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July 31, 2017

Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Many of our guests spend quite a few of the hours they have here hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  One of our favorite trails for hikes is the one which leads to the Grotto Falls.  The Grotto Falls are the only falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which you can walk behind!

Hikes to Grotto Falls are beautiful, especially in the morning.

The hike to Grotto Falls is very popular with Buckhorn Inn guests.

The Trillium Gap Trail leads to, and behind, the Grotto Falls.  The trail winds through old-growth forests and many large eastern hemlocks.  The path is wide and well-worn, but be careful of the rocks and exposed roots!  Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water.  The Buckhorn Inn has hearty and delicious sack lunches available if you choose to take one on your hike.  The trail is a moderate climb.  The roundtrip to the Falls and back takes about 2-3 hours.   During the hike you will cross four small streams.  In the springtime watch for the blooms of white and yellow trillium, white violets, and Dutchman’s breeches.  The Dutchman’s breeches are so called because the flowers resemble men’s trousers hanging by the cuffs on a clothesline.

Hikes on the  Grotto Falls trail feature many spring wild flowers.

White trillium are plentiful in the spring on the hike to Grotto Falls.

The Grotto Falls cascade down 25 feet.  The Great Smoky Mountain National Park has all the elements for beautiful waterfalls–ample rainfall and an elevation gradient.  In an average year, the mountains receive more than 85 inches of rain.  The rain trickles, then rushes down the mountainsides, cascading beautifully onto the large boulders below.  

Directions to Grotto Falls for Hikes

From the Parkway in Gatlinburg, turn at light number 8.  Follow the Historic Nature Trail into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Take the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail to the large parking area near stop number 5.  You will see a sign for the trailhead.  For more information on planning your hike, visit http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/grotto-falls.htm  Happy hiking!

April 13, 2017

In Praise of the Sound of Silence

A remarkable number of our guests write poems about Buckhorn. Teresa Potter penned this gem about her experience in Cottage One. 

Mushrooms 2The silence is deafening.  Couldn’t a little birdie chirp for me? Couldn’t a small green grasshopper rub his sandpaper legs for me? Couldn’t a brittle twig that has been on a tree for a hundred years fall for me?

Why won’t I hear the pitter-patter of the redtail fox as he runs by my cabin? He’s there. Where are the snap, crackle, and pops that are ordinary in any old cabin.There must be a mother mouse nearby snuggling and feeding her young. Squeak. Oh no, the only sound is silence. 

March 30, 2017

Hilda Returns to Buckhorn After 60 Year Absence

Hilda andHilda Henderson Hagins wrote to us………

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of the beautiful Buckhorn Inn.  Our family rented a cabin there for a week for several summers in the 1950’s. The beautiful view from the porch of the Inn has remained with me all these years. I also recall the wonderful breakfasts at the lodge and all the books and bookshelves in the main gathering room. Even then I loved books and reading! The breakfasts at the Inn were another highlight of our day.

During our week at Buckhorn Inn we often took day trips into the park and I remember the delicious lunches the staff always packed for us. The innkeepers’ daughter Molly and I were best friends for that week each summer, and Molly often accompanied us on our trips into the park. (Maybe that’s why our lunches were so good!)

A highlight of my week was when Molly and her mother June would invite me to spend the night with Molly at Bebb House.  Molly and I were pen pals for most of elementary school.

My husband and I are returning to Gatlinburg for a mini vacation later in March. Our son is our official “travel agent” so we asked him to book some accommodations for us in the area. Imagine my surprise when he told us he had booked a stay at Buckhorn Inn for us! He had no idea of my history with that wonderful place. I am excited and can’t wait to visit a place that has lived in my heart for many years with beauty and happy memories for me! I’ll see you soon!

Hilda Henderson Hagins

December 9, 2016

Improvements Planned for Cottages 1, 2, 3 and 4

We have begun work on two major projects to improve accommodation for our guests.

Project 1:  Many guests are now asking for walk-in showers, so we are renovating the bathrooms in Cottages 1 and 2 to provide this amenity. When we are finished, each cottage will have a large, beautifully tiled, walk-in shower.
Project 2: We are beginning a series of improvements in Cottages 3 and 4 which we will accomplish in segments over the next couple of months. These updates include re-painting all the woodwork, re-designing the fireplace, re-postioning the television, replacing windows, and purchasing some new furniture. We will be posting photos when the work is completed.

