Friday, July 25, 2014

Rebel's Rest Sewanee University 1866 Building burned

































Fire caused heavy damage last night to historic Rebel’s Rest on the campus of the University of the South.

The blaze was reported at approximately 11:30 p.m. and the Sewanee Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene at 11:35.

There were no injuries or damage to other buildings. The cause of the fire is not yet known; as is standard procedure, the state arson investigator is on his way to Sewanee this morning.
Rebel’s Rest has served as a university guest house for many years. It has been closed this summer and was undergoing renovations. Because of these renovations, the most historically valuable paintings had been removed from Rebel's Rest before the fire occurred. Originally built as the family home of Major George Fairbanks in 1866, the building is the one remaining campus structure from the re-founding of the university. The first post-Civil War meeting of the Board of Trustees was held there in October 1866.

“I know generations of Sewanee alumni and friends will feel this personally,” said Vice-Chancellor John McCardell. “My deepest thanks to our firefighters, who saved this great university house from being a complete loss.”



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Kick back this Labor Day Week-end and stay at the cottage of Red Oak Hollow



















Make you plans for a glorious lazy Labor Day week-end and stay at our
garden cottage at Red Oak Hollow.  Call today.  We only have the one cottage!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Carrousel at Lake Winnepesaukah

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A visit to Lake Winnie Amusement Park is joining hands with history and fun.
It's a place you might remember from your dreams and one that your children will
now have etched in their memories.

It's 40 minutes from our cottage and 40 years back in time.  It was created in 1925 and some of the rides from the 40's 50's and 60's are still operating.  The beautiful all horse carrousel will be 100 years old in 2016.


Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Neighborly Horses: So wonderful to see.


























Sometimes horses come to me in a dream.
Sometimes horses are right there, grazing on the neighboring fields.

Although Sewanee is horse friendly, there is not a rental riding stable in the area.



Monday, July 07, 2014

Cool Mountain Breezes this week-end at Red Oak Hollow


















July is summer at it's best.  Fireflies at night and coneflowers in the day
tell you that the lazy days of summer are here.  It's going to be a wonderful
week-end at the cottage is available.  Call now.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy Fourth of July


















Just watching our small town parade in our red, white and blue.

Redneck Float at the Fourth of July Parade


















The most unusual display of patriotism at the 4th of July Parade.
It took three photos to capture all five vehicles on the back of the flat bed truck.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lilies so tall they are called Tree Lilies




















As tall as a four year old, as fragrant as potent perfume and as dramatic as
Joan Crawford; these are my favorite lily.
They have been in bloom since the week-end and I am oh so tempted
to bring some in, but I can wait till you get here to enjoy them too.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sewanee floating water lilies are now in bloom

















Per the request of one of our noted naturalist, I headed off to the
little public lake on the domain to enjoy the bloom of dreams.
Monet painted what he saw, but I snapped my camera's lens.

Yes, they are still in bloom.  Go today and take it in.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Unbelievable : Sewanee Mountain cottage is available this week-end.


















For the last minute planner, come to the mountains this week-end and
stay at Red Oak Hollow.  We have an open week-end in prime time
June, with a great $150 a night price for a two bedroom fully equipped cottage.
Call ASAP.  We only have one cottage on our private 30 acre estate.
Photo is one of the many wildflowers in bloom; Fire Pinks are red at
Red Oak Hollow.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Together they Tango

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The wonders of summer are the crazy color combination that entice and excite in the garden.
Orange Daylilies and hot pink Spiraea are commonly spotted in roadside gardens.  Both plants grow freely without much care. Planted alone they are nice, but together they Tango.





Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fire pit by the ponds



The hand stacked rock fire pit has a huge carved log seat, booked by two wine barrels, each filled 
with a purple angel trumpet plant, surrounded by twice blooming day lilies. As summer progresses, the plant will bloom.

