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High Country Inn News 2006

12-18-06

I had the fun of being interviewed for a story in our local newspaper, and since many of you live far away, I thought you might be interested in seeing it. If you are, it is online at the Clearwater Tribune web site under week of 12-14-06, front page, A Hometown Story. I've had lots of comments about it locally, and felt honored that the paper thought me worthy of doing a great story this time of year. It has already brought me some biscotti business!

Have a wonderful Christmas, we will be back in touch in the new year

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12-9-06

Our repeat cooking class will be held next Wednesday, Dec. 13
We have room for a couple more who would be interested in making several kinds of rolled cakes (real showstoppers!) also a tea ring for Christmas breakfast or giving. Cost which includes lunch, products to take home, and a menu packet is $60. Time: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Please call or e-mail if you would like to join us!

We have a nice array of home-made gifts for holiday small gifts, including biscotti, jellies, marinara sauce, handmade soaps, cork board trivets. We are also accepting orders for home-baked goods as well as gift certificates for overnight getaways as well as dinners.

We will have a pre-Christmas dinner Saturday, December 22, if enough are interested, with pork Wellington and chicken saltimbocca on the menu. Full dinner: $18.95 Reservations by December 18, please, to determine whether we have enough to make a party! It is close to Christmas, as we will be leaving ourselves the following day for Boise for the holidays, but you might be looking for a chance to have a relaxing evening in the midst of the hustle and bustle!

Can you believe this will be our 5th Anniversary of the inn in February!!!

12-6-06

Still Time to Plan a Holiday Dinner!

We're off and running with the holiday season, with our first two parties under our belt; the first being an overnight retreat and party with doctors and staff from Clarkston last weekend, and scheduled others through the 16th of December. However, with several people asking when we might be open for holiday dinners, I have come up with the following available dates for a special night out for couples or a small group:

Friday, December 8, a choice of New York Strip, $21.95, or Surf and Turf, New York Strip and sauteed garlicky shrimp, $24.95, complete dinners with appetizers, dessert, coffee.

Saturday, December 16, menu yet to be decided; the Prosecutor's Office will be here then

We will also open for a pre-Christmas celebration on Friday, December 22, if enough are interested in getting together with friends for a special evening.

Taking Orders from Bakery

Our "Bakery" which is featured on our web site has started getting attention, as I mailed off a 25 lb. order of biscotti and ginger snaps to California yesterday, and have an order for Illinois to do this week! If any of you are interested in fresh homemade biscotti or cookies, Yule logs, cheesecakes for small gifts or entertaining, you may order by calling or looking up our web site, Bakery Page. We will accept orders through December 20.

Repeat Cooking Class

We had several who wished to attend our last cooking class on rolled cakes, but we were full. If there are enough (four to six) who can attend Wednesday, December 13, or Tuesday, December 19, we can do a repeat, plus make a breakfast bread to have ready for your Christmas morning. If you would like to participate, I must know by this weekend. Cost is $60 for the full day, including snacks, lunch, your products to take home and recipes.

Gift Certificates Popular!

We are running specials for gift certificates for Christmas, with overnight packages for either the Moose Room or one of the Texas cabins, which includes appetizers, dinner, overnight, breakfast, and full use of the inn's amenities, including the hot tub. These packages are good through 2007, and are announced with lovely cards which you can give the recipient. The Moose Room special is $120, and the Texas cabin special is $150, plus tax and gratuity. These make wonderful gifts for a special couple in your life! We also have gift certificates which can be used for dinners here at the inn. Just call or e-mail for more information!

High Tea Filled

We are really sorry that we didn't foresee how popular our Christmas Tea would be, as we filled almost immediately, and didn't have time to plan another which would include entertainment. However, our next tea is scheduled for Sunday, February 11, and we already have four reservations for that one, which will be part of our Valentine's week, plus our 5th Anniversary!! So I am letting our newsletter patrons know firsthand about this tea, so you won't be left out! We will accept reservations as they come in.

We will be on vacation from December 23 through New Year's, returning for more celebrations to be held January 6, 7, and 20. We are donating the use of the inn for a youth retreat the weekend of January 27, and then we'll be into February!!! A wonderful holiday is wished for you, and may you be with those you love!

11-15-06

Dear Friends,

The holidays are sneaking up on us fast, our cooking class for this Saturday filled the first two days it was open! I'm sorry we couldn't take more, the only way we can offer a repeat would be on a Wednesday or Thursday, weekday, if any of you are still interested.

I wanted to wish you all a bountiful Thanksgiving, before Dick and I leave on our holiday trip to Ohio next Monday. We will be gone 8 days, and when we return will be jumping right into our holiday parties, beginning Friday, December 1, with a doctors' group from Clarkston coming for an overnight. Our Holiday Tea set for December 17 filled up the first week, and we even have a waiting list...wish I had thought ahead and planned two during the Christmas season! If any of you would like to enjoy a pre-Christmas dinner on Saturday, December 16, we will have a limited number of reservations available, as only one group of 12 from the Prosecutor's Office is signed up for that night. Let me know if you think you would like to plan a table for that evening.

On another note, each year we are asked if we will be open for New Year's Eve, (we never have) and I thought for this year, if enough are interested, we might offer an intimate candlelight dinner for twenty or so. I am not advertising this yet, but thought I would ask our loyal patrons if there is enough interest to make up 5 or 6 tables. If so, I would look into some entertainment to go with dinner. It would be doubly fun to make it an overnight at the inn! Just an idea!!! Let me know.

