Monday, August 21 will bring a unique astronomical experience to America and Western North Carolina. At just after 2:30 pm, the “Great American Eclipse” will visit our neck of the woods on a path similar to that of the last such celestial occurrence on June 8, 1918…roughly 99 years ago!
This time around, the moon’s umbral shadow will pass from the Pacific to the Atlantic on a trajectory that will encompass many of the nearby mountain communities. The center of the 70-mile wide “path of totality” will sweep over Andrews (just 83 miles from Engadine) while the left/northern edge of this zone will visit nearby Waynesville (just 18 miles from Engadine). For just over 2 minutes during the peak of the event, the skies will darken, the air will cool and the stars will be visible during “daylight” hours.
As always, there will be plenty to do in and around Asheville throughout the weekend. And in Jackson and Graham Counties (just a short drive to the west of us) where the path of totality will be at its maximum, officials and businesses are working to develop viewing locations as well as festivities and events to accommodate and entertain the throngs of expected sky gazers.
Expectations are that lodging options throughout Western North Carolina will sell out as visitors make plans to take in the eclipse from vantage points throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains. So, we are encouraging our friends and former guests to consider making reservations ASAP to stay at Engadine for what promises to be a fun, festive and memorable weekend!!!