A Heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to Old and New Friends from the Horse on Finishing Our 10th Year

As the snow begins to sugar the mountain tops here in Swan Lake, I begin the task of closing the Horse for the long winter. First the gardens, so lush and beautiful this year, are cut back and a few tears fall as the last of those glorious hollyhocks are stuffed into the mulch bag – their seed pods carefully saved for gorilla gardening around the neighborhood. Those monstrous hanging baskets of sunrise pink petunias are delivered back to the nursery and the drip systems are drained. The herb garden – so prolific this summer – gives up the last sprigs of lovage, savory and tarragon to flavor the fall stew bubbling on the back burner.

The highway is quiet, the lake even more so. No jet skis, boats or swimmers – just flocks of migrants heading south stopping in for a quick bite and respite. This is my favorite time of year – full of gold light and the smell of winter on the air. The few visitors coming through the door are a hardy breed seeking stillness and ready for any weather Nature may send their way.

It has been an amazing season thanks to the many returning guests who over the years have become good friends. And so many new faces that portend an even rosier future for the Horse.  It has been 10 years since the doors opened and what a wonderful ride it has been…fascinating visitors and guests, exciting stories of traveling adventures, quiet moments on sunset contemplations and the absolutely wonderful gratification of knowing that my staff and I have contributed in some small way to making special memories for you and your families.Kathleen on porch

Although the lodge will be  closed November 1 thru April 30, we won’t be idle…upgrades and improvements will take place over the winter to make your 2010 stay even more comfortable.  On behalf of Nikki, Cooper, Sampson and Juliet – thank you – for the hikes, the cookies and the new vocabulary (Sampson has incorporated a distinct New Jersey accent and now knows the main theme to Encounters of the Third Kind!)

For all our new and old friends – have a safe and exceptional winter. We’ll be looking forward to welcoming you back to the Horse next year.  Kathleen

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3 Responses to “A Heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to Old and New Friends from the Horse on Finishing Our 10th Year”

  1. Wout Dubois says:

    Hello Kathleen,
    Remember Elise and me and Gerry passing by in May 2005? Yoe might have her she passed away in January 2006
    We sent you her book last year to your P.O. Box.
    Maybe we will visit you next year after summer if health stays good.
    Have a nice winter,
    Best regards,
    Wout Dubois

  2. Bill & Julie says:

    Hey Kathleen,

    Hope all is well. Don’t know if we’ll be back this summer, but we sure remember all the great food. We got a yellow lab named Sophie so maybe Cooper and the gang can have a Twitter pal,

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    The Johnsons from Tampa

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