27 January, 2014

Stay & Play Game Nights

While planning Stay & Play Game Nights for the inn, I was reminded of some crazy evenings when John and I were newlyweds, and so were our friends. Just beginning our careers, none of us had what I later learned was called disposable income. I thought we were like most couples just starting their adult lives.

Most weekends would find us with pot-luck suppers at one or another's house or apartment. Meal eaten, dishes cleared, we'd retire to the "game room." Cards or board games sometimes, but mostly it was Charades. The charades were always friendly, but the more often we played, the more intricate the plots became, and the hammier the actors acted. Talk about emoting. This was also true the more wine was poured.*  Armed with Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (that title is false, by the way), I studied more for those games than the SAT's.

Kids, job transfers, spouse changes - life happened and those game nights became less frequent, and then stopped. I still have contact with some folks from the long ago get-togethers, but all who were there are dear and fondly remembered.


*We did not swallow. Just ask former President Bill Clinton.

Personal notes:
K.W. - It isn't the game, it's the gamers.
T. I. - The answer is Ellen Corby. What's the question?

15 January, 2014

Love and Accomodating Presidents

Dear Sweethearts,

Love is not only blooming at Chancey Hill Inn this Valentine's Weekend, there's a bumper crop. Cupid's Quiver is practically bursting with goodies.

There's bubbly with two Chancey Hill Inn wine glasses (yours to keep) for toasting your good fortune and good taste in having chosen each other. The arrow of love points to a cheese and fruit board to share with the object of your affection. And, of course, there's sweets for the sweet.

Isn't it incredible that Mr. Washington and Mr. Lincoln, both born in the month of February, had the foresight to plan a three day Valentine Weekend in 2014? We love you, dear Presidents. Check our Packages for complete details.


John & Dale

08 January, 2014

Goodbye and Hello 

It can't be a new year already! I still have two resolutions from 2013 to break.

This has been a fun year at Chancey Hill Inn. It started in February with a Mardi Gras celebration, complete with masks, doubloons, lots of food, and our revelers. The revelers were the best part. The food wasn't bad either. Must be why we ate like we were going into hibernation and needed to pack in enough to carry us for months (actually, that should read I rather than we).

March just seemed the perfect time for a murder, so by Hannah, we had one. The Murder Mystery Weekends continue to entertain. The corpus delicti must have been delectable as resuscitation attempts were administered by several female suspects. The attempts were only red herrings and the crime was solved.

The April showers of Spring (which lasted through August) held off long enough for us to have some al fresco fun on Memorial Day Weekend. When's the last time you ate and played games outdoors with friends? We looked like competitive kids as we tried to win at hula hoops, lawn darts, frisbee flings, and bean bag tosses. And there were fantastic prizes for the winners such as bird whistles, frisbees, and even whoopee cushions. Playing outside is great for body and soul. In my exalted opinion we should all do more of it.


Vine to Wine Weekend in August found us starting a Pinot Grigio, and finishing a Zinfandel-Cabernet blend. Everybody helped to get the new wine started and the Zin-Cab bottled. Pairings, winery tour and tastings, as well as plenty of food and friendship were also on tap (Yes, I know beer is what's on tap, but it's the best I could do).

If not for it raining buckets on the day of our First Summer Scavenger Road Rally in September we might not have been able to stand the excitement. Riddles and clues, relics and Points to Ponder as You Wander, led us to the secret destination for rewards, repast and trivia. Actually a different type of beautiful day in the neighborhood.

The New Year's Eve dinner at Crane Creek Vineyards was eagerly anticipated by our guests, and by us. It far exceeded all expectations - great food, great band, great wine, and a wonderful way to bring in the new year. Four of us have already reserved our spots for the end of this year.

But in addition to all of the events, we were fortunate to spend time with a host of interesting, friendly people who stayed with us throughout the year. Both those with us for the first time, and our returning friends, made 2013 the greatest. We can't wait to see them again and to make new friends in 2014.