Saturday, April 30, 2011

Number 4

Here I am, back already with the Number 4 Reason to stay at a Bed and Breakfast (particularly our B&B) - You get to stay in a Historic Home! Many B&B's are located in historic homes and ours also has the added feature of being located in Bath's Historic District. Experience the charm of our antique house with hardwood floors, a beautiful staircase that takes you to the second floor, original windows and unique woodwork. No cookie cutter rooms where everything looks the same - each is unique and has charms all their own. For example, the Gathering Room (one of the common areas where guests can kick back and relax) features a large working fireplace that used to serve as the kitchen cooking area back in the day. Amy and Mark can also tell you a bit about the Packard family who built the house and their descendents lived here until 1985. In addition, being in the Historic District gives the added benefit of being able to walk the neighborhood and look at all the great historic architecture. We even have maps and a podcast available so you can take a guided tour of the area. Lastly, despite being only a short walk to the downtown, we are on a nice, quiet street so whether you are sitting on the patio in the afternoon or sleeping in your comfortable bed you can truly relax and escape.

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My Favorite Kitchen Spot

My Favorite Kitchen Spot
I love laying right here in the kitchen - this is the old floor that is going to be replaced soon.

Our Journey to Bath

Before Amy and Mark ever even thought about making me a part of their family, they were thinking about being innkeepers. About a year and a half after they adopted me, they left me in Erie, PA and took a trip to explore possible towns in New England to open their new business. While I patiently waited at home with a dog sitter, they journeyed to Bath ME, their first stop on the trip. It was December of 2004 so it was cold and raining in Maine but they fell in love with the town and the people they met. Driving to the next town in New Hampshire in a snow storm, they knew in their hearts that Bath was going to be our new home. They went ahead and looked at the other places as planned, but Bath was it. In February of 2005, they left me once again to look at a house on the market in Bath. It had been a B&B but had gone to a private home for the past couple years. Well, lucky us, they loved the house and put in a bid. It was so exciting when the realtor called us in Erie to say the Benjamin F. Packard House was ours! Things started moving quickly then. Packing up the house in Erie, making long distance arrangements for licenses, sprinkler systems and all the things that go with opening a new business. On May 14th, they packed the car and this time took me along too. We closed on the house on May 16th and in six hectic weeks, opened the new Benjamin F. Packard House B&B! My life as a bed and breakfast dog had begun.

Relax on my private patio

Come and enjoy a fabulous gourmet breakfast in my diningroom

Cozy up to warm fire with my complimentary afternoon tea

Enjoy the morning paper along with a cup of fresh brewed coffee in our parlor