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Sugar Hollow Retreat and Conference Center opens in Bulter, TN. Culminating 3 years of development, retired physician and adventurer Surry Roberts of Raleigh, NC, celebrates the opening of this multi-faceted resort destination.

(PRWEB) October 24, 2003

BUTLER, TN --- Nestled high in the Appalachian Mountains of northeastern Tennessee overlooking Watauga Lake and Elk River, Sugar Hollow Retreat is opening its doors to guests on October 25, 2003.

 Formerly a dairy farm and forest, the 300-acre retreat on some of the most storied land in the state features a variety of accommodations, a conference center, restaurant and amenities galore.

 Sugar Hollow, which has been under development for almost 3 years, is the dream of retired physician and adventurer Surry Roberts. Roberts, who lives in Raleigh, N. C. has transformed the rustic mountain farm into a multi-faceted resort destination.

 Â“Sugar Hollow is ideally suited for a variety of guests looking for a rich and varied experience,” Roberts says. “We can accommodate families and individual pleasure travelers looking for a stimulating getaway, as well as businesses and other organizations seeking a secluded, but upscale, meeting site.”

 Roberts says the property will also appeal to writers, artists, international travelers, professionals, naturalists and others seeking a wilderness retreat.

 Sugar Hollow Innkeeper Marty Plummer is no stranger to these mountains. She grew up in nearby Shady Valley, Tenn., and “knows just about every nook and cranny of these hills,” Roberts says.

 His travels have taken him from the jungles of Asia to the wilds of the Australian outback, but Roberts says Sugar Hollow is one of his favorite spots in the world.

 Â“ItÂ’s magic here,” he says. “To think this area was once the heartland of the great Cherokee Nation, that Daniel Boone once hunted these woods, and that Andrew Johnson, a notable southern president, lived nearby is both humbling and exciting.”

 But perhaps the best news is that Sugar Hollow allows guests to immerse

Themselves in history and the outdoors, while enjoying a comfortable place to stay, Roberts says.

 Sugar HollowÂ’s accommodations range from The Lodge, a tastefully restored wooden barn with eight luxury guest rooms and deck overlooking Elk Meadow, and two guest cottages: The Sequoia Cottage and the Cherokee House each sleeping 6-8 guests. 

 The cottages are part of the Over Mountain Center at Sugar Hollow, which also includes the 1200 square foot conference facility that can be used for meetings and workshops. The facility can accommodate up to 40 guests and features the latest audio-visual equipment, a large covered deck, and other amenities.

 ArthurÂ’s Restaurant, opening in 2004, and its adjacent European-style Black Bear Café on the main floor of the Lodge offer reasonably priced traditional southern dishes, a full country style breakfast, and even picnic baskets.

 Roberts is quick to point out the many outdoor activities available to Sugar Hollow guests. “ThereÂ’s so much to do here in and in the surrounding mountains, folks will be hard-pressed to do it all,” he says.

 Just 35 miles west of Boone, N. C., and near Mountain City and Elizabethton, Tenn., Sugar Hollow is ideally situated for visitors seeking a wilderness adventure or antiquing in a picturesque local village.

 The Appalachian Trail is nearby and convenient for day hikes or overnight adventures and there are six miles of private hiking trails right on the property.

 Watauga Lake and Elk River offer boating, canoeing, kayaking and some of the best fishing in the southeast. There are also a number of Native American archeological sites in the area as well as abundant wildlife, such as bear, eagles, deer and other native species.

 Grand opening ceremonies at Sugar Hollow will be held October 25, 2003, from 2-5 p. m. with more than 200 invited guests and fun for all.