Category Archives: Hotel Stories

Art, Guns and Fudge

Growing up with folks who hunt and fish, I should have understood the excitement when Cabela’s Outfitters announced the opening of their store in the mountains of Hamburg, Pa. in 2003. I did not. I also didn’t understand why the … Continue reading

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Retirement. I don’t miss the money. I miss the connections. I miss the need to get up at a certain time each morning. The wake-up shower, the first cup of coffee, the rush out the door. Of course, one could still … Continue reading

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I saw the cartoon recently, and laughed, but only for a few seconds. I have experienced these images, every one, at different times in my life. And that is not so funny. It seems to be a chronic issue with … Continue reading

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Dufresne, Party of Two

He showed up on the hotel arrival list on a cold January day in 2005.  Comedian Mitch Hedberg. I was a huge fan, and was excited to share some of my enthusiasm, and some of his one-liners with staff. I … Continue reading

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Somewhere in Time

Opened in 1887, the Grand Hotel of Mackinac Island is one of the most photographed hotels in the world. It sits on an island in northern Michigan that has turned back time. There are no motorized vehicles allowed, bicycles and … Continue reading

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An Officer and a Luftwaffe

You are cordially invited to the German wedding in uniform of Luftwaffe Stuka pilot Johann Warsteiner and Professor Gretchen Mueller. These folks were honored at Mid Atlantic Air Museum’s WW II Weekend with a 3 day wedding ceremony, hosted by … Continue reading

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The Box Purse

It was her only luggage. She reached in and pulled out 2 hundred dollar bills, securing one of the last available hotel rooms that night. Three days later, she left with a police escort. Something about her gentle demeanor, the … Continue reading

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Room 524

Note: This is a piece written as a hotel employee. Thanksgiving. A while ago. I remember now, in retrospect, the first phone call I received from her daughter Donna a few weeks back. She was reserving a room for her … Continue reading

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