We have just returned from 15 days away from the Inn, a combination of vacation/conference/meeting travel (more on that later) and I’ve got a guest poster today for the blog – our most capable innsitter, Sue Kalis of Two Hearts Inn-sitting:
Ok, truthfully, I have never even read a blog and now I have been asked to write one! Here goes, bear with me!
My adventure in Shepherdstown, WV at the Thomas Shepherd Inn began back in Sept. 2009 when Jeanne was trying to reach either my sister or myself to ask about our Inn-sitting services. We were both out on the road and not getting our messages, so by the time I reached Jeanne via phone I think she was ready to give up on us. It just so happened that I was going to be going right past her place the very next day and so I stopped in, we visited, and at some point she decided to hire me to come and Inn-sit for her B&B in Feb/March 2010.
Fast forward to Feb. 26th, 2010 and I find myself driving from MI to WV – this was probably the worst year to decide to drive – their weather up to this point had been horrible I believe! Of course I got caught in a snowstorm and it took me six hours to get from one side of the state to the other when it should have taken me three.
I finally arrived safe and sound and Jeanne and Jim welcomed me with open arms (no wonder they are great Innkeepers). They took me to one of the fine restaurants in Shepherdstown. We walked downtown with the snow falling and I could tell it was going to be a fun little town to explore.
My first week here I didn’t have many guests so I had time to explore – what a great little town with several fine restaurants and shops. There is a great wine store, bakery, consignment shop (which I dropped some money in) and a very unique gift shop that has lots of great items that I have never seen before. There is also a great self guided walking tour of Shepherdstown and my favorite was the “Little House” – you’ve got to see it to believe it!
Jeanne told me that once the weather got nicer the phone would start ringing, and that is exactly what happened – the reservations started pouring in. All the guests were wonderful and they ranged from B&B newbies (never been to a B&B before) to guests who have been coming to the Thomas Shepherd Inn for 20 years! Made for some great conversations around the breakfast table.
Shepherdstown is surrounded by interesting towns also – Charles Town, Harpers Ferry and Martinsburg. There is a great chocolate shop in Martinsburg, as well as a community theatre. My sister and I tried to go see a play there after our guests raved about it, but with incoming guests it just didn’t work out.
Even if you would hit a rainy weekend you could go to the local theatre to see a movie or just plan on hanging out at the B&B – it is a very fine place to spend time with your loved one – curl up in front of the fire with a book or watch one of the many movies from the movie library.
I’m sure there is something I forgot, but you’ll just have to come to Shepherdstown and make your own memories!
It was such a restful time away from the Inn having Sue and her sister Ann to mind our ‘baby’, and I’m sure our guests didn’t miss us. We’re glad to be back home now, though, and will fill you in on our travels and upcoming events over the next few months.