1349 Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421

Sunday, December 6, 2020


St Francis Cottage 201205 Blog Title photo

As CHRISTMAS approaches after celebrating one of our favorite Holidays, THANKSGIVING, we are grateful to God for sustaining us through the Year of the Pandemic.  Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the many individuals and families who have lost loved ones or have endured the virus themselves or have lost their jobs and a reliable income.  Our country has yet to see the tidal wave of evictions and foreclosures to come as protections are lifted and many lose their homes.  These are tough times, indeed.   We are beyond thankful for good health and record-breaking occupancy at St Francis Cottage during this difficult year, yet we constantly think about and pray for those who did not fare so well and that 2021 will be a year of recovery and hope.

Read on and we will introduce you to some recent guests; a couple of industry awards for the cottage; a few of our new breakfast items; great harvest news; local hiking; some family trivia; and some must-see holiday events near the Cottage.  

Saturday, June 13, 2020

COVID-19 and SPRING PROJECTS at the Cottage

COVID-19 and SPRING PROJECTS at the Cottage

Rose Bloom closeup
Spring 2020 changed all of our lives forever as we slowly learned to live with the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  As everyone’s lives came to a fearful stand-still by the end of February, we learned to appreciate each other more and to limit our lives to the essentials as much as possible.  Since business at St Francis Cottage slowed down to accommodate Florida travelers returning to their homes in the North, we had time to reflect and adjust to the “new normal” of our personal and business lives.  

Thursday, April 23, 2020


We would love for your to join us in person, but considering the current situation, we want to give you a tour of our property and the many areas of edible plantings.  Hope to inspire you to do more of the same at your place.  We are currently open and taking extra sanitizing precautions and distancing requirements for all our guests.  ENJOY!

Click on YouTube at bottom of the video after you click play to see the full HD version!

THANK YOU for joining us!  We pray that you are making good choices to stay healthy and safe.

-  Wallace & Nancy

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Looking back on HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS for 2019-2020 while in the midst of Uncertain COVID-19 Times

This vibrant display of blueberry bushes spiked last November, creating a natural welcome for the then upcoming Holidays:
Here we are in the second month of uncertainty because of the Coronavirus and COVID-19.  The only certainty is that every day brings some new challenge for us and for so many that are truly struggling with this pandemic.  We pray for all of you - family, guests, and friends - as you each face different challenges.  We pray for your well-being and health and safety.  We also pray you'll quickly be reunited with everyone you love and have missed.

So far, we've been able to stay healthy and keep the Cottage open.  We've seen a number of folks moving back home, across the country, as well as some more local folks still wanting to get away to a trusted environment.

Per the CDC directions, we have implemented additional sanitation routines and as much "social distancing" as is possible.  All are still welcome as long as we remain open.

We wanted to share with you some of the joys of this past year, thus this blog.