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Wedding Wire.com has come out with some 2015 trends. Here are several we at Prospect Hill can easily duplicate for you.
Greenery

Says WeddingWire.com:  From table runners to decorative wreaths, garlands, and more, we’re seeing greenery emerge from the sidelines and into the spotlight. It’s versatile, and provides an Old World look that’s so chic right now. In this same vein, we’re betting on animal topiaries becoming a hot decor item in the New Year.

Prospect Hill version: Use boxwood and yew to fill in your bouquets and bring greenery to your party decor. Available locally. Shady Grove Gardens has other forms of greenery available (from miniature to branch sizes) to give you that “Old World romance” look.

Astilbe (feathery plant)

From WeddingWire.Com:  We’ve already started to see this feather-like flower everywhere this year, and expect to see even more of it in 2015. We’ve seen it solo or as an accent in bouquets, and love the variety of hues – deep red, light purple, pink, and white.  Also available from local grower http://Shady-Grove-Gardens.com  in Vilas, NC has them--very feathery and romantic.

Marquee Lights

What a bright idea! Whether they’re spelling out words like “Love” or the couple’s names, these vintage-style marquee lights are popping up all over reception décor.

Prospect Hill version: we’ll make a very large board with the word “love” spelled out in bright lights and a background of black (or other color) chalkboard paint so your friends can write well wishes. $100 (4x8-feet) and you can take it home. $90 for a 4x4-foot size.

Miniature Wedding Cakes, Sweets

Here’s the WeddingWire.com trend:  Instead of or in addition to featuring a multi-tiered wedding cake, couples are also serving several smaller cakes to offer a wide variety of flavors. We’ve even seen a cake displayed on each reception table for an extra-sweet touch.
Innkeeper Judy can make most flavors in an 8-inch cake. Buy as many as you like. $35/cake (serves 10-12 each).

Frugal Gourmet Catering  http://www.frugalgourmetcatering.com makes numerous bite-size dessert treats. They arrive in cake papers and require no cutting. Order one smaller cake just for cutting
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Wedding Inspiration:  Big Ideas at a Budget-Friendly Price (1) 1000 Wishes (2) Artsy (3) Boho/Bohemian.  All are casual and all are easily do-able at Prospect Hill:
1) Wish Wedding Theme - Are you ready to fold 1000 origami paper cranes?  Do them in romantic, colorful paper then attach them to strings (indoor use)  or netting hung from the gazebo for a beautiful backdrop–make’s an all-flower backdrop look boring.

2) Artsy wedding - hand paint your candle holders and anything else that you’re using–from cloth napkins and program covers to table runners and vases. Be abstract, be wild, whimsical or childlike. Retro/geometric is OK, too.  Don’t do it if craft projects you crazy or you don't have to finish weeks ahead.

3) Our favorite of the week is BOHO or Bohemian: The inspiration wedbsite says:
"Despite the fact that a Boho wedding theme is relatively inexpensive, it’s become super popular. The great thing about this theme is that anything goes. You can wear a vintage dress you found at the thrift store and the wedding will be just as breathtaking as if you wore a $1500 gown. Decorations are created out of whatever you have on hand."

My thought is BECAUSE this theme can be relatively inexpensive, it can be hugely popular and do-able.  Yes, the great thing is that anything goes.

One idea is to use ribbons shimmering in the breeze as a theme. Cut lengths of ribbon or stips of ripped/frayed fabric are stylishly tied to a chair.  Hang them from the gazebo, trees, bushes, fence line or patio's overhead lights.  Use a lace tablecloth, borrowed from Grandma or purchased at the Thrift Shop.  Mismatched China of Boone will rent you vintage china. (Expect to spend at least $5 or more per person for this.)  Alternatively, use the inn’s white china and do everything else up around it. Use patterned vintage sheets or chenille bedspreads as table cloths and buffet table cloths. Buy bandanas cheaply use as napkins and tell the guests to take them home.  Paisley hankies come in at 29 cents each!
http://www.tansclub.com/paba.html
Remember:   everything old can be new again (for your guests and your wedding).


http://www.strictlytablesandchairs.co.uk/wedding-theme-ideas/#flowerpower
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Here are some wonderful summer photos of the inn. When the sun's out the green really 'pops.'
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Book our cottage in the woods for up to 6 persons for July 4 & 5 and pay only $125 for July 4. Free fireworks viewed from the inn lawn (with snacks) also included. Rooms available for this weekend at the inn, starting on Saturday night.  Go to RESERVATIONS.     We expect stunning weather this weekend. It's a great time to be in the mountains!
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GREAT WAY TO CELEBRATE - Visit Prospect Hill and get a discount.   Through June 30 we are offering a very special deal:  In honor of our house's 125th birthday, YOU pay $125 plus tax for any room, or $125/night (2 night min.) at our cottage. See the SPECIALS area of our online booking pages to snag your savings. Savings are up to  $64/night!  Tell me, do YOU like incentive programs at bed and breakfasts?  (B&B discounts)?
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Cherry blossoms here are tracking those in Washington, D.C. Do you have time to come check them out?
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We may live in an old house.... and we may make our living providing the experience of staying overnight in an historic home. But, sometimes, nothing beats modern technology.  Thanks to Austin Ramsey of Kingsport we now have a couple of drone videos of our property.  Here's the one we shot at high noon (not the greatest time!!) on a warm sunny summer day recently  https://www.dropbox.com/s/9ya1iorabiyjyjb/Prospect%20Inn.mp4?oref=e

