Posts Tagged ‘Door County’

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF WONDERFUL GUESTS!

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Guests still ask how we could have possibly given up living in Hawaii to put up with living in Wisconsin & the answer is easy: When we are as fortunate to call Door County ‘Home’, it was an easy choice. As much as we loved Hawaii, the place our two girls Kelsey & Ava were born, we yearned to own our own hotel or B&B & set out to seek our dream accepting all the risks & failures that would be inherent in owning your own business. On July 1st, 1994  we started this journey experiencing so many guests, striving to meet their expectations for the most important days & weeks of the year, their vacation! And 20 years later we still serve breakfast most days, make up welcome amenities for the myriad of return guests, arrange the flowers on the fruit plates and in the vases, and choose the pattern of sheets that we think our guests will enjoy most.

Thank you to our guests and staff over these many years who have given us the gift of friendship, the dearest gift of all. May we continue to welcome you, ’talk story’ as they say in Hawaii, and continue to create memories going into this next phase of Eagle Harbor Inn, the place we call ‘home’ and so many others call ’home away from home’!

Peering Back While Looking Ahead

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

As July 1st, 2013 approaches, what has most vividly marked our 19 seasons is how that time feels so condensed! When we unloaded our shipping container in the spring of 1994 we could hear the battery operated cry of our daughter Ava’s doll, Olga. We wondered if she had cried all the way across the Pacific Ocean and across the rails of our expansive country, all the way from the Big Island of Hawaii, from where we had moved. Olga’s crying drove us to unpack quickly so we could console both her & Ava. At this juncture, we knew we were on the familiar, homey ground of Wisconsin where one named Olga was commonplace & where Nedd & I had begun our journey at the Madison Club, both in the hospitality industry and as a couple. Returning to Wisconsin, we were a family having bought our own Inn to run & grow. And 19 years later there are so many guests who have become friends, muffins & crumbs, and a history with our staff & their families. And the stories, both funny & sad, to fill chapters, if only there was time to write them!

As this new year unfolds, we are refreshed anew with the improvements of the day ushering in flat screen tvs & gluten free food options. And this excitement at continued improvement and change is what tells me that in our hearts we still love what we do and that just as in the 19 years that have passed, we will be here to welcome you and your family to make more terrific Door County memories of which all of our lives are composed! Happy New Year to all!