5th annual Christmas reading and High Tea…

 For the last 4 Decembers in a row, longtime guest Stokes Tomlin has graced us with his dramatic oratory skills.   The first weekend in December is well on its way to becoming a tradition around here.  It’s a kick start to the holiday season: the inn is decorated for Christmas, fires are roaring in the…

A First at Brampton

Next year will mark the 23rd year of innkeeping for the Hanscoms.  That is a really long time. Really. Long. I think the national average is 7 years or thereabouts. Most people burn out on working 24/7 rather quickly.  But there are those inns whose owners are in it for the long haul and that…

The unofficial start of summer?

Greetings and Happy Independence Day!! I know the official first day of summer is in June, but somehow, the 4th of July has always seemed a more definitive start to the season.  We have all been commiserating about the abundance of rain this year, but today is one of those “it couldn’t be more perfect”…

Rain, rain go away!

It’s been a wet Spring to say the least in our neck of the woods. Although the garden is the most beautiful it has ever been we are looking forward to some drier days. Manick, our gardener, has been working her magic and the place looks spectacular. The birds are very happy too. Thank goodness…

Foodies listen up!

Hooray to eight broads. 7 friends and I, all well seasoned innkeepers, have stepped into the 21st century and started our own website “bedandbreakfastfoodie” with it’s own blog about food; mostly cooking it. We call ourselves eight broads in a kitchen. Between us we are talking about roughly 1 century of cooking experience. You are…

I declare summer officially here…

It’s Memorial Day weekend and Chestertown has been busy re-enacting the famous tea party of Boston fame. Saturday morning started out with a traditional Memorial Day parade to honor our fallen soldiers, followed by a proclamation to resist the pesky tax the British were imposing on those hard working colonialists and culminating in the tea…