Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Cool mountain breezes will continue to take the bite off of the summer heat.
Flowers are in abundant bloom, hiking trails are cool in the morning,
waterfalls have been well fed and continue to flow, while the forest
is calling you name.
Come enjoy the last great week-end of Summer and spend your
Labor Day Week-end at Red Oak Hollow. Call today, we only
have one sweet cottage on our 30 acre estate.
Posted by Mesha Provo at 11:21 AM
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
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
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!
Posted by Mesha Provo at 11:10 AM
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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.
Posted by Mesha Provo at 11:18 AM
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Monday, July 07, 2014
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.
Posted by Mesha Provo at 10:28 PM
Friday, July 04, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
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.
Posted by Mesha Provo at 10:00 AM
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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.
Posted by Mesha Provo at 11:58 AM
Monday, June 23, 2014
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.
Posted by Mesha Provo at 9:46 AM
Friday, June 20, 2014
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
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!
Posted by Mesha Provo at 2:51 PM
Saturday, June 14, 2014
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.
Posted by Mesha Provo at 5:18 AM
Thursday, June 12, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Red Oak Hollow Receives 2014 Best of Sewanee AwardSewanee 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 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
Posted by Mesha Provo at 9:27 AM
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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
Posted by Mesha Provo at 12:08 PM
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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.?
Posted by Mesha Provo at 12:05 PM
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.
Posted by Mesha Provo at 11:43 AM
Monday, June 02, 2014
A good old fashioned summer is a reality in Sewanee.
This week I will blog suggestions of what you might enjoy doing.
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
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.
Posted by Mesha Provo at 7:43 AM
Thursday, May 29, 2014
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.
Posted by Mesha Provo at 7:59 PM
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.
Posted by Mesha Provo at 7:54 PM
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014
Posted by Mesha Provo at 1:24 PM
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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 .
Posted by Mesha Provo at 5:10 AM
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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
Posted by Mesha Provo at 11:38 AM
Monday, May 19, 2014
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.
Posted by Mesha Provo at 10:25 AM
Friday, May 16, 2014
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
Posted by Mesha Provo at 3:35 PM
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014
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.
Posted by Mesha Provo at 7:03 PM
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
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
Posted by Mesha Provo at 11:19 AM