If we don't see you before, enjoy a wonderful holiday season, here in our beautiful country! Jo and Dick

11-1-06

Just a note to let you know that we already have 20 reservations for the Dec. 17 Tea, and if you're thinking about having a table, you'd better let me know soon. I had no idea it would be so popular so soon!

Also, it won't be too late to make reservations for our Saturday Harvest Fest and concert, we'd like to have a nice crowd for the evening. We are filling both a ladies' and a gents' table for those coming alone. So don't be bashful, come out and have a good time and enjoy our feast!

10-30-06

Hello to all!

Thought I would jot down the full menu for you to consider, for this next Saturday's "shindig." Everything is shaping up to be one of our best entertaining shows ever, with Mike Riccomini, our man in black, and Cathy Curtis, in her new glittery black top, pulling out all the stops to show us what gusto this duo has when both guitars and splendid voices are combined. Classic country and western, as we all fondly remember it, a la Johnny Cash and others, as well as a few of the newer tunes interspersed with some good toe-tappin' folksongs made famous in the 70's and 80's, will share the limelight. Casual or western dress is the attire for the evening! We will open at 5:30 p.m., our Harvest Buffet dinner will be served by 7 p.m., and will consist of roast turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce, pork loin in wine sauce, roast beef, mashed potatoes, my sweet potatoes everyone raved about last year, homemade brown gravy, salads, vegetables, rolls, and a selection of desserts. Coffee is included, for just $16.95 person. A special price of $15 for 65+ seniors is also offered. A special "ladies' " table is being set up for all gals who are alone for the weekend, whether hunting widows, or single ladies. Just give us a call and reserve, we hope to have a nice crowd to appreciate Cathy's and Mike's efforts!

The Holiday High Tea set for Sunday, December 17 has been finalized, with a beginning time of 2 p.m., to allow for our friends from outside the area to make the drive and get back home before it is late. Our entertainment will be lively, with Gerri Lemmon, Joanne Hutchinson, and Larry Sharrai sharing their Christmas show with us, along with others in the audience who will play a few songs for us. This afternoon is sure to get everyone into the Christmas spirit, and we are accepting reservations already!

The cooking class for November 18 is full, but we are open to forming other custom classes for those who would like to bring their own friends or family for a day or weekend at the inn and cook. Let me know if you would like to be on a list to call whenever we offer another regular class.

We really appreciate you telling others about us, and bringing friends up to have dinner if they have not been here before. This Saturday's dinner will be the last public dinner until after the new year, with Christmas parties taking up most of the time from Thanksgiving on. We will be on vacation ourselves, from November 20-28, visiting our son Scott, Anne, and family in Dublin, Ohio. So this weekend is the time for us to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

During the weeknights of December, we are open to reserving small groups for dinner, and invite you to form a small party to enjoy our good food and the beautiful decorations which will be up throughout the inn for the holidays.

10-20-06

Dear Friends and Patrons,

I started this newsletter with the above heading yesterday morning early, then had to leave it for later when I would have more time. The next hour I learned that the whole world had turned upside down for my housekeeper of many years, Vicki, who with her family lost everything they owned as their rented house had burned to the ground during the night. They barely got out and had to watch while the entire house collapsed upon itself destroying all the contents. I thought to myself, "What would I do if I was left with nothing whatsoever, not even a piece of clothing?" During the day I was going to set up a bank account, and after calling around, found that one is being set up at US Bank, P.O. Box 1240, Orofino, ID 83544, in the name of Rick and Vicki Jones. So if you feel as I do, that any bit of help will be appreciated, I pass the information on to you in case you would like to share of what you haven't lost! The family had just moved into the rented house a month ago, and were still getting unpacked, buying a few pieces of new things to go in it, and I don't think they had renter's insurance yet. So I share this with you, knowing that you will feel like doing something, like I do.

Now on to the topic of my newsletter for the month, Exciting upcoming events! We ARE excited, because we have not only a great meal planned, but also an evening of live entertainment to go with it.....Saturday, November 4, the High Country Inn will have an old-fashioned Harvest Dinner and hoe-down, to celebrate fall and have a good ole' time! Mike Riccomini and Cathy Curtis will be performing on guitar, and blending their voices in familiar classics, including folk and western music. They entertained at the Harvest Moon Cruise last year as part of the Orofino Birthday Bash, and were a big hit.

Our menu will include a bountiful buffet of choice meats, salads, vegetables, and desserts, including roasted turkey, pork loin, and beef with all the trimmings, to have as much or as little as you like. We will begin earlier than usual, 5:30 p.m. for social hour, appetizers, and music, with dinner to begin around 6:30. Price for dinner is $16.95, plus tax and gratuity.

Our cabins and rooms are also open, and as in the case of our OKTOBERFEST last Sunday, two couples came for the entire evening, to spend the night and have breakfast the following morning before heading back to Lewiston. We always welcome overnight guests to be a part of our evening festivities.

We are having several overnight guests on the evening of October 28, and will be preparing dinner, and will be open informally for other guests if anyone would like to come. The menu will be a glazed chicken breast with sauce, and all the trimmings and dessert, for $15. Please reserve by Thursday, October 26. Social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m.

