Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mentone and May means flowers blooming, festivals, food and fun!

It's May on the mountain and the Rhododendron are blooming with the Mountain Laurel following close behind.  Hiking in the woods also brings wonderful wildflowers such as lady slippers, nodding trillium, irises and wild honeysuckle.  Little River is full so waterfalls are flowing and beautiful too.

May also brings Mentone's Rhododendron Festival on brow park beginning on Friday, May 15th and lasting until Sunday afternoon.  Artwork, music, and food will be available at the festival.  There is also a Miss Rhododendron Pageant on Friday at Mentone Community Church.  MERF will have a booth selling its popular "Leave Me in Mentone" shirts, caps and fleece throws. Stop by and support the great work of Mentone Educational Resources Foundation.

On Saturday, May 9th, MAAC will begin having an art show every 1st Saturday of the month through the summer.  Artists will be set up across from the Mentone Market.  Kamama Art Gallery and restaurant has a music series every Thursday with a set menu dinner being served 5:30-7 then the music begins at 7 p.m.  See their facebook page for the lineup of musicians.

DeSoto State Park has a full line up of classes and programs so come support our great state park. See DeSoto State Park website for information. Remember, if you are a guest at Mountain Laurel Inn B&B, you can hike to DeSoto Falls from your room.

If shopping is more of your pleasure then come May 14 – 17 17th Annual US 11 Antique Alley Yard Sale Follow the scenic U.S. Highway 11 from Meridian, MS to Bristol, VA for more than 500-miles of yard sales! Explore charming historic communities and downtown districts like the 1889 boom town district of Fort Payne, Alabama. 888-805-4740 & 877-871-1386

For a more extensive list of activities throughout May on Lookout Mountain, Fort Payne and Mentone, see Calendar of Events from DeKalb County Tourism.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mountain Laurel Inn B&B mugs have a new color-Wisteria

Spring brings color to Mentone and Mountain Laurel Inn Bed and Breakfast has added a new color to it's collection of Deneen Pottery handmade mugs! Wisteria joins red and kiwi with a white glaze for enjoying that perfect cup of coffee at breakfast.  Add to your collection or begin with this great new color.  Make your plans to visit Mentone soon and take home this great keepsake to remember the peace and the quiet of the mountain.
Wisteria and Red catching some rays on the porch!

Mugs and ornaments made in the USA by Deneen Pottery
Rest, Relax and Renew at Mountain Laurel Inn B&B

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 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 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 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 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