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Month: April 2022

The Magic of Spring’s Bloom

By Lorelei Savaryn

Walk outside The Astor House, and you’ll be transported to a quiet oasis of nature in the middle of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Birds chirp and land on one of the many beautiful bird feeders, wind rustles through the leaves, and delicate flowers pop up in beautifully diverse beds tucked away all across the lawn.

And this summer, guests will find even more delightful surprises than ever before. I am lucky enough to be the daughter/step-daughter of the owners, Linda and Tom. I am also an author of novels for middle-grade readers. My new book, The Edge of In Between,is a magical reimagining of The Secret Garden, and you can find a miniature version of my magical garden right outside this beautiful B&B.

Discover the magical poem that leads you into the garden carved onto paving stones. Inhale the scent of forget-me-nots and irises popping through the soil after a long winter’s thaw. Peek into the hive where you might find the magical sleeping Tickles if they aren’t buzzing about. And if you spot a bright red cardinal, it might just be a lost loved one visiting from Ever After to let you know they’re okay.

You can purchase signed copies of The Edge of In Between from the parlor and follow Lottie on her journey from deep gray sadness to color and hope again while you sit on a garden bench, immersed in the story as it comes to life all around you.

Spring is the perfect time to visit The Astor House and to step foot inside the magical world of the In-Between, where anything is truly possible.

Family Weekend 2022 at Astor House

As springtime approaches, we’re excited to offer our very first Family Weekend at the Astor House!  The event will be all about the magic of reading and sharing adventures together.  Tom and I have enjoyed hosting many guests who have traveled to the Inn with their kids.  We felt inspired to create a weekend, especially with our young visitors in mind.  May 13th-15th will be geared towards middle graders who visit the Astor House with a parent or guardian for a memorable and meaningful experience.

We’re honored to welcome Penguin Random House author Lorelei Savaryn as our special guest for this fun event!  Lorelei is the daughter/step-daughter of your innkeepers and we couldn’t be more proud as she prepares for the release of her second fantasy novel. Lorelei is the author of “The Circus of Stolen Dreams, released in 2020, and “The Edge of In Between,” a magical retelling of the Secret Garden,  which comes out April 19, 2022.

Both books have received Booklist Starred Reviews and are beautiful fantasy novels geared toward middle schoolers.  Read more about these novels here:  https://loreleisavaryn.com/

The Edge of In Between is the theme for this fantastic family weekend.  Guests will receive a Welcome Gift including an autographed copy of each of Lorelei’s novels, a certificate for Happy Joe’s Pizza, and other surprises.  The event will include some social time with Lorelei, a former teacher, and teacher’s coach,  and she’ll read excerpts from her novels as well.  You and your middle grader will be inspired by her personal story of success and by the deep and meaningful themes of her novels.

There’ll also be a Scavenger Hunt in the garden where our guests will be given a list of book-related items they’ll need to hunt for and find in the gardens surrounding the Astor House.  Once they find the items on their list, they’ll be rewarded with a special prize to redeem after the weekend of fun is a memory.   As the warm-weather season rolls on, an entire section of our garden at the Inn is being permanently dedicated to  The Edge of In Between, drawing our inspiration from Lorelei’s captivating descriptions in the pages of her book.

We’re going all out with special kid-friendly breakfasts, like my Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes with Homemade Strawberry jam.  There’ll also be a very special breakfast to match the one described in The Edge of In Between when Lottie, the main character, shares a meal with a family.

We only have four rooms available for this very special event, so please don’t hesitate to make your reservation and secure your space.  We can’t wait to roll out the red carpet for our young visitors this spring at the Astor House Family Weekend.  Reservations by phone only at 920-432-3585.

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