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Christmas at the Packard House

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

The Christmas holiday is a special time at the Benjamin F. Packard House. Amy and Mark have the house fully decorated by the first weekend in December just in time for guests arriving for an early holiday getaway. Each of the common rooms downstairs has a least one tree and all the rooms have a theme....

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Slowing It Down

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Whew! Summer and Fall flew by and now we are slowing things down here at the B&B. Most people think more time to relax but that is not always the case. We are open year round and still have guests coming and going but not like the hectic busy season months. I am still greeting and picking up on my training of Picco, my new brother and our Greeter in Training. He has a ways to go but is friendly and loves meeting all the guests. If he has one fault he is too excited! But I will continue to work with him in the off season and make sure he knows the rules of being a good innkeeping dog....

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Sorry – We Don’t Allow Pets

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

We get a lot of request from prospective guests asking to be allowed to bring their furry family members when they come to visit and they are disappointed when we tell them we are not “pet friendly”. That is a bit of a misnomer though – we love pets obviously. Here I am blogging and Picco, our newest furry family member, is set to arrive next week. The issue arises when pets are in the guest rooms. It is not an issue of dogs being on their best behavior but an allergy issue. I am not allowed in any of the guest bedrooms and only allowed in certain areas of the house. Picco will be following these same rules when he arrives. Amy and Mark started this rule as soon as they moved here so that guests who have allergies to pets can still come and enjoy our B&B. Many of these people with allergies are pet lovers but just cannot be around them. With only 4 rooms it is not feasible to a designate “pet friendly” a room or two. So as much as I would love to have a temporary playmate, guests are going to have to be happy with a surrogate dog to give them all that furry love....

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Past and Future

Monday, May 15th, 2017

I have been thinking a lot about the past. My buddy, Lupi, would have celebrated his 14th birthday on Saturday. It was a sunny day and I spent it in the garden thinking about how much he loved laying in the sunshine. Guests still ask about him on a regular basis so it makes me happy that his spirit and reputation continue on....

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Anticipating Spring

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

What a difference a year makes. Last year we were already cleaning up the gardens and the mulch was spread in early April. Today, as I stare out the doors to the patio, I still see snow on the garden, ice on the bricks and the thermometer is registering 35! Oh how I long for spring! This Mud Season, as we Mainers call it, can be a long and bleak time of year but as I look out I am also seeing some signs of brighter times. The snowdrops are blooming under the birch tree (Amy will be disappointed if I step on them again this year) and a couple daffodils are sprouting near the driveway where the...

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Holiday Musings

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Hard to believe the busy holiday season is quickly approaching! We, as well as the rest of Bath, are gearing up for a busy time of decorating, guests, shopping, events and celebrating. At the B&B, Amy and Mark will start the Christmas decorating the day after Thanksgiving being full believers of separate seasons for the autumn holidays and winter ones! But rest assured the B&B is currently decked out in its fall finest if 20160926_110909you are planning a late autumn visit. Speaking of visiting – the December weekends are quickly booking up so if you are looking for that relaxing getaway from all the hustle and bustle the holiday season can bring please think of us – comfy beds, homemade breakfast, afternoon tea by the fire, pleasant strolls into town for dinner and shopping at independent stores – the perfect prescription for holiday stress....

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End of Summer – We Don’t Think So!

Monday, September 5th, 2016

All I have seen the past couple days is people lamenting online about this weekend being the end of summer. Well I don’t think it this is true. Since I have learned to use Google, I found that this year the autumnal equinox falls on September 22, 2016 at 10:21 A.M. EDT. That is 3 weeks away! ...

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Remembering Lupi

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Here it is the first day of September and I am finally sitting down to blog. It has been a long summer and honestly a difficult one for me. As many of you know my mentor, sidekick and best friend, Lupi, crossed over the Rainbow Bridge at the end of June. His absence has left a hole in my heart as I have always had a furry friend in my life until this summer. As much as I love Amy and Mark there is something about having a furry brother or sister who totally understands you. So I have been sad but I have not let that get in the way of my innkeeping duties. Lupi would not have put up with that!...

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Revived and Refreshed

Friday, March 18th, 2016

It is that time of year when the cold, dark months are ending and we begin to enjoy a little more warmth and daylight. It is energizing to bask in the sun a bit longer and not have to walk on ice covered puddles. Amy and Mark are also getting re-energized. After completing the kitchen renovation with new stove, sink and counter...

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What Do You Want?

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Amy and Mark have stayed at a lot of B&B’s through the years and have taken what they liked during these vacations and incorporated them into guests’ experiences at our place. We have been pampering guests with these comforts since the beginning but we also want to grow and expand what is offered to meet the needs and expectations of our guests....

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