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(title page) Autumn and Winter in the Land of the Sky
Southern Railway (U.S.). Passenger Traffic Dept.
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Autumn and Winter in the
LAKE TOXAWAY--The Beautiful.
Autumnal tints which glorify the mountains in the "Land of the Sky" and the increased ozone in the atmosphere for the autumn and winter months make the joy of living each day greater than the day before. The out-door life is particularly enjoyable at these periods of the year and one is more eager to be out-doors every moment of daylight and is thus prepared to enjoy every moment of rest and recreation of the night time.
As a recreation ground for the autumn and winter tourist it is unsurpassed in the world. On its lovely plateaus, barriered on all sides by gigantic mountains, snow and ice even in mid-winter are so rare as to be a source of pure joy. Here the discomforts of a Northern winter, with its marrow-piercing winds and continued frigidity, which necessitate closed doors and the heaviest of clothing, are transformed into brilliant sunshine, balmy breezes and an outdoor life unrestricted by weather conditions. Every day in the year, the golf devotee, the automobile enthusiast, the horse-back rider and the sportsman may indulge in his favorite pastime to his heart's content.
Throughout this glorious region the facilities for the enjoyment of out-door life in the autumn and winter are incomparable. The hotel facilities are improved by many important most modern and unique structures, notably the new Grove Park Inn at Asheville. The hospitality of the people is traditional. They throw wide their doors to visitors and make them at once their welcome friends. All points in this delightful, healthful and resourceful section are rendered easily accessible by the superior modern transportation service of the Southern Railway. The lines of this superb system--a marvel of American railroading--fairly gridiron Western North Carolina. Any destination in the picturesque region may be reached by the traveler within twenty-four hours from any city, North or South, east of the Mississippi River. The service is of the highest standard, and the travelers by the Southern Railway are assured speed, safety, comfort, convenience and luxury, with the added attentions of trained employees.
For the information of tourists and travelers, the subjoined sketch of some of the charming autumn and winter resorts in the "Land of the Sky" has been prepared:
Tryon, N. C.
Mimosa Inn, Tryon, N. C.
TUCKED away among lofty peaks of the Southern Appalachians, on a gently undulating plateau of exceptional beauty and fertility, is the charming village of Tryon, one of the most delightful all-year-round resorts in America.
The plateau is pierced by the gorge of the Pacolet River, the waters of which, turbulent at times as they tumble down the mountains in their tortuous course to the valley, shimmer in the brilliant sunlight like a giant rope of silver.
This lovely hamlet, which looks for all the world as if it were a bit of English landscape transferred to the heart of heroic American mountains, forms the lower gateway of the Southern Railway to the "Land of the Sky" and the "Sapphire Country." It is the first station in North Carolina on the Spartanburg Division of the Southern, the route of which follows almost without deviation from Charleston, S. C., to Asheville, N. C., the historic Wilderness Trail over which the pioneers of early days trekked from the sea to the valley of the Ohio.
Times, not alone, but methods, have changed since those days of the early pioneers. Now, a score of wonderful railroad trains speed every day along the Old Wilderness Trail, bearing eager and busy passengers and the products of rich mines and fertile lands. Through that great gorge of the Pacolet River the enterprising citizens of Tryon and Saluda and of the contiguous territory have projected an automobile boulevard to connect the Southeast with Hendersonville and Asheville. A part of the boulevard already had been constructed and the sum of $100,000 is in hand to complete the section between Tryon and Hendersonville.
The Tryon plateau is situated within a great topographical horse-shoe formed by the mountains which nearly surround it. The opening of the shoe is toward the Southeast. It thus is protected by the mountains from the chill blasts and storms of the West and North, while the opening of the shoe forms a natural drain into the valley for the mildly tempered breezes of the South.
A meteorological peculiarity of Tryon is that it is surrounded by a thermal belt, several miles in length and approximately 2,000 feet in width. Within this belt frost and dew are absolutely unknown. The atmosphere at all times is dry and mild. Scientists of the United States Department of Agriculture now are engaged in studying the problem presented by the presence of the thermal belt with a view to its solution. Nobody yet has been able satisfactorily to account for it.
