Whew! Spring break week is over – filled with weddings and booked up every night. On top of that, Gregg and I celebrated our wedding anniversary this weekend. I guess if we would have known we were going to own a bed and breakfast, we might have chosen another date for our wedding other than spring break week. However, as a former professor, I could either get married over spring break, or wait until the summer, and we didn’t want to wait. This year we managed to squeeze in a nice, romantic dinner out.
The biggest surprise was a beautiful flower arrangement and card from one of our couples, who happened to be celebrating their anniversary at the Inn this weekend! Thanks to everyone who stayed with us this year. Have a wonderful spring!
The new 2-person whirlpool spa tub in the Happily Ever After room! It’s been a long time coming, and we’ve received so many requests for it, that we’re glad to say that the project is complete. And we think it looks pretty good, considering it is an addition to an existing room. We decided to continue with the Victorian garden/cottage theme and surround it in real wood bead board, baskets and plants, and the flameless candles add to the romance. We also went the extra mile and bought an ultra-quiet, pipeless Sanijet tub, which is the kind used in hospitals for therapy. What that means is that it is the most sanitary whirlpool tub on the market. Since there are no pipes for water to sit in, there is never any fear of residue. It’s a pretty cool concept. Gregg and I tried one out at a B&B in north Texas and loved it. We know you will too!
Happily Ever After now boasts a beautiful new tub for relaxation.
This year with Valentine’s Day being in the middle of the week, we were busy with an abundance of romance packages the weekend before and the weekend after, as well as midweek. There were balloons, rose petals, and chocolate covered strawberries galore, but the most extravagant request came from one gentleman who wanted to surprise his wife with a room filled with bouquets of roses. Gregg and I are softies when it comes to that kind of utter romanticism and we enjoyed making the room look like a setting for a romance novel. I should have taken a picture!
This month has brought many purple weddings! Each one is unique because florals in purple are different every time they arrive at the floral shop; sometimes the lavenders are pale with just a hint of purple and sometimes the purples are so rich and dark that it makes the contrast against the elegant, antique white roses absolutely stunning. We create bouquets in the traditional ball with lavender and white roses, adding deeper fillers here and there, or in a more fresh-from-the-garden look as shown below, with a few roses and a variety of fillers. Either way, it makes for a beautiful mixture for today’s bride.
Purple Bridal Bouquet for the Wedding Social
Fresh-from-the-garden look for the Wedding Social
This is starting off to be a great year! We recently received word that on Jan. 9, a special Valentine’s press release in NY listed us in the top 10 places to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
The article began “Top 10 Romantic Inns Toast Valentine’s Day with Complimentary Sweets and Romantic Treats—”
And the write up about us stated:
The Inn at Craig Place – San Antonio, TX: How do you love thee? At The Inn at Craig Place, you can count the ways including bouquets of roses, sweet treats, champagne, spa baskets, balloons, picnic baskets with a cheese and fruit board and more. An Italian Murano glass heart pendant presented with an Italian love poem and confetti candies can be a keepsake from this romantic rendezvous.
From Our Family to Yours:
We want to wish you a happy new year and pray that many blessings come your way in 2012. God Bless, Kelly, Gregg and our clan…
This year our own family celebrated the marriage of our son and daughter-in-law. Aren't they cute?
I can’t believe December is half over already, and the busiest part is yet to come! We are booked up through the end of the year. Gregg was the photographer today and although his pictures are usually quite good (of course, my editing doesn’t hurt either), this picture was extraordinary right from the camera. Cheers to everyone this holiday season!
Is Christmas shopping a stressful experience for you? It sure can be. In fact, most people wouldn’t consider the words “christmas shopping” and “relaxation” to belong in the same sentence. However, we have some guests who have figured out how to make it more enjoyable. Each year they leave their kids with a sitter for a couple of nights and come to the Inn. They settle in on the first evening with our picnic basket or a pizza from Main Street Pizza, watch a movie and relax. In the morning, after their gourmet breakfast, they head out to the mall to do some shopping. Northstar Mall is only 10 minutes north of us, and Rivercenter Mall is just two miles south. There are boutiques and specialty shops along the way. In the late afternoon, they bring back their purchases and get cleaned up and dressed up for a very special dinner out, something couples don’t get to do too often when they have little ones at home. Then back to the Inn for a little quiet time together, another rarity in the busy lives of parents (and Innkeepers!). This is when they wrap the gifts they purchased. And after the next morning’s breakfast, they pack up their things and their Christmas prizes and head home, refreshed and prepared for the craziness that often accompanies the holiday season.
Gregg and I were so inspired by the idea, that we decided to do the same ourselves. We closed down for two days and took off for our own little getaway before the busy rush of the holiday season. It was well worth it!
This week has been busy! Fall weddings come to a close and now the December wedding season begins, with red rose bouquets, twinkling Christmas tree lights and kisses under the mistletoe. Come share in the holiday magic! There are holiday celebrations, markets, and festivals all around San Antonio this month. This weekend our own Monte Vista is holding a holiday market.
Smooching under the mistletoe
We had the pleasure of having guests return again this year for the holiday as well as meeting some new couples who exchanged their wedding vows or renewed their vows at the Inn this week.
All of our brides were beautiful, but Saturday’s flower girls were just picture perfect, and as well-mannered and sweet as can be.