The Secret Bed and Breakfast Blog


“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” My Granny Holloway was always telling us that you never really would get away with doing the wrong thing because God was watching and would make sure you learned from your wrong. It has always kept me on the […]

Do unto others


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It’s a bone chilling 19 degrees on the mountain this morning who knows what it is with the wind chill. And while the cold is uncomfortable the silence it has brought with it is pleasant. There is a still, calmness to the cold. No noise of passing trucks from the […]

Thoughts from a Cold Winter Morning


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So, who’s making chili on this cold, rainy Monday? There’s always a difference of opinion as to what to have to accompany your chili. When I serve it here I always make sure to have crackers, fritos and my favorite, cornbread!!! Which brings on another debate, cake like cornbread or […]

It’s a Chili Night!!



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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!