To Tryon, whatever may be its cause, the thermal belt is a wonderful asset. The land within the belt is dotted with vineyards and peach orchards. Here have been developed what are pronounced to be the most luscious grapes grown on American soil and among the finest of peaches. Lands which, a few years ago, were valued at only $7.00 or $8.00 an acre, are now thriving vineyards and could not be purchased for $700.00 an acre--a hundred times the original price. From Tryon alone the Southern Railway handles annually immense shipments of fruit, including last year more than 10,000 crates of grapes.
The climate of Tryon is not only salubrious, but extremes of temperature are unknown. Hot days in summer are rare and the nights are always cool; only occasionally in winter does the thermometer indicate a temperature below freezing and even that is not uncomfortable because of the dryness of the atmosphere.
The topography of the plateau insures perfect
St. John Hotel,
Hendersonville, N. C.
Hendersonville, N. C.
drainage. There is no stagnant water and, hence, no mosquitoes; and, oddly enough in a mountainous country, fogs are so infrequent as to induce comment.
The environment of the Tryon plateau is exquisite in its scenic beauty. Mountain drives and trails radiate in all directions from the village and all are beautiful and picturesque. The mountains are covered from foot to summit with fine forests of maple, hickory, oak, sweet and black-gum, sourwood and pine. To most persons the autumn and early winter make a compelling appeal, as then the gorgeous garb of the mountains ranging in color from a brilliant scarlet to a deep garnet, with lacings of bright orange mingled with the vivid lines of the evergreens, is a spectacle never to be forgotten.
The flora of the plateau is marvelous. A wealth of wild flowers greets the observer at every turn and at all seasons. Here in great profusion are the arbutus, bloodroot, anemone trillium, ten different varieties of violets, nearly every spring and summer flower found from Georgia to Canada, including the pink azalea, dogwood, the lovely flame azalea, honeysuckle, holly, laurel and rhododendron.
Tryon has been a favorite summer and winter resort for people of both North and South since its settlement in Revolutionary days. It was named in honor of William Tryon, one of the signers of the Mecklenberg Declaration of Independence. It always has appealed strongly to the seeker for rest, recreation and health.
Many persons who went first to Tryon as transient visitors have become permanent residents. A notable instance of this kind was the experience of Mr. William Gillette, author, actor and playright. Broken in health, he was seeking a place in which to recuperate. On the merest impulse he stopped at Tryon. Delighted with the place, its climate and its surroundings, he remained, recovered his health, and now makes his permanent residence in the beautiful and artistic home he established in the village.
In addition to Mr. Gillette, Tryon contains a veritable colony of writers and authors of national and inter-national reputation and residents representing twenty-six states of the Union. They established the Sidney Lanier Club, named in honor of the sweet singer of the South, and erected a quaint and beautiful public library, also named for the poet. Five religious denominations have churches in the village, the Congregational, Episcopal, Catholic, Methodist, and Baptist.
Excellent hotels and boarding-houses provide ample accommodations for tourists and travelers. Oak Hall, of which Mr. Eugene Brownlee is the managing director, is situated on a knoll surrounded by a grove of fine oaks, within three minutes' walk of the Southern Railway station. It is modern in every respect, beautifully and comfortably furnished, with hot water heat, electric light, bedrooms single or en suite, private baths, commodious reception halls and broad verandas. The cuisine is excellent and every facility adequate. From Oak Hall fine views are commanded of the magnificent scenery with which Tryon is environed.
The Mimosa Hotel--W. H. Stearns, proprietor--is located in a grove of Mimosa trees about a mile and a quarter from the Southern Railway station. It caters exclusively to winter travelers and tourists, being open to guests from December 1st until May 1st. It is heated by a furnace, lighted by electricity, and is equipped and furnished throughout in a modern and comfortable fashion.
Golf links now being constructed under the direction of a distinguished engineer by the citizens of Tryon may be used by guests of the hotels. Hunting, fishing, horseback riding, mountain climbing and tennis are other sports which may be enjoyed by visitors to this charming hamlet.
Brevard, N. C.
The Aethelwold Hotel,
Brevard, N. C.
Saluda is peculiarly favorably located as a resort for health and pleasure seekers. Perched upon a beautiful plateau almost at the summit of the Saluda Mountains--one of the ranges of the Appalachians--it is protected by verdure-clad hills on all sides. Its environment is rugged, picturesque and beautiful.
