Thursday, July 31, 2014

1st Anniversary of Same Sex Marriage in RI

August 1, 2013 marked the start of full marriage equality in RI. Here we are one year later and life as we know it continues without much change for most of us. The Providence Journal ran an article about the economic impact of law and we are proud to share it with you. You might just recognize the innkeepers featured in the article.

http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140730-wedding-market-quick-to-embrace-same-sex-marriages-in-r.i..ece

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Move over Mother of Dragons Contest!

You heard me. Move over Mother of Dragons. Yes, you Daenerys Targaryen, there's a new mom in town. She and her brood are going to give you and your brood some serious competition. (Although frankly, the Iron Throne looks really uncomfortable and hard to dust.)



Meet the Mother of Turkeys.


For over a year Innkeeper Seely has been considering raising a small flock of turkeys. It was a crazy whim that could only be indulged on a small budget if at all.  Finally the perfect fence came up on the free listings on Craig's List. Then materials for a coop were posted. Lo and behold a week later there was an ad for free but lame turkeys. Not just any turkey breed: Narragansett Turkeys. Narragansetts were one of the three breeds of heritage turkeys on the final wish list. (Royal Palm and Bourbon Red are the other two.) If that wasn't Karma giving a green light to the project what was it?




The two poults each have a bum leg because the breeder's incubator malfunctioned and didn't turn the eggs before they hatched.  They might improve or they might not. In the meantime they are engaging little things hopping on one leg, chowing down like linebackers, and  talking nonstop.

In about a month they will be joined by three to four other poults. Their mother is brooding over 40 eggs.



The little ones don't have names yet but they have already charmed some of the guests. Meet the First Aunties of Turkeys:
To celebrate the turkeys, Blueberry Cove Inn is holding a naming contest. 

They are too young to identify their gender which adds a level of difficulty to the contest. Suggest a name from person in literature or history with one bum leg. Bonus points for someone with a bum left leg. Unisex names are encouraged but not required. "Tiny Tim" entries will be scorned. If more than one person submits the same name only the first person will be considered for the prize. Only one entry per person allowed but if you submit a name and come up with a better one you can always delete your first entry. Entry can be posted in the comments here or on Facebook

The two winners will each receive $75 gift vouchers to be used toward any stay or package at the inn. The contest ends on July 31, 2014. The Mother of Turkeys will select and announce the winner on August 1, 2014 unless the Mother of Dragons comes by and wants to pick the names. In either case, the judge's decision will be final.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Blueberry Cove Inn Welcomes a Newcomer to Town

I would like to extend my warmest welcome to the newest member of the Narragansett lodging community, The Break, a Narragansett Hotel.  Locally owned by the Durkins as a part of the Lark Hotels, it will open a new niche in lodging for our seaside community. Described as a boutique hotel with 16 guest rooms, roof top lounge, pool and all sorts of snazzy amenities and decor it is going to be something very different for our town. Hipsters are going to flock to this place!

They seem to be following the lead of the Bed and Breakfasts in the community with their policies and reservation requirements. Occupancy rules seem to be based on the fire code. I can't tell from their copy if they are offering breakfast as a part of the stay or if it will be available in the dining room for a fee so you might want to check that out before you book. They will be accepting children as guests but not pets. Of course you can reserve on-line if you wish. It looks like they will have an elevator but check with them for handicapped accessibility.

The hotel is located at 1200 Ocean Road. That's just past Spain of Narragansett but before you get to the 108 intersection where Aunt Carries and Iggys reign. The hotel is still under construction but feel free to visit them on Facebook (give them a like too) or visit their website. Tell them we sent you.

So why would I spend time on my blog giving free publicity to a new competitor? First, I'm still a mid-western and Texas girl at heart and it is the nice thing to do. Second, it looks like it will be really cool. And, frankly, The Break is for the type of guest that wants things that Blueberry Cove Inn doesn't offer. It just isn't what we are. So let's celebrate the diversity! Vive' la difference!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Wedding Bells Ring at Blueberry Cove Inn

July and August are always wild and crazy in a beach town. We've enjoyed meeting so many fun people this summer. Mother Nature was pretty cooperative and the weather was great. Apparently Innkeeper Seely was on a roll in the kitchen because the guest book is full of positive comments about breakfast, cheese cake and fudge cake packages and wedding cakes.

Wedding cakes? Yes, it has been a remarkable summer for weddings and elopements in Narragansett hosted by Blueberry Cove Inn. Suddenly our Elopement Package and our Family and Friends Wedding Package became very popular.  Are you ready for some photos?






On July 3, 2013, Mark surprised his wife Julia with a Vow Renewal Package. Her bouquet was a sweet mix of roses, daisies and alstromeria.



Megan and Rich, July 12, 2013 had their ceremony and reception at the Towers.




They hosted their rehearsal dinner in a tent on the inn's lawn the previous evening as a part of the "Events on the Lawn Package".










Amber and Kate, August 6, 2013 chose to have their ceremony on the inn's lawn under the huge maple tree.






Leigh and Betty, August 8, 2013, wanted to be married on the beach. The ruins on Scarborough Beach provided a lovely backdrop for their ceremony.







Eleanor and Katie, August 12, 2013, loved the views of the ocean and lighthouse at the Fisherman's Memorial. It was a beautiful spot for their elopement.




Angel and Jaime, August 15, 2013, brought their family to the Narragansett Town Beach for the ceremony. Their children decorated the beach with a shell and rose petal lined heart. Their "Family and Friends" package included a reception for 20 back at the inn.








Paul and Heather, August 24, 2013, also found the ruins and Scarborough Beach, to be the perfect setting for their wedding.







Derick and Emily, August 26, 2013, wed on the Narragansett Town Beach with their four-year old daughter as their "attendant."









I felt honored to be selected by these couples to perform their ceremonies. Being around such happiness is intoxicating.

What's that? you want to know about the cakes?  Let's just say that Swiss Meringue Butter Cream icing is becoming my new addiction.That is a topic for another blog post.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Super Special Save the Bay Lighthouse Tours

With 400 miles of coastal waters Rhode Island has constructed a number of lighthouses over the centuries. Although you can see a few of these from land the best way to see them is by boat.  Save the Bay Foundation is sponsoring very special tours which include viewing 20 lighthouses from the water and actually touring the Rose Island Light.

Plum Beach Light by RI Photo.com
Currently two dates have openings for this exceptional full day outing: June 15 and Sept. 28. (Coincidentally Blueberry Cove Inn has openings for both dates.)

Visit Save the Bay for more information:  http://www.savebay.org/lighthouse

If you can't make those dates or spend an entire day on the water you might want to check out Rhode Island Bay Cruises which offers 90 minute cruises to view 10 lighthouses. Try to make your reservations in advance though as these are extremely popular.