The beginning of April had us traveling to Anaheim, California to attend the 20th annual Professional Association of Innkeepers International Conference. This event invites bed & breakfast owners and innkeepers from all over the world to share what they know, learn new things, communicate ideas and celebrate this wonderful profession.

We had some added excitement while we were there . We were awarded membership to Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America, the premier innkeeping association in the United States and Canada. Only an elite few bed and breakfasts are invited to join Select Registry each year and we were the first and only one in all of Baltimore. We had a “secret sleeper” stay with us and evaluate everything from cleanliness to food and hospitality and we passed with flying colors. This is a grand achievement and we are very proud to be recognized for our efforts.

While we were in California, Claudette, our assistant innkeeper & Michelle, our Housekeeper, took very good care of our guests and the B&B as a whole. Thank you, Claudette and Michelle, for being so great at what you do.

We look forward to sharing what we learned in Anaheim with all of you when you next visit Scarborough Fair.

 

Summer is here and we want to help you enjoy the fun and sun in Baltimore.

The beach is the classic escape this time of year, but it quickly becomes overcrowded. The traffic can be anything but fun and though familiar, the beach can be stale and overly predictable. Why not try the city instead? There is so much going on this time of year, it only adds to the tons of activities occurring on a daily basis. Below are some of our favorites you just got to check out! For more things to do, visit our new website and look under the “Things To Do” column.

July:

  • 4th Independence Day ...falls on a Friday, the perfect opportunity to extend some time off into a three day weekend, and if you live in the suburbs of the city, you can stay with us for the fireworks and not fight the traffic home
  • 5th Historically Hip Federal Hill hosts its 2nd Annual Sidewalk Sale, enjoy the very best in summer shopping and fun through out the Federal Hill neighborhood
  • 18th - 20th Artscape, Baltimore celebrates everything artistic with blocks upon blocks of artisans and crafts people and live music, one of the best free festivals I have ever attended

August:

  • 20th Red Sox are back again,
  • 22nd, 23rd &24th the Yankees return,
  • 28th through 31st 28th Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, this is one of the largest antiques shows in North America

 

I don’t know how you would answer the above question, but when we had nearly 300 women from The Great Taste ‘08 Home Tour, a charity event hosted by the Women’s Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, grace our front door, we simply served them cookies and lemonade and gave them a tour of our home.

We had cookies of every type and shape; strawberry shortbread flowers, chocolate waffle cookies, apple butterscotch walnut drops, and of course our signature apricot sage sandwiches. To wash it all down with we offered lemonade iced tea and our very special strawberry basil lemonade. While these wonderful ladies toured the inn, they also registered to win some great door prizes, including a one night stay at our B&B.

Thanks to each and every attendee that stopped by. We were so happy to be part of such a fantastic event.

 

We are celebrating our one year anniversary at being your innkeepers and are giving you the gifts, so to speak.

The first is a brand new wonderful website. It not only looks a lot fresher and more fun, it is also easier to use, is more interactive and truly represents the uniqueness of both our bed & breakfast and of our personalities. On the new site you will be able to not only check availability and make reservations, but also read what is happening on our blog, print recipes for some of your favorite breakfasts and cookies, & find what events are taking place in both our neighborhood and the city as a whole. If you would like to visit our blog directly, please go to www.innspireddreamer.blogspot.com. We hope you will enjoy this new representation of our B&B experience as much as we do.

The other gift is a Garmin GPS system for you to borrow during your stay at our B&B. This great piece of technology will allow you to drive or walk to your destination with ease, even if you have never been in the city before. Feel free to ask us about signing it out so you can be on your way to exploring effortlessly.

Speaking of our one year anniversary, as the owners of Scarborough Fair, We want to offer a very heartfelt thank you to each and every guest that has stayed with us. You are the reason we enjoy what we do each and every day! We hope we will be able to see your smiling faces again in person very soon.