New website for Iron Mountain Inn B&B

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying to put together photos, copy and all kinds of information for a new website which is being built by Scott Richardson of Blue Ridge Media.

He has been a saint putting up with me….my photos, my changes, my not making it easy for him to put this site together.  But I think we are almost ready to go live!!!!

So if you want a preview go to: and let me know what you think.  Would love to get some feedback before it’s set in stone.

And don’t forget … if you have photos of your visit to the Iron Mountain Inn B&B, please post then on our Facebook page  ironmountaininnB&Bandvacationrentals.  Hope to keep this blog a place to keep everyone informed about what is happening in the Tri-State region of Western NC, Northeastern TN, and Southwestern VA – it’s a very lively area and there is ALWAYS something going on year round!



Summer ramblings

Rain today which is much needed – even the lake is lower than normal for July.  But after last year, we were enjoying the sunny days.

Funny how once the summer solstices comes and goes it seems that summer races ever faster and faster.  The students in this area return to school on August 4th!  That’s terrible, but I understand they are going to get a week’s break in October!  Personally, but maybe it’s because I come from the north where school started after Labor Day and ended mid-June!  

But then we didn’t have air conditioned school buildings either!  Makes a difference.  Of course, I think school should be year round: the students whose birthdays are in September, October, November and December start in September.  The students whose birthdays are January, February March and April start in January.  And so forth.  By doing this the students will be closer in age..unless a parent wants to keep a child out for a year to mature a little more instead of now where there is often an entire year’s age difference in the students and in First Grade…that makes a big difference.

Also by doing this rotating, a teacher might take a sabbatical during the winter instead of everyone having to have summer breaks.  Each block would complete a block of learning and again, it would rotate so maybe a parent would like to take the family on a 3 month trip in winter…the children could drop out that block and pick it up again next block.

Another thing about this school year, the children won’t have to spend a few weeks catching up and what they learned the previous spring.

But afraid this will never happen…the world gets stuck in their ruts and has a great deal of difficulty thinking and acting outside the box.

dsc_0074.jpgNot a bad picture of the full moon over Doe Mountain…can’t see it tonight but it was something on the Super Moon a few nights ago!  Love the full moon. Even got married on the night of the full moon since it seemed that wonderful things always happen that night.


Summer Fun in the Mountains of Johnson County, Butler, and Northeastern, TN

It always amazes visitors how much there is to do here in the Appalachian mountains of Northeastern Tennessee during the summer and fall.

Every day there is hiking, swimming, boating, fishing and relaxing.  But there are also a great many activities which are fun for the entire family.

 Just in June alone are the following events:

  •  Blue Plum Festival – June 6-8 – Old Downtown – Johnson City – Blue
  •  Heritage Hall Performance Center – Blithe Spirit – June 20,21,22
    June 27, 28 – Mountain City –
  •  Watauga Lake Winery – Wine Dinner – June 21 –
  • Roan Mountain – Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival –
    June 21,22 –
  • An 18th Century Independence Celebration and Muster – Sycamore ShoalsState Historic Area-June 28 and 29
  •  Old Mill Days – Trade Gristmill – Trade
  • Gray Fossil Museum with permanent exhibits and traveling exhibits – Alligators, red pandas, camels, and beavers are among the finds recently discovered while digging at the Gray site –
  • Doe Mountain – an 8600 acre recreational area for hiking, biking and ATV trails
  •  Watauga Lake – swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding
  • Butler Museum – telling the story of “the town that wouldn’t drown”  – Open weekends –

And remember, the Iron Mountain Inn B&B and Creekside Chalet in Butler, TN are the perfect headquarters for exploring all that Butler, and Northeastern Tennessee has to offer.

Book your stay by calling 423-768-2446 or for 24 hour online reservations, go to or

Looking forward to sharing the magic of the mountains with you and your friends or family this summer.


Spring…is it here or not

Warm sunny days so I planted pansies in the front porch window boxes.  Bought some more to plant in the back porch boxes.  Before I could get them planted…snow and more snow.  The porch is just about melted out!

But then I saw some turkeys – 2 toms and a flock of hens about 30 of them.  The one tom was really showing off!  Didn’t have a long lens on my camera so wasn’t able to get a really good picture…but they are around the Iron Mountain Inn property so I’ll head out after I blow the winter leaves off the lawn of the Watauga Lake House.

Leaves and pine needles!  They certainly do cover a lot of lawn.  But the pine needles are great…and when I see them for sale in bags at the market….well, I think to myself…I’ve got them for free!  Time to go back outside and continue blowing leaves into piles to pick up.  The trimmed branches are being loaded onto the pickup truck to haul to the brush pile in the woods deep behind the Inn.

Spring…time to get back in shape by working in the yard!

Winter blues

Although the sky isn’t blue due to the winter grey clouds covering the sky, sitting in my Lake House I’m surrounded by blue walls, blue upholstery and blue music…light, airy and it makes me feel like summer will soon be here.  Can’t come too soon.

But in the meantime….we are planning a great Valentine’s Weekend for our guests at the Iron Mountain Inn B&B.  Red and white dinner and red and white breakfasts!  Chocolate chip cookies…probably won’t come out red and white, but we will have hearts!   Dinner is being planned as a very special treat

Did you wait until the last minute and found all the rooms already booked?  Well, let us know because we are delighted to prepare a “Lover’s Getaway” for you anytime you stay with us!  Snuggling in front of the wood burning fire sipping a hot toddy; playing board games or card games with the other guests; trying to decipher the Sodoku puzzles (I never can) – it doesn’t matter what you do, you’ll relax and refresh your soul here on top of the mountain.

Come, share the magic of the mountains with us this year



Changes they are a’comin’!

Time for some updates!  Time for some new colors!  Time for you to follow our blog and see what we will be doing.

After 16 years, it’s time to make changes in the bedrooms at the Iron Mountain Inn starting with the Equestrian Room.  Working with David Harrell I can’t wait to see the new looks we are planning. He is so creative!  It’ll take some time, but I’ll try to post pictures as we go along. Here is the “before” picture of the Equestrian room and as we progress, I’ll be taking photo updates.


Next will be the Green Room…David wants to paint over the tree…but I told him he has to work around that!  What do you, my guests who’ve stayed in that room think?  We are planning to go Oriental…I have so many pictures and fabric with that theme we decided to use it.



After the Green Room, then it’s on to the Great Room!  Moving furniture, maybe cutting an Oriental rug (ooooo), painting walls…it’s going to be very different and much more up to date!  Just as comfortable with feet up luxury, I know we will all enjoy the changes.

Keep checking Facebook as well on the Iron Mountain Inn B&B and Vacation Rentals site for more info and photos.


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