The overwhelming response from the military and veterans was, “thank you for thinking of us.”
Here are a few of our guests and their stories:
The Taylors came from Leominster, Mass for a quick getaway by the sea. Lucille is retired but served many years in the US Airforce. They were feeling a little under the weather and were not able to join in the prosecco and cheese welcome, but they said the pillow top rest perked them up…”Like sleeping on a cloud,” said Lucille.
The Barone family loved staying in Room 5 (a suite – perfect for a family of four). Rick Barone served in the US Coast Guard for over 20 years. He was stationed in Woods Hole several summers when former President Clinton visited Martha’s Vineyard as part of the presidential security detail. The Barone’s read about the promotion in the Boston Globe and wanted to come back to Woods Hole, a place where they hung out early in their relationship. Rick particularly appreciated being in a restored old building, wanting to know when it was build (1878) and some of the history of the place (Don’t get me started!) “We love it here” said Trish, “and we plan on coming back.”
The Hongs were looking for a respite from student life at the Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass. Haney, who originally hails from Los Angeles, spent three years in San Diego as a submarine officer. He was then promoted to the Pentagon in Washington DC, where he served as part of the strategic think tank for the Secretary of the Navy.
The Hongs were really sweet about how much they liked the Inn and told me they would tell all their Cambridge friends about what an easy getaway Woods Hole was from Boston. “The photos are great online,” said Lauren, ‘but it’s even better when you get here. It really feels like home, more than just a vacation away, so comfortable .. like I am staying at my Aunt’s house.”
Brian and Tammy Jester just drove across town for a little getaway, and I wish I got a better picture of them as they are a handsome couple. Brian served TWO campaigns in Iraq where he was a Warrant Officer in the Army. He also served in the Coast Guard in the early 1980’s and was stationed in Woods Hole on a Buoy Tender (the big boat that cleans and places the buoys). He and Tammy have four kids and two of whom have also served in the military. Like many Falmouth residents, the Jesters said they don’t get down to Woods Hole that much, even though it’s only a few miles away. They were very grateful for the good night’s sleep and Tammy said, “My mother would love this place.”
It was an honor and a pleasure to make the Inn available as part of this nationwide giveback. What a great way to celebrate Veteran’s Day. And a special thank you to Kathleen Panek for getting this ball rolling and inspiring all of us to come on board. We look forward to next year!