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.

Friday, May 8, 2015

New Post Cards and Rack Cards for Miller Tree Inn

This week we received new post cards and rack cards for the Miller Tree Inn.  The lovely Gwuinifer Caradine has been working with us to put these together and she did a marvelous job.  We also were excited to use the creative photography of Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography.  It is always a pleasure to work with such talented people.  We know our guests and future guests will appreciate their work.

We have been having some beautiful and spring like weather. (Showers one moment and sunshine the next.)  Last weekend we were blessed with beautiful, warm and sunny days.  Today is a little breezy, but the sun is out, so we won't be complaining.

Sunday is Mother's Day and we would like to take this opportunity to wish all mothers a very happy day.  Though our own mothers are gone, we remember them lovingly and fondly and we can still see them and feel them in our hearts.

Monday, April 27, 2015

April Showers, April Flowers

We had our share of April showers this year and it has caused an explosion of April flowers in our yard.  Most flowerbeds are covered with blue bells.  The daffodils are on their way out, but still hanging in there and the tulips are up and swaying in the breeze.  The azaleas are popping out and the rhodys will be next.

We left in early April to take a train trip to Montana and were wowed by the colors upon our return.  I think that spring may be my favorite season!

We did miss the grand opening of the Rainforest Arts Center.  This Arts Center rose from the ashes of the old Dazzled by Twilight store and is really a welcome addition to the Forks core.  Many of the September Twilight activities are scheduled to take place in this building and we think our visitors will be really pleased.

Keep looking at the Forks Chamber of Commerce Events page.  Perhaps you can catch a performance, lecture, movie or some other happening at the Arts Center.  We currently have room availability for most nights in May, including Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter!

Tomorrow is Easter and the hard boiled egg Easter bunnies are  in the refrigerator getting ready to make an appearance on everyone's breakfast plate in the morning.  They will be served along side Orange Croissant French Toast and glazed beef sausage.

Other happenings in April:  The new Rainforest Arts Center is set for a grand opening the weekend of April 18.  Live performances and movies are on the agenda for that weekend, which also happens to be Rainfest.  Look for the "Fabric of the Forest" quilt show, as well as quilting classes.  More information about these events can be found on the Forks Chamber of Commerce website at:

Innkeeper Bill, is looking forward to April 25 when the Forks Elks Lodge is hosting all the Forks classes of the 1970's for the 2nd Annual 70's Reunion.  The cost is $20 per person and includes food all day long.  If you are a graduate of Forks High School in the 1970's, this is the event for you.