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Whitestone Package – A Day For You

August 1st, 2014 by Paul Cowell



Do you ever just wish you had a secret garden to escape to for a day? Recently several individuals have come to Whitestone without their spouse (also some widows and some widowers). When I asked at dinner what brought them to Whitestone, their answers revealed an interesting pattern of felt need.

Comments varied but showed the desire to have a personal retreat:

“I just needed time to process some changes!”

“I wanted to get away to sit and think.”

“My husband gave me a day at Whitestone to get a massage and catch up on my sleep.”

A college professor checked in today to finish a project on his computer. (We’ve just dramatically increased the speed our internet.)

So here is a “Day For You Package.”

  1. Check-in early
  2. Sleep, walk, lay in a hammock, get a massage, look at the lake and mountains, read, pray – get direction for tomorrow, bring a DVD you’ve wanted to watch
  3. Enjoy good food

Take “A Day For You” and we will treat you like you’re at your mother’s house, where all needs are anticipated and met. Whitestone really is a “Sanctuary for the Soul!”entrance-barn-whitestone-knoxville

Golf Courses Around Whitestone Country Inn

July 28th, 2014 by Paul Cowell



Are you ready to plan your ultimate golf getaway? Many people are in search of the next best course to play on while getting time to rest away form the busy concerns of everyday life. East Tennessee is one of the best locations to enjoy the game of golf. At the foot of the Smoky Mountains the Greater Knoxville Area has beautiful scenic views from almost any location. Transfer that beautiful view of the mountains to a nicely maintained golf course and have the perfect leisurely day.

Approximately 30 courses are located within an hour of Whitestone Country Inn. Each of them offers something unique and would be a treat to visit during your East Tennessee vacation. A more detailed list has been included at the end of this blog but of the 30 options here are the 5 most often played course by Whitestone guests.

  • Rarity Bay Golf CourseRarity-Bay-Golf-Whitestone

    • Located a short drive from Knoxville, Tennessee is a course many are calling “Tennessee’s most beautiful golf course.” Driving through Rarity Bay on a fresh spring day, you’re struck by the natural beauty of the rolling greens hills and backdrop of Lake Tellico and the Great Smoky Mountains. Drive further and you begin to twist and turn among our Championship golf course. Green fairways flow among French Country custom estate homes, villas and condominiums.
    • 423-884-3030
  • Wind River Golf CourseWindriver-golf-whitestone

    • Overlooking scenic Lake Tellico and designed by Jack Nicklaus protégé, Bob Cupp, WindRiver is Tennessee’s first Audobon Signature course. With five sets of tees offering as little, or as much, of a challenge as you desire, WindRiver celebrates the natural environment of East Tennessee with breathtaking panoramic views of the Tennessee foothills and Lake Tellico. To golfers and prospective home buyers looking for exceptional golf, WindRiver is the premier experience in the Knoxville market. The Bob Cupp design, dramatic views and welcoming staff bring unmatched aesthetics accompanied by “Best in Class” service for all golfers.
    • 865-988-0370
  • Southwest Point Golf Course

    • A beautiful piece of land and golf course right on the river. The fairways are wide and the people that own the place are extremely friendly. A hidden gem.
    • 865-376-5282
  • The Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain

    • Situated in the heart of Tennessee’s scenic Cumberland Plateau, The Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain was named “Top Ten Courses in Tennessee” by Golf Digest in 2001. Cumberland Mountain was also named “1998′s Best New Golf Course in Tennessee,” by local and regional golfers that was followed in 1999 by Golf Magazine’s “One of the Top Ten You Can Play” in North America.Today, The Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain is one of the most sought-after sites among the Jack Nicklaus designed Bear Trace courses in Tennessee. The 6,900-yard (gold tees), par 72 layout features a design that capitalizes on elevation changes as well as natural features, such as flowing brooks and clustered, mature pines. The signature 7th hole, a 393-yard, par 4, incorporates another of the region’s natural resources, layered flagstone, along the front of the green.
    • 1-888-800-2327
  • Avalon Golf CourseAvalon-Golf-Club

    • Founded in 1996, the Avalon Golf & Country Club was the vision of Knoxville area Developers Paul Gillenwater and David Burleson. The golf course was designed by renowned architect Joe Lee and has received a four star rating from Golf Digest magazine. The beautiful hillside community and club offer spectacular views of the East Tennessee countryside.
    • 865-986-4653

Practice Your Golf Swing At Whitestone

There are a multitude of activities to occupy your time at Whitestone and as we have made apparent your golfing options are not on the skimpy side. However, we have noticed over the years that many of our guests simply do not want to leave the Whitestone property once they begin to experience our “Sanctuary for the Soul.” Fortunate for our guests this does not mean that they have brought they’re clubs in vain. Whitestone has a wonderful floating target on our pond with three coordinating tees. Most guests have no trouble acquiring the tee for driving balls and the view of Watts Bar Lake and the Smokies is an irreplaceable memory.

The friendly folks at our reservation desk would like to talk to you more about the golf choices in the area. Give us a call and let’s talk.


Automation, Computers, Self-Service

July 2nd, 2014 by Paul Cowell

Paul-Cowell-Whitestone-InnkeeperIt seems that today there is an app for everything. Computers, phones, traffic and security cameras, preform function that humans once did.

I get voice directions for a voice on my phone or OnStar. I ask Google questions about almost anything. Siri and I are only on a best friend basis when I’m uncertain about plumbing parts; She can send me a picture to my iPhone for clarification. A couple renewed their vows in Whitestone’s Chapel with their pastor. He was Skyped in from Florida. Pictures of a rash are sent to the doctor. Shopping is increasingly done online.

You can order at a restaurant without talking to a waitress – just use an iPad on the table. You can check into hotels with codes sent to your smartphone. If you do call for service questions, you likely get a call center in Bangalore, India. Calls to most businesses will connect you with automated options and often none fit your question. The only checkout line open at the grocery store is “self-service”.

I feel some resistance to all this elimination of significant human interaction. Maybe it’s just generational – I’m old and don’t change easily. I enjoy the benefits of smartphones and computers. I order books for my Kindle.

But at Whitestone, real people answer the phone. Nice young people will wait on you at your table. We will take you to your room and explain the individual HVAC controls and show you how the spa tub works. I will check on you at breakfast and dinner.

Never underestimate the value of interaction with your fellow humans. It’s a part of why Whitestone is “A Sanctuary For The Soul”.

Y’all come. We will talk to you.


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