Thank you, May! Thank you for the sunshine. Thank you for the flowers. Thank you for the singing birds, and thank you for warmer temperatures. It’s been a long cold winter into spring, but we’re not looking back! Thank you May for bringing our guests. Yes, we are very thankful for YOU, our guests!
May is the end of our ninth year in business! Ten years ago we hosted our first guest in the B&B, so we are taking time to appreciate all those who have crossed our threshold into this wonderful historic house to take a reprieve from their lives. Our guests travel for so many reasons; visiting family and friends, celebrating weddings, researching their roots, enjoying the wonderful outdoors, or just to get away. We have met wonderful people, made new friends and enjoyed every minute of hosting you, our guests.
Our guests have helped us along the way. Most of our guests love where they live, and are happy to share things to do and places to see in their area. They have traveled to beautiful and fun places. Both of these conversations add to our bucket list of travel. Guests have given us encouragement. They enjoy looking at our eclectic collections of decorations and antiques. They want to know about the comfortable beds and bedding. Guests have taught us how to provide more comfort. They like the fluffy towels. They remark about the top shelf bath amenities, and locally made soap. They enjoy snuggling under the warm, weighty duvets. Guests have given us ideas for the breakfast table. They enjoy our old and new recipes for their breakfast. Repeat guests make requests for a previous dish. They ask for recipes. They tell us about healthy eating. They appreciate our ability to cook for allergy or specialty diets.
There are so many reasons we appreciate our guests. There are so many reasons we love being innkeepers. We hope that we are able to continue to make our guests feel at home. We hope we have a chance to see you soon and demonstrate our appreciation for YOU, our guests.
June is bustin’ out all over! It’s been one string of blooms to another, wisteria to rhododendron, phlox to peonies to clematis. Here in the Poconos of Northeastern Pennsylvania the weather has taken its good old time to warm up and brighten up with sunshine. That hasn’t stopped the outside chores. Around the inn we have been planting flowers and pulling weeds, mowing grass and fixing deer fences. Personally, I like sprucing up the yard and being outdoors, cloudy days and a bit of drizzle can’t stop me. On the other hand, wearing fleece jackets or full out downpours does get depressing after a string of days of that kind of weather. All that has changed, summer is almost here and it’s time to get away for a day or two (or three or four) of pure relaxation. Let our gardens and wildlife refresh and replenish your spirits. Enjoy our satiny soft sheets on pillow comfort mattresses. Grab a good book, find a comfy chair inside or out, forget the phone and don’t lift a finger. Time for that getaway!
Spring has sprung, the grass is green, and so the flowers are now seen. Just a little humor for the bright and peppy way the season makes one feel. So far spring around the inn has been a sea of bright yellow forsythia blooming and assorted varieties of daffodils and narcissus dotting the landscape with color and vibrancy. Mother Nature and the gardens have certainly awakened from their winter nap.
Of course the emergence of flowers, warmer temps, and greening of grass means time to fit the outdoor chores into the routine and schedule. Beds must be raked of winter debris, errant volunteer plants (i.e. weeds) must be pulled, branches picked up, trimming, and mulching, etc, etc. It’s a good thing I like to garden………. Rainy days find us doing some spring cleaning and finishing up indoor maintenance chores. But honestly we do all this because the inn is just a wonderful old house and we enjoy making it beautiful for you, our wonderful guests!
Where did the energy go from last week? Where did the “Spring” go from last week? After a lovely month of March, we have had a detour which turned our weather back to winter. I know it’s only a short setback but frustrating all the same. The birds have been singing and nesting, after their return from winter quarters. The grass is green contrasting sharply as the new coating of snow melts slowly. The poor early blooming daffodils, violets and pulmaneria are not very happy with their frozen petals. I sure hope this counts as the “onion” snow and I’ll soon be turning over the garden soil. Still spring is a wonderful time of year in the mountains. Life is very evident and it’s time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air.
Prompton State Park is open all year for hiking and biking. It is exciting to find the trillium and other wildflowers that have just come to life. Wildlife of squirrels, birds, and rabbits scurry around full of energy and playfulness. Small creeks and streams tumble over the rocks, making small rapids and waterfalls. A quiet walk along the Dyberry always seems to provide an interesting sight such as ducks and geese swimming in the waters, perhaps an eagle will soar along the water looking for a meal. Talking about water, trout season opens April 16. The inn is only five minutes from stocked waters, and Wayne County has many great fishing holes all season long. Time to get away from work stress and catch some energy from Mother Nature, hope we see you soon!
If you have visited our inn, you know I like to decorate. At Christmas that might even be considered an understatement. January comes knocking on the door just as Santa Claus needs to take a rest until next December. Snowmen take their places on the shelves and mantles, then add a few hearts, shades of pink, and roses, and romance fills the air as February hits the calendar. What’s next?
Yes, it’s true a few shamrocks can be placed to make things jovial, but the dilemma remains, February is still lingering and winter still has some claws holding fast. This year is making the decision even more difficult, do I dare to display Spring so early? But looking at the calendar, (wait, yipes!) Easter is fast approaching! Yes, the days are getting longer, but bunnies and tulips? Can dreams come true? Could we skip this winter that wasn’t? I’m ready. As February draws to a close, I have gotten used to not needing the boots to go outside, and those snowshoes can just keep their dust until next winter. I think I’m over not getting “the big snow” for this winter, I surely don’t want it mid-March. (Apologies to all our southern east coast friends who did get a big one this year, you can keep it.) March will be a month of transition into Spring. Easter will roll on by and so I suppose we can look at bunnies, ducks, daffodils and chicks, and by the time April arrives those sights and flowers will be here, real time, on the outside
What 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 show 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.