The kindling, the fire wood, the starter is all provided at no charge.
The moonlight, the twinkling stars and the fireflies are also complementary.
So pick a summer evening and come enjoy the spot, with your family or honey or both!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Your private picnic spot at Red Oak Hollow



















It's summer and you can easily have a meal outside at Red Oak Hollow.
We have the picnic table, near the fire pit, down by the ponds.
We offer free kindling and firewood.

















For those that like to rock or swing, a hammock and a set of country
styled swings are waiting for you.

Come this summer to the mountains and do more at Red Oak Hollow.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

2014 Best Lodging Award in Sewanee happily accepted


























FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Red Oak Hollow Receives 2014 Best of Sewanee Award
Sewanee Award Program Honors the Achievement

SEWANEE June 5, 2014 -- Red Oak Hollow has been selected for the 2014 Best of Sewanee Award in the Lodging category by the Sewanee Award Program.

Each year, the Sewanee Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Sewanee area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Sewanee Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Sewanee Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Sewanee Award Program

The Sewanee Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Sewanee area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Sewanee Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Sewanee Award Program




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bonnaroo: Don't sleep in the mud this year!
















Bonnaroo is about to happen on a farm in Manchester, about 35 miles from
our tranquil oasis of Red Oak Hollow.  I can't imagine it, but I do
know that someone isn't going to be comfortable there.

Would you rather sleep on a pillow top mattress in a air conditioned
suite or among the many who occupy a little piece of muddy land in which
to pitch their tent?

We have availability this week-end.  Call now .  931 598 9871

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Stairs that lead to the ponds


















There are many ways to get down to the ponds that lie at the base of our hollow.

The easiest way are the stairs, centered in this photo.

The more relaxed way is a walk thru the woods, past the meditation garden (with a bench for your enjoyment), past the fox crossing signs, into the mowed meadow and alongside the three ponds.
Best to do, first thing in the morning with your cup of coffee. The air moves from woods to water,
if a gentle uplifting way.  When was the last time you enjoyed your morning.?

Outdoor Family Fun at Red Oak Hollow Sewanee


















Red Oak Hollow has things to do, like a rousing game of Badminton.  No skill required.
It's more fun than you think it be.  Impress your kids with your swing, watch them run
for the birdie and return it with a good sound thwack.

Our equipment shed also has fishing poles, frisbees, horseshoes and fish food for
your free use.  Top the evening off with s'mores around the firepit and listen to crickets,
watch the fireflies and cozy up to your loved ones.  Summer is here, book now.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Spend a week this summer in Sewanee


















A good old fashioned summer is a reality in Sewanee.
This week I will blog suggestions of what you might enjoy doing.

Monday 

Rent a bike for a few hours and bike thru campus, out to the cross
and to Lake Cheston and have a picnic.

Stop  by Woody's Bicycles in the village of Sewanee
90 Reed's Lane
931 598 9793
http://woodysbicycles.com
Rent a bike by the hour/ half day/full day or week-end.
A bicycle built for two is only $30 for half day rental.

Here is a fantastic page with great biking trails.
http://woodysbicycles.com/web/Local_Trails.html

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Last minute opening for mountain cottage in Sewanee


















Lat minute deal.  Call for this week-end May 27 & 28th.
Check in at 3 p.m. and be relaxing in this hammock at 3:15.

Copper Iris: rare Tennessee native


















Being a copper head myself, I wanted a specimen or two of this rare
but native Iris fulva.  This is the only reddish iris of our area and I
bought it two years in a row at a wildflower event.  The older plant bloomed
down by the ponds. It is often found near swamps.  I was pleased
to see that it is a pretty, pretty copper color.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Summer in Sewanee is for Relaxing


















"Hey, take it from me"...one of the many frogs at Red Oak Hollow, "Summer
comes but once a year and if you don't show up for it, you never get it back."

