Thursday, December 22, 2011

2012 Pier Plunge

Just in case you need something to do on the first:

2012 Pier Plunge

Narragansett Town Beach

Registration: 10am

Canonchet Pavillion/North Beach Clubhouse

79 Boston Neck Rd.

Plunge @ Noon

Registration fee - $20., Complimentary Beach Towel to the first 325 registrants.

All proceeds to go to local Lions Club Charities

Monday, December 19, 2011

Our Most Requested Recipes: Eggs Florentine

Despite guest encouragement I am unlikely to put together a cookbook of our recipes. This is one of our most popular egg dishes. When I suggested it to Cook David he was convinced that no one would eat feta any time of the day much less spinach for breakfast and did not want to serve it.

The original recipe had two sticks of butter which is a way too much for us. I have been known to skip the butter altogether but frankly the texture suffers. We have increased the nutmeg from the original "dash".   The dish can be made with all egg whites but will rise more and fall faster so it doesn't look as nice by the time it gets to the table. We cook it in individual ramekins so that we can stagger the cooking times over our two hour breakfast service. It tastes just as good in a sheet pan and holds well if kept warm for a buffet.

Eggs Florentine

1 pkg frozen chopped spinach
8 eggs
1/2 stick of butter melted
1/2 lb of Swiss cheese, shredded
1/2 lb feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Cook the spinach per directions on the package, drain well and use paper toweling to squeeze out all the moisture. Beat the eggs thoroughly, then mix in the rest of the ingredients thoroughly. Grease or spray baking container with Pam type product. Pour the mixture into 9 X 12 baking dish, cup cake tins, or individual ramekins for cooking.Heat the oven to 350 degrees  and bake for 30 minutes. The mixture should rise a bit, like a mini souffle but will fall quickly. Can be prepared the night before and refrigerated (covered) to be baked off in the morning. To use as appetizers bake in a mini muffin tin for about 20 minutes.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Center Piece That Makes You Smile

I must say that setting the table every day gets a bit samey. Over the years I have tried different center pieces. One winter I had fish from my pond gracing the tables. They were fun but not really practical for the long haul.  These days my fish are too big to bring inside during the winter.

The old stand-bys like candles and flowers are OK. I would rather use flowers from my garden though instead store bought and the Fire Marshall really doesn't like candles. Besides, given our casual attitudes, some mornings candles just seem pretentious.

My current inspiration couldn't be easier or more inexpensive. I found two feathered birds in a pack at the Dollar Store that look a bit like the cardinals that frequent the bird feeders outside the dining room window. (They were with the Christmas ornaments.) Then I cut a bit off of the Christmas tree scraps for them to sit on.

 I find them very cheerful. Since they aren't strictly holiday themed I think they may be spending most of the winter months on the table. The down side is that the pine needles are getting dryer and are starting to drop. I will probably switch to holly cuttings or other evergreen cuttings from the garden.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday Plus

To celebrate this holiday season, Blueberry Cove Inn is offering you a 15% discount on any gift certificates purchased in the amount of $100.00 or more between now and December 1, 2011. That's right; a $100.00 gift certificate for only $85.00. No restrictions. Buy now for Christmas gifts or think ahead and purchase gift certificates for upcoming birthday or anniversary gifts. Planning on visiting us again? Who says you can't purchase a gift certificate for your future visit?

You must mention this cyber special to receive the discount.

We appreciate your business, and hope you have a safe and happy Holiday Season.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Holiday Open House to Benefit NHS Athletic Booster Club

The public is invited to a Holiday Open House at Blueberry Cove Inn featuring a Pampered Chef cookware sale, Wine Tasting and Silent auction. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Narragansett High School Athletic Booster Club.

The event will take place on Sunday, December 4, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Blueberry Cove Inn, 75 Kingstown Road, Narragansett, RI.

The Wine Tasting is co-sponsored by Catherine Patric of the Pier’s newest restaurant, Soho, and Pier Liquors. The Silent Auction has been organized by members of the Booster Club.

Admission donations ($5 suggested) will benefit the Booster Club. Among other activities, the Club helps pay for uniforms, sports equipment and scholarships for the student athletes.

