Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spring is Glorious in the Berkshires

Spring is in full bloom in the Berkshires! What a colorful and aromatic treat for the senses! The tulips, daffs, forsynthia, azaleas and magnolias are putting on a spectacular show!

The warm weather bounty has caused early blossoms on the apple trees at Hilltop Orchards. Keep your fingers crossed for continued warm weather and no frost!

We are in the process of planning our organic herb and vegetable garden at Garden Gables. We’ll be cultivating the soil soon and planting our first crop.
We’ll be picking fresh edible flowers and herbs/vegetables for your breakfast and dinners.

All the area venues and restaurants are holding open houses and receptions. We’ll attend as many as we can so we can keep you better informed on all the Berkshire County offerings this season.

We’ll also look forward to telling you all about the lecture and artist reception series we began this winter. Tanglewood expert Andrew Pincus was our first lecturer, and J.D. Logan, our first artist. Just last week we had a fabulous weekend featuring a Cooking Demo followed by a four-course Dinner by Chef Michael Garnero, esteemed instructor from the Culinary Institute of America.

You’ll also find some pleasant surprises at the Inn on your return, so

Till then,
Warmest regards,

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

First Snowfall at Garden Gables Inn - Dec. 5, 2009

Its a Winter Wonderland!

All our best wishes to one and all for a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

It doesn’t get any better than this, Fall in the Berkshires!!

But before I go on about the wonders of this season and our enthusiasm for all we have planned for the winter, my husband John and I want to first extend a heart-felt thank you to all the repeat and new guests of Garden Gables Inn who made us feel so welcome. We feel we have made some wonderful friends this summer and look forward to all of you returning.

There was definitely music in the air this summer! The Inn was filled with tales of lovely evenings at Tanglewood, Shakespeare Theatre, and all our other exciting area venues. Our chef, Bob Luhmann, outdid himself with dinners, even causing one former Washingtonian Magazine food critic to note, “This is the best meal I have had in the Berkshires in over twenty-five years!!”

Truth be told, we didn’t have the best weather this summer, but our guests were not to be deterred…they hiked, picnicked, shopped and dined, and even went swimming in our outdoor pool!

The Fall season is starting off beautifully with sunny days and cool evenings. The crimson, red and yellow leaves shimmer in the sunlight. John Vittori and family are experiencing their busiest season ever. The apples are crisp and delicious, and guests are enjoying the hiking trails, apple picking, hay rides and, of course, the complimentary wine tasting. Did I forget to mention the cider donuts and delectable pies? Thank goodness for the hiking trails to work off some of those calories!

Trails are being worked on now for the winter cross-country skiing. Snow-shoeing will also be available. John and I can’t wait!

And, last but not least, we hope you will consider joining us for our New Year’s Weekend Gala Celebration! It promises to be our best one ever. Settle in with us for a weekend filled with all the warmth and ambience that our lovely Inn can provide. Surround yourself with laughter and good cheer, close friends, amazingly good food, and the warmth and gratitude of the Roethel and Vittori families!

Till then, be well, and please drop us a line!

Warmest Regards,
Peggy and John

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Welcome our new innkeepers...

Readers of this blog know that Brande and Dan Neyhard were our innkeepers over the slower winter/spring months. They made some nice contributions while they were here (we'll miss Brande's biscotti and her enthusiasm for continuing with our green initiatives).

We are thrilled to announce that Peggy & John Roethel have recently joined us as resident innkeepers and are in full swing with the influx of summer guests. They have impressive credentials in the hospitality industry, having provided high levels of service and accommodation to renowned chefs, authors, award-winning musicians, stage and film stars and members of the Royal Family of Monaco. They are excellent cooks, wine enthusiasts and experts in planning extraordinary weddings and receptions. They were most recently managers at the Lighthouse Bay Resort in Barbuda and prior to that at Ivivi Lake & Mountain Lodge in Lake Lure, N.C. and Sweetwater Farm Bed & Breakfast in Glen Mills, Pa. From 1991-1998, the couple owned and managed The Spooner House Bed and Breakfast, a historic 18th century property in Fredericksburg, Va.

I have enjoyed introducing Peggy and John to our wonderful summer guests. You can contact them by phone at 888-243-0193 or by email at Look for future posts from them...

Warm regards,
John Vittori & family

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Adieu, Adieu, Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dan and I will soon be leaving our position as the Innkeepers here at The Garden Gables Inn. While we wish we could stay here forever, immersed in the magic of The Berkshires and this beautiful Inn, we have decided to move back home and spend more time with our families.

Thank you so much to everyone who took a moment out of their day to read my silly ramblings and stories. Thank you everyone who stayed here and helped make it such a great place. Thank you to everyone who had such kind words about Dan and I and the Inn, and voiced them either in person, or on Trip Advisor, or in emails. Thank you so much for making this the experience that it has been!

While I'm sad to leave my little blog, I'm very pleased with all the positive comments that I have received from you, my readers, and that there are plans for the Innkeepers Blog to continue. There will be a whole new set of ramblings and discoveries and recommendations that I think you're going to love.

Again, thank you so much readers, guests, and friends. It's been a great ride!

With Much, Much Love,
~Brande N.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Let's Get Crackin'

I've mentioned before that Dan and I were on the quest for local and organic meats and animal products like eggs, cheese and yogurt. While we've struck out so far on meats and cheeses, but hit gold with Sidehill Farm's yogurt. Now, we've struck gold again with Pete & Gerry's organic eggs.

I am thrilled to pieces to eat these eggs. In fact, I've eaten perhaps a few too many for my own good! They taste great, they're versatile, they're affordable, and they're good for people and the environment. What's not to love? What's else could possibly make them better?


With (hungry) Love,
~Brande N.

Delicious looking soft-boiled egg photo credit goes to: Askliu via Flickr.

Friday, June 5, 2009

It's Full at Last!

Finally the pool is sandblasted, mended, painted, dried, and full! We're in the process of filtering and chlorinating it now. In just a few short days it will be ready for swimmers. Whew!

I can't wait to be able to take advantage of it!

With Love,
~Brande N.