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July 11, 2017

Meet the Other Mrs. Mellor

The Mellor Family got lucky 30 years ago when the second Mellor son Jack married Indiana native Sharon Galbreath. We are are so happy that Jack and Sharon have left ttheir corporate careers in Chicago to take  up permanent residence at Buckhorn. Sharon has been making herself very useful around the Inn already and many of you have met her at breakfast, dinner or on check-out. She styles herself as “the daugther-in-law” and loves to talk about food, one of her passions.

Sharon and Jack lived for the past 36 years in greater Chicago area. A Certified Association Executive, most of Sharon’s career has been focused on national, nonprofit dental and medical organizations.  Her work history includes: Associate Executive Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation, Executive Director of American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, and most recently CEO of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF). At OREF we funded more than $2 million of research each year, providing medical researchers with the data and mentoring they needed to go on to large-scale funding. Sharon says that she “ took a great deal of satisfaction in working with donors and other stakeholders to grow the pool of researchers whose work ultimately will provide breakthroughs in patient care.”

Sharon earned a BA from Purdue University, MBA from Loyola University and a PhdD from Union Institute and University.

Sharon currently serves on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit called CreatiVets which helps veterans with PTSD develop coping tools by helping them express themselves through music, the visual arts and creative writing. She is a member of MENSA and has served on their national public relations advisory board. Sharon is also a member of the John Purdue Society and cheer on my beloved Boilermakers!

See Summer Flowers in the Smokies

Many guests ask us when is the best time to see rhododdendron and mountain laurel in bloom. Well, it depends–mostly on the elevation. Here at Buckhorn where our elevation is about 1600 feet, May is a great viewing tiime. But up in the mountains, July is the best time. There are many other summer wildflowers besides these two perennial favorites in bloom right now, including the beautiful jewelweed shown left. The Great Smoky Mountains Association recommends several good viewing spots. 
         Low Gap (from Cosby to Low Gap) – Crimson Bee Balm, Rosebay Rhododendron, Wood Nettle, Pale Jewelweed, Canadian Violet, Pipsissewa, Common Elderberry, Loosestrife, Galax, Basil Bee Balm, White Clover, Wild Hydrangea and Blackberry.
         Appalachian Trail (From Low Gap to Mt. Cammerer Trail) – Blackberry, White Clover, Mountain St. John’s Wort, Loosestrife, Galax, Wood Nettle, Wild Hydrangea, Flame Azalea, and Partridge Berry.
         Mount Cammerer – Galax, Rosebay Rhododendron , Wild Hydrangea and Blackberry.

July 10, 2017

Arts & Crafts of the Smokies

The Arts & Crafts Community was established in 1937.

More than 100 artisans can be found in the Arts & Crafts Community.

The Buckhorn Inn is fortunate to be located in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.  Established in 1937, this community is the largest group of independent artists in North America.  The 8-mile loop features more than 100 shops.  There visitors can watch the artisans at work and browse their creations.  Many of the artists specialize in traditional Appalachian arts.  You may pronounce it “Ap-pa-LATCH-a” as many locals do, or “Ap-pa-LAY-cha” as is the case  in many other parts of the country.  Regardless, it is the birthplace of many unique arts and crafts.  

Background of Arts & Crafts in the Smokies

The people of the Smoky Mountains have been described as self-sufficient, creative, and inspired by the natural beauty around them.  Practical items used everyday have taken on the role of folk art by virtue of the excellent craftsmanship and elegance of design.  Folk art typically is defined as works that are artistic but also have practical use.  Crafts, on the other hand, are items usually produced for a practical use but are decorated.  Sometimes solely practical items become objects of art by being repurposed.  
Examples might be jugs used for decoration or rugs used as wall hangings.    Traditional Smoky Mountain arts & crafts include painting, woodworking, and weaving.  This area also features glassblowing, basket weaving, and metal working.  The community has shops focusing on pottery, leathercraft, and broom making.  Many of the artists in our community are second- and third-generation artisans.  They use traditional methods that have been passed down to them.  These traditional pieces are finding a resurgence of popularity.  Many collectors appreciate the timeless quality of uniquely handcrafted works.  They look forward to handing down these treasures to future generations.  

The Gatlinburg Convention center will host the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Thanksgiving Show from November 21-26.  The Holiday Show will be held from November 27-December 3.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Arts & Crafts shows are right around the corner.

Be sure to visit the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts shows.

For more information on the shows please visit http://www.GatlinburgCrafts.com  Please watch this blog as we feature some of our artistic neighbors!

