Massage in a Yurt

This past weekend we had guests staying in a yurt to celebrate their anniversary and enjoy a much needed break from children and everyday stress. While staying in a yurt is relaxing adding a massage in a yurt makes it even better.

They asked if we could arrange for a massage in their yurt. Other guests have  requested massages in the Cardinal Suite in the past, but this was the first in a yurt, and we were glad we could accommodate them.

Our son’s wife Cassandra happens to be a holistic massage therapist and offers a great massage.   Innkeeper Mary Beth can attest to that – Aaahhh!

In the morning guests were served breakfast at 8:30 in the screen porch patio. Cassandra arrived with her portable massage table and innkeeper Fred carried it down to the yurt during breakfast to help Cassandra get ready with warm towels, massage oils and relaxation music.

Our yurt guests each enjoyed a 60 minute massage. The husband finished his breakfast and read on the patio during his wife’s massage. She took a shower at the bathhouse during his. And Cassandra performed her magic – relaxing muscles and easing tensions.

The yurt turned out to be a great place for a massage after breakfast. The round shape and location in the woods make a great environment for peacefulness and relaxation.

UPDATE: Due to scheduling issues we no longer offer massages in yurts or rooms. There are several spas in the area that offer massages. Many guests like to go to Jolie Day Spa located in downtown Dahlonega. If interested you need to make an appointment because they can be very busy during weekends and wedding seasons. Check the chamber web site at https://dahlonega.org

We Serve Vortex Structured Water at the Inn

We have always cared about our personal health and the health of the environment. We encourage guests to do the same. Drinking healthy water is important to overall health.

Recently we learned about vortex structured water and the benefits it has on human health and the environment. After extensive research we decided to purchase a vortex water revitalizer to add to our bar sink at the inn. We now make coffee and hot tea with structured water and serve the water to our guests, drink it ourselves throughout the day, and invite guests to fill their water bottles prior to hiking.

You might be wondering what makes this water special.

First let’s discuss ordinary tap water most people have at their sinks. Municipal water supplies have been pumped out of the ground or taken from lakes and streams. It is fluoridated- chlorinated and then sits in miles of pipes waiting for use by the consumer. Some consider it “dead water” since it has lost the characteristics it once had from the spring. Look at water flowing down a mountain stream. The water is cascading over rocks, creating whirlpools and looking alive. Research has shown that such water is alive compared to municipal water.

So what is vortex structured water? It has a different chemical structure than regular municipal water or many bottled waters. Structured water is not H2O but H3O2*. It is the same type of water found in our cells. It is also found in natural spring water. It provides more effective and better hydration when consumed since it penetrates the cells. Dr Gerald Pollack from the University of Washington is world-renowned in water research and has thoroughly researched structured water and endorses its health benefits.

Structured water has also been shown to help plant growth as well. Farming and vineyard operations have used large water vortexing units for irrigation and have found that plants need less water during drought and have better developed root systems. We have tried using the water on potted plants with good results.

Many Americans do not drink enough water throughout the day and are dehydrated. Water makes up most of our body composition and is important for good health and longevity. Drinking soft drinks, sports drinks and store-bought bottled water has been shown not to be healthy. Bottled water also creates a lot of plastic waste in packaging which is not good for the environment. We have switched to glass water bottles for our personal use to avoid plastic. 

*Source: Book- “Effortless Healing” by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Here is a great article written by Dr. Mercola that talks about all the benefits of structured water. Click Mercola.

For more information about our inn visit our web site

Not All Eggs Are Created Equal

Like most people you may buy your eggs at the grocery store. Not all eggs are created equal and you do not always get what you get what you think you are paying for. We opt for pasture raised eggs.

Years ago we were like most consumers purchasing our eggs at the grocery store. We would just grab a dozen and place them in the grocery cart without giving any thought where they came from.

Then grocers started offering standard eggs, premium eggs, organic eggs, cage-free eggs, free range eggs and, occasionally, pasture raised eggs. Prices varied greatly between the various choices but did we really know the differences and were the prices justifiable?

For years we purchased cage-free eggs when we learned that regular eggs were being produced by hens in very small cages called battery cages. We weren’t necessarily looking at healthier eggs for us to consume but more concerned about the welfare of the hens that were laying the eggs. We also purchased organic cage-free eggs that we thought would be healthier for us.

Then we found out that the term cage-free was basically a good marketing ploy for people like us who were concerned about animal welfare. We were shocked when we learned that those cage-free hens never see the light of day and never go outside for sunshine or to scratch in the dirt, eat insects and other things happy chickens do. Yes, they are not confined to tiny cages but commercial egg production centers (aka hen houses) hold thousands of chickens at a time so the chickens have very little room to run around. This certainly is not ideal.

So we started buying free range eggs and felt better because we thought the hens got to range freely about the farm. We later learned that in large commercial egg farms they are still in the henhouse with thousands of other hens (like cage-free) but they are provided a small door to go outside to see the sunshine. This outside area in many cases is a small fenced patio and most chickens do not know that they can outside. Since there are so many free range chickens in the henhouse there is not enough room for many of them to go outside even if they wanted to. These outdoor areas are small fenced concrete patios in some cases so the chickens cannot naturally scratch in the dirt or eat insects which they love to do. We wrote an earlier blog post in June 2010 about the difference between free range and pasture raised eggs.

Since running the inn we have learned about pasture raised eggs and that is all we now purchase. Our eggs come for a farm up the road and the chickens have a house to go into at night or during bad weather for protection. During the day the are roaming outside around the farm scratching in the dirt and small gravel and enjoying the bugs and grasshoppers they like to eat adding to their healthy diet. These chickens are not confined in a henhouse with thousands of other chickens (like factory farms) so they tend to be healthier and do not require all the antibiotics of factory farmed hens. We visit the farm and can attest that our eggs come from happy chickens.

If you can purchase eggs from a pasture raised source, go for it!  You will get fresher eggs (ours are usually gathered the day we buy them), healthier for you eggs (check out those bright orange nutrient filled yolks) and know that you are getting them from happy hens.

For more information about the organic breakfasts we serve at our inn visit inn organic breakfast.