We've had lots of requests for a cooking class and one possible date is Saturday, November 18. This would offer desserts for the holidays adaptable for all seasons once you learn the techniques, including making rolled cakes such as pumpkin logs or Yule logs, and the art of working with filo dough, making baklava, apple strudel, etc. The class is limited to 4-6 participants (we must have at least 4 to make the class.) The day includes coffee/biscotti break, lunch, recipes, and take-home products, for $60. (9:30 a.m. to around 2:30 p.m.) Call or e-mail to register. by 5 p.m. Nov. 14.

The weekends are filling up with Christmas parties, but we were able to schedule our Holiday Tea, "Over the River and through the Woods," to be held Sunday, December 17. We will offer a delightful program of Christmas music, including several local talented people, who will share the spotlight during our course offerings. The inn will be beautifully decorated as always, and it will be a wonderful time to take a few hours to relax from your own holiday preparations, and soak in the Christmas spirit! The tea will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and will include three courses. Invite friends, or bring your family to enjoy a real treat of an afternoon over the river and through the woods! The tea is $15 for adults. Children who would enjoy the elegant trappings of a tea party and using their good manners are certainly welcome, age 6-12 $9.

Reservations are needed for all our events, and we appreciate receiving them as early as possible! We hope to see many of you soon!

Our OKTOBERFEST was a full house, we served 50 guests and had many compliments on our cabbage rolls particularly! We appreciated Earl Hughes of Peck performing on his accordion for us during dinner!

10-3-06

Hello to all! Just a note to remind our patrons that reservations for our Sunday OKTOBERFEST, October 15, are coming in steadily, with practically all being from Clarkston, Lewiston, Moscow, and Kamiah, and I am pleased that so many enjoy the drive over to have dinner at our place! There are still openings for both the 2 p.m. and the 5 p.m. seatings, but I think we'll be full by next week. We hope some of our Orofino friends can join us, also!

We are busy landscaping, have been waiting for loads of topsoil, which finally started arriving last evening, so we can go ahead and get the grass planted for our archery range, plus create a landscaped bed along the path to the cabins, hoping the plants we've chosen won't be deer dessert! Our B&B business has been steady, with both couple "getaways" and occasional drop-ins. It's been good to see that lots of travelers from the Boise and other southern Idaho communities are discovering our beautiful country! Right now we have guests from McCall and Meridian with us, and couples from Horseshoe Bend and Lewiston were here over the weekend.

We will be in Boise ourselves over the weekend, to see our grandson, Zach, from the University of Wyoming, play in a rugby game. (I've never seen a rugby game so it should be exciting!) We will also visit family, and on Monday, get Dick to an orthopedic specialist to try to find the cause of his shoulder and hand pain. Thanks to all of you who express your concern with his health. We are holding in there, having just celebrated our 52nd wedding anniversary yesterday, along with my 70th birthday last weekend! Our puppy, Abby, is a joy to both of us, and I think she will be a good little "Welcomer" to our guests!

We are still booking Christmas parties, but already have five scheduled, with two groups coming from Lewiston to have their party and spend the night! We hope to squeeze in at least one High Tea, possibly two, during the fall and winter months. I am looking at the end of October and mid-December right now, if we have enough interest. Let me know if you would like to be a guest!

I hope you are enjoying our beautiful autumn, and that you are getting out to view the gorgeous colors. We took a drive on Sunday to Elk River, and it was a feast for the eyes to see all the color contrasts!

9-19-06

Hello to our friends and a happy Fall, arriving this weekend, always in time for my birthday, which this year is my 70th! I love this season most of all, and my thoughts are already turning to the lovely hues of autumn. I'm anxious to decorate the inn for the season and our annual OKTOBERFEST, which I am scheduling for Sunday, October 15, with two seatings. We'll serve at 2 p.m., followed by a later seating at 5 p.m. A full-course dinner is on tap, with traditional favorites all made in our kitchen, including cabbage rolls, sweet and sour red cabbage with apples, German potato salad, apple strudel, along with bratwurst, roast beef and gravy, mashed potatoes, and more! We'll have rousing German polkas and traditional songs on the stereo, and the bar will offer German beer and wine along with the regular offerings. If you have a beer stein, by all means bring it along! (Coffee and tea are always complimentary with the meal.) Price for the complete dinner is $16.95, and for seniors 65 and over, just $15 each, plus tax and gratuity for all. (I keep forgetting I'm a senior too!) We hope you'll gather a table together and celebrate fall with us at the High Country Inn. If you know someone who would like to hear about us, do send this e-mail along to them also!

We expect to get a little more done on our new building project this weekend, when some of our sons will be here. We might be modifying the plans to allow for a billiards table in the recreation room, and then it will be a REAL game room for next summer! I have a lot of landscaping around the cabins and by the boat garage planned, and would be getting started on it this week, except we can't find any topsoil anywhere around for immediate delivery. If you know of any available, we'd appreciate hearing about it.

If you haven't met our baby chocolate cocker spaniel Abby, yet, you are in for a real treat. She is the most lovable puppy around, and everyone who has met her agrees she is a very laid-back good girl! She definitely knows she lives in two houses, and she runs uphill and down and even escorts guests to their cabins! She gives Jumper, the cat who has claimed seniority, a bad time, but Jumper takes it all in stride, and has even started playing with the pup, and they chase and swat each other all through the great room and beyond!

