Sunday, April 26, 2009

Breakfast in the garden

Guests who visit A Butler's Manor during the warmer months know that weather permitting, we serve breakfast in Chris's stunning garden, on the patio beside the fountain. But it isn't often we have the opportunity to do such in early Spring, yet this week Nature smiled upon us and gave us a couple of gorgeous days where temps rose into the mid-70's. So for the first time all year, breakfast was served outside, and everyone agreed that with the magnolia in full bloom and all the birds busy tending their nests in the birdhouses, it couldn't have been more perfect.

One of the things we enjoy most about innkeeping is seeing our guests enjoy themselves, and each other. And on an unexpectedly warm day in April, the laughter and chatter over breakfast was especially happy. Heartwarming indeed!



Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth. -Walt Whitman

Kim Allen
Innkeeper

Friday, April 24, 2009

Taking advantage of beautiful weather!

I just got back from a walk into Southampton village. There's nothing like a spring day -- especially one after days of disheartening rain -- to make you long to be outside. Up and down Main Street and Job's Lane, restauranteurs had set up tables on the sidewalk in the open air, each set with a vase of spring flowers, and diners lounged in the chairs, reveling in the beautiful weather. I'm positive their lunch tasted better for the fact it was served outside! Similarly, many of the clothing stores had placed a basket or two of merchandise, or wheeled out a rack of clothing, in the front of their shops, encouraging sidewalk browsing. Other merchants couldn't help but hang out in their doorways, enjoying the sun and the mild temperatures. Shoppers and walkers greeted each other as they passed. It felt like an impromptu street fair -- we only needed some sidewalk entertainment to make it complete. The whole mood of the village was upbeat and as sunny as the sky above us.


Here at A Butler's Manor, the magnolia's spectacular pink flowers have begun to open in earnest, also encouraged by the sun. Soon the cherry tree will follow, and for a few weeks we will have a breathtaking mass of pink in the garden. We opened the pool on Wednesday, and while it is far from warm (-!!), just seeing the shimmering blue expanse makes it look as if we have our own perfect pond. And reminds me that summer is coming...soon, the lucky spell of warm weather forecast for this weekend will become the norm.




Quote of the day: Happiness is the result of making a bouquet of those flowers within reach. ---Proverb




Kim Allen


Innkeeper


Select Registry

Last week, we had a lovely family staying with us who were from the Australian Diplomat corps. As you might imagine, these charming folks have lived and stayed at places all over the world.

On the morning they were due to check out, she asked us if we were members of Select Registry. We are occasionally asked this question. We are not members. We meet all their criteria except one: We have only 5 rooms.Select Registry is, as you might guess, a highly selective association of "distinguished inns of North America," and Chris and I have stayed at several over the years. Each property is inspected for quality assurance -- something we applaud. However, the application fee and annual membership dues -- if approved -- run to several thousand dollars. For a five-room B&B, alas, this does not make fiscal sense.

No, we told our Australian guest, we're not members, and we explained why."We've stayed in many of the Select Registry properties," she said. "You exceed all of them."

Made our day!!!!


Quote of the day: The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. ---Alice Walker

Kim Allen
Innkeeper