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What are some of your favorite
holiday memories at your inn?
hosted an open house for our community. We baked cookies and
desserts had the local church choir come and sing carols. We put
a tree in every room and lit the whole inn inside and out,
burned the Christmas scents, and it was magical. We also sold
luminaries for $1 and lit them that evening. The money was
donated to the church that sang for their school.
“We had a wonderful turnout. There was a Swedish couple that
happened to be driving by and saw the cars and police officer
asked what was going on and stopped and toured the inn. They
later booked and stayed with us. We now do the open house every
year as our gift to the community and call it Home for the
Holidays.” – Cathy,
The Mellon Patch Inn, Fort Pierce, FL
Christmas, my husband Clark was up late working on a present for
our daughter (a handmade dollhouse) when he accidentally cut
himself with the Exacto knife. This required a late-night
emergency room visit on Christmas Eve resulting in several
stitches and him not prepping breakfast, doing dishes, cleaning,
etc. I told him that I knew he did that just to get out of work
on a holiday week! (I am just kidding though, because he handles
breakfast prep, dishes and cleaning better than stitches any
day!)” – Lauren,
Butler House on Grand B&B, Des Moines, IA
“Two Christmases ago we had a call from four French women who
were attending University of Delaware on an exchange program.
They wanted to experience a real American Christmas, including
“In the meantime, a very good friend told me she was going to be
away for Christmas and her elderly (in their 90s) parents were
going to be alone the first Christmas in the extended living
home. I told her they should come here and help us entertain
four French girls.
“My husband and one of the French women went to pick up my
friend’s parents and brought them back here. This 90-year-old
man put on the charm, and the 23-year-olds were so sweet to him
and his wife. It was wonderful to see how lovely young people
can be to the elderly.
“We all had a delicious dinner, and the girls helped (at their
request). They wanted to cook all the American traditional food.
Dessert was served around the tree with Christmas carols playing
and everyone singing.
it was time to take the couple home, the girls had to draw
straws as to which would accompany my husband back to the
assisted living home. They all wanted to be with their 'new
grandpa and grandma' for as long as they could.” – Wendy and
Country Life B&B, Greenwich, NY
is a couple who have stayed here for New Year’s seven out of the
nine years I’ve been in business. A couple of years ago, at
breakfast, the conversation turned to Holocaust survivors. Danny
told the story of his mother, who had been a young teenager in a
camp. Another woman, a historian from Austria, was writing a
book on survivors. When she heard the story, she said, ‘I know
the woman who took care of your mother in the camp!’ She had
just interviewed her for her book. After confirming that this
was the case, he gave her his mother’s phone number, and she
went to Los Angeles to meet her. ‘Coincidences’ like that often
happen around the breakfast table…as an innkeeper, I just keep
out of the way and let the coffee flow!” – Greta Zeit,
Backyard Garden Oasis B&B, Middletown, CA
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