1 - our time and energy was needed to renovate the B&B and build our business
2 - when we did have free time, we were TIRED and usually didn't feel like being sociable!
3 - we didn't have good friends yet
4 - our B&B didn't have parking for more than 3 additional vehicles ... thereby limiting our partying crowd
So although we've entertained a bit here and there, we were due for a PARTY! But first .... we needed a party place.
Now this is some serious party space! This is the dining room at the ADK Trail Inn (which we took over managing in September, in case you missed the memo). Since this was the room that ALL of our guests would see, we decided to start here with our work. The room was in great shape. Just needed some refreshing.
We started with the bar area. Our vision was a nice clean surface on which to set up our new breakfast buffet for guests.
And here's the finished product ... all set for a yummy, hearty breakfast
to fortify our guests before they hike, climb or ski.
Next, we tackled the "Wall of Dolls" ... a special favorite of our friend, Josh, who kindly agreed to help us with the first weeks of our project.
After packing up the doll collection ...
Next ... this wall was dedicated to Noah's Ark memorabilia because the inn used to have a Noah's Ark theme. In fact, there was a large wooden ark in the front yard ... but that's another story! We packed up the books and beer bottles ...
Our room was now ready for guests.
In early December, the time was right! We'd been blessed by so many wonderful, supportive people here in the Keene Valley area. We wanted to say thank you with a party.
The girls helped by setting the tables ...
Is that an awesome collection of dishes or what? The inn used to operate as a restaurant a few decades ago. We may try that again ... but not today!
Meanwhile ... in the kitchen, a pot of cranberries bubbled on the stove ...
The Tur-Duc-Hen began to bake and oh.... the smell!
I couldn't resist grabbing the camera to capture some of the decorations
My favorite moment was when the room was all set and ready for the first guests to arrive.
Soon the room was full ....
People who hadn't seen each other in awhile caught up ...
Young friends gossiped and giggled and ate pie
There was comfortable laughter
And the kinds of warm, connected moments that we cherish.
Several people who'd been invited couldn't make it. We missed them. In all the excitement, I completely forgot to take a picture of the gorgeous wonderful food that everyone brought. But these were minor glitches. After dinner, we enjoyed giving the grand "tour" and hearing stories of our friends' memories of the inn in days gone by.
It was just about a perfect night. I feel grateful that now, almost five years after moving to this magical place, we are still investing time and energy into building our business. But we feel like being sociable more often, we have made really good friends and we now have parking for a gazillion cars!!