Sunday, March 28, 2010

Mason 4 - Squirrels 0

It's hard to believe that we are so close to our state capital (17 miles) and just 90 minutes North of Boston but we have many little 'critters' in our area. Most recently Mason has been trying to 'thin the herd' of squirrels on the inn property. He has a Have a Heart trap that he sets along with some delectable toast and peanut butter and then when caught, he transports them nearby about 5 miles away so they don't return.

As of now he's caught 4, but still looking for the last two or three that we see scurrying down the side of our house (for some reason they don't climb the inn buildings, just our house and the barn...must be they get better traction on barn siding!).

One evening a few years ago Mason and I were at the front desk and he looked out the front window and saw a moose running down our street with a car slowly following behind! It was the first moose we saw in New Hampshire.

Of course nothing beats the lovely family of skunks who decided that the Colby Hill Inn property was the ideal residence for them! They took great joy in coming out at night during the dinner hour and eating the birdseed around in the garden. This, of course delighted our English guests who had never seen a skunk before. This was before we had a truck and Mason safely caught them one by one in the Have a Heart trap, covered the trap with a blanket, bungee corded it to the roof of the Subaru and drove them off to their new home many miles from the inn. That was quite a sight!

Who knew that becoming innkeepers would involve dealing with squirrels, skunks, moose and a favorite of ours are the covey of Ring Neck Pheasants that show up on the outer edges of our property in the fall.

We found some racoons who also loved our birdseed and somehow found their way into our laundry room where they dined on fire starters. Finally, Mason brought out a bigger Have a Heart trap and took care of them as well. 10 + years of innkeeping has brought us lots of four-legged friends!

We can't forget to mention the beautiful birds on the property at the Colby Hill Inn. We write down all of the different varieties we or our guests see and so far we have seen over 50 different types enjoying our bird feeders right out the dining room windows.

Ah the joys of innkeeping. We look forward to Spring time here at the inn....soon we will be seeing (and smelling) the lush Lilacs on the property and the Forsythia. Hope you'll visit us soon....we promise- no critters! - Have a Happy Spring- Cyndi and Mason Cobb

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Winding Down Winter...Chocolate/Hawaiian Day and Maple Sugar on the Horizon!

Colby Hill Inn

It's hard to believe after the winter we've had....but it's 48 degrees out there today (but still plenty of snow on Pat's Peak for the ski hounds) and we've had a fabulous and sunny day!

We look forward to this time of year because we start thinking about some of our favorite things. One of them is CHOCOLATE! This weekend is one of the most fun weekends at the inn. Chocolate Lover's Weekend, I believe this is the 7th Annual or maybe the 6th!

An in- room chocolate gift awaits our guests, a chocolate cooking class is hosted by our chef (with lots of goodies to taste) and recipes to take home for our guests to try themselves. Saturday evening guests enjoy a wonderful dinner and the finale is of course...a chocolate dessert creation. There's still availability for this special weekend in case you want to make some last minute plans!

Okay...so you still want to ski......so do the folks at Pat's Peak, which we can see as we write this from our windows (it's just 3 miles away as the crow flies). Don't Miss the 19th Annual Hawaiian Weekend at Pat's Peak March 13 and 14.

There's a hot tub on the deck (Saturday and Sunday), helicopter rides, a Magic Hat Beer Promo Apres Ski Party in the Sled Pub and a live Reggae Band. Wear your most outlandish Hawaiian shirt, pants, lei and watch the NASTAR Race on Downdraft. Of course, you can come on back to the Inn to rest your toes in front of our toasty fireplace and enjoy a relaxing dinner and comfy sleep before heading back to the mountain the next day! Visit www.patspeak.com for more info.

Next on the horizon is New Hampshire Maple Weekend which is March 27-29. The New Hampshire Maple Producers open their sugaring operations for us to watch the process, learn more about maple sugar and pack up a few bottles to take home. Don't forget to drench our award winning pancakes at the inn in the REAL THING..... as we only serve real New Hampshire Maple syrup.

Aside from all of those activities, we have completed our interior deep cleaning and are looking to the days getting longer, drier and sunnier so we can begin our outside projects including working on our gardens, parking lots and the normal spring items like trimming, painting etc. Life goes on at the inn as we celebrate our 10th year here and the inn celebrates 50 years of operating as a country inn.