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“So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Willie Wonka said that too when, after being disheartened by the behavior of some folks, his faith in humanity was restored by the gesture of one.   Living through a pandemic is worrisome.   We can all cite moments of fear, anxiety, and frustration.  But there are those moments, too, when dreamers remember there’s a heap of good in the world. Perhaps it shines a little brighter in the midst of all the uncertainty.  I thought I’d share a true “feel good” story with you in hopes it’ll warm your heart as it has ours.

This place we’re living in and sharing with others is a dream.  And some of the things that have unfolded throughout the world pandemic have added a bit of unexpected magic to life. In 2002, my late sister called me to tell me about a show. She said my daughter, Lorelei, and I HAD to watch it.  The show was called Gilmore girls.  My sister said it reminded her SO much of the relationship between my daughter and me.  After she persisted for many months, Lorelei and I promised to sit down for the pilot episode once the first season was available on DVD.

We were hooked.  Admittedly, it felt like someone had been peeking into our lives a bit as we watched each episode.  We could relate to so much of the banter, the quirks, and the lives of the characters.  Lorelei dreamed of a career as a writer and could relate to the character of Rory who aspired toward a career as a journalist.   I worked as an Apartment Manager for large complexes and my husband and I loved staying at B&B’s.  That is where the dream of running an Inn was planted.  I found watching Gilmore girls inspired that dream further.

The show offered a platform we could deeply relate to and gave us a little escape to Stars Hollow each week.  It quickly became my favorite show of all time.  A favorite character mine and my daughter’s, and of so many people who love the show, is the owner of the diner in Stars Hollow, Luke Danes.   Throughout the series, he was known for having “The best coffee in town.”

For the show’s creator to put “Prince Charming” in jeans, a flannel shirt, and a backward baseball cap was nothing short of brilliant. Lorelei and I decided we didn’t like any of Lorelai Gilmore’s other suitors. We liked Luke.  As so many fans did, we hoped the two of them would eventually end up together. We were heartbroken when the series ended.

In 2010, Tom and I made a serious run at purchasing the Astor House; however, the timing wasn’t right.  But we never lost sight of that dream.

In 2016 Netflix produced 4 ninety-minute continuations of the Gilmore girls so we could learn what became of Luke, Lorelai and her daughter Rory.  My daughter and I got together to watch the Netflix series and we enjoyed every moment of it.  You can view the series at https://www.netflix.com/title/70155618 

Fast forward to 2019 and two amazing littles were added to the two beautiful children Lorelei and her husband had welcomed into the world between 2012 and 2014.  Tom and I absolutely adore our four grandchildren.  Lorelei was also on her way to becoming an author in 2019, as her first novel is being released this fall by Penguin Random House.  She signed a two-book preemptive deal.  It’s a dream come true.  Here’s a link to her page on the publisher’s website.

We had so many blessings to count over the years.  Lorelei’s husband landed a fabulous job.  Our son and his wife had the blessings of amazing career and travel opportunities as well, and Tom and I purchased the beautiful Astor House we’d had our eye on since 2010.   In February of this year, Lorelei decided to arrange a cameo video, as a surprise for me, from Scott Patterson.  (The actor who played Luke Danes on Gilmore girls.)  I was amazed, to say the least, and the video definitely made me smile.

Shortly afterward, I received an email from Scott’s assistant, letting me know he’d started a coffee company. She told me they’d looked up our B&B online after Scott had done my cameo video and they found our Inn delightful.  She wondered if we wanted to try a sample of Scott’s coffee brand.  Of course, we accepted.  That was in February. Needless to say, we fell in love with the coffee to the point we knew we’d never serve anything else to the Astor House guests. It was the best coffee I’d ever tasted. Additionally, we learned there was great integrity at Scotty P’s Big Mug Coffee, like doing things to help the environment in source countries.

Scotty P’s Big Mug Coffee is a perfect match for our home cooking and award-winning baking at the Inn.  We also learned we could easily become Wholesale Partners with Scott’s company. A fella I already admired for his acting skills.  Imagine that.   We all know what transpired in the US in March.  Tom and I never could have anticipated the world pandemic occurring just a few months after achieving our dream of living in and running the Astor House.

As with all adversity we’ve faced, and our family has had our share, we persevered through this challenge with a lot of faith and a lot of helpers.  One of whom was an absolute surprise and a delight, especially for me.  When we were finally able to open our Inn again after Safer at Home orders were lifted, we finally put in that order for the best coffee on earth.

We received so much incredible support from Scott’s assistant, Elaine, and we’re a small player in the grand scheme of things.  But even throughout the quarantine time, she reached out to us to find out how we were doing.  Once we were ready to place our order she helped us navigate our options.  She answered every question we had in a timely manner. She gave us pointers on our social media posts to help increase our visibility.

