Guests at the Tapoco Lodge often ask about where they can buy unique gifts. One place I always send them is called Wehrloom Honey. Located just down the road in Robbinsville, Wehrloom Honey is owned and operated by a family of extraordinary beekeepers who produce top quality, raw honey that is unique to this area. They also offer some specialty honeys from around the country, like Avocado honey and Mesquite honey. It turns out that the Tapoco Lodge is located in an area that is perfect for honeybees! These days, honeybees are particularly stressed due to a number of factors. The mountains of Western North Carolina seem to offer a relaxing, stress-free place not only to humans but to honey bees as well. If you have ever considered keeping your own bees, these folks can give you all sorts of practical advice and even sell you the equipment and bees to start up your very first hive. Products made by local bees that are raised with respect and love make wonderful gifts. They also bring back precious memories of getting away from it all, even if only just for a little while.
Many people buy Wehrloom honey specifically to help combat allergies. Since the honey contains the pollen grains from the plants that grow in this area, their belief is that the honey will help them become immune to that type of pollen in a way that is similar to taking allergy shots, only much more pleasant. The family offers spring, summer and fall honey from the local flora and also infused honey; honey uniquely blended with lavender, chamomile, cinnamon, or vanilla. The Wehr family also sells creamed (spun) honey, which is spectacular on hot biscuits or muffins. Not only do the Wehrs market their honey at farmer’s markets and specialty stores, but they also produce lotions, soaps, and candles using the wax from their hives. Their gift shop is large and filled not only with bee-produced and related products, but also local crafts such as a variety of handmade baskets, including small intricately woven baskets in which to place their products when they are purchased as gifts for others.
Locally made floral wreathes, walking sticks, and books by local authors are available at the store. Products can be sampled and handmade soaps can be sniffed around a central table. And if you need some local artisan cheese, you can purchase that here, too. Their beautiful store and workshop is located along Highway 129, which is the main road through Robbinsville. Call them at 828.735.2300 or check their website for their current hours. Regardless of when you visit, you’ll have a sweet time!