid some goodies for your supper when things are ready. I have planted several varieties of tomatoes, lettuces, sweet onions, hot peppers, zucchini and yellow squash. Honey dew and cantaloupe will be ready later on as well. This is a completely organic garden fertilized courtesy of a neighbor’s prize Paso Fino horses! An organic garden is more effort, but the taste of the veggies is unmatched. For you gardeners out there, find someone who has horses and ask but beware of the grass seed contained within! Plan on being in your garden with your hoe daily or compost your manure for a season before using in the garden. It kills the seeds and neutralizes some of the acid. Lettuces are red leaf, bib and butter leaf.
I make a killer vinaigrette, which works well on the fresh lettuce or even drizzled over a fresh slice of cantaloupe.
The recipe follows:
- 2 cloves fresh garlic crushed
- 1 large pinch fresh graded ginger root
- 1 tbsp good balsamic
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 good dollop Dijon mustard (Maille Mustard)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- Mix all ingredients in blender or food processor or by hand.
- Then gradually add olive oil. Don’t guess. Taste, adjust, taste adjust…
- Then let sit overnight.
NEWS FOR THE BIRDS
Birders! Don’t forget about the farm’s June induction into mountain region of the North Carolina Birding Trail. http://www.birdingtrail.org
The farm will be open to the public who will have access to some great bird watching areas. Our cabin guests will have their own special private prime bird watching areas too.
Super Spring Specials: May, June
Any cabin is $175/night on Sunday-Thursday nights (saving up to $150/night!). On Friday-Saturday, get 50% off your second night.
Limited space, call Zee or Arthur today at 828-738-9798!
See you soon!
Yours in Peace,
Arthur, Zee, Cailien and Jerry Lee!
The Hickory Nut Telegraph January 2009
Once again I have given up the tractor and the never ending "to do" list that constantly beckons my call here on the farm for some quiet moments writing this newsletter.
Incidentally, if one has ever had thoughts of starting a business like this and coasting along in a free and easy manner, better think again. No complaints from me as it's allot of work but most rewarding as we strive to provide you the best vacation experience and value.
Miss Zee and I are beginning to wind down the holidays and will be casting off via cruise ship for a week of warmer climes and someone waiting on us for a change! The farm will still be open for business under the watchful eye of our son Cailein and Mr. Jerry Lee! We will however, be back on deck after our trip to start another great year hosting our many repeat guests and new ones as well.
This up-coming spring we will be kicking off our involvement with the North Carolina Birding Trail's Mountain Region http://www.ncbirdingtrail.org/ . After a careful site inspection by The Audubon Society, we have been selected as an official site on the Mountain Region Trail! Once opened, we will have a trail along the other side of the creek away from the cottages open to the public.
As many of our repeat guests know, our walking trail to the top of our mountain (guests only) dead ends at the top. We will be opening the trail to continue along as a loop with the trail ending over near the upper pond. You might even get Mr. Jerry Lee to show you the trail and bring you home. This trail will be strenuous (better eat your Wheaties!) while our other trails are easy and just as beautiful.
This past few months has seen some amazing changes and has created some great challenges for us all. We all here at the farm remain optimistic that the future will once again bring good things for us all.
No worries as we are not going anywhere. We will still be here for you. So, if you feel like just stepping off for a weekend away from the race, just give us a call. We can even have Miss Carey, Kara or Sherry come up and give you a great Swedish, Kaya or hot stone massage. Afterwards, don't forget about the hot tub and blazing fireplace to complete the relaxation process.
Check out "Winter Special's" located on our home page for some incredible deals!
Yours in Peace, (and quiet)
Arthur Zee Cailein and Mr. Jerry Lee!
The newsletter of Spring House Farm
I have been asked by many of our many returning guests to write a small column about happenings here on the farm. The fact of the matter is that I did just that when we opened Spring House Farm over eight years ago! Time and web sites changed and old news letters slipped through the cracks.
Back then I named it The Hickory Nut Telegraph for a couple of reasons. First, the farm is situated at the base of Hickory Nut Mountain which is the crown of The Hickory Nut Gorge that extends down into the Lake Lure/ Chimney Rock area. The other reason is that an old friend who I knew in my flying boat days by the name of Jimmy Buffett used a similar title in one of his songs called The Coconut Telegraph. While those days are long gone and with me being blown way ashore and still having a bit of the tropics in my blood, I named it The Hickory Nut Telegraph. No more clear skies and green waters of the Caribbean for me, but the beautiful mountains of The Blue Ridge!
Other hints of past life.. Check out the names of our cabins. "The Bimini Twist", "The Compleat Angler", "The Flying Bridge", "The Outrigger"... You get the idea. Oh, less I forget our most isolated cabin which sits atop a small mountain on the property. Called "The Reach" which I named after a phrase the Bahamian people use in describing when arriving somewhere as in "You done reach?". This cottage is perfect for relaxing in the hot tub and gazing up at the stars!
So, as the names of the cabins suggest, we aren't your typical mountain retreat with a few cabins scattered close by. We are very special in that we just have six completely PRIVATE and SECLUDED cabins situated on ninety- two acres of pristine mountain property. I will spare you with the usual pitch about our trout ponds and walking trails but must tell you that our cabins sleep just two persons and all have real wood burning fire places and front porch hot tubs! Get it now? Oh, and we even have one that has two bed rooms perfect for two couples! That one features gas logs and hot tub as well. If the walls could talk with that cabin!
Anyway, while we are wrapping up the summer now and enjoying the rains blown ashore from tropical systems down south, the weather will take on a change and bring cooler days and nights. With those cooler days of fall approaching we will begin to see the leaves changing to their beautiful autumn colors and smell the sweet smoke of a hickory log fire burning in one of our cabin fireplaces. The cooler waters in the upper pond will have the rainbow trout begin to come alive with promise of a hearty tug line if lucky enough to hook up!
Until then, the blossoms will still be blooming in our Lillie pad pond which surrounds Hammock Island and the promise of cooler nights, hot fireplace fires and warm hot tubs await!
See you soon!