For more information contact Seely Gerraughty at the inn, 401-792-9865 or via e-mail,

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Small Business Saturday

Blueberry Cove Inn will offer 10% off any gift certificate purchased on November 26th. Plan ahead for those visiting relatives! Open year round, whirlpools and fire places for those romantic winter get-aways, four blocks from the Town Beach for summer fun.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Shopping to Help Narragansett High School

There are shoppers and then there are SHOPPERS. You know the type: they respond well to advertising, they consider themselves to be "fashionistas," and they don't mind when someone calls them "Imelda" after looking at their closet floor. No matter which category you fall into the Narragansett PTO has a great opportunity for you to do some holiday shopping and help the Narragansett High School at the same time.

Tomorrow is the second annual Mariner Marketplace - Holiday Shopping Event & Gourmet Food Extravaganza  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the high school, 245 South Pier Road. It will feature 60 vendors, a raffle for wonderful items donated by local businesses (including one of those Blueberry Cove Inn robes that you have been coveting), a drop off spot for the Marine's Toys for Tots program, and a community service event sponsored by the Narragansett Police Department for the prevention of drunk driving. They will also check the installation of any child safety seat in your car and offer fingerprinting service for child safety.

So come on down, do some shopping, walk on the beach, eat some seafood, spend the night (mention this blog and I'll give new bookings an additional $15 off of our already reasonable winter rate this weekend) and feel good shopping for a cause.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

What you will miss in the morning

Just thought you should know that a fantastic batch of mini cins is ready for breakfast. Nutmeg-y muffin goodness dipped in real melted butter and rolled in cinnamon and sugar.  Is it a muffin or is it a doughnut? The aroma in the kitchen is surely driving the guests crazy. The mini cins are teaming up with Dave's poached pears and French vanilla yogurt for the starter course.  And you are going to miss them...

Remember, book early, book often and you can get in on all the goodies.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Living in the country?

Mmmmm. It's a warm, clear day here in Narragansett. A bit of a lazy day since the guests left and I haven't prepared the B&B for tonight's guests yet. The aroma of fresh loam is in the air. Mmmmm. It's a lovely aroma, not like the clay dirt smell in the South, not like the dry farm fields of my uncle's farm in the Midwest. So sweet and organic you almost want to make and eat mud pies.

But restraint prevails. It is just the scent dredged up by the Stanley Paving Company (Wakefield, RI) as they regrade the parking lot and partially pave the driveway.

I'm going to enjoy it while I can because I just realized that all that lovely scent is coming through the open windows along with the dust produced by excavation. Enough of the lazy! time to find dusting gear and get to work!

Book a weekday room in October, mention that you want to visit the new driveway and I'll give you a second night half price.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I remember

Ten years ago our morning started out like any other morning. We were up preparing breakfast for the guests, bumping into each other and grumbling about who was the bigger klutz in the kitchen. A few guests were already eating their fruit course while Dave cooked whatever the entree of the day happened to be.  It was a beautiful, upbeat morning in Narragansett.

Until the phone rang.

My neighbor and fellow innkeeper screamed, "Turn on the TV, a plane just hit a building in New York." She knew that Dave, a retired journalist, would want to know. She couldn't know what was to come.

We watched as the second plane struck. Buildings and breakfast burned. We went to tell the guests and to turn on the living room TV. We all stood in a dumbstruck circle watching the horror. No one cared about breakfast anymore.

One  guest in particular, Julia Heise, was particularly devastated. She was from Germany and had just been at her company's offices in the North Tower for a few days of meetings before indulging in a visit to New England. I wouldn't normally reveal a guest's name in a blog post but Julia, I think of you every year. And I hope you have healed as well as anyone can who was close to the senseless loss.

So whatever your deity, guiding force, eternal entity, or belief system, think of those unfortunate victims and misguided terrorists. Hold forgiveness in your hearts and your loved ones in your arms and minds.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Good News about Irene for Rhode Island

The silly old weather people are convinced that Narragansett will be in the path of Hurricane Irene. All those fancy charts mean nothing. I have ensured that we will only get a light sprinkle of rain by cancelling all of our scheduled guests for Sunday and Monday.

We will still be here and open if anyone wants a last minute trip to view the power of the ocean or can't get home to Block Island.

Stay safe and stay dry.

And don't forget your sunscreen on Sunday.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hip, Hip, Hurrah!! They're Back!!!!!

Narragansett is such a wonderful place that lots of folk visit the area more than once. Blueberry Cove Inn has been fortunate in having many guests visit us again and again.

