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September 2019

Hot, dry and long, did I say hot??  This summer has been a  scorcher!  We have not had a lot of rain and the trees are already dropping their leaves but not before gorgeous fall color starts to take over the green of spring and summer.  And oh is it a glorious sight to see as you drive the winding mountain roads.  Lots of festivals going on, and still very hot weather makes it hard to remember that it is almost fall according to the calendar.  But the mornings are starting to be darker and the sun is starting to set earlier so you cannot escape the notion that it is just around the corner!  And of course the appearance of Pumpkin Spice everything is a dead give away!!



JULY 2019

Man! this has been a busy summer, our first summer season .  We are growing every month with new reservations and are so happy with that progress!  Our guests are happy to come and sad to go. but they will always be welcome back. 

There is something about Murphy that once you have been here, you want to BE here!  Even we are exited to get back to the cabin!  It is our happy place and we always want our guests to be happy here as well.  I can only imagine what the future holds for us, as we continue to build the business, especially when we build cabin 2! 

So pack your bags and head on over to Rocking M Retreat

and Murphy, NC!!


MAY 2019

May is the month for a lot of spring events and Mother's Day and Memorial Day.  It is a lot to take in at times.  This picture is from our Murphy Spring Festival.  The fire department came out and displayed this flag over the stage where all the activities took place. 

In a small town, community is everything.  We need each other and we need to be needed.  The festival is a huge undertaking with lots of parts and pieces and takes commitment from the town to make it all come together.

This past weekend was a true testament to our town.  Children laughing and playing, people listening to great music and eating funnel cakes.  All is well with our souls when peace and love take place.

I am so proud to be part of this community and it makes me so happy to share it with our guests.    Leaving treats from the local bakery, or brochures on great walking trails or sights to see, it all gives me a great sense of accomplishment when our guests leave happy and want to come back!

Rocking it at the Cabin......


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Saturdays are Great for Exploring

April 15, 2018
It's Saturday and that means it is the weekend! What do you like to do on the weekend? Here in Murphy, Decker's Flea Market and Foster's Flea Market are just a couple miles down the road, so if this is your kind of Saturday activity, then you will not be disappointed! You can have lunch at that the taco stand or a snow cone at the snowball stand! There s fresh produce and beautiful flowers and lots of neat things to browse through! They are open year round so anytime is a good time to visit!


Or how about a train ride? The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad runs year round out of Bryson CIty, NC.  It is only an hour's drive from the cabin and well worth it.  There are winding mountain roads that take you through the trees and down by the river were you will see shimmering water that looks like liquid diamonds.  If motorcycles are your thing, then the Cherohola Skyway will be a real treat!  Eleven miles of super curvy mountain roads to enjoy.  You will end up at the Nanatahala Outdoor Center,  where you can stretch your legs, have a little lunch and enjoy the river.  It is a gorgeous area and also worth the drive


Foodies Put on Your Bib!

May 15, 2018

Here in Murphy, there are some of the best places to eat that are locally owned and are not the chains you will see everywhere else.  Places Like Bistro 29, The Chop  House, The Chowder House, Red Brick Deli, Valley River Brewery, The Parson's Pub, Daily Grind and WIne, are all amazing places to enjoy! And all downtown where you can stroll along and visit the cute shops and boutiques to really enjoy this small town with a big vibe!

Visit out Things To Do page  for a more comprehensive list of places to try and loosen up the belt because here in the south we don 't want anyone to go home hungry!

Yo ho ho and a bottle of Rum!  I see Pirates

May 15, 2018

Pirate tales have long been a source of entertainment and adventure for many.  But did you know that "Blackbeard" also known as Edward Teach, was a real pirate and has history n North Carolina?? Blackbeards's ship  The Queen Anne"s Revenge was sunk off the shore of modern day Beaufort, NC. in June of 1718. Human trafficking or slavery was aone of the many ways pirates made money, along with stealing ships and valuables from the other ships.

