We’re living in uncertain times, but the one thing that we know for sure is that we absolutely love being innkeepers. We enjoy watching our guests experience everything that we’ve curated for them here at the Inns at 8th and Main. In my mind, when a new guest arrives, it’s like a Chip and Joanna Gaines reveal moment. The anticipation and excitement that they feel for their clients are like what we feel for our guests upon their arrival. It never gets old. It’s also what keeps Dan and me going.
As most of you know, we own multiple businesses and are extremely busy sometimes - especially poor Dan. Like all businesses, we have seasons, but here at the Inn, we are finding a nice, steady consistency. We are blessed to be busy, and do not take it for granted. So we have been doing some major thinking, and until we are able to become full-time innkeepers we have to make some changes.
We enjoy interacting with guests and providing recommendations when they visit the Inns at 8th and Main. We want our visitors to have the best possible getaway experience. Daytripping from the Inns to local attractions is a popular activity. McConnelsville is home to shopping, dining, and live entertainment. But if you yearn for adventure a little more off the beaten path, you should pop on some shades, turn on the tunes and enjoy some windshield time as you head out SR 377 to the village of Chesterhill.
Chesterhill is a neighborhood tucked away from mainstream Morgan County, but should not be overlooked. It is a hotbed for African American history, Amish culture, and fresh, seasonal produce. Its scenic, rolling hills and diverse population make it feel like a world away but is really only a 14-mile drive from the Inns.
Let’s talk about not just my love, but Dan’s love for eating and cooking delicious, beautifully presented food. With each successful party or event that we host, our love grows deeper for cooking and hosting.
Dan and I are by no means, professional chefs. We are home cooks that love not only a tasty meal but also a beautifully presented plate. We enjoy time in the kitchen together, and we enjoy planning and practicing our meal ideas. So when a private event is booked, a plan of action is immediately created.
A menu is initially created and it entails a lot of research. I spend a lot of time scouring Pinterest for recipes, keeping in mind what is available seasonally. You’ll sometimes find that when living in rural, Appalachian Ohio, grocery items are not always available. But also, we love to use and promote local meats and produce. So we craft our recipes around seasonal, local ingredients.
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.
Join my husband Dan and I as we remodel, cook, host and share an amazing life together in these old historic homes.
House Manager April
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