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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sit a spell and rest some.

Before we bought our land, we had a short list of wants.
Right at the top of list was "a water feature"; stream, pond, lake,
 anything larger and more frequent that a puddle.
The hubby and I never discussed why we wanted water, we just knew we did.

There hasn't been a day, when we said, "Heck, what is all the water doing here?"
It's here for a purpose.
Some days, the purpose is solely to sparkle.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Butterflies galore in the gardens of Red Oak Hollow

August is the glory of summer.  The days might be hot, but the
evenings have the cool mountain breeze that brings relief.
Call today and book your week-end, we still have a couple of
August week-ends available with our garden cottage.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Cicada; waking up to the world.

Nature comes in all sizes and as bugs go this is a BIG one.
The cicada just left it's shell and was slowly waking up to the world.
Once captured, it was well on it's way to our fishing pond to lure a
large mouth bass.  Good eating for the bass.

Hike the Domain of the University of the South

Do a little of it or do a lot of it.  For those of us that can, heck
plan it well and make a day of it and do it all.  Hike the Perimeter
Trail of the domain and come back to Red Oak Hollow and have the
best night sleep on our king size sleep number bed.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Mike and the Moonpies perform this Saturday in Sewanee

Summer in Sewanee just keeps getting better and better.
This Saturday night free musical entertainment by an Austin, Texas band
as they are stopping by Angel Park during their concert tour of Tennessee.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Fiery Gizzard : great place with a funny name

The unusual name, Fiery Gizzard, was purportedly given to the area by Daniel Boone.
While camped in the area, he overcooked his dinner, which flamed up, giving the gorge and nearby creeks their names.

The hike from Fiery Gizzard Trail from Foster Falls is a 4.7 mile balloon loop.  It travels past an impressive 60-foot Foster Falls.  Bring your budding Daniel Boones for their close up look at nature. July is a great month to hike in the morning.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Hike or Bike the New Mountain Goat Trail: Safe and Fun

I am in love with the Mountain Goat Trail. The first part of it was
completed in the spring of this year.  It is paved from Sewanee to
Monteagle.  The round trip walk or bike ride is a just shy of 10 miles.
I biked it six times this week. I am clocking in at 65 minutes;
not bad for a senior who previously started her mornings, just sitting on the couch.

When you come to Sewanee bring your bikes or you could rent one at
the local bike shop in Sewanee.  They rent them by the hour, half day, day or week.
I suggest a morning outing to enjoy  a cool mountain breezes as
you walk thru a paved forest trails.  It's Great!!

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Big Year for Bunnies at Red Oak Hollow

They are absolutely everywhere this year.  Conditions must have been perfect, because they multiplied like "rabbits".

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Come unplug this summer at Red Oak Hollow.

I love these Discover the Forest ads.
It's firefly season and our forest is full of ferns.
Try this simple test: ask your child what the difference is between a fern and a flower.
Under the age of 10, they may not know, till you show them.

Come unplug this summer at Red Oak Hollow, even if it is only for a couple of days.
It will make the best memories.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Nature is an experience that you don't forget.

Wildlife is a way of life here at Red Oak Hollow. Deer, duck, geese,
fox, birds, possums are out hunting for food to feed their young.

Their little ones grow so fast, that you can literally see a difference within
a week-end.  Our mountain is full of wild life, but our estate attracts more
than it's share; due to our natural springs in the woods and the three  ponds in the hollow.

You don't have to do a thing to see all the action.  Just sit on the porch and rock away in
our red rocking chairs or meander down to the ponds or walk into our woods and sit
quietly in the meditation garden and listen to the life that city life doesn' offer.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Tennessee Music Festival Fans stay at Red Oak Hollow

Do you plan to go to any of the many Tennessee music events this summer?
Did you know that our mountain is located near many of the events.

Red Oak Hollow would be the perfect place to stay for a great night sleep on a king size sleep number bed. Camping out in the mud and heat of Bonnaroo is only for the young; the young of heart could use a little more TLC with the comforts of our cottage.

