Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tour de Cashiers 2014-Spring in the Mountains!

We are finally enjoying some nice warm weather.  Flowers are starting to bloom.  It's been a cold winter so I think it makes these warm days seem even nicer.  Activity is really picking up. All the restaurants in our area are now re-opened!  Shops are open, especially on the weekend days.  It's a great time to come this way for a visit.

There are several events coming up.  A big one is The Cashiers Tour de Cashiers and it is always a popular event. It is a bicycle race and fun to either participate in or just sit on our front porch and enjoy watching and cheering on the racers. This years Tour de Cashiers is on Saturday, May 3rd.  Here is a link to the Tour de Cashiers. Their site gives this information about the 3 rides: The mountainous route features stunning scenery and challenging ascents with total elevation gains of up to 10,500 feet. The Century 100-mile and the Metric 50-mile rides include long climbs and fast descents. The Quarter Century 25-mile route is a great introduction to cycling along the Blue Ridge. All three routes provide challenge and inspiration for those wanting to test their conditioning on an all-day supported ride.

 Laurelwood Inn is once again a proud sponsor of this wonderful event so if you stay with us that weekend expect to see a lot of bicycles in our parking lot as we are a popular accommodation for the riders!

Along with spring always comes project around the inn.  Look at the mountain of mulch we are spreading over the playground area! 
Our housekeepers have been doing a lot of extra spring cleaning and we are putting out the bird feeders!  Excitement is in the air, so please come see us!  Call 800-346-6846 to book your room reservation or as always you can go to our website to book your favorite room!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Skiing, Snowboarding and Tubing at Sapphire Valley Ski Area

We received about 3 inches of snow last night and Cashiers looks beautiful this morning.  Here are a couple of photos that I just took:

All this cold weather means lots of snow at Sapphire Valley.  I was just there yesterday and the hills look great!  Did you know that Laurelwood Inn guests receive 25% off list rates at Sapphire?  We will give you the discount card when you check in and it is valid for any days of your stay with us!

Sapphire takes reservation times for their tubing, so be sure to call and book a time before you arrive.  Just click here for their contact information.  They also have a live web cam so you can check conditions right from your home!

All levels and ages will enjoy a day or evening of skiing, snowboarding or tubing.  It's the perfect activity for all ages in your family. 

Cashiers is beautiful in the winter!  Give us a call at 800-346-6846 to book a room, suite or cabin.  Ask about our units with fireplaces....just perfect for these winter conditions.  You can also click on this link to our website and check our availability.  Hope to see you soon!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Discount Rates For Skiing, Tubing and Snowboarding at Sapphire Valley Ski Area, Cashiers, NC

Great news for Laurewood Inn guests that want to enjoy skiing, tubing or snowboarding at Sapphire Valley Ski Area.  We can offer 25% off their list rates if you are staying with us.  The weather forecast this week is for cold temperatures starting tonight, so Sapphire will be blowing lots of snow!

All of us at Laurelwood Inn want to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas!  Our stockings are hung and now we are just waiting for Christmas Day to arrive!

Our girls are home from college and we have been busy baking and entertaining friends. Always so fun to actually take the time to have friends for dinner.  Why do we wait until Christmas to do this?

I will keep this short as I know you all are busy getting ready for Christmas also!  We would love to see you soon! We still have rooms left for the holiday week ahead so call or book online now. 

Merry Christmas!  May the joy of this season fill your hearts as we celebrate the birth of our Savior!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Fun things to do for Christmas in the Cashiers-Highlands area.

Hard to believe it is December!  The Christmas season is upon us and there are many activities going on in and around our area.  If you don't have your Christmas tree yet, now is the perfect time to visit one of the many choose and cut farms in our area! This is a great family friendly event and will create memories for years to come!
Tom Sawyers Farm has some great tips on caring for your fresh tree along with another page for top 10 myths about trees.

You also don't want to miss the parades going on in our towns.  The Highlands parade is December 7th at 11am.  The Cashiers parade is the following Saturday, December 14th also at 11am.  The Cashiers parade starts at the Cornucopia restaurant and makes it way to the center of town, then turns left onto Hwy 64 and ends at the Community Center.  If you stay at Laurelwood Inn all you have to do is walk across the street for great viewing of the parade!

