Staff Picks: Short stories

The short story is thriving. Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize. George Saunders and Junot Diaz contend for National Book Awards. Claire Vaye Watkins incorporates the mythology of the American West to write the dark collection Battleborn, which seems to shudder in your hands as you read. Kevin Barry performs wonderful tricks of Irish dialect in Dark Lies the Island. What has lead us to this wonderful year? Here are 5 collections--written over the past two decades or... Full Post >

Spring Hope on a Cold Day

It warms my heart on a blustery day to see the little pips of blossoms making their way through the cold hard ground. Hellebore (commonly known as Lenten Rose) is always one of the first to pop up their pretty little heads and give me hope that this too shall pass! Full Post >

Sweet Intimate Wedding

There is nothing more special to me than seeing two people commit to one another in front of their closest family and friends. This past month we hosted a sweet intimate wedding in Jenny's Garden for Jim and Nasrin. It was a cool winter's day but the sun was out and the couples love for one another made for a gorgeous day! The ceremony was followed by an afternoon tea in our Sunroom and dinner at The Fearrington House Restaurant. Nasrin and Jim we wish you only the best. Happy 2014! Full Post >

Time to Hibernate!

As the temperatures continue to drop, we find ourselves wearing more layers and walking a little quicker around the Village to get inside and warm up.  Here at Fearrington we give you just one more reason to enjoy the chilly weather from the luxury of your Inn or Meeting Room with our warm and cozy fireplaces!  With just a flip of a switch a fire is ignited and the room heats up within minutes. Found in two of our unique Meeting Rooms, The Red Room and McIntyre’s (shown to the left), as... Full Post >

It’s Spring Inside

The Fearrington gardeners were excited to attend this year's annual Nursery and Landscape Professionals Trade Show in Greensboro, where they could see the latest new plant introductions and exchange information with nursery growers from throughout the Southeast. We're eagerly anticipating warmer weather and the chance to try out some of the beautiful specimens we've discovered! Full Post >

Wine of the Week [January 12th - January 18th]

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, evaluate the worth of a restaurant's wine list by the number of bottle you don't recognize, we here at The Goat would like to foster your love for the drink by offering wine every week that we will showcase here in the blog, and have available for tasting on Fridays from 6~7 p.m. Das Wein!  Yes, Germany is the Motherland from... Full Post >

Bark in the Winter Garden

Late winter is the perfect time to take a closer look at tree bark and the beauty it adds to the winter landscape. Here in the Gardens, we have a stunning variety of trees clothed in ornamental bark. These are a few of the stunning specimens to be found on a winter walk through the gardens. Bark variety left to right in image above: River Birch (Betula nigra) "Fantasy" Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia faurei) Japanese Black Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Yoshino') And Persian Ironwood... Full Post >

What an Honor!

After being together for 18 years, Bill and Martie were married in the privacy of their beautiful Fearrington Inn room on a December afternoon.  The ceremony was just the two of them, conducted by our dear friend Dr. John Oliver.  Since there were no attendants or guests, photographer extraordinaire Krystal Kast and I got to be the witnesses.  It was such a sweet, meaningful ceremony and a tremendous honor for me to get to sign their marriage license for them. It was also a really nice... Full Post >

Meet Rashaad Davis

Writing about Rashaad Davis is like looking back on a kind of Fearrington Village family tree. Rashaad and I came to Fearrington at about the same time; we both started out at what was then the Market Café (now the Granary Restaurant).  We were barely more than children and that was 20 years ago. Hard to imagine he has been here that long, but Rashaad, like many of us here, has family history at this place. As a child he would visit the Village with his uncle, then the head chef at the... Full Post >

Wine of the Week [January 5th - January 11th]

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, just thought "Hey...sparkling icewine...Brilliant!," we here at The Goat would like to foster your love for the drink by offering wine every week that we will showcase here in the blog, and have available for tasting on Fridays from 6~7 p.m. Bordeaux will play host region for the wine of this week, with an interesting Bordeaux... Full Post >