Saturday, April 16, 2011

Have You Stayed in the Cortland Suite Lately?

Here at the Apple Bin Inn, we try to make some nice changes to our guest rooms almost every year.  It's our way of surprising our returning guests with a little something new (besides our graying hair!).  This spring, the Cortland Suite is showing off its cherry Pennsylvania House canopy bed, with a new pillow-top mattress.  After searching Lancaster County antique shops and consignment stores for the perfect thing, we heard about this wonderful old bed for sale... just outside of Hartford, Connecticut!   So after a couple of phone calls to negotiate the price, it was time for a little road trip... of course we made sure to include stops at some interesting antique shops and quaint restaurants along the way!  We returned home a couple of days later, all excited to see how the bed would look in its new home.  After putting it all together, adding a few extra support slats, and draping the new canopy, it was time to take this photo for our website.  And best of all, later this week we have some guests coming who have stayed in the Cortland Suite on past visits.  We look forward to their reactions :-)


Friday, April 8, 2011

The Apple Bin Inn is Truly Global !

Perhaps the greatest thing about being innkeepers is meeting people from all over the world and sharing stories about our families, customs, traditions, jobs, hobbies, and yes even politics.  During our 8 years at the Apple Bin Inn, we have hosted guests from 45 U.S. states... and last week we achieved our own milestone of welcoming visitors from 50 foreign countries!  Our 5 most frequent are Australia, Canada, England, Germany, and France, and rounding out our top 10 are Italy, Netherlands, Japan, Switzerland, and Ireland.  And last year we completed our list of "All 7 Continents" when we had a guest who actually lives much of the year in Antarctica (he told us the only inhabitants who live there longer than him are the penguins)!  Our son, Dylan, also enjoys meeting our international guests, and these experiences certainly enhance his 3-year participation in his high school's "Model United Nations" organization.

Okay... for the curious among you, here's our full list of 50 visiting countries, listed alphabetically... Antarctica, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Latvia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Virgin Islands, and Wales.

We hope to keep the list of states and countries growing, so if you live anywhere on Earth, we look forward to welcoming you to Lancaster County and the Apple Bin Inn!