Summer 2014 Contents

Saying Goodbye to the Mentone Springs Hotel

Saying Goodbye to the Mentone Springs Hotel

   Click here to view this article as a PDF The 130-year-old Mentone Springs Hotel burned to the ground on March 1, 2014. In honor of the anniversary, we are posting the article below, which ran in the Summer 2014 issue of Lookout Alabama. The Mentone Springs Hotel, the iconic structure that gave the town of
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Kid’s View: Shady Grove Dude Ranch

Kid’s View: Shady Grove Dude Ranch

You can ride horses through beautiful scenery during a short visit or stay awhile and relax and unplug in a rustic cabin. by ANSLEY GRIDER, AGE 14 Shady Grove Dude Ranch was established in 1972 and is perched atop Lookout Mountain close to Mentone, Ala. It includes 800 acres of gorgeous wildernesses wound with delightful trails for hiking and,
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Publisher’s Note: Marking a Milestone

Publisher’s Note: Marking a Milestone

Lookout Alabama turns 1 year old and we have so many to thank!  Click here to view this article as a PDF Humans are funny creatures. We enjoy – and sometimes obsess – with marking time and celebrating anniversaries. Animals, on the other hand, seem to be just the opposite. While far more affected than most people by
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Tying the Knot: Small-Town Affair

Tying the Knot: Small-Town Affair

The historic buildings and Norman Rockwell-esque setting of Rolater Park in Cave Spring, Ga., create a relaxed atmosphere for weddings of any size. story by BRETT JAILLET Matthew and Amanda Groover were out on a Sunday drive one fall afternoon – something they do often – when they stumbled upon a one-stoplight town oozing with historic architecture: Cave Spring, Ga., just a
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What’s Cookin’: Down-home Dining

What’s Cookin’: Down-home Dining

Butterbeans restaurant packages antiques, entertainment and award-winning food into a new restaurant built on decades of success. story by ANITA STIEFEL | photos by ANITA STIEFEL and RANDY GRIDER If you’re looking for country cooking served by friendly people in an eclectic, family-friendly environment, look no further than Butterbeans restaurant atop Lookout Mountain. Oh, yeah – and if you enjoy perusing
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Life on Lookout Mountain (Summer 2014)

Life on Lookout Mountain (Summer 2014)

text and photography by JOHN DERSHAM The Lookout Mountain region suffered a historic loss on March 1. Our icon in Mentone, Ala., the Mentone Springs Hotel, burned to the ground. In addition, White Elephant Antiques, a former annex to the hotel once used as a health spa, burned as well. The hotel was the last Victorian-era
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Doing Business: Recycling the Past

Doing Business: Recycling the Past

James & Company preserves history and saves trees by giving salvaged, antique-wood products a second life. by OLIVIA GRIDER | photos by RANDY and OLIVIA GRIDER “He looks like an ol’ hippie,” one of Donnie James’ customers tells me with a grin the day before I am to meet the founder of James & Company, a pioneer
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Mountain Melodies: Inspired Soul

Mountain Melodies: Inspired Soul

With a newly formed band, a first album due out soon and a head-turning voice full of raw emotion, Jess Goggans is finding her way as a musician. story by ANITA STIEFEL | photos by STEVEN STIEFEL In Northeast Alabama, the name Goggans is associated with music, and up-and-comer Jess Goggans is no exception. The 31-year-old Fort Payne native
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Lookout Tennessee: All Aboard

Lookout Tennessee: All Aboard

Recapture the romance and adventure of train travel’s glory days while riding the rails on a rolling museum. story by KATHRYNE SLATE MCDORMAN | photos by BARBARA ADKINS and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Among my earliest memories is that of the Lionel model train set that surrounded my cousins’ Christmas tree each year. It whistled and wound itself over bridges, through tunnels
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Artist Spotlight: Family Craft

Artist Spotlight: Family Craft

A small, hickory-furniture company led by patriarch Phil Faircloth has big-time reach, with celebrities and national chains clamoring for its work. story and photos by STEVEN STIEFEL For more than a quarter of a century, Phil Faircloth and his clan have made a living off the land by operating Appalachian Rustic Furnishings in Wildwood, Ga. Faircloth traded
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Nature’s Path: Hooked On Weiss Lake

Nature’s Path: Hooked On Weiss Lake

A decades-old fisherman’s paradise is luring visitors and new residents with its many recreational offerings and simple lifestyle. by RANDY GRIDER Perhaps it’s a sunrise casting a myriad of colors impossible to describe over its placid surface. Or maybe it’s a view of happy kids frolicking along the shoreline – delightfully splashing water without a care in the world. And
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Inn for the Night: Better than the Beach

Inn for the Night: Better than the Beach

Chesnut Bay Resort’s many activities, amenities and relaxed, community atmosphere have families skipping the coast for a lakeside vacation. by OLIVIA GRIDER We've been here before, but it's still jarring to drive around a curve in remote, wooded Cherokee County, Alabama, and find ourselves at the entrance to a village of pastel-colored, seaside-like cottages framing a view of a magnificent lake. “It’s
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Feature: Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Feature: Take Me Out To The Ballgame

With two minor-league baseball teams, the Lookout Mountain area is a great place to enjoy America’s favorite pastime. story by CADEN GRIDER, AGE 12 photos by RANDY AND OLIVIA GRIDER The Lookout Mountain region is full of beautiful nature, but it’s also a great place to enjoy some athletic entertainment.  Two minor-league baseball teams, the Rome Braves
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Feature: Vision Vortex

Feature: Vision Vortex

The prolific works of one of America’s most famous folk artists consist of buildings, sculptures, paintings and more, all constructed of cast-off materials and on display in a garden that feels like another world. by KATHRYNE MCDORMAN One of my friend Gregg;s wry observations about life in our times – and believe me, he is full of them – is that any shed,
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The Homestead: Return to the Mountain

The Homestead: Return to the Mountain

Sheila Vizzinia has found her ideal haven in a cabin near Desoto State Park. story by ELIZABETH MANNING | photos by ANSLEY GRIDER and OLIVIA GRIDER Sheila Vizzinia grew up on Lookout Mountain and had always longed to build her own home there. The opportunity arose when Vizzinia was looking for a small cabin, and nine acres including
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Folklore: Udowhi Odalv (Beautiful Mountain)

Folklore: Udowhi Odalv (Beautiful Mountain)

Click here to view this article as a PDF by MELONIE A. MCCLENDON-KING Nathalie hurries across the rocks. " I want to reach the bottom before the sun sets,” she urges. Her hand slides over the guardrail with each step, excited and nervous. She stops in awe as she looks at Desoto Falls. The pure,
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Feature: Place To Be

Feature: Place To Be

A coffee shop, café, ice-cream parlor, art gallery and entertainment venue rolled into one, The Spot is a popular hangout for area visitors and natives. by ANITA STIEFEL Lori and Justin Sweeney aptly named the business they opened in downtown Fort Payne, Ala., in April 2013. The Spot quickly became the place to be for young
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Shop Around: Summer Sampling

Shop Around: Summer Sampling

The Lookout Mountain region is the home or inspiration of countless artists, authors and craftspeople. It also hosts shops, galleries and antique stores offering unique and unusual items. Here’s a small sampling of what you can find.  Click here to view this article as a PDF “VIETNAM: WHAT A SOLDIER GIVES” BY DAVID L. HARTLINE $ 19.95 hartlinebooks.weebly.com
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