Waypoint House

Address: 211 S Church St. Berryville, Va    Reservation Line: 540-955-8218

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Thanksgiving

I hope you all had a terrific Thanksgiving Weekend! Thanksgiving is one of the few days we close each year, as we take the day to be thankful for our family. It’s a day for us to appreciate everything the past year has brought us.

A Thanksgiving tradition that has emerged since opening Waypoint House is our participation in the annual Holiday Parking Meter Decorating that takes place each year in Berryville. For the month of December, the meters take a break, and businesses, groups, and families can sponsor a meter and decorate it in a holiday theme. Our very first year, Jonathan and I deliberated over what our entry should be. We brainstormed and we drew sketches. Finally, inspiration struck, and we built the leg lamp from the movie “A Christmas Story,” complete with it’s shipping crate stamped with “fragile” on the side. Ever since, it has been a holiday fixture in Berryville, and we proudly set it up each year on Thanksgiving Weekend. It’s the symbolic start of the Holiday Season for us!

One thing we are certainly thankful for each year, are the guests who visit us, and the opportunity to get to know some really wonderful individuals. Each year, our list of return visitors grows, and as excited as we are to meet new guests, we also cherish those guests (who become more like friends) who choose us each year as a special place to visit. Whether relaxing or celebrating, or traveling for business or to visit friends and family, it is our privilege to host each and every one of you, and we are grateful for your patronage!

What are some of your Holiday traditions? What things or events do you look forward to each year? Let us know, and we’ll share more of ours as well!


New Year, New Recipes

I love trying new recipes all year long, but especially at the start of a new year I get itchy to try new recipes and freshen up the menu.

Jonathan, of course gets to be the official tester before I serve any dish to guests.  Often I’ll do “breakfast for dinner” so we can try it together since, ironically, we very rarely eat breakfast together!  He’ll make a critique or two, or suggest a way to garnish, etc.  After trying my latest breakfast creation he just said, “Can we have that for dinner again tomorrow?”  So, I guess that means I did good!

As with most things in this day and age, I got my initial inspiration from Pinterest, then found a similar recipe in a cookbook not too long afterward so, I took that as a sign that I was on to something.  Then, a title for the dish came into my head, and after a few “Rachael” modifications, viola.

Greens, Eggs and Ham.  It’s my homage to Dr. Seuss.  Sauteed leeks, kale and baby spinach with feta cheese on top of Canadian bacon and my homemade English muffin bread served with fried eggs.  So, would you eat greens, eggs and ham?

Greens, Eggs and Ham - one of our new recipes for 2016

Greens, Eggs and Ham


Appalachian Trail Community

I’m excited to tell everyone about a really great thing that happened to our lovely little town of Berryville and beautiful Clarke County this summer. At the end of July we celebrated becoming the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s official 39th Trail Community.

Because Clarke County has a generous portion of the Appalachian Trail running along its Eastern border, and the county and the town have a long history of promoting land conservation, we’ve been given the honor of becoming a trail community. It’s a terrific opportunity to partner with the ATC in promoting, preserving, and protecting the wonderful national treasure that is the Appalachian Trail.

We were privileged to attend our dedication ceremony which took place in Rose Hill Park on July 20, 2015.

Sharing the natural beauty of Clarke County and Berryville with our guests is one of my favorite things. I love being able to tell people where to go for a great hike, a quiet picnic, or a scenic bike ride. If you are looking to have a little time to convene with nature, there’s no better place to visit than Clarke County, in my opinion!  So, if you’ve never had the opportunity to hike on the AT, we hope you’ll consider coming to spend the day on the trail.  And after a full day of adventures, you can spend your evening at Waypoint House resting your bones in one of our comfy beds.

We look forward to seeing you all here at the B+B and hopefully on the trail as well!

Official Designation Ceremony - Berryville/Clarke County Becomes and Official Trail Town!

Official Designation Ceremony – Berryville/Clarke County Becomes and Official Trail Town!

Cake to Celebrate the 39th Official Appalachian Trail Community!

Cake to Celebrate the 39th Official Appalachian Trail Community!

Jonathan and I after the Designation Ceremony

Jonathan and I after the Designation Ceremony


Our Summer Re-Cap

Whether you are a kid or an adult, I think we can all agree that summer never seems to last as long as you want it to. Here we are now with Labor Day already behind us, and soon the days will begin to take on a cool crisp feeling and the daylight hours will grow shorter bit by bit, whisking us right along into autumn.

But before we are consumed by all things pumpkin and pull out the sweaters from their summer storage, I wanted to take a moment to recap the summer here.

I know this kind of breaks the rules of blogging, but I ask for your indulgence.  Blogs should be frequent, quick snippets of daily events.  Yes, I try and often fail.

A lot of great guests came through our door this summer, and we’ve had fun seeing you all.  We even got to take a few fun days away this summer ourselves, and we made a trip to Boston to see U2 in concert!  Another front row experience!  That was a blast.  Ask us about that trip the next time you come stay with us.

There were a few projects, as well.  We painted the metal roof of the garage, and we’ve been working on painting the west exterior side of the house.  We’re still working on it, section by section!  The garden produced, and is still producing, copious amounts of beautiful tomatoes.

We saw lots of family too.  My sister lives in Boston so our concert trip was also a chance to spend time with her.  In August my brother, sister-in-law, nephew and niece came here to visit us.  If you want to talk about fun, take a four year old to Dinosaur Land!  That was great.

So there was fun family time, and also serious family time.  Both Jonathan and I are at the age where for the past several years we have been seeing our parents growing older and needing us more – a difficult prospect for us since we both have the challenge of being the children farthest away – geographically speaking – and because of the time commitment that the inn requires.

I thought it only fair I shared a bit of our personal journey this summer as we really do consider many of our guests friends.  I think you all get to know us just as much as we try to get to know you during your stay.

I do have lots of other things I’ve wanted to share with you all over the summer, I just never got around to writing about them.  I hope to revisit all of those ideas over the autumn and be back more frequently.  No guarantees, guys.  I’d rather spend face to face time with you, or actually be in the thick of a project than be behind the computer, but I’ll give it my best shot.

-R

 


Spring Begins

Spring Planting

Spring Planting

What to do with a beautiful spring day in Berryville?  Get out into the dirt.

It’s starting to get warm and I’m ready to be outside.  We got out into the yard this weekend and started the spring clean-up and planting.  The yard needed to be thatched and re-seeded in a couple of places, so Jonathan and I took care of that.  I also had some planting to do, including getting some summer blooming bulbs into the ground – ranunculus, freesias and twinkle toes.  All three should add a nice pop of color to the flower bed we rehabilitated last fall.  I also got to spend some time in the greenhouse to get seeds started for the vegetable garden.  I got tomatoes, peppers, cantaloupe, and a handful of herbs planted.  I can’t wait for the little seedlings to sprout!  From the moment I plant the seeds I anxiously look forward to harvest day! Yes, I know all about that saying about not counting your chickens before they hatch, but gardeners are hopeful people.  Every plant will live and produce copious amounts of fruit! And when they don’t, well there’s always next year.

Jonathan spent some more time working on our DIY projects as well.  He got our new floor mirror framed out, but we decided that rather than just sit on the floor, it would be nice to have a stand for it too.  So, he went through our miscellaneous lumber yet again and broke out the trusty table saw to make a very cool crate/stand.  Pretty soon I’ll be able to post a photo of the finished product!

Spring is a beautiful and busy time for us!  Look for more updates soon!

Seed Starting

Seed Starting

Spring Planting

Spring Planting