Sunday, December 19, 2010


hand made santa with red and white santa out fit and white flowing beard holding a burlap bag filled with peppermints with a big bowl of mandms sitting on the counter nearby I can't believe that there is just one more week before Christmas Day and then a short week until New Years! This coming week will be packed with shopping and visiting with family, friends and guests. Many of our guests during the holidays have been coming for many years. We look forward to seeing them and catching up on their lives and travels during the last year. And the parlor is filled with guests playing cards and talking over wine and liqueurs.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


a two tiered tea tray with assorted cookies on the top layer and assorted savory tea sandwiches on the bottom layer and a tea pot with pink material tea cozy sitting on the table next to it and a tea cup in the front of both The weather outside so far this December is unusually cold and blustery! But the Inn is toasty warm and festively decorated and ready to welcome our winter guests. Recently while visiting my daughter Emilie out in their new home in Camus, Washington we had a special tea at the Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland. The weather was frightful there too! And it was such a nice break from our shopping to sit for awhile in this beautiful 1912 hotel. We decided it would be just as nice to have a afternoon tea at Woodhaven. So during the months of December and January we are going to have a complimentary afternoon tea for our guests each Saturday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. We'll serve some traditional tea sandwiches and scones with clotted cream, and three different dessert items. Also we will have great choices of tea from England and Elmwood Inn. A couple of years ago I found this CD by Lorenna McKennitt called "To Drive the Cold Winter Away" I have it playing right now and it gave me the idea for this post.