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Monday, July 18, 2005

B&Bs and Beaches . . . 

I came downstairs Friday evening to find my s.o. frantically surfing the Web on my laptop.     I just assumed he was into a heavy hand of Party Poker and didn't bother to disturb him.     After a few minutes, he said, "take a look at this and tell me what you think," and handed over the laptop with a display of a B&B located on the Atlantic near Savannah, GA.     He said he was thinking about taking me to the beach for the weekend - next weekend - and was looking for some places to go.     Talk about surprised!     You could definitedly color-me-surprised on this one!

He said that, because of starting the new business, we weren't going to be able to take a "real" vacation this year, not one that would take me to a beach in the proper fashion, even though we'll be in Daytona for Biketoberfest for 4-5 days in October (which doesn't count as a beach getaway - not with thousands of Harleys for as far as the eye can see), because he can't be away from the business for long stretches of time.     So, our 'get-aways' this year have been and will be - shorter trips and closer to home, for all intents and purposes.

We made a few phone calls and were striking out on finding any accommodations on the coast in or around the Savannah / Tybee Island areas.     My s.o. did find a hotel right on the beach with availability, but that rather defeats part of the purpose of getting away if you have to be stuck in a hotel (imo).     I've grown accustomed to the B&B atmosphere, especially at the beach.

So, I asked if I could look for a few minutes, and check on some alternative places.     I found the perfect get-away place . . . secluded, peaceful, an escape from the world -- here's their tag line: "An exclusive, informal refuge for couples who want to rediscover peace of mind...", here's their policy on children: "Children:   [We] does not accept children.     We have great kids and perfect grandchildren.    We think kids are great.    But our B&B is not appropriate for children.    Many of our guests come here to take a break from their own kids, and they don't need to be among other peoples' children during their rare kid-free time.     If you have children, we hope you'll let us be your oasis whenever you can sneak away for a few days of private time."

Our Philosophy
People want things that are hard to find.     An old beach house retreat is one of them.     A big, rambling wooden house high atop the dunes...     large porches overlooking the sea...     hammocks and wicker for lounging...     comfortable furniture that you can put your feet upon...     bedroom windows that give panoramic views and catch sea breezes...     wonderful breakfasts in the morning...     light, cool refreshment throughout the day...     freedom to stroll through the dunes, walk in the surf, swim out to meet the dolphins...     or curl up with a good book and drift off into a nap under a lazy ceiling fan...     a comfortable place to sip a cold drink while watching the sunset fill the sky...     big, sumptuous beds in which to sleep and snuggle.

As the frantic pace of modern life drains us, taking some time for ourselves is especially important.     The seashore is where the sky, land, and water all come together.     It's a place that's soothing and invigorating.     It slows us down and wakes us up.     It helps us remember who we are...     and who we want to be.

We are refugees from the hectic pace of modern times.     We invite you to our special place, and we offer you the kind of experience that we like: an easy and informal atmosphere, no responsibilities, good food, and the freedom to pass the time as you wish.     We balance "leaving you alone" with "taking care of you".     We want a three-day getaway . . . to give you a week's worth of relaxation.

beach house
Doesn't it look divine?     All secluded and tucked away as if you just might stumble upon it while walking in the dunes?     It reminds me a bit of the house that Sam Elliott had in one of his first movies, Lifeguard!

I called yesterday, and they had just had a cancellation in The Barbados Suite, and it was available 'at-the-moment.'     I asked about the ammenities, and said I would get right back with her.     The price is a little steep for three days . . . but, I think the time away, and the location right on the water, will justify the extra $$$ a bit.     So, I rang her back up, asked if it was still available, and booked it on the spot.     We're booked for Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and checking out on Tuesday.      I've already lined up the house-sitter and pet-sitter, notified the alarm company and police department, and am just trying to get everything else in order so that I don't have a single care in the world when I drive away on Saturday . . .

I definitely need this get-away!     No computers, no cell phones, no televisions (at least, my choice) -- the house has wireless internet connections (if you need it), a large DVD library and satellite televisions/DVD players in the rooms (if you choose) -- but, I'm going for the return to nature, not to carry technology with me!     But, I'm sure my s.o. will have to tune in ESPN at least to check the Braves' scores -- more likely, he'll try to catch at least part of a game or two, if not a few other things as well.     I'll prefer to be on the porch, in a wicker rocker, with or without a book, just enjoying the breezes off of the water and listening to the crashing waves on the shore . . .

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