September 15, 2014
It is always an eye opening experience for an innkeeper (me) to stay at another B&B. You never know if you will be disappointed and I have been with some I have stayed in. You also have to fight the urge to clear the breakfast table, forgetting to sit and let someone else wait on you!
I was traveling with family and my 4 year old grandson, he was my travel partner and sleep mate. It can be rather difficult to locate B&B’s that allow children. And when you do, they are usually not as quiet and luxurious as an all adult inn. There is always an exception and that is found at Woods Hole Passage Inn. My grandson and I shared a room and it could not have been better! The mattress, pillows, lighting and bathroom was just what we were hoping for. We had a vaulted ceiling with a ceiling fan, my grandson then spotted a blue sparkling fish swinging above the fan!
The old house itself used to be a barn, but you could not tell. The grounds were beautiful and very deep. Plans are in progress for a fish pond. One special touch were small to tiny bird houses, in all colors, mounted on treated and recycled dead tree limbs of various lengths and interesting shapes. Such a sweet touch and very green to not mount or hang them from all the trees. The bird houses come from a craft class they taught to children during the summer, they also had a Fairy House class.
The owners are Martha and Julie. They have 3 daughters (two are identical twins) who are so sweet and they have a toy box for visiting children. Upon entering you are greeted with such friendliness you feel yourself sigh with relief, instantly starting to relax. The grounds and the house are surrounded by tall thick bushes which mute road noise, so it was very quiet. Breakfast was delicious and beautifully plated by Martha who is a Pastry Chef.
September 8, 2014
As I have bragged so many times, I feel we have a remarkable housekeeping staff here at Applewood Manor Inn. Not only are they perfectionists (though we do screw up once in a while) but they really care about the condition of the rooms in the house as well as the outside. Each staff member has a specialty of interest. Sonia loves plants and flowers, besides a back up cook and a keen eye for dirt and dust. Dwight is fast and efficient especially at room cleaning and disinfecting, as well as table setting and cleaning up the breakfast dishes and the kitchen. Henry is our expert laundry magician, gets out stains and a perfectionist with ironing. Wet sheets and towels are never left in the washer! Many guests marvel when they listen to Sonia and Dwight work and have remarked , “How in the world did you get them to sing?”. I respond that they came to us with that charming talent, and they do not even realize they are singing while they work!
What our guests do not realize is that all three are known Thespians here in Asheville. Dwight has a dual degree from Brevard College (once known as the Brevard School of Music) in Acting and Opera. He has directed plays, painted stages, conducted acting classes, composed music and is well know as a veteran actor/singer. Sonia is such a happy soul and has acted/sung in many a play, she is not only pleasing to the eye but sweet. Henry is a new addition to our crew and is also a veteran actor/singer/dancer coming out of Greensboro, now a resident of Asheville.
Right now Sonia and Henry are in the same Shakespearean play, performing at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater, in the Montford Historic District, in Coriolanus (a seldom staged military drama). Henry is a main character Tullus Aufidius (villain) and Sonia his chief Lioness (Volscian Soldier). So Sonia’s fake tattoos and corn row braided hair is a bit alarming. Henry takes the award for strange, with his hair shaven in grooves around his head and ending in a severe point in the back, along with braids on the long hair left on top. Thank goodness they do not work in their costumes!