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Saturdays are Great for Exploring
Or how about a train ride? The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad runs year round out of Bryson CIty, NC. It is only an hour's drive from the cabin and well worth it. There are winding mountain roads that take you through the trees and down by the river were you will see shimmering water that looks like liquid diamonds. If motorcycles are your thing, then the Cherohola Skyway will be a real treat! Eleven miles of super curvy mountain roads to enjoy. You will end up at the Nanatahala Outdoor Center, where you can stretch your legs, have a little lunch and enjoy the river. It is a gorgeous area and also worth the drive
Foodies Put on Your Bib!
May 15, 2018
Visit out Things To Do page for a more comprehensive list of places to try and loosen up the belt because here in the south we don 't want anyone to go home hungry!
Yo ho ho and a bottle of Rum! I see Pirates
May 15, 2018
According to www.quaronline.com, "Blackbeard's piratical career ended six months later at Ocracoke Inlet on the North Carolina coast. There he encountered an armed contingent sent by Virginia Governor Alexander Spotswood and led by Royal Navy Lieutenant Robert Maynard.
In a desperate battle aboard Maynard's sloop, Blackbeard and a number of his fellow pirates were killed. Maynard returned to Virginia with the surviving pirates and the grim trophy of Blackbeard's severed head hanging from the sloop's bowsprit."
To read more about this fascinating part of North Carolina history visit https://www.qaronline.org/blog
Wild Ginseng and North Carolina
June 15, 2018
Now here is a little bit of local history and intrigue that I just find fascinating! Wild Ginseng grows in Western North Carolina and is a huge industry. The theft of said Ginseng seems to be a real problem. Digging it requires a permit from the state and you can only get the permit if you put in for it through a lottery.
Harvested Wild Ginseng can bring up to $2000 a pound for the digger. However, by law each person can only harvest 2 lbs. This is what causes the poaching effect. Unscrupulous people who do not care to do things the right way will go onto federal, and protected lands and dig it up to steal it. They will also go onto private land and steal it.
According to some, it can take up to 7 years to grow a root that is worth selling. The first frost kills off the above ground portion of the plant and makes it harder to spot in the wild.
You may ask why the wild is so sought after and why anyone would steal it. I did! That is what started my fascination with this magical plant! People steal it! I had never even thought about a plant like this being a target for theft but here ya go, it is!
The wild Ginseng is much stronger than the cultivated version. It can be grown form wild plants, but again it takes years to get it to any size.
Here is a link to read further into this https://appalachiantrail.com/…/permits-to-harvest-wild-gin…/
There are also reality tv shows that also discuss and cover this industry! Appalachian Outlaws is just one of them.
Permits to Harvest Wild Ginseng in NC - AppalachianTrail.com
Ginseng is so rare in North Carolina's forests that officials now require permits to harvest wild ginseng there.
Trout Fishing in Murphy, NC
July 15, 2018
.Read this article for great advice and information on fishing the rivers and mountain streams here. https://www.visitnc.com/…/mountain-trout-fishing-in-western…
August 15, 2018
Murphy River Walk
September 15, 2018
Konahete Park s the beginning place for the Historic Murphy River Walk. A peaceful, easy stroll along the river on paved paths and footbridges will excite your senses. The River Walk Heritage Partners are the stewards for this beautiful, serene place.
There are plenty of places to sit and reflect on your day or just catch a breather. You will visit the L & N Depot. circa 1887 was the meeting place for the Louisville and Nashville Railroads as well as the Southern. Train enthusiasts will really enjoy this stop on the walk.
On Saturdays, Murphy's residents have a Farmer's Market where you can find all kinds of great things, fresh produce, arts and crafts, you just never know what you will find there!
The Valley River is the home of the Murphy River Walk and is one of two rivers in the area. the Hiawassee River is the other one. The route is an easy 3 mile walk.
Leaf Peepin" in #frontporchparadisermr
October 25, 2018
Our front porch is a favorite for all of our guests. It is well suited for nice afternoons or evenings of just relaxing and enjoying your favorite adult beverage. We just had our cold snap that is needed for the leaves to change. So they are really getting pretty now! This link will give you a great idea of where to find the best color and when. It is a rough estimate of course, but now that it has gotten a bit colder, they are sure to please your eyes!
