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

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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


Arts and Crafts Day: Fun with Architectural Salvage

This weekend Jonathan and I had a chance to get out of the house for a bit and do a little treasure hunting.  Once we found our treasures, we got to have a fun arts and crafts day.  We love anything DIY.  We kind of can’t help ourselves.  It’s a bit of an addiction.

We had heard of a store in Front Royal that bought and sold old architectural house pieces.  We’d wanted to get there for some time, and this past weekend was our chance.  Once there, looking at all the wonderful, historic pieces our minds began to swirl.

We had a vague idea that we wanted to update some of the art in the rooms and maybe incorporate a three dimensional piece.  We must have come up with a half dozen or more ideas while we browsed the aisles of the big, chilly warehouse, but finally we decided upon an idea and proceeded to just purchase one item for the time being.  Often, we find ourselves mired in more than one project at a time and ultimately we felt now would not be a good time to get bogged down.  One, simple, do-able project seemed fine to us!

However, as we are prone to do, one crafting project turned into two.  Okay, turned into three.

Let’s break this out.  So, the fun piece we bought at Architectural Old House Parts was a beautiful piece of tin that had once been part of a ceiling.  Nearly all the paint had come off the piece as it had never been properly primed before painting.  Good for us!  And it only had a bit of superficial rust that could easily be cleaned off.  All in all, the look and wear on the piece was quite wonderful.

Jonathan scrubbed it with some steel wool which got most of the rust and then we gave it a quick wash and dry.  Finally, we applied a rust inhibitor to the tin. With some lumber from the garage, Jonathan built a frame for the back.  All that’s left to do now is attach the tin to the frame and then we can hang it on the wall.  We think this will be a great piece in our parlor.

The second project for the weekend started out as a simple fix-it.  I have a full length mirror in one of the guest rooms, and I noticed last week that one of the legs had developed quite a nasty crack.  After Jonathan examined it, he determined he could get it to hold back together, but that the best course of action would be to look for a new mirror.

I started a Google search, trying to locate a similarly sized piece, when it occurred to me that we had an unused mirror stored in the garage.  When we updated the Shore Room in the winter of 2013/2014 we removed a long antique mirror from above the old “headboard” in the room.  The frame had come apart from it, and we had planned on donating the mirror, but hadn’t yet done so.  Could we make our own new frame, I asked Jonathan, and use this as our new floor mirror?  Well, after a quick inventory of the rest of the lumber, he found some pieces that were actual beams from the house from when we remodeled the kitchen ceiling in winter 2012!  Win, win, win!  Free mirror made with pieces already from the house.  A perfect reuse and recycle opportunity.

Jonathan and his trusty table saw made a channel in the wood beams to frame out the mirror and he coated the wood in clear polyurethane.  Once the poly dries, he’ll assemble the frame to the mirror.

Our final crafts project for the weekend was a fun little thing I had wanted to get to for a while.  I get lots and lots of maps here so that I can keep them available for guests.  The Virginia Department of Transportation is great at sending those out upon request.  Not too long ago I got some updated versions, so I had a pile of old maps.  I thought, what if I could create a fun little souvenir for our retail shelf using the Berryville bit of the map?  So, I purchased a few craft supplies to make cute magnets and key chains.  Once the map parts are cut to size, they are sealed with a simple Mod Podge glue.  The same glue is used to adhere the maps into the magnet base – a bottle cap, in this instance.  The final step will be to mix and pour a jeweler’s resin into the cap which will actually magnify the image underneath a bit.

So, we are about three quarter of the way done with all three projects.  Not bad for one weekend!  I’ll show you all the finished projects really soon, but for now, here are a few working photos to spark your interest.


INNspiration at Annual Bed and Breakfast Conference

Jonathan and I recently attended the Annual Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia Conference and, as always, I walked away inspired and ready to take on new tasks! We’ve had a week now to digest and process all the information we downloaded, and now it’s time to see if we can put some of those ideas in action.

Running your own business means you are constantly innovating to find new and better ways to do things. It’s no exception for innkeepers. We strive for a consistency in terms of superior service that our guests have come to expect, and I think we have found a really good business model that roots itself in providing modern, comfortable accommodations while reflecting old fashioned hospitality and service. It can be easy to slide into complacency once you’ve found a groove, but that’s definitely NOT something we want to do here. We are constantly looking for fresh ideas to help complement our business. So, if we can find a new way to reach more guests, or a new product that will increase the comfort of our guests once they arrive, we’re up for giving it a try.

This conference has me thinking of all kinds of great things from blog ideas to room décor upgrades, new breakfast recipes and more. I’m looking forward to working on these ideas and then sharing with you all over the coming months as we continue to innovate and implement a better and more unique B+B experience. I hope to see you back here much more frequently. We’re looking forward to a stellar 2015!

Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia

Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia