Today a friend told me of their holiday tradition of sharing what they're each looking forward to in the New Year.
I'm looking forward to spending more time with my sweetheart at Green Valley.
How about you?
We're wishing you a healthy and memorable New Year, and looking forward to what awaits us at Green Valley in 2018.
We hope to see you there.
on a starry night,
and you will see
the majesty and power of an infinite Creator.
Wishing you and yours a joyous Christmas Season.
"In general, I find that things that have happened to me out of doors have made a deeper impression than things that have happened indoors." Bertrand Russell
Come, allow Green Valley's beauty to make an impression on you.
The last of the Thanksgiving leftovers have been enjoyed.
The fall decorations are being packed away and now I'm having fun pulling crates of Winter décor out of storage.
What a mess I make of the Cottages as I sort through snowmen, lights, red berries, greenery and blankets of "snow".
Glitter on the carpets is simply part of the holiday delights, I tell myself.
Bing's on the radio singing It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, and yes, at Green Valley's Cottages it really is true.
Decorating the Cottages for the changing of seasons in one of my favorite Green Valley chores, and my guests seem to enjoy this attention to detail, too.
So, come share a Green Valley Holiday Season with someone you love.
I'll have the Christmas lights shining for you.
"To be refreshed by a morning walk, or an evening saunter...to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring---these are some of the rewards of the simple life."
" I want to go soon and live away by the pond, where I shall hear only the wind whispering among the reeds."
Henry David Thoreau
Summer days are fading into autumn.
The leaves are about to turn on their brilliance and fall about us in a shower of colors.
Soon we will find ourselves wrapped in a cloak of wintery white as winter dances in.
It happens every year.
If you're one of the lucky few, you get to experience the beauty of the passing seasons at
Come, be amazed at what nature has to offer.
"What magic you have created here. This cottage feels like a warm hug.
Our first full day it rained-torrentially.
At first we were disappointed that we couldn't explore the beautiful property, but then we discovered the pleasure of sitting in the protected porch chairs while the rain fell on the tin roof.
It was one of the most relaxing mornings and afternoons we've ever spent!
When the skies did finally clean mid-morning the following day, the sunshine felt that much sweeter.
The birds sang and the butterflies danced.
The memories are deeply rooted in our hearts and we hope to be back to make more."
Francena Cottage's guests
Green Valley's a wonderful escape during life's storms.
A place to rest, reflect and be restored.
Now sit back, turn up your volume, and listen to the song of the wood thrush in the video below. Perhaps he was one of those birds that Francena's guests heard on their sunshiney day.
"The Wood Thrush's loud, flute-clear ee-oh-lay song rings through the deciduous forests of the eastern U.S. in summer.
This reclusive bird's cinnamon brown upper-parts are good camouflage as it scrabbles for leaf-litter invertebrates deep in the forest, though it pops upright frequently to peer about, revealing a boldly spotted white breast."
Photo and description of the wood thrush from https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Wood_Thrush/lifehistory
We walked into Sophronia Cottage yesterday to find this beautiful bridal bouquet left for us. Sophronia is our honeymoon cottage and check out what the honeymooners had to say in their guest log.
"June 12th, 2017 Just Married.
We are so happy to be having our honeymoon in such a beautiful place.
As I sit on the porch this morning and drink my coffee, I'm blown away at how amazing this place is.
Yesterday when we arrived in the late afternoon, we jumped on our bikes and headed down to the lake to explore a little.
Later we sat on the porch for hours talking about how amazing our wedding and reception was.
We just got back from taking the pedal boat out and feeding the fish.
We have hiked the trails, rode the bikes, played on the tubes, used the canoe, grilled, and had many bonfires.
I love this place!
We wish we didn't have to leave here tomorrow, but this is definitely not goodbye, just a See You Next Time!"
We're so glad Green Valley was your 1st honeymoon. Sophronia will be waiting for your 2nd, 3rd, and many more honeymoons in the future!