It’s a Winter Wonderland!

From Madeliza

I have been working here at Stevenson for almost a year, and I have to say that when the property is covered in snow it is absolutely stunning! As soon as most of the snow started to settle, I had to walk out on the property and take a photo because it looks like a scene out of a fairy tale.

We have guests who booked the cabins just to enjoy the full “winter cabin feel.” All of …

 

Dinner for two, please!

From Madeliza

A few days ago, we had the opportunity to prepare a delicious dinner for two in one of our cabins. The chefs prepared a custom menu with our guests which consisted of the following.

  • Cheese platter with assorted cheeses, grapes, cured meats, grain mustard, jam, and assorted crackers
  • Mixed field greens with feta, heirloom cherry tomatoes, red onions and finished with a lemon poppy seed vinaigrette.
  • Seared Sirloin topped with a roasted garlic bordelaise demi glaze, herbed finderling

 

Rosemary

from Madeliza

Most of the girls in the office know my love for essential oils and all things natural. In one of our October weddings, we had a bride incorporate rosemary into her table-setting. As we were setting up, I could not help but be excited about not only how gorgeous it looked but all the unique things rosemary can be used for.

Rosemary is a fragrant evergreen herb native to the Mediterranean. It is used as a culinary condiment, …

 

An Unplugged Birthday

from Madeliza

One of my favorite things to do as an inn coordinator is to help my guests plan surprises for their significant others. Whether it’s arranging to have breakfast delivered to their cabin in the morning or setting up the a romantic atmosphere with candles and rose petals throughout the cabin, I help plan all sorts of surprises.

Our romance package is particularly popular around this time of the year. It includes a delicious display of locally made artisan …

 

Romeo y Julieta Cigar Bar!

from Madeliza

A few weekends ago, we had wedding with an outdoor cigar bar. It’s not unusual for couples to provide cigars on their wedding for their guests to enjoy. However, this particular wedding had a beautiful and unique set up outside on the patio that displayed personalized Romeo y Julieta Reserve Cigars and even a maduro leaf to decorate.

Hand rolled in the Dominican Republic, the Romeo y Julieta Reserve maduro is a more robust alternative to the classic …

 

 

Fun Facts about Great Blue Herons

from Madeliza

On Wednesday, I told you about our great blue heron that’s been hanging out in the pond lately. Here are a few fun facts about great blues from All About Birds:

  • Despite their impressive size, great blue herons weigh only 5 to 6 pounds thanks in part to their hollow bones—a feature all birds.
  • Great blue herons can hunt day and night thanks to a high percentage of rod-type photoreceptors in their eyes that improve their night

 

Our Great Great Blue

from Madeliza

For the past few days, we’ve been hosting a great blue heron in our pond! I get so excited every time the heron visits us because he’s such a beautiful and graceful sight.

I’ve tried a bunch of times to go out to the pond and snap a picture, but I haven’t had much luck. This past weekend, though, right before a wedding ceremony was about to begin, I received a text message from the wedding coordinator letting …

 

“One of the best places I have stayed!”

from Madeliza

A recent family from Independence, MO, whom we had the honor to host in the Bedford Cabin for a few days left the following comment in the cabin’s guest book:

“This place was above and beyond our expectations, waking up to the smell of wood is better than waking up to the smell of a full breakfast entree. Decor is amazing, location is amazing… I can sit here all day and write so many things about this place

 

Happily Ever Afters start at the Adrian Cabin

from Madeliza

The Adrian Cabin seems to be the beginning to many couples’ engagement story! Two couples have gotten engaged within the past six months in our beautiful Adrian Cabin. It is such a sweet surprise to see the stories guests leave behind.

The first couple shared with us the following: “We cannot leave without sharing that this cabin will always hold a special place in our hearts. In this Wonderful place the man I love asked me to marry …