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Welcome New Year Round Staff

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Greetings from Gwynn Valley,  A new year always brings opportunities for growth, change, and hope and…

Update on COVID-19 plans for 2021

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Welcoming a New Year As we say goodbye to 2020 and welcome 2021, we are all hoping for a healthier and…

Giving Tuesday!

Please consider a donation to the Gwynn Valley Campership Foundation. “As I write to you…

A Leap of Faith

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We need camp more than ever! As we plan, prepare, work on changes, and dream about Gwynn Valley…

New beginnings for our director, Maggie

Dear Gwynn Valley Families, We hope all of you are healthy and well as we move through these challenging…

Climb to new heights!

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When you think about getting outside of your comfort zone at camp, climbing is often the first thing people think…

Mountain Biking is good for the body and soul!

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As we settle into new school routines (and navigate all the challenges that come with school in the midst of a…

A Virtual Visit to the Farm at Gwynn Valley

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We hope you are finding ways to enjoy your summer. We really miss all of our campers and we know you miss us too.…

Registration is Open for Gwynn Valley Family Camp 2020!

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We are excited to offer a new way to experience the magic and wonder of Gwynn Valley Camp as a family! Although…

Somewhere South

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At Gwynn Valley we LOVE celebrating local agriculture and honoring food cultures both locally and from our international…

Happy Earth Day

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Happy Earth Day from GV! Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, celebrated April 22, 1970. Spending…

Tajar Folly/April Fool's

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Those of us who live at Gwynn Valley all year awoke to quite the silly sight at camp this morning. We found…

Mary Gwynn: Female Leader, Visionary, and Pioneer

In honor of Women’s history month, we want to share an article about our fearless leader, Miss Mary Gwynn, who…

Lessons Learned from the 2020 American Camp Association National Conference

At camp we always want to encourage children to try new things.  Whether it’s eating a hand-picked veggie…

Help your child get ready for overnight camp

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Congratulations! We are so excited you have chosen to send your child to Gwynn Valley and recognize the significance…

A Connection to Camp

Although it is early February, we've had some beautiful spring weather here at camp with temperatures in the 60s,…

Millwheel News 2019

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There are so many exciting things happening at Gwynn Valley these days! In this issue of the Gwynn Valley Newsletter,…

A Full Last Day of E!

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Dear Parents & Friends, Another day has ended here at GV and we’re about to end our E Session and summer…

Free to be you and me

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Dear GV families and friends,  The blue skies were totally uninterrupted today at Gwynn Valley, which…

Mountainside has returned!

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Hello, families and friends! Guess what! There’s a guest author for today’s Gwynn Valley news! Allow me…

What a DAY!

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Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been an incredibly beautiful day in the mountains.  I was not at camp…

Celebrating sunshine and friends from afar!

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God aften Gwynn Valley families and friends!  Every Tuesday throughout the summer, campers and staff celebrate…

First Full Day of E

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Dear Parents, Family, and Friends, Today was the first full day of E session and what a day it has been! We…

Sunshine in the Smiles of Our Campers

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Dear Parents, Family, and Friends, We hope you all have reached your homes or the place you are staying for…

A Perfect Final Day of D!

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Dear Families and Friends,  What a wonderful final day of camp! We started the morning with our very last…

Festive Days and a Little Haze!

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Dear Parents & Friends, My guess is some of you watch our weather here on most days.  We had threatening…

Time Flies When You're Having Fun at Camp

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Dear Parents, Family, and Friends, It’s hard to believe we are halfway through D session. Time has really…

A Truly Magical Special Day

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Dear Parents, Families, and Friends, Today was Special Day at camp, and the last one of the summer. For Special…

A Great Day to be a Camper!

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Dear Families and Friends,  Every day is a great day at Gwynn Valley, and today was no exception. We started…

A perfect day at GV for all!

