Archive for October, 2012

No Damage from Sandy

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

We are very fortunate to report no damage at Ormsby Hill from Sandy moving through southern Vermont.

After losing power for eight hours in a September thunderstorm, we ordered a stationary generator. It will power our well pump, hot water heaters, furnace, and lights at the inn. You can be assured a comfortable stay regardless of the weather outside. This mind-easing machine should be operational by the end of the week.

Tucked behind the shrubs…our new generator.

Surviving Foliage; Feeling Grateful

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Yoshio and I completed the first right of passage for innkeepers in Vermont – foliage season.

Leaves began changing colors in early October

We are tired, we are proud, but mostly we are grateful. Grateful to our wonderful staff for working so hard, day after day with their signature cheerfulness, professionalism, and good will. Grateful to our guests, who came for pleasure, and also gave us great pleasure and great company. Grateful for the Manchester, VT community of inns, restaurants, and shops, who offered support and advice when we needed it most. Grateful for our service providers, especially our plumber and electrician. We are also grateful for the spirit and energy of this amazing house and property, the catalyst for all these connections.

Fire sky at dawn

There is no time to rest because another season of inn keeping is beginning. Fireplaces, snow, holiday tours, winter food, and cozy, warm spaces are our challenges and our stage to work some innkeeper magic.