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High Country Inn News 2008


OKTOBERFEST was our best Ever! We had a full house, and such great toe-tapping entertainment with the Whitten Family. Not only accordion, but piano, singing, even a little dancing thrown in, along with a sing-along!

The second seating was packed, and everything went well, until our commercial dishwasher decided to quit on us, so we were left with counters of glasses, cups, and silverware to do on Monday morning! But all is taken care of now, and we're off and running again, with planning our annual Autumn High Tea, and getting ready for a week-full of guests, a group of ex-Navy men's annual retreat here at the Inn, called "Cast and Blast!"

I did want to send along an article I'm putting in the paper, explaining our high teas and what they are all about. We hope we'll see you at the first of of the season. Its success will determine whether we have one for the holidays. We would like to offer a Christmas Dinner, possibly on Sunday, December 21, with entertainment. We'll see what the response and interest is. But now to the Tea!!

First High Tea of the Season November 2

The popular three-course High Tea is back at the High Country Inn, the first of the autumn season. If you've never been to a high tea, it is a wonderful experience, and one you will be glad you had. The inn is decked out in lovely fall colors, the view is breathtaking, and the food will be delicious! A variety of fine china tea cups and saucers, each one different, grace the linen-clad tables. The cups and saucers have been given to Jo by faithful patrons, and many are heirlooms. Guests are encouraged to examine the markings on the bottoms of the cups and saucers, as many bear the queen's gold mark, meaning that pattern was a part of the Queen of England's collection. A few were crafted in post-war Japan, dating back over 60 years.

Each course is served with a different kind of hot tea, to match the course offering. We begin with a selection of hors d'oeuvres, hot and cold, and a serious tea such as Darjeeling. Then the plates are cleared, a new one set, and the scones course appears, with clotted cream and jam, and a lighter variety of tea. During these courses, guests are entertained with live music, with enough quiet time to enjoy lively table conversation and rest between offerings.

This month's tea features Joanne Hutchinson on the piano, sharing music of the season and beyond. You won't want to miss her lovely talent.

The third and final course is dessert! Not one but several small offerings, along with a wonderful dessert-blend of tea which has become a favorite of the inn's tea patrons.

The high tea lasts about 2 hours, and guests depart pleasantly satisfied, with both fine food and beverage, soothing entertainment, a lovely ambiance, and lively table talk. It's a wonderful way to enjoy an autumn Sunday afternoon with good friends, a refreshing way to begin a new week! Reservations are being accepted now, for either singles or tables, by calling 476-7570, or e-mail. Call a friend whom you haven't seen for a while, and plan on coming to the tea!


OKTOBERFEST is just around the corner, just two weeks from today, and we're hoping to see many of you at the inn! We feel very privileged to have such great entertainment in store, with the Whitten family performing for us for both seatings. A full menu of German favorites awaits you, as well as the official OKTOBERFEST beer from Munich along with other fine beers and wines to accompany the delicious dinner. Two seatings are available, although the 4 p.m. seating is filling up faster. There is still plenty of room for 1 p.m. and we promise you won't be hurried out the door! The buffet banquet will include Sauerbraten, Roast Pork Loin, Bratwurst and sauerkraut, Sweet and sour red cabbage, hot German potato salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, applesauce, salads, breads and butter, and of course, apple strudel and coffee! The meal is $19.95 plus tax and gratuity. It will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an autumn drive, so why not invite someone to come along and join us at the High Country Inn for a celebration of the season!

Remember: Sunday, October 12! E-mail or call us for reservations.

Our only other event for the public is tentatively planned as a High Tea, for Sunday, November 2. More details later!


Hello to all!
St. Paddy's Dinner this Weekend!

