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Big Bad Billy and His Boat Starring Russell Crowe

April 7th, 2014 by Paul Cowell




I took the two oldest grandchildren to see “God’s Not Dead.” It was sold out and the next show with seats available was a mega-hit ($44,000,000 in revenue last weekend) about a man who heard the “Creator” communicate with him about saving all animal species. The “Creator” wanted to destroy all humanity because they were evil. But he wanted to use the man and his family to save the animals. The man was unpleasant and the more he did what the “Creator” wanted him to do, the meaner he got. The “Creator” impressed  the man to let fallen angels who had been turned into lava rocks build a boat. They used trees that suddenly grew from a magic seed that the man’s grandfather had given him. The lava rock became six armed transformers and worked hard to redeem themselves by working on the boat.

One of the man’s sons was married. A younger son found a woman to marry but as they were running to the boat when it started raining she got her foot caught in a bear trap. The young man couldn’t free her. When the father came he refused to help her; he dragged his son away and left the girl to drown.

A huge number of animals  came on the boat and some magic smoke put them all to sleep. The oldest son’s wife got pregnant while on the boat. The father said if she had a boy, he could live. However, if she had a girl, the father said he would be compelled to kill the baby, because the “Creator” wanted all humans dead. Everybody was mad at the man! But the more he obeyed the “Creator,” the meaner and more unlikable he became.

Whitestone-Knoxville-NoahThe son’s wife had twin girls. Her father-in-law said he had to do what the “Creator” wanted and murder them both. He took a dagger and started to strike the first little girl. But he looked down at his granddaughter and found love in his heart and disobeyed the “Creator.” He let both girls live. When he didn’t do what the “Creator” had led him to do, he became a little nicer as he disobeyed.

The flood waters receded. The boat landed. Everybody was still aggravated with the father. They all dispersed. He tells the one son with a wife to be fruitful and multiply.

I thought the message of the movie was that the “Creator” is not good and wants to punish humans. But if you will disobey him, you may find love in your heart. You just need to distance yourself from him.

Bad movie. Bad message. I think Hollywood marketing folks named this after some Bible character but I didn’t recognize who it was supposed to be!

What About Children & Family Reunions at a Bed and Breakfast?

March 25th, 2014 by Paul Cowell



Do bed and breakfasts allow children to stay?
Do bed and breakfasts host family reunions?

fall barn n wagonThere is no consistent policy among bed and breakfasts regarding these questions. Every property has its own regulations regarding who and what they accept at their inn.

  1. Children: There are bed and breakfasts where children are excluded. At Whitestone children are welcome. I understand not accepting small children in older historic homes where sound carries between rooms. Modern construction techniques such as double walls and sound barrier insulation eliminate noise issues. Whitestone was designed by architect Gary Best so that bedroom walls are separated by closets or bathrooms. At Whitestone our 22 rooms are spread out in 6 different buildings. Children are never an issue and don’t disrupt the peace of our “Sanctuary for the Soul.
  2. Family Reunions: As summer months approach, we will host family reunions. The Entrance Barn can often accomodate multiple family units. The Sparrow Suite, which has been remodeled for 2014, with 2,000 sq. ft.has a large living room, spacious full kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a sleeper sofa. The Robin’s Nest is a large bedroom adjacent to the Sparrow. The Meadowlark and the Chickadee are 700 sq. ft. suites on the ground level. Both suites have a bedroom, full kitchen, eating area and living room with sleeper sofa.Large families can enjoy the proximity of being in the same building but having the privacy of separate bedrooms while also being able to enjoy canoes, paddle boats, tennis, hiking, disc golf, croquet, basketball, ping pong, pool, fishing and so on. There are plenty of activities for children, parents and grandparents to enjoy.


    Lower Level of the Sparrow Suite

  3. Couples: Romantic getaways are a focus at Whitestone. We were just voted one of the top ten most romantic inns in America by America’s Historic Inns.

Children are welcome at Whitestone. Time at Whitestone builds memories that will last a lifetime. Y’all come!

Spend the Day in Knoxville, in East Tennessee

March 24th, 2014 by Paul Cowell




Knoxville East TennesseeOne of the best parts about visiting us at Whitestone Country Inn in East Tennessee is the sense of renewal you’ll feel when you leave.  Our “Sanctuary for the Soul” is nestled on 360 acres along the shores of Watts Bar Lake, providing guests with a quiet, peaceful country retreat for those looking to get away from the hectic day to day of modern life.  Here, you’ll find horses and Scottish Highland cattle grazing in the surrounding pastures, and you’ll see Herons and other waterfowl and birds wing across the surrounding sanctuaries.  Relax with our many amenities, including hiking, picnicking, bicycling, boating, and spa treatments, or just sit back and enjoy the quiet peace of our East Tennessee Inn from a porch swing or hammock.  There’s no doubt that Whitestone Country Inn is the perfect place to relax.  While we’ll never understate the value of getting away for true relaxation, we also know many of our guests like to have a variety of activities and attractions nearby to explore.  Whitestone Country Inn is conveniently located a short distance away from the exciting adventures that await you in Knoxville, Tennessee.  If you’re looking for a lodging destination that offers the best of relaxation and adventure, then make your reservations at Whitestone Country Inn today.

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