We had a novel experience catering over Labor Day weekend, delivering and serving 90 "gourmet" lunches and coffee over a three-day period to the train excursions which took place between Spaulding, where they originated, to Orofino and beyond, taking a different route each day after reaching Orofino. I met some great people from all over the U.S., and got to ride the dome car from Kamiah to Kooskia one day. The car I rode was from the 50's, and was the same car ridden in by Frank Sinatra and many other celebrities during those years. It is hoped that another excursion might take place next spring. Some local people were able to take advantage of this historic experience, and enjoyed the trips very much. Kathryn Allen and I had a great time viewing the countryside from the other side of the river as we rode to Kooskia. The people who ride these trains travel all over the world experiencing and taking photos of the life that "used to be." I was happy to be a small part of it!

One last note, we are booking holiday parties, and have already booked three in December, so if you are connected with a business, organization, or family group which gets together for a holiday celebration, please consider having your gathering at the High Country Inn. We really appreciate your patronage!

9-6-06

Just a note to remind you of our end-of-summer barbeque this Friday, September 8, opening at 6:30 p.m. We still have lots of room, and would like to have you join us for a final celebration of summer! On the menu will be smoked beef brisket, sausages, potato salad, along with other dishes, and fresh peach pie!

Price is $14.95 for your entire dinner, including beverage, and as always, appetizer. Tell your friends about us, and make your reservation by Thursday evening or early Friday morning. We're still hoping to have some entertainment, but aren't sure yet...it'll be a surprise!

We would like to introduce you to Abby, our chocolate cocker spaniel, just 4 months old! You can also get a glimpse of our new project going up behind the cabins!

Hope to see you this weekend, Jo

8-28-06
Hello to all!

This has been a wild, wild summer with lots of weddings and celebrations going on, as well as our best season so far of guests for bed and breakfast. We have found that just about all our guests have enjoyed having the choice of including dinner with us, so we have truly become a "lodge" in that respect! Add to that the great visit we had with all five of our children and 13 of our 14 grandchildren, who came the first part of August for a week. The arrival of our new chocolate cocker spaniel puppy, Abby, added to the excitement! The days were mixed with work and fun, between the start-up of the newest addition to our cabin project, and enjoying our new 25 ft. pontoon boat, which was cruising on the water every single day, joined by son Richard's ski boat. All in all, we had at least 18 of us in presence each day, with a couple extra guests joining in, making it sometimes as many as 24 for meals!

We are winding down from the summer, except we still have a nice wedding on September 10, and several other catering jobs ahead. One exciting venture will be delivering about 80 lunches to a new train excursion which will start up next weekend, beginning at Spaulding. You'll probably be hearing more about it as it gets rolling!

We are managing to squeeze in one more event for the public, and we hope you can come. A western barbeque will be served on Friday, September 8, opening at 6:30 p.m., and we'd like once again to be outside, enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery. On the menu will be smoked beef brisket and sausages, with all the trimmings of great salads, beans, bread, dessert, and beverage. It will be a nice way to end the summer, with friends, and we would love to have you join us! If we can find some musical entertainment to add to the fun, we'll let you know! Do make your reservations soon, and help us bid farewell to another great summer!

7-31-06
Hello to our friends!

We are having our busiest summer ever!!! I thought our 5th wedding on June 24 finished those, but we've just booked another for September 10, and rehearsal dinners yet to come into October, so we aren't done yet! (And can you believe we're already booking for Christmas parties!)

Our B&B guests are finding us on the internet, and we really enjoy meeting the people who come. We will be full again this week, but look forward to serving many of you at our only public event for August, this Friday, August 4, with Fajita Night! We will serve both chicken and beef skirt fajitas, with all the trimmings, plus appetizers and dessert, for $15.95.

Our regular opening will be at 6:30 p.m., but we will offer an early seating for those participating in the Dam Race, as they have to be at a pre-race meeting at 7 p.m. If you would like to be a part of the early seating at 5:30, let us know when you make your reservation!

Other notes on our doings: Our three grand daughters have bought Dick a puppy to help ease the loss of our Princess. A little chocolate 8-week old cocker spaniel named Abbie will come to make her home with us this weekend, and our grand daughter, Elizabeth has promised to train her as Grandma doesn't have time! So we hope that Abbie will be a great little host to our guests as she grows up!

Other projects ongoing: Our son Richard and grandson Nathan have started on a wash house and activity room in back of the new cabins, which will house laundry and some cooking facilities, as well as an enclosed picnic and activity area. This all came about because we still have two futons we didn't have room for when we built the cabins, plus we won't have to carry laundry back and forth from the cabins, as well as allow our guests more amenities when they stay. If you come this weekend you'll be able to see the beginnings of the project!

We are shutting down the inn from August 6-13, as most of our family will be here for a little vacation. We are looking forward to being out on the boats every day and lots of good eating. We would like to locate a couple of large rafts, also a canoe or two for while they are here, if you know of where we could borrow or rent these. If you can help, please call and let me know!

We do hope to see you this Friday! We miss not serving our patrons more often this summer, and our next event probably won't happen until September, we'll keep you posted!

7-17-06
Hello to all!

