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Guest post from one of our newest arrivals:

I’ve been travelling on the road for too long during business trips. And because of it, I have familiarized the most common bed and breakfast inns in every route, intersections and highways where I spend most nights if I don’t make it on time for my destination. One thing that I notice is that, in most bed and breakfast inns that I’ve stayed with, they all serve exactly the same thing in the morning, as if they all have a common denominator: Just the regular mixed coffee, some eggs, bread and bacons for their breakfast menu and a nice bed to spend the night with. What I do want to write about is the most memorable inn that I discovered on my way from my latest trip. I came across an awesome bednbreakfast in Wa State.
The inn’s located near a river and it looks sort of like a Manor that has been restored to its former glory. I’ve never actually tried to check in a historical place before and it actually gave me a different kind of thrill so I decided to give it a try. So the inn’s façade looks like a Victorian Mansion, the kind where you can imagine Sir Edgar Allan Poe sipping tea on its veranda. This is the perfect scenery for a gothic movie. This is creepy I thought, but I didn’t hesitate anyway. The place stood gloomy on the outside, but once I got inside, I could distinctly tell how it transformed into a vibrant, cozy house. In the middle of the living room was a Victorian style fireplace which accentuates the effervescent aura of the place. You’d feel most relaxed because of the red velvet cushioned couches and ottomans which you could comfortably sit on plus the wooden book shelf which houses several classical stories.
My host was a friendly and warm woman in her early forties. She told me that the house was built in 1900s and was inherited from her grandparents. She spent a portion of her savings on restoring and preserving its style. Somehow I wonder if there are ghosts lurking behind the walls of this house, knowing how old it is. Despite all that, my host’s kindness and hospitality convinced me not to head out of the door. Soon, she invited me over for a sumptuous dinner of tender lamb chops drenched in savory and flavorful Chimichurri Sauce. Now this is something that I haven’t experienced in my many road trips.
After that delectable meal, I finally head down to my room to hit the hay. My room, which was located on the left wing was as warm and cozy as the living room. I can smell the fresh linen and towels the moment I rolled on my comfortable mattress. My bed is just perfect, not hard enough and not too soft to hurt my back. I head out to take a bath and got surprised to see a bath tub lined with sweet smelling potpourri flowers and bath salts. This place is a huge jackpot! I thought.
I expected to see a lot of ghost haunting the place but what I saw was far different than what I expected. So the next morning, after a delectable breakfast of poached eggs, homemade granola with rhubarb sauce and sourdough pancakes, I told my host that I would definitely make this my home away from home whenever I’m in the area. I also asked my host to put up a sign outside so that folks like me could easily locate it. I’ m glad that she’s open to the idea that’s why she asked where she can get one. I gave her the contact information to a company I’ve used. The next few hours before I left the place was spent on giving her recommendations about the best decal designers in the nearby towns. I hope that she seriously took my advice so that I would be able to find her place easily the next time I visit.

Guests From Minnesota

Thank you South Seminole Lodge for allowing me to share my family vacation with you.

My kids can’t help but feel excited every time their dad announces a Brotherhood Meeting at the South Seminole Lodge. We consider it a great weekend that my family always looks forward to after a busy week in school and in the office. My husband often takes us to his meetings so we can get together with the Brother’s families and just have fun with them. I couldn’t agree more when he said that it’s always a great bonding moment for our family and the other families on the brotherhood as well. For me, it’s a special treat, sort of a mini vacation over the weekend. Located in the heart of Portland Oregon, this luxurious cabin would take about 30 minutes drive from the city proper. You’d have to pass by peaceful sceneries, trees, and a lake along the way. Once inside this excusive property, you’d get the feel of being away from the stressful life at the city and just relax in this peaceful sanctuary.

The stylish Log Mansion which stood inside the 5-acre Southseminole Estate is the place where the Brotherhood holds its regular meetings, team building and family gathering. It’s a lavish park packed with complete rooms and amenities that lets you perfectly enjoy more activities. It’s like the second home of our family and I totally love the place. There is an indoor and outdoor swimming pool where kids and adults can frolic. Beside the pool is a Jacuzzi bubbling with warm water where we usually chat while our kids go swimming. During night time, the Brothers would go bonding over grill and beers, while the rest of the family sleeps inside their cozy, deluxe bedrooms. Sometimes, the kids and I would go camping outside during the “Night with the boys”. These are just some happy memories that my family fondly shared in this house which had been a great part of my kids’ happy childhood. What that I love about the lodge is its housekeeping, which did a commendable job in making us feel at home while we’re on vacation.

Every area in the house is highly maintained. From the lawn, the garden, the windows all over the place and the pools are consistently clean. How I wish I had the same cleanliness in my own house, especially with our windows, walls and gutters. I saw one of the window cleaning trucks outside, So I quickly took a picture of it and browsed the internet finding their website. Total Window Cleaning was their name.  Even though we live in a different state I contacted them out of curiosity.  Unfortunately they were not a franchise company and couldn’t serve our home in Minnesota.  However the gentlemen recommended me to a company he networks with ensuring I would be in good hands.  It was a pleasant conversation and I was thankful he took the time to speak with me even though I would not be a paying customer.

We stayed a total of eight days at the Lodge and when it came time to go home as every year, it was a sad moment packing up our bags.  We go through this every year no matter where we vacation.  There seems to be a void we leave when it’s time to pack up.  This void seems to last the entire trip driving or flying home, then a whole new group of emotions set in as we arrive home.

Home sweet home is what they say!!

Greetings from the East

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

Trapp-LodgeIt is my honor to serve as your Worshipful Master for the year 2005. We have a fine group of officers for 2005. New additions to the line include Brothers Chris Span and Tom Storm who were raised in November and have already given their proficiency in December. Also returning are relievers Bob and Kevin who helped last year by participating in many meetings and Degrees as Stewards and Deacons. This year it will be official! That is a demonstration of zeal for the fraternity.

Thanks to all who were so helpful in making our installation success. A special thanks to Bill and Sandy for organizing the meal. It is so often that Sandy rescues us in the 11th hour with something we need to make a meal a success. She has helped us out on more than one occasion.

54888360As we start this New Year, we begin with goals for the growth of our lodge and the fraternity. Some of our goals include but are not limited to continuing membership expansion, fund raising, and family activities such as, a family cookouts and “guy’s night out”. We will be updating our lodge website and the trestle board. We will continue with some of the very successful events of years past such as family nights, the Christmas party, and The Order of the Rusty Nail. I would appreciate all input you may have on the things that we will undertake this year. I may be calling upon you in the near future for your expertise in planning and organizing some of these events.

I would also like to take this opportunity to invite those brothers who we have not seen at the meetings in a while. Whatever the reason, please know you are missed and we look Trapp-Family-Lodge-Vermontforward to seeing you at our next meeting. Our meetings will be organized so that they will be succinct and informative. I would like to have the fellowship we share as Masons to be more prominent than some of the more mundane things. Bill has another great year of meals planned for all the brothers who come a little early for the meetings. With Bill’s direction, South Seminole will continue to serve the best food in Florida!

it is our goal as your new officers of 2005 to make our Lodge the place you will want to spend your free time. We want to combine the exuberance of youth with the knowledge and experience of age. The result will be a fraternity that will make everyone proud. – For those of you, who would prefer an electronic Trestle board, please let the Secretary know. It would save the Lodge lot money!