Saturday, April 19, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gnomes feel right at home at Red Oak Hollow Sewanee

That little rascal gnome feels right at home in the middle of a garden circle.
The red tulips hide his red hat.  Gnomes, garden art and bright blooms
make a short walk around our grounds a delight.
We have opening for the last week-end of April and the first week-end of May.
Prime Springtime!!!  Book today and we will see you soon.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tulips are now in bloom at Red Oak Hollow Sewanee

Work up this morning and feared that the tulips were touched with frost and
luckily they are as beautiful as this photo depicts. See for yourselves and come stay with us this April.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Multiple College Acceptance Letters? Sewanne said yes?

If your brilliant student is in the prized possession of a Sewanee Acceptance letter
and is still on the fence with their college choice, there is only on thing to do.
Come visit or revisit the campus this month and book your lodging at Red Oak Hollow.
One night or two spent here and you'll fall in love with the mountain,as they finalized their all important choice.

Spring in Sewanee, stay at our cottage

It's a glorious spring in Sewanee, there are signs of life everywhere on the
mountain; wildflowers, waterfalls and wildlife.  Red Oak Hollow has the
pleasure of hosting three pairs of nesting wood ducks and the return visit
of our particular pair of Canadian Geese.  Our goose is currently laying eggs
and sitting on her nest; with only the gander relaxes at our ponds waiting for
 the automatic timed feeder to disperse the cracked corn.

We still have dates available this month and you'll see Sewanee at it's finest.
The photos is one of my many rock circles with a impressive metal sculpture of
iris in bloom.  Iris is Tennessee's state flower and I have a half dozen species,
with over a dozen varieties and colors.  They should be blooming within 10 -14 days.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

No Fooling: Looks what's in bloom today

The first tulip of the season

A popping coral explosion from a hedge of Quince.

Daffodils of many colors and variety.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Last Minute Friday...come hike Sewanee

This Friday, we will take a one night reservation with a late check out time.
Call ASAP.  931 598 9871

If you can't wait till really see Spring, well it is here.  My little Daisy Mae
is among the daffodils in our native garden beds.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Max our guest dog, King of the Sewanee Daffodils

Max loved it here. He says it's better than a park; prettier and lots of room
to run.  Thanks for leaving a box of itty bitty Milk Bones behind for the little dogs of Red Oak Hollow.   Opps, maybe your mom didn't tell you about that.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Saturday Night Special: Only need one night this Saturday, Yes, you can rent here.

This so seldom happens in the Spring, to have an open Saturday night, but we do
this week-end.  Come to the mountain, go hike Fiery Gizzard or Shakerag Hollow and
sleep the ache away on a KING SIZE Sleep number bed and soak in an oversize bath
tub, while your honey is grilling burgers on the front porch of the sweetest little cottage
on the mountain.  Call ASAP...this Saturday only.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sewanee's private Frisbee /Disc Golf course at Red Oak Hollow

Map of the course at Red Oak Hollow. The game will keep you active if so desired.  Yes, the first hole is across the ponds, than across the meadow and thru the woods and it's well marked.  We have discs or bring your own. This is 100% private play for our guests.  No extra charge for any of our added activities: horseshoes, badminton, catch and release fishing, canoeing on the pond.

The orange boxes are the cottage, our garage and our home.

Book a week-end for 2014 spring and summer fun.  Book soon, we only have the one rental cottage.

Red Chicken Kitchen in the cottage

The kitchen is fully loaded, like a twice baked potato. It has a dishwasher, oven, full size fridge,
wine glasses, two sets of pots and pans, waffle maker, blender, mixer, toaster, George Foreman grill,coffee pot with coffee and teas provided, microwave, placemats and napkins on the table, paper  towels, dog bowls, spices, popcorn and other goodies provided.

 Propane grill on front porch and herb garden in the backyard, might make it more homey than home.

