THE CRANKY OLD MAN
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
North Wildwood Bed and Breakfast
North Wildwood Bed and
Candlelight Inn, North Wildwood, NJ
The Cranky Old Man has his mind changed.
I don’t like
Bed and Breakfast Inns.I’ve been to
maybe five, and though pleasant enough, I have always had disappointing experiences.Bed and Breakfast Inns…at least the ones I’ve
been at, are generally old restored large houses decorated flawlessly with
older antiques and knick knacks.
I love older
restored homes and I love antiques and knick knacks.Why then would I then not like B+B’s?
who buy and restore these B+B’s tend to be a little anal about their home and
their possessions.They need customers
to admire their home and possessions so they can collect enough revenue to
afford their home and possessions, and to use their home and possessions as a
large tax break.
It is a nice
deal; buy a beautiful home, decorate it with antiques and knick knacks, and
have it paid for by customers and tax breaks.It is a great deal especially for people who love to decorate and love
old homes and possessions.The only
drawback to this nice deal seems to be having to host customers, many who do
not properly appreciate your lovely decorations and antiques.These owners, who rely on customers to pay
for their lifestyle often, in my experience, do not treat their guests as
guests.They treat them as a necessary
travel and spend lots of money, I really do not like feeling like an intruder,
I want to feel like a treasured guest.I
don’t like walking in and immediately being told when I can come home at night,
what I can touch (nothing) and how special everything is in THEIR home and “Please
be careful while in the house."They tell
you how to dress for breakfast, they sometimes seem to follow you around and in general do not make you feel welcome…at
least that has been my experience on several occasions.
So; when Mrs.
C told me she made reservations for this last weekend at a B+B in North
Wildwood, NJ, I was not very enthusiastic to say the least.
registered at the Candlelight Inn in North Wildwood, NJ this Friday, http://www.candlelight-inn.com/ I
was not a happy camper.We were greeted
by Michael the co-owner with his wife Wanda.He showed us around the house and pointed out all the interesting features
of this beautifully restored Victorian home.The home was lovely as usual, it was decorated beautifully as usual and
was furnished with antiques which made you feel as if you stepped back into
1905...except there was a bathroom in
every unit, TV with cable, air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi all at no extra charge.
I was not
given one rule to follow. Michael apparently
assumed that we would have enough class to not jump on the bed and scratch our
names in any of the antiques.There was
a fridge in the hall filled with complimentary water and soda.On the dresser were two cups and a decanter of
sherry, along with two chocolates.
always coffee available, and at five in the afternoon they put out cookies and
As a cranky
wise guy, I commented, that cookies are nice, and that my favorite, if he didn’t
mind was oatmeal and raisin. I was told jokingly,
that I get what I get.
At five, we
went down stairs for some wine and a cookie along with the other guests and Michael
greeted me with a special plate,
these oatmeal raisin cookies just for you!”
is very nice, I also have some other requests.”
one wish has been answered.”
“Damn, if I
knew that I would have asked for more than a special cookie.”
Mrs. C gave
me an elbow and told me I’d better eat all of those cookies.I did not need the elbow, they were very
To sum it
up, Michael and his lovely wife were gracious, fun, helpful and at all times
made everyone feel special and appreciated as guests.The Inn is beautiful, breakfast delicious and
there were several unexpected amenities.
I now have a
different appreciation for Bed and Breakfast Inns and will definitely return to
the Candlelight Inn soon.