COVID-19 and SPRING PROJECTS at the Cottage
After just having completed installing a new hot tub/spa with additional deck area that we featured in our last blog entry, Wallace also took advantage of the additional low-occupancy time by installing a seven-layer soundproofing wall between the Monarch and Cardinal rooms.
Nancy survived the furlough/lay-offs at her downtown job and set up a temporary home office (with Mini supervising) while her department communicates daily via Microsoft Teams.
Nancy’s also on a mission with her Bialetti Stovetop Expresso Maker, which was an innkeeper-warming gift from friends Janette and Zach Darnelle. Janette is an attorney at Nancy’s office and is Cuban-descent from Miami, so she, along with husband Zach, are experts on café con leche, or café Cubano. After watching about 20 YouTube tutorials, Nancy has been experimenting with perfecting the “perfect cup,” trying to re-create fond memories of sharing this South Florida delicacy with daughter Hannah while vacationing in the Florida Keys.
Recent anniversary guests David and Loren agreed to indulge (well, only David since his family is Cuban and from Miami as well), and David gave us a two-thumbs up.
SFC THIRD ANNIVERSARY
As we approached our third anniversary of opening St Francis Cottage during a quiet mid-April, we were grateful and thankful for the many guests who have entered our doors since 2017, from 47 U.S. States to Western Europe, to South Africa, South Korea and New Zealand. Our pinned map evidences that we have been BUSY for the past three years, with over 30% of our guests returning.
With three summers of above-average rainfall from 2017 through 2019, the greenery has filled in creating a cozier and welcoming atmosphere as guests arrive. It’s always good to stop, look back and see progress even when life doesn’t look too hopeful.
A SPECIAL GUEST
Frequent guests, Kelly and Caylie Cox and Kelly's Mom (Mimi), Pat Brogdon celebrated Caylie's graduation from middle school with a long stay at the Cottage! We are SO proud of this talented and bright young lady. We look forward to her many upcoming achievements in school and beyond. CONGRATULATIONS!
HOPE FOR TOMORROW
We enjoyed a full house of 15 wonderful guests this past weekend at St Francis Cottage, and the phone has been constantly ringing with new reservations, THANKS be to God! We hope and pray that your lives are full of hope for the future as we enter Summer 2020. May we learn to walk TOGETHER to build a new tomorrow, with equity and justice for all. Wallace took a photo of the sunrise as he made the daily walk from our home to the Cottage to prepare breakfast and was encouraged by God’s message of hope for a new day in America. Let’s press on together!
SUMMER DISCOUNT CODE: SUMMER20
Call 423-400-4177 By 8 pm on September 21, 2020 to get this 15% discount on any reservation.
Give us the discount code listed above when you call. Discount limited to a single reservation per person or family between June 16, 2020 and June 15, 2121. Standard cancellation policies apply.
WOW great story! I'm hoping to come put a pin in your map later this month!ReplyDelete
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