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Trip Start Jun 09, 2010
Trip End Jul 22, 2010

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I don't want to sound like an advertisement for Graham County Tourism, but we enjoyed the area so much for fall foliage last year that we decided to return this spring for the rhododendron bloom. And this time, instead of 8 nights we stayed for 13!   We discovered the subtle beauty of the gradual unfolding of the rhododendron and azaleas versus the in-your-face gorgeous crescendo of fall foliage colors.  What we experienced once again is a scenically beautiful area that invites continuing exploration.  At the end of our stay we felt we could definitely stay longer!

In addition to hiking and driving the Cherohala Skyway, we enjoyed driving the winding scenic country roads to get to the trailheads.  Coming from South Florida, it renewed our enjoyment of driving once again! 

With all the comforts of home plus a dynamite porch overlooking Santeetlah Lake and the mountains beyond, we would sit on our porch at the Blue Boar Inn where we had rented a cottage and just breathe in the country air and hang.  The Blue Boar Inn is a bed and breakfast that is reached via a gravel forest service road that closely follows the contours of the lake.  The Inn offers both rooms in the inn as well as cottages.  They have kayaks that can be used to enjoy the lake as well as gourmet breakfasts and dinners.  It’s a friendly warm place and we highly recommend it!  The photos below were taken on the grounds of the Blue Boar Inn.

Graham County and the Blue Boar Inn was right for us – we like naturally scenic areas with not a lot of commercialism and hubbub.  This quiet corner in the mountains of North Carolina is a hidden gem! 
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Blue Boar Gang! Pam, Lisa, Chris & Isabella on

Margie, these photos are AMAZING! You are great with the camera! Thank you for sharing so much info on our area and the Inn! We look forward to seeing you and Harvey next year! Cheers!

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