Curt & I opened the B&B in August 2007. That means that when I am asked, “How long have you been open?” I can now switch from “two and a half years” to ”almost three years”. I wouldn’t have thought I’d already be writing about our returning guests, but I’m so thrilled to do so! With three couples making return visits just this week, it’s getting to be like family around here.
It seems just a few months ago I was welcoming in Jim & Marion for the first time… actually it was more like two years ago. Today I will welcome them in for their 10 night of staying with us. They stop by on their annual pilgrimage to and from Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival. While at the B&B, they sit out on the deck of their room with dinner and a bottle of wine. In the morning, they are refreshed for the rest of their drive. When their schedule permits, they hang out an extra day or two to do some wine tasting, but not this year as they have just welcomed their second grandchild into the world… Congratulations!
The second couple was Jimmy & Mary, who I just sent off to see their grandkids in Eugene after their second visit with us. As they had last year, they flew in to Portland and got started wine tasting that afternoon. With so many wineries in the valley, they can visit new ones each year as they search for the perfect wine. Maybe there is no such thing, but the search is sure fun. Their favorite restaurant, Tina’s, saw them for dinner twice. We aren’t having such splendid weather these days, so breakfast was inside this year, but each part of their breakfast was a new dish for them. Mary was kind enough to check out the rough draft plans we have drawn for our new house and gave us her experienced opinion on the matter; they expect to see the foundation laid by their visit next year.
Later this afternoon John & Susan will check in for the weekend for their second stay with us. They are coming to celebrate the high school graduation of a niece who lives in Newberg. Later in the month, they are coming back to golf around Oregon, including Newberg’s Chehalem Glenn Golf Course.
Part of the fun of owning a Bed & Breakfast is meeting new people. But it is also a real pleasure to have those people, now friends, come back time after time.