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All the Great People…

Monday, July 25th, 2011

July is almost over and I have been so busy with guests I haven’t kept up on my blog. I have met so many great people in the past couple months and got to say hello again to some old friends. There was the lovely couple who spent their 40th anniversary with us last year and came back this year for their 41st celebration. And the great couple from New Jersey here hunting for treasures at the many antique shops and flea markets throughout the midcoast. Of the newlywed couple who spent the last night of their honeymoon with us before heading home. With the unusually hot and steamy weather, many guests were wilting and wondering if Maine is always that hot but our Atlanta guest just kept moving and said it felt like home. As for me, the hot weather did me in but I still had energy to greet all the wonderful people who come through the doors and make them feel welcome at my B&B....

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Number 3 – What Wonderful People!

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Sorry for the delay in keeping up with my blog and the list of the Top 5 Reasons to Stay at a B&B, especially ours. I was a bit distracted waiting for an addition to the family – Amy and Mark’s great nephew (my cousin) was born yesterday so now I can get back to my job – sleeping in the sun, blogging and greeting guests.
So the 3rd best reason to stay at a B&B – the people!!! Our guests come from all over the United States and the world, bringing a variety of experiences, languages and vacation ideas with them and this all comes together in the dining room at breakfast. Talking with each other, sharing plans and adventures that each has had while visiting Bath and midcoast Maine shapes each guests stay into a unique experience. Guests often find out that this is a very small world we live in. I remember we had one couple visiting from Germany and also a family staying with us from New York. While everyone was at breakfast and talking they discovered that the gentleman from New York had recently given a lecture at the law firm where the woman worked in Germany! Or the time the couple showed up from Essex, England and were staying 2 nights. The next night a couple comes to the door looking for a room also from Essex, England. Seated together the next morning for breakfast they discover they only lived about 20 minutes apart! I also enjoy when guests come back from a day out exploring the sights and share all their stories with each other over afternoon tea on the patio. I get to hear about what they did, how cold they think the ocean is even in the middle of the summer and where they found the best lobster. And lastly, it is not just the wonderful guests here at the Packard House but also the wonderful dog!...

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Black Eyed Susans

Friday, September 3rd, 2010



It has been hot and dry in Maine but the Black Eyed Susans are taking over the garden and thriving despite the heat. Amy has them planted in all of her gardens and loves using them for cut flowers on the dining room tables, in the guests’ room bouquets and in vases in the common rooms. It is a fitting tribute to her grandmother, Nana, who, I am told, always had a bouquet of Black Eyed Susans on her kitchen table during the summer months....

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Hot, Humid and Happy

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Well it has been hot and humid here in Maine which is a bit unusual since this type of weather usually doesn’t last this long. Despite this weather, I have been happy -lots of guests fussing over me and long afternoons of being lazy under the pine tree on the patio. This is our busy time of year, beginning in July and through the end of October so Amy and Mark are in the thick of it but enjoying the new people passing through and the guests who return year after year. We just had a nice young couple return for their second anniversary after spending their honeymoon here! A nice sweet deal for returning guests is the 10% off Amy and Mark give them on the room rate. My patio has been busy with guests enjoying tea in the afternoons and sitting out in the evenings when it cools down to listen to the quietness and relax after dinner at one of Bath’s great restaurants. Our B&B is truly a relaxing getaway whether you are staying for one night or for a week – a nice calm port in the middle of the vacation whirlwind....

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It is the waiting that is hardest

Friday, June 11th, 2010


People ask all the time about what it is like to be an innkeeper. Amy and Mark tell them how it is a lifestyle not just a job and it is not for everyone. All three of us love it – meeting new people, hearing about other people’s travels, telling people about Bath and what a cool little city we live in, and of course, all the attention I get. The hardest thing about innkeeping is the waiting… waiting for guests to arrive, waiting for guests to come down to breakfast (for me personally waiting until they are done with breakfast to see it any leftovers will make it in to my dish)and on nights when we are not full, waiting to see if we will get guests who have not booked ahead. Good thing we have a comfortable place to wait! Here I am sitting by the garden gate waiting for guests (or anyone else who stops by to say hello)!...

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Thursday, April 15th, 2010

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The season’s starting early

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

I was on a brief vacation – no I didn’t get to go anywhere just Amy and Mark but I did get a cool dog sitter, Cindy, to come and stay with me. She does like to spoil me rotten and I pouted a bit more than I was feeling just so I could get some extra attention. But Amy and Mark are back from their little trip and work has begun again. Although it is only mid April – the patio is back open for the season with the comfy furniture, the tinkling fountain and the garden starting to bloom. I am really trying to not step on the plants coming up but I do love to walk in the garden. I must say it is looking quite good and is a great place for guests to relax, put up their feet and enjoy afternoon tea. I’ll try and contain myself and not beg too much for a little tea treat for myself. Hope to see you soon relaxing on our patio....

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The things I put up with to look good!

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

What I do for this place! Last night I spent 2 hours getting my dreadlocks done so I can look good for the guests. Granted they were a bit tangled and could use a brushing – but I hate having this done. Mark holds me while Amy works on my hair and I let them know I don’t like it by whining the entire time. And they got them done just in time for all this rain. My dreadlocks take a long time to dry so I don’t get to stay out too long and when it is coming down this hard I don’t like going out at all. Actually, the wind is scarying me a bit so I think I will stick close to Amy and our guests all day. The guests staying in the Packard Room absolutely love me and make such a big fuss everytime they stay – I really look forward to their visits!...

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