Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Wedding ABC Poem

We have just finished the weekend and we hosted a beautiful wedding for a wonderful couple. It was just a really nice weekend-full wedding where they really used all of our spaces and had a great time. One of the guests left this poem in the diary in her room which I thought was really sweet:

A frican Violets & Alpacas
B occi Balls
C ardinals
D aisies for the Wedding
E lephants of wood and rock
F rogs - Owen and I were looking at them in the pond
G arden flowers and Grapevine arbor
H ostas - Humongous!
I rises
J enn, the bride - 06/07/08
K ennedy-Buxbaum Wedding - 06/07/08
L ily pad pond
M isty Morning
N utcrackers
O wen - "Hi, I'm Owen and I'm 2 1/2"
P inecones
Q uilted Pillows
R ock Garden
S ean, the groom - 06/07/08
T rolls
U ndulating hill views
V ermont Verdure
W reath of daisies at the door of the Inn
fo X es by the road on the way in - babies
Y ellow finches
Z enith - mountain tops

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Father's Day Weekend Activities

I just realized that Father's Day is just around the corner. It is a great weekend for Dads in our area because there are two "manly" events going on that are a) great for whole family and b) lots of fun!

The first is our annual Ethan Allen Days revolutionary re-enactment and encampment. This event started in Arlington - the home of Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys - but has now grown so big that it has moved to the Hildene Meadowlands in Manchester. Tons of re-enactors and their families set up camp to live like revolutionary or British armies and stage elaborate battles replicating famous revolutionary battles. They all stay in character and love to explain what life was like - educational and fun!

The second event that weekend is the Classic and Antique Car Show also taking place in Manchester. This is a big car show that attracts lots of participants from all over with judging and prizes. It's not quite as fancy as the Concours d'Elegance that I have been to but seems just as large and diverse to me. I can't think of a dad who would not love to go and oogle all of those cool old cars!

We have a special going for the weekend, because we are not full yet -- all Dad's get $75 off their room rate each night!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wedding Season Is Starting

We have our first wedding of the season this weekend and the staff has really been working hard to get everything ready. I have to say that the gardens have never looked better - everything is really lush and the irises are really starting to pop! The labyrinth especially is beautiful - next month we will be on the Garden Club's Garden Tour with a special emphasis on the labyrinth so I hope it stays colorful.

Weddings here at the Inn are a lot of fun and although I think it is supposed to be on the hot side this weekend, I know that they will all have a great time. My favorite weddings are ones where the wedding takes over the whole inn for the weekend. Our couple this weekend are having a big rehearsal dinner/welcome barbeque under a tent in the Meadow Field on Friday night, followed by a bonfire in the Sanctuary, then the ceremony on Saturday in front of the Labyrinth with cocktails in the Side Yard followed by dinner and dancing in the Barn. Then on Sunday, everyone has a big breakfast and says goodbye and a whole weekend of fun, family and friends is over. It seems so much better to me than a 5-hour event where no one really gets a chance to visit. Our Renee coordinates all of the wedding details for the wedding couple so that I think for them the whole thing is as stress-free as possible (I don't think any wedding can be totaly stress-free).

I think we have about 14 weddings this year which is a little less than usual, but is probably a good thing since it will leave some weekends free this summer and fall for our "regular" guests who we love to see.