Thursday, September 13, 2018

CLOSING OUR DOORS


THE ADVENTURES AT MAXWELL CREEK INN BED & BREAKFAST

It has been my greatest pleasure to host guests from all over the world for 20 & 1/2 years. Some from Germany, China, Russia, Israel, England, Canada, Mexico, Australia and of course many of the states throughout the United States to name just a few. Some famous some not so famous. I remember my first “famous” person. Composer Johnny Mandel who is famous for composing the “MASH” theme and played with the Tommy Dorsey Band back in the day. He and his wife Martha just happened to land on my doorstep. Then the Secretary of Education, Richard Riley and his wife Tunkie (Anne), Mylon LeFevre, singer-composer who toured with Alvis Presley. Bluegrass singer-songwriter Rhonda Vincent to name just a few. All personable and down to earth people.

Preston -Gaylord Farm House
Over the years I’ve enjoyed researching and blogging about the history of our home and the ancestors. In fact, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and hosting some of the ancestors of our home. Namely Preston (Bud) Gaylord and most of his 10 children, grandchildren and his brother Ted and nephew John Preston Gaylord have stayed with us. Bud always has a great story to tell when ever he stops by.  I remember the very first story Bud told me. It had to do with one of his sons growing a kind of herb we won’t mention here and his father accidentally found his little garden in the LOFT of the carriage house. When his son got off the bus that day Bud said “son I thought you didn’t like farming?”  Bud made his son nurture his little garden for several weeks. Then one day when his son got off the bus Bud said: “Son I think it’s time to harvest these plants!”  Bud made his son pull each plant and put them down the garbage disposal one by one. I have since met his son and he has yet to live this story down.  Ha Ha Ha!

I must say that I’ve done my world traveling around my dinning room table. I’ve come to realize that no matter where you live or your status in life we all put our pants on the the same way. One leg at a time.  In someways I think that we the American people think that we live in a bubble. That we as a country are the only ones having issues with our education system, jobs, government, and taxes. I’ve learned from my guests that they have the same issues around the world. Mostly I’ve learned more about myself. I’ve grown and matured during this journey.

Sunset on Lake Ontario
I have met some of the most wonderful guests who have made me feel appreciated in that I have truly made their stay comfortable and leaving with a desire to return year after year. I remember 9/11 and when my sons joined the Marines.  I remember when they first went off to Iraq and Afghanistan and I couldn’t breathe.  It seemed like the Lord sent every military branch to stay with me to console me and re-assure me.  In 2007, I went back to college to finish my degree. This helped me keep my mind off the wars.  You, my guests were there for me through it all.  Thank you! Therefore, it is with mixed feelings that I have decided to close Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast as of September 30, 2018. I will miss the beautiful sunrises and sunsets on Lake Ontario and the wildlife that frolics in our backyard. But most of all I will miss you and our dining room conversations.

 Our children are grown and we now have five grandchildren all on the west coast. Ages 10,7,6,4 and 1. Oh how the heart strings pull as we miss each birthday celebration and many of the holidays with them.

The first thing people usually ask is - “Where are you going?”  The simple answer is — “I don’t know! Until our home, aka Maxwell Creek Inn is sold it’s hard to think about that. If you are in the neighborhood please stop in to say hello. I would love to see you and reminisce!  I might even stop in to see you.

Thank you for staying at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast! I hope that you were comfortable and left with a desire to return. May God Bless you!

It’s been a wonderful adventure!

Belinda McElroy
Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast
Sodus, NY