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That summertime feeling

Confessions of an Innkeeper: 

My name is Michelle and the busy chaos around IBB the last few weeks has been a welcome change. We’ve seen familiar faces, chatted and visited, and just enjoyed our attempts at normalcy – all while doing our best to keep up with the un-normal and unfamiliar new things on our to-do list.  For example, sanitizing the remote control for the television every day.  Trying to both wipe down the buttons and not turn the TV on at the same time have provided us with endless hours of entertainment. It’s a wacky world we’re living in but for all the staff it’s been nice to see each other and our guests again.  Except Karen keeps making us do stuff. And things.  Like work. Which is exhausting when the most taxing thing you’ve had to do for months is decide whether or not to brush your hair on any given day.  And, apparently, no one else supports my new mission in life to become a professional book reader because it interferes with my actual job. And my family says it’s “not a real job” if someone isn’t paying me to do it. I don’t think I need that kind of negativity in my circle.    

“When I figured out how to work my grill, it was quite a moment. I discovered that summer is a completely different experience when you know how to grill.”
Quote ~ Taylor Swift

Fun fact:  

The world’s first bikini was unveiled in July 1946, worn by model Micheline Bernardini at the Piscine Molitor swimming pool in Paris. Everyone on the IBB staff is pretty firmly of the opinion that you should wear whatever floats your boat to enjoy your fun in the sun, but where we like to swim best is a topic of hot debate.  Karen and Kasey are 100% ocean gals, with the beaches and sand and waves making them happy as mermaids.  However, they also have the good beachy hair that makes them look naturally prettier than normal when they hit the waves. Kelsi & I are anti-ocean (there are things out there that can eat us) and prefer swimming pools on a hot summer day because we want to actually see what’s swimming with us.  Diana wants to go to the beach but swim in a pool because she just likes to be difficult like that.  Mostly, I just think as long as the sand is not boldly going where no sand should go, watching a good sunset on the beach with a Mai Tai in hand is a beautiful thing but the sharks have their space and I have mine and never the two shall meet.  Which is why my very short lived dream of becoming Gidget didn’t work out. 

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If you’re interested in reading our monthly book pick and joining the book club, please send a private message to the https://www.facebook.com/InnBoonsBoro/ page to join our private group, The Innkeeper’s Book Club and we’ll send you an invite.  No special password or secret handshake required, just some book nerds chatting about what they like to read. We’ll have a live chat about the book on the scheduled date.

We’re currently reading It All Comes Back To You by Beth Duke

The Innkeeper’s Book Club virtual chat will be held on Aug 11th at 6:00pm EST

Sending thoughts of good health, safety, and kindness to you all.

Until next time, 

The Innkeeper

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Let’s twist again like we did last summer…

Confessions of an Innkeeper: 

My name is Michelle and the time shift continuum of the last few months continues to keep me off kilter.  I woke up in a blind panic one day last week because I realized I’d missed my annual Spring Cleaning week.  Then I realized I missed Spring.  My projects vary from season to season, so needless to say, I’m very discombobulated these days.  I have two areas of focus keeping me (relatively) sane.  Karen sent me a Pinterest photo that I now must re-create of a balcony decorating project.  Yay me for getting out of my pajamas and doing stuff.  The other is how much jubilation I’m experiencing since filling my time with a little surfing on the vocabulary game Knoword.  It’s led to a bit of circumlocution, but it helps cure the boredom. I just need to figure out how to work sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia into a conversation.  Beyond that, the summer heat has kicked in and I’m anxious to get back to work, back to a routine, back to people.

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Fun fact:  

The IBB staff is back at it, getting the inn prepped for our re-opening.  Staff, repair people, vendors – all coming and going this last week of June so we can welcome guests back once again.  Fun moments include the staff questioning why all the light bulbs in a particular hallway were burned out only to realize we needed to turn the light switch on or that time that everyone forgot how to work our coffee pot.  We’ve also become a socially awkward group and apparently when Karen said we all have to start wearing pants every day she was serious!!

Quote: “One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”
~ Jeanette Walls

If you’re interested in reading our monthly book pick and joining the book club, please send a private message to the https://www.facebook.com/InnBoonsBoro/ page to join our private group, The Innkeeper’s Book Club and we’ll send you an invite.  No special password or secret handshake required, just some book nerds chatting about what they like to read. We’ll have a live chat about the book on the scheduled date.  

