Two Weddings and a lot of Birthdays…

Hello Everyone!  

October found us for the first time as Innkeepers with a dilemma to choose between business and family.  The reason we left the corporate world so long ago was to be our own bosses and be able to make these decisions guilt free.  And so we did!  Or we tried.  The pandemic didn’t make it as easy as we would have liked to turn down reservations and income in a time of low occupancy, but we would not have changed a thing.  

We closed the Inn for two weekends so we could attend family weddings in Iowa and Florida.  We were so grateful to be able to see our children, mothers, grandsons, extended family and friends.  We enjoyed a lot of food, drink, laughs, games, walks along the beach, and were witness to some normalcy that we had been missing for 8 months.  We were blessed to be a part of two ceremonies that celebrated love and joined two families together for the promise of a brighter future.  It was wonderful.

In and amongst the weddings, we also celebrated 6 birthdays, including yours truly.  I was truly blessed to be able to celebrate with family and have a special cake made and decorated by my grandsons (with help from their dad).  

As we enter into November, we are challenged to find the blessings in our lives.  We have many and we include all of you, our guests, in that group.  We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving filled with health, family, and great memories.  

We can’t wait to see you soon.  And…..the officiant for one of our weddings tested positive for Covid two days before the ceremony so I am now ordained.  If you need an officiant for your elopement, I am here for you.  As my grandson would say….”BONUS”!


Mark and Leslie Drake


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