More than Romance

by Innkeeper on September 11, 2011

While love and romance are wonderful things, there are many other reasons for a B&B stay. Here At Willow Pond, folks often come to the area to pursue interests or sport a little out of the mainstream (horseback riding clinic, dog trials and car racing) and greatly appreciate the opportunity of the comfort and hominess we can offer at the end of a long day outdoors enjoying their activity of choice.

We often have “horse people” staying with us. A horse farm in nearby Carson City has regular riding clinics for those who show their horses and compete in dressage. We have become the second home for them, as some participate in these clinics quarterly, and others come monthly for extra lessons. While our current visitors board their horse at the clinic during their stay, we can also easily accommodate those traveling with horses right here on our property. Of course, guests of At Willow Pond can also schedule a trail ride with our horses during their stay.

Heading out for a ride.

Recently we hosted a group of dog enthusiasts who came to Fenwick for field trials held to showcase the skill of their Retrievers.  While we cannot accommodate pets inside the inn, we do allow dogs on the property. This worked out perfectly for these folks, who have their vehicles rigged as ‘second homes’ for their dogs, with air conditioned, insulated kennels built right in. Their dogs are quite used traveling this way, and just wanted the opportunity for a little exercise and bathroom break at the beginning and end of the day. We barely heard a peep out of these amazing dogs who were quite content at the end of a long day of showing off their skill at bird retrieval, to bed down in their kennels, while their owners relaxed together and talked over the day’s events. We also hosted a dinner for the group who stayed with us, as well as other judges of the field trials—what a great group!

Only 20 minutes away from Grattan Raceway, we also host guests with ‘a need for speed’.  They have many events at the track throughout the summer months, such as clinics for those who want to learn or improve their racing skills, amateur races, classic car races and motorcycle races.  (Once, Paul Newman even rented the whole track for his personal use!) We had a couple come for one of their beginner racing clinics in matching “his and her” souped up Porsches.  Mike, who teaches advanced driving skills to police officers, loves to come every year and race his fantastic little yellow sports car (sorry Mike, can’t remember what you drive!) We were so sorry to see Don crash his vintage Volkswagon and have to go back home disappointed.

Hunting season is just around the corner. Any hunters out there tired of roughing it? We are right next door to over 7000 acres of state land managed for wildlife. You would probably have an easier time getting your wife to share your interest in hunting if you stayed at a B&B! We’ll send you out with a thermos of hot coffee and have a full country breakfast waiting for you when you get back in.


It’s been a summer of love here At Willow Pond B&B, as our schedule has been packed with couples celebrating their anniversaries,  as well as spending their wedding night and honeymoon with us, many of them making use of our “Sweetheart of a Deal” package. Kudos to many of the guys, for taking care of the planning (with a little help from us) to surprise their sweethearts with something special.

Don personalized the romantic (Vegan) dinner by the pond for Christina with the glasses they used for the toast at their wedding, as well the candles and their wedding vows—that Don is a romantic! Don & Christina's romantic dinner by the pond.Jay planned the much needed escape for his sweetheart Mouna for their anniversary (they have six children!) and we set up a table in the shady front yard for their dinner (it was HOT out). Mouna already knew the charm of staying at a B&B, but Jay was a new convert and he loved it! (Yea!) Shane had fun keeping his 1st anniversary plans a secret from his wife until they walked up to the front door! He also snuck in the topper from their wedding cake they had saved, and I served it with desert for their romantic dinner at the picnic table under the umbrella on the back patio. Another surprise for Elizabeth! Too bad freezer burn had attacked their cake and they were only able to choke down a small symbolic piece. Good thing I also made them home made cherry vanilla ice cream! Even the chickens were suspicious when they tried to feed them the rest of their cake, and our chicken will eat just about anything. Jeremy and Gracie just went to the grocery store and brought back food to cook on our grill. They ate their first dinner as husband and wife on our back porch–how sweet!

With all that romance going on, it seems only logical that the next step is a Babymoon! So here it is our new Babymoon Package:

Take some precious time alone as a couple before the baby comes—two nights in our Northwest Suite.  Enjoy breakfast in bed one morning of your stay, later a special one hour massage in your room by a certified massage therapist for the mama to be (Daddy can ask to schedule one too), and then soak by candlelight in the extra deep tub with aromatic bath salts.  Take home a basket of pampering bath & body goodies selected just for expectant mothers. We’ll even stock your room with extra snacks for those late night pregnancy cravings (a little salty, a little sweet).  ($365)

Next blog post–what do people come to At Willow Pond for besides the romance.


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