Bring groceries and you are good to go, or dine at one of our fine restaurants in Sewanee or Monteagle.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Paddling around the large pond

Our visitors book is filled with information to make your
visit pleasant, safe and fun. These instruction interestingly enough
were written by my hubby.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Checkers on the front porch

The lazy day afternoon is complete, with a set of rocking chairs on the front porch and a game of oversize checkers at your immediate reach.  Come slow down at Red Oak Hollow this Spring.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Wildflowers of Sewanee are celebrated by all

We are just getting into the wildflower mania on the mountain.
Wildflowers are celebrated here.  One can began with a walk in Shakerag Hollow,
a magical woodland trail on the domain. Books have been written and a poster
was created to help  illuminate their beauty.

 A 3 day week-end celebration in April , called  Trails and Trillums has been organized faithfully for nearly a decade to commemorate the woods, wildflowers , waterfalls and wonders.  To learn more about the event go to:

To stay in our wonderful two bedroom cottage this week-end call us today.  931 598 9871
This poster is displayed in our master suite.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

First Bloom of the Spring Season 2014

It's going to be a glorious week-end.  Stay at the cottage!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Most romantic gesture.

The hubby and I are quickly approaching our 25th wedding anniversary this spring. One of the most romantic gesture that he did (last spring) was to pick me a large bunch of daffodils at this secret "Daffodil field."  This field was planted over 30 years ago and for a mere 2 cent a flower they allow you to wander about and pick to your heart and change purse content.

Through the community grapevine, we just got word.  "The daffodil field at the bottom of the Mountain is in bloom.  Well, it's in bloom around the edges anyway, which means that we have even more to look forward to in the coming weeks.  The price is 2 cents per flower and you leave the money in a cash box at the end of the 

Here is an old wives hint; Guys if you blundered thru Valentine Day and forgot what it meant (to her), missed sending her a card on her birthday, or want to pop the question and can't afford a field of long stem roses, picking her a huge handful of daffodils will do the trick.

The next two week-ends are open and available at Red Oak Hollow.  Come enjoy the little things in life that she will remember fondly forever..

Directions to the daffodil field will be given upon arrival at Red Oak Hollow.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Red Oak Hollow's spring woods

Lost becomes you.

Stand still.
The trees ahead and bushes beside you are not lost.
Wherever you are is called here,
and you must treat it as a powerful stranger.
Must ask permission to know it and be known.

The forest breathes.
Listen. It answers.
“I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again.”

No two trees are the same to hawk.
No two branches are the same to wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost.

Stand still.
The forest knows where you are.

You must let it find you.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Shenanigans in Sewanee: New owners, now open and new smashing reviews

You gotta get: Skinny Bob's Meat Melt
This quick-service grill opened in 1974 in a blue, ramshackle 19th century building. (The structure actually leaned so far sideways that, until a renovation in 2010, it was held up by steel cables and the front door required an extra kick to actually open.) For most of its recent history, Shenanigans was also the only bar in the tiny college town -- the student body maxes out below 1,500 -- and students and teachers spent hours lounging on its front porch and squeezed onto its long, wooden benches inside sipping pitchers of beer from Mason jars. After 2yrs with its doors locked, the grill reopened in February, and is once again serving favorites like Skinny Bob’s Meat Melt (a whopping serving of roast beef, turkey, ham, Swiss, cheddar, and onions sandwiched between two buttered and griddled slices of bread) and the Griller’s Challenge -- an order that relies entirely on the griller’s imagination, and when the griller is a college student serving his friends, the sandwiches can become pretty inventive.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Blink: And it will be Spring! Book Now for the best rates

My day will be spent outdoors today, with our spring like weather.
It's Spring when the birds who sing; sing about the colors and flowers in the trees.

If you plan to come to Sewanee this Spring, call us today.  The week-ends are filling
up fast. Our 30 acre estate is paradise in the Spring.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snow day at Red Oak Hollow

It made for a lovely day, but gone within hours.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Early Bird Spring Rates at Red Oak Hollow, Sewanee

Red Oak Hollow has early bird specials for March, April and May.
Book by March 15th for the best price. You have to come to check out our spring.
 Photo of daffodil garden is just outside the cottage.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Fat Envelope from the University of the South?