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What is blooming today at Red Oak Hollow Sewanee


















I am tooting my own horn, as loud as I can.  The Peony are in bloom.
I believe this one is the dramatic "Sarah Berhardt". They are one of
the longest lived perennials in a garden, as long as you tend to them to
their specific demands.  Once planted, don't move it.  You will set
it back one or two years, before it blooms again.  That's why I have
three in pots, I still don't know where I want them forever.  Now,
I have to wait till the fall to plant them in the ground.

Support large blooms with a stand. For cut flowers do so just as the bud begins to open.
 Leave at least three leaves on every cut stem and do not remove than half the blooms from any clump.
Once bloomed, remove the faded flowers to prevent seed formation.
Feed with fertilizer after the bloom and again in the fall.
All this for the most dramatic sweet smelling girly girl flower in the garden that blooms in May
for a week or two.  Come and see them.  The cottage is available next week-end May 30th and June 6th .

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sewanee Military Academy is part of SAS reunion


















June 6- 8th is the week-end to reminisce and renew old friendships
at the SAS reunion.  The Sewanee Military Academy joins the celebration.
If you plan to come and need accommodations, consider our cottage at
Red Oak Hollow.  We are just down the road from the event.
Call and reserve today. 931 598 9871

We also have a Sleep Number King Size bed in the master
bedroom, in case you need a good night sleep, to refresh for the next
day's activities.

Monday, May 19, 2014

St. Andrews Alumni Reunion June 6 - 8 and Stay at Red Oak Hollow


















The St. Andrew's-Sewanee Alumni Association is comprised of all who attended or taught at SAS or her parent schools: Sewanee Military Academy, Sewanee Academy, St. Andrew's School, and St. Mary's School.  Photo is the Jazz dinner under the tents at SAS.

We have availability for your reunion.  Call ASAP and book the cottage.  Sleeps Four

 “Alumni Weekend was the perfect chance to show my family around SAS and the Mountain. It could not have been better and everyone could not have been nicer. Many thanks to all of you for all that you put into the weekend.”   Past alumni comment on the reunion.



Friday, May 16, 2014

Mountain meditation spot to relax your mind, body and spirit


















A view of the pond where your mind can float your spirit boat.
Come and enjoy our tranquility at Red Oak Hollow.
Call and book your week-end. 931 598 9871

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Princess of the Wildflowers


















The darling of the wildflowers, the princess of the pink delight found
upon our hillside is the dramatic Pink Lady Slippers.
We have a small grouping of five this year, with three currently in bloom.

Why do I enjoy them so much, that I  take people to see them? It's
because  they are difficult to grow and nearly impossible to still find in the wild.
Thier habitat has to be exactly to their liking or they won't return and prosper.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Rare Rose Catesby's Trillium now in bloom at Red Oak Hollow


















In the nine years that we lived here, this is the second year that
"Bashful Wakerobin", (yes wildflowers also have nicknames)
has profusely appeared on our estate at Red Oak Hollow.

Seldom found on the domain, but happily perking up from the mulched
wildflower gardens I maintain and wonderfully underfoot in our woods.
It's a great wildflower spring this year.  Come and see for yourself and stay with us this May.
Call 931 598 9871

Monday, May 05, 2014

What's in bloom today at the gardens of Red Oak Hollow?


Happy Cinco de Mayo


























Celebrate today with those you love.

Billy Burrito at the 7th annual Running of the Chihuahuas in Chattanooga on Saturday.
He hardly made it pass the starting line, but he did enjoy his margarita.
We were hoping to win best dress and the margarita glass was part of his costume.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Last minute deal $135 at Red Oak Hollow Sewanee



















Yes, it is this pretty right now at Red Oak Hollow.  Dogwoods, Azaleas,Iris
are all in bloom.  The ponds are jumping with fish and attracting wildlife.

This week-end we are open with a last minute deep discounted deal; $135 a night.
Call today and be here tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

'IRIS' I was in Sewanee this Week-end





















Come stay and play at Red Oak Hollow and enjoy spring like it
was meant to be.  Two bedroom cottage is available.  Great last minute
rate.  Call Asap. 931 598 9871

Photo is the view of our fishing pond.