Friday, September 25, 2009

Log Cabin Restoration

As you may know, our Willliam Rouse Suite and Retreat accommodations have not always been a part of our property. About ten years after we purchased the main house and turned it into a bed and breakfast, we paid $1.00 for an 1850s log cabin. It was originally owned by farmer William C. Rouse. When we discovered the cabin, it was wrapped in battered white siding and contained layers of old wallpaper.

The following video contains our photographs of the cabin restoration and how it went from looking like the picture on the left to the picture on the right.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Oktoberfest in September

The first area Oktoberfest will occur in nearby Covington, September 11 to 13, at MainStrasse Village. For more information, visit

The following weekend, beginning on September 19th, Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati USA will cover six blocks of Fifth Street; from Race Street to Broadway in Downtown Cincinnati.

According to the event website, "Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati USA is an outdoor festival held in downtown Zinzinnati, Ohio that showcases the rich German heritage of Southwestern Ohio, as well as tasty samples of German-style music, food and beer. First held in 1976, the event has grown to be North America's largest Oktoberfest with over 500,000 people attending each year."

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Garden Transformation and Garage Projects

March 2009:

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July 2009:


As you can tell from the pictures, our garden has grown with the seasons! Even before we were innkeepers, I loved to garden. Our gardens and landscaping are the first impression greeting guests when they drive up to the inn and we try to create welcoming outdoor spaces. The garden that is pictured also features some herbs that we can use in the kitchen.

A lot of gardening is trial and error. The best garden tip that I have right now is to use Osmocote Slow-Release Plant Food. It feeds up to four months and you just sprinkle it on the plants and then wait to see the best results ever. For years I used a liquid fertilizer and now I would never go back to all the effort that it took to feed flowers using a liquid.
Another thing that I learned from my friend, Marsha Burton, was to plant purple cabbage in with the purple garden. The purple cabbages look great mixed in with all of the hydrangeas, black and blue salvia, and purple geranium. 
Each year there is something new to learn and we are constantly improving our grounds. This year, I promised to get out there and weed more often and the gardens do look better.

Meanwhile, since 1981, Bob (the husband) is still working on the old garage. He finally decided to add central heat and air so that he can enjoy working all year long in garage land.

It sure is nice to have someone else out there while working in the yard. For me, a quick visit into the garage to cool off and to see the progress makes living in this unique place in Boone County even better.

When the inside of the garage is finished, work on the outside to get rid of the old cinder block look will begin. We plan to use a board and baton design for the siding. In addition to the new indoor work space, once and for all our lovely garbage cans will have their own enclosed area.

It is a beautiful time of year to be outside; we hope you are enjoying the cooler temperatures and the opportunity to complete outdoor projects in your own home. As always, feel free to let us know if you have any questions about things you see at the inn.