June book pick: It All Comes Back To You by Beth Duke

The Innkeeper’s Book Club virtual chat will be held on August 11th at 6:00pm EST.

Until next time,

The Innkeeper

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May we please have better days in June?

Confessions of an Innkeeper: 

My name is Michelle and sometimes I’m not sure what to say.  I realize that every person who has ever actually met me is reading that sentence and trying not to laugh, but it’s true.  Sometimes I run out of words.  Or the words I think of don’t seem right.  Or enough.  Things are hard right now, in so many ways and in so many places.  Hard and awful and sad and my go-to is usually using my sense of humor but I don’t want to seem glib about any of the hard and awful, so I won’t.  I’ll just say that IBB has been empty of guests for several weeks now and we miss you all.  We hope each and every one of you are somewhere safe and that beyond what is hard and awful in the world right now you see hope and humanity and love to get you through. We’re thinking of you and will be grateful to see you all when we find ourselves on the other side of this.  Not if.  When. 

“If you're struggling today, remember that life is worth living and believe that the best is yet to come. Remember that you are loved, you matter, & never forget that there is always hope.”
Quote ~ Germany Kent

Fun fact:  

We’ve got a crazy group of people who work at IBB, in case that wasn’t already obvious.  We’ve stayed in touch with our followers with posts on Instagram and Facebook, the blog and book club meetings, really anything we could think of to keep those ties in place.  Among the staff, however, interaction has been insane and I’d expect nothing less.  We’ve had the usual group text, funny memes, etc… but sometimes we like to kick it up a notch.  Like when Karen stands in a completely dark and empty Inn hallway waiting for me to walk downstairs before she jumps out at me like a psycho serial killer.  Or when Marcella has “in the garden” chats with whoever is hanging over the balcony.  Sticky notes left in the office, inappropriate jokes and commiserations of the Covid-19 (pounds we’ve all gained, that is), we try to remember we’re in this together.

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If you’re interested in reading our monthly book pick and joining the book club, please send a private message to the https://www.facebook.com/InnBoonsBoro/ page to join our private group, The Innkeeper’s Book Club and we’ll send you an invite.  No special password or secret handshake required, just some book nerds chatting about what they like to read. We’ll have a live chat about the book on the scheduled date.

May staff book pick: Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather WebberThe Innkeeper’s Book Club virtual chat will be held on June 23rd at 6:00pm EST

 

Sending thoughts of good health, safety, and kindness to you all.

Until next time, 

The Innkeeper

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What day is this??

Confessions of an Innkeeper: 

Today is day 4,327,574 of the quarantine and I don’t know what my name is any more.  I stopped seeing in color two weeks ago and I may have acquired a pet cat.  It’s equally possible I’m talking to an imaginary cat who isn’t really there because I’m so desperate for conversation with another living being.  I’d like to interject at this point that I do not count my family as people I’m desperate to have conversation with.  We ran out of things to talk about 3 days in and I have already ranked them in order of first to last if an emergency food shortage occurs and I have to eat somebody to survive.  That list may or may not change depending on who has breathed the loudest that particular day.  The shadows are long down the silent halls of IBB as I wander through the deserted building.  Please. Send. Help. Or wine.

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Fun fact:  

Karen has moved into her garage.  She claims it’s to self-quarantine for the safety of her beloved 4 teenagers, husband, and 2 dogs (she calls them Those People), but I think she’s actually turned it into a she shed that she may never leave. The staff at IBB was deeply concerned when inappropriate memes sent to Kelsi went unanswered for a while.  We reached out to her husband to make sure she was ok and verified that homeschooling had driven her over the edge.  She may never recover. Kasey is posting motivational encouragement for us on social media daily while some of us, who shall remain nameless (ok, it’s ME), have lost all sparks of joy – except for the occasional UPS man sighting with an Amazon package in his hand.  I also have to ask myself important questions like when was the last time I washed my hair.  We’ve lost all track of Diana at this point and can’t leave our homes to send out a search party. 

Quote: “I can survive well enough on my own – if given the proper reading material”
Sarah J. Maas - Throne of Glass

If you’re interested in reading our monthly book pick and joining the book club, please send a private message to the https://www.facebook.com/InnBoonsBoro/ page to join our private group, The Innkeeper’s Book Club and we’ll send you an invite.  No special password or secret handshake required, just some book nerds chatting about what they like to read. We’ll have a live chat about the book on the scheduled date.  Year One, and the entire Chronicles of One Trilogy, is available for purchase at Turn the Page Bookstore by clicking on the book cover.