Bonnaroo begins on June 11th thru the 14th with Billy Joel closing ( (27 miles away)

Riverbend Music Festival in Chattanooga, June 5th thru the 13th  (45 miles away)

CMA Music Festival in Nashville June 11th thru the 14th. (90 miles away)

Or stay on the mountain and enjoy a musical event or two (often free) of the Sewanee Music Festival June 20th thru July 19th. ( ( 7 miles from Red Oak Hollow)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

If you don't hike the mountain you can't see the view

Foster Falls. It's hard not to sound like we are bragging,
but it's so darn beautiful  here in the summer that it's a pity
not to enjoy it.
This week-end is open at Red Oak Hollow. Call 931 598 9871.
Come and enjoy nature, with your spouse, friend or family.
You won't be sorry, your heart will be lifted, your spirits will
soar but your feet might be tired.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Memorial Day Get : have fun this week-end on the mountain,with me.

Are you going to stay home this week-end?  You know you don't want to.
Come and see me with my three siblings swimming in the ponds and eating
the free cracked corn at Red Oak Hollow.

Gather up your family and spend a week-end having fun in nature.
Call today.  931 598 9871 2 bedroom cottage with all the fix'ins in one of the
prettiest nature spots in Tennessee.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Blue Hole waterfalls along the Fiery Gizzard trail

All the rain these past three days will make for a
full waterfall this week-end.  This blue hole is swim-able.

The rains have stopped and this week-end will be sunny and dry.
Come to the mountains and hike, bike, swim, fish and play.
Our cottage is available, but call soon.  931 598 9871

Friday, May 15, 2015

They just walked out of the woods this morning

A brand new young family of Canadian Geese walked out of the marshy area of the woods. We had no idea they were there. The newcomers kept to one side of the pond while our original pair guarded the food supply.  We feed crack corn and it must be pretty tasty.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Memorial Day Week-end;Sweet Cottage, 3 Nights for only $500

Red Oak Hollow has been called "The best kept secret on the mountain."
We offer tremendous value for a two bedroom cottage with an abundance of amenities. 

You may also want to visit our VRBO listing.  We have over 32 five star reviews.
Go to and our account number is 238263

We are also posted on Trip Advisor:

Located in Sewanee, Red Oak Hollow is just a short drive to St. Andrews or the University of the South, just 7 miles directly down Highway 156 South.

Enjoy your day on campus or in town and come back to a tranquil mountain retreat.
The garden cottage is part of our 30 acres private estate of hardwood trees, fantastic native and butterfly gardens, ponds stocked with catfish, bass and brim, entertaining wildlife.

A few extras that we offer:
Free Wi-Fi: you can be down by the ponds and read your email.
Satellite TV; there are 3 TVs in the cottage, one in each bedroom and the largest in the living room.
Private hiking trails thru our woods down into the meadow and around the 3 ponds.
Catch and release fishing, 18 hole county disc golf course, horse shoes, badminton, swings, hammock, fire pit and picnic table down by the ponds.

In the Cottage:
King Size  Sleep Number Bed in the Master Bedroom.  Best night sleep on this mountain!
Complete kitchen, with dishwasher.
Very large bathroom, with separate soaking tub.
Second bedroom with bunk beds, TV/VCR.
Washer and Dryer

Angels are nearer than you think in Sewanee

Does being on a mountain make you closer to God?  Some might thinks so.
In Sewanee there is a tradition of angels and when you leave the mountain there is something
 you can easily take with you.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Yes, we have more babies at Red Oak Hollow

It's so dang crazy just keeping up with the birthdays around here.  First we had seven goslings from our pair of Canadian Geese and sadly they may have only lasted a day.  Then we have a eight little Mallard ducklings that we first sighted on Saturday.  My hubby said he saw the ducklings this morning with out their parents and a few hours later I believe the ducklings were down at the edge of the pond alone.  Oh no, not orphans!. By the time I put on my shoes and grabbed the camera, there were three Canadian Geese at the pond and not ducklings or ducks.  Yikes!  The geese left and I walked the edges of the pond listing for anything, beside jumping frogs and fish.  I couldn't find a sign of them and just an hour later, the ducklings, their parents and the three geese all came back for lunch.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Meet Swiss Charlie in the backyard garden of the cottage

Swiss Charlie has a head-full of Swiss Chard and he keeps watch of the
herb and vegetable garden.  This month, kale, lettuce, swiss chard,
radishes are ready to sample.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Book Mother's Day week-end at Red Oak Hollow

A quick get- a -way week-end in the mountains is better than a dozen roses.
Look what you can enjoy at the garden cottage at Red Oak Hollow.
Call 931 598 9871  Make Memories with Mom!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Is nature your passion? You are in luck this week-end. .

