Friday, September 21, 2012

Third Fridays

This month's Third Fridays falls on our Fall Festival Weekend! Come and check out the downtown area for sales, fun, entertainment, food, and the Best Pies in the area competition!  The crafters, entertainers, and food are the best around so come on down for some small town fun!

Middlebury Fall Festival

Middlebury's Fall Festival begins September 21 at 10 am and continues on thru September 22 at 5 pm.  There will be  all kinds of Artisians, Crafters, Farmer's Market, music & entertainment as well as a Fireworks display on Friday evening at dusk.  Enjoy a Smoked Pork Chop dinner at the fire station between 4:30 pm-7:30 pm to benefit the Galilean Children's Home. Donations only. The Fireworks Display will begin at dusk on the grounds of the Das Dutchmen Essenhaus on Friday evening after the Classic Cars Cruise-In!  Check out the entertainment as well as other events at

It's fun for the whole family and such a part of small town life!

Monday, August 6, 2012

At Dawn

Today as I was cleaning out the mess I call my office I ran across some notes, cards, and letters from guests in our past.  Among them I found a poem written by a guest while she was relaxing o the front porch before breakfast with a cup of coffee.  It reminded me of why I chose to live here and become an innkeeper with my husband the Colonel!  Thank you Tina for the reminder of why I love living here and why I love my job!

The Country Victorian
Middlebury, Indiana

At dawn-
In the middle of a place where sounds of engines mix
With the clip-clop of horses hooves,
Crickets still chirp in welcome of the sun rising in the East.

A dragon tree and red geraniums guard the stoop of Living history,
Preserved by the Colonel and his wife for all to see, American pride.

Tawny-hued wood, polished lovingly to a glow,
Rows of flowery china encased side by side with hand carved knick-knacks,
Brick-a-brack and old-tyme photos,
Books that speak volumes when you turn their pages.

Beds invite blissful slumber until a lavender an chamomile bath beckon,
The water warming bones and soul.
Coffee at the ready, no longer weary,
Breakfast is served to prepare us for the next of our journey
As geese fly in a "V" against a misty sunrise, and in the distance,
Church bells toll.
                                     -Tina Hoffman

Monday, July 16, 2012

523 Tap & Grill

     Arnie celebrated his birthday on Friday the 13th this year! It doesn't happen that often and he never thinks of it as being a bad luck day.  In fact he always says it's his lucky day when it is on a Friday!   That being the case I took him to a restaurant called 523 Tap & Grill on Main St. in Elkhart.  I had been there for lunch with a girlfriend and thought he would enjoy it!  He always says I never take him anywhere so...

     We got "lucky" and were able to sit outside on the patio as the evening had cooled off quite nicely.  He decided to try a new beer that is made in Munster, Indiana called "Robert the Bruce".  I'm not much of a beer lover but wow this was pretty good! It is smooth but strong without a beer after taste.  He said it packed a punch after only one!  As we sat outside listening to the sounds of downtown, the trains rolling by to some unknown destination, and enjoying our cool evening on the patio we ate a lovely hummus appetizer with carrot and cucumber slices and pita triangles.  Just the right amount of lemon and garlic flavor!

    Arnie had the New England Clam Chowder which is pretty much his favorite soup and the steak special with roasted parsnips! Delicious!  I had a Caesar salad, (hold the anchovies) and the Lobster tail with roasted Yukon  gold potato wedges. Scrumptious!  As it was Arnie's birthday dessert was called for! I knew once our waitress said NY cheesecake with raspberry sauce it would be the choice as it is his favorite dessert! I've never seen such a huge piece of cheesecake except for when the whole cheesecake comes out of my oven! It was cool, creamy and delicious!

Check out their menu at:
It is a lovely little upscale bistro with an enticing eclectic menu! The chef makes the best potato soup I have ever eaten!