Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fall foliage in Mentone, Alabama is coming soon!

Fall foliage at Mountain Laurel Inn B&B
The winds are changing and the nights are cooler so beautiful fall foliage in Mentone is just around the corner. Last week's Harvest moon was spectacular. The weather is perfect on Lookout Mountain for hiking and sitting on the porch.  Recent rains have given Little River more life so Desoto Falls is flowing.  Activities to enjoy Mentone and the surrounding area are happening every day. 
This week is DeKalb County's local VFW agricultural fair in Fort Payne with rides, food and exhibits of local goods.  On Saturday September 28th, a Geocaching 101 class will be taught at Desoto State Park for free at 9 a.m.  See www.geocaching.com for all the caches in our area. True Adventure Sports is offering classes in rappelling, night hiking and ziplining for the more adventurous visitors. 
This weekend is Collinsville's Quilt Walk The walk begins on Friday, September 27, 2013 lasting from noon until 5:00 p.m.  Then on Saturday, September 28, 2018, it is from 10:00 a.mF. until 5:00 p.m.  The walking tour of historic Collinsville, Alabama begins on Main Street at the Collinsville Public Library. Cloth dolls will also be on display this year. Collinsville is 20 minutes south of Mentone. Family fun for everyone can be found at Down on the Farm in Rainsville now until November 2nd.  Enjoy the 6 acre corn maze, the pumpkin patch, the animals and the new slide.  For more info and prices, see http://www.downonthefarminal.com/ So many ways to enjoy fall in the mountains of Alabama.
Come soon and enjoy the peace, quiet and beauty of Mentone. 

Waterfalls at Desoto State Park

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Mentone Community: the gift of being together and enjoying good food

Mentone and a sense of community always includes food

 This past spring I was overwhelmed by a sense of community and gratefulness for those with vision to provide ways to enrich the Mentone Community when we were preparing for MERF’s first fundraiser.  I have been fortunate to be a part of many diverse communities throughout the years from work, from friendships, from church and from new adventures.  Someone wrote: Community is inside of you – but it’s not about you. It’s about other’s experiences with you.  My life in Mentone from coming here as a little girl attending Camp DeSoto, working as a college student and now as a business owner and non-profit board member have taught me the beauty of knowing that joy of having experiences with others.  Community has provided me and many others a sense of belonging, working toward a common goal, a sense of ownership and having fun, meaningful experiences together. I often came to Mentone to be refreshed and renewed as I was growing up and living off of the mountain.  Sitting on a porch overlooking the valley, sharing meals with friends and walking in the woods was always perfect therapy for getting my life in perspective.  Now I get to live here, hike in my woods, ride my bike, expose others to the beauty of Mentone and share fun and fellowship with many wonderful people. I am grateful for the great experiences of community I have enjoyed since moving here almost 17 years ago.

In 2000, I had fun writing my first cookbook, Mountain Laurel Inn and Mentone Memories, and incorporating memories from the many communities that I have had the pleasure to enjoy.  Each of the recipes originated from a friendship, the breakfast table or a memorable time in my life.  Below the recipe describes the contributor or the reason for including it.  Under Eggs Rancheros, it says “This is one of many recipes my mom sent me as she panicked over the thought of my cooking breakfast for a living.  It is a favorite among guests.” The impetus for the cookbook was from guests asking for recipes after being served breakfast at the B&B but I  also enjoyed adding recipes from childhood, my time as a teacher in Athens, GA, as a part of Camp DeSoto, as a memory of college and special community gatherings.  Despite not knowing how to cook when I opened the B&B, I used my resources and now over 1200 cookbooks have been sold.  There are six recipe sections in the book: “Breakfast at Mountain Laurel Inn”, “Camp Delights”, “Great Grub from Community Gatherings”, “Baxter’s Buffet”, “Mountain Laurel Inn fruits and breads”,   and “Fabulous Food from family and friends”.  There are ideas for campfire dinners and desserts, dog biscuits for your favorite pup, brunch ideas and treats such as bubble bread, sausage and cheese dip and fried kudzu. Copies are for sale at Mountain Laurel Inn B&B, if you need a new delight to share with your community.  Thankful for the Mentone community-Sarah Wilcox

Monday, May 6, 2013

Mentone spring rains are making the waterfalls bursting with excitement!

