Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Experience an Ashe County Tradition

Long a part of Ashe County history and tradition - Shatley Springs Restaurant offers iconic family style, country dining in a casual setting. 

Shatley Springs' history is very similar to our history here at Healing Springs in that the property was built around a natural spring discovered in 1890 by Martin Shatley.  Mr. Shatley testified to the curative powers of the spring and in the 1920's, cabins and a tearoom were built and the name was changed to Radium Springs as a result of a chemical analysis revealing a trace of Radium in the water. For a short time the water was bottled and sold; one truckload in 1927 brought a price of $840 for 600 gallons. The current owner, Lee McMillan has owned and operated the restaurant and cabins since 1958. 

People often ask if the water from Shatley Springs is the same as the water from Healing Springs? While the historical documents showing the analysis of the waters list similar minerals in both waters, they are not identical. Healing Springs was discovered in 1883 and for a long time had a sign on the spring house that said "the original Healing Springs". We always suggest that folks try the water from both springs and taste for themselves.

Breakfast served at Shatley Springs is renown for being hearty and having all of the traditional country style favorites. Biscuits, all warm and fresh from the oven, crisp bacon, tasty sausage and fluffy eggs, along with pancakes, are just a few of the items offered. The offer a family style "all you can eat" option for $11.22 per person, or you can order off the menu - $3.95 to $5.95 per plate. They open at 7 am on the weekends, and we always suggest getting there early!

The restaurant is open until 9 pm every day and offers a great lunch or dinner featuring their fried chicken plates. The family style meal is $18.70 per person, or you can order off the menu for between $3.95 to $9.95. If you are a fan of fried chicken, it is well worth stopping in for lunch or dinner! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Weekend suggestions for a great getaway!

We are having unseasonably warm weather for January, but we still have loads of great "winter" activities to suggest for your next weekend getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Our renovated cabins are located near West Jefferson and just a short drive from Boone and surrounding areas. 

We love snow tubing! Hawksnest Tubing park is the largest snow tubing park on the East coast with over 30 lanes and four different tubing areas for all skill levels. Just a quick 60 minute drive from Healing Springs, it makes a fun day trip. They even have conveyors to get you back up to the top of the mountain!

Are you looking for something a bit more romantic? Then why not try ice skating at Appalachian Ski Mountain? They have a scenic outdoor rink that overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains that is fully lighted for skating under the stars. They offer skate rentals, refreshments and even have a bonfire available!

Another fun activity to enjoy our beautiful area is snowshoeing. We have several great areas that are just perfect for a day snowshoeing: Mount Mitchell has lower elevation trails like Camp Alice or the Mount Mitchell Trail, as well as a great trek from the Black Mountain Crest Trail across the ridge to Mount Craig for a solid tour and great views!  Elk Knob State Park, just outside of Boone, is another great place with trails for every ability level. Additionally, weather depending, you can also snowshoe Moses Cone Memorial Park, near Blowing Rock -  the carriage roads leading down to the lake from the Manor are very beginner and family friendly making it a great excursion for first time snowshoers. If the weather doesn't provide for snow, it still has lovely walking / hiking trails around the lake for everyone. 

For those who are looking for a slightly slower pace to their day, what about a visit to a local farm? Apple Hill Farm offers a picturesque farm tour where you get to meet llamas, alpacas, donkeys, goats and more on their farm in Banner Elk. Closer to home, Heritage Homestead Goat Dairy offers tours of a working goat dairy. 

If you haven't visited West Jefferson lately, we highly suggest it! This charming little town has several new shops filled with local arts and artisans, we highly suggest Love For The Mountains store and Rabbit Trails, both are wonderful new additions to our town. Stroll up and down our main street with art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and lovely boutiques. While in West Jefferson, make sure to stop into Bohemia for coffee, or enjoy a yummy meal at the Hotel Tavern

Our renovated cabins help set the stage for a relaxing getaway. Plush beds, modern comforts and cozy fireplaces help to make The Cabins at Healing Springs a perfect weekend escape! Come for a visit, the mountains are calling!