Customer Appreciation May

Customer-Apprecaition-2015-WebAs a special thank you to our guests we want to show our appreciation by offering you a spring special.  Book two week nights during the months of May or June and the second night is free!  Book two nights, including a Friday or Saturday and receive 50% off the second night.  Guests will also receive a free customer appreciation package in their room and can enjoy a late check-out of 12 noon.  Excludes May 25 through May 27.  Subject to availability and does not apply to previous reservations.   Special runs from May 1 through June 28.

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Spontaneous!

Do you feel like this winter has just been hanging on way too long?  Just because the weather has been wetter and colder than normal when we are looking for Spring, doesn’t mean you can’t get away and enjoy some R&R.  There are some fun things to do around our area of Wayne County.

Have you ever been to a sugar bush?  This weekend, March 17, 8th Annual Self-Guided Maple Tour, a tour of maple open houses in the Northeast PA region, predominately in Wayne County but also with stops in Pike and Lackawanna Counties. Enjoy locally produced maple products and learn more about today’s producers of maple syrup. maple bush You can tour area sugar bushes at your leisure, following the maple syrup making process from the tree to your table.  Along the way, pick up some locally produced pure maple products.  This event is free to the public. Don’t feel like driving, a bus tour is available.

Stop by the second to last Main Street Farmers’ Market of the season at the Cooperage on Main St, this Saturday, March 17.  Stock up on artisanal goodies, freshly baked goods and farm fresh eggs. There will be locally grown produce like carrots, cabbages, potatoes, onions and even hearty greens!  Also, enjoy farm to table eats from Anthill Farm Kitchen. Make sure you stop by for the healthy recipe demonstration and earn your Coop Cash to spend on produce at the Market!

Don’t forget your Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner, check out the menu and fun at these three local restaurants: TheTrackside, Tick Tock’s, and The Red Schoolhouse.

Of course, your favorite bed and breakfast will provide the rest and relaxation with comfortable beds, a cozy fireplace and delicious breakfast.  Be spontaneous!  Drop the weekend chores and get away from doldrums!

 

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Are Your Ready? Here It Comes!

2018Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!  2018!  Remember when we celebrated the start of a new millennium?  It seems like yesterday.  Time marches on, stops for nothing, and seems to move into double time.  So here we are facing the beginning of the end of two decades of the 21st century.  What are you planning for this year?  Have you decided on your resolutions, or do you skip that part of setting personal goals?  Hopefully, you will do some personal reflection and work on a better year for 2018.  Perhaps, that will include more travel, and we will be lucky enough to help you on that goal.

The James Manning House B&B has set some goals as well.  Early summer will mark our tenth year in business as a place of lodging for guests.  We have grown in our service to guests and enjoy opening our doors to many interesting visitors.  We appreciate all the people who walk through our doors and feel our repeat guests are gold.   (A fond reference to a song and inspiration from my years of scouting: “ Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold”)  So we hope that you will come back and be our guest in 2018, a year with many specials for our visitors as we celebrate 10 years. Watch our newsletters and website for these celebrations and specials:

January is Cabin Fever Month.
February is for Lovers.
March  – Madness reigns.
April brings Spring an “Egg” specially good time.
May is for Gardeners Get Dirty.
June is Anniversary Month.
July – Summer Playtime.
August – Explore Wayne County.
September – Adult Back to School Relaxation.
October brings out the Leaf Peepers.
November is for Homemade Holiday Preparation
December – Celebrate the Season.

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Five Reasons We are Thankful for Our Guests

1. Our guests come in all personalities and experiences, a different way of looking at the proverbial “shapes and sizes”.  We enjoy the unique stories and life experiences they are willing to share with us.  Appreciation of different cultures, family traditions and occupations is developed.  There is always good conversation around the breakfast table keeping life interesting.friends

2. We are thankful to be able to share our historical house and its character with our guests, and so we are thankful for our guests who come and stay.  Let’s face it, it helps to pay the mortgage! More than that we honestly love to talk about the history and continue, as do our guests, to marvel at the handcrafted woodwork and look out through the wavy glass in the original windows. Even more we are thankful that many guests choose to stay with us again and again, they have become friends and “family”.

3. Link-Badge-75-x-75There has been a tremendous increase in our Travel Bucket List thanks to our guests.  Each guest has been somewhere they love and would love to return.  They are so happy to talk about these places and our interest peaks, too.  The guest will share insights as to what to see and do, and maybe where to stay away.  Then there’s hometowns, and you can tell who loves where they live, and hear the pride in their voices when they talk about those places, and the bucket list grows.

4. Thankfully our guests love to eat!  We like to cook, Warren experiments with casseroles and Janet prides herself with some tasty baking.  If our guests didn’t like eating we would never get to expand our recipes and skills.  And if they didn’t have good appetites, well, we’d be stuck with way too many leftovers!brek

5. This may be a stretch, but we are thankful our guests are indirect personal trainers.  They keep us hopping with all the chores that give us exercise throughout the day.  Keeping our grounds and gardens pleasing for guests gets us outside and moving for fresh air and muscle toning.  Many of you wear Fitbits, or Apple Watch (I know; we’ve discussed this, you remember).  I can tell you that making a bed can add ten active  minutes and over 1200 steps to                                                   your day.yard13

We hope this may have brought some humor your way today and do realize that we appreciate your support of our endeavors.  Many you have a blessed holiday season starting with Thanksgiving, and take time to appreciate all you have.

