We decided to do a visual blog this month since these pictures are just too pretty to muddle with a bunch of words! Be sure to let us know what your favorite summer flowers are. And as always……if you have something unique, we love to share and trade!
(click on the flowers to enlarge them)
A New Year usually brings with it both a sense of reflection and the possibility of change and, for us, 2016 was no exception. We entered our second year of Innkeeping last January with a lot of big plans for the Inn, and we wanted to finish the year by looking back and celebrating all of the events and changes that took place.
From all of us at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn: “THANK YOU!” Thank you for your business, friendship, loyalty, and support in 2016 and we look forward to seeing you again in 2017!
It has been a busy first half of the year at the Inn with all the updates, additions and changes. Here is a little peek at what’s been happening.
Unfortunately, we had to remove two trees this spring, the Maple tree by the parking lot and the Ash tree in the backyard. Our friends as Prefered Arbor Care in Hagerstown did a great job. With the parking lot opened up, we decided to put in a new rock wall and flower bed along the front to welcome guests as they pulled in.
An over grown bush was removed to open the view to the Spring House. As we were leveling out the ground what we thought was a rock turned out to be an old pipe. It looks really good with the new sod in place.
At the end of the walk, we thought it would be the perfect spot for a new seating area.
With the addition of the new seating area and the Ash tree gone, we moved the old pump closer to the house and designed a new flower bed around the old maple tree.
We added a few more blueberry bushes, some other vegetables to go with the tomatoes and peppers; added the herb garden and the strawberries took off like wildfire.
With most of the major projects done outside, we had time for a few updates inside. We upgraded the mini-fridge in the General’s Quarters and moved that smaller one to the Harpers Ferry Suite. The flat screen TVs in both the Clara Barton Suite and the Thomas Jackson Room were upgraded. And finally, just in time to beat the summer heat, both the Jackson Room and the Clara Barton Suite received their own individually controlled high efficiency cooling and heating systems. These two Mitsubishi wall-mounted, ductless systems were installed by McCrea Heating & Air Conditioning along with Steenburg Electrical Services. In a few hours these guys had completed both rooms and it was a comfortable 65 degrees, outstanding job!
Well, that’s all the updates for now. Check back in the fall to see more of the changes around the Inn.
Everyone that stays at the Inn comments on the yard, almost always like this: “Wow, this is beautiful!”, “Do you do all of this yourselves?”, “This is a lot of work!” The response to those comments is: “YES!” Yes, it is beautiful and yes, it is a lot of work, but we can’t say we do it all ourselves. Mother Nature has provided some outstanding helpers, our friends the pollinators! If you didn’t know, National Pollinator Week was this month (June 20-26) and I thought it would be fun to do a photo blog of some of our garden assistants hard at work in the flower beds.