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”.
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.
It all started at the end of January 2011. We silenced our cell phones as we went into the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. We enjoyed such a wonderful concert for 90 minutes. When Charles & I returned to the street, we turned our phones back on & they both went off with text & voice messages. A pipe had burst at the inn in Room 3. So much water had permeated the floor, in this second story room, that it caused the ceiling to collapse into the River Suite below. So much for our after concert dinner… we made it back to the inn in about an hour.
Our unexpected ‘project’ had begun. We had 2 rooms to face & we went for it. The River Suite has a wonderful new look. We added a 2 person whirlpool, radiant heat, new super quiet A/C, and a new bathroom. Charles likes to call it my Rittenhouse bath, as it has white subway tiles & a black & white tile floor, as well as a second tub! The flat panel TV over the fireplace gives it a nice modern feel with that BH twist. We opened this room in May and it has been very well received.
The Delaware Suite aka Room 3, was a bit more complicated. We combined 2 rooms to make one spectacular suite. It is a real water world. It has an enormous 2 person heated whirlpool, an exquisitely tiled, over sized 2 person walk in shower and a fireplace. It all flows out onto a spacious porch and that wonderful river view, our inspiration for 30 years. Sitting in the tub, facing the fireplace & watching the river is a real treat! Of course we were calling it the ‘Waterloo Suite’ as Charles, the designer & builder, had such a small window of time each day to work. He and his crew juggled so much in between check out & check in. Diane & I would have to go in to remind them about check in time approaching, the joke became ‘Hammer Quietly”. (They were never happy to see us!)
Yesterday, as we were photographing the room, a lovely newlywed couple had just arrived to check into another room. As they walked passed the opened door to the Delaware Suite, they really wanted to stay in the new room. We had to scramble as we were not quite ready for guests. But we pulled it off. What a great new beginning for the Suite, christened by newlyweds just beginning their lives together!