According to www.quaronline.com, "Blackbeard's piratical career ended six months later at Ocracoke Inlet on the North Carolina coast. There he encountered an armed contingent sent by Virginia Governor Alexander Spotswood and led by Royal Navy Lieutenant Robert Maynard.

In a desperate battle aboard Maynard's sloop, Blackbeard and a number of his fellow pirates were killed. Maynard returned to Virginia with the surviving pirates and the grim trophy of Blackbeard's severed head hanging from the sloop's bowsprit."

To read more about this fascinating part of North Carolina history visit https://www.qaronline.org/blog

Wild Ginseng and North Carolina

June 15, 2018

Now here is a little bit of local history and intrigue that I just find fascinating! Wild Ginseng grows in Western North Carolina and is a huge industry. The theft of said Ginseng seems to be a real problem. Digging it requires a permit from the state and you can only get the permit if you put in for it through a lottery.

Harvested Wild Ginseng can bring up to $2000 a pound for the digger. However, by law each person can only harvest 2 lbs. This is what causes the poaching effect. Unscrupulous people who do not care to do things the right way will go onto federal, and protected lands and dig it up to steal it. They will also go onto private land and steal it.

According to some, it can take up to 7 years to grow a root that is worth selling. The first frost kills off the above ground portion of the plant and makes it harder to spot in the wild.

You may ask why the wild is so sought after and why anyone would steal it. I did! That is what started my fascination with this magical plant! People steal it! I had never even thought about a plant like this being a target for theft but here ya go, it is!

The wild Ginseng is much stronger than the cultivated version. It can be grown form wild plants, but again it takes years to get it to any size.

Here is a link to read further into this https://appalachiantrail.com/…/permits-to-harvest-wild-gin…/

There are also reality tv shows that also discuss and cover this industry! Appalachian Outlaws is just one of them.

Permits to Harvest Wild Ginseng in NC - AppalachianTrail.com

Ginseng is so rare in North Carolina's forests that officials now require permits to harvest wild ginseng there.

Trout Fishing in Murphy, NC

July 15, 2018

Trout Fishing is a huge thing here in Murphy. The river is restocked at the end of February and the fishing is on!  .There are quite a few fishing guides in the area that can lead you to the best fishing spots, what gear is best, and anything else you might want to know about fishing here.  With our relatively mild weather, outdoor activities, such as fishing are easily enjoyed year round. According the article below, " Each year, the Wildlife Commission closes approximately 1,000 miles of trout streams for restocking. These designated waters open for fishing at 7 am the first Saturday in April and close 30 minutes past sunset the last day of February each year. Anglers can harvest up to seven trout per day with no minimum size or bait restrictions, making fishing these waters a dream for beginners and trout lovers alike."

.Read this article for great advice and information on fishing the rivers and mountain streams here. https://www.visitnc.com/…/mountain-trout-fishing-in-western…

Sunday Drives

August 15, 2018

If you are like us, one of the most relaxing things to do together is take a Sunday drive on a route that is less traffic and beautiful scenery.  North Carolina has amazing scenery no matter what time of year it is.  This link will bring you lots of information on the different routes you and your honey could take. http://visitcherokeenc.com/smoky-mountain-scenic-drives/  So come on with your bestie and enjoy the the sights.  Maybe you will  head to Asheville, NC or Helen GA.  Either way, Murphy is the perfect  mid way point to many of the country's best areas.  You can go to Georgia,or Tennessee
and be back before dinner.  Blue Ridge is 30 minutes away where you will find some really neat artsy type stores. Asheville is a little farther away but if you are just meandering along, you will find a neat waterfall or pull over spot. So bring that camera because I am sure you will see things you want to capture so that you can go back to it over time and remember the memories you made with your loved ones.

Murphy River Walk

September  15, 2018

Konahete Park s the beginning place for the Historic Murphy River Walk.  A  peaceful, easy stroll along the river on paved paths and footbridges will excite your senses. The River Walk Heritage Partners are the stewards for this beautiful, serene place.

There are plenty of places to sit and reflect on your day or just catch a breather.  You will visit the L & N Depot. circa 1887 was the meeting place for the Louisville and Nashville Railroads as well as the Southern.  Train enthusiasts will really enjoy this stop on  the walk.