April book pick: Year One by Nora Roberts

The Innkeeper’s Book Club virtual chat will be held on May 19th at 6:00pm EST.

Until next time,

The Innkeeper

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The Farmer in the Dell

Confessions of an Innkeeper: 

My name is Michelle and I have a black thumb.  Despite the many, many ways in which I have killed all forms of flora and fauna, I convince myself every few years to try again.  Mostly because I really enjoy reading the Farmer’s Almanac in my spare time and would someday like to become a farmer.  The movie Secondhand Lions spoke to me on so many levels. My goal for 2019 was to keep 3 small succulent plants alive.  The wise and all-knowing Marcella, our landscaping extraordinaire, swore I could do it with a little love, hope, water, and sunshine. I knew going in to this mission that the odds of survival were low, but as the Spring Equinox hits in 2020, I’m proud to say that two out of three ain’t bad! Next up are a couple of well-chosen kitchen herbs.  Fingers crossed!

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”
Quote ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Fun fact:  

Gardening may not be my special talent, but the variety of life skills on the IBB staff is mind boggling.  Head housekeeper Kelsi is the overseer of a wildlife refuge in her home.  At any given time, she houses no less than 5 dogs, 3 children (this includes her husband), a lizard, a spider, and a cat.  I wonder if this assortment is why she says she loves coming to work every day?  Karen, our fearless leader, is like a computer with so many browser tabs open at the same time it’s a wonder she doesn’t explode.  Multi-tasking is her middle name, though we all thought it was Commander-In-Chief.  Diana is a Disney princess in her soul and will someday, with a bippity-boppity-boo, find her glass slipper and Prince Charming, hopefully at the same time. Kasey is a very Zen Mr. Miyagi who stays calm and composed under pressure. She’s leading the group meditation for the staff next weekend before our first wine tasting of the season. 

Zoo

If you’re interested in reading our monthly book pick & joining the club, please send a private message to the https://www.facebook.com/InnBoonsBoro/ page to join our private group, The Innkeeper’s Book Club and we’ll send you an invite.  No special password or secret handshake required, just some book nerds chatting about what they like to read. We’ll have a live chat about the book on the scheduled date.

March staff book pick: Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict

The Innkeeper’s Book Club virtual chat has been delayed due to recent events.  Our rescheduled March meeting is soon to be announced and the April meeting is TBD.  Members of the Innkeeper’s Book Club group on Facebook will receive a notification when the new event dates are posted.

Sending thoughts of good health, safety, and kindness to you all.

Until next time, 

The Innkeeper

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Inn BoonsBoro Update

The Inn will be reopen and welcoming guests back starting July 6, 2020.  If you have any questions about a current or future booking, please don’t hesitate to call or reach out to us via email at info@innboonsboro.com.  You may also book online through our reservations tab here on our website.                                                          

 Due to Covid, we temporarily have discontinued tours.  Please check back with us at a later date.  

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Won’t You Be My Valentine?

Confessions of an Innkeeper: 

My name is Michelle and I do not love winter.  I wouldn’t say I hate winter because hate is a pretty strong word, but we’re not exactly friends. I’m not especially crazy about summer either if we’re telling the truth. Mid-Spring or early Fall are really my happy groove.  My feet are always cold in February, my hair is always a mess, and I have these intense longings to do absolutely nothing but nap and eat stew.  I’m basically a bear whose natural-born instinct is to hibernate all winter long.  That would be a fantastic plan if it weren’t for the job and the kids and the stuff and the things that interfere with my nap and snack schedule.  Life just isn’t fair.  On the upside, fuzzy pajama pants are an all-year-round pleasure for me, and they make more sense in February than in August. So, there’s that.

