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