Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cornucopia at Oldfield Helps Create Guided Brochures for Historic District

Southbury, CT now has two professionally produced guided tour brochures for the Historic Districts in Southbury including the one where the Cornucopia at Oldfield is located.  Copies of the brochure are available to guests at the B&B.

The article below describes how the brochures came together and the role of Ed Edelson as the town's preservation co-ordinator.

Republican American

Creative Ways to Say Thank You

Our Guest Books are filled with lovely sentiments in prose, poetry and even a mathematical formula.  This week, we had visitors from Shenzhen, China and language was a barrier. However, when it came to saying good-bye, they were willing to place this lovely drawing of their view of our breakfast table:

Very talented.  But then all of our guests have a special way of saying thank you.  That is why we always try to exceed our guests expectations.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Going Green for Business

Last night we were one of seven exhibitors at the Southbury Business Association Monthly Meeting. The theme was "Going Green for Business".  We were there as the first Bed and Breakfast in Connecticut to be certified as Green Lodging.

Christine behind our table with information on our Green Lodging Certification.

When asked why we thought Green was good for business, we noted that our guests appreciate knowing that our house is free from harmful chemicals (both inside and outside) and that we are committed to doing what we can to help create a sustainable environment.  Given the age of our house - 190 years - it is important to look back on how it has endured for all these years and our role in making sure we do all we can to see that it is here for another 200 years. 

Monday, January 3, 2011

Gables Makeover - Historic Floors in Very Good Shape

This January, we planned to redo the Gables suite on the 3rd Floor.  We are always looking for ways to improve our facilties - indoors and outdoors - while at the same time staying true to the historic nature of the house.

The Gables was originally just a 3rd floor attic - probably used for storage and maybe sleeping quarters for servants in the early 1800's.  From what we can tell, it was converted to living space (two rooms and a bathroom) in the late 1960's.  When we arrived, it was a cozy room with dark beadboard (original and not panel) and pink carpeting.

Our plan is to brighten it up by painting the walls white.  But what about the floor (the pink carpet had to go)?  We had options but until we pulled up the carpet this morning we did not know what we would find - would it be original attic flooring or replaced plywood or ...

The good news is that the wide plank flooring is in very good shape.  We should be able to sand it down and preserve one more part of this fantastic house that we have grown to treasure.  Stay tuned for our progress.  We hope the Gables will be open for business in early February.  Already a favorite for many of our return guests, it will surely proved to be even more appealing.