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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


Hammock View of Weiss Lake
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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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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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


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



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There are many who would sit to debate the best season here in the South.  For most, Spring and Fall are the only options.  I, however, would like to propose that each season is best in its own way.  Spring definitely has some beautiful flowers and it is a welcome […]

Nature’s Greatest Season


So, I was going through some of the bed and breakfast reviews on various websites the other day trying to see if there was something we might be missing in the way of customer service or advertising or if other Bed and Breakfasts might be doing things differently that would make […]

A Cattle Call??? Yay or Nay?


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While autumn in general is a beautiful season with the trees all colored up in their yellows, reds, and golds, late autumn is my favorite!  Somewhere around the middle to end of November, many of the leaves have already fallen, but the ones remaining are a beautiful golden color.  It […]

Autumn Glow




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Spring is well under way, which means summer is not far behind! For a Bed and Breakfast owner, summer means a lot more fruit to choose from to serve on the breakfast table. Strawberries are already becoming available so there will be some Strawberry French Toast served here in the […]

Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast


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A hidden room. That is one of the “stories” going around when the Weaver Mansion was built. Millard Weaver spared no expense in the building of the mansion so it is natural that folks would come up with some monstrous tails about the monster house on the mountain. I believe […]

The Weaver Mansion: A Hidden Room?