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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.

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.