One of my girlfriends from school stayed in the Carriage House this weekend, and I was able to spend some time with her and have a mini Girlfriend Getaway between Innkeeper duties. We took a little stroll down Main Street and ended up at Corn Crib, Mount Joy’s Farmer’s Market. Right in front of the store they were grilling something amazing – pork, maybe – and it made me wish I hadn’t just eaten breakfast. Inside the market, though, were fruits, veggies, pretzels, snacks, organic skincare products, home decorations, and lots of other things…but you can see what I came away with from Home Run Candies. I tested out (with friends and family – I wasn’t entirely a hog!) the chocolate, vanilla, and raspberry caramels, chocolate dipped sea salted caramels, peanut butter cups, coffee bean squares and a few others. The verdict was hands-down delicious. I truly need to see about carrying these at the Inn in the gift shop, so come Sunday when you’re checking out of the Inn and wishing you had bought more at the market, you won’t be disappointed. No worries, I’ll have your back.
I was thinking of my friend’s weekend at the Inn which was booked by her husband as a surprise. When I took the reservation I asked if it was a romantic getaway. “Nope,” Rich said. “The best thing I could do is give her time for herself. She’s coming to spend the weekend to do whatever she wants.” Husbands, boyfriends, and kids out there, take note: sometimes the most appreciated thing you can do for your wife, your girlfriend, your mom – whomever is the significant woman in your life – is to give her time off. You don’t even have to wait until Mother’s Day. A few days off for a personal retreat is REALLY a treat.
Having my friend here was amazing, but I must add that the so many of the best people come through my door and stay with me. A grandma drove from New Jersey after our last horrendous snowstorm to bring her granddaughter out to see Cake Boss at American Music Theater. She also wanted a surprise ready for her in the room – a cake, balloons, and one of our mugs – to celebrate Shana’s birthday. I have a soft spot in my heart for Nanas, being one myself, but I was just so touched by they joy she carried in raising her granddaughter and by how much Shana appreciated what was being done for her. We toasted her special day over breakfast with some sparkling grape juice. They were both hoping for snow the next day so there would be no school and they could sleep in. Hmmmm. I think that could be the wish of many. Snow day or otherwise, hope all of you stay safe and warm and are enjoying every day.