Thursday, July 17, 2008

Join us for A week of incredible art at The Plein Air Festival of Easton, summer 2009

Beautiful lazy days of summer and FRESH LOCAL PEACHES!!


What an incredible summer it has been so far!


The small town America feel of Tilghman Island is at it's best just now. The workboats leave the docks before the sunrise...the local watermen in and out of the dock unloading fish brought in from the pound nets, crabbers with bushel baskets full of the Bays treasure and results of thier own intense efforts. The sound of our well known drawbridge being raised for the boats..some work boats, some charter fishing boats and multitudes of pleasure craft on summer holiday.


Beautiful bright sunrises over Dogwood Harbor, warm sunny days and breezes off of the Choptank River, cool evenings sometimes with amazing cloud formations, those quick summer thunderstorms and sunsets like you only see over our Bay.


We are well into the middle of the season now and the fairly regular evening rain storms seem to be keeping our typical summer droughts at a distance.


Farmers market is jumping with fresh produce in abundance, the tomatoes are here as are the summer squash and yes, PEACHES!! There is something really terrific about following the path of our seasonal fruits and veggies...late spring brought us the fantastic combination of fresh rhubarb and strawberries for pies and crisps. The spring asparagus this year was spectacular...and now we are being gifted with the local peaches and blueberries....

This means the unbelievable peach cobblers and our famous over-stuffed french toast...with peaches of course...are now at the breakfast table!


Come and join us....we're closer than you think and we promise that you'll feel miles away!!!!!


Carol














Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Where women go to reconnect.....

The Eastern Shore of Maryland, Tilghman Island, The Lazyjack Inn...

We have been so pleased over the past year to host several groups of women who just decided that it was time to take a break from the hectic schedule of their lives and take some time to 'catch up' with each other.

Life just seems to happen around us sometimes ....it flys by and before we know it weeks and months have passed and we haven't taken the time to really sit down and talk and laugh and really listen to our friends.

Watching these women sit our breakfast table and unwind has been a real treat for us...and a reminder to us as well that our time with friends is really a treasure and should be made a higher priority in our lives.

We have been able to act as a 'base camp' for women visiting the area to take in the arts, artist workshops, yoga and meditation retreats...and just plain down time.

We are happy to arrange a special weekend package for you and your 'girlfriends' ...or to just provide the space for you to do nothing at all for the entire stay!

If you would like to reserve space at the Inn for a 'girls getaway' please be sure to ask about our special rates for booking two or more rooms for your visit.

Looking forward to your stay with us,
Carol

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Leaning Green at The Lazyjack Inn...

We are so glad that you have chosen to stay with us here at The Lazyjack Inn and would like to share some of our efforts to remain aware of our impact on the world around us.

Since the time that our first grandchild was born (9 years ago!) we have become steadily more aware of the impact that our daily choices have not only on us but on the world around us...this is an ongoing growth process for us which we find at times a bit daunting but mostly inspiring.

As always, it is our personal exchange with our guests that really make this lifestyle so rewarding. Over the past few years we have had the amazing opportunity to exchange information with so many of our guests who are experiencing similar growth and awareness in their own lives. So many of our guests have shared fantastic ideas and experiences with us.

While some of our efforts seem so simple and 'small' we truly believe that each one of them does make a difference.

Here is a summary of our 'Green Leanings' :

*Regional clean foods- We are proud to call ourselves 'Locavores under construction'! The difference in quality and flavor in these foods is just incredible! We do our very best to purchase as much of our food as possible from regional growers. This includes produce from local farms and farmers markets and locally raised dairy, eggs and meats. We firmly stand behind our belief in small family farms. When ever possible we purchase organically grown foods and pasture raised meats. While we have not arrived at 100% on this we are doing our best to move in that direction.

*Organic Fair Trade Coffee- We are happy to support our local 'barista' 'Rise Up Coffee' by offering our guests a custom made organic fair trade coffee blend at breakfast each morning. This coffee is also available for purchase by the pound. http://www.riseupcoffee.com/


*All natural cleaning products- We have eliminated the use of all chemical cleaning products for the Inn. With an increase in the level of sensitivity to these harsh products by so many of our guests (ourselves included) and our proximity to 'Our Bay' this seemed an obvious choice for us. We are just so happy with the change. The essential oils in our new custom made cleaning products are just fantastic!

