One of the things that we didn’t realize when we first went into innkeeping at Bridgeford House was the lasting friendships that we would develop with our guests. Over the past seven years, we have made friends with some of the most wonderful people. They send cards and gifts when they are not here and quite a few have sent gifts to our two dogs, Chelsea (since passed on) and our new one, Sophie.
One of the most lasting friendships is with a couple that is from St. Louis. The first Thanksgiving that we had the inn, November, 2002, we had a couple come stay with us who had just gotten married on Thanksgiving and came down to our place for their honeymoon. Very close to our age, this couple was so outwardly friendly and just plain goofy that we laughed over everything they said. The groom, at one point, decided to carry his new bride up our garden stairs (which are old rock steps). He ended up dropping her and she hit her head on the side of the house – we are still laughing about that today – they just made it so funny with their antics re-enacting the whole thing repeatedly! We had so much fun, they ended up coming back in six months and they started a tradition of bringing us a china plate each time to use for our guests’ treats. They come every year and we go shopping, go out to eat, play games in the parlor, watch town parades, sightsee and just generally live it up. We have even visited them twice now in St. Louis. I know this friendship will last beyond innkeeping.
We also have two ladies that usually visit us every year around the fall. They are best friends from way back that now live in different parts of the country. They discovered us about six years ago and have come back ever since, again always bringing gifts! This year they brought Sophie, whom they had not yet met, a present all wrapped up. Somehow, Sophie knew that was her present and she kept grabbing it and trying to drag it out of my hands. We spent many hours with these ladies laughing, talking, and playing with the dog. They are gracious, kind and lovely people, as are all our guests. We thank them all for many happy memories.