On Saturdays, Murphy's residents have a Farmer's Market where you can find all kinds of great things, fresh produce, arts and crafts, you just never know what you will find there!

The Valley River is the home of the  Murphy River Walk and is one of two rivers in the area. the Hiawassee River is the other one.  The route is an easy 3 mile walk.

Leaf Peepin"  in #frontporchparadisermr

October  25, 2018

Our front porch is a favorite  for all of our guests.  It is well suited for nice afternoons or evenings of just relaxing and enjoying your favorite adult beverage. We just had our cold snap that is needed for the leaves to change. So they are really getting pretty now!   This link will give you a great idea of where to find the best color and when.  It is a rough estimate of course, but now that it has gotten a  bit colder, they are sure to please your eyes!

There is still time to reserve your spot at Rocking M Retreat, we have some days in November still available. So don't wait!

"Time your trip to a day or two after a cold front" says Dr Don Hagan. Higher elevations get the color change a little earlier than lower elevations and since we have had a warm fall, this has affected the timing of the fall leaves. But we have had a couple of cold snaps this week and that seems to spur on the change, so grab your gear and head to the mountains!

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Crazy For Weather

OMG! fall has roared in with a bit of winter attached and just like history tells us, if you do not like the weather here wait 10 minutes and it will change! LOL

Yesterday was cold and rainy, very dreary. Today I wake up with birds singing and sunshine! Makes for a crazy wardrobe change mid morning, afternoon and then again in the evening. But the fireplace or going on a day like yesterday, a hot toddy on the front porch, or a hot chocolate by the fire pit, makes for a glorious weekend at the cabin!

That is the beauty of living in the mountain, you can wake up to foggy mornings, which is where the Smoky Mountains get their name, and by lunch time have a glorious sunny day to take you places. Traveling for leisure or business will put you in some crazy weather patterns, so how do you pack for these ever changing patterns? Glad you asked, layers are your friend! Pack thinner clothes that can be layered over each other to give more warmth. Then as the day warms up, you can shed those layers and remain comfortable.as you go about your day. So pack those bags and hit the road, life is too short to stay in one place! See the country, walk the mountain trails, and stop and smell the roses, you will be happier and healthier for it!


, November 3, 2018

OMG! fall has roared in with a bit of winter attached and just like history tells us, if you do not like the weather here wait 10 minutes and it will change! LOL

Yesterday was cold and rainy, very dreary. Today I wake up with birds singing and sunshine! Makes for a crazy wardrobe change mid morning, afternoon and then again in the evening. But the fireplace going on a day like yesterday, a hot toddy on the front porch, or a hot chocolate by the fire pit, makes for a glorious weekend at the cabin!


That is the beauty of living in the mountain, you can wake up to foggy mornings, which is where the Smoky Mountains get their name, and by lunch time have a glorious sunny day to take you places.  Traveling for leisure or business will put you in some crazy weather patterns, so how do you pack for these ever changing patterns?  Glad you asked, layers are your friend!  Pack thinner clothes that can be layered over each other to give more warmth.   Then as the day warms up, you can shed those layers and remain comfortable.as you go about your day.  So pack those bags and  hit the road, life is too short to stay in one place!  See the country, walk the mountain trails, and stop and smell the roses, you will be happier and healthier for it!



Ahhh and their bellies were full......

 Thanksgiving night and all the dishes are done, everyone is full. It's a great night to be with the ones you love, and it is also a great night to have some down time, some me time.

This has been a very busy week for everyone. We were busy decorating the cabin for Christmas and our next guests. The one question I always have about decorating, is why do I have to go through every light bulb to find that one single bulb that makes half the strand in the middle go out?? Do you have to do that as well? I have one stand of lights that is primarily for the extra bulbs and gradually I have removed just about all the good ones. When I am done, I won't have to guess which one is bad, as they will all be gone and I will just replace them all at one time  with new bulbs.

I say all this to get to this point, life is always changing and moving and growing. Having a backup plan or a plan b is vital to our success. If you burn the rolls, have a bag of croissants.