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Dear Families and Friends,  What a wonderful day at Gwynn Valley! Today was filled with adventure and…

A magical GV day wraps up with Twilight Play

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Dear Parents and Friends, I'm not sure how your day was back home, but here at camp... Today was practically…

Another Perfect Day at Gwynn Valley

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Dear Parents and Friends, Our morning started out very cool with temps hovering around the mid 50’s. Everyone…

A Magical UK Day!

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Dear Families and Friends,  What a day! Today was International day at camp and we spent it learning…

The First Full Day of D

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Dear Parents, Family, and Friends, Today was the first full day of D session, and what a full day it was. Campers…

A Perfect Opening of D Session!

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Dear Families and Friends, Today was our opening day of D and what an incredible day it was! Skies were blue…

Sunny days and sad goodbyes!

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Dear Parents, Family, and Friends, It’s hard to believe that we are already at the closing night of C session!…

Making Memories!

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Dear Parents & Friends, We just finished our Tajar Ball celebration and the skies cleared just before the…

Twilight Play, Adventures, and More!

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Dear Families and Friends, We have enjoyed another great day at camp! Campers worked hard on their final…

A Farm Filled Day

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Dear Parents, Family, and friends, Each day is important and fun at Gwynn Valley but today really seemed to…

Moon Landing Special Day!

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Dear Families and Friends, ​ Today was another SPECIAL day here at Gwynn Valley. Each Special Day has…

A Great Day at Camp!

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Dear Families and Friends,  ​What a great day we had here at Gwynn Valley! With plenty of activities,…

New Zealand and Spain International Day!

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Dear Families and Friends,Kia Ora and Hola! Today was International Day at Gwynn Valley and we were able to learn…

The Last Full Day of C1

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Dear Families, Friends, and Loved Ones, It’s a wrap on another day here at Gwynn Valley, and what a…

A World Cup Special Day

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Dear Families and Friends, What a special day we had at Gwynn Valley! Today was Special Day here at camp,…

Another Gorgeous Day at Gwynn Valley

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Dear Parents, Families, and Friends, It’s been another gorgeous day for the books! The sun was out all…

A Fantastic Fourth of July!

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Dear Friends and Families,  Happy 4th of July! What an incredible day we had celebrating Independence…

Twilight Play, Adventures, and an Inspection!

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Dear Families and Friends, ​Another great day has passed at Gwynn Valley and what a full and exciting…

A Great Day at GV!

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Dear Families and Friends,  Every day at Gwynn Valley feels like the best day, and today was certainly…

A Fun Filled First Full Day of C and C1

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Dear Parents, Family, and Friends,  What an amazing first day of our C and C1 session. We had a great opening…

A Great Opening Day! C Session 2019

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Dear Families and Friends,  What a wonderful day we had at camp! Today was our opening of C and C1, MS2,…

B Session Closing Day 2019

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Dear Families & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our B Session today! We’ve had a wonderful time…

The Perfect End to an Amazing Session

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Dear Parents, Family, and Friends, The final night of B session is here at Gwynn Valley. It has been an…

A Fantastic International Day!

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Dear Families and Friends,  What a wonderful day we had at camp! Every Tuesday we have an International…

Another Beautiful Day at Gwynn Valley

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Dear Parents and family, It was another beautiful day at Gwynn Valley. Everyday is filled with the joy of…

A Fantastic Summer Solstice!

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Dear Families and Friends, Another wonderful day has passed here at Camp Gwynn Valley! Today is the Summer…

The FUN Never Stops and There's More!

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How do you spell fun at camp?  All capitals, right! FUN! I see it everywhere I look and it’s like waves…

What a Way to Celebrate Australia

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Dear Parents and Families, What an amazing day! We had our first International Day here at camp and it was…

B Session Opening Day 2019 - A Fun Filled Day!

