Colonial House 2016 Year-End Updates and News

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Hey Everyone, we hope this finds you well and rested from the recent holidays.

We had a great year after a snow-less winter. Our participation in the Vermont Inn-to-Inn Walking Tours was at a record level and kept us hopping. So many of you returned for a visit that our seasons were filled with many friendly faces. As a guest said recently, and we hear so often, "it was like visiting home," and with that, we have no greater compliment. Thank you for your continued patronage and annual visits!

We are often asked about Betty and John and we usually respond - "they are well, with age-appropriate aches and pains!" They are truly well, still active with Prison Ministry and enjoying their "senior years," though hardly retired! Betty continues to help here a bit and John is writing more books - the latest is available at the inn for sale!.

Alexis is now as tall as Kim, and reveling in the thought of being taller still. Being in the 7th grade, she hardly resembles the toddler you all recall first meeting. She is an avid reader, a techno-geek, and a true middle-schooler.

Kim is in her element as the Weston Town Clerk and Treasurer. She is up for re-election in March and hopeful for a 4th term. Jeff is handling most of the day-to-day responsibilities of the Inn. He cooks breakfast, answers the phones, transports the walkers, and then makes dinner on top of everything else. Some days he is just a blur!

We are grateful for the help of our amazing staff, including long-time staffer, Byron who always remembers your morning beverages, helps in the dining room, and preps dinner, too. He has been our jack-of-all-trades for nearly 35 years! JoAnn continues to help part-time with our evening meals and breakfast occasionally. We couldn't get through Fall Foliage without her!

Dale "inn-sits" for us and occasionally gets us out a jam (no pun intended) in the dining room. We don't know what we would do if she ever fully retires! Our newest staff members, Sandri, Hannah, Diane, and Abby are gems and keep your rooms ready and meals served.

We want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to our summer maintenance man, Don who cut all the firewood and managed to paint most of the building before being called back to work on Magic Mountain. We tend to have more projects than he has time, but we are always glad for his return.

Our nephew, Sam split all the wood this summer so the returning PA youth group could stack it for us. Sam also helped to get our painting and maintenance work done. We tell him that there's job security here for him as there's no end to our painting and maintenance projects!! Instead, he is off to pursue his Masters Degree in Geology in Montreal next month. We are very proud of him and his accomplishments!

Lastly, dear, dear friends, Greg and Carolyn are our primary volunteers for transporting the walkers and the luggage - not always an easy task, but it does enable them to enjoy "Vermont's Favorite Breakfast" and meet some interesting people. We could not have gotten through the walking season without them!

Sometimes it seems like it "takes a village" to keep the inn running smoothly. Without our staff, family, and friends, we certainly could never do it! It is truly a compilation of all of our talents.

As we celebrate this holiday season, we hope your lives are filled with peace, blessings, and good health. Your continued patronage is so appreciated and without which we could not continue the family traditions you've come to enjoy over the past 37 years.

With best and fond regards,

Kim, Jeff, and Alexis Seymour

p.s. if you need a last minute present, we can email you a gift certificate. For each $100 gift certificate we include a second one for $15 of Grandma MIller's Pies and Pastries that we have here at the Inn - including Jeff's Maple Walnut Scones!