Happy July my friends! Wow! It’s hard to believe that we're on the tail end of summer. It sure has been hot and swampy here in Southeast Ohio. I hope that you have enjoyed getting out, traveling and seeing your friends and family this summer. Lots of our recent guests have been doing just that.
The Inn has been hopping. We have had many visitors staying with us these past few months. Guest room reservations have been filling up and availability doesn't last long. It is now possible to book your stay online as well as booking direct the old fashioned way, by phone. We also recently listed our bed and breakfast on Airbnb.
In all honesty, having a slow travel year like last year really gave us the opportunity to learn the ropes and practice being good Innkeepers. I am a firm believer in just diving in head first, just ask Dan. But with that comes a bit of chaos. So last year, as we took on the roles as innkeepers, it allowed us to ease into our more stringent routines this year. And we are grateful.
We have truly enjoyed the busyness of this year, and we have also learned to enjoy the moments when we can sit and catch our breath a bit. When we do this, we always take a moment to reflect on our recent guest experiences. We truly treasure the guest room books, and we love reading and responding to the Google reviews too.
In the last two months, we have had our first long-term guest experiences. When I say long-term, I mean longer than 5 days. A recent extended stay filled all three of our rooms and lasted 10 days!
No matter the length of stay, we are finding a common response to the experience here at The Inns at 8th and Main. That response is that we make all of our guests feel like they are truly at home when they come and stay with us. No matter where home is, they feel that they always have a home in McConnelsville here with us. To us, that is the greatest compliment ever.
When we first started this project, all emphasis was on creating the perfect guest experience in the rooms, even though that is still the case, food is another great experience here at The Inns at 8th and Main. My husband and partner in crime has really taken to heading up the kitchen. Together, we create quite an amazing team. Dan and I cook up some wickedly delicious breakfast meals.
As April likes to say, we have "good harmony" going on in the kitchen. However, every now and then we can get a bit off key. LOL..... but it all usually ends up working out in the end. Each homestyle breakfast we serve just gets better and better. Even for our longer stays, we produce a morning experience that gets our guests' day off to a wonderful start each and every day.
An Inn favorite is for sure our yogurt parfaits. Dan and I are both sweet eaters, so we feel that every morning should start off with dessert. And what better way to do this than with a play on a dessert parfait? It’s so simple, I promise even you can do it at home.
Prosecco Peach Shortcake Parfait
For yogurt mixture beat until light and fluffy:
1 - 8 oz. tub extra creamy frozen whipped topping (be sure to use extra creamy)
1 - 5.3 oz. Oikos yogurt - vanilla
1 - 5 oz. Oui French Style yogurt - vanilla
Chill in the refrigerator overnight.
For peach topping simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes:
1 cup Prosecco
1/2 cup sugar
4-5 peeled, sliced ripe peaches
Let cool before assembling.
In a dessert cup or bowl place a portion of your homemade shortcake or a slice of premade pound cake.
Add a dollop of yogurt mixture and top with peaches. Spoon some syrup over the whole thing. So. Yum.
I never make the same thing twice, and will admit my recipes are more like guidelines. I also serve this yogurt recipe along side baked pears, breakfast cake, or layered with fresh berries and granola.
Who said you can't have dessert for breakfast? Yogurt parfaits are a delicious, sweet start to the day at the Inns.
We want our guests to enjoy all the little extras that we provide and feel as if they are as comfortable as in their own homes. Because, the Inns at 8th and Main is a place to enjoy and feel at home. We invite you to come stay with us!
- Innkeeper Amy