We are venturing out a bit further and will be adding event planning to our repertoire of services in the near future. We are getting our feet wet volunteering with our Murphy Business Association and learning from experienced veterans at doing these types of things. We look forward to growing in the Murphy, NC area and with the wonderful people who have become our friends and co workers.

When you come to Murphy, you will fall in love with this great town. The historic downtown area is thriving with businesses, quite unusual for most small towns these days. But Murphy offers something for everyone.

From great food to fine arts and crafts to quaint antique stores and a coffee shop. Mom and Pop stores do still exist and making a come back from the big closed in mall days.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!


, November 3, 2018

OMG! fall has roared in with a bit of winter attached and just like history tells us, if you do not like the weather here wait 10 minutes and it will change! LOL

Yesterday was cold and rainy, very dreary. Today I wake up with birds singing and sunshine! Makes for a crazy wardrobe change mid morning, afternoon and then again in the evening. But the fireplace going on a day like yesterday, a hot toddy on the front porch, or a hot chocolate by the fire pit, makes for a glorious weekend at the cabin!


That is the beauty of living in the mountain, you can wake up to foggy mornings, which is where the Smoky Mountains get their name, and by lunch time have a glorious sunny day to take you places.  Traveling for leisure or business will put you in some crazy weather patterns, so how do you pack for these ever changing patterns?  Glad you asked, layers are your friend!  Pack thinner clothes that can be layered over each other to give more warmth.   Then as the day warms up, you can shed those layers and remain comfortable.as you go about your day.  So pack those bags and  hit the road, life is too short to stay in one place!  See the country, walk the mountain trails, and stop and smell the roses, you will be happier and healthier for it!


It's a wonderful time of year.....

Christmas is a very hard time of year for many people, whether from loss or distance. One way to beat the winter blues is to change up your scenery.

A great way to include a lost loved one is to  tell your favorite holiday story about that person or include a favorite food.  A friend of mine's mother passed away and before she did, my friend told her to send her a feather when she got to heaven and got her angel wings.  My friend found white feathers right after she passed and at the funeral home, the flowers people had sent all had white doves in the arrangement.  All those beautiful doves now take a prized place on her Christmas tree, a way of including her mom the season brings her great joy.

Don't feel obligated to put yourself in those situations that do not bring you joy. If being at home is depressing, find a place that makes you feel joy and alive. The holidays are such a short time span of days but can create many nights of loneliness and depression.

Take a drive the country, make your favorite dishes and invite other friends over. Find ways to make this season more enjoyable and take care of you! No one else is going to take care of you if you don't.

So get out that night bag and just do it, go with the flow and take a trip to some place new and create new memories and experiences to reflect back on and have A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!


, November 3, 2018

OMG! fall has roared in with a bit of winter attached and just like history tells us, if you do not like the weather here wait 10 minutes and it will change! LOL

Yesterday was cold and rainy, very dreary. Today I wake up with birds singing and sunshine! Makes for a crazy wardrobe change mid morning, afternoon and then again in the evening. But the fireplace going on a day like yesterday, a hot toddy on the front porch, or a hot chocolate by the fire pit, makes for a glorious weekend at the cabin!


That is the beauty of living in the mountain, you can wake up to foggy mornings, which is where the Smoky Mountains get their name, and by lunch time have a glorious sunny day to take you places.  Traveling for leisure or business will put you in some crazy weather patterns, so how do you pack for these ever changing patterns?  Glad you asked, layers are your friend!  Pack thinner clothes that can be layered over each other to give more warmth.   Then as the day warms up, you can shed those layers and remain comfortable.as you go about your day.  So pack those bags and  hit the road, life is too short to stay in one place!  See the country, walk the mountain trails, and stop and smell the roses, you will be happier and healthier for it!


Happy New Year!

