A Spiritual Retreat

Written by guest Trudy Holden, Apollo Beach, FL

It matters not what walk of life we’re on, what earthly journey we pursue or what drives our faith… there are times when we each seek spiritual awakening to settle ourselves and heighten our awareness of the magnificence that surrounds us daily.

My husband and I experienced just such a divine event at the Crooked Oak Mountain Inn, a wonderful bed and breakfast in Asheville, North Carolina. We discovered this Inn through an Internet search while trying to find accommodations to attend my husband’s 40th high school reunion. While the search identified some fifty B&B’s… I believe a Greater Guide directed us to the Crooked Oak Mountain Inn.

After winding our way to this secluded haven, we opened our car door to be greeted with a splendorous scene of nature and breathtaking views of the valley, complete with rhododendrons, azaleas, mountain laurel and a multitude of indigenous trees and bushes embracing the hillside. As we approached the covered porch, we were welcomed with gregarious smiles from Bear and Patti, the owners of this delightful mountain crest paradise.

The inn is a bit rustic, with a French Country flair woven into the charm of its six guestrooms, demonstrating Patti’s design talents and creativity. Her person touches abound throughout the sleeping rooms and the common relaxing areas that cascade on three levels. A sense of warmth and casualness emanates from every corner, fueled by the genuine affection of the owners.

Outside, one may experience various sanctuary areas nestled on a ridge top among mature chestnut oaks, dogwoods and several varieties of pine to walk, sit, read, and/or meditate while being embraced by the spiritual whisper of the wind moving softly through the branches of surrounding trees, singing a song to nurture the soul.

There is a uniqueness to this Bed and Breakfast retreat ~ found firstly in its owners and their accommodating schedules and services, and secondly, in the serenity of its natural surroundings. Patti owned a catering/event planning company in Denver, CO and delights in preparing spectacular, made-to-order breakfasts that gratify the most discriminating palates. Bear was a General Contractor in Denver and this handyman extraordinaire not only refurbished the entire Inn, but he has developed his own culinary specialties and loves cooking and creating alongside Patti in their kitchen.

Breakfasts were sheer joy, starting with coffee I’d swear was made in Heaven, an assortment of homemade pastries and muffins, fresh fruit, and Bear’s special of the morning. His secret recipe for Belgium waffles with roasted pecans was the best I’ve ever had and believe me, I’ve had plenty!

When it came time to leave, mixed emotions surged ~ sadness to depart from this wondrous retreat, sadness to say goodbye to two new friends who have chosen to share their dreams and passions with others, yet ~ joyfulness in knowing we will definitely journey back to be renewed and rejuvenated with the spiritual awakening found in this extraordinary mountain escape.