We had a great turn-out for our July Casual Friday, with 40 guests enjoying dinner outdoors, and we are busy as bees between B&B guests, lots of weddings, rehearsal dinners, plus events like the NRA banquet next week, a 50th wedding anniversary, and so on. But we do have one weekend which we can offer again for the public, and that will be the first Friday of August, August 4, and we'll have another outdoor evening, with a Mexican flair, cooking both beef skirt and chicken breast fajitas with lots of trimmings. We hope you'll be able to join us for a great summertime meal. The full dinner, including our bountiful appetizers and dessert, will be $15.95. We'll offer sangria as well as our full beer and wine bar, along with our special blend iced tea. Get up a table and call or e-mail your reservation and we'll have a good time together! We open at 6:30 p.m. that night.

6-29-06
Hello to all!

This next week will be our only offering for the public for the month of July, due to many other catered activities. We just completed a marathon week of feeding over 500 guests with four different events, including two weddings, and are gearing up for another catered dinner this weekend, followed by several B&B guests coming in. We do miss our public events, and hope you'll be able to attend our Casual Friday on July 7. We will already have a group of six canoeists from the east coast staying with us and having dinner, and Deb Norton of the Visitor's Center at Dworshak Dam is bringing her team of volunteers, who hail from all around the nation. These will all be interesting people to meet and greet, so we hope you can come!

Our menu will be Sirloin Tri-Tip steak, grilled and sliced, along with our delicious stuffed potatoes, a deluxe salad, other trimmings, and always, dessert! As you know, we also include appetizers and coffee at no extra charge, and where else do you get all this! The price for dinner is $15.95 plus t&g. Do make your reservations early, outside dining either on the deck or in the shady sunken garden has been wonderful for both dinners and breakfasts for our guests. This next weekend should be no exception. We will open at 6 p.m., and have dinner by 7 p.m. Hope to see you here!

5-15-06
Hello to all!

What a wonderful Mother's Day celebration we had yesterday, with a full house for both seatings, plus one carry-out! In all we fed over 85 guests, and everyone seemed happy! The three hours between seatings worked well, with my great staff scurrying to get everything ready for 5 p.m. The weather of course was absolutely beautiful, and we hope we will be just as lucky for our next big event, which is coming up soon.

We are happy to announce that Orofino's popular bluegrass band, Red Eye Gravy, is back in action, and will perform for us at our '06 Summer Kick-Off Barbeque, Saturday, June 3. The last time we had over 135 guests, with tents and tables set up outside as well as dining indoors. We'll offer a full barbeque dinner, complete with our own Texas-style smoked brisket, country-style ribs, sausages, and chicken, along with homemade barbeque sauce, potato salad, beans, garden salad, bread and butter, dessert and beverage, for just $18, which includes two hours of grand toe-stompin', hand-clappin' music! Reservations are necessary, and the earlier the better!

Our summer is pretty-well booked, with five weddings, some rehearsal dinners, as well as catered lunches, a week-long workshop, and several cabin bookings. We do hope to enjoy Memorial Day weekend with our family, and it won't be long before we receive our brand new 25 ft. pontoon boat, ordered from Indiana, which we hope to use for guests, even serving dinner on the lake! The boat is supposed to hold 17 passengers, but I'm sure we won't take that many at a time!

It is so pretty up here right now, with all the new plantings and blooms everywhere, our pond is teeming with lots of baby fish. My, those big guys were busy this winter when we thought they were snoozing in the cold water! The sunken garden is especially pretty. Now if I could just do something about the deer ravaging all the plants I put in down by the cabins!

If you haven't been up to the hill for a while, we hope you'll make the trip soon! We appreciate you passing information about us along to your friends. We are receiving more and more guests from out of town! Yesterday's list included guests from Moscow, Clarkston, Lewiston, Kooskia, Kamiah, and Stites. Many were here for the first time, and we are so happy to keep making new friends, and we are always pleased to see our loyal patrons from here in Orofino, who are "regulars!!" (you know who you are!) We appreciate your friendship!

5-1-06
Hello to all!

We're getting a nice response to our Mother's Day event, with reservations about evenly split between the 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. seatings, but there is still plenty of room.

Just wanted everyone to know that Dick and I will be out of town for the weekend through next Tuesday, May 9, in case you e-mail or call and don't get an answer. We're returning to Boise, this time to celebrate grandchildren Nathan's and Kristina's Confirmation on May 7. It will be the second week in a row that we see the Bishop. He was here in Orofino last Saturday for Confirmation, and we had him for dinner in our home! We'll sneak in a visit to the babies, too, while we're there, so it will be a very happy time!

We're looking forward to seeing many of you for Mother's Day, we have some delicious dishes planned on this special day for moms and wives! In case you missed it last week, the menu is as follows:

$18 adults $7 children 6-12, under 6 free!
Special price for seniors 65+ just $15!

A full array of home-cooked dishes in a fine-dining atmosphere! Appetizers, including shrimp cocktail spread with crackers, Stuffed Pork Loin with mushrooms, Chicken Breast Saltimbocca (chicken breast filled with ham and cheese in a delicious sauce,) Salads, Home-style mashed potatoes and gravy, spring vegetables, a variety of delicious desserts! Beverage included.

Reservations accepted now! (Prices do not include tax or gratuity)

We are hoping to offer a "Kick-off the Summer" barbeque with a live band the weekend of June 3, more as we get it pinned down with entertainment. The last one we had drew 135 guests!!

