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Hi everyone. Just a quick post to tell you about our past month here at the inn. It was by far our busiest month and probably can’t ever get any busier as we were booked solid almost the whole way through. That’s in large part thanks to the good folks at the DIY Network.

We posted at the time of the announcement that a house not far from our inn was chosen to be renovated top to bottom by several of the DIY network’s shows. So as you can imagine we were thrilled to host many of the crews who worked on the project. In between two weddings and a family reunion that is. They were a lot of fun and we got to serve several lunches on site for them and have some nice sit down dinners for them back here at the inn. A really good and crazy time!

We’ll have more info soon, especially about how you can register to win the house they renovated (we got a sneak peak and it is AWESOME!). But for now, you get some pictures of the last month!

House Crashers started us off


With the first of 3 Crab Pickings


The second went as well as the first

 More to come.


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We became one. For a day anyway. It was the annual Tour De Chesapeake here in Mathews County Va a couple of weeks ago. We were happy to host once again, our very first guests from two years ago plus a whole lot more as we became a stop along the way for many of the bike riders that come to our area.

It was sponsored by the Mathews Maritime Foundation (who owns and operates the Mathews Maritime Museum) and they brought refreshments that they gave out for free to all who bike riders who stopped at our Inn for a quick break. And there were a lot.

One of the reasons the Maritime foundation wanted to team up with us was to highlight their Heritage Trail Project that now includes the East River. Right off where we’re located. They handed out brochures and talked to all interested parties. All in all, it was a big success for both the foundation and us!

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It seems we got one.

We were surprised thrilled to find out that we are named as one of the top ten innkeepers by The Best of Bedandbreakfast.com Awards 2010-2011. It is a tremendous honor to receive any kind of recognition after just a little over a year of operations. It’s also served to give us a goal for the future; to keep it up and strive to be the best.

So to bedandbreakfast.com and to everyone who has supported us in the past year and a half, we would like to say Thank You. From the bottom of our hearts.

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Growing in popularity among our guests is charting a sunset sailing cruise with our good friend Capt. Johnny Stevens of Mobjack Sailing. It is exactly as it sounds, a sail around the Mobjack Bay area at sunset, lasting 2 to 2 and a half hours. If you’re lucky enough to go when the moon is to be full, you get a moonrise sail thrown in at the same time! Anyone interested can contact Capt. Johnny or set a sail up through us.

Greg being helpful....or not

Of course there's a sunset too

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Yes, this does come almost 2 weeks after the 4th but we have been super busy (which is a really good thing!) Our July 4th weekend was certainly no exception. If we had 60 rooms instead of 6, we still would have been booked solid (our apologies to all who called that we had to turn away).

We found out beforehand that all the local restaurants we recommend to guests were going to be closed that evening. The town had a celebration at the local high school and anyone could go there to get hamburgers and hot dogs but we felt we could offer an alternative. Hopefully a better one.


 By having our own cookout! All our guests were getting along great with each other. It really felt like we were a group of lifelong friends getting together for the 4th like so many across the country do. We played lawn games:

A game of Bocce Ball


And of course we had a great dinner. It was a little warm out so we ate inside but it was still a cookout 🙂

Thanks to all our guests that weekend who made this years 4th a wonderful, memorable one!

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We recently celebrated our one year anniversary as a fully operational Inn. It’s been great fun and lots of work. Lori’s brother Dave is now living on the property and with his help, we now have time to revive this blog. Yea!

Ok, so last year our very first weekend open happened during Mathew’s counties Tour de Chesapeake and we had a full house. It was a great way to get the proverbial ball rolling and everyone had a great time. How do we know this? Because those very same guests made sure to book their rooms for a return visit on our one year anniversary. It felt like a visit from old friends but enough talking, it’s picture time!

The weather was perfect

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil and yet we still had lots of fun!

Best way to get ready for a long day riding the next day? A big pizza dinner the night before of course!


Good times and we’ve saved a spot for you all next year 🙂

Tomorrow’s post: Paddle Boarding

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We’ve been very busy this past month. We had the mad dash to get the main house (Billups House) ready for the Tour de Chesapeake as we were booked solid and we have had many guests since then plus we are still working on getting the new kitchen up and running. WHEW!!

Yesterday we were proud to be a part of the Mathews County History House Tour sponsored by the Mathews Historic Society. Over 200 people entered through our front door into the main house.

The Front Hall

The Front Hall


The mirror on the wall to the left got lots of attention as did the desk built by Lori’s grandfather in 1913. Four more years and it is officially an antique! Well have pictures soon showing the renovations we did to the upstairs as well as some before shots for comparison.

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