Saturday, September 8, 2012

A Very Sweet B&B

I've been away.
Guess you might have noticed?
We were in Potter County for our annual visit to 
what they call "God's Country".

It was a wonderful time away.
On Monday we were invited 
by my brother, Allan and sister-in-law, Bev
to visit the Bed and Breakfast they were staying at
near Coudersport, Pennsylvania.

Perfectly placed next to a golf course and in beautiful 
countryside known for excellent fishing, skiing, dark skies 
which thrill the astronomers among us and four wheel trails
to keep the adrenaline junkies happy.


Host and Hostess, Joe and Gail, are very experienced
and gracious at making their guests feel welcome.
We enjoyed conversation with Gail on their lovely 
and comfy porch 

as we rocked in rockers. 

The rooms are perfectly clean and uniquely laid out.
The two rooms I was able to peek at were spacious 
and creatively designed.

The great room, which serves as the entryway to 
this B&B is filled with antique eye candy.  

Gail has a way of decorating that is 
very pleasant and in no way makes one feel that 
things are there just because.
Everything fits together beautifully.

We went first to the gift shop and breakfast room.
Allan and Bev had just enjoyed breakfast, about which 
they had many good things to say.


I knew many of you would love to see this stove.
 Was I right?

 Sounds good to me....

 I happen to love antique rolling pins.
So you shall see them, as well.

As for the gift shop.
It is precious!

I found myself checking out the soaps.
Currently some friends of ours are working on 
soaps to match my candle scents so I am more interested 
than usual in what is out there in the soap world.
I made a purchase
which I am told was made by another home schooling
mama who just happens to have 12 children.
I'm impressed that she manages to run a successful 
soap business.
Good for her!

I also bought a jar of honey mustard
from this display of delights.

Much of it has disappeared already as 
our family enjoyed meals together at the cabin.
Joining us again this year were
 our friends from Blue Barn Bulletin.

A very important part of the activities
in the mountains revolve around food.
Especially on the rainy days.

Back to the B&B...
It seems that pets are very carefully chosen
to live here.
They must be friendly, 
but not too friendly.
When a certain large breed dog
known for its tendency to slobber became too much 
for the incoming guests 
Gail and Joe found him a wonderful new home.
I could tell that it was a very hard thing for them to do....
but the man who has it now is wonderful with it and it is a very good fit.
These are the things we don't always think about when 
we think of those who welcome us to their spaces in the form of
Bed and Breakfast. 
There are clearly sacrifices.

Maggie here, is very friendly.

She loves a good scritch.

Tornado, the kitty, was mostly 
avoiding the camera but did pose
just once so I snapped her pretty face.

You can guess how she came by her name.
No, she was not born during bad weather.

Our final stop on this visit was this most adorable cottage.
It had been built originally as what we would call 
a Dawdi Haus around here.

Now it offers refuge for travelers.
Don't you just love the mantel?
I do.

Should you happen to plan a trip to North Central
Pennsylvania I highly recommend this 
wonderful Bed and Breakfast.
Tell them that Becky from Hospitality Lane sent you.
Probably won't get you a discount but at least 
they will know that spending time with 
this nosy lady was worth their while.
I have much more to share from our wonderful time
away in Potter County. 
Thanks for stopping by.
It was nice to hear from one of you who
was concerned that all was well since it has been 
longer than usual between posts.
It is always busy before we leave and then 
extra busy upon our return.
The time in the mountains was delightful.
I would say I am rested and refreshed but that wouldn't
quite be true. 
I am happy, however.
 Very happy.


Vee said...

There you are! I wasn't at all concerned that you were well. I had no idea that you were traveling, just thought you were busy with candlemaking. Anywho, I'm so glad that you popped back up! Say, that's my stovetop. I wonder if it had any markings on it to say who the maker is or anything about it. (The gray with the sheaves of wheat.) I think you'll just have to go back there again someday to find all this out for me. ;> I shouldn't say that. Another blogging buddy went out of her way to get me photos of my great-grandparents' home in NB. I can't believe how sweet bloggers are, well, you know, except for the ones who assumed you were candlemaking. ☺

Buttercup said...

I like everything about this sweet place. I think I need a visit now!

ZudaGay said...

What a lovely place! I love the stove! I wouldn't have thought about a friendly slobbery dog would be a hindrance to the business of a B&B, but now I can imagine that some people wouldn't appreciate him. I would love to visit that part of the country someday.

MYSAVIOR said...

Before I forget - the paintings of those little houses remind me of Niki's paintings. She should frame her paintings for sale - like those.

Also I want that old wooden bowl - lol. Oh Yeah and the rolling pin with the red handles - my mom had one like that.

What a charming place to be.


Lorrie Esposito said...

Looks like my kind of place! would love to visit there,it all looks so green. Adorable cottage too. Great pics Becky!

Loretta - Thoughtful Gems said...

Looks like a relaxing place to visit. The flowers are so pretty!

Mrs.Rabe said...

That sounds very nice! That is such a lovely area....


Theresa said...

Oh how I would love to visit that B&B:) Looks like a wonderfully restful place! Have a blessed Sunday, HUGS!

Marydon said...

Gorgeous countryside up there .. lucky you to stay awhile. I see a LOT of new cards in the making also.
Such a peaceful setting & beautiful B&B ... glad you enjoyed the respite, Becky.

Have a great week ~
Hugs & love,

JD said...

Looks wonderful! the kind of place my husband and I like to stay at...thanks for sharing.