It is the Wicked Quiet Season! January, February and March are historically the quietest time at the B&B and while that means great prices for guests who visit this time of year (check out our rates page) it means work for the innkeepers! This is the time that all the big maintenance projects are done around the house so you may find a room not available for a short period due to a project but overall this is no disruption for guests’ stays. This year’s plan includes new garage doors, painting the Packard Room, touching up the trim throughout the house and installing a custom heat vent in the Garden Suite. I am sure Amy will post pictures of the last project once Mark has it completed.
This is also the time of year when Amy experiments with recipes to perfect them for our breakfasts. Breads are high on that list as she works to find the perfect French baguette recipe for French Toast mornings and continues to tinker with her rustic bread recipe which is the best when served with butter, our homemade jam and hot scrambled eggs in the morning. Guests often asks where she finds her breakfast ideas and the answer to that is trying out what others our offering at area restaurants and then tweaking it to make it fit at our B&B. Amy and Mark love eating breakfast out during this time of year. A couple of their favorite places in Portland are Bayou Kitchen (think crawfish omelet), Local 188 (for Sunday brunch – you must try the Breakfast Paella) and The Front Room (home gnocchi and eggs). I always am hopeful that they bring me home a doggie bag so I get to sample too!
So as the innkeepers work and get out to explore the area a bit more in an effort to offer guests even more recommendations of what to do when then visit, Lupi and I are holding down the fort, playing in the snow and barking a happy hello to you when you walk down Pearl Street!
Looking forward to seeing you soon.