Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tea at the Ranch

I always take a tea mug and tea with me when we travel. 
This time it was my Dunoon "The Cotwolds" design. 
The Cataloochee Guest Ranch in Maggie Valley is a far distance from
the Cotswolds, but it was nice to have my English-made mug
to comfort me during the misty, foggy, cool times on the mountain.
The Harney and Sons Queen Catherine Blend of three Chinese black teas
made a great comforting cuppa. 
 I took these photos in the comfortable, warm Ranch House 
where all the hearty meals are prepared then served  family-style
as guests sittogether at long tables.
Wintergreen Cabin where we stayed is just below the horse barn
in the photo above. 
While the family was out horseback riding in the rain,
I enjoyed the peace and quiet and the beautiful view
from my rocking chair on the front porch of Wintergreen Cabin. 
The Ranch House is at the top of the hill in this photo.


The Cataloochee Guest Ranch is located at 5000 ft. elevation,
near Maggie Valley, North Carolina,  
bordering the Smoky Mountains National Park.
The ranch is owned by the Alexander Family,
and is currently managed by the third generation of the family. 

We arrived on Sunday, September 30th and stayed three nights. 
Lunch and dinner are included, and lunch is optional.
We enjoyed all our meals at the Ranch House.
On the rainy Monday afternoon, we drove to nearby
Waynesville, NC to shop at the popular Mast General Store. 
AJ and KJ love the old-fashioned candy counter there. 


jemilyea said...

Long-time lurker here; not sure if I've ever posted before. I thought of you and your traveling teacups this weekend, as I also was traveling (without a teacup). I'm not sure if you've ever written about this or not. When you take your mug and tea along with you, how do you get your boiling water? Do you bring an electric kettle with you? At this lovely guest ranch, I know the kitchen probably provides you with hot water. At hotels, do you just use the hot water provided for tea? I've thought about buying an immersion heater.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a nice get away, Linda. I like your mug. They carried all kinds of Dunoon pieces at a tea room here on the Island this year. Alas, they were too pricey for me but they were nice to look at. This shop in particular has really become an expensive place to shop unfortunately. I think they are more interested in catering to the tourists than we Islanders.
Hope you're having a wonderful week.


La Tea Dah said...

It sounds like you had such a relaxing and wonderful time. I travel with my tea mug too. Always.

Angela McRae said...

I *love* that you always take your tea and teawares with you on a trip (especially since I have personally witnessed your doing this!). I wouldn't have been horseback riding in the rain either, so rocking with a cup of tea in hand sounds just perfect!

Marilyn said...

What a lovely family get-away! and with a special tea and mug too!

Lady Linda said...

You have had lots of travels! Thanks for sharing and all the tea related places and thing that you do.


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