Happy Spring! While many areas are digging out from snow, we are fortunate to enjoy the early signs of the season with crocus, hellebores and primrose in full bloom. As I walked around the garden, I realized it was already time to prune and to apply an organic horticultural oil to the fruit trees. I look at the calendar and it is only February but the weather and our volume of visitors makes us feel it is much later in the season. And we have you to thank - not for the great weather, but for your loyalty you have shown us over the years.
This year we begin our 9th season as stewards of these historic properties,and we celebrate how far we have come. As I was browsing our photo archive looking for photos of Gizmo (his article is in Inn News), I took a moment to reflect on the many changes we have made to the buildings and to our services. This was validated with the Inns achieving membership in the BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection this winter. It was a real team effort and we realized our team needed to grow to keep up with it all. We can't wait for you to meet Beth Fricke our new Guest Services Coordinator. She provides reinforcement for Stephanie and I. After her first week, the good news was, we didn't scare her off. She joked about running around the office with a big net sweeping up whatever we dropped. She is going to fit right in.
Don't miss Chef Molly's baklava recipe. She made a version for Valentine's Day infused with roses and drizzled with chocolate. And if you need some activities to work off the Baklava, we have included some Island events to plan your visit.
In addition to all the happenings at the Inns, we have some island stories to share: the dedication of the Fluke, the Town's first public art piece, a follow-up to Stephanie's article last November; two new exhibits at the Whale Museum; and a precious gift from a long time islander.