Those were my step mothers words when I told her about our new house. My husband John and I have been dreaming and planning about this bed and breakfast since we lost our former lives during the housing crisis six years ago. Originally from South Florida, we new the economy was tanking long before the rest of the country. John was a subcontractor and could not find work or he found work, but no one could pay for the work. I became a traveling nurse to save our mortgage, only to realize it was a futile effort.
Its funny how things work out when you let God drive your life. We took the changes and challenges as they were presented and tried our best to overcome. During this time, John and I have had the opportunity to actually see the diversity and beauty of our country, traveling from one end to the other. We also met so many wonderful people. We have also learned many lessons that we would have never experienced had we stayed in Florida. The experience strengthened our relationship in ways we could have never foreseen.
We stayed in California for three years. We quickly realized that John is a country boy. He is not happy in a big city. Some people move to the city and embrace the anonymity of city life. It just pissed John off. So when we saw that the economy had shifted and he was not going to be able to resume his trade, I told him "Feed your bliss. What would you like to do, if given the chance?"
"Farming", he says. The rest is history, at least I hope it is. We moved to Cooperstown in 2010. John was immediately happier. People say "Hello" here when you happen by. Cooperstown is a beautiful village surrounded by farmland. It is just perfect.
The Inn has six bedrooms and seven baths on three acres with a spring fed pond. A formal dining room, living room, library and den. It was built in 1862 and use to be a sheep farm...how cool. The barn is partially finished and we hope to have weddings there. One side of the barn has a little stage with a Victorian pot bellied stove. The other half of the barn is large and open for a reception. We hope to build a large deck off the barn for a breakfast service or a reception under the stars. Then another barn at the back of the property for the farm animals. Its a huge project, but we are so excited!
Being in healthcare for almost 25 years, I am convinced that we eat too many chemicals. We hope to grow and raise everything we serve at our B&B, organically and self-sustaining. If we don't make it ourselves, some one locally did. It's going to be great! Stay tuned...and Merry Christmas!