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Dear Families and Friends, Today was a wonderful day at camp! With the opening of B, the sending off of Riverside…

Sunshine and Smiles - A Session 2019

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Dear Families and Friends, After several rain showers the last few days, a warm sunny day was greatly appreciated…

Another Great Day

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Dear Family and Friends, Another great day has passed at Gwynn Valley. Each day brings more fun and excitement…

The Simple Joys of Camp

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Dear Families and Friends, As our first full day of A session comes to an end, I’m reflecting on the day…

Opening Day Session A - 2019

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Dear Parents and Friends, We hope you are safe and dry back in your home or maybe on the way to your next destination. …

A Stepping Stone to Amazing Things

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Beyond the Summer: Gwynn Valley Staff Updates is a series of blog posts to help share the stories of our amazing…

Growing Up at Gwynn Valley

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Beyond the Summer: Gwynn Valley Staff Updates is a series of blog posts to help share the stories of our amazing…

The Newest Member of the Year Round Team

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Greetings to our extended GV family and friends, 2019 has arrived and we are so excited to have summer…

Wishing Everyone Holiday Cheer

The Holiday Season always provides a time to look back on the previous year. Memories recalled and gathering together…

From the Ground to Our Table - DELICIOUS

Every summer at Gwynn Valley we serve hundreds of campers and staff with food from our self-sustaining farm, and…

2017 Session Highlight Video's Are Here!

Dear Campers, Parents and Friends, We hope you are well and having a good start to the New Year!  Camp is right…

What's Important About a Camp Experience!

Dear Parents & Friends, As I write, leaves are falling and the beauty of camp captivates my attention pulling…

Eclipse at Gwynn Valley Was Spectacular!

Parents and friends, The recent solar eclipse at GV was spectacular.  We hosted several groups of friends and…

Campers: Looking Forward to Your Arrival!

Our first day of camp is just a few days away and boy are we getting excited to welcome you to Gwynn Valley for…

Remembering Betty Gwynn Boyd

Betty Gwynn Boyd, 85, of Winter Park, FL, formerly of Black Mountain and Brevard, NC, died peacefully in her sleep…

Summer Camp and Children's Mental Health

Dear Parents and Friends, On Friday I will be attending a workshop on Mental Health for Camp Leaders. The North…

Change and Transition Starting the Year Off!

Dear Campers, Parents and Friends, Happy New Year to all of our Gwynn Valley families and friends! It seems that…

Happy Holidays from Gwynn Valley!

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Dear Campers, Parents and Friends, As we all know, blessings come in so many different ways.  As families and…

Give Thanks and Get Outdoors!

Dear Campers, Parents, and Friends, One of my favorite times of the year is approaching this week- Thanksgiving…

The Spirit of Camp and Election Day!

  Dear Parents, Campers and Friends, We are winding down from probably the most beautiful time of the year…

Exciting Times Here in the Valley!

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Dear Gwynn Valley Friends, These are exciting times here in the Valley.  Registration has opened for our 2017…

Lets Not Stereotype Girls... We All Get Scared!

Dear Parents and Friends, Recently I was sent a New York Times article by one of our camp parents entitled “Why…

Happy Presidents' Day!

Dear Parents and Friends, Happy Presidents’ Day and hope all is well where you are.  In my last news update…

Making Camp Better!

Dear Parents and Friends, Tomorrow Feb. 9th, several of us on our leadership team head out to the American Camp…

Nature and Camp - The Right Medicine!

I was probably in high school or college when I realized that I had ADD. Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s we…

GV Campers at Cyclo-cross Nationals!

We sometimes say that “camp is a human powered event”.  I see that every day in the summer, as our campers…

Happy New Year!

Campers, Parents and Friends, Here's hoping you and your family have a wonderful beginning to the New Year, 2016.…

Inclusive Sports at GV - I Like It!

I just read a short blog about Inclusive Sports on the American Camp Association’s website and thought of our…

Grant Sails Into Wilmington!

