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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 Plum.org
  •  Heritage Hall Performance Center – Blithe Spirit – June 20,21,22
    June 27, 28 – Mountain City – heritagehalltheatre.org
  •  Watauga Lake Winery – Wine Dinner – June 21 – wataugalakewinery.com
  • Roan Mountain – Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival –
    June 21,22 – roanmountain.com
  • An 18th Century Independence Celebration and Muster – Sycamore ShoalsState Historic Area-June 28 and 29 sycamoreshoalstn.org
  •  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 – grayfossilmuseum.org
  • 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 – http://www.thebutlermuseum.com

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 http://www.ironmountainnn.com/rooms or http://www.creeksidechalet.net/rates.html

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



Night time in the Mountains

Night time in the Mountains

Iron Mountain Inn front porch welcomes YOU!

A friend invited me to go to a movie today. I don’t know the last time I’ve been to a movie … at least 8 months I’d say if not more.

So tomorrow night for the Oscars, I won’t have any idea of the other movies and stars, but I do know Silver Lining Playbook was very well done! Didn’t know who the actress was until just a couple of days ago, but now I know! She was excellent! I’m sure she will have a long career ahead of her…and she is so young!

Having two friends who are bi-polar, the movie really hit home! One has told me how important hard physical activity is to staying on an even keel along with “light” medication. The other should get more hard physical activity but the meds keep this person so quiet it’s hard to get up the energy needed to work out/walk out/dance out!

Then later tonight about 8:30 p.m. we had major fireworks set off from the top of the mountain. Magnificent and the echo rolling around the mountains.. oooooo!

As long as there has been rain to dampen the forest we do fireworks fore proposals, weddings, anniversaries and any other reason, or for no reason at all here at the Iron Mountain Inn. Having them legal means special occasions can be made even more special with the excitement of fireworks.

March Musical Events Happening Near the Iron Mountain Inn

On March 2, the International Tenors will be performing at Heritage Hall in nearby Mountain City. An incredible show coupled with a multimedia video.  The tenors perform on stage with a big screen showing scenes and footage of Italy, Spain and France.  The audience will almost believe they are sitting in a little café watching a great show in the Piazza. 

For the weekend performance of the International Tenors, special last minute rates start at only $119.00 per night and include tickets to the show. 

Or, if you prefer band music, coming up on Tuesday March 19th at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN/VA will be a performance by the USAF Rhythm and Blues Jazz Band. Call right away as this performance is sure to sell out.

With mid-week discount rates starting at only $98.00 per night on a 2 night stay,(regular rates are $155.00-$195.00) full breakfast each morning and the bottomless cookie jar, this March 19th getaway is a real special for anyone who likes jazz and blues. 

These are one night only shows so call and book a room at the Iron Mountain Inn B&B in Butler, TN. At the same time let us know how many tickets for one or both shows we can order for you.

Keep checking back as we will be listing other events both musical and theatrical taking place within the Tri-Cities region throughout the year.

Anxious for warmer weather

Iron Mountain Inn, Butler, TN
Been busy today, but wanted to post so as not to miss one day of 365!

Guests coming and going, beds to stripped and made, breakfasts to be planned, the life of an innkeeper on changeover day!  But I don’t ever want to be doing anything else!  This is the occupation – I can’t call it a job since I enjoy it so much – I should have been doing for years prior to today.

But now I’ve been an innkeeper for 15 years come May 15th and I plan to continue as long as my health holds out and my slew of helpers hold out!  Couldn’t run it without Carolyn, Val, Jack and many many good friends.

But the day has come to an end, need a good night’s sleep before another day tomorrow.

Started the day with showing workers all the things (lots of little things) which I need to have done here at the Iron Mountain Inn.  After almost 15 years in business, the house needs some TLC.

So, first I’m replacing all the switch plates.  That part’s easy…sort of!  But getting the switches replaced…that  means turning off the power and doing a lot of wiring.  So while that was going on today, I left the house for the day.

First I went to stretch class.  OMG!  It’s been a long time since I’ve stretched some of those muscles. Ouch!  Twice a week as much as my time will allow…hope it allows a lot of time as I want to get in good enough shape to hike the Secret Trail this spring, or early summer.

Then I had to take back a vanity I’d bought at Bed Bath and Beyond.  As noted in a previous post, I should have known there was a problem when the screw bag had been opened.  Anyway, after trying to put it together and realizing it wouldn’t, I put all the pieces back in the box and today returned it.

The clerk offered to drop ship a new one to my house (free shipping) and since it was exactly what I wanted, I figured, why not.  Hope this one was made to a higher standard than the previous one…or back it goes.

Then it was more switches and face plates.  I need metal ones, wood ones, brown ones, white ones, almond ones, two switches, receptacles, 3 switches and so forth,  I just kept putting them in the cart…I can always take back the ones I don’t need, but I like having more than enough when the workers are here!

But the workers got a board on my back porch I’ve been worried about breaking off and my going tumbling so that’s great. And I have new faucets in place of Kohler brass which pitted within 3 months of use!  ARGH!

Tonight (Thursday) is Big Bank Theory and Project Runway.  And tomorrow guests arrive so I’d better get those bathrooms cleaned!  The bucket and cleaning supplies are sitting right there waiting for me.