Winter At the Inn
Winter is upon us at the Inn, and more than ever, we’re appreciating the opportunity to get to know so many wonderful guests who find themselves at the Requa Inn, from across the globe! Some may know that the 2010-2011 winter is the first November- February that the Inn has been open in many years. As a new family owning and running the Inn, we’re excited to see what will happen here at Requa during the “off-season”. We’ve already noticed that the mood at the Inn has changed since the days are darker earlier and cooler more often. This summer, guests left right after dinner to catch the sunset at the top of Requa Hill’s overlook. This winter, guests now linger over dessert, take a bottle of wine to the living room, borrow a board game from the Inn’s collection, and snuggle up in front of the fireplace. And another magic is happening in the evenings at the Inn- as guests gather near the fireplace in the living room, they strike up conversations with one another! One favorite recent story was of a lovely family who came to the Inn for several days to celebrate their father, Ira Samuels’ 91st birthday, and his wife, Juanita King Letson Samuels’ 25th wedding anniversary. The wife was actually born on Requa Hill, and the couple had met at a Hospice dance, after they’d both lost their first spouses. The husband’s daughters had traveled from near and far to help celebrate their parents’ anniversary. After dinner one night, the family was sitting around the Inn’s living room, enjoying the fireplace, and I poured a round of champagne for an anniversary toast. Another guest, a lovely young man who was at the Inn with his wife, pregnant with their third child, couldn’t help but overhear the anniversary celebration, and asked the wife if her husband was a veteran. It turned out that both men had served in the US military, and although there were several decades separating them in age, they shared many similar experiences as veterans of war, and swapped stories of oversees travel and surviving warfare. Gratitude filled the air- for the service both men had rendered for this country; for the love each shared for his wife; for the generosity of both men to share their stories; and for the mere fact that they were here at the Inn with their families on this day. These lovely guests not only shared with us their stories, they let me take their photos, and to share these stories with you on this blog.