Summer has begun and we took advantage of it as our staff and families enjoyed an afternoon away from the inn for play, fun and food. Our event took place at Camp Oty’Okwa, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters camp located a short distance from the Inn. See a few photos here.
While we were gone for the afternoon, Teresa Paszkiewicz, did a great job as our “Innkeeper for an Afternoon”. She had so much fun she is ready to come back again. Teresa had a little help from Melissa Dutton, a writer with CEO Columbus. Melissa spent a full day shadowing with Ellen and Terry prior to joining Teresa. Her article will appear in the fall issue of CEO. Many thanks to both Teresa and Melissa for allowing our staff to “getaway”.
Lots of exciting events coming up in the next couple of months. Here are just a few to whet your appetite.
*Washboard Music Festival on June 14-16
*Father’s Day BBQ on June 17
*Hocking House Fine Art Gallery Open House on June 23-24
*Log Cabin Day Special on June 25
*Summer Desserts CookInn Class on June 27
CookINN with our Chef
The first time I did this dish was when we hosted our Spirits Dinner with the owners from Middle West Spirits. I wanted to incorporate the spirits into the food, not just serve a cocktail with dinner. Instead of doing a standard ceviche dish, I went a little “off course” with the Drunken Shrimp Cocktail. I used OYO Vodka in the marinade. Then, I poached them to perfect doneness (a little secret I learned while living on the North Fork of Long Island), and quickly chilled. Next, I cooked the marinade and chilled it. Put them both together, and it’s pretty tasty!
Many of our guests find that if they can escape from work early on your planned day of arrival, it makes a great start to your time off, if you come have lunch at the inn between 11:30-1:30, and then go to the spa for a 1:45pm appointment. When your spa services are over, your room will be ready and waiting. Then, you might just want a nap!!
Patchouli oil has a rich, earthy, woody aroma with a nearly hidden, fruity note. Often associated with the hippies and the 1960s, the fragrance of patchouli essential oil is rich, earthy and grounding. In perfumes, patchouli is a base that acts as a fixative.
For skin and hair care, patchouli oil is a wonderful staple to keep on hand. It is helpful for most all skin types ranging from dry, cracked skin all the way to helping to regulate oily skin and acne. Those with eczema, psoriasis and dandruff have said that patchouli is especially helpful for them. Other uses for patchouli oil are: acne, athlete’s foot, chapped skin, dermatitis, eczema, fatigue, frigidity, hair care, insect repellant, mature skin, oily skin and stress.
Emotionally, patchouli essential oil is calming and grounding. Spiritually, it has been used alone or in blends during prayer and meditation. It can act as an aphrodisiac.
Here are a couple of ways to try patchouli oil.
For a facial treatment, add 2 drops of pure essential oil to your night cream or moisturizer.
For hand treatment, add 1 drop of patchouli oil to your cuticle cream or hand cream to support and help heal weathered hands.
Come nap in our hammocks, enjoy a late afternoon swim or sip a glass of wine while sitting on the rooftop garden. We look forward to spending time with you this summer.
Ellen and Terry