Well we continue building the new Communal Building. Progress has been slow to date but now we are stepping up the progress. The west stone wall is complete and we have framed and roofed the north flat roof. Next we will built the fireplace, set the 2 south sliding glass doors, which are on site, and frame and roof the south sloping roof. Our goal now is to be closed in within 6 weeks.

This building will be a welcome addition to our 2 BnB rooms allowing guests to prepare food on their own, have a living room atmosphere to relax in and a private patio with a fantastic view up Mescal Canyon. We are anticipating to now be complete before the cool weather sets in.

 We will keep you posted!

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Progress Continues on our New Community Building

by rennie on January 12, 2015

Well we have continued slowly on this new building here at Mescal Canyon Retreat. The native stone walls continue to go vertical and now the “Earth Friendly” insulated concrete form walls have started to go up. We will be grouting those walls and pouring part of the floor slab later this week (1-18-2015).
The building has gone up slower than we anticipated due to our outside commitments but progress is now underway. For those who are not aware we are building a new community building which will provide a living/eating/cooking area for our guests. it will include a fireplace and outdoor deck that looks up Mescal Canyon. We anticipate completion by this summer.

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Building on Our Strengths

by rennie on November 23, 2013

The evolution of Mescal Canyon Retreat has been organic in many ways. The property has evolved from a homestead site situated in a desert wash, to a small home and garden plot with a couple of solar panels, then to multiple buildings and a larger garden beds, then came the addition of the Cedar Studio and more solar panels, and on and on. The transformation has been incremental, but the motivation has been the same: the idea that self-sufficient and sustainable places are created through a labor of love and a commitment to create a built environment that compliments and responds to nature.  Change is constant here and every season brings a new opportunity to make this place better.

One of the exciting projects happening at Mescal Canyon Retreat this fall and winter is the construction of a new building on the property. Over the past few years of operating the Bed & Breakfast on the property, many of our guests have expressed interest in use of a kitchen. We have also seen, especially during the winter months, the need to offer our guests the option to have breakfast inside. Rennie designed a new space in response to the needs for our Bed & Breakfast to grow and physically expand. This new buildling will allow us to offer visitors a communal space where they can relax indoors, have a place to sit with a book and cup of tea, or a space to meditate or practice yoga during their visit. 

Many of you who have visited our Bed & Breakfast know that the two rooms each face a courtyard and have their own seating areas. The Sage Room opens up to a small lawn and seating area, and a larger, gravel courtyard to the southwest of. The larger courtyard will be the site for this new building. We started gathering materials and began preliminary construction of the foundation in November. We will be using the same rock wall construction technique that is found on all of the buildings on the property and we were lucky to be able to source nearly all of the rock for this building locally, from the adjacent property.

You can see the beginnings of this transformation in the images here. Over the next few months, we will continue to post progress of the building’s construction. We think you’ll love it and we can’t wait to have you here!

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The Truth About Olives

by rennie on October 10, 2013

Olive trees are beautiful. Their thin, silvery leaves and the smooth bark on the sprawling branches make for a tree that begs for kids to climb up, and also an elegant appearance. Since the Verde Valley’s climate is similar to certain places in Italy, olive trees do well here. The trees here at Candlewood are certainly doing well here, too! 

Over the past week, we harvested over 10 pounds of olives for making oil and over 30 pounds of olives for curing and brining. This was the biggest harvest yet! But, after harvesting thousands of olives and after watching countless videos and reading dozens of articles on how to process olives into oil and for eating, we have a new found appreciation of the olive product that we cook with and eat every day. And we almost decided that it would be just as easy to harvest the olives and then fly to Italy where they have the processing method down to a literal science. A small amount of olive oil, as it turns out, comes from dozens of pounds of olives and hours of work, especially when you don’t have exactly the right equipment. The 10 pounds we harvested only produced enough oil to use for cooking one meal! Nevertheless, we enjoyed it, and we still have many pounds of olives to cure for the coming months! We are salt curing, water curing and brining olives to have and share with our guests… we invite you to come try them!


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Summer to Fall

by rennie on September 23, 2013

The  Fall Equinox is upon us and we finally feel like a change is truly in the air. Fall is typically a busy time of year for us at Mescal Canyon Retreat… we’ve already planted our fall garden and we have lots of visitors coming from all around the country, and world! Before we turn toward our fall activities, however, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the incredible people we met over the summer. We were very fortunate to have some wonderful guests from all over the country that made this summer very special… we’ve met the most interesting people and we feel that the time we spend together here at Mescal Canyon Retreat is something special.

Here are some comments from some of our amazing summer guests. Thanks for making this summer great!

“This could not have been a more perfect and transformational eight days. GREAT location to slip out to Jerome, Cottonwood, the canyons, the red rocks, the desert, the art, the food, etc., but…it was truly a struggle every day to feel compelled to leave at all because this destination is so lovely.Butterflies, birds, bees, kitties, chickens, vistas, beautiful architecture, doggies, gardens, massage, stars, fresh food, alternative energies, incredible and beautiful folks who introduced me to more incredible folks. No road noise, no plane noise, no people noise…silence, peace and a breeze. Even the rainstorms were heavenly to experience in this location. I slid in late with my soul on empty and left with my glass overflowing and trying to give back as much as I had received.” Stephanie, September 2013

“Gorgeous, peaceful and private location. Very aesthetic and comfortable lodging. Our stay was short so we did not get to spend time with the hosts, but the welcome was warm and the fresh-from-the-garden herbs and eggs from the hens breakfast was wonderful and attentively served. We had a truly relaxing visit and would definitely book it for our next Verde Valley visit!” Toni, August 2013

“Our stay at Mescal Canyon Retreat was superb. The location and architecture meld seamlessly – a haven resting between sky and canyon. We were delighted by a lovely view of the stars, birdsong, and very happy dogs. On a road-trip cross country we could only stay one night, but if we were back in the region, we’d definitely consider staying there again.” Paul, June 2013

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