Tuesday, July 27, 2010

An Innkeepers Hours

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an innkeeper?

I'd like to share a bit about the very rewarding life that comes from being an innkeeper. I'm using my mother as the example here, as she is... the innkeeper.

She has a very giving, very humble, serving heart. Her greatest gift is that of giving you exactly what you need to feel relaxed, at peace, joyful, and loved. I have always wanted to be like my mother in that regard. I admire those traits about her greatly.

She works very long hours in the wee morningtime to make sure your stay is perfect. From baking all the yummy treats you enjoy in our butler's pantry, to writing out special deals for your next stay, to being a full time grandma, and a full time mother at the same time. She manages the housekeepers, looks up recipes, and answers e-mails until the late am's.

I once asked her how she kept her "innkeepers" hours. And she explained it like this; "to me, my innkeepers hours are the guests who just lost their grandmother, and came to stay with us and sat down in the parlor and listened to a quartet practicing, and walked into the office to say how at peace they were at the Grandison. To me it's the business person weary from travel that writes a note thanking us for the homemade cookies that took away the bite of homesickness. To me, it's the family that comes through road weary, and tired from taking their kids all over the state and back, who write about "almost as good as a trip to grandma's" in their journal. It's the couple that comes back 8 years later and says 'we got married 8 years ago and stayed in this room, and want to stay again and create more memories'. Those are my hours, and those are what I work for every night. "

If you have ever considered being an innkeeper, and making some memories like these of your own, you can drop her an e-mail. She would be excited to talk to you about the joy she experiences giving you a home away from home.



Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Weddings Weddings Weddings

Wow, this has been an amazing summer so far. The Grandison has been busy with weddings. We range from small and intimate, to dance tent on the front lawn get your groove on weddings. They don't let me select the music at these events, but that is mostly due to my eclectic tastes in music. I don't have any set genre that I listen to, or play.

Be sure and check out our weddings page for a glimpse of why we are your affordable downtown OKC wedding destination.

I came across some photos of past weddings I'm going to be working on scanning and updating to the website soon. I've also been experimenting in the kitchen again, and might be tweaking the in room dinner menu again. I noticed all of our sides are potato potato potato. So all things being equal, it needs more potato. I found an AMAZING potato casserole recipe. Stay tuned for more updates.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Oh my Goodness, who turned on the heat

Is it too early to be this hot out there or what? I was grilling dinner for some guests today, and figured that I did not have to turn the gas on, I could have grilled with residual heat. Which reminds me, I grill an AMAZING steak. You should come stay with us and get the in room dinner.

Anyways, back to the heat. I've decided it is a very good thing that we have tickets to White Water Bay, and Frontier City on sale for only $20 each. Both parks offer bundles of fun. White Water of course is all water park and slides, but Frontier City has water rides as well.

Did anyone ever find out who Stella was? We know! Stella's is a restaurant here in Midtown, and it smells AMAZING. Speaking of dining options, we recently visited Rand MacNelly's pub around the corner and really enjoy the atmosphere and food.

Caleb reports that the breads at Thunder Prairie Bakery have stolen his heart. He loves them.
We are still seeking out hole in the wall, and lesser known eateries to explore. If you have any ideas, or would like us to check out a restaurant for your, drop us an e-mail.

How do you like fresh veggies? I know we love them! We were recently surprised to find that there is a farmers market at Saint Anthony's Hospital right across the street. It is very well attended, and we have buying some of the most amazing tasting hydroponic grown tomatoes. They really do taste like tomatoes. You should check them out every Friday. If that isn't your thing, the Grandison Garden is growing well. If it doesn't get too hot, we will have homegrown corn, okra, green beans, tomatoes, green peppers, jalapeƱos, and fresh mint! If all goes well, we will have plenty to share.

Hope you see you soon!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Oklahoma`s Weather

Hello Grandison Fans We are thankful for protection during the past storms that hit OKC. Some of our friends and family were hit by the hail storm, but have not heard of any that suffered from tornado damage. Friends Peggy and Mike were in two different places---she at home and he on the road and both had twisters come much too close. Peggy and her next door neighbor only had roof damage, the rest of houses on street were leveled. Please know that we are thinking of all of you that had any kind of harm or damage and praying for quick recovery. We are booking a lot of weddings and hope to give reviews of some of the upcoming ones as they happen. The Maney family- whose ancestors owned this property-had a wonderful celebration the end of April here. Mike and Nema Maney celebrated 50 years of marriage and their kids did a bang up job---a raspberry brides cake, chocolate w/strawberries grooms cake, outstanding selection of foods to snack on and, of course, champagne to toast. The house was filled with fun and laughter. For us, the most special thing was that this was Mike and Nema`s very first wedding reception!! They eloped 50 years ago and waited that long to have a special celebration. We hope to be posting pictures soon.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Crazy Travel Stories

Greetings again Grandison fans,

I apologize that it has taken me so long to keep things updated on the facebook, twitter, and blog fronts. I won't make excuses, even though I REALLY REALLY want to.

We want to hear from you about your recent and not-so-recent travel stories. What happened on that cross country trip last year that you really liked? What went horribly wrong in the middle of things and how did you overcome it? What sites did you see? what would you like to see again?

We will feature some of your stories in our upcoming posts.