In recent years it has become widely known as a health resort. Its high altitude and fine, dry air are energizing and recuperative to a wonderful degree. The ozone laden atmosphere, pure water and freedom from fogs and humidity render Saluda a most desirable and attractive resting place for persons afflicted with insomnia or nervous disorders, or with heart, throat, or rheumatic troubles.
Saluda is about equidistant from Asheville and Spartanburg, on the main east-and-west line of the Southern Railway. Its altitude is 2,250 feet and its permanent population is about 500. Saluda is the Cherokee term I for "Corn River" and was applied by the Indians to the plateau as indicative of the remarkable fertility of the soil. Great quantities of fruit are grown on the hillsides, grapes especially being produced in profusion.
On the knolls and hills overlooking the Southern Railway station many charming homes have been erected by families from various states who have located there because of the beauty and salubrity of the favored spot. The summers are delightful, but visitors and residents enjoy the autumns and winters. The cold is rarely, if ever, severe in winter, and because of the absence of humidity such chilly days as there are become a genuine tonic.
Excellent accommodations for autumn and winter travelers and tourists are furnished at the Fair View, a mile from the Southern Railway station, conducted by Mrs. H. P. Locke. The house is comfortable, convenient and homelike; heated by a furnace, lighted by gas, and supplied with telephone and other modern facilities.
The enterprising citizens of Saluda have joined enthusiastically and practically in the "good roads movement," and throughout the surrounding mountains are many lovely walks and drives. The automobile boulevard to Tryon is in process of completion, and fine roads to Hendersonville and beyond have been constructed.
Mountain climbing, horse-back riding, shooting, fishing and tennis are the principal sports of residents and visitors. In the village are business houses, banks, churches, public library and social hall. The natural attractions and acquired advantages of the village are certain to make any visitor's sojourn in Saluda restful, recuperative and delightful.
A MORE delightful place of sojourn than Flat Rock for autumn and winter travelers, as well as for summer tourists, scarcely could be imagined. The scenery surrounding it is not so rugged and picturesque as in some other mountainous regions; but is restful to the mind and eye and surpassingly beautiful.
The hamlet was settled by Charleston, S. C., people in 1820, and long continued to be exclusively a colony of Charleston residents. Extensive estates in the vicinity were acquired by the settlers, many of whom were wealthy, handsome homes were built and the grounds
Hickory Nut Gap
Suyeta Park Inn,
Waynesville, N. C.
Suyeta Park Inn Annex,
Waynesville, N. C.
and gardens were laid out with such skill and artistic sense that to-day they are marvelously beautiful. The roads in the surrounding country are well constructed and maintained.
In the early days a quaint and picturesque brick church, St. John's in the Wilderness, was erected on a little knoll hidden away among the lofty pines. It still is maintained by the families of Flat Rock, services being held in it throughout the summer and autumn months.
Excellent accommodations for both winter and summer visitors are afforded at Flat Rock by The Heidelberg, of which Dr. A. R. Guerard is the proprietor. It is beautifully located scarcely a mile from the Southern Railway station, and commands fine views of the surrounding exquisite scenery. It is heated by steam, lighted by gas, has private baths and possesses all the requirements of a comfortable, convenient and even luxurious, hotel. Guests of the hotel are afforded the privilege of using the links of the Highland Lake Club golf course. Horseback riding, driving, and tennis are the favorite out-door pleasures of sojourners at Flat Rock. Highland Lake is one of the most unique and charming points for the tourist.
HENDERSONVILLE is one of the most delightful and progressive municipalities in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Nature was lavish in the bestowal of advantages upon it. Its climate is salubrious, its scenery superb and its location peculiarly advantageous and attractive. The enterprising citizens of the little city have supplemented the natural advantages with all modern conveniences, comforts and facilities. For many years the city has been one of the most popular places of autumn and winter resort in the mid-south country. It is a junction point of the Southern Railway, 21.8 miles southeast of Asheville on the Spartanburg Division and the southern terminus of the Transylvania Division of the Southern which pierces the exquisite "Sapphire Country" and the "Land Of Waterfalls."