 

July 3, 2017

Solar Eclipse Will Happen on August 21

Where will you be when the sun goes out?  The Great Smoky Mountains National Park reports that the guided trip to Clingmans Dome for the August 21 solar eclipse already is sold out.  The park can provide information on other viewing areas http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/2017-solar-eclipse.htm

The solar eclipse against a dark sky is a magical sight.

The August 21 total solar eclipse will be visible in our area.

 

Some Fun Facts About The Solar Eclipse:

  1. Prussian astronomer, Friedrich Bessel, developed the complex mathematical formula for predicting solar eclipses in 1824.
  2. The speed of the moon as it moves in front of the sun is approximately 1,398 miles per hour.
  3. Total eclipses cannot be seen from either the North Pole or the South Pole.
  4. The Citizen Cate (Continental-America-Telescope-Eclipse) Experiment has enlisted scientists from 60 sites across the country to film the eclipse.   When edited together, the film will be the longest video of an eclipse ever recorded.  It is expected to help investigators research the corona which normally is invisible.
  5. In Mark Twain’s 1889 book “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” the protagonist saves himself from being burned at the stake by predicting a solar eclipse in the year 528.
  6. One of the most memorable eclipses in filmdom is the crucifixion scene in “Barabbas” which was filmed during an actual eclipse in February 1961.
  7. The Science Fiction Writers of America named Isaac Asimov’s “Nightfall” the best story written prior to 1965.  The plot revolves around pending darkness in a world perpetually in sunlight.
  8. The sun is about 400,000 times brighter than the full moon.  Be sure to invest in special filtered glasses to preserve your eyesight.
  9. Venus should be visible to the upper right of the eclipsed sun.  
  10. The sun’s diameter is about 400 times larger than that of the moon.  But because of the distance between the sun and the moon, both appear approximately the same size when viewed from Earth.
  11. Total solar eclipses are rare.  One can be viewed from somewhere on Earth about every 18 months.

Happy viewing!

July 2, 2017

Ice Cream Summer at the Buckhorn Inn!

In 1984 President Reagan declared July the official National Ice Cream Month.  At the Buckhorn Inn we are going further by celebrating this delicious treat all summer long!  

Buckhorn Inn dinner guests will enjoy special ice cream desserts all summer long!

July is National Ice Cream Month!

The International Dairy Foods Association reports that ice cream was enjoyed as far back as the 2nd century B.C.  The “ice cream” of the time was snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar.  Marco Polo brought a recipe for a frozen treat from the Far East back to Italy about a thousand years later.  In the 16th century, Charles I of England was a fan of “cream ice”.  Lore has it that he provided the royal maker with a life pension in return for keeping the recipe a secret.  In fact, royals around the world kept this delicacy to themselves.  However in 1660 a café in Paris made a frozen blend of cream, milk, butter and eggs available to the general public for the first time.  

The Oxford English Dictionary reports that one of the first recipes for a frozen cream and sugar dessert in North America appeared in Hannah Glasse’s The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy in the late 1700s.  http://www.archive.org/details/artcookerymade02glasgood  Later records show that George Washington spent roughly $200 on ice cream during the summer of 1790.  That was a large sum at the time–and most of us would agree that was a good expenditure!  The invention of insulated ice houses around 1800 enabled the industrial production of ice cream.  Today the United States produces more than 1.6 billion gallons of frozen dairy desserts a year!

Special Ice Cream Desserts at the Buckhorn Inn

July 4 dinner guests at the Buckhorn will enjoy Chef Bob’s special creation, Strawberry Smoothie Cake!  Upcoming menus will feature more delicious and decadent ice cream desserts like Mud Pie, Grasshopper Pie, and Peach Melba Pie.  Keep an eye on our ever-changing menus to see the special desserts we are featuring all summer long!  http://www.buckhorninn.com/dining  We look forward to welcoming you to celebrate with us!

What could make these peaches even more delicous?  Ice Cream!

Delectable fresh peaches are the star of Peach Melba Ice Cream Pie.

 

June 26, 2017

Bumbleberry Season at Buckhorn Inn!

Dinner guests at the Buckhorn Inn on June 28 have a real treat in store–bumbleberry cobbler for dessert!

Bumbleberry cobbler is a favorite dessert of Buckhorn Inn guests.

Warm berry cobbler can’t be beat.

