Monday, December 21, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

Yesterday afternoon the Miller Tree Inn was filled with life, laughter and friendly competition, as our current and former housekeepers and innsitters gathered for a Christmas Party. 

The party was organized, planned and hosted by 2 of our "girls".  We think that everyone had a good time, gauging by all the talking, laughing and gingerbread house making that went on in our dining room!

It fills us with warmth to see our most special young women stop by year after year to say hello and catch us up on their lives.  In the 17 years we have had the inn, we have had an incredible number of beautiful, smart and talented young women work for us.  We are truly blessed that they have let us share a little bit of their lives and it has been wonderful to see them grow up.

2015 was a good year for the Miller Tree Inn.  We continue to have the best guests in the world and we thank each one who stayed with us.  All of our guests enrich our lives in some way and we are lucky.

In 2016, the building that is the Miller Tree Inn will be 100 years old.  We are going to have a year long celebration starting with an Open House and 100th birthday party on January 13.  We will be blogging about things as they come up, so follow along with us in wishing this grand old house a "Happy 100th!"

From all of us at the Miller Tree Inn to all of our family, friends, guests, and guests to be, we wish you Merry Christmas and a very Happy 2016!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

New Cullen Family Christmas Stockings

As usual, we have hung the Cullen family Christmas stockings by the chimney with care.  They hang proudly on the fireplace mantle under the picture of the barn, with the Christmas star hanging brightly above it.  On the mantle itself, is the nativity set that Susan's parents lovingly made and painted and gave to Bill & Susan more than 20 years ago.

This year, the stockings are a bit different.  Our friends, Mary Beth and Trent, gifted us with beautiful new stockings that match the character personalities and are lovingly embroidered.  We would like to thank Mary Beth and Trent for this thoughtful gift and post the first picture of our new stockings.

Christmas comes with many traditions here at the Miller Tree Inn.  For the last few years, we have purchased a decorated tree at the Festival of Trees auction sponsored by our local Soroptomists.  Hanging the Cullen family Christmas stockings is another tradition that we enjoy and a newer tradition is the making of Egg Nog French Toast.  We try to have this special holiday treat several times throughout the season, from Thanksgiving to New Year's.  We hope that we will get to make you some this holiday!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Inside the Miller Tree Inn Christmas

The weekend of December 4, 5, and 6, 2015 was a busy one in Forks.  It started with Cherish the Children on December 4, an annual seafood buffet, silent and live auction to raise money to give the needy children of LaPush and Forks a very Merry Christmas.  We understand that around $20,000 was raised at this event.

Saturday brought breakfast with Santa, a Christmas Bazaar, a Choral Concert, viewing of the Trees at the Festival of Trees, the Twinkle Light Parade and Moonlight Madness.

On Sunday was the auctioning of the beautifully decorated trees from the Soroptomists' Festival of Trees.  There were a large selection of trees and wreaths sponsored by local businesses and individuals and auctioned off to a room full of enthusiastic bidders.  The Miller Tree Inn sponsored tree was beautifully decorated in a snowman theme by a talented member of our community.  We purchased a tree sponsored by a local physician and decorated by the Forks Abuse Center.  We were happy to be able to contribute to this worthy cause.  Soroptomists provide a variety of services including transportation for cancer treatment, weekend food filled backpacks for children, scholarships and many other things.  This charitable cause raised $15,000 at their Festival of Trees. 

The Cherish the Children event and the Festival of Trees, together raised more than $35,000 in a single weekend!  We are so proud and humbled to be a part of this little community that many people see as depressed and economically disadvantaged.  That may very well be true, but the members of Forks and the surrounding area have the biggest hearts and that is truly beautiful.  The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Forks.  Come on over for a visit and make your plans for the first weekend in December next year, so that you can experience the magic that happens here.

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Holiday Season Has Begun

We hope that everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving.  Ours was extra nice this year with family, friends, exchange students and guests.  It was the first American Thanksgiving for one of our guests and it was a joy to have her participate with us.

