Monday, July 26, 2010

Narragansett's Most Dog friendly B&B Inn?

Blueberry Cove Inn has been pet friendly for several years now. Although the doggies are only allowed in the Hideaway Suite they have been very nice guests. (Most of their human companions were too.) We are happy to respond to suggestions to make the dogs as comfortable as their companions.

We now offer our doggie friends a few extra amenities. Dogs that like to have a crate to call their own can use ours instead of dragging their own along on vacation.

The Hideaway's private yard is not fenced so hanging out and catching the rays while their humans were at the beach wasn't really an option. We now offer a six foot by twelve foot dog run that remains partially shaded during the day for the pups that would like to be outdoors.

OK, so we may not be the most dog friendly B&B Inn Narragansett has to offer but we are sure trying to make our four legged friend feel at home.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Our New Staff

As our hair has taken on strands of gray and our joints have lost flexibility, we've had the face the fact that the days of a two-person operation, where we did everything -- cooking, cleaning, front desk, laundry, accounting and yard work -- would have to become a thing of the past.

I just didn't have the energy to go mow the lawn in the cool of the early evening after cooking breakfast, working as second-floor maid, doing multiple loads of laundry and checking in new guests. So we hired a man with a riding mower to keep the grass at reasonable heights.

This year, Seely accepted the fact that the physical strain and time drain of weeding the flower beds and other gardening tasks were more than she could handle.

Human resources found us a couple of teen-age girls willing to come by once or twice a week to do the physically taxing gardening chores. They are not only the cutest landscapers in town, but hard workers who show up on time and do whatever grimy task we assign them with energy, efficiency and enthusiasm.

Annie (the tall one with the pony tail) was referred to us by the Future Farmers of America/ 4 H program at the local high school and when she realized how badly we'd let things go, she brought her friend Liz (the dark-haired one) to help out.

The only down side of the arrangement is that I have to literally bite my tongue to keep from making jokes about the fact that Annie (surname Hall) shares her monicker with the Academy Award winning film by Woody Allen. I'm sure whatever play on words I could come up with to reference the movie would be something she's heard before, numerous times.

Still, while I was out knocking cobwebs off the front porch while Annie was weeding the holly bushes yesterday, I couldn't help but wonder if the straw broom I was using would be effective in fending off a spider the size of Buick . . .

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Poetry at Blueberry Cove Inn, Narragansett RI

Like most B&Bs we have an open guest book for departing guests to leave comments. It is something we point out but never push. Some visitors pull the book off of the shelf and read it cover to cover. We look through it when we get nostalgic or need a pick me up.

Over the years we have had many little notes of praise and thanks. Some are in foreign languages, a few were little drawings, some were a huge surprise from guests that we didn't think enjoyed their stay. This weekend we got our first poem:

When looking for the perfect get-away
We know just the place for you to stay,
A delicious breakfast to start the day,
Blueberry Cove Inn, that's what we say!

You guys were Fantastic! I hope to come visit again, what fun!
Nicole and Steve

So thanks Nicole and Steve. We hope you come back again too.