The apparent physical beauty is a given. Towering trees, flowers, winding paths and gentle breezes certainly are a start.
And then there are the activities: swimming, biking, hiking, tennis and a myriad of lectures, lessons and seminars.
But when you get right down to it, probably one of the most magical things about Monteagle are the people. The exuberance and innocence of the of children, the joy of family, the unspoken respect spanning generations, and a warmth that permeates everything, whether it's a cheerful hello in passing or a handshake and a smile welcoming you to Evening Vespers at the Chapel.
In reality, after much analyzing as to the "magic" of Monteagle, it was at a porch party one evening that a long-time Monteagle resident made the succinct observation, "Monteagle isn't a place or a thing, it's a state of mind".
As I headed back to my lodging that night, I only wished I'd thought of it......."a state of mind". Amen to that!