Dear GV Families and Friends, I was in Wilmington, NC last night for a show hosted by the Jean and Connor Keller…

New "You Rock Supercamper Video" and More!

Dear Parents, Campers and Friends, Greetings from camp and hope all is well out there in homeland.  Downtown…

New Gwynn Valley Video!

Dear Camper Families & Friends, Greetings from Gwynn Valley! Fall is nipping at our heels, and the cool…

Star Staff and How They Supervise!

Alright, this is going a bit far.  I just read an article about a dad that keeps an eye on his daughter with…

Through the Eyes of a Camper

My own personal view of camp is important, but in the big scheme of things, camp is all about the children.  I…

Good Camp Counseling is Good Parenting!

Most of you may be wondering what to expect of your camper’s counselors.  It’s an important question as we…

It's Camp, It's Real, It's Fun and It's Growth!

As I prepare for a promotion trip in the later part of this month, technology comes to mind. Years ago on one…

Happy Holidays and New "You Rock" Video!

Happy Holidays Everyone, We hope your holiday preparations are going well and you and your family are looking…

Re-Wilding Your Child!

  We just completed a great summer here at Gwynn Valley. This was all made possible by the great staff that…

See You Soon!

Camp is right around the corner and what a summer we have in store. As I write many of our staff are here and…

Camp Shows in Your Area Are Coming Soon!

PARENTS AND CAMPERS!!! Check our website travel page for upcoming shows all across the Gwynn Valley map. We’ve…

Kids Mountain Bike Race at Gwynn Valley 9/7/13

GWYNN VALLEY MOUNTAIN BIKING CAMPERS AND PARENTS - JOIN US SEPT. 7TH! Don't miss the 2013 CYMBL Race here at Gwynn…

CAMP TIPS FOR PARENTS

As we get closer to our camp season it’s important to follow these suggestions as you begin to make a decision…

Now accepting On-line Payments!

We are so excited to be able to offer the convenience of making payments on-line!  Go to our Applications and…

Day Camp Applications coming soon!

For those of you who are eager to get your child or grandchild into Day Camp, we have a special surprise this…

Welcome Maggie Curme!

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Gwynn Valley is excited to welcome Maggie Curme as our new Assistant Director of Older Programs.  Maggie comes…

New Arrival, Recycling and Happy Holidays!

Campers, Parents and Friends, Last week we had a new arrival at the stable; a new horse named Frost.  He came…

New Video and More!

Camp's new video has been with us on the road for several weeks but we've just uploaded it to our website.  If…

CYMBL Race at Gwynn Valley

Dear Parents & Friends, Gwynn Valley just hosted the first race in a series for CYMBL (Carolina Youth Mountain…

CYMBL Race Tomorrow At Gwynn Valley

Dear Parents & Friends,Gwynn Valley is hosting the first event of the CYMBL races series tomorrow, Aug. 18th,…

Picture Uploads :(

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Dear Parents & Friends, We're having some difficulties uploading photos and some of yesterdays photos are…

More Session D Video

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Parents & Friends, Thought you might like to see some footage from D.  Hopefully E will follow in the days…

A Session Kayaking Trip

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We were paddling the Upper French Broad that comes out of the Pisgah National Forest. The West, North and East…

Leaving Your Parents for Camp!

Dear Parents, Campers & Friends, Here's a recent article by Bob Ditter, who is a widely recognized consultant…

Thank You Georgia and More!

Dear Parents, Campers and Friends, As the temperature hovers close to 60 today, I’m reminded of the last couple…

Happy New Year!

Countdown to Camp!We are so excited because there are only 160 days until camp begins!  The new year brings a…

HOLIDAY GREETINGS!

Dear Campers, Parents & Friends, Even though it’s a fairly warm day here at camp, true winter has been…

A home show presentation near you..

Gwynn Valley Camp is on the road!  Our camp shows are hosted by camper families and are for returning campers,…

Friendship at Camp!