*Water conservation- During your stay with us you will have the option to reuse your bath linens rather than having them changed each morning and evening. Our guests over the past few months have responded to this with great enthusiasm and we are so happy that this simple option is making such a difference in our consumption!

*Recycling- We now recycle all of our non-compost waste. Newspapers, magazines & office waste, cardboard, glass, plastics and metals. As there is no recycling on the Island we take all of our recycling to local drop off in the town of St. Michaels. If you set these items aside in your room we are happy to collect them when we do housekeeping each day.

*Compost-All kitchen waste and materials from the maintenance of our gardens is composted here at the Inn and used in our gardens.

*All natural bath soaps- This is our latest addition to our green leanings and we are so excited about it! Two months ago we had some terrific guests stay with us who own and operate a small handmade soap business. We fell in love with their product and their philosophy. We have just placed our first order with them and will soon be sharing these regionally produced chemical free soaps with our guests. Full bars will also be available for purchase during your stay. http://www.parsonagesoaps.com/

We are happy to get your feedback and suggestions for additional ways that we can expand our offerings.

It is our hope that our efforts to be conscious of our footprint will enhance your stay with us here at The Lazyjack Inn.

Carol

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Boat Season gets underway!!!

SHARPS ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

Another monument of spring for us here at The Lazyjack is the launching of the boats and the beginning of the sailing and lighthouse tour season.

Join Mike as he trades in his Innkeepers hat for that of Captain aboard the Motor Vessel Sharps Island. In addition to being the first mate in the kitchen for Carol Mike holds a 50-ton masters license to operate Chesapeake Lights lighthouse Tours. For the past six years he has been illuminating the Bay, it's history and it's wonders to hundreds of visitors and passengers

Chesapeake Lights offers a variety of tours to suite the interests of all of our guests.

For details or to book your lighthouse tour visit

www.chesapeakelights.com




THE YACHT LADY PATTY




Enjoy some fantastic sailing aboard the yacht Lady Patty with our son, Captain Chris Richards. This historic bay built yacht is available for both 2 hour day and sunset charters as well as private charters of extended length.



For more information or to book please visit http://www.sailladypatty.com/








May 'First Friday Gallery Walk'

Join us the first weekend of May and take in this terrific local arts event.

Take part in the First Friday Gallery Walk held from 5 to 9 pm the first Friday of each month. Easton’s galleries are respected for the quality of their collections and their knowledgeable, enthusiastic owners.

Enjoy the art, the wine and the people of Easton.


Don’t forget the Academy Art Museum , the anchor for the visual arts on the Eastern shore. Located in Easton, the Museum houses a permanent collection of 19th and 20th Century works on paper by European and American artists.

After your stroll enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants that feature local artwork as part of their d├ęcor. St. Michaels, Oxford, and Tilghman Island are also recognized for their galleries and or restaurants spotlighting local and regional artists. Our current featured restaurant is Bella Luna in Royal Oak. Visit Chef/Owner Barbara Helish at

http://www.bellalunarestaurant.net/content2.html

Spring at The Lazyjack Inn


Although we have been anticipating the seasons arrival for weeks now it is still hard to believe that it is upon us!




We are happy to have our hands in the gardens once more....fresh herbs and spinach from our own gardens at breakfast....one of the many small pleasures of our 'craft'!




The local farmers market is open for the season bringing the fabulous seasonal flavors of locally grown produce, meats and cheeses to our breakfast tableau.




It is always such a fantasic experience to begin the high season with the opportunity to see so many new faces at the Inn and to catch up with our many returning guests.




One of the real joys of keeping an Inn has always been our time getting to know the diverse group of folks that we are pleased to call 'our guests'. Over the past 16 years we have grown so many terrific friendships through our work.




We look forward to yet another incredible season at the Lazyjack Inn!






Happy Spring All!