Cafe Primrose

On Your Pillow

Posted on May 22, 2015

Sample handmade soap,bath salt, a thank you card, and maple sugar candy

Sample handmade soap,bath salt, a thank you card, and maple sugar candy

What sets us apart as a B&B is an important thing to think about when you run a B&B. For us, there are really two things. Me, I am a crafter, an innovator, and a constant creator of new features and new improvements to what we provide here. I learn as I go and I apply what I learn as I learn it. The other thing that sets us apart is my experience. Not as an inn keeper. I have limited experience as an inn keeper, but, as a traveler, and an international gypsy I have experience in spades. I know what made the places I lived or visited all over the world memorable, wonderful and special. And I try to apply that here in a very sentimental thoughtful gesture that you will see right on your pillow.

On Your Pillow

On Your Pillow

They say the USA is a new country and has no culture. The oldest part of the USA is here in New England. And though I will agree the nation has no unified culture, we do have regional cultures and a rich history at least here in New England. They say we are too young to have a culture to which I say, “really? But Finland has a culture right? How old is Finland??? A lot younger than the USA.” It isn’t just Finland either that is considered a cultured place that is a very new nation either. So, I have after all my traveling concluded age and culture have only so much to do with each other. I challenge this idea of the lack of culture right on my guest’s pillows.

I put out maple sugar candy, a colonial sweet that dates way back. Maple syrup has a long history in this area and so too do these colonial candies. Back when we were part of Great Britain, everything they sent to us in trade was grossly over taxed. One way we got around that tax when it came to sugar was changing maple syrup into a sugar. Then we had no need for high priced British sugar. We were not the first though to tap maple trees for maple syrup and maple sugar. We were taught this skill by the Native Americans in this region. People like the great Squanto, and the great Pocahontas gave us this knowledge, and so very much more.

I leave these candies on the pillow of my guests to share one of the old fashioned long lasting pieces of our food culture in the region, because anyone anywhere can leave an Andes Mint. Maple sugar candy is such a special way to introduce the culture of the New England region. So I use it as a welcome gift. I think when sharing culture it is so important to love the culture you share. I love the old fashioned and even the modern New England culture. It is where I feel most at home. I learned how important it is to learn about a place or to have someone around who knows and loves the culture of a place by traveling all over and the places I always most enjoyed were the ones I saw through the love of the locals.

Welcome Package On Your Pillow

Welcome Package On Your Pillow

Downstairs, as you enter you will walk through my tiny little gift shop full of my handmade and country crafts. I am always making something. Oh, everyone around me wishes I would stop because usually what I make go through stages and winds up costing me a little money to make and it seems to add up. I think if I stopped though, that I would fall down dead. Some people have an innate inner need to create. They can no more stop than they can cut off their own heads. For them those two things are really no different. I am one of those people. Which is a blessing and a curse. It means, that I have more fabulousness for the pillows of my guests.

I produce among a range of other things in my first floor crafting studio all natural soaps and bath salts. You can purchase them in the gift shop, but I leave a small sample set on the pillow of my guests. This is another thing that sets us apart from other places to stay. We take what we do here personally. So improving and constantly changing to become better is an unending evolutionary journey that we travel, while you travel on what ever journey it is that brings you to stay in our exclusive small B&B. You are not alone in your journey here. The journey of constant improvement has replaced for us the international nomadic journey we were once on.

We have come so far and the pillow is only one example. Other examples would be the barn yard animals, the yard and gardens, the fruit trees along the drive up, the decor in the bedrooms, our children’s library and rainy day activities in our second guest room, each one carefully selected based on a trip through memories of my own childhood. We are working hard on finishing up the yard, making it beautiful, and we will be taking cooking classes also to improve. My cooking is fine my breakfasts are great, everyone loves them, but for me that isn’t enough. I am always looking for new ways to express myself and my joy at having my B&B full of happy guests. As well as I do with breakfast I can always do better. And then there is the kitchen, hopefully in the next 6 months I can get a couple of important things done there to once again improve the B&B and guest experience. After that in time I hope to continue to change by adding a small addition onto our tiny barn.

This place is beautiful, all country farm, evening glow bugs, and the smell of local apple orchards. I see myself as an enchantress magicking up a romantic and very special unique dream for every guest that stays here and it all begins with the statement of gratitude in the thank you card we leave on the pillow of our guests. This place is not just great for travelers, those looking for a romantic get away, travelers with kids, business travelers, etc, it is also a most wonderful location for country farm weddings.

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