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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.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Why Spring rain is so radiant and wonderful.

There are so many place to hike here, Fiery Gizzard, Stone Door, Shake-rag Hollow,
Foster Falls and if you are willing to drive a bit, the magnificent Rutledge Falls in Manchester.
One of our guest took this photo and I certainly enjoy sharing it.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tulipmania hits Red Oak Hollow this April

Spring will come sooner than we think and I can't wait for Tulip-mania!
I had 40 of these cosmic colored orange and red peony styled tulips last year.

Gaudy?  Heck no, delivery men would stop and say they never seen flowers
so pretty before.  Other people would just open their mouth and gape and say
"Tulips?"  So this year, I lined 5 whisky barrels with them( another 120) and it's going to
be a firecracker display.  Don't miss out of the prettiest time of the year on the
mountain  and book your Spring week or week-end now.  931 598 9871

Friday, February 13, 2015

Be still my Wildflower Heart

It all begins, so fittingly on Valentine's Day, the first free guided hike
for Shake Rag Hollow.  It's at 1:30 P.M.  Although it's winter, we
might be pleasantly surprised by the early, early sightings of wildflowers.

By early March the dance is on, by April it's heaven and bright red Trillium (first photo) are so plentiful that they coming rushing towards your feet. Seriously my exaggeration only parallels my enthusiasm for the month of April and Shake Rag Hollow.

The Cottage at Red Oak Hollow has a few week-ends and weekly rentals open this Spring. If you been thinking about Spring and how you really need to reconnect with nature and your beloved, give us a call and book the cottage. 931 598 9871

We would love to have you here.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Walk to your heart's content in Sewanee

Walking is a big part of the Sewanee experience.

Easily walk Red Oak Hollows 30 acre estate with your morning cup of coffee on the road thru the woods, past the fox den and meditation garden, to the open meadow down in the hollow with the three ponds and back up again to the cottage.

Trails branch from the campus and link to the Perimeter Trail. This 20-mile loop on the mountaintop offers expansive views into the valleys. Sunsets draw people to the overlook at Memorial Cross, a place of remembrance for fallen soldiers, and to Morgan’s Steep, a lookout near the trail head to Bridal Veil Falls. The falls tumble 27 feet down a limestone cliff and then plunge an additional 25 feet more before the water slips into a sinkhole.

The Shakerag Hollow Trail, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, descends through hardwood forests to an overlook featured on vintage postcards. Wildflowers like Dutchman’s breeches, dwarf larkspur, Southern red trillium and trout lily grow in profusion. These hikes through woodlands and to sandstone overhangs and natural bridges attract visitors from Nashville, Chattanooga and the entire Southeastern Tennessee region.

Easy access via Interstate 24 and a broad selection of  cafes and restaurants make Sewanee a popular weekend getaway.  Book your stay at Red Oak Hollow

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Hiking in February at Shake Rag Hollow

Shake Rag Hollow is one of my favorite trails to hike on our mountain.

On Tuesday, I went off for a brief hike and spotted the art project called the Last Leaf
hanging from some trees and icicles melting before my eyes.

There is always a great show when in comes to nature and creativity.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Did you get accepted to the University of the South Sewanee?

Many families visit Sewanee and we would love to have your stay at the two bedroom cottage at Red Oak Hollow.  Call and book as soon as you can.  See why Sewanee is considered one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States.
Most colleges invite their accepted candidates to spend a few days on campus before the May 1 reply date to encourage them to enroll. This is a good opportunity to make some in-depth comparisons between the colleges that have accepted you.  
However, if you're planning to wait to visit colleges until after you've received acceptances, keep in mind that you may have only a few weeks to visit and make your decision. Most colleges don't mail acceptance letters before April, and the standard reply date is May 1.

