|Hello from your Island Retreat,
As usual this parade began at sunset and lasted for 1/2 hour. Although the weather was a bit cold and the wind stiff at times, it didn’t rain! The town gathered along either side of South & North Main St. awaiting the arrival of Santa. Frosty led the parade of floats, tractors, vehicles of all sizes and shapes, clubs, H.S. marching band, dogs, and the police and fire departments. Each threw candy to the children until their pockets were bulging. This year the caroling entertainment was set up on the Anchorage Inn’s wrap around porch where the Mayor gave her welcoming speech, Coupevilles first Grand Marshal waved and the President of the Chamber of Commerce greeted the citizens and kids. After caroling had ended we witnessed the parks glorious lighting ceremony ….3…..2…..1!!
With the inn laced in lighting & garland and the park aglow, this is probably the most attractive corner in town. The shops then opened their doors and welcomed everyone to enjoy finger foods and cider. We’ve already got a couple reservations for next years parade.
GIFT CERTIFICATES are always available for CHRISTmas, birthdays and anniversaries.
GOODBYE INSTANT COFFEE, hello Keurig coffee maker. We’re always trying to improve our service to our guests. One step in that direction was to provide Keurig K packs for a better tasting coffee for afternoons and evenings. Instant coffee just doesn’t quite cut it.
GOURDZILLA’S CONVERSION. Just before Thanksgiving a portion of our family converted a couple wedges from Gourdzilla into 4 large pies, collected and counted his slimy seeds and took his remains to the Sherman ranch where our granddaughters tossed him over the fence, piece by piece for the cattle to enjoy. That’s the first time they’ve fed cows. The following week I returned and gathered up cow droppings to fertilize the garden for next years winning GIANT pumpkin for the Harvest Fair Oct 12th.
2 of Gourdzilla’s 4 pies
We had 18 guests send us their guesses for the number of seeds within GOURDZILLA. They ranged from 5,555 to 167. I was surprised at how many slippery seeds my granddaughters and I found within that hollow. It came to 535. The closest guess was 550! Steve and Gwenn are looking forward to their FREE overnight stay.
A GIANT FOOTPRINT …….
OUR ANNUAL MID WEEK WINTER SPECIAL sale is on. Save 15% on any 2 consecutive days Sunday thru Thursday now thru April 30th. Make those reservations now. That special would make a great CHRISTmas gift and could be applied towards your Pancake, Omelet, Quiche or French Toast discount on your next visit to the inn!
IT’S BEEN A BUSY YEAR and has finally begun to wind down. With the inn fully decorated and the pace now slowing down to 3,2 or even 1 room per day, we can plan a few short getaways in the next few months. We’d like to wish all of you a wonderful CHRISTmas season and a beautiful new year ahead.
Dave and Dianne
Photos from the Greening of Coupeville, first Saturday in December!
Wishing everyone a happy and blessed Christmas.
(Click on link for our video greeting)
From Dave, Dianne and all of us at the Anchorage Inn!
Update – We have a winner!
Pumpy weighed in at 108 pounds! The closest guess was 100 pounds and was submitted to Dave through a response to his INNformer newsletter! Congratulations to the winners of the FREE night’s stay at the Inn!
Thank you to all those who participated!!
Robin was the lucky winner of our “Name the Giant Pumpkin” contest, with the name “Pumpkinstilskin.” Farmer Dave decided to nickname him “Pumpy!”
Now we are ready to
Guess Pumpy’s weight at the Harvest Carnival
weigh-in on October 8!
These great photos of Dave with his giant pumpkin were taken on September 17, with Pumpy measuring 68″ around. Pumpy is quite small for his age because he has not had much sunshine. He did, however, survive the “bird attack” — you can see on top where the bird ate a hole in his side. But Farmer Dave’s careful nursing helped him pull through and keep on growing!
Not much longer until the contest on Oct 8th at the Coupeville Farmers Market.
We are opening up to the public the chance to to guess what Pumpy’s weight will be at weigh-in on October 8. The person who guesses the closest wil get a FREE night’s stay at the Anchorage Inn B&B, so put on your thinking cap and send in your best guess!
Your choice of any room (excluding the Crow’s Nest Suite, Discovery and Calista Cottage) at the Anchorage Inn, depending upon availability. Reservation should be made for a visit anytime between Oct 1st, 2011 and May 30th 2012.
