Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Of course, we’re always grateful for many, many things every day of the year — but who doesn’t love to take the opportunity to give some extra thanks at Thanksgiving? Here are ten things we are grateful for… I’m sure you will recognize a few of these as your own.
ONE… We are grateful to all the families who have made Mad River Barn their home away from home. We love to hear the stories of families who have been coming to the barn year after year–before it was even a glimmer in our eyes. Some mention 15 years of staying at the inn! Even with the barn as run down as it was, (days without hot water, broken beds, and other stories we hear) they still called it theirs. We’re happy to say that all of you have made us feel so welcome as the new owners. And even better, that you love the renovations and modern conveniences as well.
TWO… Snow. As it’s currently snowing, gearing up for some serious accumulation, we can’t help but be so grateful to that little white crystalline flake. Without we would not be here. Because the Mad River Barn, first and foremost, became an inn to host skiers. Now, people come year round, but, it all started with the snow. The stillness and calming feeling, a snow covered ground creates, is unsurpassed. Thank you, beautiful snow.
THREE…Those who go the extra mile. Everyone went all out for us this year, as we raced to make sure we opened the Inn the day after Christmas. The architect, builders, family and friends, all pitched in to make sure we opened on time and welcomed guests with a smile (and sheets on the beds). It’s the little things, like Tom Waters, our website creator, who showed up the day we were opening and pitched in. He lugged logs into the Pub, started the fire, swept the hallway. He didn’t need to drive an hour to do that…but he did…out of the goodness of his heart. It’s people, like Tom, we are grateful for in our lives.
FOUR…Food. I know, we can’t help it. We are foodies. We are so blessed to be able to bring in chefs who get to work their magic in our kitchen for the pub, restaurant and events (talk about a fringe benefit). Plus, there are so many yummy restaurants, bakeries and pizza places in the Mad River Valley, that sometimes we forget to leave the area for months at a time.
FIVE…Vermont’s four seasons. As many of you have traveled, or lived in locations, that don’t experience all the seasons, we are grateful that we get to see spring, summer, fall and winter, in all its glory. Each bringing their own uniqueness to our home and lives.
SIX…Family and Friends. Who have been patience and understanding in the busiest year of our lives. Our son, who has helped create this amazing inn along side us, our relatives, who came to help us build, and our friends, who know that even though we haven’t called in a while, we still love you… thank you!
SEVEN…Grateful for new friends too. We’ve been in Vermont for about two years, and feel like we’ve been here forever. We’ve made some amazing new friendships and know that they will be with us for the rest of our lives.
EIGHT…Our community. Fundraisers, school events, inn owner meetings, community farmer’s markets…they bring us all together and remind us how lucky we are to live in a place that we watch out for our neighbors.
NINE…A good sense of humor. We love it when people come to the inn, happy and ready to have some fun — and better yet, if they get Andrew’s dry sense of humor. For a moment, they all look at him quizzically, but then we see the light in their eyes, and the corners of their mouths turn up. Aaaahhh…they got it. So keep the humor coming. Hey, if its’ not fun… well, you know the rest.
TEN… YOU! We’re doing what we love because of you! It’s not easy to leave everything you know to start running an Inn in a state you didn’t live in. But we did it and we are determined to do what we love and continue to do it, with you as our guests. Thank you…because of you, we are able to do what we want to do…run an Inn in Vermont.
We could keep going because there is so much to be grateful for… but right now, we took this week off to be with our family…so we are grateful for a moment in time.
Until next week.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
Heather and Andrew