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Two Year Anniversary with the Shiloh Morning Inn

December 30th, 2011 by Jessica

On December 31, 2011,  my husband, Dave, and I celebrate our two year anniversary as owners of the Shiloh Morning Inn.  What fun we have had these last two years meeting many wonderful people and learning to work together as business owners.

Since taking over the Inn, we have worked hard to update several suites, one of the cottages, the living room, and the upstairs hallway…new paint, new carpet, and new art on the walls!  We have chosen to go with earthy, grey tones – the colors of nature.  Beautiful, calm, inviting…

Additionally, for the second year in a row, the Shiloh Morning Inn has been named by the Oklahoma State Department of Health as a ‘Certified Healthy Business’.  This recognition is given to businesses making a positive impact on employee/guest health and on the environment.

We look forward to 2012 and our third year with the Shiloh Morning Inn.

Until Next Time,  Jessica Pfau

 

 

Animals and Nature at the Shiloh Morning Inn

April 7th, 2011 by Jessica

           

As my daughter and I were leaving the Inn this morning, a fox crossed our path. It hesitated in the middle of the driveway, looking straight at us. We stood like statues, not breathing. Then a moment later, it darted into the woods. What a spectacular sight! 

In addition to this fox, we have seen deer, rabbits, armadillos, raccoons, wild turkey, snakes, tarantulas, and  roadrunners. 

Recently, one couple went for a walk after dark. Upon reaching the middle of the walking trails, they turned off their flashlights to look at the stars. When their eyes adjusted to the darkness, they realized a large family of deer had approached them. “It was the most amazing thing we have ever seen,” they excitedly reported the next morning at breakfast. 

Our 73 acres include walking trails, a pond, and more stars than you can imagine!  You have the opportunity to experience nature at the Shiloh Morning Inn. Come, enjoy it!

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature, and God.  Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.”  Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank

                                                                                                                                                                          Until Next Time,  ~ Jessica

                     

                             

 

Shiloh Morning Inn partners with ‘Clean the World’

September 17th, 2010 by Jessica

       –  The first soap shipment sent to Clean The World.

 

We are proud to announce our new association with Clean the World, a non-profit organization that recycles discarded soap and shampoo products.   Excitedly, we are now prepared to send in our first donation box…250 bars of old soap!  We have collected these bars over the last several weeks.  Until we started collecting this soap, we did not realize just how much we were throwing away.  Wow!

Clean the World’s two-part mission is to: (1) SAVE THE PLANET by reducing the waste created by discarded soap and shampoo products;  (2) SAVE LIVES by preventing millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses every year. 

Since its inception in February 2009, Clean the World has put over 6 million soap bars and 100 tons of shampoo/conditioner back into human use, simultaneously eliminating over 340 tons of waste. 

Additionally, Clean the World has delivered this  recycled soap to homeless shelters, missions, and impoverished countries suffering from high death rates due to hygiene-related diseases.  According to the World Health Organization, acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease are the number one and number two leading causes of death among children under the age of 5 worldwide.  These diseases are responsible for 20% of all child deaths annually – 3.5 milliam deaths predominantly in lower income countries.  Among these lower income countries, Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere; Africa and Southwest Asia are the most afflicted with diarrheal disease and acute repiratory illness.  Clean the World is focused on the elimination of these two illnesses and has begun efforts to provide basic soap for proper hygiene practices to these regions.

We are honored to be able to partner with this great organization and we thank our guests for helping us to help the world!

Until Next Time,  Jessica

For more information, please check out Clean The World’s website:  www.cleantheworld.org

Mugs! Mugs! Mugs!

August 22nd, 2010 by Jessica

                                                        

Earlier this year, Dave and I attended our first national innkeepers’  conference.  Being new to the innkeeping profession, we felt it was important for us to make this trip…and we are so glad we did!  While there, we had the wonderful opportunity to meet the talented Deneen family, who produce handmade stoneware.  In business since 1972, this family had been supplying the Shiloh Morning Inn with beautiful hand-thrown mugs for years.  The Shiloh’s previous owners, Bob & Linda Humphrey, had told us how much they enjoyed working with this family.  We were very impressed with the Deneens as well.

Meeting them face-to-face at this conference gave Dave and I the opportunity to learn more about their business and to see — up close — the color and design choices they offer.   We knew we wanted to update the look of our mugs and, with their expert advice, we decided on a new art design and three new colors.   We also decided to add a new mug shape to the Inn’s collection. 

After weeks of anticipation, our newly-designed mugs have arrived.   How fun it has been to open up the boxes and pull each one out!  They are amazing and have been well received by our guests.   

New things are happening at the Shiloh Morning Inn…Come see us!

Until Next Time,   Jessica

For more information about Deneen Pottery, please visit their website:   http://www.deneenpottery.com

Flower Power

June 20th, 2010 by Jessica

 

Almost a year ago, Dave and I began seriously working to buy the Shiloh Morning Inn.  At that time, we started dreaming about what it would be like…what we would do once we were the Innkeepers.  One of the things we dreamed of was fresh flowers throughout the Inn and on the dining room tables at breakfast.  

Recognizing that we knew nothing about flowers, I bought several books on flower arranging.  One of these books was an old publication by Martha Stewart called, “Arranging Flowers, How to Create Beautiful Bouquets in Every Season”.  Although the photos in this book were amazing and Martha’s tips on flower arranging were very helpful, she had one idea that stood out…one idea that totally changed my way of thinking about flowers and the Inn:  the idea to create a ‘cutting garden’.

