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Ready, Set, June

Ready, Set, June

June is bustin’ out all over!  It’s been one string of blooms to another, wisteria to rhododendron, phlox to peonies to clematis  Here in the Poconos of Northeastern Pennsylvania the weather has taken its good old time to warm up and brighten up with sunshine  That hasn’t stopped the outside chores  Around the inn we have been planting flowers and pulling weeds, mowing grass and fixing deer fences  Personally, I like sprucing up the yard and being outdoors, cloudy days and a bit of drizzle can’t stop me  On the other hand,... read more
Got a Good Book?

Got a Good Book?

When you travel to a Bed & Breakfast you most likely remember to pack a book, after all you are headed out for a relaxing vacation, right  If the B&B you are headed for is the James Manning House you are certainly going to find plenty of reading material in your guest room and in the common rooms, perhaps stacked in a corner, maybe on the coffee table, even in the basket in the bathroom  We like to provide books for our guests to read There are books on the local history, on traveling, and loads of novels of all themes Our excuse for... read more
Inside Info?

Inside Info?

The neighbor says to me, “I like your boat” “Thank you”, I return  Her reply, “Do you know something that I don’t”  And we both laughed, anything to break up that dreariness on a rainy, cold and dismal day changing the usual commentary to the weather  It’s so nice to see the sun shining this morning, even if occasionally obscured by clouds  Rainfall for the month of May has been above average, and the sun extremely scarce  April had significant rainfalls after melting 30” of snow  The streams, lakes and ponds are... read more
Green is Good

Green is Good

Spring has sprung, the grass is green, and so the flowers are now seen Just a little humor for the bright and peppy way the season makes one feel  So far spring around the inn has been a sea of bright yellow forsythia blooming and assorted varieties of daffodils and narcissus dotting the landscape with color and vibrancy  Mother Nature and the gardens have certainly awakened from their winter nap Of course the emergence of flowers, warmer temps, and greening of grass means time to fit the outdoor chores into the routine and schedule ... read more
Imagine Spring

Imagine Spring

  Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Hear Ye Now, this Second Day of February, Two Thousand and Seventeen, the One Hundred and Thirty First Annual Trek of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of All Prognosticators, was awakened from his burrow to the cheers of his thousands of faithful followers And, of course, he saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter Are you about as ready as I am to strangle the little rascal First, we get nailed with “The Blizzard of 2017” and 30 inches... read more
Mad for March

Mad for March

What does the month of March signal in your mind  Is it wind, the advent of spring, muddy paw prints, the sun glaringly showing the streaks in the windows, or daylight savings  Do you think of Julius Caesar, the Ides of March and his feeling of Doom  How about some March Madness  Just what is the madness According to the gurus at Basketballorg, the term March Madness is a registered trademark held jointly by the NCAA and the Illinois High School Association  The term itself was coined by a writer and essayist named H V Porter, who... read more
New Gallery in Town

New Gallery in Town

  Small towns could stagnate  However, we feel lucky to live in a small town that continues to change and grow and promote the arts  Last year a wonderful addition brightened our town: The Great Wall of Honesdale  A very large blank wall was covered with art from local artists making a wait at a traffic light now an intriguing and wonderful sight  The arts of music and theater have grown including open mic nights as well as artists from around the country at the Cooperage  It was exciting to see this new announcement from our... read more
We’re “Happie”

We’re “Happie”

Happy New Year!  Well, I suppose you think I need to move on with things, that New Year's was a few weeks past  Instead I’m choosing to be positive, each day is a new day, put them all together and it’s a new year!  That’s how it goes in a “Happie” place That’s right the James Manning House is a Happie place  We are proud to say that in December we were honored with Happenings Magazine’s Happie Award for Best Bed and Breakfast   Winners are chosen by satisfied customers who vote for businesses that make them most... read more
Anticipation and Preparation Usher in December

Anticipation and Preparation Usher in December

December finds the inn to be bustling with holiday preparations  Cookies have been baking and the decorating almost finished in anticipation for our annual Open House  This year we will be once again hosting the local high school Chamber Choir to sing Christmas Carols  Our friend and author, Will Wyckoff, will be on hand to sign his books, including the new “Slow Fire Burning”  We certainly enjoy this time of year and the warmth we receive from those who stop by to wish Season’s Greetings After that excitement is over, there is... read more
Priveledge

Priveledge

Election Day 2016! Finally, coming to an end of this crazy year of campaign  I'm very glad we live in a country where we have a choice  I am not interested in how you vote or how you voted  The important concept is that you have a right to learn the values, ideas and beliefs of the candidates and decide for yourself who you feel will be the best person to serve you I look at this election, and think about the past  I think about the great leaders of our country and how they fought for what they thought was the best for me, my parents... read more

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