After a lovely winter hiatus in New Mexico, we are back home at our beloved Silver Spruce Inn and working hard to have it in pristine condition and ready for the coming season.

Spring cleaning at the Inn, however, is no easy task! With six guest rooms and six baths, a huge living and dining room, 50-foot long enclosed porch with ceiling to floor windows – not to mention the Prohibition-era “speakeasy” and the owners’ quarters – there is a lot to do!

One of the best things about the Inn is its authenticity. When my husband and I bought it nearly 20 years ago, we devoted ourselves to preserving it and remaining true to the Adirondack style and decor of the place.

Did you know, for example, that even the curtain rods are the original iron, with period finials.? The walls are paneled in full-cut western cedar, and the dining area fireplace has what local residents like to call a “five-Santa chimney.” Some of the locals still tell stories of Sallie Smith, the original owner, throwing great parties and roasting oysters in the enormous hearth.

The incredibly tall barn windows are the same vintage as the Inn and were purchased from the village school during the barn’s construction in the 90s.

And the formal gardens, which we added soon after we became the new owners, boast flower species that are indigenous to the area.

Now that we’ve dusted and polished acres of hardwood walls, floors and furniture, scrubbed half a dozen clawed-foot soaking tubs, and washed more than 60 wiindows to let the beautiful outdoors shine in, we are ready to welcome the first of our guests this coming week.

For those of you who’ve stayed as guests of the Inn, we look forward to seeing you again this season. And, for those of you who are just learning about us, welcome! We are happy to share the magic, history and charm of Silver Spruce Inn with you.