“If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hoper, a prayer, a magic-bean-buyer. If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire, for we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!” –Shel Silverstein
If you could be someone else, would you? If you could make your dreams come true, would you?
Picture yourself going on vacation with your friend/spouse/partner. You drive into the lush forests and mountains of Vermont. The scenery is stunning, everything so green and vivid. The air is crisp, cool, clean and oxygenated. The road turns to dirt and rock under your car’s tires. You think you must be almost there, but you continue to drive another 45 minutes because it takes forever to get anywhere in the mountains. Then it appears… the sign to your weekend destination… “Brewed Inn Style.”
It’s late when you arrive in the front drive of this quirky property. There appears to be three stand alone structures, yet strangely they are all somehow tied together in a semblance of unity. Your intentions are to take a walk around in tomorrow’s daylight to study the objects that may only exist in the shadows of the dazzling moonlight.
As you remove your few belongings from the trunk, you hear a slight vibration and see a twitching of dull light from the far left structure. For now you approach only the front porch of the main structure and let yourselves in through the large oak door. Inside you find you are not in a classic country home as expected, but a modern and fresh existence. A sleek silver key sits atop a small magenta box on the front desk which you are sure came straight from IKEA. Upon closer inspection, the box is marked with just your first name (he who makes the reservation, gets the box).
The box contains postcard sized pieces of glossy paper. The first with a picture of your room on the front and instructions for accessing it on the back. You can’t wait to fall into that luscious bed with crisp white sheets and a vibrant lemon yellow duvet.
The second describes the breakfast menu for tomorrow morning: “Poached eggs on multigrain toast with celtic sea salt and freshly ground black pepper; a side of garden fresh tomatoes, prosciutto and bright orange cantaloupe; Detox Tea (trust us) and freshly squeezed juice from the morning’s variety of vegetable and fruits.” On the back of the breakfast card is a brief set of instructions: “Tonight will be fun, but tomorrow will be better. Breakfast will be served between 7:30 and 9:00 am. You are welcome to utilize the kitchen after 9:30 am if you miss it.”
The third card in your magenta box details the 5 beers currently on tap. A seasonal variety, the house lager, a deathly imperial stout, a Vermont-styled Belgian unfiltered and a smooth and charming IPA. On the back of the draft list card tells you that the tap room in the far left structure will be open until 10:30 pm and that “D” is your bartender tonight.
The fourth card lists all of the services offered in the far right structure, the first two of which are included in your weekend package: a 30-minute massage and a mani/pedi (still time to decide who gets what). The other options include hair and wax treatments of a wide variety, and a cedar sauna room. The back of this card simply states: “Please book your services for the weekend by 10 am Saturday.”
And finally, the fifth card has a warm photo of the Inn Keepers, Christine and Casey, on the front and a message from them on the back: “Welcome to Brewed Inn Style! We’re so glad to have you with us for a couple of days. Please spend time relaxing, unwinding, kicking back, getting in style and back to nature while you are here. You’ll find us both throughout the property during your stay, but mostly in the brewery and the kitchen, where we enjoy creating delicious treats for you to enjoy. Treat yourself, treat each other and let us know how we can make your stay most enjoyable. — C&C”
You do just that until the moment comes when it is time to get back in the car and drive back down the gravel drive, onto the dirt and rock road and out of the vividness… back to your reality. We’ll stay right here, at Brewed Inn Style. Our reality.
I am a dreamer.