December 4, 2018

Sugar Tree Inn's Amenities. It's Not What You Think.

By: Kelly Fox

Sugar Tree Inn's Amenities.  It's Not What You Think.

If the holiday season isn't a time to reflect on gratitude, I don't know when is. As new and often unsure innkeepers we are extremely grateful for our guests and your support whether it's staying with us, liking a social media post, or sharing one of our newsletters. All of it helps us to know that we are on the right path. Over the past two years, we've been fortunate to have repeat guests visit us two, three, and even a few four timers.  

We were catching up with one such couple during our Thanksgiving here. They first visited us last year for a fall weekend that ended in a power outage before we had coffee brewed. It was touch-and-go for a few minutes, but everyone laughed, pooled their bottled water and brewed some pour over coffee. Since then we've experienced other outages with guests at the Inn, but there is something about that first time that you'll always remember.

So back to this Thanksgiving, we were catching up with the couple and we expressed frustration at our inability to make more noticeable changes to the Inn. They nodded their understanding but noted changes since their last visit, which was in May of this year. Mainly they were excited about our new bath amenities.

Their comments gave me pause. It was true. We swapped out our bath amenities this summer, opting for refillable bottles from a Virginia vendor and we installed wire shower baskets. A small change, but easily overlooked when we, the innkeepers, are always looking at the Inn in its entirety and how best we can fix-it-up. There is always another to-do item on our list, ready and willing to take the place of the item we just checked off and we don't always take time to appreciate our accomplishment. The couple's simple comment reminded me that if we are always looking at what we don't yet have or haven't done or that elusive something we need to feel complete, then we miss what we do have and what we are offering guests, both the tangible and intangible.

So, as an exercise in gratitude, we have compiled a list of our amenities, big and small.

 

Shenandoah Valley in fall color

1. Clean mountain air. (Elevation 2800 ft.)

2. Crisp mountain well water. (Yes, it is safe to drink. No chemicals here.)

 

Sunset over the Shenandoah Valley

3. Amazing sunsets over the Shenandoah Valley.

 

George Washington National Forest Entry Sign

4. Total immersion in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

5. One mile off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

 

Crabtree Falls, Virginia Trail Sign

6. Less than 30 minutes to over a dozen hiking trails, biking trails, and horseback riding trails.

 

Rocking chair lined front porch overlooking the Shenandoah Valley

7. A wide front porch lined with rocking chairs.

8. Innkeepers with sparkling personalities. (This is a direct quote from a guest; it always makes me laugh.)

 

Bag of Wade's Mill's Bloody Butcher Grits with bowl of prepared grits in foreground

9. Local flare. (Whenever possible we try to collaborate with other local small businesses and incorporate local products into our business.)

10. Thirty-minute drive to two historic Virginia small-towns: Lexington and Staunton.

 

Scrabble Board Game with Sugar Tree Inn on board

11. Low-Tech atmosphere. (We don't have cable, satellite, or WiFi. We do have cell coverage if needed.)

 

Pecan Crusted trout with green beans and cheesy grits

12. Home-cooked meals. (No pretentious food or servings here, just good food and healthy portions.)

 

Lodge Room with king bed and fire in fireplace

13. Clean spacious rooms with comfy beds.

14. Relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

 

Painted Trillium

15. Beautiful spring wildflowers.

 

Hummingbirds feeding at a feeder with the sun setting over the Shenandoah Valley

16. Bountiful wildlife. (Deer, chipmunks, bear. And oh, the hummingbirds. You have to see it to believe it.)

 

Starry night sky outside of log house at Sugar Tree Inn

17. Dark, starry nights.

 

Little Saint Mary's Creek in Vesuvius, Virginia

18. Rushing creek. (No noise machine needed if you're staying in our Creek House.)

 

Log House room fire in fireplace

19. In-room wood burning, stone fireplaces.

20. Peace and quiet.

 

Virginia Route 56 down into Vesuvius

21. Windy mountain roads. (This may be controversial, but it's part of Sugar Tree Inn and we love it!)

So, there you have it. For those of you that haven't visited Sugar Tree Inn yet, these are a few things that Sugar Tree can offer you that will only enhance your stay. I know, you might think we are tooting our own horn here, but most of our amenities aren't about us, as innkeepers; they are about all things innately Sugar Tree Inn and we are grateful to be stewards of this amazing property as long as we can. We love sharing these simple pleasures with every guest that drives down our windy road!

Did we touch on all the reasons you love Sugar Tree Inn? What keeps you coming back again and again? What makes it stand out in your mind? Let us know in the comments section.

Until next time, we're looking forward to your stay!

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