Today, we began digging the holiday decorations out from where we stashed them
last year.  Santa and the wreathe are at the front door and slowly but surely, things will start appearing inside.  This year we have new Cullen family stockings to hang up by the chimney with care in thanks to our friends and special guests, Trent and Mary Beth.  They are beautifully embroidered with the names of all of the Cullen family characters and will be among the first decorations to go up this year.

We plan on getting our tree at the annual Festival of Trees.  This year, the Festival will take place in the new Rainforest Arts Center.  We are thrilled to have this beautiful facility in the heart of Forks and are very happy that it is being well used.  The Festival will have viewing on Saturday and the auction on Sunday of this week, December 5 & 6, 2015

On December 5, the Northwest Choral will be performing at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.  It will be a great way to break into the holidays, so if you happen to be in Forks, be sure to come.

We believe that there will be a host of other activities and bazaars in and around town this weekend.  For times and places, be sure to check out the Forks Chamber of Commerce Events page at:

And finally, the Miller Tree Inn building will be 100 years old in 2016. We have an order of 100th anniversary mugs being shipped right now and should be here any day.  We are celebrating with a pre-birthday special.  From now until December 23, 2015 any available room for 2 people is $100 plus tax.  Rooms include a full breakfast, of course.  So what are you waiting for?  Come on over and relax with us this holiday season.

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.

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.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Mick Dodge Comes to the Miller Tree Inn

Anyone that is a fan of the National Geographic program "The Legend of Mick Dodge," would have enjoyed being with us for breakfast yesterday.  Mick came and had breakfast at the inn with a few of his friends.  It was very nice to have him join us and he even made the day of one of our former guests by talking to him on the telephone.

The weather continues to be warm, though we did have a little rain this week and more predicted for the weekend. 

Lots of things are still to come this spring in the Forks area.  Next weekend will be the annual QVSD Scholarship Auction.  Always a lively time and a great fund raiser for the Forks High School graduates.

In April we will look forward to Rainfest and the opening of the new Arts Center. 

Come take advantage of our beautiful spring weather and the events in the area.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Is It Spring?

Sunday was the first day of March and our lawn was mowed yesterday.  The camelia bush is starting to bloom, the daffodils are up and the tulips are pushing their leaves through the soil.  Yesterday evening, we finally got the primroses planted and the interior of the house is all decorated for St. Patrick's Day.  It sure looks like spring is here, but we are not quite sure we should believe it, yet.

The annual scholarship auction will be her in a couple of weeks and we are looking forward to that.  It is always a fun weekend.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

New Around the Miller Tree Inn

Last weekend our friends Trent and Mary Beth were here and built us this beautiful new bench.  We tried it out last Monday night to watch the sunset over our neighbor's yard.  It worked great.

Also this past week we had Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography in to take pictures in some of the rooms that we have repainted, remodeled, or re-done in some way since the last time he was up.  Be looking for those new photographs in the next few weeks when we get them up on our website.  There will be new pictures for Weather Vane, Elk View, Country Clover, Cedar Creek and one new one for Orchard Suite.

We have been having some seriously beautiful weather this last week, but we keep wondering if winter will be back?  Doesn't matter.  We have those nice whirlpool rooms and gas fireplaces to help us stay warm and cozy!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine's Day

It is February and we heard that the groundhog saw its shadow, which means 6 more weeks of winter.  There is still time to brighten up your winter by spending a relaxing weekend at the Miller Tree Inn.  We currently have availability on all February weekends, including the long Valentine's Day/President's Day weekend.  Check out our availability calendar on our website at: and start planning your winter get away today!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Happy New Year!

We have been back from our new year adventure for a couple of weeks now and are beginning to sort of get back to normal.  Pocket Edward took us on a fine tour of New Orleans, Montgomery and the Mobile areas.  We really enjoyed the southern hospitality and cuisine.  We were hoping for a little more sunshine and warmer weather, but we survived.

We attended a national B&B conference in New Orleans, met some new friends, tried lots of restaurants, visited museums and plantations and even learned some things at our conference.  All in all it was a good time.

Once we got back to the inn, we took down the Christmas decorations and are now all set for Valentine's Day.  We still have availability on February 13 and 15 and limited availability on February 14.  Hope to see you.