Making new friends at camp is one of those bonus aspects found under “the benefits of camp”.  Some friendships…

When is my child ready for summer camp?

Every parent wants their child’s first stay away from home to be successful and a good first summer camp experience…

Popcorn!

Our road trips to promote camp are coming to an end over the next couple of weeks.  I’ve seen a lot of new…

Paving the Way!

There is that great adage that says, “those who precede us”.  Well in this case it’s a big brother. …

Season's Best and Happy New Year!

It’s just a few days before our Holiday weekend here at camp.  The grass is the field looking out from my office…

Happy Thanksgiving and Forward!

We hope everyone is doing well and had a good Thanksgiving Holiday.  We're headed toward the next big part of…

Changing Seasons!

As leaves begin to fall and our mountain weather changes for the arriving season, my thoughts turn to the…

2010 - A GREAT SUMMER!

  Thanks for coming to camp campers and thank you parents, for sharing your children this summer.  We had…

The End of a Fabulous Season at GV!

Dear Parents & Friends, Camp is way too quiet.  All the campers have gone and most of our staff have said…

Millwheel News, Spring Edition

In accord with our ongoing efforts to reduce waste, we are posting the latest edition of our camp newsletter here…

75th Reunion Invitations in the Mail

We're continuing to plan for our big reunion, celebrating 75 years of Gwynn Valley.  The reunion will be held…

Camp Has a New Addition - 4 legged variety!

There's a new addition to Gwynn Valley in form of a 4 legged friend.  Her name is Sophie and she'll be here this…

Happy New Year!

It’s another very cold day here at camp but compared to other parts of the nation we might even be having a…

Snow at Gwynn Valley!

“Season’s Best” We got our first snow fall this past Friday Dec. 18th.  Here at camp we got a little over…

2009 Millwheel News

  We have just mailed our camp newsletter, the Millwheel News.  If you would like to receive one via mail…

Water, Smiles and Paddlers

Water has been falling from the sky since mid September and it feels like it’s a tropical rain forest here…

New Video and Transitioning into Fall

Fall is officially here in our western North Carolina mountains.  I’m never glad to see summer pass because…

Staff Renewal and Development

On Monday, Tues. and Wed. of this week four of us attended the Southeast American Camping Assoc.  Conference…

Hamish's Visit

For those of you that were here this summer when the piglets were born, you may remember that Hamish the pig was…

Only 355 Days Until Camp!

Dear Parents & Friends, Anne, the kids and I just returned  Monday from a relaxing week at the beach and…

Video from E Session

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Video of E Session Farm.  We've had a great summer and hope to see you all next year, our 75th year here at Gwynn…

Camp Starts on Friday June 12th!

Our first day of camp is two days away.  If you are a new camper family we welcome you. If you are a returning…

Staff Arriving and We're Rolling

  Everywhere you look staff are working and getting ready for the coming summer.  We've had a core group…

Counting the Days and Because of Camp!

As I was coming to work this morning I heard an old song that probably none of you campers have ever heard or…

Hurray for May!

Can you believe it's May already.  As I walked through camp and up to the dining room this morning, I realized…

New Website and More!

Welcome to Gwynn Valley's new and improved website.  I hope you'll find that it really speaks to our reputation…

Green in More Than Name Only

Every magazine under the sun has published a "Green" issue. Let's hope that all those magazines are getting recycled.…

Promotional Shows & Travel Schedule

The 2008 and 2009 Promotional Shows & Travel Schedule are now online. Come out and join us at one of our shows…

Fall at Gwynn Valley

Dear Friends, It is truly fall here in our mountains. We had a wonderful 2008 season at Gwynn Valley and are busy…

Christmas in the Valley

Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year! As we get farther into this festive season and approach the beginning of…

After the Summer

By now many of you have started back to school and are into your routine at home. We miss the sounds of your laughter…

Winter Greetings

Hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season and is enjoying the beginning to the new year. This is travel time…