Wow, 2018 is over and we are moving into a new, fresh start, kind of year.  I read this quote today "Ditch the resolutions. To resolve means to  solve a problem, you are not a problem.  The way you showed up to your life over the past year was necessary for your growth. Now is the time to reflect, to learn, to create an intention, a positive call  to shift, a spark of magic, manifestation rooted in self love and backed by action.:  How profound, I have always believed that everything happens for a reason, and looking forward to a new year, a new season is exciting.  We are only 4 months into our business here at the cabin and as I sit here thinking about what all this last year has brought, is totally mind blowing!  One year ago today we signed the contract and today we are celebrating the end of this first year with guests in the cabin and another set of guests on the books for this week. 

Life can truly be amazing when we get out of the way and let God dot he things in our lives that he has in store for us.  We are truly blessed to be in a position to open our home to people who need a little peace and quiet in their lives.  We honor the choice that people make to stay with us and always take great pride in delivering a great experience for our guests.


So as we go running wild with no abandon into 2019, we just want to wish everyone many great adventures and fabulous memories that will live on well past the time the trip is over.  Remember this quote too....Love like you have never been hurt, Laugh like no one is listening and DANCE like noone is watching!   Happy trails mi amigos!

, November 3, 2018

OMG! fall has roared in with a bit of winter attached and just like history tells us, if you do not like the weather here wait 10 minutes and it will change! LOL

Yesterday was cold and rainy, very dreary. Today I wake up with birds singing and sunshine! Makes for a crazy wardrobe change mid morning, afternoon and then again in the evening. But the fireplace going on a day like yesterday, a hot toddy on the front porch, or a hot chocolate by the fire pit, makes for a glorious weekend at the cabin!


That is the beauty of living in the mountain, you can wake up to foggy mornings, which is where the Smoky Mountains get their name, and by lunch time have a glorious sunny day to take you places.  Traveling for leisure or business will put you in some crazy weather patterns, so how do you pack for these ever changing patterns?  Glad you asked, layers are your friend!  Pack thinner clothes that can be layered over each other to give more warmth.   Then as the day warms up, you can shed those layers and remain comfortable.as you go about your day.  So pack those bags and  hit the road, life is too short to stay in one place!  See the country, walk the mountain trails, and stop and smell the roses, you will be happier and healthier for it!


Where ever the road takes you........


Where ever you decide to travel to, make sure you know what to expect in the area as far as risks. Every area is going to be different with different risk factors. Especially the mountains. Most folks live in metropolitan areas that are fairly populated without much wildlife passed the random opossum. Here, we have bears and coyotes actively roaming the area at any given time. So how can you keep yourself and your pets safe?

First, if you travel with your dogs, they will be your first indication of animals in the area if you pay attention to how they react. They can smell a wild animal quite easily.

Just the other night, when I was going to take my dogs out for the last time of the night, they were all ready to go until I opened the door. My female boxer mix stopped dead in her tracks at the door.

Normally she would charge out but that was not the case that night. She would not even cross the threshold. She sniffed and sniffed the air. A sure sign of a possible threat, I let her do her thing for a few minutes and saw that she was not going to go out, so I stepped back and pulled her back in and shut the door. This kept us both safe by me listening to her instincts and not forcing her to go out.

You want to make sure you keep your dogs on a leash in a new area too. With all wild animals in the area, the dogs will catch a hint of them and go to chase after them if not on a leash. So keep them safe by leashing them and not assuming that it is ok to let them run off leash. We want your pet to have a great time here at the cabin and go home safe.

Next would be cleaning up after your pet when you go to a new area. Even though we are in the woods, we don't want our pets or yours, tramping through the waste of someone else's. We provide plenty of plastic bags and a pooper scooper for our guests to be able to clean up easily and properly dispose of their pets waste, keeping a clean environment for everyone to enjoy.

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, November 3, 2018

OMG! fall has roared in with a bit of winter attached and just like history tells us, if you do not like the weather here wait 10 minutes and it will change! LOL

Yesterday was cold and rainy, very dreary. Today I wake up with birds singing and sunshine! Makes for a crazy wardrobe change mid morning, afternoon and then again in the evening. But the fireplace going on a day like yesterday, a hot toddy on the front porch, or a hot chocolate by the fire pit, makes for a glorious weekend at the cabin!


