Friday, November 20, 2015

Travel On

We attended a Bed and Breakfast Conference earlier this month.  One of our guest speakers encouraged us to start writing blog entries twice a week to help us market and be more relevant.  We also undertand, that Google and other search engines would find us more easily.  It sounded like a daunting  task when we heard it and is still does. 

Prior to this, we thought that keeping our blog posts short and sweet, with a picture was enough.  We thought blogging once a week or even once a month was enough.  We weren’t sure that we would have enough to say to keep the interest of the folks reading our blog and we weren’t sure we could come up with enough ideas to keep everything fresh.  We still think those are valid points.  However, something happened a week ago in our world that shook us up our  and we find that we do have something to say about it.

About a month ago, we spent 6 days/nights in Paris.  The weather was a bit cold and a little rainy, but we had a wonderful time.  We saw beautiful things and had wonderful meals.  We soaked up the atmosphere and enjoyed our interactions with the friendly people.  We left that place feeling refreshed and renewed and had lovely memories of Paris.

The apartment we were renting was a few blocks from where all the violence happened last week.  We were shocked, as we listened to the news and looked at the scenes flashing by on the screen.  These were places we had just been, maybe even  people we had passed on the street.  We felt an overwhelming sadness.

Soon afterward, we started hearing rumblings from people about not wanting to travel.  They were anxious and afraid.  Though we understood, it further saddened us.  We believe now as we did after the horrors that took place in our own country that we need to keep traveling.  We need to keep experiencing other people, places and cultures.  If we turn into ourselves and do not look outward, evil wins. Fear wins.

You may be thinking that it is easy for us to say this.  After all, we operate a lodging establishment, we need people to travel.  It is true, we do need people to travel.  However, we take the safety of our guests very seriously.  We are totally understanding when snow, ice and winds make travel dangerous.  We believe in using good sense and precaution.  But we also intend to keep going places, seeing new things and meeting new people.  It enriches our lives.

So, you will find us on the road again at the end of the year.  We will be heading to see family for Christmas and Bill’s University Football team is headed for a bowl game.  We intend to be at that game, wherever it is.  We are currently talking about when and where we intend to for vacation the rest of this year and are debating about if we will go to Europe again in two years or three.  In the meantime, we hope to see you in Forks.  We promise to take good care of you at the Miller Tree Inn.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Red Chair Travels Near Forks!

We have had a busy week with our famous Red Chair, whom we affectionately call, "Red".  Red checked out our rooms, visited Dr. Cullen's Office, went to first beach in

La Push, got a tour of the Forks Timber Museum, had lunch with the Chamber of Commerce, was interviewed by Forks Radio and the Forks Forum, hiked in the Hoh Rainforest, walked the beach at Kalaloch and went fishing on one of our world class rivers.  We have also dressed Red up for Halloween and he is having trouble deciding which costume he is going to go with.

Tomorrow, we will leave Red in the capable hands of the Innkeepers at the George Washington Inn of Port Angeles, WA.  We know he will have a great time there and we will miss seeing his cheerful color.  Godspeed, Red!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Famous Red Chair Visits the Miller Tree Inn

The Red Chair from the promotion arrived in Forks at the Miller Tree Inn on Saturday, October 25.  The very helpful and friendly innkeepers from Domaine Madeleine of Port Angeles delivered Red safely to our door.

We have a series of activities planned for Red that will hopefully include, going to the beach, rainforest, the Visitor's Center, a Chamber of Commerce meeting, pumpkin carving, bicycling and maybe even being featured on a SnapChat event regarding Vampires in Forks.  Go Red!

Keep watching for pictures of Red on our Miller Tree Inn Facebook page.  You will then know exactly what Red is up to and what you might be able to do, too, if you visit Forks and the Miller Tree Inn.  Also check out the other places that Red has traveled to at:

In other events...Come on over to Forks the weekend of November 6 & 7, 2015.  Evan J. Marshall and Brian Oberlin will be at the Rainforest Arts Center at 7PM both nights for the most fabulous live mandolin concert.  They were here last year and were outstanding.  If make a reservation to stay at the Miller Tree Inn, for either November 6 or 7, 2015, we will buy your tickets to this concert!  That is how much we love these guys.  Act fast, though, only limited rooms still available.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

What a Storm!

Yesterday we awoke to a big rainstorm.  We were very excited to see it, as it has been an exceptionally dry and warm summer.  Our fire danger was very high and the rains helped with that.  Then, the winds came!  We have downed limbs all over our yard.  It will take quite an effort to clean things up.  Many people surrounding us, lost power.  We were some of the lucky ones, who did not.  Roads into Rialto and the Hoh Rainforest were closed yesterday.  We are hoping they will open up today.  Our guests will be disappointed if they cannot get down to the rainforest.

