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If cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, pumpkin spice everything speak your language, a fall wedding may be just for you! Fall is the perfect season to embrace the natural textures and colors, especially if you’re hosting a wedding outdoors. The intense heat and humidity will not be an issue, which is something both you and your guests will appreciate.

With Autumn being a transitional season, it is important to remember the weather varies greatly based on which part of the country you’re in. In general, whenever your wedding date may be, it’s never a bad idea to have a contingency plan in place just in case, keep an eye on weather predictions and inform your guests if they should bring a sweater, jacket, etc.

Before you FALL in love with a fall wedding, let us guide you through with a few tips for planning the perfect fall wedding!

There are quite a few alleged hauntings and haunted areas in WNC. The history that surrounds the area is rich with stories, lore, and unexplained events and sightings. Asheville alone is reported to be on what is known as a “ley line” where a vortex of strange, powerful, and unexplainable energy and phenomena tends to occur. Ley lines occur throughout the world, and you will often find ancient sites at different points of these lines. Ley lines go far back into history and ancient times, and span against many other countries and continents. For example, in China they are called “dragon lines,” and in Ireland they are called “faerie paths.”

Whether these lines are “real” or not, there is no doubt that you will find a magnetic draw and powerful force pulling you in to what Asheville and other parts of Western North Carolina have to offer, and “ley lines” may be responsible. Although there is no real science backing these claims up, it’s still interesting to think about.

To commemorate Halloween later this month, we thought you may be interested in exploring some unusual experiences in Western North Carolina while you stay with us here at Mill House Lodge. Some of those “hauntings” and “paranormal” sites are below!

Autumn is a favorite season here in Western North Carolina. The weather begins to cool and summer releases its grip over the Appalachia and welcomes crisp temperatures and cozy evenings that fall brings. The foliage is stunning, the Blue Ridge mountains ablaze with an ombre of yellows, oranges, and reds making it a perfect destination for what is known as “leaf peeping” and other activities!

Whether you’re looking for a hike, a county fair, a ghost tour,  exploring cryptozoology, or an orchard where you can pick apples and create a tried-and-true fall recipe for your family, there is no shortage of fall activities to do in the area.

One of the top reasons people come to visit Western North Carolina is to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature all around us here.

Bird watching is becoming increasingly popular, and with no shortage of year-round resident and migratory birds, this area draws people in like no other.

In WNC, there is a variety of terrain, including mountains, wetlands, lakes and rivers, as well as expansive areas of wilderness. The Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains offer the perfect environment for many species of wildlife, birds included, and many birds come up here during the spring and summer to breed and raise their young.

Some common species of birds in the area are goldfinches, woodpeckers, chickadees, cardinals, wrens, blue birds, eastern phoebes, screech owls, towhees, and waterfowl such as great blue herons, kingfishers, a variety of ducks and geese, and birds of prey such as hawks.

Because of the mild climate, we have our fair share of birds who choose to reside here year-round as well, such as cardinals and robins. Interested? Keep reading below to find out some of the best spots for birding here in the mountains! 

Western North Carolina has seen quite the expansion in recent years. As many people from out of state move into the area, many businesses such as restaurants and breweries are contributing to a booming economy. Not only are there many locals who live in the area, but the tourism industry is still going strong in WNC even after the pandemic took hold.

As restrictions have relaxed quite a bit, many people can safely travel again. You may be planning a trip to WNC for some R&R or maybe to see family you’ve not been able to for a while. When you stay at Mill House Lodge and take advantage of our newest special “Cruise for Brews” rest assured your days will be filled with all sorts of fun!

Cruise for Brews is a current special we are offering where with a stay of 2 nights or more, you will get 20% off of our weekend rate. There is no shortage of breweries in the area and many of them feature patio areas, tours, gift shops, and often have an array of food and dinner items for you to enjoy in addition to these areas. Some of the popular breweries are listed below, and an honorable mention for a restaurant as well!