Sue for Farmer Dave and everyone at Anchorage Inn
Congratulations to Robin Castiglione!!
Robin is the happy winner of our “Name the Pumpkin” contest, and has won a FREE night at Anchorage Inn!
At Robin’s suggestion, Dave’s pumpkin now proudly wears the name “Pumpkinstilskin.”
Congratulations to Robin from all of us!!
Honorable mention — and a night’s discount of 20% — went to:
Rob and Sandy – Pump Zilla
Paula – Orange Crush
Guests of the Inn – Cinderella’s Coach
Guests of the Inn – Captain Chubby
Congratulations, and thanks to everyone for participating.
Sue (for Dave and Dianne, and everyone at the Inn)
We had a great time at the Community Yard Sale in Coupeville hosted by Inn Assistant Lynda. Although I came home with more than I took!
(Photos and post by Sue)
Happy Birthday, Dave! Hope you have a wonderful day.
Wish I could be there to celebrate with you but this is the next best thing.
From your blogger lady… Sue
Do you like jigsaw puzzles? Check out this one I just created of a lovely July floral display in downtown Coupeville! (Note: You can change the size and cut when you click on the link.)
Wishing everyone a joyous and blessed Easter.
Hallelujah! He is risen!
What will it be today! Ahhhhh you just never know!
Yesterday morning I was snuggled in my cozy bed in #2 Cabot, gazing out the window at the beauty of the sun peeking though the clouds over Penn Cove, when all of a sudden… rain. Pounding hard on the porch roof right under my open window.
Leaping out of bed and racing to the window (love that rain!) I realized it was hail. Coming down hard and bouncing off the rooftop! Two thoughts were racing through my mind! The obvious… “close the window!” (Not wanting to have to try to explain to Dave and Dianne why I needed to borrow a snow shovel before breakfast!)
Second… like any good photographer… was “grab the camera!” Is this really mid-April? Just had to capture a few special memories.
Sure hope the birds found a warmer bath somewhere!
Fun start to a beautiful spring day.
Sue (Inn Rep)
For Dianne’s birthday celebration, we let someone else do the cooking! She does hats well, don’t you think?
Breakfast this morning turned out to be Dianne’s wonderful “Cheesy Egg Bake.” Five… yes FIVE… kinds of cheese all whipped up and baked in individual souffle dishes. That is delicious apple-chicken sausage slices across the top underneath all that pineapple-mango salsa! Today it was accompanied with fresh melon and a variety of breads and juices. Worth getting out of bed for!
You definitely won’t go away hungry from the Inn. And there are even lots of great hiking trails, festivals and other activities to help you work off a bit of it before you head home! :)
This is one of my favorite breakfasts at the Inn. Take our poll to decide which YOU would prefer!
Sue (Inn Rep)
Meerkerk Gardens is bursting into bloom! This is a great time to plan that special trip and see firsthand spring finally arriving!! We are just down the road and would love to have a cozy room all ready for you, so make that reservation now.
From April 1st until the end of July, we are offering the
“Gas Buster Special”
Stay two consecutive nights, Sunday through Thursday, and we will take $25.00 off your bill to help cover the cost of your gas!
You must mention the “Gas Buster Special” when making your reservation to get this rate!
If making the reservation online, indicate Gas Buster Special in the notes section.
The special applies only to rooms in the Anchorage Inn. The Calista Cottage has no discounts.
Give your Mom a treat she’ll never forget! Not candy or flowers for a week, but a Gift Certificate for the Anchorage Inn B&B. Call us 360-678-5581 or e-mail us for answers. Your innkeepers,
Dave and Dianne
Welcome to our home, your Anchorage, with all it’s warmth, comfort and shelter from with-INN.
24 years ago the Lord planted the seed of innkeeping within our hearts. For the next 11 years we dreamt, planned and searched for the perfect inn. 13 years ago we found it and it has changed our lives forever. After all that time we now have 39,000 new friends, have founded the Coupeville Lodging Association, teach our own ‘Innkeeping 101‘ course, and received the honors of best ‘breakfast’ in the Northwest, best B&B in the Northwest and now one of the top 10 B&B in the USA. We owe our success to tens of thousands of travelers, returning guests, a fine staff and to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Dave and Dianne