Today we woke up to sunshine, but we know not to get too excited.  More rain is on the way.  Innkeeper Bill says it is because he is going on a hiking trip this week.  It could be.  It rained on last year's hike too!

Most of us are thankful for the rain, though.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Only in Washington Named Miller Tree Inn one of the Top Ten Bed and Breakfast Inns

This morning we awoke to the news that we had been named one of the top B&B's in the state by Only In Washington.  It was a surprise to us and we did not know we were in the running!  Thanks to all of our fabulous guests for making it happen.  You are appreciated.  If you haven't styed with us, yet, we hope that we will get a chance to meet you.  If you have stayed with us, thank you very much.  If you think your stay was exceptional, a nice review on a review site would be welcome.  All of us small properties really take those reviews to heart.  The great ones make our hearts soar and remind us of all the wonderful people we have an opportunity to meet.  Unfortunately, the not so great ones hurt us, both personally and professionally.  In our experience, many of the problems could have been solved, if the reviewer had just spoken to us.  Though it might help the next guest, we would like to have the opportunity to help the guest with the problem.  We cannot fix things that we do not know about, and that is discouraging. 

Several years ago, we planted a red and white garden outside our office window.  We tried to plant things that enjoy the shade.  We have been nursing our fuschia bush for many years, now and this year it really looks good and we wanted to share that with you all.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer is Speeding By

We can't believe that it is the end of July already!  Where has the summer gone?  About a month ago, we received our latest shipment of Deneen Pottery mugs and are just now posting the newest colors...

The last few days, we have actually had some rain, and we are very thankful for it.  Guests were able to have a campfire at the beach over the weekend and our grass is beginning to green up a bit. 

Now we are looking forward to August and all the fun guests those days will bring.  We have scattered availability throughout August, so come on over and if you have yet to make your plans for Labor Day, we still have rooms available for that last hurrah of summer.  Come see us!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Tomorrow is Independence Day and we would like to wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July!

This year, due to dry conditions, the 4th of July fireworks show has been cancelled and the West End Little League is not selling fireworks as their fundraiser.  They are preselling Demo Derby tickets and there is a donation can available to donate to the Little League.  Last weekend there was a wildfire at Rialto Beach, we do not want a repeat of that or anything fire related to happen in town.  Please use caution and do not use fireworks this year.

All the other 4th of July activities are in full swing from the Art Show on to Kiddies Play Day.  There is a list of events, times and places on the Chamber of Commerce Website at:

Since we have been decorated patriotically since Memorial Day, we are definitely ready for the 4th.  Yesterday we did do a little rearranging in our common area and have a new conversation area by the front window.  We have gotten some positive feedback from last night's guests. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The 4th of July is Just Around the Corner

The 4th of July is just around the corner and Forks will be doing it right from the parade, to the salmon bake to the demo derby and beyond.  We are a little unclear about whether or not the fireworks will be on as it has been warm and dry here.  There is a burn ban in and around Forks, so we ask anyone and everyone to be careful with fireworks.  There was even a fire down at Rialto Beach last night.  Please be cautious.

Our roses have been loving the warm, sunny weather and the residents of Forks and vicinity have been enjoying it, too.

Though we are currently full to the brim over the 4th of July weekend, we still have availability July 1 and July 5.  Come on over.  We'd love to see you.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

We Are Blooming at the Inn

May is a beautiful time on the Olympic Peninsula.  Our state flower, the rhododendron is in bloom, everywhere.  You can even see the light pink wild ones blooming along side the highways.  It is a gorgeous time to travel.

Everything was super busy over the Memorial Day weekend, but things have calmed down a bit, now, and you shouldn't have to fight the crowds at the beaches or rainforest.  The sun came out this afternoon and guests have been enjoying the front porch swing, with a grand very of the blooming flowers.  We should have a couple more weeks of relative quiet before the summer gets into full swing.  Come on out, enjoy the flowers and sit a spell.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Red, White and Blue at the Miller Tree Inn

Today begins Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kick off of the summer season.  It means so much more to us than that.  We are very appreciative of the sacrifices that members of the armed services and their families have made on the behalf of our nation and our citizens.  I am proud to say that my Dad served in the US Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict.  Not a day goes by that we don't miss him.  Thanks, Dad!

The colors will stay up as we celebrate Flag Day on June 14 and the 4th of July, our nation's birthday.  Here in Forks, the 4th is our town's annual big celebration.  There will be a parade, salmon BBQ, Demo Derby, games in the park and fireworks to end the day.  There is always an arts and crafts show, fun run and kids play day during the weekend.  Come on over and help us celebrate!  As of today (May 22) we still have a few rooms left scattered throughout the weekend.