Mary’s Meadow B&B: Home Away From Home

Marys meadowHave you ever walked into someones house and thought, “I feel like I’m home?” It smells like home. The stairs creek just like home. The way the table is set makes you feel like home. The nick knacks on the book shelves remind you of home. The pictures of past family members, grandchildren, parties, and past vacations make you yearn for home. But more importantly the love you feel as you walk in the door makes you feel like you are home. That is how I felt when I first walked in the doors of Mary’s Meadow Bed & Breakfast in Cazenovia, NY.

Howard and Ginny Krumsiek, the Inn Keepers and hosts of Mary’s Meadow have mastered the art of hospitality. They have loved on Brenda and me, our hosts, but more importantly our guests as if we were a part of their family. As their guests you are greeted at the door, given a tour of their beautiful home built around 1810, and invited to unpack your bags and relax. Their faith, life experiences, and love for people make them the perfect hosts. If you look on their website you will find the following verse found in the New Testament;

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2

As their guest you will be treated as if you were an angel!

Mary’s Meadow was the first B&B to partner with David’s Refuge. They understood our mission and were excited to join us in serving moms and dads of special needs children. They support our organization not only as inn keepers but also financially. Thank you Howard and Ginny for believing in our mission!

Kristin and David (1)Years ago our son David was given a tour of Mary’s Meadow even before the Krumsieks owned it. Our friends Bill and Kristin Morrow owned the house which was once a part of the underground railroad. David climbed a ladder to see where the fugitive slaves were hidden. Years later Brenda and I were telling Howard and Ginny about how David loved their house and had climbed the ladder to see the secret compartment. They asked us to send them a picture if it. When we gave them the picture they looked at us in shock. They went to get a notebook they had collected on the history of the house and in it was that very picture of David. Little did we or they know how David’s Refuge at Mary’s Meadow would grow from the life and death of this incredible boy who had an interest in the underground railroad.

So the next time you need some rest, relaxation, and refuge give Howard and Ginny a call and tell them David’s Refuge sent you!


Respite For The Weary Traveler: The Sherwood Inn

sherwood inn

The founders of The Sherwood Inn had one goal when they welcomed a guest.  They wanted to provide “respite for the weary traveler.”  Built as a stagecoach stop in 1807, the Sherwood Inn has been a favorite resting place for travelers and locals for over two centuries.    Located in beautiful Skaneateles, NY, which is known as the “Eastern Gateway to the Finger Lakes” guest can unplug from the daily cares of life, be pampered, enjoy excellent food, and find respite.

It almost sounds like a commercial for David’s Refuge, and in fact it is!  The Sherwood Inn has partnered with us  in offering “respite for the weary traveler”.  There isn’t a single parent of a special needs child or child fighting a fatal disease that doesn’t doesn’t fit the description of being a weary traveler.  This past weekend we hosted three couples at Hobbit Hollow, a beautiful Bed and Breakfast that the Sherwood Inn manages.  Hobbit Hollow 003We were treated like royalty.  Jean, the Inn Keeper greeted us, helped us carry our bags, kept a fire burning in the fireplace, served us appetizers, cooked us breakfast, and made our dinner reservations.  No one wanted to go home.

Almost a year ago Brenda and I were having lunch at the Sherwood after serving three families in our home.  We were exhausted and weary.  As we sat out on the porch having our lunch we gazed out at the lake.  All of a sudden Brenda yelled out, “David’s Refuge at the Sherwood Inn.”  A new vision of how to grow David’s Refuge without having to build or buy new buildings, without us having to cook, clean, change beds was born.

We met with Dennis Dunden, the Director of Marketing and Nancy Ranieri, Hotel Operations, and a new friendship and partnership was formed.    They loved our mission and wanted to help.  Financially we would have never been able to afford sending our guests to Hobbit Hollow.  Dennis and Nancy worked with us and made it possible for David’s Refuge at Hobbit Hollow to become a reality.

While we were there a local TV station, Channel 9 did a story on David’s Refuge.  If you haven’t see it you can watch it here: David’s Refuge at Hobbit Hollow.  Our guests left knowing they were not alone, that what they do everyday as a caregiver matters, and that God loves them.  They came as a weary travelers, and they left refreshed and ready to love and lead their families.  Thank you Sherwood Inn!