There is still time to reserve your spot at Rocking M Retreat, we have some days in November still available. So don't wait!
"Time your trip to a day or two after a cold front" says Dr Don Hagan. Higher elevations get the color change a little earlier than lower elevations and since we have had a warm fall, this has affected the timing of the fall leaves. But we have had a couple of cold snaps this week and that seems to spur on the change, so grab your gear and head to the mountains!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgNasJwx2_o&feature=share
Crazy for weather
, November 3, 2018
OMG! fall has roared in with a bit of winter attached and just like history tells us, if you do not like the weather here wait 10 minutes and it will change! LOL
Yesterday was cold and rainy, very dreary. Today I wake up with birds singing and sunshine! Makes for a crazy wardrobe change mid morning, afternoon and then again in the evening. But the fireplace going on a day like yesterday, a hot toddy on the front porch, or a hot chocolate by the fire pit, makes for a glorious weekend at the cabin!
That is the beauty of living in the mountain, you can wake up to foggy mornings, which is where the Smoky Mountains get their name, and by lunch time have a glorious sunny day to take you places. Traveling for leisure or business will put you in some crazy weather patterns, so how do you pack for these ever changing patterns? Glad you asked, layers are your friend! Pack thinner clothes that can be layered over each other to give more warmth. Then as the day warms up, you can shed those layers and remain comfortable.as you go about your day. So pack those bags and hit the road, life is too short to stay in one place! See the country, walk the mountain trails, and stop and smell the roses, you will be happier and healthier for it!
Dreams do come true!
January 15, 2018
Rocking M Retreat began as a dream many years ago. A dream that I really never believed would come together. God had a plan for us that in our eyes would have been impossible but he knew there was a way. The day we are able to open the doors and welcome our first guests will be a huge milestone. Having a husband who loves me and believes in me enough to hop on this journey is also a dream come true.
Our name, Rocking M Retreat is a blend of our last names McPherson and Mahoney and our retirement plan. We both have been serving others our entire adult lives. Me as a Stylist and Massage Therapist, him as a veteran and first responder both in fire and law enforcement.
I love the beach and he loves the mountains. This cabin will be a place to retreat for us as well as our guests. Traveling the country gives us so much pleasure and being able to offer a place of rejuvenation for those who live in the hectic city is amazing! We truly hope everyone enjoys this journey as much as we do!
Small Town Life
February 14, 2018
One of the best things about Murphy, is it is still a small town. I grew up in a small town that is now an extension of Metro Atlanta. Growing up I thought we would never see anything like what it is now. Living in the hustle and bustle of the rat race was making me sick.
We moved to St. Simons Island for a few years. That is a small town too, a small island to be exact, where you get to know your neighbors and people say hello. The first time that happened, we were shocked to say the least.
In Murphy, you get that feel of the small town vibe, because frankly it is a small town. It is an amazing small town with so much to do or try. It is a slower pace of life, but that's the point! It is slower and less hectic and crazy. There are still actual rush hour times instead of 24 hour rush hours. But the rush hour is nothing compared to big cities like Atlanta.
It is a place where you can actually stop and smell the roses, have a chat with a neighbor in town, or go out to dinner in a very nice restaurant.
The funny thing is, when people move to a small town, all the things they loved about it when visiting, seem to be the very things they want to change when they live there. You can't have it both ways. You learn to slow down too, to appreciate a 15 minute drive to the grocery store instead of a 30
Bears, But no Picnic Baskets
March 15, 2018
When they are fed by humans, or have access to garbage, birdseed, coolers, or any other source of food, they do what comes natural. They eat and they will do anything to get to that food including breaking in to get it.
Here at Rocking M Retreat, we do have a neighborhood bear. He is not aggressive and is still afraid of humans, which is the best deterrent to unwelcome behavior. The bear becomes aggressive when he cannot get that picnic basket and looses his fear of humans. So do them and yourself a favor and do not feed the bears.
Visit our Facebook page @relaxunwindreconnect to see more videos of local bears!