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Winter in the Country

The week after Thanksgiving, the inn becomes a haven of quiet. The river passes the season with beautiful browns & stark deep blues. Mornings are foggy as the water temperature is warmer than the air, some mornings we can’t even see the town across the river. But as the sun slow rises above the river the fog dances in a channel slowly rising, until it’s is whisked away by the warmth of the air.
We start soon after the Thanksgiving weekend decorating for the holidays. We begin with the twinkle lights on the river side porch, which gives the inn a ‘showboat’ look after dark. Wreaths are put on the doors, mantles & window sills are filled with greens. The transition is slow but oh so wonderful. Bringing the outside in to the inn.
The first three weekends are a slower pace, which we love. For the last several years we have had our Winter in the Country package. Since we started this package it has grown in popularity. We have our bonfire, which we have moved to the fountain patio, it looks fabulous from the riverside porches! Hot cocco & chef Pat’s marshmallows. Saturday afternoon sees cookie baking with chef Pat in the inn’s beautiful kitchen, guest love sampling & leave with our secret recipes. Sunday features champagne brunch, late check out, then wreath making with Mark Bryan at his wonderful shop. Later it’s more champagne & shopping discounts at Left Bank Home- such a wonderful shop in Frenchtown, NJ. Great fun & we hope you can join us, as we celebrate the season!
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Autumn at the Inn

Room with a view

Room with a view....

As the leaves turn crimson, our actions turn inward. We are as busy as the squirrels! Time to tend to fireplaces, stack wood, bring the plants indoors from their Summer vacation, tackle the closets, organize, consolidate…… But wait, one look out the window of the Fall color on the river or that slanting light through the trees & suddenly we need to be outside.

A quick walk restores some balance, watching nature make her slow, bit steady stride towards rest. I guess that is why we turn our thoughts to hearth & home. Afternoon tea has a nice place in our day, to pause for a while, watching the light cross the room. Thoughts soon return to moving that piece of furniture here or ridding ourselves of the excess of ‘collection’.

Nature has a way of making us turn inward as we ready ourselves for the months of her rest ahead. Living along the river roots us to her, and makes us even more aware more of this change. Yesterday at the inn, a bald eagle flew over the bridge & up the river!  We were fortunate to have been distracted enough from our work to be day dreaming out the window, gawking at the color. Our reward was this awesome sight!

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Best Staff Meeting Ever!

There can be no greater pleasure than a refreshing fresh water dip! We are blessed with our riverfront location & the deliciously clean Delaware as our backyard. We find ourselves drawn away from work, in the late hot afternoons. A quick change into swim suits, a walk down to the dock & a wonderful cool plunge into the river.

Nothing can really top this feeling, except maybe the addition of chef Karin’s new picnic baskets. We just had a staff meeting, complete with swimming, wave runners, fried chicken, filet of beef, potato salad, tomato salad, dessert, all topped off with a gorgeous bonfire. Now that takes a staff meeting to a whole new level! It was unanimous, these beautiful basket passed the staff test. Each one is a work of art, beautifully presented & lovingly made with our guests in mind.

We know how hard it is to get away, putting all your responsibilities on hold for a few days. We all agreed, that having one of these baskets waiting for you, one would not have to leave the property. Imagine a wonderful relaxing swim, a quick change & then sitting riverside, enjoying a meal created especially for you. Our goal for you is “dolce far niente”.

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Summer Along the River

 

We love this time of year, the valley is so green & the river has that earthy smell. We have been having bonfires on the lower terrace at sunset. This is a nice start to a Summer’s evening. Guests are grabbing a glass of wine & socializing on the the river’s edge. It is so beautiful, we even had a proposal one night & she said yes! What a fairy tale gesture!

We offer our fire, weather permitting, on Friday & Saturday nights. We hope you come & join the fun! This is one of many things to do in our area & this one is a few steps away from your romantic riverside room.

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Spring in the Valley

Charles & I recently spent a few days in the city of Philadelphia, we were at the flower show, had dinner with friends at a couple of hot new restaurants, and walked everywhere. There are so many pleasures that the city affords & it is great to be there in an easy drive of about an hour.

Today we came back to Upper Black Eddy & the difference between an hours drive is really striking. The city with it’s constant motion, people, architecture, noise & excitement gives way to the charms of Bucks County. Walking along the canal the serene beauty, stillness, and nature rise slowly up to embrace you. The clean air & quiet, the open fields & birds remind us that just as the city excites us, nature calms & restores us.

The temperature almost reached 70 this afternoon and the ground is pushing up & sending forth green shoots. The days are longer & the ducks & geese have started to pair off. Another Winter is departing & the promise of Spring is just on our lips.

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