Blueberry Cove Inn
Osprey Real Estate 3 May 2015, 6:37 pmRhode Island has become a haven for ospreys and other birds of prey. One of the reasons is the great real estate opportunities. Who wouldn't want to have a nest overlooking two ponds? Sure the roads might be a little loud at times but the wife and kids will get used to it. Clean air, fresh fish, and no DDT, what's not to like?
An enterprising bird decided that this was a spot that couldn't be ignored. The landlord thought he would be discouraged by those ugly traffic cones but weaving is the name of the nest game. Unfortunately the landlord didn't like the effort but offered a solution (as required by federal laws.)
In a few hours time National Grid installed a new pole and nesting box to encourage the first time home owner to "move it on up to the west side" of the rotary. Four different ospreys kept a close eye on the procedures. I was surprised to learn that the old nest was completely destroyed. I thought that they would transfer part of it to the new platform.
The new digs look extremely solid. The little guard rail seems to be a particularly nice touch. Those projections will give the parents a place to get away from the kids and plan their next fishing trip. Although I waited about 20 minutes after National Grid left none of the birds actually landed on the new platform. They all buzzed it and screamed a lot but no one laid claim to the space.
Twenty four hours later someone had claimed the prize. No one was home when I went by but clearly the new apartment was occupied.
Tell me: what is romantic? 9 Feb 2015, 10:57 amEvery winter I spend the slower times working on something around the property. There are no end of projects to choose from no matter how many winters pass. One winter I rebuilt the porch. Another I remodeled the Hideaway. Last winter the Seashore bath was overhauled. Painting something is a given. But what about this year?
My first major project was foot surgery. Or as I like to think of it, the pirate-in-training extravaganza . It has been nine weeks and I might be leaving my peg-leg and crutches behind soon.
One of my next projects is to refresh our Whirlpool Suite. Although I still love the red walls and cherry furniture, it may be time for a change. The suite is the only room in the house that pays homage to Victorian decor.
So you tell me: keep the theme with red and gold or move on to something else? Is something more modern more appealing? Something less red? Although I don't find starkly modern hotel rooms particularly romantic, I will also admit that I am an old fart that might not know anything about what people find romantic these days.
I am wide open to suggestions. Give me your two cents worth. If I follow your suggestion I'll make it worth your while to come and check out the finished product.
02/14/15 Could be Your Special Date 16 Jan 2015, 10:28 amI 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 pmFrom 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.
1st Anniversary of Same Sex Marriage in RI 31 Jul 2014, 10:11 amAugust 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.
Move over Mother of Dragons Contest! 19 Jul 2014, 2:54 pmYou 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.
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.
Blueberry Cove Inn Welcomes a Newcomer to Town 28 Jan 2014, 11:04 amI 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.
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 pmJuly 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 pmWith 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|
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.