Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, we had another wedding at the Inn. That is not a rare occurrence, but something that happens one or two times some months, and always seems appropriate for the house. This one was a small, intimate family wedding for two great folks with 4 beautiful little daughters, the attendants. Their giggles filled the house, and the spirits of weddings past giggled right back at them.
The old house always seems to appreciate family gatherings. It is a “home” first, and an Inn second, and for some reason, it welcomes home groups and families with open arms. Many Inns don’t host weddings, for they can be a lot of work. We welcome those that fit our home's requirements: they can have no more than 40 guests and no fewer than 3, take place during the early afternoon, and give us a month's notice to clear the calendar and call in the team that makes them work so smoothly. A full wedding and reception takes about 6 of us working behind the scenes to make sure everything goes perfectly. You can see pictures of our weddings and special gatherings by visiting: http://picasaweb.google.com/garyfromwsi/WeddingsAndSpecialOccasionsAtTheWalnutStreetInn#
The couple who got married here this past December posted this wonderful review on Bedandbreakfast.com. We could not have purchased advertising any more effective:
“My husband and I chose the Walnut Street Inn to have our wedding. It was an all inclusive package and we were treated like family from day one. On the day, the Inn keepers and staff made sure all the details were taken care of so that my husband and I could focus on our special day. We had a night stay included in our package and thoroughly enjoyed a beautifully decorated room complete with a king size four post bed and a whirlpool bath tub for two. In the morning, the Inn chef cooked a lovely breakfast including pumpkin pancakes with orange marmalade, bacon, fresh fruit, juice and coffee. If you're looking for a quiet getaway, a place to spend a few days while in Springfield, or just want out of your own house for the night, I highly recommend the Walnut Street Inn for service, friendliness, atmosphere, food, and decor!”
Only one more weekend before “Valentine's Month” is over. This is a busy time for innkeepers, and a welcome diversion from the slow bookings of January. We are busy shuffling lovers in and out, trying to make their stay as good as it can be. One way to tell we have been successful is when they don’t want to leave. We know then we have given them what they needed, a chance to be alone together, to rekindle their love, to relax in the contentment of the moment.
I hope all of you had that chance this “Valentine's Month.” If not, we still have 5 rooms open for Friday and 2 for Saturday. Come on home.
Gary at Walnut Street Inn
900 E Walnut Street
Springfield, MO 65806