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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.