Saturday, February 21, 2015

Looking forward to Spring!

On a snowy Saturday, we sure are looking forward to Spring being just around the corner, what about you? While going through photos this week, we found this favorite memory of special guests enjoying the weather in front of the Graves' Suite. One day soon all of this snow will give way to our green gardens - hope to see you!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Our New Driveway and Snow Day Inspiration

One of the fun aspects of inn-keeping is that there are always new projects! Cleared from under the snow we've seen this winter is our newly paved parking area for guests. You may remember this was a gravel lot, but it was professionally paved last year...

This update even adds function to the guest experience - now your luggage will roll a little easier to your cars!

And in honor of the snow on the way, a link to our winter video is below. The cover photo features a time when our inn was snow drenched several years ago. It's a cozy place to spend a snow day with coffee, magazines, comfortable beds, and the air-jet tubs!

Just click on the photo link below to watch the video on Facebook. 
Best wishes to you as you stay warm and safe!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday the 13th Catharine's Room Available ($135) AND Gift Ideas for Your Special Valentine - or Yourself!

Read on for last-minute room availability TONIGHT and other gift ideas like how you can custom order our comfortable pillows, purchase gift certificates for a future getaway - or use the following recipe to bake up our chocolate chip cookies for your Valentine this weekend... 


It's not too late to have Valentine's Day plans! Our cozy Catharine's Room is available today, Friday the 13th, for $135 (plus tax). Call us today at 888-226-5096 to surprise your Valentine with a special night at the inn!

Don't have time for a getaway this weekend, but need gifts ideas? We have personalized gift certificates available for any amount beginning at $25, and we are sharing our signature chocolate chip cookie recipe below in case you want to cook up something for yourself or a loved one to celebrate the big day.

If you want to recreate the comfort at the inn while at home, don't forget that you can special order our pillows and robes for use in your own home. Just last week a previous guest emailed after receiving her new pillows, she took a photo of her guest room, and said she loved the new pillows!

Just ask us if you have any questions or need additional information to place an order. We have a PDF with details and information about some of the inn's favorite pillows:

And if you like to bake in the kitchen - you can make our made-from-scratch chocolate chip cookies! These are the same signature treats that we have waiting for guests on their pillows each evening during their stay. Enjoy!

Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company

2 1/2 cups unsifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoon high quality vanilla extract
11 1/2 ounces Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips

Stir flour with baking soda and salt; set aside.

In a large mixer bowl, cream butter with sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie onto ungreased cookie sheets. We bake ours in a convection oven at 350 degrees for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. If you are baking them in a regular oven, adjust the bake setting to 375 degrees.