Campus Visit Checklist

How to Make the Most of Your Trip

Visiting a college campus helps you get a sense of what a college — and life at that college — is like. This can help you decide whether the college is right for you.
When planning your campus visits, make sure to allow time to explore each college. While you’re there, talk to as many people as possible. These can include college admission staff, professors and students. Below are some other things you can do while visiting. Note that some activities, such as meeting with an admission officer or staying overnight in a dorm, might need to be set up in advance.
Gather Information
Find out what you need to do to apply and see if the college’s class and major offerings are what you want:
·       Take part in a group information session at the admission office.
·       Interview with an admission officer.
·       Pick up financial aid forms.
·       Pick up financial aid forms.
·       Sit in on a class that interests you. If classes aren't in session, just see what the classrooms are like.
·       Meet a professor who teaches a subject that interests you.
·       Talk to students about what they think of their classes and professors.
·       Get the names of the people you meet and their business cards so you can contact them later if you have questions.
Explore the Campus
Get a feel for student life and see if this college is a place where you will do well:
·       Take a campus tour.
·       Talk to current students about life on campus and the college.
·       Check out the freshmen dorms and stay overnight with a student, if possible.
·       Visit the dining hall, fitness center, library, career center, bookstore and other campus facilities.
·       Talk to the coaches of sports that you may want to play.
·       Walk or drive around the community surrounding the campus.

Questions to Ask During Your Visit
Here are some questions you may want to ask your tour guide or students you meet on campus:
·       What are the best reasons to go to this college?
·       What’s it like to go from high school to college?
·       What do you do in your free time? On the weekends?
·       What do you love about this college?
·       What do you wish you could change about this college?
·       Why did you choose this college?
·       What is it like to live here?
Adapted from Campus Visits and College Interviews by Zola Dincin Schneider.

Wear Red this Friday

The trees are getting ready for a great week-end and a great month.
Come stay on the mountain and get back to nature.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Free Guided Hikes this week-end

Where should I go, what should I look for and what if...?
Now all your hiking questions can be answered with one of the many
free guided hiking week-ends on our mountain.

The cottage at Red Oak Hollow is available this week-end with a great rate of $125 a night . Be sure to mention it it when you book.  It's my blog special!!

For more  details, go to
and click on Park Activities.
For all hikes wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water.
Saturday, February 7 @ 8:00 a.m.
Frosty Meadow Hike  
Meet Ranger Jason at the Visitor’s Center for a great way to start the day. Jason will lead you on a 1.3 mile easy hike around the meadow trail to examine the nature of frost and ice and how plants and animals cope with this wintry wonder! Please dress for the weather and wear gloves!

Saturday, February 7 @ 10:00 a.m.
Savage Day Loop Hike  
Join Ranger Jessie at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station for an easy 4.2 mile hike around the Savage Day Loop. This hike is an excellent introduction to the Savage Gulf; taking you to a beautiful overlook and even a view of the Savage Falls! Please dress for the weather and bring plenty of water.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mountain Romance can be found this Valentine's week-end

Valentine's week-end is the perfect week-end to initiate your
romance.  Come hike the mountain trails, cuddle up at the
fire-pit and see a zillion stars and hold hands that aren't holding
a smart phone.  Be alive.  Be Romantic.  Be here.  Book today!

Mountain cottage with a King Sleep number Bed

At the end of the day, it is sleep that matter most.  The cottage at Red Oak Hollow
offers a King Size Sleep Number Bed, with hand made country quilts, two
Tiffany style lamps and a TV; more comfort and space than your average mountain

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Springtime is the best time at Red Oak Hollow

I love to capture the natural moments of nature in my own backyard.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Come Hike Sewanee and live your own "WILD" week-end

Nothing clears your mind like truly fresh air and a path thru the woods.
Come hike Sewanee and stay at our cottage at Red Oak Hollow.
Our mountain is calling you, so call us and book your week-end.
931 598 98711

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Last sunset of the old year in Sewanee

When you live on top of a mountain, sunsets are special.
 Come see to Sewanee and see for yourself.

I did not take this photo, but it is called "The last sunset of 2014 at Morgan's Steep"
Morgan's Steep is one of the exciting hiking trails, we have here in Sewanee.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Book Valentine's Week-end in a perfect mountain cottage

Love is always in the air at Red Oak Hollow.  St. Valentines day is on a Saturday this year.  Book the week-end now. Campfire at the fire pit with your sweetheart, it's so quiet hear you can hear the stars twinkle.  Go on brisk hikes on our fabulous hiking trails, with vistas and waterfalls and top it off with a good night sleep on Red Oak Hollow cottage KING SIZE Sleep number bed.

We only have the one cottage.  Very private. Book today.