Martha explains, “When a flower gardener starts thinking like a vegetable gardener, what results is a cutting garden…. Unlike the conventional bed, meant to be appreciated as part of the landscape, the payoff of a cutting garden comes when the blooms are picked, brought indoors, and placed in just the right vase….Once you have established a cutting garden or patch and arranged it in a way that allows you to see the flowers as an actual crop, you’ll learn that what seemed too perfect to pluck from the main garden can be picked free of guilt.”

Although gardening had never really interested me before, the idea of planting flowers only for the purpose of making flower arrangements sounded fun.   The idea of a cutting garden resonated in me. 

 Therefore, a couple of weeks after we took over the Inn, I planted flower seeds — sunflowers; mexican sunflowers;  black-eyed susans, snapdragons, foxglove.  Using the Inn’s greenhouse, I nurtured them as best as I could.  After the last freeze, I planted the saplings.  Now 5 months later, the flowers are starting to bloom.  My first ‘cutting garden’ bouquets are now on the tables!! 

What fun it is to decide to do something that feels a little crazy at the time and then have it – in the end –  not only meet your expectations, but exceeding them!

 Until Next Time, ~ Jessica

We have been adopted by a cat.

May 25th, 2010 by Jessica

We have a new addition to the Shiloh Morning Inn…a cat!   She is a friendly stray that has recently adopted us.   For several days we tried to ‘shoo’ her away, but she kept returning and has chosen our front porch as her permanent ‘hang out’ spot.   Since it was obvious she wasn’t going anywhere, we realized our only choice was  to adopt her right back.    …We call her Eggs.   She is a very sweet outdoor cat that greets everyone as they come to the door.

Until next time, Jessica

New Shiloh Morning Inn Photos

May 3rd, 2010 by Jessica

Soon we will have new photos of the Shiloh Morning Inn!!

Mathew and Mark — two very talented, professional guys from Jumping Rocks Photography – were here for several days taking photos of the Shiloh Morning Inn.  How honored we were to have them! 

When they first arrived, before they even unloaded the bags from their car,  they requested a tour of  the 73 acres and our guestrooms/cottages.  As we showed them around, they began taking notes, creating a plan for their photos…everything depended on the sun and lighting.

Up at sunrise the next morning, they were out on the property capturing some beautiful photos of the grounds.  Later in the day, they started photographing the guestrooms.  They graciously allowed me to hang out with them for the day.   I even had the wonderful opportunity to become their  ‘assistant’, helping to gather together whatever they needed to get their perfect shot, e.g., vases, flowers, decorative pillows.  The talented genious of these photographers was amazing to watch.  They obviously understand well the impact of object placement and lighting. 

It took three full days of intense work, but in the end, they took over 1300 photos!  Within a couple of weeks, we should have the best of these beautiful photos…and our website will show the true spirit of the Shiloh Morning Inn.

Before they left, we were able to take Mathew and Mark out to dinner at one of our favorite Ardmore restaurants, Cafe’ Alley.  Not only did they love the decor, they thoroughly enjoyed the food.   Thank you Samantha and Jasyn for a delicious meal!

Below are some ‘teaser’ photos for you to enjoy. 

 ~ Until Next Time, Jessica

           

           

WHAT’S GOING ON IN ARDMORE THIS SPRING…

April 14th, 2010 by Jessica

Come to Ardmore…Stay at the Shiloh Morning Inn…Have a wonderful adventure! 

Over the next few weeks, there are many scheduled events that will make your trip to Ardmore a lot of fun: 

(1)    Acoustic guitar stylist, Leo Kottke,  will perform at the Ardmore Goddard Center on May 1, 2010www.goddardcenter.org;

(2)  Ardmore’s Main Street Authority is sponsoring a Crawfish Boil on May 2, 2010.   www.ardmoremainstreet.com;  

(3)  If you are interested in biking (either as a spectator or a rider), the Red River Shootout Mountain Bike Race is being held on  April 18, 2010 - www.redrivershootoutmtb.com… Additionally, there is an offroad biking triathlon on May 14 through May 16;

(4)  Comedian Galleghar will perform on May 21, 2010 at Ardmore’s Washington Theaterwww.washingtontheatreok.com

If  you need a place to stay while you are attending these amazing events, please consider us.  Because we realize it is difficult to get away for more than one night at a time, Dave and I have altared the minimum-stay requirements.  With few exceptions, there is no minimum stay requirement.  Now, you can stay only one night – even on the weekends!

Until next time,  – Jessica Pfau

New Innkeepers for Shiloh Morning Inn

March 24th, 2010 by Jessica

On December 31, 2009, Dave and I became the new owners and innkeepers of Shiloh Morning Inn, a beautiful 73-acre bed & breakfast inn.   Since taking over this amazing destination getaway, we have met many wonderful guests who came to the Shiloh Morning Inn because of its romantic, peaceful atmosphere.  Several of these guests were celebrating special events:  honeymoons, marriage proposals, lots and lots of birthdays & anniversaries….  How honored we are to be able to be part of celebrations like these!

Moreover, we are eternally grateful for the hard work and creativity of Bob & Linda Humphrey, who designed and built the Shiloh Morning Inn.  For over ten years, they served graciously as it’s Innkeepers.  In honor of their work and passion, we have decided to refer to the main house – which contains five luxury guestrooms,  a large livingroom, library, and dining room – as “the Humphrey House.”

Until next time,   Jessica Pfau

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