Celebrating Five Years – A Time To Reflect

Fall 2016

Fall 2016

As I look back over the last five years I can honestly say that I have been living my dream.  Running a bed and breakfast is something I’ve always wanted to do.  You, my guests are amazing!  I’ve met the most interesting people along the way – from musicians and historians to cyclists, hikers and friendly folks just needing a little R&R.  It has been an international experience as well.  I’ve met folks from all over the United States, Canada, England and even Australia.  I’ve shared plants, recipes, my dogs, antiques and just great conversation with so many of you.  Your interests and passions have intertwined with mine.  Sharing this beautiful place on Red hill has truly been a pleasure.

I could not have done this without the support of friends and family.   I feel so blessed that my father lived long enough to witness my experience.  My sister was always my biggest support.  So very cool that I could name a guest room after her.  We’ve had the opportunity to celebrate milestone birthdays as well as college and HS reunions and Alaskan reunions.  I’ve met the best local folks through out this experience as well –  local farmers, soap makers, food coop folks and many other local business owners to name a few.

Thank You for helping Inn at Red Hill be such a success.

Most of you know that I’m a retired school teacher and that this project was my retirement gig.  I’m so glad that I took the plunge to create business.  I’ve learned so much through this process.  It is hard work like most jobs.  The beauty of owning your own business is so very different.

I want to share with you my thoughts for the upcoming year.  Most of you know I like to “play” and travel.  I must say I have been able to do this nicely along with hosting you, my guests.  But the time has come where I would like more time to pursue other interests and of course continue to travel.  I’ve learned through personal experience that life does have an end and I would like to squeeze in as many life experiences as I can while I’m healthy.

In October of 2017, Inn at Red Hill will be closing its doors.  My plan is to stay on this hill and enjoy this beautiful property as a private residence until I physically can’t take care of it anymore.  Then it will be time to downsize.

So let’s make this year a good one.  Those of you that have been here before, I look forward to a return visit.

Thanks to all of you that have been involved in this project.  It’s been quite a ride.

Here’s to 2017!  Let’s make it a good one.



Your Innkeeper

Bella arrives on Red Hill

Bella is our new 11 Week old chocolate lab.  She is full of energy and ready to play with you.  Born on August 20, 2015, Bella comes to us from YBR Farms in Jefferson Maryland.  She’s been here on the hill for a week and each day is a new adventure.

Bella at Red HillAs we did with Bailey…Bella will not come down to visit unless our guests request a visit.

She has lots of puppy kisses to give for those interested!!

Antietam Connection to Red Hill

DSCN4704.jpgmarypatsteveIllinois2015Steve and Mary Pat came to visit Inn at Red Hill several weeks ago.  Steve has a real passion for the Civil War.  He shared with me this really cool book that mentions Red Hill and part of its role in the War.

IMG_1156This book is a collection of stories told by veterans and eye-witnesses of the battle of Antietam.  It was written Circa 1906.

I would like to share the story of Red Hill:

“The Geeting farm buildings that stand at the foot of Red Hill, or known in history as Elk Ridge south of Keedysville, MD, were used as a hospital for months after the battle, many soldiers were cared for there and so many died that they formed a graveyard across the road from the big spring; this hospital was known to the soldiers as the Geeting, Russell and Locust Spring.  The writer has heard many sad messages related by some of the doctors and nurses who helped care for the dying boys; sad messages to be sent to their homes, people they would never see again.”

Geeting Road is located at the bottom of our ridge.

This special connection to Red Hill is very special to those of us at Inn at Red Hill.

Thank you Steve for sharing your treasure with Red Hill.

Mother – Daughter Hikers Visit Red Hill

HikersMary Anna and her daughter Kathryn stayed at Red Hill Sunday.  What an amazing pair.  They are hiking from Cumberland to Washington DC together on the C&O Canal.

They had some interesting stories to share.  Many acts of kindness along the way.  How cool is that.

