The Secret Bed and Breakfast Blog


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I slept with the window open last night. The wind dancing in the trees, the crickets and cicadas singing their songs. Such a soothing melody combined with the sweet smell of fresh air hinting at morning rain. Autumn is approaching and as I retrieve the pumpkins from storage I am […]

A Brisk Night


We have many animals on our property,so it’s time for an introduction to our Secret animals! Today is everyone’s favorite resident donkey! He is the protector of all the livestock in our pasture and a regular blogger on our page! Jose’ came to us a year after we purchased The […]

The Jose’ Story


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Christmas decor is finally mostly finished! A few more finishing touches outside and I am ready to sit back and just enjoy the beauty! Who wants to come up and sit by the fire with me? Christmas Carols and Hot Chocolate!! And, no crowds!!! #christmasishere #noblackfriday #thesecretbedandbreakfast #visitnorthal

Christmas Completion 2019



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“Somewhere out there beneath the pale moonlight….” I use to sing this song to my boys when they were babies as I rocked them to sleep. It was bitterly cold out, but something about the moonlight was drawing me outside. I bundled up and headed for my quiet spot on […]

Moonlight and Solitude


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When Millard Weaver built what is now the main lodge of The Secret Bed and Breakfast in 1965 it was considered extravagant for its time. Built on solid bedrock, the tile for the floor was imported from Italy. The wood beams in the ceiling are 2′ x 8′ double tongue […]

Fall on the Horizon


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Summer has officially began and here on the mountain temperatures are climbing into the 90’s already! So, what are your summer plans? Perhaps a trip to the mountains? A place where you can see several waterfalls under the canopy of shade trees, visit a few wineries, sit by a pool […]

Summer is Here!!!



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Letter to my younger self: There will come a point in your life when material things just don’t matter. The nice cars, fancy houses, expensive vacations will become inconsequential. At this time you will gain the understanding that life is more about surrounding yourself with loving, supportive people. You will […]

Letter to my Younger Self


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I woke this morning, walked out onto the bluff here at The Secret. Still shrouded in darkness by the crisp night sky, I looked up. The stars above were shining so bright I felt I could reach up and pluck them from the sky. The distant lights of civilization seem […]

Morning Sky


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Hi Folks!  Chardonneigh  here.  So I’ve been at The Secret for a month now.  I have some new friends in the barn.  At first they didn’t seem to like me very much and I was scared, but it turns out they were more scared of me!  Now we all just […]

Horse Talk with Chardonneigh!



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It’s a cold night in January.  Winter nights are the most thoughtful time of the year.  Perhaps its the lack of daylight or maybe just some ancient tendency handed down from our ancestors as a way to stay warm.  Whatever the reason I become more thoughtful in general.  Full winter […]

Secret Full Moons


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It occurred to me this morning as I sat waiting for the sun to come up that winter is the one season that I get to actually sit and have a cup of coffee while enjoying the sunrise.  It was a balmy 11 degrees this morning, way better than the […]

Winters Glory


When we became Bed and Breakfast owners over 6 years ago little did I know that my love of animals would become an integral part of the job.  I had said I would never have livestock and yet I now have 4 goats, a donkey and 18 chickens!  Ironically, the […]

Herd Animals….A lesson in Acceptance