July 2012 Archives

Here's a special and great excuse to get up to Maine for awhile from the Welch House Inn.

"Stay two or more nights mid-week, check-in on Sunday through Thursday, and get a free lobster dinner for two. That's two or more nights in the room of your choice, a gourmet breakfast each morning, and a Maine dinner consisting of two of the freshest Maine lobsters ever, for just $184.50 (+tax) per night! Sail Loft rooms are just $160.00 (+tax) per night! Valid July  - August 30, 2012.

Makes me salivate and remember the lobster bakes from summers ago!
I can't wait to visit this inn and try their innkeeper-packed picnic lunch for taking to one of the breathtaking Yosemite views. You also have the advantage of a local resident who can fill you in on best places to see and other tips that will make the most of your trip.

A handcrafted log wood lodge, Nature's Inn Bed & Breakfast in Ahwahnee, California, is only 30 minutes from Yosemite National Park. Each of the five guest rooms in the contemporary rustic lodge has a unique Yosemite theme and two of the rooms can accommodate dogs. Innkeeper Sherilee Nimon loves the outdoors and grew up in the area. She is happy to assist guests with planning their hiking, exploration, and photography itineraries. Her love of breakfast is evident in her made-from-scratch indulgences made with local ingredients. Rather than braving the big crowds for dining at Yosemite, request a picnic or hiker's lunch to take on a sightseeing trip. Relax in the soothing hot tub or swim a few laps in the pool to stretch muscles after a long day of hiking. Expand a Yosemite vacation by playing golf on one of the two courses within five minutes of the inn, following the Madera Wine Trail, or dining and shopping in historic Oakhurst.


A husband wrote about Wedgewood Inn in New Hope, Penn., expressing how meaningful the old trips to Wedgewood and now the new trip was to their relationship. They drew strength from their time at the inn for the challenges to come. Nothing can inspire innkeepers so much as a guest who is able to capture the value of their getaway in a heartfelt review. Look for the "write a review" red link. There are more than 20,000 inns on www.iloveinns.com to review.

"Great memories: awesome experience!"

"When my wife and i were dating (early 1990's) we often frequented your lovely Inn. We have the best memories from our stays...I bring myself back in mind about all the good...Since then my wife has become a 5 year Cancer survivor as of today and our beautiful twin boys turn 6 as well...

I can't think of a better place to celebrate than a weekend at the Wedgewood Inn!  

Thank you so much for all the wonderful memories you have brought to my wife and I. Pat yourselves on the back. All your hard work running Wedgwood pays off by making great memories...

Sincerely, Lou and Steph C.

Today is Pecan Pie Day! National Pecan Pie Day, in fact. So in honor of my favorite nut, I'm including recipes from the kitchens of our iloveinns' innkeepers including one who was born under her family's pecan trees (where she now has her inn - Chloe Tuttle.) 

Chloe Tuttle of Big Mill B&B, Williamston, NC  said, "We use organic pecans from the trees that my folks planted here on the farm in 1922. When I was a child, I picked up pecans and sold them at Martin Supply Feed store. Last year I did the same thing. It's nice that some things don't change."  Here's Chloe's Blog with her recipe.
Maple Hill Manor's Bourbon Pecan Pie
Historic Maple Hill Manor, Springfield, Kentucky

Perfect dessert for Bourbon Lovers!


1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
3 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 to 2 cups pecan halves
2 tablespoons good-quality bourbon
1 (9-inch) deep-dish pie shell, unbaked


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar and melted butter. Add the corn syrup, eggs, pecans, and bourbon, and stir until all ingredients are combined. Pour mixture into an unbaked pie shell, and place on a heavy-duty cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F, and continue to bake for an additional 25 minutes, or until pie is set. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Mocha Pecan Pie
White Rose Inn, Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.

The alliance of pecans and chocolate in this rich and luxurious dessert inspires sighs of deep satisfaction.

nine-inch packaged pie shell
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons Kahlua
3 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 1/4 cups toasted pecans, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt chocolate with Kahlua in top of double boiler; set aside. Combine eggs, sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and salt in bowl of an electric
mixer. Beat 1 minute on medium speed until blended; add chocolate mixture; stir to blend. Stir in butter and 1 cup pecans. Pour mixture into pie shell and sprinkle remaining pecans over the top.

Bake for about 45 minutes or until barely set in center. Pie will set as it cools.

Serve with whipped cream or ice cream and a great cup of coffee!

My Favorite Grandma's Homemade Pecan Pie
Franklin Victorian Bed & Breakfast, Sparta,  Wisconsin

Use you own favorite pie crust

3 eggs beaten - add in
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup syrup (light or dark)
Pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla

Add 1 cup pecan nuts on top

Bake 45 min. at 350 degrees
(test with knife like you do with pumpkin pie)

And just in case it's too hot to make pie,  pecans are wonderful by themselves one bite at a time.

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