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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Wildlife at Red Oak Hollow Sewanee

Red Foxes live on the mountain and often call sixty square miles their home.
Almost every year, a female returns to Red Oak Hollow and has her kits.
Many fox holes are in our woods near the stream.

At the break of dawn or at sunset, you can see the fox, by just sitting quietly
on the park bench in our meditation garden, just in eye view of the foxholes.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Happy Fall Y'All from Red Oak Hollow

Every year we create a fall display to welcome our guests and the season.
There are two week-end left in our calendar this month that are still
available October 24th and the 31st.  Call soon.  Autumn is our most
popular and in demand season.

We are 90 miles from Nashville. 45 miles from Chattanooga, 85 miles from Huntsville
and a world away from stress,deadlines, and malls.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

October: blooms in the garden

It's perfect weather and the plant are taking advantage of it , too!

I am in the garden more than not, this time of the year.  Why stay
indoors when the cool breeze keeps me digging, mulching, planting and
dreaming about the gardens of 2015.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Smores around the campfire with less mess

October is the perfect month for campfires and fun.
Our camp fire circle is big and surrounded by log seats.
We have a half dozen long metal skewers with long wooden handles for your marshmallows
or hot dogs  I like this new chocolate caramel in the middle of a marshmallow idea.

Picnic table, two side by side swings for the kids, two hammocks for adults, a swinging chair
for the guest who likes to read while enjoying nature are all there for your pleasure.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The pond dresses up for Autumn and attracts wildlife.

Red Oak Hollow has three ponds.  This is the one that is stocked
with large mouth bass and blue gills.  It also attracts ducks, geese, blue and green heron,
beaver, otter, frogs, turtles and fox.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Colors will explode this autumn at Red Oak Hollow

If you are thinking about coming to the mountain this autumn, please do.
You won't regret your visit during the height of fall colors.
Book our cottage as soon as you can.  We have a couple of week-ends open in
October and November.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Lessons & Carol, Sewanee Tickets Open Sept. 25

Once you book your tickets, call for reservations at Red Oak Hollow.
Our country cottage will be decorated for the Holiday season.

The 55th Annual Festival Service of Lessons and Carols will be celebrated
with three services in All Saints’ Chapel.

The services will be at 5 p.m.,Saturday, Dec. 6, and at 5 p.m. and 8
p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7.

Reservations for tickets will open at 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, at this
website: lieve/festival-of-lessons-and-carols>.

Based on the experience of past years, University officials expect the
services to fill up quickly. With this new system, guests do not have to wait
outside the chapel hoping for a seat.

The service is based on one that has been sung annually since 1918 at King’s College

Chapel in Cambridge, England.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Short on time, visit the mountain this Friday, one night only!

The cottage is available this Friday night, for one night only.  If
you want to make a quick escape to the mountain, come early
and enjoy a full day and peaceful morning.  You never know
who you might meet in our woods.  931 598 9871

Monday, September 01, 2014

Indian Summer Bliss on the Mountain. Visit Sewanee

The best time of the year is nearly upon us; Indian Summer.
The cool evening breeze, the gushing waterfalls, the late summer
wildflowers are now in progress.  Escape to the Mountain.  Call us today.
931 5989871

Monday, August 25, 2014

Romantic Hikers Labor Day Week-end

What could be more romantic than hiking the Cumberland Plateau and
enjoying the cool waters of Foster Falls.

On Sunday August 31, Mary Priestley will lead a two hour easy hike to search for late season wildflowers such as blazing star and numerous asters.  The group meets at 1:30 p.m.  Mary Priestly is a noted author and naturalist of Sewanee.

Come stay at Red Oak Hollow and create a memory forever.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Labor Day Week-end in a Mountain Cottage can be yours

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.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Sewanee is Paradise

Many a writer, photographer and artist have fallen in love with Sewanee.
Come spend a week-end or a week and you will see why.
This poster is available at various locations in Sewanee.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Autumn Mountain vacation in Sewanee TN

Sewanee is a magical place every autumn.  The University of the South looks
and feel it's best.  Come see for yourself.
Book now for best rates, before August 15th.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Rebel's Rest Sewanee University 1866 Building burned

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

Kick back this Labor Day Week-end and stay at the cottage of Red Oak Hollow

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!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Carrousel at Lake Winnepesaukah


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.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Neighborly Horses: So wonderful to see.

Sometimes horses come to me in a dream.
Sometimes horses are right there, grazing on the neighboring fields.

Although Sewanee is horse friendly, there is not a rental riding stable in the area.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Cool Mountain Breezes this week-end at Red Oak Hollow

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.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy Fourth of July

Just watching our small town parade in our red, white and blue.

Redneck Float at the Fourth of July Parade

The most unusual display of patriotism at the 4th of July Parade.
It took three photos to capture all five vehicles on the back of the flat bed truck.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lilies so tall they are called Tree Lilies

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.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sewanee floating water lilies are now in bloom

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.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Unbelievable : Sewanee Mountain cottage is available this week-end.

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.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Together they Tango


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

Fire pit by the ponds

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!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Your private picnic spot at Red Oak Hollow

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.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

2014 Best Lodging Award in Sewanee happily accepted


Red Oak Hollow Receives 2014 Best of Sewanee Award
Sewanee 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 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

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bonnaroo: Don't sleep in the mud this year!

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

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Stairs that lead to the ponds

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.?

Outdoor Family Fun at Red Oak Hollow Sewanee

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.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Spend a week this summer in Sewanee

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.