On the Positive Side

Hello February! Depending on where you live this means you’re on the down side of sunsethomewinter.  In Northeast Pennsylvania we enjoy the later sunsets and additional daylight.  My guess is, however, that the groundhog will see his shadow and we’ll be in for six more weeks of winter.  Personally, I don’t mind more snow, in reasonable amounts, but I don’t need subzero temps or strong north winds.

While there are winter activities to enjoy even without snow; skiing Elk, ice skating, tubing, and more.There is also indoor entertainment to enjoy as well.  Crystal Cabin Fever starts this month, eagle watching along the Delaware (tour bus or in your car), music at the Cooperage, new exhibits at Dorchester antiques, riding the Stourbridge Line, and so much more.  

Here at the inn we have been using the “stay inside” winter weather to work on those long needed projects that tend to build up while “you’re napping”!  Warren finally decided he would hire a company to sand and refinish our hardwood floors in our quarters.  It was a busy week as all furniture had to be removed from the room, wallfloor décor removed and our bedroom couldn’t be accessed. While the furniture is out it’s the perfect time to touch up paint, fix holes, and dust all the corners, shelves, etc. I guess it should be considered fun, too, as we had to stay at a B&B for a week!

Meanwhile, I took the time to go through some of the magazines and photos that definitely had been pushed aside or shoved into drawers.  I also cooked and jarred four new jellies and jams.  The sweet aromas helped to lessen the varnish smells. It really is nicer to make jam in January, warming up the kitchen at a cold time of year.  jelliesWhen the fruit was ripe in July and August I didn’t have the time to prepare for the jams. Freezing the fruit to store for later was the better option. So this worked out perfectly.  In case you are wondering, added to the other flavors, we now have; bumbleberry, cherry, black raspberry and josta berry, and autumn cranberry pear.

 

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Great Christmas Light Fight – Not

We do like to see Christmas Villages, and lighted houses as we drive around the countryside, but with a 198 year old house, comein from the coldour outdoors will not be entered in the Great Christmas Light Fight.  Our front door is welcoming with wreath and greens.  The front is simply lit with flood lights, and the windows adorned with  ribbons and greens, much in the way of yesteryear.christmas sign

Bells and greens decorate the sign and lamps of entry, while Santa Claus flies nearby in his sleigh.flying santa Another whimsical sight guests see on arrival, is Santa giving Mrs. Claus a kiss underneath the mistletoe.  Mr & Mrs Claus

lighted treesChristmas trees from inside don’t have to retire at our B&B, they just become a member of the lighted grove around the driveway.  Although the trees are not real, the birds find window snowbeautycover and the cats enjoy a new playground among the lower branches.  When the December Christmas snows are falling, these trees create a winter wonderland.

Let us not forget the real reason for the season, our vintage Nativity reminds those passing by of The Wonderful Gift:The story

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Mad for March

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What does the month of March signal in your mind?  Is it wind, the advent of spring, muddy paw prints, the sun glaringly showing the streaks in the windows, or daylight savings?  Do you think of Julius Caesar, the Ides of March and his feeling of Doom?  How about some March Madness?  Just what is the madness?

According to the gurus at Basketball.org (http://www.basketball.org/march-madness-history/), the term March Madness is a registered trademark held jointly by the NCAA and the Illinois High School Association.  The term itself was coined by a writer and essayist named H. V. Porter, who published an essay named March Madness in 1939.

Around here the college basketball tournament has always been a popular sports series on the television (glad I can record the shows I want to see).  blizzard2017reThis year it appears some of the madness of March has come in the form of the revenge of Mother Nature and a record breaking 30 “ of snow in less than 24 hours.  Sheesh!

 

Traditionally at the James Manning House it has also meant some great special for you slamdunkour guests!  This year is no exception!!  We survived “the big one” and the doors are open for guests to enjoy some R&R and forget their own March madness.  We are offering a three night stay for $150.  Here’s the deal, starting now through April 9; a cozy, comfortable getaway, 3 nights and breakfast for only $150.   When making reservations, the nights need to be consecutive and you must mention March madness.  Previous reservations are excluded from this special, it is designed for those of us going mad with the return of winter and the doldrums of March.free march clip art free clipart images for march   clipartfest

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Make it a Group Away!

group awaySpring is coming, and this year we agree.  The temperatures have been mild and the little bits of snow we’ve had are almost invisible.  Gardens are starting to spring to life with early bulbs pushing through the surface.  What a wonderful time of the year to plan a get away!  Really, it’s a time to plan a group away.  Girl friends can have a blast just being together, shopping, eating out (not cooking for the family) and what better way to enjoy this respite but to stay a weekend at a Bed and Breakfast?  How about a yoga group?  Maybe quilters, book clubs, or card players?  Men, you are not excluded, plan a fishing trip for trout in the stocked Dyberry Creek, or the Delaware or Equinunk Rivers.  Maybe a plan a group for a competitive disc golf match at Prompton State Park.  Couples, what fun can your group have staying together, taking up the whole Bed and Breakfast?  You might take in a concert or check out the Irving Cliff Brewing, a great new microbrew in the neighborhood.  The James Manning House is your perfect spot to enjoy comfortable rooms, relaxing together, great fellowship and wonderful breakfasts.  When your group takes over the house, we’ll work to accommodate all of your needs and make it a memorable experience.group relax