Soon it will be time, for this year's high school seniors to make their
final decisions about the college of their choice.  If your student has been lucky enough to receive a fat envelope from Sewanee and you feel you need a first or second visit to finalize the choice.
Heck, come out and tour the campus.  Need a place to stay?
Red Oak Hollow!  Call today.  We will accept one night week day reservations. 931 598 9871

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Valentine's Week-end in a Sewanee mountain cottage

It’s a Valentine’s connection that exceeds all expectations.
A week-end in the woods confirms some most intriguing speculations.
That our love for one another in this perfect time and place,
assures everyday excitement and guarantees our next embrace.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sewanee Mountain hike : perfect place to pop the question.

Sewanee Mountain hike : perfect place to pop the question.

If you and your fiance are the types that would prefer to keep a wedding proposal an intimate and romantic occasion, than a hike in the woods, with wildflowers and waterfalls might just be perfect.

As the old song by Donovan goes, first there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is. But without a mountain in mind, there can be no proposal with this method, so this is a very important decision. 

Sewanee might be the best place to stage your memories. We have world class, scenic hikes, that vary in difficulty and length. Of course you will want a scenic place; a panoramic bluff view or a cozy spot underneath a natural bridge. Whatever you might choose, it’s important that it should be beautiful and dramatic, with plenty of visual impact.

Finally, be sure to plan on having a good time on your proposal hike, both on the way up and on the way down. This means that you have packed lightly but completely with any supplies you might need (water, snacks, engagement ring, etc.) It also means that you are almost positive that the answer to your scenically-put question will be yes, so that the way down will be easy and memorable.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Will your Sewanee student be gowned this week-end?

Opening Convocation for the Easter semester will be held at noon on Friday, Jan. 17, in All Saints’ Chapel. Honorary degrees will be presented and new members will be inducted into the Order of Gownsmen. Louise Cowan, author and education pioneer, will give the Convocation address and will receive an honorary degree. Poet, author, and professor Marilyn Nelson will also receive an honorary degree during the Convocation, and will give a poetry reading on Thursday, Jan. 16.

Will your student be gowned and you know you just can't miss it and need a place to stay? Call us.  The cottage which sleeps four is available?  
931 598 9871.
Great rate of $110 for January.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year from Red Oak Hollow

We look forward to New Year with the ability to share with you
our mountain and our cottage.

Nature is the balm of life that always soothes the spirit and heals the harried heart.

This winter unwind with a hike in the forest and  crackling fire beneath the night sky.
This spring be amazed with the bounty of wildflowers, waterfalls and wildlife.
This summer lie in a hammock beneath two large oaks and listen to the cricket's serenade
This autumn throw a pole in our pond and be proud of your catch.

Whenever you need to get away, find your way here.
We will be glad to have you stay at Red Oak Hollow

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Red Oak Hollow wins Best Lodging of Sewanee award 2013

Press Release : December 12, 2013

Red Oak Hollow Receives 2013 Best of Sewanee Award

Red Oak Hollow has been selected for the 2013 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 2013 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

Monday, December 16, 2013

Nature doesn't come gift wrapped

Come hike our mountain ,delight in serenity and awe at natural wonders.  Stay at Red Oak Hollow and we
will tell you how easy it is to visit Sewanee's natural bridge.

Protected by a Sewanee Angel

Sewanee village has sweet little gift shops with unique Sewanee gifts.  The Lemon Fair is the home of the Sewanee Angel.  What's Christmas without an angel?  Order yours today.  They have this shirt in little bitty sizes to very large adult.  There is still time to surprise your loves with this on Christmas day.
The Lemon Fair is on 60 University Avenue, Sewanee, Tn.  

They are open Christmas eve until 3... official husband's shopping day