That is the beauty of living in the mountain, you can wake up to foggy mornings, which is where the Smoky Mountains get their name, and by lunch time have a glorious sunny day to take you places.  Traveling for leisure or business will put you in some crazy weather patterns, so how do you pack for these ever changing patterns?  Glad you asked, layers are your friend!  Pack thinner clothes that can be layered over each other to give more warmth.   Then as the day warms up, you can shed those layers and remain comfortable.as you go about your day.  So pack those bags and  hit the road, life is too short to stay in one place!  See the country, walk the mountain trails, and stop and smell the roses, you will be happier and healthier for it!


February 2019

Take time to appreciate the simple things........

One of my favorite things about living in this area is driving around and seeing old barns and pastures with new babies in them! Seems it is calving season as I have seen quite a few in the last week or so.  While this might seem silly to some, for me it represents a simpler life, void of the chaos of the city and the rat race that life can become when we forget to stop and take time to simply be.

What is a favorite thing you have about where you live? Take time to appreciate the simple things in life no matter where you live! There is beauty all around us if we look for it int hose everyday moments. 

, November 3, 2018

OMG! fall has roared in with a bit of winter attached and just like history tells us, if you do not like the weather here wait 10 minutes and it will change! LOL

Yesterday was cold and rainy, very dreary. Today I wake up with birds singing and sunshine! Makes for a crazy wardrobe change mid morning, afternoon and then again in the evening. But the fireplace going on a day like yesterday, a hot toddy on the front porch, or a hot chocolate by the fire pit, makes for a glorious weekend at the cabin!


That is the beauty of living in the mountain, you can wake up to foggy mornings, which is where the Smoky Mountains get their name, and by lunch time have a glorious sunny day to take you places.  Traveling for leisure or business will put you in some crazy weather patterns, so how do you pack for these ever changing patterns?  Glad you asked, layers are your friend!  Pack thinner clothes that can be layered over each other to give more warmth.   Then as the day warms up, you can shed those layers and remain comfortable.as you go about your day.  So pack those bags and  hit the road, life is too short to stay in one place!  See the country, walk the mountain trails, and stop and smell the roses, you will be happier and healthier for it!


March 2019

Wine anyone?  There are great wineries all over the tri-state area!  You can go to a different winery every day for at least a month where you can sample these incredibly crafted wines.  Each one has a different take on what is important to their particular specialty.  So if the elixir of the grape speaks to you, check out our Wineries page and see all the ones you might want to go to for a tasting.  Then make your way to the locally owned restaurants here in Murphy!  You can go casual down home food or upscale fine dining, the  choice is yours and there isn't a bad one!


, November 3, 2018

OMG! fall has roared in with a bit of winter attached and just like history tells us, if you do not like the weather here wait 10 minutes and it will change! LOL

Yesterday was cold and rainy, very dreary. Today I wake up with birds singing and sunshine! Makes for a crazy wardrobe change mid morning, afternoon and then again in the evening. But the fireplace going on a day like yesterday, a hot toddy on the front porch, or a hot chocolate by the fire pit, makes for a glorious weekend at the cabin!


That is the beauty of living in the mountain, you can wake up to foggy mornings, which is where the Smoky Mountains get their name, and by lunch time have a glorious sunny day to take you places.  Traveling for leisure or business will put you in some crazy weather patterns, so how do you pack for these ever changing patterns?  Glad you asked, layers are your friend!  Pack thinner clothes that can be layered over each other to give more warmth.   Then as the day warms up, you can shed those layers and remain comfortable.as you go about your day.  So pack those bags and  hit the road, life is too short to stay in one place!  See the country, walk the mountain trails, and stop and smell the roses, you will be happier and healthier for it!


April 2019

Spring is just ever so slowly creeping in here in Murphy. The trees have the faintest of green or purple on the tips, the weather is warmer little by little. It is a glorious time to visit the mountains! The rain makes everything pop with color and look clean and crisp as it washes away the pollen.  The birds seem to sing a little louder, the bees are buzzing about, and all seems right with the world when spring is making its entrance.

