With Thanksgiving upon us, I was thinking this morning why I’m thankful. As a Mom, I’m thankful that my kids are happy and healthy and enjoying dance, riding lessons and basketball. And I’m very thankful when Connor picks up his sax and plays with Emily who is trying so hard to learn the trumpet – if you’ve ever sat through a beginning band concert you know what I mean. I’m so thankful that Michael finally got away from the Lodge for a week away hunting and got himself a gorgeous buck, no one deserved this more than him. Our guests know just how hard he works to please them and he certainly deserved the elation of being in the woods and being successful.
As an Innkeeper, I’m so thankful that this year was so great for our business. We’ve put our hearts and souls into making Bear Mountain Lodge a great place for guests to get away from it all. All of those long, long days are paying off. We won another Top 10 B&B award from bedandbreakfast.com which is based on the reviews of our guests and TripAdvisor noted that we achieved a 5 Star Rating on their reviews. There is nothing better than getting an email with a link to a review and a guest expressing that they enjoyed their stay – that’s our goal each and every day to make sure everyone who stays with us creates wonderful memories.
But what I’m most thankful for this year is having had the pleasure of having so many couples elope with us, many of them military couples. We had a fabulous couple elope here two weeks ago. He flew home from Iraq on leave to get married here at the Lodge. I can barely express how touching it was to stand in the greatroom and watch through the windows as they exchanged their vows on the deck with him in his dress uniform. I’ve never seen a man smile so much – he certainly had lots to be thankful for this year. It sounds silly but each time someone gets married here it just makes the Lodge more special to us. This isn’t just a building that we’ve put up to make money as most Innkeepers will tell you that isn’t the daily goal. We had a dream of having people enjoy our magnificent log home and feel like it’s their home while they’re here. So I hope you all have reasons to be thankful this year and remember those little things that make you smile. And of course I’ll really be smiling this year because I don’t have to cook on Thanksgiving!!!!