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Fun fact:  

Julius Caesar was the originator of Leap Year, based on the math calculations that a calendar year is 365.242 days, so every 4th year adds up to 366 because of the extra percentage we don’t count on the other 3.  Raise your hand if you feel cheated out of that .242 of a day on those 3 odd years?  What could we accomplish with that time?  Would it equal the same amount of extra sleep I try to steal every morning by hitting the snooze button? And if the funky math and missing minutes wasn’t confusing enough, did you know that February is one of the most misspelled words in the English language?  It ranks right up there with island and opossum. These are the kind of conundrums and deep thinking that the IBB staff ponders every day like we’re scientists on the Big Bang Theory.  The answers to all of life’s big questions to be announced…

Quote: “Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow internet service to see who they really are.”
Will Ferrell

If you’re interested in reading our monthly book pick and joining the book club, please send a private message to the https://www.facebook.com/InnBoonsBoro/ page to join our private group, The Innkeeper’s Book Club and we’ll send you an invite.  No special password or secret handshake required, just some book nerds chatting about what they like to read. We’ll have a live chat about the book on the scheduled date.

February staff book pick: The Art of Inheriting Secrets by Barbara O’Neal.  The Innkeeper’s Book Club virtual chat will be held on March 18th at 7:00pm EST.

Until next time,

The Innkeeper

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Murder At the Inn – Murder Mystery Weekend

There’s murder in the air, and it’s up to you to find the culprit!  Test your detective skills during a two- night stay at Inn BoonsBoro amid mystery and intrigue.  Before your arrival on Friday evening, you’ll receive your character assignment and costuming tips to suit the theme for your adventure.  Prepare for murder during our two- hour welcome reception featuring drinks & hors d’oeuvres.  Be sure to chat up other guests–everyone’s a suspect!  Each morning, indulge in a two-course breakfast tailored by our chef in keeping with the theme of the weekend.  After Saturday’s breakfast, rest your investigator’s brain by exploring the shops and restaurants of Boonsboro, or just cozy up at the inn with a good book in front of the fire.  Arrive back at the future crime scene by 3:00pm to give yourself time to freshen up and, if you choose, don your costume.  The group assembles for pre-dinner drinks at 5:00pm. Dinner service begins at 6:00pm, with three gourmet courses that will take you through the theme.  When dinner is interrupted by murder, the guests work together to find the killer.

Pricing $150 per person with a minimum two-night stay required to book. Room fees and taxes not included.  Requires 14 day advanced booking –payment for the package due at time of reservation and room deposit per event weekend policy. Events fees will not be refundable unless canceled 30 days prior to the event date.  Room fees will follow our event weekend cancellation policy. Please view policies & guidelines for more information.  Please call to book this package, not available on-line (301) 432-1188.

Til’ Death Do Us Part – A 1980’s Wedding Murder Mystery (March 13-14, 2020)

Future Dates & Themes TBA

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We’re in a January state of mind…

Confessions of an Innkeeper: 

My name is Michelle and I don’t make “resolutions.”  I prefer to set intentions – not just for the new year, but life in general.  So, each year, I think about who I intend to be as a person.  Intending to do good things seems to be less of a rigid rule and more of a purpose for the next phase of me.  Doors open, as do all the possibilities for the next chapter, and I like walking through open doors.  In 2020, I intend to travel more frequently to local destinations, sightseeing in my own neighborhood.  I also pick a word of the year for fun.  Last year was journey and I’m still deciding for this year but I’ve narrowed it down to My Top Two.  What’s something you intend to do or be this year?

Quote: “What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.”
Vern McLellan

Fun fact:  

January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology.  While it is on average the coldest month of the year in the Northern hemisphere, it is also the warmest month of the year in the Southern hemisphere.  Does that mean that people in the Southern hemisphere are seeing sweaters at their local department store in the same way the bathing suits are on sale now in Maryland?  Here at IBB we spend the winter months practicing our ninja skills with the thermostat – someone turns it up, someone turns it down – it’s like war of the roses.  There’s no clear winner – yet – as the battle wages on.

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If you’re interested in reading our monthly book pick and joining the book club, please ask to join our private Facebook group, The Innkeeper’s Book Club, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/IBBbookclub/ .  We’ll scheduled an online group chat to talk about the book.

January book pick:The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

The Innkeeper’s Book Club virtual chat will be held on Feb 19th at 7:00pm EST.

Until next time,

The Innkeeper

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Happy Holidays!

Confessions of an Innkeeper: 

My name is Michelle and I am not an organized or well-prepared holiday shopper.  I try to be.  Every year, I convince myself I’ll not only buy Christmas cards, but I’ll actually mail them.  Get cute little gift tags and neatly address each gift.  Make my lists, do my shopping, and have everything tidily wrapped under the tree – a tree that will go up the day after Thanksgiving.  Yet somehow, every year, I find myself standing in line at Walmart on Christmas Eve with a headache, sore feet, and a sense of exhausted desperation.  However, I still completely and utterly love Christmas morning. Every year.

