I have to admit, I just love it when winter is over and the plants start peeking up from the ground. Even though I have been here for more than 15 years now, every year it seems like I forget … Continue reading →
Who would think that bees could be so interesting? We have had quite an experience over the past few weeks with bees at the inn. After several bees had found their way into a guest room, and my attempts at … Continue reading →
Not everyone is a wine lover. There are some people who prefer beer to wine. The Erie Visitor’s Bureau has put together the Lake Erie Ale Trail–so in the interest of providing more information for our guests, Assistant Innkeeper Paul … Continue reading →
One of our Winter projects was in our first floor, private garden room named Isabella. This project was inspired by the need for a new fireplace and it is a beauty. It is a jet black cast iron gas fireplace … Continue reading →
Here in Pennsylvania Wine Country, we have been eagerly waiting for the openings of two local breweries that are to be attached to our wineries. Finally…a date! Arundel Cellars and Brewing Company is having their grand opening of their brewery … Continue reading →
Like everyone, we have our own traditions here at the Grape Arbor! Of course we decorate! There are bunnies, chick, and eggs all around. And we bake…Hot Cross Buns (recipe given earlier), specialty Easter breads galore! But our family tradition … Continue reading →
When the snow melts, and the roads are clear…my thoughts turn to..wine! It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since Tajana and I went on our travels through Lake Erie Wine Country to help you find your new favorite … Continue reading →
Everyone who knows me knows that I love my cats, Sweeney and Pirelli to death. But they are strange. Look very carefully at the picture above…Pirelli is happily eating his kibble…but, what else is in there? Rubber Bands. Rubber … Continue reading →
I’ve gotten some observations from guests recently, that they haven’t seen me around…probably because I’m mostly in the kitchen over the weekend, doing the cooking. What you may not know is that my other passion (besides cooking and the bed … Continue reading →
You all probably already know that we make our own bacon, and that our veggies in season come from a CSA. We also got our Thanksgiving turkey from a local farm, and grow a lot of our own herbs.
Our newest venture is…growing our own mushrooms! Intrepid Assistant Innkeeper Paul Roehl helped me (once I ordered the spawn, then promptly felt completely overwhelmed). After reading an article from one of my favorite blogs (A Way to Garden) about growing mushrooms, I decided to give it a try.
I did a bit of research and purchased some spawn (I know, it sounds like it comes from a horror movie) of three different types of mushrooms –Oyster, red brick, and mitaki–from Smugtown Mushrooms. Why there? Well, they aren’t very far away–Rochester NY, so I thought the climate would be about the same.
Each type of mushrooms grows best in a certain type of wood. Here’s where Paul came in. You had to pick the type of wood the mushroom grows in best, then drill holes for the spawn. Insert the spawn in the holes, then plug them up with wax.
And wait 6 – 9 months (just like a baby)! We will see how they do over the winter!