Runnymede Bed and Breakfast Inn Provides Country Vacation

| 6/2/2009 4:17:00 PM

A photo of the author, Caleb ReganTwo weekends ago (May 22 to 24), it really occurred to me that I have an awesome job that suits me. I was sent down to Fredericksburg, Texas – beautiful Texas “Hill Country,” in all its glory – to cover the Crawfish Fest and Gumbo Cook-off for the weekend. Look for that article in the September/October issue of GRIT. But during my time in Fredericksburg, I was lucky enough to stay at a bed-and-breakfast, Runnymede Country Inn, and it was an experience I will not soon forget.

Runnymede Country Inn

When I was a kid, I remember there being a bed-and-breakfast (b-and-b) about 15 miles away from our farmhouse. We drove by it every time we went to our family’s favorite Mexican restaurant. And, of course, I always pictured it as a place with little more than a bed and breakfast … probably even breakfast served in the bed. Later, that perception faded like many other childhood mental images, but I really never paid much mind to bed-and-breakfasts before I landed at Runnymede.

On the Friday I arrived in Fredericksburg, I promptly bought a pound of crawfish, learned how to eat it and settled at a picnic table sort of taking in the scene of a crawfish festival – the first I’d ever been to.

At about midnight, I headed down the road to find the country inn I’d looked at online and perceived in my head. Two to three miles from downtown Fredericksburg, a large country-looking house with cottages spread across the landscape stood in the remote darkness, where the sounds of the city are inaudible and the stars at night are big and bright (deep in the heart, of Texas). I was here to work, but it made me feel more at peace than any vacation I’ve been on in more than 2 years. I was in the country, where my heart always is.

Coming down the stairs the next morning, I immediately smelled eggs, which turned out to be a quiche, and other lovely, country smells – baked cornmeal scones, ham and coffee.

Cindy Murphy
6/7/2009 7:51:01 AM

Hi, Caleb. Glad you enjoyed your stay Runnymede B & B; it sounds as if you had a lovely experience. I've visited many B & B's....although I've never actually STAYED in one. Long ago, back during the many years I spent as a corporate travel consultant, my vacations were 'working vacations'. Wherever I traveled, part of my job entailed visiting hotels - popular ones, and those off-the-beaten-path - so that I could make first-hand recommendations to my clients, as well as giving a presentation to the other agents in the office so they could do the same; hotel advertisements don't always present an accurate account. One B & B that I remember in particular was in New Orleans, and it's shameful that I don't remember the property's name, but that was before kids; my memory has since flew the coop). On a hot, steamy summer day, with my husband tagging along somewhat grudgingly, we made a hotel inspection of a B & B near the French Quarter. The property itself was gorgeous, but what I remember most was spending the afternoon sitting out on the veranda in rocking chairs, sipping lemonade from a bottomless pitcher with the colorful proprietor, and listening to his stories. It was one of the most memorable afternoons of the trip. Here, in South Haven, B & B's far out outnumber hotels in town and the surrounding area. I've always thought it'd be fun just to spend a weekend in one - just a mini-vacation without having to do the dishes! These days, most of our vacations are spent B & Bing it - the "b"s are not Bed & Breakfast, but Bags and Bugs; we go camping. Not as luxurious, perhaps, but just as fun.

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