You may ask how many bumbleberries it takes to make one cobbler?  The answer is that there is no actual fruit called a “bumbleberry”.  Rather, the word describes a mix of berries, or a  “jumble” of berries.  The delicious combination most commonly is used in a pie or in preserves.  Typically the mix includes both sweet and tart flavors that burst into juicy goodness in your mouth.  We bake ours into a cobbler that features a tender crust.  Wikipedia credits Western Massachusetts as the home of the bumbleberry.  Lore has it that the name came from a waitress who was asked what kind of pie was being served.   Bumbleberry recipes have appeared in print since the late 1950’s, and we argue that ours is one of the best.

 

Bumbleberry Cobbler Recipe

Preheat oven to 375 F.

1/2 cup cold butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup self-rising flour

3/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tart apple, cored, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup diced rhubarb

1 cup fresh sliced strawberries

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup raspberries

1/2 cup blackberries

Cut cold butter into pats and line the bottom of a 6″x 9″x 2″ pan.  Blend the flour and sugar.  Add the milk and vanilla and stir to make a batter.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan.  Mix fruit together and pour on top of the batter.  (Optional:  if the berries are not sweet you may add 1/2 cup sugar to them.)  Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.  The batter will rise to the top as it bakes.  This recipe makes 10-12 delicious servings.

For a preview of other delightful menus coming up at the Buckhorn Inn, please visit our website http://www.buckhorninn.com/dining

Bumbleberry desserts are made with a variety of mixed berries.

Mixed berries are the basis for many summer treats at the Buckhorn Inn.

June 22, 2017

Eclipse Visible in Lower 48 for First Time since 1979

In 1972, Carly Simon sang to a lover who flew his “Lear jet up to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun”.  Luckily, on August 21 you only need come to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to view the Moon pass between the Earth and the Sun!

The website http://www.greatamericaneclipse.com names the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as one of ten great places from which to view the eclipse.  The park offers great vistas from areas such as Clingman’s  Dome.  These expansive views offer the chance to see the shadow of the moon scurrying across the landscape–sure to be a dramatic sight, indeed.

Solar eclipse with corona

A rare solar eclipse will be visible in Tennessee on August 21.

Park Preparing for Eclipse

The blotting out of the sun will be visible from the entire western half of the park.  Park officials are preparing public viewing events for three locations:  Clingman’s Dome, Cades Cove, and Oconaluftee.  You are welcome to view from other areas within and without the park on your own.  The park expects large crowds, so we advise that you make your plans well in advance of August 21.  For information and updates on events in the park, please visit http://www.nps.gov/gsm

Eclipse Details

During a total solar eclipse, the moon covers the sun so that only a sliver of the sun’s corona is visible.  In our area, the disappearance of the sun will last for one minute and 17 seconds with totality beginning at 2:35 pm EDT.  It is recommended that eclipse viewers purchase solar protective glasses far in advance, wear them while watching, and only remove them during the totality of the darkness.  At the Buckhorn we expect to fill up quickly during this time period, so please reserve your accommodations soon!  

Buckhorn Inn for the eclipse

The Buckhorn Inn provides a serene oasis from the crowds viewing the eclipse.

http://www.buckhorninn.com/lodging

 

June 14, 2017

Buckhorn Inn is Gateway to Greenbrier Area

Just 1.5 miles from the Buckhorn Inn is the Greenbrier entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Often referred to as “the locals entrance to the park”, the Greenbrier largely is undiscovered by tourists.  The Greenbrier area of the park boasts the Ramsey Cascades–the tallest cascades in the Smokies.  In the Greenbrier, named for the thorny vines common in this area, one can find beautiful hiking trails, fishing, and picnic areas tucked among the towering hemlock and maple trees.

History of the Greenbrier Area

During the Ice Age, the high mountain slopes fractured, creating boulder fields.  The natural forces of erosion carried smaller boulders to lower elevations.  The early settlers in this area used these stones to build long rock walls, many of which are still standing today.  In fact, the Old Settlers Trail has dozens of these picturesque rock walls.  You will notice that the streambeds in this area are lined with sandstone and slate rocks of all sizes.

Natural forces carried the rocks from the high mountain slopes.

The stone walls built by early residents of Greenbrier still stand.

The first inhabitants of the area were the Cherokee, who had a seasonal community at Porters Flat.  The first recorded residents of European descent in the area were brothers William and Middleton Whaley who settled here around 1800.  In 1818 John Ownby and his family joined the area.  They were subsistence farmers, who supplemented their income by hunting and trapping.  By the early 1900’s, the population of the Greenbrier area was near 500.  The Greenbrier area has many streams which have cut deeply into the terrain.  Because of this natural feature, residents lived in many small communities along the streams, rather than being part of one large community.  General stores in the area provided a venue for residents to trade chickens, eggs, and animal furs for such necessities as clothing, medicine, and coal oil.  They farmed corn and potatoes, and dug ginseng.