It has been said aptly that the residents of this gem of mountain cities "do not claim credit for their wonderful climate; they merely consider themselves fortunate in having such a climate to recommend to others." In Hendersonville there are no extremes of temperature. Autumn and winter days generally are mild, and delightfully invigorating. From the cold, raw winds of the North and West the city is amply protected by towering mountain peaks, storm-beaten and picturesque, and the plateau on which the city is located has become the roof garden of the "Land Of the Sky."
Osceola Lake, no more than a mile from Hendersonville, affords excellent boating and fishing. A few miles beyond is Kanuga Lake Club, famous throughout the South as an assembling place of people of prominence. Laurel Park, with its beautiful lakes and real Venetian canal, its wonderful Crystal Spring, charming drives and walks, winding through copses of laurel and rhododendron and its notable facilities for rowing, bathing, motor boating, automobiling, riding, driving and mountain climbing is pronounced "one of the most original and strikingly beautiful parks in America."
The Highland Lake Club, now conducted as the Highland Lake Hotel, a mile and a half from Hendersonville and connected with the town by a superb automobile road. On the borders of Highland Lake have been constructed a handsome main building, now conducted as a hotel, and numerous quaint, convenient and beautiful cottages. The golf course of the Highland Lake Hotel is one of the
FAIRVIEW HOTEL--SALUDA, N. C.
best in the section. Tennis, boating and fishing may be enjoyed throughout the year.
Hendersonville, proper, is thoroughly prepared to accommodate both autumn and winter visitors, few cities of its size in the country possessing better hotel facilities. The St. John Hotel, St. John& Son, proprietors, is located on Main Street, within half a mile of the Southern Railway station. In it 400 guests can be accommodated. It is handsomely finished and decorated, heated by steam, lighted by electricity, supplied with elevator service and telephones.
The Kentucky Home Hotel, of which Mrs. A. M. Gover is the proprietor, is charmingly situated in a grove of fine trees, about a mile from the railway station. It is well furnished and thoroughly equipped, has electric lights and telephones, and is heated with hot-blast stoves. Both of these hotels, which cater particularly to autumn and winter visitors, furnish to their guests facilities for the playing of golf and tennis, as well as for carriage and automobile driving and horseback riding. Several other hotels and boarding houses provide excellent accommodations.
A notable feature of Hendersonville and vicinity is the number of state clubs--the St. Petersburg club of Florida, which has a tract Of 700 acres and named this most beautiful baby city Mountain Home; the South Carolina Club, which owns 150 acres; the Colonial Club, of Jacksonville, Fla., which owns a handsome building and a tract of six and a half acres on Main Street; and the Salola Automobile Club, of Jacksonville, Fla., which has erected a commodious club house on the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain, at an altitude of 4,260 feet. Sixteen miles from Hendersonville and reached by elegant roads is Hickory Nut Gap and the Bat Cave Section, than which there is no more entrancing or inspiring spot to be found in any country. The grandeur of the scenery and the excellence of the climate make this locality one of joy forever to the autumn and winter tourist. Splendid accommodations are provided.
In the very heart of the glorious "Transylvania Country," 43 miles from Asheville and 22 Miles from I Hendersonville, on the Transylvania Division of the Southern Railway, is the charming village of Brevard, one of the most delightful all-year-round resorts in the "Land of the Sky." The broad and fertile plateau upon which it is situated is surrounded by magnificent mountains, gridironed with fine drives and commanding superb views. Within a short distance of the village, with its broad, well-paved and electrically-lighted streets, one may find himself in a primeval forest of virgin beauty, the sylvan solitude of which is disturbed only by the purling cascades of the mountain streams which have this favored country the name of "Land Of Waterfalls."
The climatic conditions of Brevard make for perfect salubrity at all seasons. The mean annual temperature is 55° F., the altitude of the plateau is 2,250 feet, and the air is dry, pure and invigorating. Here, in almost the center of the temperate zone, extremes of heat and cold are unknown. The short winters are just crisp enough to make the ozone-laden atmosphere delightful and healthful.
The near-by giant peaks, clothed with verdure from valley to summit, present, in the late autumn, a spectacle gorgeous in its coloring, which blends exquisitely with the vivid azure of the sky. Leading out of Brevard are several beautiful mountain trails, which take the followers of them to many points of interest and beauty.
