Winter at Oak Mountain Hideaway – the end of the year 2017

Winter is here and where did the time go? I had every intention of posting in November but the busyness of the holidays overtook me so here we are, at the end of December and knocking on the door of a brand new year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season!

Candle
Thanksgiving 2017
Christmas Tree
Christmas 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I sit by the light of our Christmas tree all cozy and warm by the fireplace I can quote The Night Before Christmas because ‘the moon on the breast of the new fallen snow, gives the luster of mid-day to objects below!’ It’s a frigid 12 degrees outside but inside we’re toasty and warm. BluebirdWe’ve been fortunate to have bluebirds who have decided to stick around. There are four of them that we see eating the bittersweet from the wreath I made as a fall decoration.

 

DeerHunting season and the cold is keeping the deer deeper in the woods but we still see them around.

Since our last post, we’ve had some diehard campers who braved the cooler temperatures and inclement weather but we have ‘the hut’ that keeps them or their gear out of the weather. We may need to have a contest to name the little structure that our son has been working on which will be available as a retreat/reading nook or for indoor camping. He lives about three hours away so he doesn’t get much time to work on it but hopefully by next summer it will be completed.

Campsite

Ed has been making a lot of progress on North Star Cabin (I may have called it ‘cottage’ before but we decided to call it a cabin). He replaced all of the Cabinwindows, attached rough lumber siding on the outside, laid the new flooring and started framing and installing the bathroom and kitchen. We’re very excited to complete the renovations so we can open it as our main B&B!

We held our final house concert for 2017 on November 13 with The Black The Black FeathersFeathers from the UK. It was their second time playing here and they were fabulous! We have had an incredible year for concerts beginning last February with the Sea Offs and the Rivers band, followed by The Outside Track from Scotland, Ireland, and Canada. Then we had The Brock McGuire Band from Ireland and Jazz by Pitch Plot 4 from Amsterdam with NYC bassist, Jim Cammack. Next we had Dave Curley, Joanna Hyde and Tadhg O Meachair from Ireland and the US followed by FullSet and Goitse, both from Ireland. We closed out the year with The Black Feathers. We hosted quite a few Irish bands this year and they are always a huge hit with our audience.

Next year we have several singer-songwriters lined up, some familiar names as well as some new faces and voices! We’re really excited to kick it all off in March with a new, young, six piece band from Scotland called Heron Valley! Be sure to follow our Facebook page and check out our events page for details.

We want to wish you all a very happy, healthy, and prosperous new year and hope to see you sometime in 2018!

Warmest wishes from Oak Mountain Hideaway in the cold of winter!
Anna Marie & Ed

Winter Landscape

Autumn is in the air and things are changing, besides the color of the leaves!

October has been an exciting month! We attended the World Premier of the film,  Generational Sins, at the historic Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg, PA on October 5th. They even rolled out the red carpet for the affair! The lead actors were on hand as well as the director, Spencer Folmar, who happens to be a very dear friend of the family.

The film features our cabin as the childhood home of the eldest brother in the story, Drew, played by Australian actor, Daniel MacPherson. If you didn’t get to see the film, it’s available online through Amazon, iTunes and many other outlets. Most of the film was shot locally, in Clearfield County, and many of the scenes were in or around our cabin. Be sure to check it out!

Ed has been making progress on the renovations to North Star Cottage, ‘the cabin’ and we’re very excited! He stone-cased the chimney with stone from the property. It looks great, don’t you think? We can’t wait to open it up for rentals but in the meantime, we’ve been hosting folks in the main house. We’ve had a lot of guests interested in seeing the Pennsylvania Elk herd and we’ve enjoyed taking them out to see them locally. Some recent guests came to us from as far away as Belgium, Israel!

The fall leaves this year aren’t quite as impressive as last, but it’s been rather dry during the late summer months. October is definitely a popular time in our neck of the woods! We’ve hosted some Hipcampers, as well, who come for the autumn leaves, for hiking, and elk viewing, not to mention, the serenity! Visit each of our three listings on Hipcamp.com to see some new photos!

We’re very excited for our final house concert for the year as we welcome back from Gloucestershire England, The Black Feathers! Sian Chandler and Ray Hughes are a phenomenal husband and wife duo. Their perfectly blended voices create the most gorgeous harmonies! Details for this show can be found on our event page and be sure to follow Oak Mountain Hideaway House Concerts on Facebook to keep up with who we’ll be bringing next for our concert series. More on that in next month’s blog. But for now, stay tuned for updates on the progress of the cabin and watch for all of our upcoming events at the Ultimate Restination in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds… Oak Mountain Hideaway!

Welcome to the Oak Mountain Hideaway Blog!

Log House
Oak Mountain Hideaway

Get to know us and Oak Mountain Hideaway by following our blog! Here, we’ll be sharing what’s happening, what we’re seeing and doing at our mountain hideaway, and the progress we’re making on creating our new adventure… Oak Mountain Hideaway LLC and North Star Cottage, our new B&B and event location!

This is our dream home, and it would be safe to say, a lot of folks would dream to have a place tucked away from everything! As many of you know, we’re very happy to share what we have! We have been hosting house concerts as part of the Oak Mountain Hideaway House Concert Series since 2005. We have been very blessed and it is too beautiful here to keep it all to ourselves. Thus, we’ve begun renovations to the cabin that was on the property when we purchased it.

A little background on our good fortune to end up with such a magnificent piece of property. We built our first home in 1979 not too far from here. We were married in May of that year and moved into the shell of our home in June. We lived there for 24 years. Ed continued to build the house as we had enough money and we raised five children. By then, the older ones were beginning to move out and we had no intention of relocating or selling our home but in 2001, this gem of a property caught Ed’s eye while he was working nearby. He showed it to me and the rest, as they say, is history! We ended up buying it. In 2003 we sold our first home and moved into the hunting cabin that was on the property while we built our dream house. I designed it, Ed, our boys and son-in-law built it.

It was rustic living while building the main house with no electricity, no water, just a roof over our heads, and pleasant weather for six months. We managed to ‘rig up’ some power and water feeding off of the new house, with an outdoor shower on the porch of the cabin! By Christmas, we moved into the new house and the cabin has since sat vacant for 14 years.

In 2005 we had our first house concert and have been holding 8-10 of them each year ever since. We’ve had a lot of practice hosting guests and everyone seems to really enjoy their time here.

With all of our children on their own now, we recently opened up two rooms in our home on Airbnb. I guess you could say it’s practice, for when we open the cabin. We are going to call the cabin, North Star Cottage, because… you guessed it, it faces the North Star which you can see quite clearly in our dark sky. We are far from city lights and the Milky Way spans the heavens so star gazers and astronomers will find it a very good location for star gazing! If you enjoy star gazing, perhaps you would enjoy sleeping under the stars! In addition to offering the rooms in our home, we also are listed on the camping reservations site, Hipcamp! We currently offer three primitive sites. Stay tuned on updates and improvements.

The cabin may soon become famous with the release of the Hollywood film, Generational Sins which premiers on Thursday, October 5 at the historic Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg, PA. Parts of the movie were shot in the cabin and on the grounds. Be sure to check out the film! Then come and stay with us to see the authentic ‘movie props’ that will become part of the decor in North Star Cottage.

We’re very excited and full of ideas of what Oak Mountain Hideaway will have to offer those who love the outdoors, peace and quiet, music, and opportunities to learn and to experience solitude, or community, in a stunning natural environment! We hope you will follow our blog to keep abreast of all that’s happening and to learn of future plans and upcoming events!

’till next time… Anna Marie