She even arranged a phone call between me and Scott Patterson himself.  This I found to be an exceptionally grand honor.  I have to say it was incredibly surreal to talk with Scott.  I’d heard his voice hundreds of times over the years of watching Gilmore girls and here he was on my cell phone.  He spent about 20 minutes sharing his enthusiasm at having us as a wholesale partner. He gave us tips on everything from displays to marketing.

It speaks to the integrity of Scott and his company that he would take time to chat with me about the Astor House and our partnership. Scott and Scotty P’s have been unbelievably gracious in helping us kick-start awareness of the Inn now that we’ve reopened.   We owe many thanks to Scott and Elaine for so kindly taking time to get the Astor House before so many people through their social media platforms.

Our loyalty was firmly in place because of the taste.  The interactions with Scott and his team have made us iron-clad wholesale partners and customers for life.

I’ve hit the jackpot in a few incredible areas of life.  Motherhood is one of those places.  I have two amazing adult kids to whom Tom is step father.  Lorelei and Kyle are my dreams come true.  Seeing them pursue the desires of their hearts brings such joy. They and their spouses have offered incredible support of this dream of the Inn.

Tom is my real-life “Luke Danes.” We’d been part of each other’s circle for a long time before we realized true love was right in front of us. He wears flannel in the winter.  He sometimes wears a baseball cap.  He finds my dozens of quirks amusing and he tolerates them with a smile and gentle teasing. He pays attention to the little things and his occasional rants make me laugh. He even cooks amazing breakfasts.

I still watch Gilmore Girls reruns and the Netflix “A Year in the Life” series continuation.  The parallels we can draw between our real lives and the show Lorelei and I love aren’t lost on us. Our story, too, involves a mom with a dream of finding true love and of running an Inn and a daughter with a dream of a career as a writer.  We’re honored to have Scott Patterson’s picture in our parlor at the Astor House, in a glass hutch along with bags of his coffee for sale.  I walk by it and think, “How did this happen??”  We’re enjoying the opportunity to introduce this fine coffee and company to everyone who comes to the Inn and everyone we know.  The guests, and our friends and family, are falling in love with Scott’s coffee.  We knew they would.

To any business that serves or sells coffee, we encourage you to look into Scotty P’s Big Mug Coffee.  It truly is the best coffee on earth.  And you won’t find better a better team to inspire you and support the success of your dream.

Check out Scott’s amazing coffee blends and learn more about the company at https://www.scottyp.com/ And by all means, come enjoy a cup of Scotty P’s while you enjoy a relaxing stay at the Astor House.  With all of the uncertainty and unrest in the world, everyone could use a getaway.  And we thought everyone could use a true feel-good story, where a small B&B in Green Bay was helped through a pandemic, in part, by a beloved actor the family has admired for years.   Two worlds have delightfully collided.

We have so much to be grateful for as a family.  And helpers, in life, come in unexpected ways sometimes.  Scott’s efforts have reminded this dreamer of the good in life.  Faith in humanity can, sometimes, be restored by the gesture of one.

Indeed, “So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

 

Buy a Gift Certificate To our Inn This Christmas

Christmas Gift Certificate to our Green Bay Bed and BreakfastAs we leave another fun and wonderful Thanksgiving week in the past, the upcoming holidays are on our hearts and minds at the Astor House Bed and Breakfast. One of our favorite things to do each year is plan out the gifts we’re going to give. This year, consider giving a gift that means something truly special; gift someone special in your life a getaway to our romantic Bed and Breakfast in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Astor House Bed and Breakfast, conveniently located near the best of Green Bay, is the perfect place to unwind, relax, and enjoy a quiet and delightful getaway this winter.  Make someone’s holiday extra special this year, and show them just how much they mean to you. Make a reservation, or call us to purchase a gift certificate to our Green Bay Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

Running Marathons and Other Races in Green Bay

Green Bay Marathon and Running RacesThe outdoor running season has finally arrived in Green Bay! Few people are aware of the prolific running culture in this town, but it’s definitely become a popular race destination for athletes around the country. There are thousands of running trails and hundreds of running events each year in and around the city.  This spring, Green Bay will once again be hosting some wonderful running events, including the popular Green Bay Marathon and the Bellin Run. Whether you plan to participate in or just watch these great events, the the Astor House is the perfect place to stay. Book your room at our historic Bed and Breakfast now, so you’ll have a quiet retreat waiting for you at the end of a long day.

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Make Self-Care A Priority In 2018

Self-Care Begins in Green Bay, WisconsinJanuary is a time when people around the world set new goals for the coming year. This year, make self-care a priority. We all know we can do everything better, if you just make the time to take care of yourself first.  Easier said than done!  If you are looking for solitude or quiet time with your significant other after the holidays, Green Bay has much to offer. Come and explore the thousands of miles of trails, many situated along the Fox River or in the Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve, along with a variety of other places.  Green Bay has excellent conditions for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing this winter as well, so the cold weather isn’t an excuse to keep away. If you want an activity that can get your adrenaline going, try skijoring or ice climbing. Or, head down to Packer’s Titletown District, new to Green Bay this year. Their tubing hill and skating rink have quickly become a favorite for locals and visitors. 

