Our inn has always been known for being welcoming as well as an elegant place for a romantic getaway. As we adapt to all of the changes being required of us due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been taking a fresh look at our operations and our decorating. We wanted a cleaner, less cluttered and less formal look to complement our focus on warmth and hospitality. We decided some new parlor furniture and some rearranging of existing pieces would do just the trick! We love how it came out and we think you will too. A big comfortable couch and wide cushy chairs replace our straight-backed, lumpy, although lovely, antique love seat and Gentleman’s and Ladies chairs. In place of the heavy dark wood organ (that was not operational) we’ve placed our lighter, elegant Henri II beveled glass bookcase. That created more space in the cluttered foyer so we could move the art deco coat rack and spread things out allowing more room to pass between the foyer and the parlor.
Some other changes can be seen in the dining room. The health department now allows some buffet and self-service. Before we had to close down due to COVID we had self-serve coffee, tea and cookies at the entrance to the kitchen. In the process of gradually reintroducing self-serve we realized that if guests had to enter the kitchen when we weren’t there, we couldn’t properly sanitize everything that they might have touched. As a result, the coffee, tea and goodies are now more conveniently located in the dining room.
One casualty of the virus was unfortunately, the white canopy over the cast iron bed in our Wilkinson Room. We couldn’t sanitize it between guests so it had to come down. One of the first lessons we learned 10 years ago when we became innkeepers is that you need to be flexible, and this year has reiterated that lesson ten-fold! We’re working next on figuring out a way to safely recreate the feel of that canopied bed. If you have any ideas shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We hope you enjoy our new look and feel! Come visit and see it in person.