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Veteran’s Day Celebration

November 11th, 2010 by Beth Colt

Our special Veteran guests dig into breakfast at the Woods Hole Inn.

As part of a nationwide effort to honor veterans, the Woods Hole Inn joined B&B’s around the country in offering a free stay to those who have served or are actively serving our nation.  Over 900 inns are participated nationwide, representing over $325,000 donated in this unique effort to recognize the importance of Veteran’s Day.
The Woods Hole Inn welcomed Vets (or active members of the military) and their families on November 9th with a champagne and cheese reception at check-in.  Ushered into the vintage restored rooms, the guests were cradled in the lap of luxury.  The next day, as the nation gathered to honor veterans and our military, these special guests relished the Inn’s sunny breakfast room and a gourmet breakfast of home-made corned beef hash, apple tart, fresh fruit, vanilla bean Greek yogurt, Sippewissett pound cake and plenty of hot coffee.

Sippewissett Pound Cake, fresh fruit and home-made corned beef hash were on the menu for the Veteran's Day breakfast.

This Veteran’s Day event, representing 2,700 donated rooms nationwide, is a brand new program started this past summer by Kathleen Panek, innkeeper of Gillum House in West Virginia.  A plethora of publicity has materialized and like many inns around the country, rooms at the Woods Hole Inn were claimed within a week of joining the program.

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:

Chef Sara Dillon serves veteran Lucille Taylor and her husband James.

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.

Trish and Rick Barone with their sons Jimmy (9, on the right) and Ricky (11) of Hull, Mass.

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.”

Haney and Lauren Hong of Cambridge, Mass.

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 of Falmouth were also part of the fun.

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!

Prosecco and local cheeses welcomed the Vets as they arrived at the Woods Hole Inn.


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  1. Dear Staff,

    We really enjoyed our stay at Woods Hole Inn. We really appreciated the cleanliness and the nice comfortable bed. I liked the black “makeup” face cloth – I always hate using a nice white hotel cloth when removing my mascara. I also liked the idea of the containers of shampoo and body wash in the shower. I always feel bad using a bar of soap for a few days and then it gets tossed – such a waste. The black robes were a nice touch also. I enjoyed the delicious healthy, fresh options for breakfast – granola, fruit and Greek yogurt and my husband really enjoyed the hash. I had some too and it was delicious. We still can’t believe how lucky we were to be able to stay there for free; your generosity is much appreciated. We will certainly spread the news of your wonderful Inn.

    Thank you,
    Lucille and James Taylor

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