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Ready, Set, June

clematisJune 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!

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Imagine Spring

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Hear Ye

Now, this Second Day of February, Two Thousand and Seventeen, the One Hundred and Thirty First Annual Trek of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club….

Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of All Prognosticators, was awakened from his burrow to the cheers of his thousands of faithful followers….

And, of course, he saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter. Are you about as ready as I am to strangle the little rascal? First, we get nailed with “The Blizzard of 2017” and 30 inches of snow, and now four days later, insult to injury, I’m looking out my window watching it snow some more. The Spring equinox arrives Monday!! I was watching my daffodils poke their heads through the ground, now it will be weeks for this to melt. So not to get too depressed, I thought I’d share some pictures from the Philadelphia flower show and imagine the Spring to come.

 

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Experience the Northern Poconos

I often wonder how to answer the question when asked, “Can you see the mountains from your B&B?”  Is this person expecting to look out every window and see snow -capped peaks like in the Rockies?  Perhaps they feel like they will be surrounded by craggy rocks poconodeer to climb and all the other land is a flat plane with houses looking into other house windows?  How do you explain that the Pocono Mountains are an experience?

First the Pocono Mountains are modest in elevation, the point highest is just under 2,700 feet.  But there are highs and valleys, and hills and dips.   Now it is the summer season, as one drives the roads, you are surrounded by green.   The trees are green, and there are many, many trees, abundant, tall, branching and filling the view.  The grasses and plants that stretch into the woods are green and dotted with wonderful colorful wildflowers.  In the Northern Pocono region the roads wind up and down the hills and houses are amply spaced on several acres of ground.  Farms, with fields of green hay are mixed into the landscape and where people have chosen to live now or long ago, trees have been removed leaving beautiful views of mountain ridges in the distance, dark blue, continuous along the horizon.Northernpoconos

The mountains have many streams, and creeks that flow over rocks and tumble along through the trees making small rapids and waterfalls.  Eventually these streams wind their way to the small rivers that fill the Delaware River on the Eastern edge of the Poconos.    They make DyberryCreekUpperPoconoswonderful places to take a picnic lunch or a fishing rod.  The landscape of the Northern Poconos is dotted with small ponds and pristine lakes, wonderful places to “throw in a line”.  The water provides sources for wildlife, the greens for food, and the trees for shelter.  Deer, squirrels, groundhogs,poconolake raccoons, opossums, chipmunks all find the wooded rolling and sloping terrain dotted                                                with human population to be a                                                  comfortable home.

The Northern Poconos have small towns with quaint stores and friendly restaurants.  People say “hi” on the streets and cars stop to let pedestrians cross.  Honesdale, the county seat of Wayne County, has special events on their Main Street with local craft vendors throughout the year.honesdalemainstreet  Here’s America as it was, where there is free entertainment in the park, country fairs, and pride in their history.  You can even help the townsfolk welcome Santa for the season with a parade and singing in the park. Hawley, another small Americana town located in Pike County also hosts several special events and has an indoor local marketplace of specialty items and local goods.

Visiting the Northern Poconos is not the tourist trap kind of place.   Take a train ride through the country side and notice more of this relaxing pace of life in the mountains.  Take a beautiful drive along our wooded roads, snap a picture of a deer, or capture the view over the clearing.  It’s an experience.  Wake up relaxed, take a walk in the woods, sit by a stream and listen to the birds.  Unwind, Rejuvenate!

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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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Most Important – A Girlfriend Getaway!

three-girlfriendsWomen.  We really hold so much together, ourselves, our families, our households, our jobs, our volunteer groups, etc. etc.  Our lives are frantic, hectic, frustrating, loving, joyful, worrisome and downright exhausting!  Time to get away!

Taking a vacation with the family is very nice, it can be relaxing, but most of the time we’re busy making memories with our loved ones and want that trip to be grand, and special. We can’t let our guard down and need to keep it together while worrying that everything will be just right and everyone will stay safe.  Taking a trip with girlfriends is a whole different event.

Enjoying a getaway with girlfriends includes talking, and eating, thinking about our own needs, and talking. Did I mention talking?  Girlfriends share so much of themselves when they get away.  Girlfriends together share thoughts about the family and hash out ideas about the kids, the pets, the husbands, and how they dealt with a coworker.  Girlfriends can giggle about a dress with green and pink polka dots when shopping, or notice that they like a pillow fabric, and girlfriends can discuss why they don’t like the same shoes.  It’s all about sharing ideas, understanding and compassion for one another.  Girlfriends on getaways don’t compete, they listen.

Girlfriends away will shop, and give honest opinions of necklines, and hemlines, and give ideas of coordinating accessories.   Girlfriends will treasure hunt, they’ll look in the gift shop, and in the second hand shop.  They’ll understand the need for checking every rack or shelf for just the right treasure.  Girlfriends never say they’ll “wait outside on the bench”, so the others will feel they can only look for five minutes.

Girlfriends like to eat.  They will try the French restaurant or tapas bar, a quiche & tea buffet.  They’ll take their time to chat over a glass of wine.  It’s not the food, it’s the experience, the conversation and most of all the social bonding while eating.

Once girlfriends are back at home, after a thousand topics were discussed, their minds are clear. Relaxed, de-stressed a woman can see the solution to that problem of how to answer a teen why they can’t attend the party, or how to get more storage in the laundry room, which color drapes go in the newly painted living room, etc. Start a new tradition.  Girlfriends need to get away, plan your getaway today!

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