Sunday, July 20, 2014

The New Rainforest Arts Center

A couple of years ago the former Dazzled by Twilight store burned to the ground.  The fire was caused by an electrical problem in the building that housed the arts center, next door.  The city of Forks has gone through a series of planning meetings and the members of the arts community purchased the land that the Dazzled by Twilight store had been on.  That gave the city two lots on which to build the new arts center.  Ground breaking was held this spring and we are now beginning to see the building start taking shape.  The foundation has been poured as can be seen in this picture taken a couple of weeks ago.  They are now working on the framing for the walls.  We hope to post progress pictures in the next couple of months.  If all goes well, the building should be complete by next spring.  It will be a great addition to our community.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

It is time for the Old Fashioned 4th of July here in Forks.  The merchants are taking part in a window decorating contest.  There will an Arts and Crafts Fair, Parade, Salmon BBQ, vendors in the park and a Demolition Derby.  This year the fireworks display will be on Saturday, July 5.  There is an emergency shortage of pyrotechnics operators, so our show will be delayed for a day.  We will enjoy them, regardless and there seem to be plenty of personal fireworks in the neighborhood to keep us entertained.

We have had some beautiful summer days this week.  Even had to put the window air conditioners in to cool us off at nights.  Yesterday we took advantage of the lovely weather and went up to Hurricane Ridge. We took one of the daily ranger led walks, and learned all about the alpine meadows.  Well worth our time.  The lupine were out, too.

Enjoy the 4th of July and the freedoms that we are lucky enough to enjoy.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Visitor's from the Czech Republic

Innkeeper Bill has been busy putting his flags out the last week or so.  Tonight we are expecting guests from the Czech Republic as seen is this colorful flag.  We also have guests from Germany and the UK, as well as a family of Americans.  That is one of the reasons we enjoy operating the B&B.  We get to meet lots of lovely people from all over the world.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day.  We were able to celebrate with members of our family and remember the wonderful fathers that we had that are no longer with us.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Magical Olympic Peninsula!

This week our guests have been treated to seeing elk grazing in the field almost every evening.  We also had an eagle fly over our car on the way home from the beach and when we took a walk up to Sol Duc Falls, we were treated to a lovely rainbow in the mist over the falls.  We think that can only happen on Washington's magical Olympic Peninsula!

We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Forks High School class of 2014, who will be graduating tonight.  This year we have one housekeeper that will be graduating and we could not be more proud.  Good luck class of 2014!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

New Video

Some of our former guests posted the following video.  We are very grateful for their hard work and think our Miller Tree Inn/Cullen House fans will enjoy it!



Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day

We would like to take the time to express our gratitude to the men and women that have served in the armed forces.  We appreciate the sacrifice that they have made for our freedom.  We also appreciate the families and friends that they have left behind in order to serve our country.  Blessings to you all.

Memorial Day is the official "kick-off" to our summer season and it looks to be a busy one.  The weather cooperated yesterday and no rain fell, in fact the sun even came out in the afternoon.  Many people were in and around Forks enjoying the rainforest and beaches.

Around the inn, our blue bells have finished blooming for the season, but the rhodies and lily of the valley are in full swing.  Inside the inn we are red, white and blue in honor of Memorial Day, Flag Day (June 14) and Fourth of July.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

We are back!

The wayward innkeepers returned from their east coast trip on Thursday evening and have been busily taking care of things since they arrived home.  Finally back at the computer!

The trip was great.  There was a wedding, friends, family, historical sites and more.  Pocket Edward  was out and about visiting the homes of old friends. He visited Mt. Vernon, but he particularly enjoyed his trip to the Shirley Plantation in Virginia.  It was the home of Robert E. Lee's mother, one of Jasper's friends.

It is good to be back home where we are preparing for the Memorial Day weekend and the beginning of summer.  We are nearly full for the weekend, but still have rooms available on Friday night and one on Saturday night.

Work has begun on the new Rainforest Art Center which is being built on the old site on Main Street as well as on the lot that was once "Dazzled by Twilight".  It will be fun to see that take shape over the summer.

Come on over and see us.  We miss you.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Spring in Forks!

The weatherman predicted a 70% chance of rain today and it may still happen, but right now it is nothing but sun and a little wind.  There is proof of spring all around us with the tulips and bluebells coming out, but the best sign is our cherry tree is in bloom.  We are wondering how many cherries the birds will let us have this year?

The regular innkeepers are going to be gone to a family wedding for a couple of weeks and will try to keep up with posts if our travel computer cooperates.  In the meantime, enjoy May Day and Mother's Day!  Hope your spring is sunny and full of spring blooms.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

We would like to wish everyone a very happy Easter!

For Easter morning breakfast at the Miller Tree Inn, we had Orange Croissant French Toast served with orange syrup and bacon.  If you scroll down through the labels on this blog, until you find "recipes", then click on that, you will be able to find the recipe for the French toast.  Each plate was garnished this morning with an Easter bunny made out of hard boiled eggs, carrots, cauliflower, and mustard seeds.  It was a fun morning.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Special Guests

We are lucky enough to get some of the nicest people as guests of our inn.  Last week we were speechless at the number of people that sent messages to us when we lost Blarney.  It was lovely seeing all the pictures, videos, etc that our prior guests sent us.  Though we only had Blarney with us for a year, he had a very sweet and playful personality that our guests responded to.

This week we had a wonderful family with 2 young girls stay with us.  All of the family were animal lovers and had found out about Blarney.  The two girls wanted to do something to make us feel better, so they made us the small wooden horse whose picture graces this blog entry.  We are sure that we have the nicest and most thoughtful guests!

Earlier this month we were graced with the opportunity to host several people connected to the History Channel show "Top Gear USA."  What a fun group they were!  The cast, producers, directors, production assistants, and everyone involved in the show and filming were great to work with.  We had 6 days worth of hard working young people with loads of creative energy flowing around us.  It was an exhilarating experience and we look forward to seeing the finished product.  The show will revolve around log trucks and it will probably be on TV in mid-July. 

Our guests often ask us if running a B&B is hard work.  It is, but it is also fun and our guests make it all worthwhile.