The day I picked them up from Taylor’s Landing they commented on how muddy it was from the storm.  The mud allowed animals to leave their tracks.  One they spotted I’m sure was a black bear.  Wow.

Happy Trails Kathryn and Mary Anna.  Wishing you safe travels to DC.  It was a pleasure having you here at Red Hill.  Their # is mapandKatbackpack-DC or bust!

Pittsburgh Bound Cyclists

IMG_1105[1]Despite a big storm,  my friends from NJ and Pennsylvania made their way to Red Hill.  Paul, Sue, Vanessa and & Mike left Leesburg, Va/ last Monday morning for a beautiful ride on the C&O.  As predicted, the weather changed.

With trees down, limbs on the path and rain pouring down, they soon appeared at mile 76.6, drenched but safe.  Paul came peddling down pulling his trailer on the towpath.  The other three appeared on the road where I was waiting in my car.  I give them a lot of credit.  They just peddled on through, detoured when they had too.South County Clean Up After Storm

After drying out, a hot meal and a good night sleep they were ready for their next day adventure.  Their destinationn was Hancock, Maryland.  Sue waited back at Red Hill for a shuttle to Hancock, while the other 3 packed their gear, fixed a flat tire and off they went.  By the time I got back to Red Hill, Paul called me looking for an alternative route.  There were dozens of trees down blocking the towpath.    So, on they peddled back up the road to Sharpsburg Pike and followed the road all the way to Williamsport as their detour.  What an amazing group.

Later that day I received a text that all were okay and they made it safely to Hancock.

I just received word that they are all in the comforts of their respective homes.  What an adventure!  What a group of fine cyclists.  I look forward to their return visit!

Bailey Crossed Rainbow Bridge

Bailey for BlogLosing your pet is like losing your best friend.  Our resident chocolate lab crossed Rainbow Bridge on April 10, 2015.  It’s very quiet here without her.

Many of our Red Hill guests spent time with Bailey and gave her lots of belly rubs and kisses.  She will be missed.  A friend once told me that the only flaw our 4 legged friends have is that they don’t live long enough.

Rest in Peace Sweet Bailey.

Wine Tours in Washington County

This is a Media Release from our Convention and Visitors Bureau of Washington County, Maryland.


For More Information:

Red Heifer Winery – Kevin & Yvonne Ford: (301) 824-5210

Road Runner Transportation – Chocolate & Wine Tour – Burma Miles: 301-573-1930

Maryland Wineries Association, Maryland Wine Passport: 410-252-9463

(Hagerstown, MD) The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the following new offerings of wine and special ways to taste them from the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail, during the month of February.

1) One of our Wineries, Red Heifer, will be releasing a new wine this weekend. They will be premiering a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon that has been aged in French-Oak barrels. For Valentine’s Day visitors can enjoy a wine tasting, a discussion with their winemaker about the new wine, and keep the souvenir glass for $10 per person.

2) Valentine’s Day Chocolate & Wine Trail Tour including Big Cork in Rohrersville! 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Stops include Red Heifer Winery in Smithsburg, MD, Orchid Cellar Mead Winery in Middletown, Distillery Lane Ciderworks in Jefferson along with newly opened Big Cork Winery. Lunch stop at Dan’s Restaurant & Taphouse in Boonsboro. Every couple receives a rose & box of chocolates! Only 14 spaces available. Pick up locations in Frederick, MD and Hagerstown, MD. Call Road Runner Transportation at (301) 573-1930 to reserve your seats. $89/person. Or visit their website at http://www.roadrunnerservices.com/tours_index.php

3) Venture out on your own into Maryland Wine Country with the Passport Experience.

This winter, grab a map, gas up the car and set out onto the wine trails to explore the state’s rich culture, museums, attractions and history while learning more about the wines that represent each region.