4-18-06

It was a wonderful day with a full house on Easter, especially to welcome many guests making their first visit from Lewiston. Our first seating at 2 p.m. had three tables of newcomers, and our second at 4 p.m. also included several first time guests! We are so happy to see the word spreading about our food, hospitality, and lovely inn. We were a bit shorthanded, but everyone was very patient, and we've decided that our next buffet will allow three hours between seatings, so we will have time to get ready for our next guests! Everyone enjoyed our menu, and we received raves for our sweet potatoes, many said they were the best they have ever had! It's a recipe handed from my daughter-in-law, Anne, to my daughter, Sharon, and on to me, and I agree it's the best! Many said it was hard to choose between the three desserts we offered, but I think the winner was the banana cream pie!

New Venue for Spring High Tea, Sunday, April 30

A High Tea for Sunday supper? Well, days are getting longer, there should be enough time to get some afternoon work done in the yard, then clean up and come to the Inn for "High Tea"---the English manner of a light supper. The High Country Inn invites everyone, including couples, family groups, or friends enjoying friends, to attend this affair which will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 30, and ending at 7 p.m. The three-course tea will include a nice savory first course, followed by the traditional scones and clotted cream, and topped off with an array of delicious desserts, accompanied by several varieties of tea or coffee. The beautiful springtime view will be enhanced by the lovely Irish Harp, played by Patrick Donnelly for your enjoyment. We appreciate so much that Pat enjoys playing for us at the inn. He calls it the castle and says the acoustics are perfect for the harp, and we agree!

Plan now to attend this new venue and enjoy a breath of spring and delicious food at the top of our hill! Cost is $15 per adult, and children learning the fine manners of a high tea are welcome, for $7 ages 6-12.

We already have some patrons who have said they plan on coming for Mother's Day, so thought I should get the menu out for everyone. We'll have a few surprises added in, but have decided on the basic menu to include different foods from our Easter offering. We will also have plenty for those of vegetarian bent, so that everyone can be satisfied!

Mother's Day Buffet for Sunday, May 14. seatings at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. $18 adults $7 children 6-12

A full array of home-cooked dishes in a fine-dining atmosphere! Appetizers, including shrimp cocktail spread, crackers, cheeses, antipasto, while dinner will include Stuffed Pork Loin, Chicken Breast Saltimbocca, with all the trimmings, spinach and garden salads, herb dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, spring vegetables, homemade breads and butter, and a variety of delectable desserts, beverages included, also a complimentary aperitif. Reservations accepted now!

If you know anyone interested in scrap booking, we have an open retreat scheduled the weekend of May 5-7. Vicki Schneider will host a group here at the inn, and there are spots available. Two nights lodging and meals, plus instructions and some materials, for $150 person.

With warm weather approaching, our thoughts turn to barbeques and outdoor dining. We hope we'll be enjoying that soon! The next two weeks are taken up with private events, but we look forward to seeing many of you for either the High Tea or Mother's Day! From May 15-19 we'll host a group of 23 from the University of Washington for the week!

4-10-06
Hello to all!

An update on happenings with us...As we know many of you will like to know that our new grandbaby did arrive. He kept us waiting a few days as we thought his birth was eminent when we rushed down to Boise last Thursday, but he knew what he was doing, and he arrived on his due date, April 4, which is the very same day as his sister Livvie's second birthday!!! That will be fun to handle through the years, won't it? The little guy is a beautiful baby, with an imposing name, Dominic Xavier Moore! Since he didn't come until Tuesday of this week, we weren't there long enough to help out much, as we had to come back home to do a Friday luncheon. However, we will go back tomorrow and stay a few days before we return to prepare for our Easter Buffet on Sunday.

In loving memory of our beloved PrincessWe do have some sad news to share, in that our Princess, the German Shorthair you know so well if you have been our guests, got really sick, and after many tests we discovered it was a brain tumor, so had to have her put to sleep. She got really bad the day after we left for Boise, so this all happened during this last week also. Our housekeeper,Vicki, and her husband, Rick, took care of everything for us and Princess is buried on the hill where she overlooked her domain everyday, and there is even a little cedar cross marking the spot. We so appreciate Vicki and Rick doing this for us while we were in Boise.

We'd like to take this time to wish you all a good Holy Week, and hope that you will join us for our Easter Buffet on April 16. We have two seatings, one at 2 p.m. and one at 4 p.m, and we are looking forward to celebrating Easter with many of you! If you'd like to make reservations, please call our number, 476-7570, and Vicki will check messages this next few days until we return on Thursday, April 13.

Other news is that we've developed a hiking trail for our guests to use, it begins just past the Gone Fishin' cabin, it even has benches at two spots, and we plan a brochure to tell about the natural surroundings. Mary Fritz of the Department of Lands has helped with this project, under the Forest Stewardship plan we are part of. I hope to do some planting of indigenous plants in some of the spots where there are little springs nearby.

We've also grass-seeded the nice flat area where there will be room for an archery range up by the big boat garage. It's looking pretty nice up here with lots of spring blooms, and it should look pretty this summer for all the weddings we are doing through June and July!

Again, happy spring, and if we don't see you, our best wishes for a joyful Easter and celebration of the Resurrection!

Our next events will be a High Tea for Spring on April 30, and we will celebrate Mother's Day with a buffet on Sunday, May 14.

3-28-06
Hello and Happy Spring to Everyone!

