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Arrington’s Inn Traveler Magazine

Posted by on May 29, 2009 in At The Inn | Comments Off on Arrington’s Inn Traveler Magazine

This article was  linked to our Gracehill website for awhile and I decided to repost it in a blog format.  There were eight photos that appeared in the original format, seven of which are already on our website so we are leaving them off the blog.  Since this article was written, Gracehill won the award for a third year in a row, and added an additional bedroom.

Gracehill- Townsend, Tennessee
by Sharon Sweetser Pound
in Arrington’s Inn Traveler

Gracehill Bed and Breakfast

Gracehill Bed and Breakfast

 One glance into the guest book at Gracehill in Townsend, Tennessee hints at this bed and breakfast’s distinct character.  Comments include “a magical place,” “a wonderful refuge,” “couldn’t resist one more night,” “a little piece of heaven,” and “where we renew our spirits and restore our souls.” 

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Updated Website Goes Live, Innkeeper goes to bed!

Posted by on May 21, 2009 in At The Inn | Comments Off on Updated Website Goes Live, Innkeeper goes to bed!

Have been working almost two months on a redesign of my website www.GracehillBandB.com with Beka from Etherion, Inc.  We decided to put it in Word Press to facilitate blogging.   We went live today.  Now starts the process of working out all the kinks. It will be a joy when it is over.  Next project??? either a redesign of my brochure, or starting a newsletter.  In between I’ll do a little cooking, laundry, and greeting my guests for the Memorial Day Weekend. Life is good……. and the bed tonight will be even better!  mizkathleen @Gracehill

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Gardening Overload?

Posted by on May 7, 2009 in At The Inn | Comments Off on Gardening Overload?

Newly planted marigolds at the base of the sign at the bottom of the driveway

Newly planted marigolds at the base of the sign at the bottom of the driveway

I will get off the gardening bend of my blogs soon; about the time I have to start pulling weeds, and spraying for black spot and powdery mildew. 🙂 But, in the mean time, the gardens look wonderful. We planted the sign at the start of my driveway this week with marigolds.  The rabbits, or some critter, made a salad out of the yellow pansies we had planted there  last November.  mizkathleen @Gracehill
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Flowering Dogwood, Coffee Mugs and the Retirement Home

Posted by on May 4, 2009 in At The Inn | Comments Off on Flowering Dogwood, Coffee Mugs and the Retirement Home

Flowering Dogwood, (Cornus florida)

Flowering Dogwood, (Cornus florida)

In between the rains the weather has been glorious.  Native dogwood blooming all up and down the road.  This photo was taken about 100′ from the front entrance.  Guest’s over the weekend, Kevin and Elizabeth, stretched the smile on my face.  We were talking about a few of the things I carry in my “gift shop” (total space a 3′ X 4′ table,) one of which are the “Gracehill” coffee cups.  They spent their wedding night here and were back for their anniversary.  Said they only use their “Gracehill mugs” while they are drinking their coffee together!

I should get ready for check-ins.  Jim and Beth from FL are bringing friends from NC with them for a couple of nights.  They stayed here last year a couple of times and fell in love with the area.  They just bought a house in Louisville, same county, and closed on their retirement home this morning.  mizkathleen @Gracehill

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Flowering Thyme in our Herb Garden

Posted by on Apr 27, 2009 in At The Inn | Comments Off on Flowering Thyme in our Herb Garden

Flowering Thyme in the herb garden

Flowering Thyme in the herb garden

I was picking some fresh herbs this morning to include in one of the B&B breakfast dishes and couldn’t help snapping a shot of the thyme in bloom next to the backyard pond.  Mom is itching to get the annual herbs in the ground, basil, etc., but I think we should hold off for a couple of more weeks.  Our weather has been at the extremes, either very warm during the day or too cold at night for tender plants.  mizkathleen @Gracehill

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Crested Dwarf Iris

Posted by on Apr 23, 2009 in At The Inn | Comments Off on Crested Dwarf Iris

Crested Dward Iris, (Iris cristata and Iris verna)

Crested Dward Iris, (Iris cristata and Iris verna)

The approach to the bed and breakfast starts a mile down at Highway 321, change in elevation a 1000ft.  The first 4/10th of a mile is “subdivision” road.  The last 6/10ths of a mile is a private drive. I have planted a lot on the right and left the left side natural, for the most part.  It is a clay bank, from where we cut the road in, which is filled with indigenous things like ferns and wildflowers.  One thing I did plant on that side, were about 4 shoe boxes full of native Crested Dwarf Iris, both Iris Cristata and Iris Verna.  (Verna, the leaf is a little narrower, and it lacks the crest on the sepal.) 

The story behind that–  In 1990, while the owner/operator of Little River Village Campground in Townsend,  I bought a cabin in Wears Valley on top of Cove Mountain.  I went out in the woods one day and dug up a shoebox full miniature iris and planted them in my garden.  Sending good thoughts their way along with a little fertilizer, fast forward 3 years, and I had several fair size patches blooming.  A couple of  years I dug from that garden and sent some home some with friends, another year I dug up some and planted them at Mom’s house.  When I started building Gracehill, I dug up from the same garden the 4 shoeboxes full I planted here.  They are scattered along a 300-foot stretch of driveway.  If you clumped them all together it would probably be about 15 feet square that is covered!  Ya gotta love em.  mizkathleen @Gracehill

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