I would like to extend an invitation for you to support and attend our upcoming benefit for the youth going to Australia for World Youth Day in July. We are preparing a delicious Corned Beef Dinner in honor of St. Paddy's, and it will be this Saturday, March 15, in the Little Flower Room of St. Theresa's Church in Orofino. The kids have been working hard to raise the needed funds for their airfare, and they still have a long way to go. The dinner will be from 4 to 8 pm, with a special price and time for seniors age 65+, from 4 to 5 pm, for $10 for a full meal, including dessert and beverage. Other prices are $12 for adults, $5 for children age 6-11. We will have entertainment with Mike Riccommini's group and Cathy Curtis Moore, all volunteering their time and talent. A Pre-Easter Bake Sale, silent Auction of gift baskets, live auction as well as a raffle will round out the evening. Tickets will be sold at the door, but we would also like to encourage supporters to invite friends and reserve a table for 6 or more! You won't be disappointed! There will be festive decorations, and even an Irish Pub! For those who can't attend, but would like to donate to the cause, checks may be made out to St. Theresa's Youth Group, and sent to me. (address is below.)

An update on my shoulder recuperation: I had my 8-week check in Missoula last week, and the doctor gave me an "A+" for my range of motion; now I get to start on strengthening, which will be another two months. Since I had "three surgeries in one," the time is longer than for just a shoulder replacement, the surgeon reminded me!! I am having a tough time not over-using it, and do pay the piper, but am getting there. So I won't be doing any big events here for a while longer, but we are always open for small private gatherings and overnighters. We are booking several retreats for this summer as well as some weddings, so we will be busy before we know it! Hope to see you soon!


Benefit planned!
We would like everyone to know that instead of hosting our annual St. Paddy's dinner here at the inn, we are using this occasion to help raise funds for the kids who are trying to earn their way to World Youth Day. World Youth Day is held every four years and is a time when high school youth from all over the world gather as a pilgrimage, to celebrate their faith with the Pope, and to meet kids their age of all nationalities. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and this year the gathering is to be held in Australia. We have a group of Catholic and Lutheran youth who need our help to get there, and so we are helping organize a big day to provide funds for the group.

St. Paddy's Dinner will be held Saturday, March 15, in the Little Flower Room at St. Theresa's Church, The meal, which will include corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and onions, a garden salad, Irish soda bread and rolls, dessert, and beverage, for the price of $12 for age 12 and up. (Children age 6-11 a price of $5.) Take-outs may also be ordered.

Serving time will be from 4 pm to 8 pm, with a special time set aside from 4 to 5 pm for seniors age 65 +, and special price of $10 each. This early serving time was planned for those who do not want to be out driving at dusk or dark. The youth group will be helping all during the evening.

More Than Dinner!
Entertainment is on tap, featuring Cathy Curtis Moore, Mike Riccomini, and others; the Irish Pub will be operated by adult volunteers, a silent auction of several kinds of baskets will be held, a raffle with great prizes is being held, and a bake sale will be underway, all going towards the World Youth Day project. We hope you will help spread the word, that you will gather a table together and make a reservation, and come and enjoy our good food and have a grand time! It will not be necessary to reserve a table in order to come, but it will help us out greatly if a group is coming, in order to have dining space set aside. Reservations may be made by calling the inn, 476-7570, or you may e-mail me and I will reply.

We are asking business who would like to help to buy a bundle of ten tickets for $100. Donations will also be gladly accepted, tax-deductible, made out to St. Theresa's Youth Group. These can be mailed to my address if you wish. We hope everyone will support this cause, while enjoying the wearin' of the green in a gaily decorated atmosphere with your friends!

A note to our friends: I am still slowly recovering from my shoulder replacement, which included a new ball, rotator cuff repair and other work, am going to physical therapy three times a week, and am TRYING to obey doctor's order to not lift anything heavier than a telephone, but am afraid I overdo it at times! (My coffee cup weighs more than a phone!) Recovery should take a couple more months, and I hope to be good as almost new again! Thanks to all who have extended so many good wishes and prayers! (And ADVICE about not doing too much!) With nice weather just around the corner, it is VERY hard not to grab my garden tools and get out to the flower beds and start cleaning! I have done lots of reading while icing my shoulder, and the library knows me very well! And for those who know me, I am not one to sit around too much!