Highland Lake Club
The Heidelberg Hotel
Flat Rock, N. C.
To the crest of Looking Glass Mountain, a peak 4,000 feet high, is about 12 miles, and to Looking Glass Falls, a marvelously beautiful cascade, about 10 miles. At Dunn's Rock, four or five miles from the town, splendid views of the Balsam Mountains are to be obtained. It is about 17 miles to Caesar's Head, which rises into the clouds to the southeast of Brevard.
Ample and desirable accommodations for tourist and travelers, whether sojourn be long or short, are provided by several first rate hotels and boarding-houses, including The Aethelwold, C. M. Cook, Jr., manager; Hotel Brevard, J. E. Clayton, proprietor; D'Arlington, Mrs. W. J. Wallis, proprietor; Deer Park Home, Mrs. W. H. Allison, proprietor.
In the very heart of the "Land of the Sky," nestling among gigantic mountain peaks, is Lake Toxaway, one of the wondrously beautiful spots in the Western World. The lake is a sparkling sheet of water, as pure and blue as the skies above it, formed by the Toxaway River and the innumerable mountain streams that flow into it. The lake is 3,000 feet above sea-level and is fifteen miles in circumference. The shore-margin has been converted into a fine automobile boulevard, from every point of which superb views of the most exquisite scenery to in Western North Carolina may be obtained.
Surrounding the lake is a region of rugged mountain scenery, of beautiful water-falls, of purling cascades, of picturesque trails and drives--all entrancing to the beholder. The falls of the Toxaway River have a sheer drop of almost 400 feet, while many cascades formed by the torrential mountain brooks as they tumble down the giant sides of Mount Toxaway, Cold Mountain and Panthertail, resemble ribbons of silver in gorgeous sunshine.
Both the lake and the mountain brooks afford excellent trout-fishing, while the opportunities for horse-back riding, mountain climbing and boating are unsurpassed anywhere.
Lake Toxaway is one of the terminii of the Transylvania Division of the Southern Railway, forty-two miles from Hendersonville. Protected as it is by the great mountains which practically entirely surround it, the climate throughout the year is delightful. No more gorgeous spot can be imagined than Lake Toxaway in the autumn and early winter, and it is developing into an all-year-round resort.
Toxaway Inn is a beautifully located resort hotel on a great knoll within 200 feet of the lake. It is admirably equipped and efficiently conducted under the personal management of Mr. C. A. Wood. It is a delightful hotel, modern in its equipment and service and luxurious in its furnishings and appointments. Five hundred guests can be accommodated and be assured of all comforts, conveniences and luxuries.
A MORE delightful spot for an autumn, or winter, sojourn than Hot springs scarcely could be imagined. The climate is mild and salubrious and the air pure and bracing. The progressive little city nestles among some of the loftiest peaks of the Southern Appalachians, where the Blue Ridge joins the Great Smokies, and overlooks the historic French Broad River. It is 38 miles west of Asheville on the Knoxville Division of the Southern Railway. It takes its name from the remarkable thermal springs,
-near Hickory Nut Gap.
A Beautiful Spot
near Eagles Nest
Fish a plenty
near Lake Toxaway
the curative qualities of which were known to the white race as early as 1790. The waters, charged with medicinal minerals, bubble from the springs at temperatures ranging from 96° to 110° F. Many well-authenticated cures of stubborn diseases have resulted from their use.
As a winter resort, Hot Springs is ideal. An excellent hotel, the Mountain Park, F. E. Hellen, manager, caters particularly to winter guests. It is heated by steam, lighted by electricity and is elegant in all appointments, furnishings and service. It can accommodate several hundred people.
In the park which surrounds the hotel is the Wana-Luna golf links, which extend along the French Broad, and are regarded as one of the beautiful golf courses of the country. Every day in the year devotees of golf enjoy themselves on the Wana-Luna links. Among the other hospitable hostelries are the Lance House, the Stone House and the McFall House, all excellently equipped and admirably maintained.
In beauty of location and scenery, in charm of climate, and in commerce and industry, Waynesville--lovingly called by its thousands of admirers "Waynesville, the Beautiful"--is one of the most important little cities in the marvelous region of Western North Carolina.
