Today’s recipe comes as a result of my trip to the great Smoky Mountain region in Tennessee. As part of my meanderings in this beautiful area, I spent one night at the gracious Chilhowee Inn. Established in 1903, the Chilhowee Inn is the oldest operating inn of Blount County, Tennessee. Snuggled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains on the bank of the Little River, the Chilhowee Inn is located in one of the gateway communities leading to the Smokies. If you enjoy relaxing in the arms of Southern charm and hospitality, this would be the place for you. It certainly was for me.
What makes this place special is experiencing the peace and serenity of a secluded mountain setting, along with the amenities of a modern B&B. This historic Inn is beautifully appointed and nurtured by its on-site owners John and Carolyn Pullias. At any given moment guests can take a stroll down an old country lane, step across the street to gaze in to the rambling river, or park themselves on the front- porch rockers and let the worries of the millennium waft away. John and Carolyn mix and mingle with guests beyond the delicious country breakfast they serve each morning. They are available for cheer, coaching and area suggestions – never too much or too little. They seem to have the whole “relax and reboot” attitude down to a science. Be sure and try one or two slices of the nightly dessert treat Carolyn bakes up. There’s something about going to sleep on a full tummy of sweet Southern cuisine that completes the whole picture.
And P.S. to the menfolk who hate the fussy décor of some B&B’s. This ain’t your grandmas lodging. Expect large bedrooms and public area spaces that appeal to the both the masculine and feminine side of anyone’s taste.
A bonus for guests who like to graze throughout the day, there are lots of free snacks and beverages available all day long in the great room.
Upstairs and downstairs rooms available, as well as some handicap accessible rooms that didn’t scream “I am different form all the other rooms.” Newspapers, books and soft music reassure both the novice and experienced traveler that they have arrived at a very special place. Appropriate for single travelers, couples, honeymooners, and the business traveler looking for a bit of home to embrace them. Highly recommend! Yup, it’s THAT good.
Carolyn was kind of enough to share one of her evening special treats with us. Enjoy with a good cup of local Vienna Coffee brew.
Grandmother’s Fudge Pie
· 1 c. Sugar
· 3 T. Cocoa
· 2 Eggs
· ¼ c. Flour (plain or self-rising)
· 1 tsp. Vanilla
· ½ c. Butter
· 1 Pie Shell (shallow)
Pierce pie shell with fork in several places & pre-bake for 5 min. at 325 degrees.
Mix together sugar, flour, cocoa, vanilla, eggs, and melted butter.
Pour mixture into pie shell and bake for 30 min. at 325 degrees.