My companion and I decided to travel to Rugby Tennessee for a quiet, relaxing vacation. We recently bought a canoe and were looking for good water and fish! Little did we know that our choice would afford us those things and much much more.
We arrived and were greeted by proprietress, Linda Jones. She welcomed us and showed us to our room Grey Gables has had many guests in their almost 17 years in business, however, we found out that our room was once occupied by former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Roselyn in the late 1990's.
The rooms at Grey Gables are very cozy and all have a view of either a field of horses from the "front" or the "backyard" which is a lush green woods. Most rooms have private baths with great water pressure! (Very important after a long day on the river)
One reason that we chose Grey Gables is that the cost includes a gourmet plateau dinner. Linda Jones is known for her cooking and she prepares both a big country breakfast AND a gourmet plauteau 'supper" for all of her guests. Dinner fare, for us, ranged from tenderloin to salmon. (Soup, salad, entree, ,dessert) . Many drink options were available, but we chose the popular almond tea each night. During dinner we were able to get to know other guests and Bill (Linda's husband). Bill has a great wealth of informatioin on almost any topic and we enjoyed his enthusiasm in helping us find the rigt water for our fishing adventures.
We purchased wine at a local winery and enjoyed that while watching the evening close in as we sat on one of the front porch swings chatting with Bill and petting the resident kitty, Callie.
Bill runs a family general store, just down the road that is a communtiy meeting place as well as an antiques store and place to get a bologna sandwich on the run. The Jones' host "Rugby at Rugby" each year, in which rugby teams from UT, WKU and others around the region come together to play for bragging rites.
Linda has written a cookbook/history book/memoir that is a must buy for any patron. It contains her wonderful recipes along with her memories of growing up in this rural Tennessee area and history of the town of Rugby.
After 5 wonderful days at Grey Gables, we didn't want to leave. My companion told Linda that he thought that I wanted them to adopt me, which is not far from the truth! The best adjective that I can use to describe our visit is "warm." Even though we visited in the heat of July, we were warmed from within by the welcoming, "homelike" friendliness of the innkeepers. We plan to return and know that we have made friends for life in these two wonderful people and wish that your stay here is as placid or adventurous as you wish it to be.
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