Back in 2009 we blogged about the friendly competition between the Chapman and Adler families to see who would visit most often. Back then the Chapmans were besting the Adlers 13 to 10.

Well, the Adlers have now tied the score! Thanks for staying with us, it is always a delight to see you again.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Did anyone else notice that it is August? July went past in a blur of wonderful guests coming and going. It looks like August is going to whirl past the same way. We have been operating the Blueberry Cove Inn four blocks from the Narragansett Town Beach for twelve summers now. I don't remember one going by so quickly. (My mom says that is because I am getting old but what could she possibly know?)

Anyway, if you plan to spend any time on a last minute Rhode Island vacation and plan to stay with us, get a move on! August weekends are sold out as of today. We still have some midweek vacancies but those are going fast too. You have a chance at Labor Day Weekend though. How can you pass up a chance to come home to air conditioning after a wild day at the Rythm and Roots Festival over in Ninigret Park? How could you pass up our breakfasts before you go off on those bike rides or golf dates? Oh, and the beach, the beach still beckons a mere four blocks away.

So get organized! Check the reservation calendar and book now! Don't have your girl call my girl who calls your companion's girl (yes, I am old enough to remember when sexism was the norm at the office.) I'd say, "Just do it," but I'm afraid some big corporation might come after me.

If you don't act now don't blame me when your room is booked out from under you. I'm just saying. . .

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Breakfast Dilemma

Fruit, yogurt and granola have been the traditional first course for breakfast here at Blueberry Cove Inn for 12 years.  It has been so popular that we believe that a certain fast food place that used to sport yellow arches ripped off the idea. We in Narragansett have big hearts and realize imitation is actually flattery so we will give them a pass.

But, what do you do when you go to the store to buy fruit and yogurt for breakfast but get so very distracted by the fruit department that you completely forget the yogurt?

First you are glad that Innkeeper Dave is out of town and won't find out about it. Then you get creative. I just happened to have the perfect, albeit offbeat, solution in the fridge.

Everyone should have cherries and a small slice of chocolate chip cheesecake for breakfast once in awhile. It's crustless and good for the soul. Wish you were here mom, I stole the idea from you.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

For Tuesdays, After the Afternoon Delights

Summer offers so many afternoon delights in the Narragansett, RI region. Yeah, yeah, the South County Tourism Council thinks Narragansett is just part of the South County Region and the State thinks we are in Washington County but if you have been here you know we are the epicenter of fun. But I digress.

We've got the beaches, the nature trails, the museums, the shops and the restaurants galore. You can golf, bike ride, horseback ride, wave ride with sail boards, surfboards or kayaks. You can wander the historic areas and gawk at the fine Victorian architecture on tree lined streets. You can see a real Tiffany window at a local church. Take a trolley tour to pick up a little history and then eat lunch at the historic Towers. Visit farmers markets, go fishing, or stuff yourselves flats full of pick your own fruits to take home to your city friends.

You can always rest on the porch or in the yard here at the Blueberry Cove Inn. You can even retreat to your air conditioned room for a little nap. Once you are rested but not ready for dinner plans you might want something "light" to fill the time.

On Tuesdays at 5 pm,  take the opportunity to join a guided tour of the botanical gardens at the University of Rhode Island. If you have never visited the campus it you will find that it is a lovely blend of architectural styles and extensive plantings. The RI Agricultural Extension Service makes its home on campus and an astonishing variety of plant experimentation takes place on the main campus (including the College of Pharmacy's medicinal garden) and at their nearby farms.  If you can't make it on Tuesdays, you can request a campus guide and tour on your own. With or without a guide it is a relaxing way to spend the early evening. So go, hold hands with your companion. Sneak a little kiss. After all, Virginia isn't the only place for lovers.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Are we going to be too cute or what?

It is Narragansett, RI in the year 2011. The modern conveniences travelers enjoy like WIFI, yummy breakfasts, TVs with DVD players, and air conditioning are all found at the Blueberry Cove Inn.

You will also find that most retro of clothing: aprons.

I feel a little like I am channeling June Cleaver and her posse but they knew what they were doing. An apron protects your clothing and gives you pockets to stash things that you need during the day. Granted she probably kept a dust rag in hers and I keep a cordless phone in mine but neither of us would feel complete with out our trusty garb.

