A Butler’s Manor has won a 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

It was VERY COOL to learn that A Butler’s Manor has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor! TripAdvisor awards this certificate to properties “who consistently receive excellent ratings from their members.” We give thanks to all our guests whose reviews have contributed to this award!

It’s Memorial Day weekend as I write this; the sun is out, and the weather is warm and steamy. Iced peach tea is available out by the saltwater pool, which is warming up in the sun. Still a bit chilly for me, but we have had guests enjoying a dip this weekend. The warm weather has also led guests to inaugurate the new central air conditioning we had installed in the rooms last fall. No more window units to block the view or create white noise! Each room has individual controls, too.

We’ve been working with Bill Cusick Productions to make over the virtual tours of our guest rooms and turn them into easily-accessible videos. Look for them very soon on our website. In the meantime, Bill also created a video overview of A Butler’s Manor which features Chris and me telling a bit about what we try to create for our guests. Chris did just fine (remember, he cut his television teeth recently appearing with Scott Ross to review the remake of  the movie “Arthur”), but me? Let’s just say I am waaay out of practice when dealing with anything involving audio. Still, we are very pleased with the final product (Bill is a great editor!). Here’s a sneak preview of the overview. Tell us what you think!
A Butler’s Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn Southampton from Bill Cusick Productions on Vimeo.

Quote of the Day: A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes. —Joseph Addison

Greening our blue pool

It seems like it’s been busier this Spring than ever, as Nature, and Chris and I, work to get everything in place before the “official” start of the summer season this weekend. One of our biggest accomplishments: Giving our beautiful pool a makeover, and converting it to saltwater!!!

Why is this a good thing? First of all, saltwater is softer and kinder to your skin than chlorine. It won’t dry skin and hair as chlorine often does. Second, using salt rather than chemicals is far more environmentally friendly. So we all win.

So the pool is open, but until we get some sunshine it won’t be very warm. Which was why, when one of guests last weekend went out in his swim togs, we were a little surprised. Okay, so he’s from England and is used to swimming in the North Sea… So Simon was our official “christener” of our new and improved pool, and he pronounced it a wonderful dip. It may be a while before I dive in myself though…

But sunshine is anticipated for this weekend, and to those of us who live here on the East End, it can’t get here soon enough. Showers have been making our plants and flowers happy, but the rest of us?  — not so much. Get your sunscreen — summer really is almost here!

The advent of the Season means that shops and restaurants and everyone else in town are also putting a final coat of polish on their establishments. Chris and I have been, ahem, doing our due diligence on the restaurants to see what’s up with some of the newcomers. (Oh yes — it’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.) One we recently sampled is Race Lane, in East Hampton, where the original Laundry Restaurant held court for many years. Rowaida and Jay Jackson have really brought a new, lighter look to the space, while retaining much-loved features like the huge fireplace. I really enjoyed their Tuna Tabbouleh. We look forward to visiting again soon.

Quote of the Day: “Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.” — Seneca