Group hug

We love it when guests enjoy themselves while visiting A Butler’s Manor. We especially love it when guests enjoy themselves over breakfast. And when guests make friends with other guests, laughter rings from the table, and everyone lingers long past the plates being cleared away, that is the best thing of all.

Today we had eight for breakfast (menu: Banana Decadence French Toast) — a young pair from Italy, eager to explore the beach on such a sunny day, two from Pennsylvania, celebrating an anniversary, a couple from the UK who were checking out after a week long stay, and a Long Island couple on a two-night “staycation” (a recently-coined term for a local getaway, as in: Need a break, no time to travel very far…how about a Hamptons B&B?). In spite of the promising day, six of the eight lingered over breakfast, sharing stories, laughter, and information. When they finally rose from the table to begin their respective days, the local couple had helped the British couple plan their last day on the Island…with suggestions for “upIsland” attractions en route to Newark Airport, from which their flight was to go out later tonight, and all of the guests had exchanged email addresses…and hugs! I love it!!

VILLAGE EATS: Featherstones, a new casual restaurant, opens this week on Job’s Lane in the space that most recently accommodated Birchwood on the Park (and before that, for years, Buckley’s Irish Pub). Scuttlebutt is that the owners have given the place quite a facelift. The menu promises to remain in the pub style of both previous iterations: burgers, appetizers, sandwiches, a variety of beers on draught — a great option for laid-back, casual dining. Also coming soon is a new organic market/cafe called Annie’s, on Nugent Lane across from the Post Office, where the much-missed George Martins used to be…The Driver’s Seat, on Job’s Lane, is finishing up a physical face-lift on the front of the restaurant…For the more trendy set, Sant Ambroeus and Savannas have reopened for the season; the former offers outdoor luncheon dining on Main Street (as well as their much-sought-after espresso bar and gelato counter in the front of the store)…Thyme & Again, on Windmill Lane, has vacated its village presence and joined its sister establishment Wild Thyme out on Noyac Road…The Village Cheese Shop is now The Village Gourmet Cheese Shoppe, under new ownership. I’ll be wandering in this week to see if I can find a nice Morbiere…

Quote of the Day: Some people weave burlap into the fabric of our lives, and some weave gold thread. Both contribute to make the whole picture beautiful and unique. — Anonymous

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