At the end of the Cashiers parade route there will be an event called "Cashiers Cares". This event benefits many of our local organizations. A free lunch and photos with Santa are a part of this event!

Check our website for availability or give us a call at 800-346-6846

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Cabin, suites and rooms with fireplaces at Laurelwood Inn, Cashiers, NC

The temperatures are dropping and it is the perfect time to stay in a unit with a fireplace!  Did you know that Laurelwood Inn offers several different types of lodging with fireplaces?

Our deluxe room #303 has a beautiful fireplace with rock wall.  This room has a king size bed, nice sitting area in front of the fire, refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker.

Our wonderful log suites (unit #'s 119 and 123) have 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, with whirlpool tubs in the master bath, full kitchen, living room and expansive front porch with rockers.  There is also a tranquil water feature right in front of your unit!


Our log cabin (#124) is situated in a wooded section of our property. It has a bedroom with a king size bed and a loft with 2 twin beds.  The cabin is equipped with a full kitchen, living room, and screened in porch.  You will love the seclusion of this unit!
No worries if you don't book a unit with a fireplace. You can always come hang out in our new lobby area. There are great places to stay cozy by the fireplace.

Be sure to take a look at our website for more information or you can always give us a call at 800-346-6846  to book your room!  Remember that Laurewood Inn is open year round! We hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

10 Things to do in the winter months in Cashiers, NC

The fall leaves are still pretty but the morning temperatures along with the time change are starting to make it feel more like winter is near!  Many people think that Cashiers just shuts down after the leaves fall!  But that's not true! Yes, it does slow down and some of the restaurants and shops close, but there are still plenty of fun things that make a visit in the winter a great choice! So here is my list of top 10 things to do (in no particular order) if you visit over the next few months.

1) Hiking-Yes, the trails all stay open and I think the views are even better with many of the leaves gone.

2) Eat!  I just created a Google map that shows all the restaurants open along with their hours!  Just click on the restaurant you are interested in and it will show you their winter hours. Click here

3) Read a good book in our new lobby. Stay cozy and warm by the fireplace. We even have a book swap shelf so if you need a book, just grab one along with a cup of coffee from the pot we keep going.

4) Get your Christmas tree. If you have ever driven around our area you know there are a lot of Christmas tree farms and plenty of places to choose and cut your own tree. Tom Sawyer's place even has an Elf Village you can visit. Watch our site for package deals that include a tree!

5) Go skiing, snowboarding or tubing -We have a hill just 5 min. from Laurelwood Inn. This is a great place to spend the day.  Their website has all the information including updates on snow conditions. Once again, we will be offering ski packages, so check our site soon. You can also click this link for more info about  Sapphire Valley

6) December 14th is our annual Christmas parade! This is always a fun event for the  whole family.

7) Build a snowman!

8) Shopping!  Many of the shops in Cashiers and Highlands stay open year round!

9) Visit the waterfalls. They never close and are so beautiful in the winter, especially when ice starts to form around them.

10) Walk through The Bascom- This amazing art center in Highlands is open all year. Wonderful exhibits, art instruction and other events are offered. Admission is free. Click here for more information.

Laurelwood Inn is open year round, so visit our website to book a room!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fall photos from Cashiers, NC

I can't believe how pretty it still is around here with just a few days left in October.  The leaves are just coming into their peak.  Laurelwood Inn looks amazing! I've decided to just let the photos speak for themselves!  I took all of these this morning on my cell phone!

The photo above is showing the side of the "300's" building. All rooms have a king bed.

Here is a view of the main building.

You see this from our front porch!

This is a side view of the log suites building.

And this last photo is the road beside us. (Where you park for the 300's building)

I think it is going to be really pretty for at least another few weeks, so not to late for a trip to the mountains!  There are several fun events coming up.  This Friday there is a family friendly event called Goblins on the Green. And be sure to check out the Highlands Culinary Weekend starting the 7th of November.  Highlands is only 10 miles away and a really fun side trip if you are staying in Cashiers. 

Our Groupon deal ends tomorrow so check out our great winter/spring special at their site!  Hope to see you all soon!  Lise