Its climate throughout the year is delightful and invigorating, charming alike in winter and in summer. This favored town was one of the first white settlements in the section and was named in honor of General Anthony Wayne, of Revolutionary War fame. It is the seat of Haywood County, internationally famous for its apples, 28.5 miles southwest of Asheville, on the Murphy Division of the Southern Railway.
Situated in the heart of the Balsam Mountains--that name alone spelling vigor and healthfulness--and protected by scores of lofty peaks from the blasts of the North and West, Waynesville, an autumn and winter resort, is a continual delight.
Advantages of a city, with well-paved, electrically-lighted streets and modern business houses, are coupled with those of the country, with magnificent scenery, invigorating mountain climbing and wonderful walks and drives.
Only a short distance north of the city, on the borders of Lake Junaluska, is located The Southern Assembly, the Methodist Chautauqua of the South. Many beautiful homes have been erected on the assembly grounds, which comprise 1,250 acres, and are occupied throughout the year.
Several excellent hotels and boarding-houses of Waynesville provide fine accommodations for autumn and winter visitors. The Suyeta Park Hotel E. E. Norman, proprietor, is equipped with steam heat, electric lights, private baths and other conveniences, and has rooms for 100 guests.
The Kenmore Hotel, Mrs. C. H. Knight, proprietor, and the Bon Air Hotel, Mrs. S. Corey, proprietor, both cater particularly to autumn and winter guests.
MANY other places in Western North Carolina, desirable for autumn and winter sojourns by reason of their beautiful scenery, their charm of climate and their accessibility, are reached by the Southern
Railway and satisfactory information will be furnished gladly on application to this company. They include Black Mountain, the seat of Conferences of the Young Men's Christian Association of Southern College; Montreat, of which Black Mountain is the Southern Railway station, the headquarters of the Mountain Retreat Association of the Southern Presbyterian Church; Old Fort, a charming and picturesque spot; and Marion, one of the most remarkable scenic view-points in America.
Ample accommodations for autumn and winter travelers are provided at all of these places.
|Name of Resort||Proprietor||Heat||Baths||Capacity||Rates|
|Tryon, N. C.|
|Oak Hall||Eugene Brownlee||Steam||Yes||100||On application|
|Mimosa||W. H. Stearns||Furnace||Yes||100||On application|
|Hendersonville, N. C.|
|St. John||St. John& Son||Steam||Yes||300||On application|
|Kentucky Home||Mrs. A. M. Gover||Stoves||Yes||150||On application|
|Brevard, N. C.|
|Aethelwold||C. M. Cook, Jr.||. . . .||Yes||70||$10. per week up|
|Hotel Brevard||J. E. Clayton||Stoves||. . . .||. . . .||$7. per week up|
|D'Arlington||Mrs. W. J. Wallis||Stoves||. . . .||40||$7. per week up|
|Deer Park Home||Mrs. W. H. Allison||Stoves||. . . .||35||$6. per week up|
|Boarding House||Mrs. F. V. Whitmire||Grates||. . . .||15||$5. per week up|
|Boarding House||Mrs. D. B. Hancock||Grates||. . . .||15||$5. per week up|
|Brookfield Cottage||Mrs. J. S. Bromfield||Stoves||. . . .||7||$10. Per week up|
|Bat Cave, N. C.|
|Esmeralda Inn||T. F. Turner||. . . .||. . . .||50||On application|
|Mountain View Inn||J. M. Flack||. . . .||. . . .||30||On application|
|Mountain Park Inn||F. E. Hellen||Steam||Yes||. . . .||On application|
|Waynesville, N. C.|
|Suyeta Park||E. E. Norman||Steam||Yes||100||$10. per week up|
|Kenmore Hotel||Mrs. C. H. Knight||Stoves||Yes||50||$7. per week up|
|Bon Air Hotel||Mrs. S. Corey||Stoves||Yes||30||$7. per week up|
|Saluda, N. C.|
|Fair View||Mrs. H. P. Locke||Furnace||Yes||30||On application|
|Flat Rock, N. C.|
|The Heidelberg||Dr. A. R. Guerard||Steam||Yes||. . . .||On application|
|Toxaway Inn||C. A. Wood||Steam||Yes||300||On application|
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