Now that we have housekeeping helpers, Liz and Annie, we need some new aprons. This is the first of the new batch that my mom in Texas is sewing for us. Thanks mom!!

Now if I could only find my little string of pearls to wear while cleaning I'd be all set.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Shhhh! secret scrambled egg ingredient

I have been playing with scrambled egg ingredients lately. This one is a keeper.

McCormick's Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning. Yes, the same stuff you use on steak and other meat is fantastic in scrambled eggs. I usually add some shredded cheese, what ever happens to be in the fridge, just to smooth out the eggs but the peppers, spices, and garlic in the seasoning really makes the eggs pop.

This Works for me on Wednesday and any other day of the week.

(McCormick doesn't know anything about me or this post or my inn which is really too bad because they could host an intimate executive meeting here and taste these fantastic eggs.)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Salmon Scrambled Eggs

Quick recipe:
  1.  Buy a B&B in Narragansett, RI.
  2.  Attract wonderful guests that love seafood but bring home extra portions. (Safety note: only food that is brought home directly from the restaurant can be used and only the guest supplying the fish is served this dish.)
  3.  Flake the fish gently, chop if you think the bits are too large. Plan on one heaping tablespoon of fish for each egg used.
  4. Whisk a heaping tablespoon of cream cheese into one egg until frothy.
  5. Add three more eggs and whisk a bit.
  6.  Pour into a prepared pan and begin to cook just like any scrambled egg.
  7. Add the salmon, continuing to cook to the dryness you like.
  8. Serve to happy guests.
Narragansett is home to the village of Gallilee which boasts of one of the largest fishing fleets in New England. Naturally eating that seafood is one of the joys of coming to Rhode Island. Last evening the guests went to the Mariner Grill where they had a fantastic meal. Like most entrees in the region the portions were a bit too large for one meal so they brought home a gorgeous piece of salmon.

This morning breakfast featured ravishing red strawberries with vanilla yogurt and granola, the ever popular Belgium style waffle, and sides of scrambled eggs with salmon. More members of the Clean Plate Club left the dining room!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Truth on labels?

If I use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream in my cheesecakes, does that make them low fat? Surely the two and a half pounds of cream cheese and seven eggs in the recipe wouldn't bother a nutritionist. Really, there isn't that much sugar in the whole cake and nobody (except maybe me) would eat the whole thing.  Maybe it is the chocolate chips that add the fat? After all, the raspberry coulis must meet a fruit requirement somehow. The graham cracker crust must have some fiber in it and we know how important that element has become in our diet.

Besides, mom used to serve it for breakfast so you know it is good for you.

Looking forward to a busy day of baking today, hope you have great holiday plans too.

Monday, May 16, 2011

To change or not to change, please answer the question

This will be year 13 for Blueberry Cove Inn. Many things have changed over the years. Some have been driven by sheer necessity to bring the house from a trashed SRO to its current state. Some have just been for fun. Some have been to fix the first choice - who knew that antique bureau drawers wouldn't hold up to daily use? All have been driven by a desire to enhance the guest experience.

I have the itch again. In 35 years Dave has never understood why he might come home and find a room completely turned around. I like to migrate furniture. Ask my mom, as a teen I rearranged my room frequently much to her horror.

The focus of my discontent is the Glen Room. Don't get me wrong, it is a perfectly sweet room. Guests have said nice things about the room. No one has ever run from it screaming in horror. It is a comfortable room with a traditional motif.

But I wonder if it is too sweet or too traditional. Is it time to move away from toile and the antique dresser? Is the stained glass too pink? Are the green walls too unfashionable? Is there a great way to deal with the slanted exterior walls and lower ceiling that hasn't come to mind?

I love the comfy red checked settee but that TV has always been awkwardly placed on the dresser. Now that the Glen has a LCD TV maybe it should be wall mounted? The antique oak dresser with harp mirror is nice and roomy but showing its age. Unfortunately the windows and the 11 degree slant of the walls limit the furniture placement.

Help me out here. Should I leave it alone? Make it more modern? Go for a mid-50s retro/Madmen look? Does it need a shelf like the one in the Shells Room? Paint all the furniture purple? Mirror all the walls like a fun house or gym?

Share your thoughts folks. As an incentive to tap into your inner interior designer, if I run with your idea I'll give you two free nights (Sun. to Thurs.) this year in the newly designed room.

