Blueberry Cove Inn

75 Kingstown Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island 02882
Innkeeper(s): Seely & David Gerraughtys
 

02/14/15 Could be Your Special Date 16 Jan 2015, 10:28 am

I know that is is only January but thought I should put an idea into your head before the advertising industry gets into full swing. Valentine's Day. Or if you prefer, President's Day Weekend.  This is the traditional weekend of fun and relaxation with a little bit of pressure to assure your significant other of your deepest feelings of love and commitment.  Don't panic. Blueberry Cove Inn can help.


Wouldn't it be wonderful to come to relax, enjoy some fine dining, comb a winter beach and possibly pop "the" question?

Can you imagine making your anniversary so special that it is unforgettable by tying the knot on Valentine's Day?

If those ideas are too cliche, no problem. Ignore (if you can) all the hearts and roses and think of Presidents. I can't be certain that Lincoln frequented our area but Washington sure did. Not to mention that his favorite portrait painter lived less than five miles from the inn. We have history galore in the area. That history could include visiting colonial era pubs and taverns, the Sons of Liberty distillery, or any of the other national treasures in the region.

If you and your companion are shoppers, take advantage of all the sales and save big time as clothing and shoes are not taxed in this great little state.

If you are an intrepid fisherperson, there are creatures in our deep waiting to take your bait.

So, now you have some reasons to get out of your town and into Narragansett. What could be sweeter than an extra incentive from your innkeeper?  Book before February 1, 2015  for dates between February 12 and 16, 2015 for these specials:

Our Elopement Package will include a two-night stay instead of a one-night stay.

Our Family and Friends Wedding Package will be discounted by 14%.

Two-night stay guests will have their choice of a Fudge Cake or Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Sweetie Package at no additional charge. (Must be booked on-line.)

I'll be waiting for your calls. Remember, the whirlpool rooms always book quickly so don't dilly dally.

Newport Folk Festival 2015 Presale Tickets 6 Jan 2015, 1:54 pm

From our friends at RI Monthly Magazine :

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Newport Folk Fest Tickets On Sale This Week

Want to go to this year's festival? Better get your tickets early.

BY CASEY NILSSON
 

Published: 2015.01.06 04:11 PM
 
Early bird tickets to the 2014 Newport Folk Fest sold out in minutes. Minutes! And to think George Wein, grand master of folk, almost sold the biz in 2008.
This year's dates are July 24, 25 and 26. No, we don't know who's playing the Fort. But does it matter? Last year was awesome; here's a little reminder: (see link above to RI Monthly for the video)
Don't be one of the suckers whining on the festival's Facebook page at 10:30 a.m., and get your tickets the minute they go live. The date is this Thursday, January 8, at 10 a.m. sharp. We suggest you start hovering on Ticketmaster around 9:55, and refresh like a madman. Limit is four tickets per purchase.
Here are the links you need:
Three-Day Pass: Early Bird and Regular Priced Tickets ($199; early bird tix are discounted)

1st Anniversary of Same Sex Marriage in RI 31 Jul 2014, 10:11 am

August 1, 2013 marked the start of full marriage equality in RI. Here we are one year later and life as we know it continues without much change for most of us. The Providence Journal ran an article about the economic impact of law and we are proud to share it with you. You might just recognize the innkeepers featured in the article.

http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140730-wedding-market-quick-to-embrace-same-sex-marriages-in-r.i..ece

Move over Mother of Dragons Contest! 19 Jul 2014, 2:54 pm

You heard me. Move over Mother of Dragons. Yes, you Daenerys Targaryen, there's a new mom in town. She and her brood are going to give you and your brood some serious competition. (Although frankly, the Iron Throne looks really uncomfortable and hard to dust.)



Meet the Mother of Turkeys.


For over a year Innkeeper Seely has been considering raising a small flock of turkeys. It was a crazy whim that could only be indulged on a small budget if at all.  Finally the perfect fence came up on the free listings on Craig's List. Then materials for a coop were posted. Lo and behold a week later there was an ad for free but lame turkeys. Not just any turkey breed: Narragansett Turkeys. Narragansetts were one of the three breeds of heritage turkeys on the final wish list. (Royal Palm and Bourbon Red are the other two.) If that wasn't Karma giving a green light to the project what was it?




The two poults each have a bum leg because the breeder's incubator malfunctioned and didn't turn the eggs before they hatched.  They might improve or they might not. In the meantime they are engaging little things hopping on one leg, chowing down like linebackers, and  talking nonstop.

In about a month they will be joined by three to four other poults. Their mother is brooding over 40 eggs.



The little ones don't have names yet but they have already charmed some of the guests. Meet the First Aunties of Turkeys:
To celebrate the turkeys, Blueberry Cove Inn is holding a naming contest. 