Hiking along the trails in the Greenbrier, one can easily imagine the lives of the previous residents of this beautiful area.  This is a special place to spend one, or many, days exploring.  Guests at the Buckhorn Inn can keep up their exploring stamina by pre-ordering hearty, delicious sack lunches to take with them.  

Sandwiches and yummy treats for the Greenbrier hiker.

Gourmet sandwiches are the mainstay of Buckhorn Inn sack lunches to enjoy in the Greenbrier area.

http://www.buckhorninn.com/dining  We will see you on the trail!  

June 6, 2017

Buckhorn Spotlighted in Best of the Smokies

We are thrilled that Knoxville’s Cityview magazine included the Buckhorn Inn in their May-June Best of the Smokies roundup.  The article references one of our many famous guests, Walt Disney.  Mr. Disney stayed in Cottage 2 at the Buckhorn while filming the television series Davy Crockett.  Some scenes from the five-part series were filmed in color at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the Mountain Farm Museum.  Mr. Disney enjoyed his stays at the inn so much that every year until his death in 1966 he sent Christmas presents to the innkeepers’ children.  Watch this blog for future articles detailing other famous guests at the Buckhorn Inn!  We are especially pleased that “Hidden in Plain Sight:  Treasures of Sevier County” by Hannah Overton describes us as “keeping the art of slowing down and enjoying the beauty of the mountains alive since 1938”.   To read the entire article, please visit http://www.cityviewmag.com/hidden-in-plain-sight/.  

 

Other Sevier County Treasures in Addition to Buckhorn Inn

We are in good company, the article highlights many other “hidden-in-plain-sight” treasures in Sevier County, including Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, and the Great Smoky Mountains.  The author points out that in Sevier County “you are not limited to the boundaries of one theme park or resort destination–you are in the driver’s seat for a

Cottage Walt Disney preferred

Cottage 2 at Buckhorn Inn

day or weeks’ long vacation of endless possibility”.  Truly, this area has something for everyone.  Among the best:  The Track classic wooden go-kart track in Pigeon Forge; The Apple Barn for all things apple; The Outdoor Gravity Park adventure course where you get into your own giant transparent sphere; Sugarlands Distilling Company which has a connection to traditional moonshine distilling; and Chubby’s Deli inside the New Center Market & Grill.  

The Buckhorn Inn is the perfect calm, restful place with easy access to the wonders of nature and to the excitement that our towns have to offer.  

May 30, 2017

Labyrinth at Buckhorn Inn One of Largest in U.S.

The Buckhorn Inn’s Rachael’s Labyrinth, at 60 feet in diameter, is one of the largest meditation labyrinths  in the United States.  It is built of local fieldstone, and is a unique feature of the Buckhorn Inn grounds. Peoples all over the world have been creating these structures since the Neolithic period.  They are marked by a symmetry that is visually pleasing and contain surprisingly long paths in a small amount of physical space.  They provide timeless beauty and an intriguing way for individuals to interact with the setting.  Some estimates claim that as many as 10,000 labyrinths may have been constructed all over the world in the last 25 years.  Today the terms “labyrinth” and “maze” often are confused.  A maze is complex, has many branches and dead-ends, and offers walkers various points of decision.  A labyrinth, on the other hand, is unambiguous with one route that always leads to the center.  As such, it is the perfect place to leave stress behind and renew one’s spirit in the tranquility of nature.  The Buckhorn Inn guests have often described it as a quiet haven and a respite from stress.  For more information on Rachael’s Labyrinth, please visit our website .  http://www.buckhorninn.com/grounds/rachel’slabyrinth

Rachael’s Labyrinth at the Buckhorn Inn

 

How to do a simple walking meditation in a labyrinth

  1. 1.  Stand at the entrance.  Center yourself with a few deep breaths.
  2. 2.  Begin to walk, concentrating on the sensations of the placement of your feet and the rhythm of your breath.  If you are stressed, you may find that walking at a slow pace will help to quiet your mind.  As outside thoughts enter your mind, acknowledge them, then bring your mind back to the present sensations of walking.  3.Upon reaching the center, pause for a moment of quiet reflection.  4.  Walk out, appreciating the sense of calm.  

     

    Your journey through the labyrinth begins with your first step.