This is it. This is the season we look forward to year round. While every season offers something special in Asheville, Fall is in a whole other league. There is a crispness to the air, and a warmth to the people (if we may say so ourselves) that means that a gorgeous time of year is upon us. With Autumn in Asheville, you not only get a change in the environmental aesthetic, but you have lots of opportunities for activities and events, and mother nature is (usually) on your side. While we are never sure when the leaf change will be in Asheville, chances are good that you would be only a short drive - thanks to our proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway - to a spot of gorgeous color.
Why settle for the four walls of a hotel room when visiting Asheville, when you can experience the beauty of the outdoors in your backyard? At Asheville Cabins, you aren't just staying close to Asheville, you are within the city limits. We are only a 15 minute drive to downtown Asheville, and 7 minutes to Biltmore - but it's not our proximity to the city center that sets us apart: we are located on a 40-acre woodland garden, situated close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and our property is home to wildlife you won't find at a hotel.
We would like to spotlight the people that make Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds what it is, thanks to their hard work and dedication to our guests. Today, we are putting a well-deserved spotlight on Donna Henderson, the Office Manager here at Willow Winds. Donna is certainly not a stranger to many of our "Willow Winders", who consider her not only a friendly face, but family.
MEET DONNA HENDERSON
How long have you been with Willow Winds?
4 1/2 years working here. But Willow Winds has been apart of my life for over 20 years. My Aunt and Uncle own it and my Mother worked here from the beginning. My Mother retired in 2014 and that is when I had the privilege to come to work at Willow Winds
What has been a memorable experience during your time here?
Every day I experience memories, and the reason I say that is because most the cabins are named after my family. Everytime I speak to a guest or one of our employee's about a cabin a memory comes back to me. I love it when a guest comes in the office, or I see them out on the grounds and they tell me how wonderful their cabin is -- it makes me feel honored to be a part of such a hard-working team of individuals, past and present. I loved this place for many reasons before I was employed, but everyday I love it more. It makes me so happy to see our guests visit and really and truly enjoy their stay and become part of our Family.
What do you enjoy most about living in/near Asheville?
I love living in/near Asheville for the same reasons we want our guest to come vacation at Willow Winds. It's the best of both worlds - We have the beautiful mountains and we have the City of Asheville. I can dress up and go out and about or I can take a hike in our beautiful outdoors.
How do you enjoy spending your free night when not at Willow Winds?
I love the outdoors as long as what I am doing isn't too strenuous. I love boating, camping and reading. I have to say this, I love playing with my 3 Granddaughters the best.
We aren't giving up on summer! The sun is shining and we are glad to offer new specials to make visiting Asheville all the more affordable.
We love the sound of families and children playing .
When we had a small child we once drove up the scenic California coastline. We tried to stay in some bed and breakfasts. However, they did not take families with small children. When we built our vacation rental resort in Asheville NC years later, we were determined to make it friendly to families with children. Our favorite events are family reunions. We also like to host wedding parties. There is an inexpensive event center a half a mile away that is ideal for having weddings.
We have a stocked trout pond where many children have caught their first fish. We have both an upper and lower playground as well as a covered play porch adjacent to our office. The lower playground even has a water wars facility where adults as well as children can launch water balloons at each other. We provide the balloons.
Please book in advance for these group event reservations, as they generally require several of our vacation cabins.
Michael R. McLeod