First off, drones are cool. Unlike the "bots" that fight to the death on a new TV show this summer (made of sturdy metal and designed to cut things up), drones are really pretty flimsy plastic, especially their blades. Yes, they will cut both grass--and your arm--if you get in the way. However, they remind me more of an actual bird's structure (light but well-engineered). 

Austin expertly unpacked his (almost new) machine, put on the rotors, hooked me up with glasses so I could see what he was seeing on the operator's screen and off we went!  As you can see in the video below, you get a whole new perspective on places you've seen many times before!  We also made some still shots so we can carefully assess the health and sturdiness of our 4 chimneys.

Really, this was a fantastically cool project. And now we can share the finish edit, compliments of Austin, with you.
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These photos go with my blog about easy, interesting wedding themes. The sunflowers provide a lot of bang for their cost. They make the set up both "rustic"/rural but sophisticated.  Photo on righ with pink and gold ribbon on a chair back is an example of how to "fancy up" for a Bohemian theme wedding.  These streamers--made from ribbon or cut/ripped/torn fabric are knotted onto the chair back but could be attached to low-hanging tree branches, the wires holding over-patio lights or the wedding gazebo itself.  For a "gypsy feel," use patterned fabric in a variety of bright, but mismatched patterns.
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You simply can't beat a wonderful morning in summer with low humidity, bright sun, rich (growing) grass and my camera in hand before breakfast is served.  Today we made our "always famous" (and our thanks to Southern Living magazine) Brown Sugar and Oatmeal Pancakes. Tomorrow:  Cranberry Stuffed French Toast.  Special diets are being accommodated, too. Photos show the lawn where guests will enjoy fireworks on July 5th. Come join us (two rooms remain).
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The term "bed-and-breakfast" is no longer code for teddy bears, floral bedspreads and doilies.

There are nearly as many types of bed and breakfast properties and businesses as there are innkeeper/owners.  The Wall Street Journal in 2013 ran an article about people turning historic homes into high end B&Bs, the top 10% of the market. 

LINK to referenced article:
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304337404579212391514154998

In reading this nearly year-old article in light of the fact my property is now for sale (yes, I’m one of the older ones wanting to retire), I am heartened. We have done A LOT of the things the high-end properties do to enhance their market share.  These items belong to the inn and ready for the new innkeepers to use to their benefit and for the enjoyment of their guests.

What follows is where I’ve excerpted parts of the original article and added my view of the topic.
The excerpted parts of the article are shown in BLUE TYPE.

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Winter is finally over. Mark your calendars:  Next weekend marks the opening of both the Watauga Farmers Market at Horn of the West in Boone, NC and the Johnson County Farmer's Market, behind the courthouse (222 W. Main St.) in Mountain City, TN.  Time to eat fresh AND local!  Check out Shady Grove Gardens & Nursery at the Watauga Farmers Market. I'm posting some spring flowers they made for a honeymoon last weekend. Enjoy.
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Couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. It not only was beautiful but there are so many things to do not far from the Inn. Although we didnt get to experience them on our short visit we plan on coming back. We have already experienced and survived The Snake :) Delicious breakfast and wonderful hospitality! THANK YOU JUDY AND ROBERT!

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801 W Main St Mountain City, TN 37683
801 West Main StreetUSTennesseeMountain City37683
(423) 727-0139prospect-hill.com
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MOUNTAIN CITY, TN (1889)  --Col. Joseph Wagner (late of both the Confederate and the Union Army of America) has built a "retirement" home on 30 acres on the edge of town. A fine home with five bedrooms, it stands on a hill with Appalachian Mountain views. all around.
     TODAY -- Still named Prospect Hill,  Col. Wagner's Shingle style Victorian home is now a five-guest-room bed and breakfast enjoyed by people visiting the area for hiking, biking, scenery, Watauga Lake, the Virginia Creeper Trail, Appalachian Trail or to visit family.
     The building has been invisibly updated so all rooms have private baths, TVs and wifi  plus modern baths and heat/air/fans while keeping the feel of an historic home.
     Rooms are large, very private and the beds comfortable. Prices range from $120 (winter) to $179 (October) to $235 (NASCAR weekends).
     Come enjoy the tranquility of a small mountain town, nearby fine dining, gourmet breakfasts at the inn (included) and the time to reconnect with the special person in your life.

    WEDDINGS IN A NATURAL SETTING - Perfect place for your outdoor wedding with mountain views and indoor reception (seating up to 60). Our main website offers many photos so you can see how others have used the facility. Intimate elopements and second marriages, commitments also available.

