Sunday, September 27, 2009

New Facebook Photos

Check out the Shutters Facebook page for some new photos -- by friends Mary, Sue and Suzi. Please share any photos you have here -- maybe they'll make it on to our website photo album.

Had a Blast with Blues & Brews

We pulled off another Blues & Brews, and while the "brews" were the same (thanks to TJ and the Cape Ann Brewing Co.) the "blues" took on a new form. Eddie joined Annmarie's brother Arthur for an acoustic set by the firepit. Their tunes were great -- as the many friends who joined us can attest. Thanks to all those who stopped by. We look forward to seeing you at our next shindig.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Celebrity Weekend at the Blue Shutters

We had celebrities of all kinds this weekend -- a former TV news personality, the brother of a professional baseball player and a group of early Peace Corps volunteers, who were here to participate in the 48th anniversary of their participation in the program. These Peace Corps alum -- who were part of the first group of volunteers back in 1961 -- shared many stories of their work and insights into the history of the Peace Corps. One member of the group reached yet another kind of celebrity status -- you might recall the scene from the movie Forrest Gump, when the title character meets President Kennedy. The director was praised for his ability to insert Forrest into old film -- and that was the case in this scene as the President greets a long line of White House visitors. Gump's image was superimposed over one of the real-life visitors -- who just happened to be one of our Peace Corps guests. It the first time we know of that the Shutters has welcomed a movie star -- even if you never saw her on screen.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Join Us for Some Great Fall Events

If you believe the fun around Good Harbor Beach is over now that Labor Day has come, think again -- September (and October) can bring some great beach days. And that's not all...we've put plans in place for some special fall weekend packages that will take us right up to Christmas. Here's what's in store:

Enjoy final days of summer along with free beer tastings and live music on our front lawn. Make it a weekend getaway -- book a room Saturday and get Friday night at half-price.

Join us for our first-ever Murder Mystery Night and play detective with other guests and enjoy some special refreshments. Make it a weekend getaway -- book a room Saturday and get Friday night at half-price.

Get into the Halloween spirit with a costume contest, trips to Gloucester’s haunted castle and a visit to nearby Salem, where you’ll find of a full schedule of spooky events. Get dressed for the holiday and get 25 percent off your bill for the weekend – and you’ll be in the running for free night at the Shutters, awarded to the guest with the best costume.

The Blue Shutters’ popular wine and food tasting events are back, and for the first time we’re celebrating autumn. Our chef and wine expert will be back with a new selection of wines and a specially-designed food tasting menu. Make it a weekend getaway -- book a room Saturday and get Friday night at half-price.

Celebrate the holidays Shutters-style as we kick off the season with a tree-trimming party complete with holiday treats. Bring an ornament for our tree and get a 25% discount on your bill for the weekend.

We hope you can come visit -- for one of these weekend specials, or another stay at the Blue Shutters and Good Harbor Beach.

Friday, September 4, 2009

A Special Message about a Special Family Get-Together

Earlier this summer, the Blue Shutters was the setting for a very fun group that chose our inn for their family get-together. There were six couples, plus kids...19 in all (not counting the one child on the way). Rick and Kathleen Zipper headed up this crew, which came from all over the US. We just received a beautiful framed photo from them (now displayed in our main room), with a note titled "At the Blue Shutters Inn". We'll be sharing comments from our guests every so often -- we just had to pass this one along:
From Oregon, Carolina and from Michigan
We came for a week at the Blue Shutters Inn.
For us it was our family get-together,
On the beach, with the ocean, and great summer weather.
The weather surprised, with some storms, wind and rain,
But we all made the best, suffering little pain.
So how did we manage to be unaffected?
It was feeling at home, with no strangeness detected.
Things special at breakfast, and the lobster boil,
Your team made it easy, Ed always at toil.
With Tony so helpful, always thinking PR
And Patty and Annmarie, grocery shopping by car,
You all met our needs, and allowed us to roam,
From Boston to Rockport, and always come home.

We'd like to thank all the families -- for the photo and for this great note.