The Passport Experience is a series of events taking place on each of Maryland’s six unique wine trails over two weekends; February 21-22 and February 28-March 1 from 12:00- 5:00 pm. The Passport Experience pass is $25.00 per person and includes exclusive access to all of the participating wineries on any of the six Maryland wine trails, “behind-the-scene” experiences at each winery, a commemorative wine glass, 10% off all wine purchased over the two weekends and discounts at participating attractions, hotels, restaurants and shopping centers. For passes, more information or a list of all the participating wineries, log onto http://marylandwineevents.com.

One of the six participating trails in Maryland include: Antietam Highlands Wine Trail (Frederick, Washington counties). The Antietam Highlands Trail includes the world-renowned Antietam National Battlefield, and several other Civil War battlefields and sites. The South Mountain climbs to 2,140 feet, high above the Potomac River, and valleys below. The area includes five national parks, 10 state parks, and more than 30 museums. Wineries include Big Cork Winery, Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Knob Hall Winery, Orchid Cellar Winery and Red Heifer Winery.

Big Cork, Red Heifer and Knob Hall are members of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing and expanding the local visitor industry. For more information about Hagerstown-Washington County see: www.marylandmemories.com.


Betsy DeVore, CTA

Director of Marketing & Digital Communications

Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau

16 Public Square | Hagerstown, MD 21740

Main: 301-791-3246, ext. 14 | Direct: 301-745-5772


Big Cork Vineyards is Open!

IMG_0953Nestled in the hills of Rohersville, MD sits Big Cork Vineyards.  You can see the rows and rows of grapes from Rt. 67.  Big Cork is only 5 minutes from Red Hill.  The perfect location for a wine tasting with a short ride back to Red Hill.

Yesterday was Big Cork’s grand opening.  They are open 11:00am -5:00 pm daily.  Big Cork has a great variety of reds and whites, all made from Maryland grapes.  2015 will be the year to use their very own reds.  So exciting for them

I was out in their newly built tasting room yesterday.  It’s very gorgeous in design.  There is a huge bar for tasting along with some nice comfortable seating.  Food is available…nice appetizers, desserts, bread and cheese to accompany your beverage.

Extending warm wishes and lots of luck to owner Randy Thompson and the man that makes all the wine – Dave Collins.

For more information: Visit: Big Cork Vineyards    Like them on their Facebook page Big Cork FB Page     Call:  301-302-8032

So excited to have Big Cork as our neighbor!


Robins in the Snow!

IMG_0949[1]I just went for a walk with Bailey out back.  Just as we came around the corner I saw the crabapple tree full of robins!  Could that be?  They were having lunch…just chomping down on crababpples.  What a site.

This picture does not do this justice.  By the time I dug my camera out of my pocket below layers of fleece most of them flew away.

For those of you that have visited Red Hill, the crabapple tree is that prolific tree that sits in view as you look out the center of the deck.  Just amazing.

I will have to watch for these little guys and see if I can capture the kodak moment.  I planted this tree about 12 years ago, per the suggestion of my sister Linda.  She said the birds will love it.  She sure was right! Enjoy the winter everyone!  Stay cozy.  -Cindy

C&O National Park Considering Fees

There is a lot of concern locally in Washington County about fees the National Parks system is considering to impose on the C&O Park.
Alot of good points were brought up at the meeting last night in Hagerstown.  This park is a gem in Washington County and is used by alot of visitors as well as locals for recreational use.  Cyclists, joggers and hikers are found the on the path daily.  Free of charge.
Maintaining the park takes a lot of manpower to cut and trim trees, mow the grass, fill in the ruts and washout from rain water.  Paid park employees are few.
I truly don’t know how they will monitor their fee structure.  They say they will moniter it only in the parking lots.  A huge task in my opinion.  There are so many access points along this 184 mile path.  Who will pay?  Those of us that are honest citizens and try to do the right thing.  Will there be any consequences for those that “sneak” in?  What about those that go to the Potomac River to fish?.  Will they be charged a fee for crossing the path to get to the river?
A lot needs to be considered.  For more information, please read the article that was featured on the front page of the Herald Mail this morning.