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.

Friday, May 31, 2013

June Escape Booking Special

We all want to get away. We all deserve to get away. We should all go away - to Narragansett and the Blueberry Cove Inn of course - soon.  As an innkeeper I feel that it is my duty to help you get away by offering a June discount. June is a lovely month and you really should experience a break by the sea before the crowds come down next month. Or golf. Or fish. Or shop. Or indulge in history. There is something for everyone to do.

Book one night, Sunday through Thursday, and get the second night half price. You must book on-line and mention the special in the "Special Requests" box on the reservation form. (The automatic computer generated confirmation won't show the discount. When I process it I will send you a new confirmation that reflects the discount.) 

Unfortunately I can't accept third party gift certificates for this offer. And it will end June 27, 2013.

So what are you waiting for? Tell your boss you need two personal days and book now!

Innkeeper Seely

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Discount on Walking Tour of Newport

One of the fun things about Narragansett is its location. Although most people hear "Narragansett" and think:

1) Huh? 
2) Beach time! 
3) Weddings! 

Really they should also be thinking 

4) In the center of everything. 

Yes, Narragansett is on a great ocean-facing piece of land and it has lovely beaches and weddings. But it is also within a 15 to 30 minute drive to many other destinations. One of the most popular is Newport.

Lots of people run over there to shop, tour the mansions, experience the nightlife and explore the bird sanctuary. Others revel in the history. Well, this deal is for the latter. 

Groupon has a discount for two historic walking tours produced by the Newport Historical Society and the Newport Restoration Foundation. To quote the deal, "Walking tours explore the history of colonial Newport and Newport during the Golden Age." 

So, if you are into history, walking or just doing something different AND like a bargain, check out this offer.

http://www.groupon.com/deals/newport-history-tours-1?p=1&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&sid=46101384-a824-4f9b-8bfb-510654b105e0&division=providence&user=2addbab0f087548b8d88d728e3172a4914e1c893b531fdeb9716dfc7b856496d&date=20130518&s=body&c=deal_button&d=deal-page&utm_campaign=newport-history-tours-1

Note: no one at Groupon, the Historical Society or Restoration Foundation knows who the heck I am so I'm not getting any kickbacks for sharing.