Archive for May, 2014

Marys meadowHave you ever walked into someones house and thought, “I feel like I’m home?” It smells like home. The stairs creek just like home. The way the table is set makes you feel like home. The nick knacks on the book shelves remind you of home. The pictures of past family members, grandchildren, parties, and past vacations make you yearn for home. But more importantly the love you feel as you walk in the door makes you feel like you are home. That is how I felt when I first walked in the doors of Mary’s Meadow Bed & Breakfast in Cazenovia, NY.

Howard and Ginny Krumsiek, the Inn Keepers and hosts of Mary’s Meadow have mastered the art of hospitality. They have loved on Brenda and me, our hosts, but more importantly our guests as if we were a part of their family. As their guests you are greeted at the door, given a tour of their beautiful home built around 1810, and invited to unpack your bags and relax. Their faith, life experiences, and love for people make them the perfect hosts. If you look on their website you will find the following verse found in the New Testament;

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2

As their guest you will be treated as if you were an angel!

Mary’s Meadow was the first B&B to partner with David’s Refuge. They understood our mission and were excited to join us in serving moms and dads of special needs children. They support our organization not only as inn keepers but also financially. Thank you Howard and Ginny for believing in our mission!

Kristin and David (1)Years ago our son David was given a tour of Mary’s Meadow even before the Krumsieks owned it. Our friends Bill and Kristin Morrow owned the house which was once a part of the underground railroad. David climbed a ladder to see where the fugitive slaves were hidden. Years later Brenda and I were telling Howard and Ginny about how David loved their house and had climbed the ladder to see the secret compartment. They asked us to send them a picture if it. When we gave them the picture they looked at us in shock. They went to get a notebook they had collected on the history of the house and in it was that very picture of David. Little did we or they know how David’s Refuge at Mary’s Meadow would grow from the life and death of this incredible boy who had an interest in the underground railroad.

So the next time you need some rest, relaxation, and refuge give Howard and Ginny a call and tell them David’s Refuge sent you!


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10 fitch10 Fitch understands.  They get it.  Everyone needs a little elegance, tranquility, and romance.  Ask any guest who has stayed at this beautiful bed and breakfast and they will tell you 10 Fitch understand the importance of getting away, of unplugging, of respite.  They have mastered the art of hospitality.  On their homepage you will find the following description of what they offer:

“The comfortable and private atmosphere of this inn offers the hospitality, personal attention, and warm charm of a bed and breakfast perfectly blended with the luxurious, unique style and modern amenities of a boutique hotel, sure to please even the most discerning of guests.”

Home made fresh baked cookies, candle light and rose petals, gourmet breakfasts, and in room massages all become the canvas where the art of restoration takes place for our guests as they are pampered and loved by our hosts and the inn keepers at 10 Fitch.  Our guests leave knowing they are not alone, what they do matters, and that they are loved by God.

Cheryl Barber, the Inn Keeper wrote an incredible blog about how our partnership started.  I hope you take a few minutes to read her blog: http://blog.10fitch.com/2014/05/davids-refuge-at-10-fitch-caring-for.html#gpluscomments.

If you are looking for a wonderful place to get a little respite yourself don’t hesitate to give them a call or check out their webpage.  You will not be disappointed.

PS:  Next week I will share with you an incredible bed and breakfast in Cazenovia that has mentored and partnered with David’s Refuge from the very beginning of our organization.


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