A Summer Remembered


It is hard to believe that summer 2014 has come and gone.  It was a busy one around the Valley with wonderful new additions and traditions.

We began the summer with the opening of our newest amenity, Canyon Spa.  Housed in the newly renovated Caretaker’s Cottage, the spa offers signature treatments using the farm fresh ingredients from Canyon Kitchen’s garden.  We were pleased to bring in Melanie Marshall as Spa Director and Tim O’Brien as her right hand man.  They are doing a great job!  We have received wonderful feedback about the Spa and hope you will schedule an appointment to try it out for yourself.  828-743-0006


It was another strong summer for Canyon Kitchen.  In addition to dinner service, the team hosted wine dinners featuring Kermit Lynch and Staglin Family Vineyard wines.  With the opening of John Fleer’s newest venture, Rhubarb, in Asheville, the home team of Mitch, Chelsea and Audra, successfully ran the day-to-day operations of Canyon Kitchen while John floated between “his city house and country house.”  John was featured prominently in the August issue of Garden and Gun for both Rhubarb and Canyon Kitchen.


The Canyon Kitchen garden grew too this year with the addition of the “three sisters”: corn, beans and squash that made a great complement to the existing garden.


The Sunday church service in the Barn continues to draw large crowds at the hands of resident priest, Steve Hines.  With nationally recognized speakers and local bluegrass gospel music, St. Frances Chapel has been a great success.


Once again, we had the pleasure of hosting some of the fantastic artists during the Plein Air Festival in the Valley.  LV members and guests of Canyon Kitchen were thrilled to share in the experience of the artists at work.


New traditions were started from old pastimes.  Lonesome Valley decided to take a page from the Jennings family history book and create an unforgettable 4th of July celebration.  Members enjoyed a beautiful night with games for kids and grownups alike and a wonderful meal by the culinary team at Canyon Kitchen.  After dark, the pyrotechnics display was described by several folks as “better than I’ve ever seen.”


Throughout the summer, members and guests have joined together to break bread and enjoy the scenery at the Farmhouse.  We have hosted Friday Friends dinners catered by Canyon Kitchen as well as pot luck meals that have shown the culinary talents of our membership.  However the food was prepared, it was a wonderful opportunity to spend time as a community, let the kids frolic and enjoy the view.

As the breeze gets cooler and the leaves begin to change, we will look back fondly at the wonderful summer shared at Lonesome Valley.