I was struck this past weekend at how many couples were here for reasons beyond just "getting away." We had two honeymoons, a 5th anniversary, a 20th anniversary, and a guest who popped the question right in one of our king suites!
I was thinking, why do people choose us for special occasion weekends? It could be because virtually all of our rooms have fireplaces and Jacuzzis. For everyone who stays at least two weekend nights during the off-season we give them a $30 gift certificate to the local wine/gourmet food shop in town to buy their own nice bottle of wine or champagne. We provide glasses, plates, etc. at our private BYOB heirloom bar.
We also help our couples pre-plan their stay by providing a list of the best restaurants in the area, and lists of activities such as hikes, historic house tours, museums, night-life, theaters, spas… Speaking of spas, we have a selected list of places to go for massages and spa services…or it is possible to have a massage right in your room. During warm months we have an outdoor heated pool (always at 87 degrees) and six outdoor porches and decks. Our breakfast consists of comfort food choices by candlelight, and we have two living rooms consisting of overstuffed or leather couches and chairs….. During the winter months there are four public roaring fireplaces….
I guess I have answered my own question. For our last anniversary, we stayed on the property and enjoyed one of our own king suites!
I know more are coming. I received an e-mail from someone a few minutes ago who said friends were coming this Thursday for their 20th anniversary, were looking for a New England Bed and Breakfast and she wanted to arrange chilled wine waiting in the room. Happy to oblige.