Are you with us? Book club week one!

Did you start reading along with us yet? It’s not too late to join in the conversation with our online book club!

This month’s read is “The Inn at Rose Harbor” by Debbie Macomber. The main character in the story, Jo Marie, purchases a B&B.

How does the description of her B&B match your own travel experiences?

Join the Buzz! – New Butterfly Meadows Online Book Club

IMG_1034One of our favorite 13 Weeks of Summer is the “Read & Relax” week. As a wrap-up to the week ~ we are announcing our own Online Book Club.

It will be really simple ~ relaxing even.  We’ll post a book each month and stir the pot with some literary questions from the author or from one of us here at the Inn.  And you can join along!

The book this month will be “The Inn at Rose Harbor” by Debbie Macomber.  The story is about a young woman who begins a new chapter in her life by purchasing an inn.  Hmmm… sounds familiar!

This book was just released in paperback and is already ranked number one on Publishers Weekly. So start reading and let us know what you think!  Join us on Facebook to follow the monthly book selections and to participate in the conversation.

And watch for more literary happenings to come 2014, including literature themed weekends!

Relax ~ Breathe ~ Read!

A Favorite Summer Saturday Hangout

One of our favorite local summer events is Blackberry Jam. We have been proud sponsors of this local event that provides a great day & evening of music and fun for all ages. And the proceeds go to helping those in need in our community.

Well ~ Blackberry Jam Fans, this is the week! And here is the info from our friends who work hard to make this event happen:

The 10th Annual Blackberry Jam Music Festival is this Saturday, June 22 at Boyd Mill Farm. Check out our music schedule and this great weather forecast for Saturday! We’re bringing back crowd favorites from years past and are excited that Atlantic Recording artists The Railers (formerly Tin Cup Gypsy) are closing out the show! Check out the press release below and get your tickets now for the advance price of $10 – and remember, children 12 years and under are free!

See you at the Jam this Saturday, and remember Music Helps the Berries Grow!

Signs of Spring

P1050670We’re going to make the call for an early spring here at Butterfly Meadows! (Our apologies to Punxsutawney Phil for stealing his thunder.)  But we are seeing the signs all around!  The daffodiles are not just peeking out of the ground, they look nearly ready to bloom.  The trees are budding and the fields are turning a little green.  Just this week, hundreds of robins were gathered on the ridge for their spring migratory route.  We’re guessing they thought B&B meant beds & birds!

Aside from watching the great unfurling of spring, there are lots of things going on at the Inn you’ll be interested in as well.  We’ve been busy adding new ways you can  Relax, Breathe & Create!

Our Calendar of Events will be filling up with great opportunties to enjoy some of our local talent and area events.  You don’t want to miss getting in on one of our fabulous Nashville Symphony packages.  These are so special, there is very limited availability. Also watch for special packages with opportunities to explore, have fun, enjoy music & arts, or just totally ~ Relax!

We are offering some special weekday rates for a limited number of rooms for weekdays through March.  Take the opportunity and sneak away and just ~ Breathe!

We are also announcing our new schedule of Quilt Retreats for 2013.  Those will begin with Learn to Quilt  and Wedding Ring Paper Piecing retreats in April.  So if you have always wanted to know how to create this wonderful creative art form, join us for the fun!  Of course, there are many options to choose from and we guarantee a great time!  You will also soon see some other opportunities for other special getaways so you can ~ Create!

There will be a few more nippy nights and a few more snow flurries to be sure.  But enjoy your nap Phil!  Spring is soon to be bursting with fresh life.  And Butterfly Meadows Inn & Farm is set to be filled with marvelous happenings.  Come be part of the story ~ it’s going to be an exciting year!

Welcome to Summer!

I have to say that summer is one of my favorite times here at the Inn. Watching the gardens come into full bloom and the return of the butterflies is a seasonal reminder of the wonders we observe here on a daily basis. The spring and winter months found us busy developing a new website, so that we can more readily share the happenings here with you. Check out ButterflyMeadowsInn.com and enjoy a virtual visit!

I think you will also be interested in our special quilters section,ButterflyMeadowsInn.com/Quilters. This section will offer you up to date information on our eventsservices and a special photo section. As a quilter myself, I know what you are looking for in a retreat center. We have combined our first class accommodations and service with a stellar workspace for quilters. From dedicated circuits in the floor for more power to comfortable Horne sewing chairs, you’ll find your perfect getaway.

You can bring a group of your own for a private, custom retreat or view our Quilting Events Calendar for a great variety of scheduled quilting retreats. Just grab your machine and maybe a friend and join us in the fun. We have some special commuter pricing for the first couple of summer events, Mystery Quilt and T-Shirt Quilt. Don’t delay , we’d hate for you to miss the fun!

Invite your friends to subscribe to our newsletter. It will be full of great information, stories and recipes from our culinary team. And follow us on Facebook for additional information and specials!

We want you to be able to experience our motto Relax ~ Breathe ~ Create! whether you are here with us or visiting online!

I hope you have a fabulous summer!

~ Darlene

Family and Farmhouses

Ever notice how thoughts turn to family when you see an old farmhouse?  I suppose most of us can trace our heritage back to a farmhouse somewhere down the line.  On a dusty, dirt road where the sound of crickets or tree frogs lured you along.  Where time moved a little slower because there were fewer distractions.  Meals were shared around a large table where food and conversation were passed around that nourished the body and the spirit.  Windows were open to catch the night breeze and the moonlight fell softly across the wooden floor.  Work was hard, life was good and people were loved.  That’s what I remember ~  and that’s what we aim to share with you each time you visit us here at Butterfly Meadows Inn & Farm.  Come on over and share our place with folks you love.

Quilting Retreats

The art of quilting has gained a renewed popularity.  Join us in keeping the tradition going with new and modern twists.  Our quilting retreats are designed to incorporate new techniques with this centuries old art form.  The patterns and colors of todays fabrics range from reproductions to hand dyed to totally modern.  Recapture the spirit, the sense of community and unleash your creative spirit.

Never quilted? Never easier!  Check out the Paper Pieicing Wedding Ring Series or Learn To Quilt: T-Shirt and Paper Piecing or Caroline’s Lost Love quilt retreats.  Intrigued by the history of the Civil War?  You’ll love our Civil War Quilt Camp complete with visits to the Carter House and Carnton Plantation where this quilt was inspired.

Capturing the Summer Spirit

We are celebrating summer here on the farm.  We have just released a special group of events we’re calling 13 Weeks of Summer.  We’ll be spending the summer working in the gardens, watching the butterflies and offering our guests some wonderfully fun things to do.  The hay will be mowed, the deer will raise their fawns, the trails will be shady.  We’ll greet days enjoying bird song & early morning breezes and end them star gazing from the back porch.  There will be picnics for the park,  tickets for theatre productions, quilting events, relaxing getaways, meals prepared with our garden harvest and opportunities to just kick back.  The way summer should be, relaxed, easy and creative.  We hope you’ll join us!