We have owned Hampton Terrace for fifteen years, and not a year goes by when we don't inplement a major project, or orchestrate a series of property upgrades. This Spring is no exception.
Now that we have returned, I can share that Susan and I spent a couple of weeks away from the inn - celebrating our 35th anniversary at a beach, and visiting our kids and grandkids in Texas. While we were gone, we had most of the main house floors completely refinished. This is the kind of project that is best done behind one's back, although we had a really busy several days putting things back in order upon our return. We chose to have the original, natural oak tone highlighted, and we are very pleased with the result.
Also taking advantage of our absence was Bob, our loyal painter. We have been wanting to repaint our dining room for a while, and now it is done. Further, I left him several cans of white semi-gloss and instructed him to freshen every trim and door he desired. As a result, he pretty much hit everything: the front door and all floor, ceiling and door trims, plus inside windows and closets. I love people who self-motivate, and he even repainted our creamy yellow front hall and second-floor landing. Then as he always does, he walked me around the property upon our return and showed off everything he did....like a proud Papa. And left me a bill that always seems too low. Bob is like a member of our family.
Other improvements: new carpets in Carriage House rooms 1 and 2 and in several of our suites. And a new furnace and hot water heater.
For those who have not been here in the past year....ALL new HD TVs, and a vastly upgraded WiFi system. Both sorely needed and DONE.
We've also been asked to consider extra shelf space in some of our bathrooms and Susan and plan to spend the month of April working on that.
Everyone who stays at Hampton Terrace is asked, in a follow-up e-mail, to suggest improvements. We take that feedback VERY seriously, and plan to address as many upgrades as possible over the next several months.
Lisa G. found us through a Living Social coupon a couple of years ago. Since then, she has been back twice with her husband and twice with her mother. Proof enough that she likes it here.
But last week, Lisa resigned from a high profile and high stress job in Connecticut, and she called over this past weekend to see if she could stay at Hampton Terrace for three nights this week. With her husband's blessing, she is enjoying some quiet time before tackling life's next challenge.
This morning at breakfast, Lisa was explaining to me why she considers Hampton Terrace such a respite. Firstly, she likes how she can park her car in our front driveway and leave it. A good thing, since last night it was buried under a foot of snow.... She walked a block to Nudel and had dinner at the kitchen counter, talking with Bjorn, the chef. Today, she said he plans to walk around town, maybe hike a little in Kennedy Park, and grab some lunch at Haven. Tonight, she says she will try Nudel again, since the menu will be different.
Secondly, she volunteered how comfortable she always feels here. She has been reading a book in front of the fireplace in the living room. She said she appreciated how much she feels at home, as opposed to how she would feel reading a book in a hotel lobby.
Finally, she remarked how good our housekeeping is. Convenient. Comfortable. Clean.
I should pay her for creating a new slogan for us.