The Secret Bed and Breakfast Blog

The old man on the mountain. Presley came to us as a stray. When we first purchased The Secret he would show up to every wedding, during fireworks and thunderstorms. We would give him treats and love then the next day he would be gone, usually with the treat left […]

The Old Man on the Mountain

As the days get shorter and dark consumes more of our day the seasons of lights begin. When the fall decorations go up I always include lights. Some orange, some white. I like how it makes all the pumpkins and leaves glow like those off the bluff during the fall […]

Seasons of Lights

“Somewhere out there beneath the pale moonlight, someone’s thinking of me and loving me tonight”. Since he was an infant my grandson and I have shared the moonlight. His Angel Yaya said before she passed that she would be the brightest star in the sky and the moonlight that showered […]

Magic and Moonlight

Hi! Ho! Jose’ here at The Secret Bed and Breakfast! I love my mornings almost as much as I love the weekends! Lately my mornings have been disturbed by two four legged things that Kris calls puppies. Every morning she brings them out to the paddock beside me. They are […]

What’s a puppy?

How do you know when summer is truly upon us?? It has nothing to do with a calendar but everything to do with Lightning bugs (Fireflies to you Yankees)! I have seen several coming up from the grass as dusk hits. Soon the air will be filled with their tiny […]

Lightning bugs!!!!

Carpenter Bees. There are traps everywhere to kill them. Did you ever stop to think that much like all other animals and insects on this planet they serve a purpose? They are everywhere here but I have decided to let them bee (pun intended)! They are great pollinators of the […]

Carpenter Bees

“Beware the Ides of March.” Do you know what this phrase actually means? In Latin, the phrase Ides of March is “Idus Martias.”According to, the phrase “ides of March” is usually the middle of the month, the timing of the first full moon. The “ides” were the times the […]

The Ides of March

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“May you come to find comfort in and remember: Cardinals appear when angels are near. So go now, sit outside and drink your tea. It is there, your loved one will be.” Cardinals are amazing song birds as well as being the symbol of angels from heaven. Many of our […]

Angel Cardinals

A “Secret” New Year’s Eve celebration!!! Every New Year’s Eve our guests gather in the lodge to ring in the New Year!!! We share food and drink and weather permitting watch the fireworks from the bluff! One of the dishes I prepare is Brunswick Stew. Back in the day we […]

It’s New Year’s Eve

Hi! Ho! Jose’ here at The Secret Bed and Breakfast! Kris was working out here yesterday and was talking about Thanksgiving. It is apparently a special day that people set aside to give thanks for all the good things that have happened during the year. Now, I’m a little confused […]

It’s Thanksgiving Jose’

The tile throughout the main floor of the lodge was imported from Italy. Because the house was built on bedrock there is not a crack in the tiles. Several of the rooms that make up the owners quarters are carpeted but we had pulled up corners and could see that […]

Free the Tile!!

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I have always said that God led us to this mountain for a reason. We have made so many great friends that started out as guests, which is one of the greatest gifts. One such guest retired here from Memphis and in the process she and I became really good […]

God’s Plan