For those of you who live in the area, I hope to see you on March 15! And we'll have good help in the kitchen, so I won't be lifting, just supervising!:)


Hello to all! It looks like our weather is settling down some, our roads are passable, and so for lots of people who have been waiting it out to see what holds for Valentine's week and weekend, plans may now be made for the holiday's special events. We are accepting reservations not only for Valentine's dinner on the 14th, but also booking overnight packages, as well as our High Tea planned for Sunday, February 17! Our featured musician for next weekend's tea is none other than Joanne Hutchinson, who will delight us with lovely piano melodies in keeping with the theme of friendship and love! Our three-course event begins at 3 pm, cost is $15 per person. We hope you'll invite a friend or get a table together, and enjoy a lovely afternoon out! Each lady present will receive our traditional free gift.

We are also still taking reservations for Valentine's dinner on Thursday, with a choice of three entrees: Crusty Baked Salmon (people tell us this is the best salmon they have ever had!) or Pork Loin Wellington, juicy lean pork and mushrooms encased in puff pastry, or Chicken Breast Saltimbocca, which is stuffed with provolone and ham, breaded, sauteed, and baked in a white wine sauce. Dinners include appetizers, deluxe spinach salad, full dinner, dessert, and beverage, all for $39.95 per couple, plus t &g. Free gifts for the ladies, of course! We aim for this to be an intimate romantic evening, with limited number of reservations. Don't miss this special treat! Choice of entrees will be made when making your reservation.

Our overnight packages, which include dinner for two, are available from Thursday through Saturday. Reservations for these may be made with or without the gift basket in your room, with prices ranging from $165 without basket to $190 with baskets, depending on which room is reserved. Don't miss out celebrating with your special someone!


Hello to Friends and Family,

I think I'm about to join the land of the living, following a three-week stretch of recovering from my shoulder surgery, which turned out to be more than I thought it would be, involving not only a ball replacement, but also repairs on tears on the rotator cuff, some bursitis, and removal of a fatty tumor on my upper arm. The doctor has told me I can't lift anything heavier than a telephone for 8 weeks, so I'm a little hindered in my activities!! To top it off, I had some bad reactions to all the meds and anesthesia, which set me back quite a bit. But I'm feeling much better, going to physical therapy 3 times a week, so I hope to ease back into my former life a bit. We have been shut down for January, but we are planning a limited celebration of our annual anniversary month of February.

We will have just one Valentine's dinner, which will be on Valentine's Day itself, Thursday, February 14, and we hope we'll have a nice turnout. We're offering a choice of three entrees, including Crusty Baked Salmon, Pork Loin Wellington, and Chicken Breast Saltimbocca, a complete dinner with fancy appetizers, special dessert, and beverage, for $39.95 per couple, beginning at 6:30 pm. We will also have our first High Tea of 2008, on Sunday, February 17, at 3 pm. This will also be a Valentine's theme, a celebration of friendship for all those who appreciate a full three-course tea. With both the dinner and high tea, free gifts of a long-stemmed rose will be presented to each lady, as our way of saying "thank-you" for your patronage over the year! We will be accepting reservations by e-mail or by phone, 476-7570, or jomoore@thehighcoutryinn.com from now until we are filled.

We are also offering special overnight packages for this month of love, especially for the weekend of Valentine's, and this will include a fine dinner for two, a gift basket in the room or cabin, overnight lodging, use of the Catawampus Room and hot tub, and a full breakfast the following morning. Go to our website with this link, and read more details if you are interested in treating your special one to a wonderful experience. http://www.thehighcountryinn.com

We usually do a thank-you party for our most loyal patrons this time of year, and we still hope to host something in March---it might even be a late Mardi Gras!! Happy New Year to all, and we hope to welcome you to the inn soon!


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