Quote: “Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.”
Valentine Davies

Fun fact:  

Head Housekeeper at IBB Kelsi loves to play Kenny G’s “The Classic Christmas Album” over and over.  And over.  Starting in October.  Every day.  Until others on the staff (who shall remain nameless) want to put it through the wood-chipper and laugh evilly as the shattered pieces fly.  Not because we hate Christmas music but because there should always be boundaries in the workplace.  This year, I’m putting a Joe Diffie “Mr. Christmas” CD in the Kenny G case so that Kelsi can learn to sing “Leroy the Redneck Reindeer.”

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If you’re interested in reading our book pick and joining the book club, please send a private message to the https://www.facebook.com/InnBoonsBoro/ page to join our private group, The Innkeeper’s Book Club and we’ll send you an invite.  No special password or secret handshake required, just some book nerds chatting about what they like to read. We’ll have a live chat about the book on the scheduled date.

We’ll pick a new book read in our January blog post.  In the meantime, Happy Holidays!

 

The Innkeeper

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November Already?

Confessions of an Innkeeper: 

My name is Michelle and I love pie.  Apple pie, chocolate pie, peanut butter pie, butter beer pie – the options are endless. November is officially the best pie month of the year, when no one considers multiple pieces of multiple varieties of pie to be a bad thing.  Elastic waistbands and cozy hoodies allow you the extra room to eat pie with abandon and it’s a beautiful thing.  Until January, when the world scrambles into resolution and get healthy mode and your biggest regret becomes the bad life choices you made when celebrating November Pie.

Quote: “Cut my pie into 4 pieces, I don't think I could eat 8.”
Yogi Berra

Fun fact:  

November 22, 1980 provided the long-awaited answer to one of life’s crucial questions; “Who shot J.R.?”  That date will forever remind me of the Thanksgiving that my Grandma came to visit and insisted on dinner in front of the tv with complete and utter silence in the house.  I didn’t understand the urgency then, but having now lived through many season finale cliffhangers, I totally get it. IBB staff often debates important plot topics of our favorite shows while we work our way through daily housekeeping.  

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If you’re interested in reading our monthly book pick and joining the book club, please send a private message to the https://www.facebook.com/InnBoonsBoro/  page to join our private group, The Innkeeper’s Book Club, and we’ll send you an invite.  No special password or secret handshake required, just some book nerds chatting about what they like to read. We’ll have a live chat about the book on the scheduled date.

November staff book pick:  The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

The Innkeeper’s Book Club virtual chat will be held on December 17th at 7:00pm EST

Until next time,

The Innkeeper

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It’s October!

Confessions of an Innkeeper: 

My name is Michelle and I do not actually enjoy doing laundry.  Let me amend that statement – I enjoy folding warm laundry, freshly pulled from the dryer.  I can take or leave the washing/drying cycle.  But the putting away process is a chore I will procrastinate until the end of time.  Or until I run out of clean socks.  Chances are if I don’t put it away the minute it’s folded, I will simply live out of the laundry basket until it’s time to wash it all again.   IBB staff puts away approximately 9,000 loads of laundry a week, but luckily, it’s all easy stacks of towels and sheets.  I can handle that job.  Welcome to our corner of the world.

Quote: “I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
L. M. Montgomery

Fun fact:  

There are a set of 3 trees that line up behind the back balcony of IBB.  For about 15 minutes each Fall, they are in their full glory, completely covered in gorgeous leaves – one red, one yellow, one orange.  It is a sight to behold.  Every single autumn I set a goal to take the perfect photo of all 3 trees.  And every single autumn, I miss it because a sturdy wind blows half the leaves off each tree immediately after all the leaves finally turn.  This year is my year!

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Each month on our blog we’ll introduce the title of a staff pick and the date to join our Facebook private group, The Innkeeper’s Book Club, for a virtual book club chat.  If you’re interested in reading the book and joining the chats, please send a private message to the https://www.facebook.com/InnBoonsBoro/ page and we’ll send you an invite to join the club.  No special password or secret handshake required, just some book nerds gabbing about what they like to read.

September staff book pick: Winter Cottage by Mary Ellen Taylor.

The Innkeeper’s Book Club virtual chat will be held on November 13th at 7:00pm EST.

Until next time,

The Innkeeper

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