Valle Crucis Farm News Events Weather Blog
To all our guest and friends. Our family thanks everyone for choosing us as your vacation spot in the past years. It has been a pleasure meeting and serving you. 2012 has come in full force with many opportunities and we have chosen to take advantage.
This year we will not be hosting horseback trail rides nor the petting zoo.
Valle Crucis Farm will only be dedicated to our cabins and wedding venues. The property is been arranged to accommodate any type of celebration. Weddings, birthdays, family gatherings and more. Big or small.
Valle Crucis Farm will offer a lounge area, pavilion, gazebo, green area to fit any size tent near the creek in a country style setting.
We are excited with the new changes and look forward to hosting your special events!
What a weekend we have had! So thankful for it and for our health, family, ranch and so many wonderful guest. Since Wednesday it has been non stop. Our cabins and all trails rides were booked. (So sorry we were not able to accommodate so many). The whole day was full of good times with Michelle and parents, Katherine and family, and Brenda and theirs not to mention our trails ride guest. Every evening ended with a bon fire and beautiful clear sky. Yes, it was the perfect weekend with the perfect guests! This was a super Happy Thanksgiving!
What would winter be like for 2011? Every year I try to get a heads up on what the winter will be like. Love trying to guess by what I see in nature. This year hardly saw the tree web-worms. Seen more squirrels than ever and only found 3 woolly worms.
There is a tradition held in Banner Elk about the woolly worm and how it can predict winter.
"According to legend, the wider that middle brown section is (i.e., the more brown segments there are), the milder the coming winter will be. Conversely, a narrow brown band is said to predict a harsh winter. But is it true?
• Between 1948 and 1956, Dr. Curran's average brown-segment counts ranged from 5.3 to 5.6 out of the 13-segment total, meaning that the brown band took up more than a third of the woolly bear's body. As those relatively high numbers suggested, the corresponding winters were milder than average.
• But Curran was under no scientific illusion: He knew that his data samples were small. Although the experiments popularized and, to some people, legitimized folklore, they were simply an excuse for having fun. Curran, his wife, and their group of friends escaped the city to see the foliage each fall, calling themselves The Original Society of the Friends of the Woolly Bear.
• Thirty years after the last meeting of Curran's society, the woolly bear brown-segment counts and winter forecasts were resurrected by the nature museum at Bear Mountain State Park. The annual counts have continued, more or less tongue in cheek, since then.
• For the past 10 years, Banner Elk, North Carolina, has held an annual "Woolly Worm Festival" each October, highlighted by a caterpillar race. Retired mayor Charles Von Canon inspects the champion woolly bear and announces his winter forecast.
Most scientists discount the folklore of woolly bear predictions as just that, folklore. Says Ferguson from his office in Washington, "I've never taken the notion very seriously. You'd have to look at an awful lot of caterpillars in one place over a great many years in order to say there's something to it."
Mike Peters, an entomologist at the University of Massachusetts, doesn't disagree, but he says there could, in fact, be a link between winter severity and the brown band of a woolly bear caterpillar. "There's evidence," he says, "that the number of brown hairs has to do with the age of the caterpillar—in other words, how late it got going in the spring. The [band] does say something about a heavy winter or an early spring. The only thing is . . . it's telling you about the previous year."
So, we will just have to wait... and hope for a great winter with lots of snow!
Wow, I am making up for all the time that I have not written!
Winter is almost here and we cannot wait. Snow, Christmas, family and friends. We so look forward to this season. It brings everyone closer. It opens our hearts and fills our soul with happiness. Not too mention the fun! Night sledding is one my favorites here at the ranch. The bonfire, s'mores and hot chocolate awaiting after a few hours of coming down our hill.
After much request, this year we are opening up for the public our sledding slope. Call first in case we are too cold, or the weather is to rough before heading this way.
This year is going to be a great one. Friends and family are coming to visit. Many for the first time and others its been made their Holiday tradition to visit us. I am so excited. Anyone who knows me knows how I love to have my family and friends over. Enjoy, sharing this beautiful place with them and our guest.
This year the cabins are filling up quickly and I am starting to imagine who they are and their family. How much fun we are all going to have.
We have already put up some Christmas lights and seeing how beautiful it looks... we want more!
To all who are planning to come and those who actually can make it. No matter where you are, make it the best. Call and visit your families. Spend more time with your kids and love ones. This Christmas is going to be a special one because we will make it so. Meanwhile, enjoy preparing for the season!
Today, while updating our website, I have found several new reviews of our ranch. Many have stated what great service they have received, how welcomed they felt, how clean our facilities are, how they have enjoyed and appreciate it our professional and personalized service. The comments were uplifting, inspiring us to do better. But, we have to say, it was an easy task. All of our guest have been so easy to please. It makes our job a cinch. We, at Valle Crucis Farm, want to take the time to thank each and every one of our guest for their positive comments, for their kind words, for choosing us as their escape... their vacation spot.