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Chocolate Sweetness, Love All the Way!

rom2What says Valentine’s Day to you?  Is it flowers, perhaps roses, with that sweet, sweet fragrance?  Is it a special dinner out at a fine dining restaurant?  Perhaps you dream of getting away with your sweetheart to a romantic bed and breakfast.  Maybe you need to give a box of chocolates or a beautiful piece of jewelry.  My thoughts on Valentine’s Day is just spending quality time with my sweetie, and telling him how much I appreciate him and all he means to me. What says romance to me  isn’t  gifts, it’s realizing he appreciates me back by how he shows me, and tells me, and by meeting my emotional needs. As for all those other sweet treats mentioned.  Well, those are just a great icing on the cake!! (Which by the way, cake is another great sweet treat, wink, wink)

At the James Manning House we like to think our romance is in the care and concern we rosesshow our guests.  We like to think our atmosphere is one where you can feel at home, to relax.  You are pampered with cozy settings, quaint fireplaces in the rooms, and a decor where you don’t have to be afraid to kick off your shoes.   Delicious breakfasts are prepared for you, and you don’t have to lift a finger to do any cleanup. So we thought we’d arrange for one more way we think you can show your sweetheart your appreciation.

Sweeten your Valentine’s Day! All you really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!   Treat your love to a delightfully chocolate getaway at the James Manning House B&B.  Your romantic retreat starts with a chocolate sampler waiting in your room. Relax and enjoy your private evening in the warmth and comfort of the inn.  Enjoy a champagne and chocolate Valentine breakfast.  Pick your time to enjoy 60 minutes of chocolate massage, by Marie Donovan, LMT, without leaving the inn.  Come, stay, and pamper your Valentine for three days and two nights, Chocolate Valentine Package; $299 plus taxes.  Valentine Package will be available February 5 through February 21.chocolateValentine

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Cabin Fever Time

IMG_6807January is Cabin Fever Month!  There hasn’t been much chance to shovel snow, but it’s always nice to sneak away, forget the phones, (and work) for a little R&R. Can’t you just close your eyes and picture yourself curled up in front of the fire with a good book?  Or maybe you’d like to engage your partner in a board game, or take the time to piece together a challenging puzzle.  The James Manning House can provide all that for your retreat.  Visit www.jamesmanninghouse.com

AND then we’ll add a hot, hearty comfort food breakfast to energize should you decide to 2015-02-18 08.39.17venture outdoors.  Manmade snow has been covering the slopes, and the black diamonds are calling the skiers.  Perhaps there will be snow on the ground to enjoy the typical winter sports,  such as snowshoe trekking, or cross country skiing, or maybe to ride the sleds.   Why not try something without the snow? The ice is now thick enough for some ice-fishing and the perch and panfish are very hungry.  Prompton State Park has trails to hike, from easy to hard, open all year round.  The park is also home to an 18-hole Disc Golf course, which never closes.   Nature provides wonderful natural ice sculptures for the nature enthusiast and photographer to find.  Without snow, and minus the leaves and insects of summer, geocaching is fun in the winter. Visit www.friendsofprompton.com.

winter at PromptonNot an outdoor enthusiast?  Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy on an Eagle Watch Experience.  Right in our back yard (so to speak) the Upper Delaware River and surrounding region is one of the largest and most important bald eagle wintering areas in the northeastern United States.  The visitor’s center of the Conservancy is open weekends throughout January and February.  They offer tours or can give guidance for your own observations, such as good spots for you to view from your own car.  Visit www.delawarehighlands.org.

Stay with us and shop our stores in downtown Honesdale.  Have you visited the newest antique store, Union Chapel?  Enjoy an evening at the Cooperage for some down home fun and entertainment.  January has some interesting entertainment including game nights, open mike night, and performances by The Paramounts, Scott Ainslie, and Oren Fader.  Visit thecooperageproject.org

Get away from the rat race, beat the winter blues, skip all the drama and reconnect with comfort.  Reserve your two night stay at the James Manning House and enjoy the comforts of home; a queen bed, private bath, TV in the room, wi-fi, and electric fireplace in the room.lanchg  The hospitality station is always filled with coffee and teas, but we will also treat you to some cappuccino and home baked goodies.   Call us to reserve and let us know you’ve been reading and you will get two nights for the price of one!  The only rules are that the nights are consecutive, in January, and no other discounts apply.  Cabin Fever runs from January 5 through                                                                                         January 30.

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