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North River Newsletter – Winter 2012

Greetings, Friend! Do you remember staying at the North River Inn?  ~ We hope so, and we’d like to share our news…and to invite you back! Whether you were here a month ago or thirteen years' past, when we first opened, some things have changed – and most, thankfully, have not. This quarterly newsletter brings three announcements:

New identity! In 2011, we "morphed"!  We graduated from operating strictly a "B&B", to a more comprehensive identity as "North River".  We've opened the three houses on our one-hundred acre waterfront farm here to both short and also long-term vacation stays – and to several special events, placed throughout the year.  Of course, we still welcome our weekend guests, and also extend hospitality to family groups and those on retreats, to come and enjoy our unique combination of open space, country walks and water activities, all accessed from the three gorgeously appointed, privately situated houses.  Now, you can rent Creek House, the Cottage and, along with one of the first two, the Guest House for a lower nightly rate per person than you could before (see for details).  You will still find waiting for you our sumptuously made-up beds (with triple-sheeting and high-thread count linens), and bathrooms stocked with luxurious amenities, fireplaces laid with wood and ready to go, and the kitchens stocked with gourmet treats to get you started.

Good Food! Our wonderful chef, Marjorie Hayes, whom most of you will remember, makes certain you are greeted with her home-made bread and muffins for your first breakfast here, and we stock the kitchens with juice, milk, fruit and coffee and tea -- and fresh eggs from our own free-range chickens!  In a wonderful addition to what we offer, Ms. Hayes is also busy with her new personal chef services, for brunches or box lunches, to stoke you up before you head out for your day of sightseeing, or for dinner when you return.  How does Tuscan pork tenderloin (regional, Berkshire pork) sound, served with rosemary potatoes and winter greens from our gardens, at the end of a day spent touring the colonial historic triangle?  Finish it off with honey-rye cakes and port by the fire. You don't have to go out to dinner, Ms. Hayes will bring dinner to you.  Gather your friends, family or one special loved one, and come for a winter getaway at North River!

Events! We'll bring you news on events via this email quarterly update*. We are planning "happenings" here that we wish to let folks know about.  In June, we’ll have one for the artist in your life!  We are proud to announce, along with Brent and Becky's Bulbs and two other area inns, we will be hosting the first annual Plein Air Painters' Retreat in Mathews and Gloucester, June 22-24, with proceeds from the guest passes going to support our local, not-for-profit Bay School for the Arts in Mathews County.  Brent and Becky's Bulbs has exclusively invited our guest artists to paint in their award-winning gardens on Saturday, June 23.  Two artists from our region will be on hand to provide tips.  Saturday evening will feature an artists' reception at the Bulb Shoppe and the Bay School for the Arts will hold a special exhibit of the artists' work the following week.  For more information, email us at  Space is limited!

If painting isn't your thing, consider planning a retreat here centered around other artistic endeavors -- writing, or musical workshops.  We have the rooms, the grounds, the kitchens and the catering to make it all possible!

Be in touch, and thank you again for your business. As always, past guests of North River receive a 10% discount off the rate for a returning stay,

Mary and Breck Montague

* We will be sending brief quarterly newsletters, with the start of each season.  To be removed from this mailing list, simply send us an email at