Saturday, April 19, 2014

Thankful...Thanks to those who stayed at Ruth's

As we begin to think about season number two for Ruth's Retreat, it has been fun to reflect back on the last year.  One of the little details I had been excited about from the moment I knew I was buying the house was having a guest book - a real bound paper guest book!   Sure I ask guests to leave a review on Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO) where most of our bookings come from, as I know it is those reviews and comments that really are helpful to potential renters.  However, I love a good guestbook and I always have.  As a kid when we would rent a cottage I always liked getting to sign it, to document "I was here too" and to get to read other peoples comments and see where they were from.
And so with that... some of the favorite phrases and memories created at Ruth's inaugural season!

"The cottage was wonderful! Spacious, clean and charming! Walking distance to great shops, restaurants and the boardwalk. Loved having the side yard for the kids! We will definitely be back!"

"We planned to go out for the evening for our bachelorette weekend, but we loved the house so much we decided to stay in - what a great time!"

"My ten year old grandson didn't want to leave, he said it was better than home!  Now that's saying something, thanks!"

"From the moment we arrived we felt like we were ar home, charming , comfortable and spotless. Well equipped with everything you need . We especially enjoyed gathering at the dinning table for breakfast lunch or dinner or playing a cards in the evening. Well located to Grand Haven's attraction within walking, in a quit neighborhood. A large deck attached to the house for outdoor gatherings or enjoying an afternoon just relaxing. A thumbs up for Ruth's Retreat. I would definitely come back. We had a great stay."

"We enjoyed the spacious deck for visiting and the large picnic style dining room table for family games! We were impressed with the neat, hospitable environment and would definitely recommend as a week or a weekend getaway!"
Excited to be back at Ruth's in just a few weeks to get the house ready for summer season and create some of my own sweet memories with family and friends too!  It is a bit of an odd thing to pour your time and money into a place you own but rarely get to spend time in, but it has been such a gift to see dreams of creating a space for others to love and create memories in come to life! So, to those of you who lived some life at Ruth's in the last year, thank you!  Thank you for coming to visit and loving my little house a little too!  And for the rest of you... come for a visit soon, and don't forget to sign the guestbook!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy Birthday Grandma Ruth

Today would have been Ruth's 97th birthday!  Happy Birthday Grammy!
Birthday dinner in 1994
She was my best friend, side kick and spoiling grandma too for many years.  Thankful for the celebrations, memories and life lived with her!  Is fun to think about all the gifts that owning Ruth's Retreat has brought in the last year, know she would be proud! 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy New Years from Ruth's

Hard to believe that we are in 2014, and while it might be cold, snowy and well not so summery for most of us we are thinking summer here at Ruth's and so should you if you want to come and stay this summer!  Well, I said back in November I would be posting some updates from the trip - better late than never I guess!

Upstairs got some new decor and wall decor, in addition to a new overhead light

Curtain divider for sleeping space upstairs - thanks for the suggestion!

Some renters said they wanted to know more about Ruth's Retreat namesake - Grandma Ruth's wedding photo on the left and a favorite candid photo of her with her father and uncle in Grand Haven on the right now are in the living room

One small but special new addition - my second cousin Cassie, Ruth's great granddaughter knit a blanket for the house!
 We may have worked hard, but we also played hard too!  We had the opportunity to host some dear family friends for the weekend, take in the fall colors, visit family and eat lots of fabulous Michigan apples too!!