They are too young to identify their gender which adds a level of difficulty to the contest. Suggest a name from person in literature or history with one bum leg. Bonus points for someone with a bum left leg. Unisex names are encouraged but not required. "Tiny Tim" entries will be scorned. If more than one person submits the same name only the first person will be considered for the prize. Only one entry per person allowed but if you submit a name and come up with a better one you can always delete your first entry. Entry can be posted in the comments here or on Facebook

The two winners will each receive $75 gift vouchers to be used toward any stay or package at the inn. The contest ends on July 31, 2014. The Mother of Turkeys will select and announce the winner on August 1, 2014 unless the Mother of Dragons comes by and wants to pick the names. In either case, the judge's decision will be final.

Blueberry Cove Inn Welcomes a Newcomer to Town 28 Jan 2014, 11:04 am

I would like to extend my warmest welcome to the newest member of the Narragansett lodging community, The Break, a Narragansett Hotel.  Locally owned by the Durkins as a part of the Lark Hotels, it will open a new niche in lodging for our seaside community. Described as a boutique hotel with 16 guest rooms, roof top lounge, pool and all sorts of snazzy amenities and decor it is going to be something very different for our town. Hipsters are going to flock to this place!

They seem to be following the lead of the Bed and Breakfasts in the community with their policies and reservation requirements. Occupancy rules seem to be based on the fire code. I can't tell from their copy if they are offering breakfast as a part of the stay or if it will be available in the dining room for a fee so you might want to check that out before you book. They will be accepting children as guests but not pets. Of course you can reserve on-line if you wish. It looks like they will have an elevator but check with them for handicapped accessibility.

The hotel is located at 1200 Ocean Road. That's just past Spain of Narragansett but before you get to the 108 intersection where Aunt Carries and Iggys reign. The hotel is still under construction but feel free to visit them on Facebook (give them a like too) or visit their website. Tell them we sent you.

So why would I spend time on my blog giving free publicity to a new competitor? First, I'm still a mid-western and Texas girl at heart and it is the nice thing to do. Second, it looks like it will be really cool. And, frankly, The Break is for the type of guest that wants things that Blueberry Cove Inn doesn't offer. It just isn't what we are. So let's celebrate the diversity! Vive' la difference!

Wedding Bells Ring at Blueberry Cove Inn 27 Aug 2013, 6:30 pm

July and August are always wild and crazy in a beach town. We've enjoyed meeting so many fun people this summer. Mother Nature was pretty cooperative and the weather was great. Apparently Innkeeper Seely was on a roll in the kitchen because the guest book is full of positive comments about breakfast, cheese cake and fudge cake packages and wedding cakes.

Wedding cakes? Yes, it has been a remarkable summer for weddings and elopements in Narragansett hosted by Blueberry Cove Inn. Suddenly our Elopement Package and our Family and Friends Wedding Package became very popular.  Are you ready for some photos?






On July 3, 2013, Mark surprised his wife Julia with a Vow Renewal Package. Her bouquet was a sweet mix of roses, daisies and alstromeria.



Megan and Rich, July 12, 2013 had their ceremony and reception at the Towers.




They hosted their rehearsal dinner in a tent on the inn's lawn the previous evening as a part of the "Events on the Lawn Package".










Amber and Kate, August 6, 2013 chose to have their ceremony on the inn's lawn under the huge maple tree.






Leigh and Betty, August 8, 2013, wanted to be married on the beach. The ruins on Scarborough Beach provided a lovely backdrop for their ceremony.







Eleanor and Katie, August 12, 2013, loved the views of the ocean and lighthouse at the Fisherman's Memorial. It was a beautiful spot for their elopement.




Angel and Jaime, August 15, 2013, brought their family to the Narragansett Town Beach for the ceremony. Their children decorated the beach with a shell and rose petal lined heart. Their "Family and Friends" package included a reception for 20 back at the inn.








Paul and Heather, August 24, 2013, also found the ruins and Scarborough Beach, to be the perfect setting for their wedding.







Derick and Emily, August 26, 2013, wed on the Narragansett Town Beach with their four-year old daughter as their "attendant."









I felt honored to be selected by these couples to perform their ceremonies. Being around such happiness is intoxicating.

What's that? you want to know about the cakes?  Let's just say that Swiss Meringue Butter Cream icing is becoming my new addiction.That is a topic for another blog post.

Super Special Save the Bay Lighthouse Tours 5 Jun 2013, 12:05 pm

With 400 miles of coastal waters Rhode Island has constructed a number of lighthouses over the centuries. Although you can see a few of these from land the best way to see them is by boat.  Save the Bay Foundation is sponsoring very special tours which include viewing 20 lighthouses from the water and actually touring the Rose Island Light.