All the recent rains have filled Little River to the brim.  Here are some great videos of DeSoto Falls, Little River Falls and Grace Falls at Little River Canyon.  It is a great time to come visit and see all of the rushing water.  Mountain Laurel Inn B&B has a great Waterfall Package which will give you directions and maps for all the falls on Lookout Mountain and Sand Mountain in Alabama and Georgia. See our website www.mentone.net for more information.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Celebrate Valentine's Day all month long with a getaway to Mentone this February

Sunset on the pond
Little River Falls

Mountain Laurel Inn Bed and Breakfast can provide a great getaway for you and your Valentine with a variety of packages found at www.mountain-laurel-inn.com/packages.shtml. This February is a great time to show the one you love that it is the simple things in life that count such as time away together, a peaceful walk at sunset, good food and great conversation.  Book a stay at Mountain Laurel and include the "I Love You" package, the Hiker's delight or the Waterfall package.  Mentone, Alabama is the perfect place for a romantic getaway.  Sammie and Sarah would love for you to come enjoy the peace and quiet at Mountain Laurel Inn B&B and to enjoy the ten minute walk to DeSoto Falls.  After being served a full breakfast at the B&B, you can discover Little River Canyon, Orbix Hot Glass Studio, DeSoto Falls and great restaurants and shops in Mentone atop Lookout Mountain. 
Love from Sammie
Susent over the pasture

Friday, January 11, 2013

Waterfalls are full with winter rains at DeSoto State Park and Little River Canyon

Recent winter rains have filled Little River so all the falls along it's length are wonderful to enjoy this time of year. Seasonal falls such as Grace, Laurel and Lost falls are flowing as well as our well known Little River Falls in Fort Payne and DeSoto Falls in Mentone.  High Falls in Geraldine is worth the drive too.  So come on up and enjoy the beauty of winter in the mountains as views are vast and spectacular and rivers are overflowing. 

Little River Falls
Mountain Laurel Inn Bed and Breakfast has either the Waterfalls package or the Hiker's Delight which give guests are great way to enjoy and explore Lookout Mountain trails and falls.  See details at www.mountain-laurel-inn.com/packages.shtml

Saturday, December 8, 2012

December 2012 Delights in Mentone, Alabama

Snowy day at Mountain Laurel Inn
December can be a delightful time to escape to Mentone and escape the hustle and bustle of the season.  Local unique shops have great gift ideas from a Miracle Pottery bacon cooker to a Scott's Happy Art creation.  Find something special at the Gourdie Shop, Inca Connection, Crow's Nest Antiques, the White Elephant, the Log Cabin Village, Little River Hardware, Kamama Gallery or the gift area at Mountain Laurel Inn.  "Leave Me in Mentone" t-shirts, caps and sweatshirts give twice with all proceeds going toward the programs at Mentone Educational Resources Foundation.  Our friends down the road at Orbix Hot Glass Studio will let you come design and blow your own ornament every Saturday this month. On December 8th and 9th, the Rattling Gourd Festival will be held in Summerville, Georgia which is also the home of Vision Gallery.  Until December 16th, the family can enjoy Santa's Village at Down On the Farm on Saturdays and Sundays.  A live Nativity will be every evening from December 21st until the 24th at Sequoyah Caverns.  Food is always good for the soul, so enjoy a wonderful meal or snack at J. Spencers, Wildflower Cafe, Moonlight Bistro, Alice's restaurant, Kamama Gallery, Hardware Cafe and Mentone Market.   If the best gift is time with friends and family then come and enjoy the peace and quiet of Mentone and Mountain Laurel  Inn. The mountain will inspire and relax you this holiday season.

Gourd from Scott's Happy Art
Available at DeSoto State Park, Little River Hardware and Crow's Nest Antiques

Monday, August 20, 2012

Room with a view in Mentone B&B

Photos of Mountain Laurel Inn Bed & Breakfast, Mentone
This photo of Mountain Laurel Inn Bed & Breakfast is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Love this pic taken by a guest staying in the Wildflower room! So for those who always wonder what the view is like, just imagine how good it is from the rockers too.  Mountain Laurel Inn Bed and Breakfast is on seven acres of woods so all of the rooms take in the beauty of trees.

Here's the view from the porch in front of the Ski room on a misty morning. Can't you see the peace and quiet?

Love that guests come to relax and renew.