OWNER:  Donna Kodger
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Unfussy B&B in an 1889 mansion, offering rooms with fireplaces & en suite bathrooms, plus WiFi.- Google
"Excellent inn, friendly innkeepers, and a fantastic location!"
"If cycling or hiking is your thing there are lots of choices."
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Sheila McJilton
3 weeks ago
We spent one night in this gorgeous old place this week. What a treat! I love old homes, and the architecture and old stained glass windows was exquisite. The house felt peaceful and good to us. Donna, the host & owner, greeted us warmly, and her canine sidekick, Thomas, did as well. Our room was beautiful & quiet, breakfast was delicious, & we felt like we'd discovered a jewel at Prospect Hill. If back in the area, we will definitely book a room there. Thank you, Donna & Thomas!
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Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
Thank you Sheila, it was a pleasure talking and sharing some laughs with you and Pat. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Carol Lewis
a year ago
I recently stayed at the inn for 2 nights prior to my daughter's nearby wedding. What a great idea! The inn was beautiful, Judy & Robert were warm & accommodating, and the food was terrific! I highly recommend it!
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Yvonne Martin
2 years ago
What a great old house, sitting high on a hill with fantastic mountain views. It's right on the edge of Mountain City. Not a lot going on in that town, but it's a convenient location to go out and explore some of the surrounding towns, or just get out and enjoy nature. It's a lovely scenic drive to either Boone or Blowing Rock, NC, or a pretty jaunt to Elizabethtown. If cycling or hiking is your thing there are lots of choices. Innkeepers Judy and Robert have lots of information and suggestions for things to see and do in the area. We've stayed twice, both times in the Hideaway Room. We've also peeked in the other rooms - each one has something unique and interesting, specially the Rose Romance room which has a curved iron staircase going up to the bathroom. Most of the rooms are a generous size, nicely decorated, and have whirlpool tubs or oversize showers, and fireplaces. Unfortunately not a lot of choices for fine dining in town, and it's a dry town so you can't get liquor or even wine with dinner, but both are available in Boone. It's just a nice quiet place to get away and relax.
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Michael Pollack
2 years ago
I loved the house and the surrounding community. I saw the most amazing crafts at local stores. The Inn was extremely comfortable and the hosts are like family. I would go back again.
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Olivia Jeffries
7 months ago
I got married here it's OK but it has just recently been sold and they messed up many prior agreed upon details overall everything worked out but they were quite insulting at times to myself and my family causing my mother to cry I understand that it can be hard for new management however this is still a service that was paid for and more professionalism should be shown to us all. However they made a beautiful bouquet even though it wasn't the agreed upon on material. Everything was beautiful just insulting lack of detail and communication. The rooms are pretty but the rain shower head that was advertised does not work and neither do the fire places in the room or bathroom. It's an ok experience but not as advertised. The new owners may reply trying to debate these facts but they are in the hospitality industry and the fact is they've lost my business and anyone who knows me for a very long time. The area is ok. if you are out doorsy as unfortunately we are not were having to drive 30 minutes to Boone to do anything and its a dry town.
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Response from the owner - 6 months ago
We are sorry that miscommunication spoiled the day. The inn was sold two days prior to this wedding--5 weeks later than scheduled. That in itself caused the party room to be filled with the contents of two UHauls which the innkeepers HOPED to keep out of sight and mind of the wedding guests. .Sadly, some details were lost in the shuffle. However, the new owner is now in place and eager to please each and every guest and bride. The former innkeeper apologizes deeply to the bride and groom for any inconvenience, especially for getting the bridal bouquet wrong. We are also sorry that the bride chose--at the last minute--to have an outdoor wedding in mid-December when (1) a week prior she said indoors what was she wanted and (2) the parlor was already set up on that basis (3) 40 minutes notice is not enough time to groom a dormant wedding garden for use. This situation is a reminder that every worker is human, including innkeepers and wedding planners. On a day to day basis they go to super-human lengths to please their guests--and most of the time perfection is achieved. However, they are actually "merely human" and they sometimes fail. Occasionally extra-ordinary requests (especially at the very last minute) cannot be met with normal aplomb. The innkeepers will try even harder next time; new checks and balances are now in place as well. We all wish this wedding couple well in their marriage and new lives together.
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Sheila Morefield
a year ago
Several years ago when this inn was actually just getting started my family decided to have a tea party for my mother's 70th birthday. We could not have asked for a better experience. The owners are such marvelous people willing to help in any way and making fantastic suggestions for our event. I highly recommend this facility for any event as it is amazing with an amazing history.
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Lee Carmen
2 years ago
I had my wedding here with 50 guests. After checking with other destination venues, this was the best package and truly the nicest place! I had mountain views with easy access, hard to find! We had a simple Hors D'oeuvre menu, and the food matched my venue. Tributary Restaurant did the catering, and coupled with Prospect Hill, out did themselves! Highly recommend!
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Matt - Amanda
3 years ago
My wife and I are frequent visitors to Prospect Hill and it is simply the best B&B experience we have ever had. Excellent inn, friendly innkeepers, and a fantastic location!