We have been busy this Spring sprucing up the inn for our busiest summer and fall months.  There is always something to do: clean, paint, repair, etc.  Duncan has done a fantastic job with the outside landscaping.  All his hard work from last year is really paying off – gorgeous flowers abound both inside and out.

One of Duncan's beautiful lillies

We’ve already had several weekends hosting wedding guests, but we also had our first wedding at the inn!  David Bouman and Leah Fickes tied the knot on a beautiful Saturday in May.  Hudson City Judge Richard Koweek performed the ceremony as the best man (David’s brother Patrick) and maid of honor (Leah’s friend Courtney) looked on.  Both David and Leah traveled far to get here: David from Afghanistan and Leah from Mexico, and it was worth the trip.  We wish them many years of happiness together.

The Bouman-Fickes Wedding Party

Spring in the Hudson Valley is a great time to enjoy the bounty of our local farms, starting with the sensational strawberries.  Russ has already “put up” Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Peach Preserves, Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa, and Strawberry Orange Marmalade.  Recipes for these are going to be included in the cookbook we are putting together.  These will join recipes for our favorite muffins, egg dishes, fruit starters, and pancakes.   We’ll keep you posted on how that’s coming.