It has been a while since our last newsletter, we've been laying low, enjoying a break and awaiting the birth of our newest grandbaby, however, we're still on "Stork Alert" but it shouldn't be long now! Our daughter Jude is visiting, and we hope to be down in Boise by the end of the week hopefully!

We had a wonderful round of events during February and March, with fine entertainment to round out the meals, including Valentine's, Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's. Our sincere thanks to Dennis and Becky Riendeau, who made three trips over from Lewiston and provided such great entertainment with the flute and piano. St. Paddie's was a real hoot, with lots of folks taking turns on the piano, even had a sing-along! Patrick Donnelly played wonderful traditional Irish tunes on his Irish harp, and Dennis even had his pennywhistle, an authentic Irish folk instrument. Ev Olsen was able to just pick out the melodies as we hollered out titles of old favorites, and by the end of the evening we had sung all the tunes we could think of!

Now here it is on the eve of April, and I thought I should get on my horse and do some planning, so we can entertain our friends for the upcoming holidays of Easter and Mother's Day. I've put together a menu for Easter Sunday, and will again plan for two seatings, to accommodate everyone's schedule. The menu will be a wonderful array of foods for spring, and I hope something for everyone's tastes.

Complimentary appetizers, champagne or sparkling cider cocktail Hand-carved Prime Rib, Old-Fashioned Smoked Ham, Quiche Lorraine Potatoes Au Gratin, my daughter Sharon's wonderful and different recipe (No marshmallows!) for Candied Yams, a variety of springtime salads, vegetables, homemade breads, and a choice of lovely desserts, beverages. $18 for adults, children 6-12 $7, children under 6 will be free. Two seatings: 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 16. I hope everyone will make plans early and reserve. Call or e-mail)

We also hope to offer a Mother's Day buffet , if enough people are interested. It would be helpful in planning if you'll let me know if it's something you would like to do. Also, a cooking class the weekend before Easter could be scheduled, doing Easter breads and desserts.

We will be hosting a couple of scrap booking retreats, one for a group from Oregon the last weekend of April, then one for the weekend of May 5, which is open to anyone around here who would like to register, and will be run by Vicki Schneider. The group will be limited to 12 or 14 participants, and will include two overnights with meals. For more information, call me or Vicki Schneider.

3-22-06
Quilters enjoy Second Retreat

The "Sanity Seekers" of Pullman and Moscow added an extra day to their second retreat held in March at the High Country Inn, staying this time from Thursday afternoon through Sunday, and had lots of completed projects to show for their time spent. In addition to sewing, one scrap booker joined the group, and everyone worked along at their own speed. There was still time for hikes, relaxing in the hot tub, and visiting with one another, as well as scheduling massage sessions in one of the cabins. This group has already scheduled a return visit next winter.

A scrap booking retreat will be held at the inn the last four days of April, with a group from Oregon, and a repeat retreat organized by Vicki Schneider will be held the weekend of May 5. This May retreat is open for registration right now, and those interested are asked to call either Vicki at 476-4861 or Jo Moore at the inn, 476-7570.

Anyone interested in a retreat at the High Country Inn can check the inn's web site, click on the Retreats button for information about space, rates, and amenities offered. Many different interests can be accommodated, including writing, music, art, as well as miscellaneous crafts, scrap booking, and quilting.

3-4-06
Hello to all!

March and its accompanying winds is here, and we've put away our Mardi Gras decorations after our most successful event ever, with 48 reservations made for last weekend! We had lots of compliments on our Cajun food, and a great party was had by all! We had lots of guests from Kamiah, Kooskia, and Lewiston, who don't mind the drive here at all!

Now we're unpacking all the shamrocks and frills that speak of the emerald isle, and hope you'll join us for a fun-filled celebration of St. Patrick's, whether you're Irish or not! (Doesn't everyone have a little Irish in them this time of year??) We're really excited because we have a great line-up of talent for entertainment for this coming Saturday, March 11, with Patrick Donnelly, who was actually born on St. Patrick's Day, playing favorite melodies on the Irish Harp that you won't want to miss, and he'll be joined by Becky and Dennis Riendeau,of Lewiston, back for their third time this year! Becky is accomplished on both piano and harp, and Dennis plays a mean flute! Where else can you go for both a fine meal, wonderful entertainment, not to mention the decorations and ambiance! A full Irish menu awaits you, including of course corned beef, cabbage, and all the trimmings, but also a baked potato bar for those who might not like corned beef as much as we do! Irish soda bread and other breads, a lovely garden salad, and always dessert, coffee, along with appetizers beforehand round out the offerings. The full meal is just $15.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

So don something green for the luck of the Irish, round up some of your friends, and call us right away for reservations! We'll open at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 11.

Retreats, Retreats, Retreats!!

This weekend we are hosting a quilting retreat for a return group from Moscow and Pullman, and these ladies are having a wonderful four days of sewing, visiting, eating, and of course hot tubbing!

We have one scrap book group coming the last weekend of April, and we've just booked another scrapbook retreat for the weekend of May 5. There are openings in this May group so if you are interested in scrapbooking, let me know. Vicki Schneider will be leading that weekend, and she welcomes newcomers. As with all our retreats, we have a massage therapist available to help ease those aching shoulders and neck! Good meals, relaxing music to work by, and a lovely view from inside the inn makes for a wonderful getaway weekend for you hobbyists! If you know someone who belongs to a quilting or other crafting group, let them know about our facilities.

