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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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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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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Who Stole My Spring?

AprilsnowWhere 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 merganresizescurry 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!flyfishDyberry

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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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Are You Mad for March?

march madnessWhat is March Madness?  We think it is, “the ability to think anything can happen!”  We’re hoping for some craziness around here and want you to be a part of that March Madness.  Here it is:  Make a new reservation for weekday stay (Sunday through Thursday) in the month of March, two nights and your second night is FREE!  For all other stays, one night or weekend all rooms are 20% off!  Discounts are for new reservations, and only one discount applies.  Remember March madness lasts from March 1 through March 31 when availability allows.

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Should There be Spring?

Valentine rosesIf 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 St Pat's basketjovial, 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 easterbunnext 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

Early spring daffodils

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