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On Friday, August 28th we had the pleasure of hosting the wedding reception for Brooke Rogers and Tucker Kelley here at the Inn. A number of family members were staying in-house that night including Emily Kelley, the groom’s mother. She arrived around midday to check in and I escorted her up to her room. We had a delightful conversation going up the stairs during which time she told me that her now 85-year old mother had spent her wedding night at the Inn many years ago before going to Atlantic City for a one-night honeymoon. Mrs. Kelley’s comments immediately took me back to two years ago whe...
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I have not been in the hospitality business my whole career and if that is a surprise to some, I say “thank you”.  I spent the previous twenty five years in the transportation industry.  Most of my friends had quite a chuckle when I told them of my future plans.  They all said that I was crazy for getting into such a tough business and my reply to them was that I was coming from a very tough business. Well, three and a half years later, here I am.  My associates at the Inn have guided me and I have learned quite a bit.  Like anyone else, there are functions that I loo...
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Last Sunday, my wife Tiina and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary. It was a great day in a lot of respects. Probably most significant is that we made it this far without one of us strangling the other. I guess that’s the sign of a successful marriage. The weather was just as beautiful as it was on the day we were married—blue skies, bright sunshine and a cool breeze. In the morning we opened the cards we had gotten for each other. Tiina’s was wonderfully sentimental. The message talked about taking care of each other. Mine was sentimental in a different sort of way. It had a picture of ...
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My two daughters are “horse people” and compete in many shows throughout the year, around the east coast.  I try and attend as many shows as possible but sometimes, it is logistically impossible.  This past weekend I attended the Hampton Classic in East Hampton, NY and when I say that this was the most impressive show I have ever been to, it is a huge understatement. We rented a gorgeous house for the week with five other families from our barn and had a great time.  I have not been out to the Hampton’s for years and had forgotten how many farms were nestled in between the imme...
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What a wild weekend at The Bernards Inn in August! It's not every weekend a movie celebrity spends time in Bernardsville, NJ. I can't tell you her name but she has since beeon on the cover of People Magazine. Everyone in her entourage were so delightful and extremely courteous. I wish them the best of luck and a happy life together.
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