Could it be the dream of a new beginning?  Could it be the hunger our weary eyes have for better days? warmer sunnier days?  What is it about spring that makes our hearts jump with joy at the first sighting of a hummingbird?  Smell the fresh air and listen to the song of nature that the frogs and crickets make........


How lucky we are to live in this beautiful area!


, November 3, 2018

OMG! fall has roared in with a bit of winter attached and just like history tells us, if you do not like the weather here wait 10 minutes and it will change! LOL

Yesterday was cold and rainy, very dreary. Today I wake up with birds singing and sunshine! Makes for a crazy wardrobe change mid morning, afternoon and then again in the evening. But the fireplace going on a day like yesterday, a hot toddy on the front porch, or a hot chocolate by the fire pit, makes for a glorious weekend at the cabin!


That is the beauty of living in the mountain, you can wake up to foggy mornings, which is where the Smoky Mountains get their name, and by lunch time have a glorious sunny day to take you places.  Traveling for leisure or business will put you in some crazy weather patterns, so how do you pack for these ever changing patterns?  Glad you asked, layers are your friend!  Pack thinner clothes that can be layered over each other to give more warmth.   Then as the day warms up, you can shed those layers and remain comfortable.as you go about your day.  So pack those bags and  hit the road, life is too short to stay in one place!  See the country, walk the mountain trails, and stop and smell the roses, you will be happier and healthier for it!




Dreams do come true!

January 15, 2018

Rocking M Retreat began as a dream many years ago. A dream that I really never believed would come together. God had a plan for us that in our eyes would have been impossible but he knew there was a way. The day we are able to open the doors and welcome our first guests will be a huge milestone. Having a husband who loves me and believes in me enough to hop on this journey is also a dream come true.

Our name, Rocking M Retreat is a blend of our last names McPherson and Mahoney and our retirement plan. We both have been serving others our entire adult lives. Me as a Stylist and Massage Therapist, him as a veteran and first responder both in fire and law enforcement.

I love the beach and he loves the mountains. This cabin will be a place to retreat for us as well as our guests. Traveling the country gives us so much pleasure and being able to offer a place of rejuvenation for those who live in the hectic city is amazing! We truly hope everyone enjoys this journey as much as we do!​

Small Town Life

February 14, 2018



One of the best things about Murphy, is it is still a small town. I grew up in a small town that is now an extension of Metro Atlanta. Growing up I thought we would never see anything like what it is now. Living in the hustle and bustle of the rat race was making me sick.

We moved to St. Simons Island for a few years. That is a small town too, a small island to be exact, where you get to know your neighbors and people say hello. The first time that happened, we were shocked to say the least.

In Murphy, you get that feel of the small town vibe, because frankly it is a small town. It is an amazing small town with so much to do or try. It is a slower pace of life, but that's the point! It is slower and less hectic and crazy. There are still actual rush hour times instead of 24 hour rush hours. But the rush hour is nothing compared to big cities like Atlanta.

It is a place where you can actually stop and smell the roses, have a chat with a neighbor in town, or go out to dinner in a very nice restaurant.

The funny thing is, when people move to a small town, all the things they loved about it when visiting, seem to be the very things they want to change when they live there. You can't have it both ways. You learn to slow down too, to appreciate a 15 minute drive to the grocery store instead of a 30

Bears, But no Picnic Baskets

March 15, 2018

Being in t​he mountains brings so many new adventures.   Seeing bears is very exhilarating and scary at the same time.  They are beautiful creatures and need to be respected in that we are in their home, not the other way around.  However, feeding the bears brings so many issues for them and humans as well. 

When they are fed by humans, or have access to garbage, birdseed, coolers, or any other source of food, they do what comes natural.  They eat and they will do anything to get to that food including breaking in to get it. 


Here at Rocking M Retreat, we do have a neighborhood bear.  He is not aggressive and is still afraid of humans, which is the best deterrent to unwelcome behavior.  The bear becomes aggressive when he cannot get that picnic basket and looses his fear of humans.  So do them and yourself a favor and do not feed the bears. 

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