We appreciate it!
How quickly time has passed! Summer was so much fun and fall never disappoints me. While in a particular season, I enjoy looking forward to the next one. Each is long enough, perfect in every way and so different each time. This place is never the same and that is what makes it special. No matter how many times you visit, you will always see something new. Discover something in every turn. How blessed we are to have found this unique piece of the world.
Winter is approaching and we have made some changes to enjoy the season. Our buildings are getting insulation and a new look and hopefully ready for the winter! Our store will now be turned to a lounge area with a kitchenette. Perfect for football games, family gathering, business meeting, wedding cocktail hours and so much more. French doors will add light and views of the ranch.
Our carriage house is also getting a new look, with insulation and french doors to enjoy all around views of the ranch and over looking the creek will make this a unique gathering place.
We are also adding a hot tub by the side of the mountain with easy access for our cabin guest to enjoy.
Our cabins are not been left behind. After the above projects are completed, we will be adding a second room to them, in the hopes to accommodate small and big families.
How about a zip line? Yes, that is also in the near future!
We want to make this a perfect get away for the whole family. Simple yet full of fun activities for the children and parents to enjoy.
Stay tuned for updates.
Wow, the parade was awesome! There were so many people and the sun was out just for the special event. Once the parade was over the storm settle above Banner Elk. Timing was perfect. What an honor it was to have had the Grand Marshall with us. I am ready to start planning next year parade. Until next year!
4th of July is a special date for us. Not only as Americans but also 4 years ago, on this day, we decided to own this beautiful ranch. This year we were asked to participate in the Banner Elk Parade and we will be taking the Grand Marshal. What better way to celebrate this day!
The ranch will be closed on Monday but we welcome everyone to come and join us in the parade!
Happy 4th of July to everyone!
Next week is going to be a great one! My sisters are staying with me and old friends will be visiting. With so much to do in Valle Crucis we will need about two weeks to accomplish it all but somehow we will have to do what we can in 4 days.
Petting Zoo Update: Our quails are bigger and we are getting their nest ready. The rabbits are enjoying their new home, not to mention the lambs and goats. We are trying to grow grass in the corals for our horses and if anyone has been here know how much work this project has taken but so far it has been a success. We are also going to plant some trees on the corals. Lots of green everywhere! They are going to look beautiful!
It has been a busy week, thankfully, and we thank all of our guest whom have made our week a fun one. Our guest, from the moment we greet them, show them the farm, watch them pet the animals, and watching their expressions while on their way on their horses... well, can you call that work? I love my job!
Now, time to rest, recharge our batteries and get ready for another great week!
Beautiful morning at the ranch and construction has begun on the petting zoo. The animals will have more space and now everyone will be able to reach them, pet them, carry them and spoil them!
Our high season has begun and the horseback trail rides are filling up quickly! The pools is up and all of the river tubes are ready. Sun is shining and everyone is in the "SUMMER VACATION MOOD".
What a way to start the week! Blue skies, warm sun and guest from all over visiting the ranch. The trail rides have been amazing as we climb and seen baby deers, quails, chipmunks and so many kinds of birds right on the trail.
The breeze blowing with a refreshing touch has made today a perfect day.
We had repeat customers from last year visit today. Having such a great time! So much so that they decided to stay with us. They are just great and so glad they are staying.
It has been a busy day! The cabins are filled with the friendliest families. Best part of my day has been all gathering in the pool. What a blast the kids had not to mention how relax all the adult were.
To a great Monday!
Perfect time to getaway with the whole family! VC Farm is sizzling this summer with a adventurous horseback ride up the mountain to return to a cool and refreshing lazy ride on the creek. Just sit and share stories with the family in the great outdoors. Kick back, relax, enjoy your time here Valle Crucis Farm.
The sun is out and so are our trail rides. With new trails, our guest are enjoying a beautiful day here at the ranch. What better way to see the mountain but on a horse, climbing to the top and enjoying the valley view. Lunch right after by the lazy creek and the kids enjoying all of our farms animals. A helping hand is always welcome to feed all of our 52 pets!
Life is good at the ranch!
Here is a link of USA Today Travel where Valle Crucis Farm has been featured.
I think Spring is here but the snow last week and the weather cast for tomorrow calls for more snow! Still, tulips are blooming and green leaves in trees are proof spring has arrived. In celebrating the season, we have welcomed new born babies as lambs, bunnies, chicks, and chinchillas to our farm for this year we will open a petting zoo.
Keep checking our website as I update it with pictures and dates of our grand opening!
Everything is coming, snow, sleet, rain, wind, cold! And other week with the kids at home. Last week Watauga Schools were closed for four days and for what Ray's weather is prognosticating we are headed for a stay home, keep warm and eat a lot week! Keep safe everyone.