But, shhhh, let's surprise Dave with this one.

Innkeeper Seely

Friday, April 15, 2011

Run Baby Run!

The Gansett Marathon takes place tomorrow. It should be a gorgeous day. We have a houseful of friendly runners. I have never understood the allure of running but let's all wish them well tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Quick Bites: Mariner Grille

How about a restaurant review to make you want to come back to Narragansett?

Remember, book early, book often.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Gas Give Away?

Every summer since man started using gasoline to drive to vacation destination gas prices jumped seasonally. Grain and hay prices probably rose during the days of the horse and buggy. Yet families continue to drive to a well earned time of recreation and relaxation.

For the last few years "Free Gas" promotions by hotels prompted B&Bs to follow suit. But are these promotions good for the guest or for the B&B? Probably not. Often the guest ends up with a card good only at a local station that may practice tourist pricing on the weekends. The innkeeper is essentially discounting room rates and may have to scrimp on accustomed amenities to make up the loss. "Free" is never really free.

Here at Blueberry Cove Inn we have a different idea. We would rather be more direct if we are going to offer a discount.

Drive to beautiful Narragansett but plan on staying more than two days. Once you are here you can walk to the beach, lots of restaurants and a little shopping. Take a Trolley Tour of the area to enjoy a lively discussion of local history and sites. Car pool with other guests to take in Newport. Bring your own or rent a bike locally and you can enjoy miles of bike paths. Hang out in the yard, read a book, slow yourself down. Enjoy a different full breakfast every morning. All without using a drop of gas in your tank.

To help you choose to extend your stay, we'll offer you a deal:

Stay two nights and the third night will be discounted by 10%.
Stay three nights and the fourth night will 20% off.
Stay four nights and the fifth night is 30% off.
Stay five nights and the sixth is 50% off.
Stay six nights and the seventh is FREE.

(Offer good for new, on-line reservations only, promo code for on-line reservations is BlogFB; discount applied to least expensive night's rate; not available on third night of holiday weekend stays.)

So start planning. Go to Blueberry Cove Inn's website. Select a room. Book your stay. We'll be waiting for you. Honest.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Narragansett Pig Out Week!

Yes, it's that time of year again, the great Narragansett Pig Out Week started this weekend. OK, so I might be the only one calling it that. The Narragansett Chamber of Commerce and the other sponsors prefer Narragansett Restaurant Week. Either name works when so many of the wonderful dining spots in town work up affordable and unique prixe fixe menus to please every palate. Just look at this list of options (then wipe the drool off of your chin please.)

So what are you waiting for?? Get over here and indulge. Become a chow hound so to speak. And watch for these fine dining companions:

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring + Narragansett Restaurant Week = Book Now!

The Narragansett Chamber of Commerce keeps updating their list of Restaurant Week participants. Quite frankly, I do not know why my phone isn't ringing off the hook with hungry foodies wanting to stay at the Blueberry Cove Inn while they explore all the delectable offerings.

How often do you have a chance to attend a Whiskey Dinner on the waterfront? Taste the choicest seafood from local waters at Matunuk Oyster Bar - where you should also sample the oysters grown in their own aquaculture operation. Markos is waiting for you over at Markos Kabobs with all of his home made Near Eastern delicacies. I would wax poetic over the offerings at all 26 restaurants but I've started drooling on the keyboard and I don't think that is a good idea. Suffice it to say that there is something for every food taste in every price range (although the prices are absolute steals.)

So honestly, do you want to disappoint yourselves by missing out on this? Do you want to break the hearts of the waiters and waitresses that are looking forward to feeding your happy faces? Can you look at your cold bowl of cereal in your same old kitchen when you could be at the Blueberry Cove Inn enjoying one of Dave's wonderful breakfasts? I don't think so. You are a better foodie than that.

In short, book now and make everyone happy.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Who left this mess??

As we mentioned recently, the inn has been undergoing some changes. We never have time to do anything but emergency repairs during the busy season so this is the time of the year to get up and get working on the inn. No more sleeping in, no more bon bon eating, no more manicures (which is really hard on Dave) because we have work to do!

We joke that having guests is like having a houseful of teenagers eating you out of house and home, creating laundry and putting dings in the walls. The truth is that no matter how much we love our guests there is a lot of normal wear and tear that needs put back together.