Plum Beach Light by RI Photo.com
Currently two dates have openings for this exceptional full day outing: June 15 and Sept. 28. (Coincidentally Blueberry Cove Inn has openings for both dates.)

Visit Save the Bay for more information:  http://www.savebay.org/lighthouse

If you can't make those dates or spend an entire day on the water you might want to check out Rhode Island Bay Cruises which offers 90 minute cruises to view 10 lighthouses. Try to make your reservations in advance though as these are extremely popular.

June Escape Booking Special 31 May 2013, 10:33 am

We all want to get away. We all deserve to get away. We should all go away - to Narragansett and the Blueberry Cove Inn of course - soon.  As an innkeeper I feel that it is my duty to help you get away by offering a June discount. June is a lovely month and you really should experience a break by the sea before the crowds come down next month. Or golf. Or fish. Or shop. Or indulge in history. There is something for everyone to do.

Book one night, Sunday through Thursday, and get the second night half price. You must book on-line and mention the special in the "Special Requests" box on the reservation form. (The automatic computer generated confirmation won't show the discount. When I process it I will send you a new confirmation that reflects the discount.) 

Unfortunately I can't accept third party gift certificates for this offer. And it will end June 27, 2013.

So what are you waiting for? Tell your boss you need two personal days and book now!

Innkeeper Seely

Discount on Walking Tour of Newport 18 May 2013, 10:58 am

One of the fun things about Narragansett is its location. Although most people hear "Narragansett" and think:

1) Huh? 
2) Beach time! 
3) Weddings! 

Really they should also be thinking 

4) In the center of everything. 

Yes, Narragansett is on a great ocean-facing piece of land and it has lovely beaches and weddings. But it is also within a 15 to 30 minute drive to many other destinations. One of the most popular is Newport.

Lots of people run over there to shop, tour the mansions, experience the nightlife and explore the bird sanctuary. Others revel in the history. Well, this deal is for the latter. 

Groupon has a discount for two historic walking tours produced by the Newport Historical Society and the Newport Restoration Foundation. To quote the deal, "Walking tours explore the history of colonial Newport and Newport during the Golden Age." 

So, if you are into history, walking or just doing something different AND like a bargain, check out this offer.

http://www.groupon.com/deals/newport-history-tours-1?p=1&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&sid=46101384-a824-4f9b-8bfb-510654b105e0&division=providence&user=2addbab0f087548b8d88d728e3172a4914e1c893b531fdeb9716dfc7b856496d&date=20130518&s=body&c=deal_button&d=deal-page&utm_campaign=newport-history-tours-1

Note: no one at Groupon, the Historical Society or Restoration Foundation knows who the heck I am so I'm not getting any kickbacks for sharing.

How did you do that? 7 May 2013, 9:00 pm

Sometimes guests ask me how I learned to do most of the construction and maintenance jobs that I have tackled. (Or have been too foolish/poor/stupid/stubborn to hire out.) Back in the olden days I watched "This Old House" when the homeowners actually did a lot of the construction themselves. It didn't seem that hard. Then I found books that spoke in a language that I could understand. Trial and error contributed greatly to my knowledge base. My brother-in-law taught me to sweat copper pipes.




But it was my mother's can do attitude that really shaped me. She taught me the basics that a girl would need in the areas of cooking, cleaning, sewing, handicrafts and gardening. She encouraged me to have curiosity and to think out of the box in problem solving.  In some leap of enlightenment I began to just translate traditional                       "girl's jobs" into construction terms. 






When you have an odd shaped house that needs new wall board just fall back on "girl skills." Cutting the wall board is just like cutting a fabric pattern. Screwing it to the wall is just like pinning a dress together. Mudding the seams is just like icing a cake. (Not my best skill but it gets done.)




So when there is a hole in the icing because you cut the opening for the electrical box wrong, get out the icing piping bag and get to work. First make sure the electricity is turned off. Mix a bit of plaster of Paris a little on the damp side - sort of between the texture of Greek yogurt and set pudding. Use either a cake piping bag or heavy plastic bag with the corner cut off. Don't bother using a cake decorating tip. Roll up the bag and gently squeeze the plaster into the openings outside of the metal box to fill the hole. 





This technique was tidier than filling the areas with a putty knife. It allowed me to put a thicker bead of plaster evenly into the space.  The tip of the bag squirted the plaster behind the metal "ears" of the box and self-leveled so there weren't any annoying air gaps. 





I'm sure a professional plasterer would roll his eyes at these instructions but they sure Worked for Me on Wednesdays.

Happy Mother's Day Mom. Thanks for all you taught me.