We've spent several days this last month going back and forth to Boise, helping our son Edward and wife Traci with moving from their small house to a much bigger one near downtown Boise, where Edward's advertising agency is. We're expecting another grandbaby, a little boy, to join Miss Olivia, almost two years old, sometime within the month, so we're trying to be careful with how much we plan ahead! We'll let you know if we plan something else during March. We do hope to offer dinners around Easter and Mother's Day, and a spring tea.

2-20-06 Hello to all! We had a great Anniversary and Valentine celebration last week, with a wonderful group of guests for both our Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday events. We had a packed house for Tuesday, with lots of sweethearts here to celebrate the day of love! The entertainment all three days was the best, and I think all our guests had a good time. We had many visitors from the Kamiah area, as well as Lewiston, and it's good to know that you wonderful people appreciate our hospitality enough to make the drive! The winners of our prize drawing for a dinner for two are: Debbie Evans of Kamiah, and Jesse and Laura Jackson of Orofino!

Our end-of-February Anniversary celebration is coming up this Saturday, February 25, with a big Mardi Gras party. We already have over 20 reservations, with a couple big tables, with room for several more. We will offer a Cajun menu, but for the few who cannot have or do not care for the spicy, we will have an alternate entree just for them! We will have some wonderful jazzy entertainment again, with flute and piano by Becky and Dennis, who played for us last Saturday the 11th, along with some piano selections by Cathy Curtis. With lots of beads, masks, colorful decorations, a tasty menu, what more could we want? So make your plans now and help fill up the inn for this lively evening! We open at 6:30, the complete meal, including appetizers, dessert, and beverage (plus entertainment!) is just $18 plus tax and gratuity, and includes party favors!

Our next big event will be our St. Paddie's on Saturday, March 11, with a wonderful program of Irish Harp, Flute, and Piano, with guest musicians Patrick Donnelly, and Becky and Dennis Riendeau of Lewiston. We will offer a full traditional Irish menu, along with a Baked Potato Bar for those who don't care for corned beef and cabbage. We'll be all decked out in green and gold, and it will be a lucky night for all! We will begin taking reservations for that dinner this week.

We hope to see you soon!

1-3-06 What's that, you say?? Gung hey fat Choy means "Happy New Year" in one of the Chinese dialects, and that phrase brings back many happy memories to me, as I did many cultural units every year in my 29 years as an educator, and the one for Chinese New Year was one of the most popular and enjoyable for the children. They loved saying that phrase, and doing all the projects I had planned for them, from origami to working with tangrams, reading oriental legends and tales, making their parts of a dragon for the parade around the school grounds and to the other classrooms, and especially cooking a Chinese meal and using chopsticks to enjoy it with their parents who visited the school that day. I've saved many of the decorations I had collected from various Chinatowns and used in the classroom each year, and am about to pull them out again to dress up the inn. The Christmas decorations have just made their way back into boxes, as we waited to take the tree down until we celebrated Epiphany this last Saturday with a blessing of the inn and our home and a party for about 40 other parishioners. Now everything looks bare and drab, especially with all the rain and lack of sunshine we're experiencing, along with everyone else in the northwest!

We thought January would be a slow relaxed month for us as it was last year, when we actually spent most days up at our house, even cooking up there, but 2006 began with a bang, starting with a family reunion party which occupied the inn overnight on New Year's Eve, followed by three different sets of overnight guests January 2nd, 5th, and 6th! On the 7th a couple from Maine arrived to stay a week with us as they get things settled to move here early next year. But it's good, and I've been thinking about ways to attract guests during the next couple of months until we turn the corner into spring! We will offer events for the public as long as there is enough interest, so mark your calendars for one or more of the gatherings listed below and get yourselves over here!

The first event for the public at the High Country Inn, located on the way to Dworshak Dam, begins with a celebration of a new year, in this case, the Chinese New Year. This long holiday always occurs between January 21 and February 12, and repeats in 12-year cycles. This is the Year of the Dog, and the actual New Year on the western calendar occurs on January 29.

In celebration, The High Country Inn will offer a full oriental menu on Saturday, January 28, complete with colorful decorations, many left over from Jo's teaching days at the elementary school, where they celebrated the holiday each year in her classroom! There are many traditions associated with Chinese New Year, and in the larger cities across the United States, this is a full two-week celebration, complete with parades, contests, concerts, as well as elaborate dinners. A few facts about Chinese New Year include the following from their astrological calendar:

If you were born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, or 2006 - you were born under the sign of the dog. Like the dog, you are honest and faithful to those you love, although you also can be somewhat eccentric and very stubborn at times! For dogs in 2006, any recent setbacks or obstacles can be overcome so look forward to a year in which to really shine, either personally or professionally.

Some of the traditions include the gifting of oranges and tangerines, along with bright new pennies wrapped in red paper, and of course the good oriental foods, from which the High Country Inn will offer a generous sampling with a buffet dinner. The dinner will include dim sum, or appetizers, several dishes including pork, beef, and chicken, soup, dessert and tea, for a special price of 2 dinners for $25, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations may be made by calling the inn at 476-7570. Other upcoming events for February will be posted on our Events page The High Country Inn will celebrate four years of business during the month of February, and special lodging packages as well as Valentine's dinners and a high tea will be offered.

 

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