Thursday, May 19, 2011
Number 2 - It Begins with a Warm Welcome
There is something special about the warmth and hospitality at our B&B and it begins when you are greeted at the door. Amy or Mark (and me, of course) are always there to greet you in person and show you to your room. Upon your arrival, they answer any questions and explain how breakfast is served at the Packard House - this is one of the most frequently asked questions along with how early can a guest get coffee. Each room has a breakfast card which guests fill out and put in the dining room. The card allows guests to pick from four different dining times, choose a full or continental breakfast, lets the innkeepers know their coffee/tea preference and detail any food allergies. It also reminds guests that coffee is always ready by 7:00 a.m. in the dining room along with the local paper and the New York Times. The wonderful hospitality continues once guests are settled with complimentary afternoon tea served in the warm months on the patio or in colder weather in front of a fire in the Gathering Room. Time for dinner and need a reservation or ideas? Menus of local restaurants are available to look at to help a guest choose and Amy and Mark will happily make reservations. Upon their return from dinner, guests find their beds have been turned down and a pitcher of ice water, glasses and chocolate covered blueberries awaiting them in their room.
Waking up to the intoxicating smell of locally roasted coffee in the morning, you are greeted in the dining room and breakfast is cooked and served by your innkeepers. Need to find that out of away hike, best lobster shack or special place to get local products? Amy and Mark are filled with information and will help you map out your day's adventure with local maps and brochures.
So whatever you are looking for in your vacation - the innkeepers at the Benjamin F. Packard House will welcome you and help you make your stay in Bath and midcoast Maine just what you want!
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.