1349 Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421

Monday, December 4, 2017


(Holidays, Holidays, Holidays!)

We have welcomed visitors from all of these places since we opened last April!  We love our guests!

December 14th marks eight months since we opened St Francis Cottage, and the time has flown by.  We are amazed as we look at the framed map (as suggested by one of our guests) full of pins marking the home towns of our amazing guests, and we are thankful for each and every person who has entered our doors.  From New Zealand, to Germany; from Canada to Florida, New York to Oregon, California to Massachusetts and, of course, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and many other states, we have enjoyed meeting so many interesting and kind people.  

North meets South:  Kevin & Karen from Long Island, Sue & Larry from Hendersonville, TN
Wanda & Len all the way from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Carsten & Stephanie came from Germany for five days prepping for and entering the Ironman 70.3 International Finals.
Bigson joined us for two days while in the States from New Zealand to attend an anti-bullying conference in Nashville.
By Sunday evenings we are physically tired but emotionally and spiritually uplifted after having the opportunity to host the fine guests who have stayed at the Cottage.  As we decorated for Christmas, we realized that we are quickly approaching the end of our first year of innkeeping, and what a GOOD year it has been!  Many, many thanks to all our fine guests who have made our dream possible.


Many of you have met our eight-month old pygmy goat, Alice, who has a triple-A personality and is definitely not a timid goat.  Realizing that any herd animal should not be alone, we began our search to find a playmate for Alice.  We finally found an ad for another female pygmy goat, so Snowflake came to live with us in early November.  

Nancy, Snowflake & Alice enjoying a beautiful, sunny fall afternoon.
Snowflake is absolutely adorable and sweet, however, once she has enough of Alice’s pranks, she lets her have a good head butt and merrily goes about her day.  We love Snowflake and Alice dearly, and they’ve settled into a daily routine of exploring, napping, grazing and enjoying their treats of Alfalfa pellets and Corn Flakes.  They’ll put on a good show for you after breakfast, when we allow them to venture over to the Cottage for some fun.


What a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration we had hosting the Henize Family Reunion, to celebrate Larry Henize’s 90th Birthday.  Believe me, nothing can slow down Larry and Marge Henize, and they are truly amazing, upbeat, positive, and wonderfully rare people.  We first met Mr. and Mrs. Henize in 1988 when we gathered with Habitat for Humanity friends, Bob and Karen (Henize) Geiger and Ken and Nancy Keefer for a weekend getaway at the Henize mountain retreat in North Carolina.  

Henize Family Reunion attendees. 
Our children, Hannah and Michael, have great memories sliding down the Posey Hole rapids and enjoying great vacation moments with these special families.  It was truly an honor to host the Henize Family Reunion almost 30 years later and catching up with Bob, Karen, Caroline and Rebecca Geiger, Mr. and Mrs. Henize, and Karen’s extended family from Texas and Florida.  


Consider wrapping up your Christmas shopping in Chattanooga!  The Holiday Market will be held at the Chattanooga Convention Center, beginning Saturday and Sunday, December 9th – 10th, and ending the following weekend, Saturday, December 16th to Sunday, December 17th, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The best news is that admission to the Holiday Market is FREE!  Find that unique, special gift from local artisans and crafters for your loved ones this Holiday Season.  

And remember, St Francis Cottage is only 2.5 MILES from Hamilton Place, one of Tennessee’s largest shopping complexes.  We recently re-arranged the library to accommodate football fans who want to watch the game on the 65-inch smart TV with full surround sound, so whether you prefer football or shopping, we aim to please at SFC!   Book your combined shopping/football weekend now!

The Cool Hearth:  A 65" Smart 4K TV with full surround sound for getting the most out of every game or movie.


And don’t forget to plan St Valentine’s Day 2018 at St Francis Cottage!  We’ll give you more details as the 2017 Holiday Season winds down,  Stay tuned for details!
We will be open from Christmas Eve/Christmas Day through New Years Eve Weekend, so book now to reserve your room!  Whether you prefer to ring in the New Year quietly with your loved one with champagne in your room, or celebrate with other guests around the fire in the great room, or UBER down to the Hunter Museum of Art for their Party on the Bluff, we would love to host you at the Cottage.  Give us a call, or book online to roll into 2018 in Chattanooga.  The Hunter’s Party on the Bluff tickets sell out quickly, so act now!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Wallace & Nancy!

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