Beautiful book of photos and guest comments published

John and I are so excited about our newest addition to the Buckhorn Inn gift shop and we hope you will be, too.  The Buckhorn Experience is a gorgeous 115 page book featuring 240 high quality photographs of Buckhorn Inn with annotations by Buckhorn Ibuckhorn-experience-book-cover_webnn guests from the last 78 years. Writer Stephen Williford put this delightful coffeetable-style book together over the last two years and his skills have certainly paid off. Gift-perfect for Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays, first-time guests and for anyone who loves Buckhorn. $25 Paperback $35 Hardcover  Click here to Order Your Book Today.

Buckhorn Inn Escapes Fire

The fire that destroyed so much in Gatlinburg proper did not come our way. We and the whole of the Arts and Crafts Community were spared. We had a bit of wind damage but we are getting that taken care of. The morning after the fire all employees–even those who were not scheduled to work–appeared at 8:00 a.m. to get us up and going and our doors were open that afternoon. The caliber of our staff continues to amaze us. We are grateful to them and to all of you who called, emailed and texted us to find out how we had been affected by the fire and to wish us well.

Gatlinburg re-opened today, Friday, December 9. The main street suffered almost no damage from the fire and shopkeepers are eagerly awaiting the return of tourists.   Cades Cove has remained opened throughout the crisis and the major part of the Park opened on Friday, including Highway 441 and the Spur between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. No matter, there are great hiking trails out our way–from Greenbrier to Cosby.

August 26, 2016

Spiced Chocolate Pecan Squares

 

Try our latest afternoon treat which has a surprising ingredient.

Cookie Base
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup packed light brown sugar
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ (1/2 stick) butter, softenedSpiced Chocolate Pecan Squares

Topping
1 package (8 oz) semi-sweet chocolate baking squares
2 large eggs
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
¼ cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1½ cups chopped pecans, divided

Preheat oven to 375F. To prepare cookie base, place flour/ ½ cup sugar and baking soda in food processor or bowl of electric mixer. Process or mix 10 seconds. Add butter. Process or beat 30 seconds or until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press evenly into bottom of greased 9-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes.

To prepare topping, place chocolate in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 minutes or until chocolate is melted, stirring until chocolate is smooth. Set aside.

Place eggs/ ¼ cup sugar, corn syrup, Worcestershire and vanilla in food processor or bowl of electric mixer. Process or beat until well blended. Add melted chocolate. Process or beat until smooth. Stir in 1 cup nuts. Pour chocolate mixture over cookie base. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup nuts. Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out with slightly fudgy crumbs. Cool completely on wire rack. To serve, cut into squares. 16 serving.  

 

July 20, 2016

Buckhorn Housekeepers Save Hummer

                Hummingbirds Buckhorn                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This little guy knocked himself out on a glass door at one of our guest houses. Housekeepers rescued him and placed him on a bouquet of tiny roses. Revived, he flew off to Mexico in about 30 minutes.  Buckhorn is a major stopover for the hummers, going and coming.  We look forward to their southward journey to Mexico in September and seeing them dive bomb one another trying to get the sweet nectar from our chenille plants.  

May 6, 2016

Get a Look at Our Luxurious New Guest House

Named for our favorite hiking area, Greenbrier House said welcome to its firsts guest in the middle of April–and it’s been busy ever since.  When you walk intoGH Living the spacious open living area with kitchen, you can’t take your eyes off the view out the multi-level windows, except perhaps to admire the floor to ceiling stone fireplace. There are two ensuite bedrooms with king beds and bathrooms with walk-in, tiled showers on the main floor. Upstairs is a grand spacious loft with king bed, private bath, bookshelves and a game table.  A long deck furnished with tables and chairs runs the length of the house.  There are even laundry facilities on the main floor.  All rates include our hearty menu-based breakfast.  Rate for two  $285;  Rate for four $320; Rate for Six $400.  GH Master Bath GH Master Bedroom

GH Kitchen

 

GH Second BedroomGH Loft Bedroom

 

 

 

February 9, 2016

Culture Trip Lauds Buckhorn

Here’s what Culture Trip has to say about us in its latest issue:

Huge white pines frame the view of the Great Smoky Mountains from this Gatlinburg bed and breakfast, and a wild flower meadow below the inn completes the panorama. The flagstone terrace is a special place Marcus Garden Statueto absorb he peace emanating from the pine and hemlock forest surrounding the inn. Less than a mile from the National Park, Buckhorn Inn affords visitors easy access to all activities and attractions in the area, including hiking, arts and crafts,and musical theaters. Boasting four-course gourmet dinners, a comfortable library and complete workout facilities, Buckhorn Inn offers elegance and charm as one of East Tennessee’s classic country inns.