Monarch Butterflies’ Flight Through Asheville, N. C.

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There is magic in the air in Asheville and we want to share it with our guests. What magic you ask?

One of the many blessings in Asheville is an annual phenomenon of nature in which we Ashevillians get to view the passage of thousands of migrating Monarch butterflies as they make their way across to Mexico.

Now, this is nature and as we all know, Mother Nature does not operate by clocks but rather by an internal mechanism known only to the earth. This spectacle usually begins mid September and goes on for several weeks once it starts. For sure it began after the 19th of September this year as we and several of our guests went looking for the lovely sight and it would appear they “slept in” that day.

Generally, they are spotted on the Blue Ridge Parkway about 35 minutes south of Asheville. According to the Parkway folks, the altitudes at which the Monarchs fly make it difficult to experience the viewing of this exodus anywhere else along their trip home to Mexico. At over 5,000 feet Wagon Wheel Gap provides the optimal viewing area in which these ethereal, winged creatures are offered up as a vision as they make their way home.

So, come on over, we’ll have breakfast here At Cumberland Falls and try and find the magic of the Monarchs.

Patti and Gary Wiles
Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls

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