After 11 years, we realized that we were sick and tired of some of the rooms. We were bored with our own house and some things just needed to get changed or finished.

We also noticed that our web photos were looking sad and tired too. Unfortunately we aren't up to creating good pictures. Seely attended the Professional Association of Innkeepers conference in January and hired a photographer to take new pictures of the inn.

This created deadline pressure to get things spruced up.

We've spent the last month frantically painting, redecorating, buying art for the walls, moving furniture around and generally making ourselves crazy. We've become good friends with the guys in the paint department at Home Depot. Last weekend Seely's sister and her friend came up to help us finish up in time for yesterday's photo shoot. We couldn't have done it all without them.

Yesterday the photographer and his stylist spent almost 13 hours shooting nine rooms of the inn. It was an amazing process. They will be back in June to shoot the rest. We will be posting the first shots very soon. .

In the meantime, we have dining room tables, closets, and kitchen space taken up by abandoned props, left over bits of construction materials and wrappers for linens. The truck is full of rejected linens and other things waiting to be returned to the stores. We haven't accounted for all the paint brushes and rollers so they must still be waiting in a fridge somewhere to be used again.

How did this happen? Who left this mess? More importantly, who is going to clean it up? Since it is unlikely that either of us have a Fairy Godmother coming to the rescue we'd better set the alarms for early tomorrow morning....

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Dateline: February 2, 2011, Narragansett, RI
Classification: TOP SECRET
Distribution channels: WIKILeaks, FB, carrier pigeon network

It has come to our attention that something called "Valentine's Day" is scheduled in eight short days. Blueberry Cove Inn has lovely rooms available for anyone wanting a secure rendez vous. This safe house has two suites and one room with two-person whirlpool tubs and will not be adding any more this week. Book quickly using the alias of your choice before they are taken. (The other rooms are also romantic but don't have tubs.) Only one suite has a wood burning fireplace in front of the whirlpool and it is sure to be a hit with your contact.

As an added bonus, if you book before Tuesday, February 8, use the code phrase "Hansel and Gretel" to have a free Sweetie Package added to your stay.

Book before Thursday, February 10 for two nights using the passcode "Hansel and Gretel riding on Rosebud" and a free Sweetie Package plus Romantic Roses will be secreted in your room.

Call after Thursday and you may be sorely disappointed.

(May not be combined with other discounts. Can be booked on line or by phone.)

Surfing with Warm Winds in Narragansett

I know that most of you think that it is winter. Most of you wouldn't think of dipping your big toe in the ocean off of the Narragansett Pier. You might take a nice walk and pick up shells and sea glass but getting wet is not on your radar.

Not that I want to call anyone crazy but our local surfers are out there hunting for good waves almost every day. I know they have on great wet suits. I know that the exercise is good for them and helps keep them warm. I know they wouldn't go out unless they really enjoyed surfing. Warm Winds, the surf shop just down the street, even encourages them with a Surf Cam focused on the Town Beach.

But it still chills me to the bone to watch them.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Cha-cha-cha Changes

As we go into our 12th year as innkeepers we realized the world has changed, Narragansett has changed, our waistlines have changed, and our guests are going to keep on changing. Our career of owning and operating a comfortable bed and breakfast inn located in the heart of the Narragansett Pier has been both what we expected and an eye opener.

We couldn't imagine needing air conditioning four blocks from the ocean but our guests let us know when it was time to add it to our amenities. We welcomed our first dog guests last year and have found most of them to be delightful. We didn't want to add TVs but now our guests enjoy both cable and DVD players. We were among the first to offer a guest computer and WIFI though. We quickly realized that our front porch and yard swings were popular spots for guests to gather so we've added more outdoor cuddling spaces and rebuilt the porch to make it more comfortable.

Of course, this year is no different. Snow days have given us plenty of time to tackle this year's projects. First up: The Hideaway.
Somehow the gold color in the king bedroom never really worked out. That original headboard was a nightmare and our photos were never very good.

The other Hideaway rooms have equally bad photos on the website. Although we aren't doing a wholesale remodeling again every room will be a little different this year.

So stay tuned for news about our other changes and a "big reveal" of new photos near the end of the month.
As always, if there is something you would like to see us change or offer let us know. We love getting constructive criticism and helpful advice