Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Putting out the welcome mat for pets

After having a very informal pet policy for the last few years we decided to make it official. We are now going to welcome guest pets in two of our guesthouse rooms, the Willow and Dogwood rooms. The guesthouse rooms are the most logical choice because they have direct access to outdoors, so guest pets don't have to enter the inn at all. One guesthouse room and the cottages will continue to be pet free so that those guests with allergies do not have to worry about dander.

We'll provide pet treats, bowls and bedding, as well as trash containers and bags for pet waste.
The fee is $25 per pet per night. We request that guest pets be crated when left alone, and that they be current on flea treatment and vaccinations.

Of course Roxy and Rascal, our own dog and cat will continue to be the chief greeters in the inn itself, and the barn cats Eeny, Meenie, Miney and Mo share the barn with our sheep Buster and Butterfly.

And speaking of sheep, their annual haircuts are scheduled to take place the first weekend of May, during the Spring Nature weekend. We still have a few rooms available for this fun and exciting weekend. Join our naturalist to go out owl-calling, morel-hunting, bird-watching, eagle-spotting, artifact-hunting and many other activities. Check our calendar page or give us a call for more information.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


As this winter seems to drag on for an interminable length of time, the flower and seed catalogs and websites beckon and tempt. I can't wait until I can get out in the garden to start spring cleanup and see some color again. We were fortunate this winter in that we had enough snow cover to prevent the deer from turning our English Ivy into a tasty snack, as they've done in past winters. But last spring they absolutely devastated our dozens of Hosta plants, eating every single one down to nothing but nubs coming out of the ground. Which is where the Marigolds come in. Seemingly deer don't like Marigolds. If you plant them near more desirable plants, the odor from the Marigolds makes the deer shun the garden. At least that's the theory. All I know is that Marigolds are a lot cheaper than Hostas, particularly if you grow them from seed. Unfortunately they're not my favorite flower, but I can live with them if it means saving the rest of our landscaping from those voracious eaters. So if you're planning a visit to the White Oak Inn this summer, you can expect to see Marigolds in every shape and color.

Time to go bake some cookies.