On some Country Inn Days I like to stay close to the Inn, only venturing out into the neighborhood if and when I need to stretch my legs. After all, there’s a time for adventure, but there’s also a time to lay low. A day spent at the Inn, stepping out of regular routines and enjoying quiet pleasures with just a little larking about in town is exactly what I need every now and then, like today on this Country Inn Day, this Hudson Day.
Hudson, like my beloved Boston, is a mixture of old and new. The town was founded in 1799 so there’s a lot of historic architecture to enjoy here and this I happen to love, but Hudson’s downtown area bustles with new establishments. These establishments offer a nice mix of shops, restaurants and culture.
The culture is found at The Hudson Library and Historical Society. It’s here I begin Hudson Days and most other Country Inn Days as well. The library is a wonderful place to meet my beloved “dead friends” by way of books and old letters kept in the library archives.
Here at the library spirits come alive. I bring many of them back to the Inn with me so at tea time or cocktails I can visit with them and hear the tales of their interesting lives lived long ago or sometimes lived right in our present day. On this Country Inn Day I connect with C.S. Lewis, Claude Monet and the Duke of Windsor. The aisles of the library are full of wonderful biographies just hoping people will pick them up in order to discover the lives described on their pages.
Just imagine each of these books to be a live person dying to tell you his or her story. And with a little imagination that’s exactly what happens for me . Country Inn Days are days full of imagination you know, the perfect time to get to know all these interesting personalities captured in books.
I love to stroll around The Hudson library and its many different areas. It’s a very big place. One could spend the whole day here enjoying different rooms. This is the main floor open space with magazines on the right, cd’s on the left, a seating area for reading at the windows and beyond the windows there is a great outdoor patio.
Of course today it’s a bit too snowy and cold to sit on the patio, but come May you’ll know where I will be regularly.
Today it’s a lot more comfortable reading and sipping a cappuccino here in the library cafe, and if your cup is covered you can take it up to the reference library.
This reference room is beautiful with windows looking out over the town. How lucky we are in Hudson to have such a facility. There’s an archivist on duty most days too. Any library is a grand place to hang out, but for a small city like Hudson this library is quite stupendous… and it’s free! What a treasure.
But after a nice time at the library I decide to walk through the new Village Green and pop into a shop or too. This Green (now quite white with snow) is lined with shops and restaurants. There’s even an ice skating rink to the front of the pergolas.
I first come upon a Talbots and it’s quite nice that the store happens to be having a big sale just in time for my Country Inn Day visit.
I take a few garments into this very lovely dressing room and end up with a new cashmere sweater, co-ordinating sweater jacket, plus a very nice blouse. Every now and then a girl likes something new to wear. Don’t you agree? And who doesn’t like a sale?
From Talbots I stroll down the lane and pop into another nice shop. This one is called Heather’s Heat and Flavor. At this shop I find a most interesting cookbook. It’s called “The French Slow Cooker” by Michele Scicolone.
Did you think it was possible to make Creme Anglaise or Creme Brulee or an Orange Souffle in a slow cooker? I certainly didn’t, but this book promises that even a novice can turn out dishes that taste as though they came straight out of the kitchen of a French grandmere. I love French food so I had to buy this book. I’ll let you know if my results are as magnifique as the book promises.
Well, with those purchases I decided I spent enough money for one Country Inn Day so I moved along deciding to take a little walk around the neighborhood before returning to the Inn. Let me share with you some of the sights along my way.
There were quiet streets lined with old, charming houses.
and all sorts in between
And white ones
And brick ones too,
but the quiet streets also have lots of public buildings which are fun to view while strolling along.
Buildings on the Western Reserve Academy Campus like the Chapel
and historic Main Street with the older shop buildings that have been around for more than a hundred years.
Hudson is a great town for walkers and that’s me, so a Country Inn Hudson Day is great fun any time of year. But it is getting late. These Country Inn Days just fly by. It’s time to get back to the Inn.
stepping through the garden all covered with snow and entering the Inn itself.
After all that walking in the cold it’s nice to be all cozy and warm inside sitting at the piano where I decide to play for a while as cocktails are being prepared. Playing the piano is one of my favorite things and Country Inn Days are devoted to the enjoyment of favorite things. You know what that famous song from “The Sound of Music” says – “I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad”. But it’s not just when we’re feeling bad that we should enjoy our favorite things. We should take time for them regularly in order to prevent feeling bad.
So as I play the piano a fire is lit and my husband acts as Innkeeper setting out crackers, cheese and drinks. Here, just as in the lounge of my favorite Red Lion Inn, we relax, chat, and make dinner plans. We decide to dine out of the Inn this evening, going to a fairly new Hudson establishment called The Three Palms. It’s a gourmet pizza place.
This is the exterior of The Three Palms restaurant by day.
And this is the interior of the restaurant by night. My husband and I sit at the bar so we can look right across the way to the kitchen where the staff is working busily. Sometimes on Inn Days I am the one-woman kitchen staff, the Inn chef, but on other Inn Days like today I am pure Inn guest. It is nice to be served now and then.
It’s fun watching this fellow prepare the pizza dough, throwing it into the air. He’s good, never dropped it even once. A little entertainment while we sip our wine.
I enjoy the food here and I enjoy the setting too. The lighting is very pleasant creating an ambiance just right for a romantic Country Inn Day.
So all in all I’d say this Country Inn Day was quite the success. Though it was too short, as all days seem to be, it did provide rest, relaxation, imagination and sights and experiences outside of my regular routines. That’s all I can ask for on any Country Inn Day so I’m quite content.
I hope you’re happy too, having your own Days of Imagination and Fun, your own version of my Country Inn Days. You are the artist of your life. Only you can create the sort of days which will make your life glisten and glow… so seize the day and remember…
If you can imagine a perfect day you can make it so.