Come to the mountain this week-end.  The cottage is available .
Call today.  931 598 9871  Have a perfect week-end.
Open yourself up to nature, just like this Passionflower,
which is the the official state wildflower/vine of Tennessee.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Springtime is baby time at Red Oak Hollow


Wild Azalea are everywhere; the woods, next to the streams at Red Oak Hollow

Native plants are truly the best when they gave a burst of blooms to enjoy.
This week-end they will still be bloom, come see for yourselves. Call today.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sewanee 2015 Graduation Availability; Rich in Nature, Abundant in Comforts

Red Rocking chairs are on the front porch at Red Oak Hollow; what would you expect?

Enjoy your morning cup of Joe, as you plan your day on our
beautiful mountain.

Listen to the birds sing, there is a bird feeder , hanging from a tree, just a comfortable distance away,
Be part of hummingbird hijicks, as they buzz from one hummingbird feeder to the other, which are located at each edge of the porch.

Rock and talk with your loved ones, as the slowest of the mountain settles your mind.

Yes, now you are relaxed.  You are ready to celebrate your child's graduation celebrations.  Isn't that why you came to the mountains in the first place.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Last minute mountain cottage deal this week-end. Call now

The lilacs will knock you out with their old fashion scent.
I have one in back of the cottage and one in the front of the cottage in bloom right now.

The mountain is turning green.
The wildflowers are abundant.
The waterfalls are rushing.
Book this week-end, arrive on Friday and have a great week-end enjoying
nature at her best.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April 18th, a Saturday adventure in wildflower heaven... Just call..

This the entrance to the University to the South and more importantly the parking lot for
Shake Rag Hollow.  If this is your first "Howdy Do" to this wildflower and waterfall mecca hike; just imagine what awaits you.

Book today for the few remaining days of April.   I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Can you only escape for one Saturday night?   I have April 18th available!!!!!

Monday, April 06, 2015

Has your child enjoyed the woods lately?

I happy to announce that the celebrated author will be on our mountain this week-end.

Author Richard Louv, who coined the term "nature-deficit disorder" and wrote the groundbreaking book Last Child in the Woods will be the keynote speaker for the Friends of South Cumberland's Trails & Trilliums Festival in April. "We are delighted to host internationally acclaimed environmentalist Richard Louv," said FSC president Ty Burnette. "His powerful message on the importance of connecting children to nature is central to the FSC mission and one we are proud to share." Following publication of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, Richard Louv sparked a debate that began an international movement to reconnect kids and nature. He introduced the concept of nature-deficit disorder; influenced national policy; and helped inspire campaigns throughout North America. Louv will present a program for educators on April 10 and give an address on April 11.

Keynote Talk: "The Nature Rich Life" Richard Louv will present a keynote talk and book signing during Wine & Wildflowers, Saturday, April 11 at 6:00 in the Assembly Auditorium. Tickets for the wine and cheese reception and the talk are $20 a person, payable at the door or online. Following his talk, there will be a chance to purchase and get autographs in copies of the brand new 10th Anniversary Edition of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

We have a few days available in April. Book Now.

With just the slightest breeze, wild azalea begins to flutter and dance for your delight. They will be in full force in just a couple of weeks. Mid-April. We have one week ( 6 days) still available starting April 18th. Book the cottage now and bring your camera and hiking boots.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Blue Star in my cultivated wildflower garden

Blue Star is aptly named.  It does grow wild on the mountain, but it usually
waits for June to bloom.  Since I cultivate my wildflower garden, I have found that
all that TLC encourages blooms in April.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Book an April stay and enjoy the Iris in bloom

April is Iris bloom time and I have many Iris patches throughout the
estate of Red Oak Hollow.  We have a few dates open in April and we
would love to have you enjoy the beauty of spring here.
Call ASAP, we  have one single night week-end dates this month. Friday April 10th.