We know how important it is to make time for self-care, and also how hard it is to make yourself a priority! Take advantage our many winter specials, including the mid-week discounts at Astor House, and book your getaway to our Green Bay Bed and Breakfast today Continue reading

Give Your Packers Fan A Holiday in Green Bay

Are you or your significant other a Green Bay Packers Football GamePackers fan? Give yourself or your partner the perfect gift this holiday season, and visit Green Bay. The Green Bay Packers will have a home game on December 23rd. If you have tickets to the game, that’s great! Even if you don’t have the tickets, you can join the tailgate party in Resch Center. The party ends 30 minutes before kickoff. This gives you plenty of time to get to Lambeau Field or a sports bar nearby, such as the Stadium View, Burkel’s, or D2Sports Pub. Looking for comfort, elegance, and convenience for your accommodations? Astor House Bed and Breakfast is the best choice. It is located within 10 minutes of Lambeau Field and Resch Center, and a short hop from many of Green Bay’s best shopping and dining destinations. Book your room today. Continue reading

Football and Shopping: See Why Green Bay Has it All

Green Bay Packers Family Night holiday FireworksThis season of giving, give that special person the perfect getaway to Green Bay. There are many things to do and see in Green Bay besides the Packers. Whether you are a diehard Cheesehead or not, there is a new attraction at the Lambeau Field, aptly called Titletown. Join us in Titletown, where the Winter Jubilee Light Show is on every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The holiday-themed lights, music and special effects will surely help get you into the holiday spirit. Interested in winter sports? You can have some fun ice-skating or “biking” at the ice rink there. The tubing hill will open as soon as weather permits. Shopping is also available at the district, from Packer’s themed merchandise to other unique gift items.

Astor House Bed and Breakfast is only 10 minutes from Lambeau Field, and a short hop from the Broadway shopping district in Green Bay. It offers modern comforts in a charming historic house. Reserve your room today! Continue reading

The Astor House is the Perfect Staycation in Green Bay

Astor House Staycation in Green BayAre you looking for a break from the darkness of winter, or maybe you just need a respite before the hectic holiday activities begin? Astor House Bed and Breakfast, situated in the historic district of Green Bay, is the perfect getaway destination. Built in 1888, the house is equipped with many modern day amenities. Each of the five guest rooms is decorated with a different international theme: Hong Kong, Laredo, London, Marseilles, and Vienna. Just check yourself in and you’re instantly transported to a different place. The in-room soaking tub or whirlpool bath will help dissolve away your stress, leaving you instantly relaxed and ready for the holidays.  Top it with a bottle of wine or a cup of tea in front of the fireplace, and settle in for the perfect staycation. If you wish to stay in your room for breakfast, just let us know. We are more than happy to deliver a breakfast basket to your door. Check the availability online today. Continue reading

Get Into the Holiday Spirit in Green Bay

Green Bay downtown is decorated with holiday lightsThe holiday season is just around the corner and Green Bay is the perfect place for you to get into the spirit. Starting in mid-November, the Green Bay Broadway shopping district will be illuminated with stunning light displays. Many shops will keep their doors open till past 8 pm, so shoppers can get a head start on shopping lists this season. While you’re in town, don’t miss the Garden of Lights at the Green Bay Botanical Garden. This holiday favorite starts on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Come and see a quarter of a million lights in rainbow colors tastefully arranged to enchant and dazzle. Astor House is centrally located so you don’t have to travel far to enjoy this magical season in Green Bay! Book your room today. Continue reading

Fun Activities in Green Bay This October

Green Bay has many things to doAre you looking for fun new activities to do in Green Bay this October?  Yes, it’s football season. Beyond that, you may not be aware that from sports to history, arts to nature, and casual to fine dining, Green Bay has much to offer. So, whether you are coming here to watch the Packers play in Lambeau Field or for a business trip, you’ll want to add a few days to your itinerary and explore around the area. Starting in October, our ice hockey team, the Green Bay Gamblers, will be gliding on ice and passing the puck at the Resch Center. Athletes will want to participate in the Green Bay duathlon.  It’s a 2 mile run, followed by a 19 mile bike ride, and ending with another 2 mile run.  The event will kick off at the Bay Beach Amusement Park on Oct 21. Still looking for more to do? Eaglemania is coming to Meyer Theatre, also on Oct 21. If you like The Eagles, you will love EagleMania! With so many things happening in Green Bay in October, be sure to make your reservations early. The Astor House Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located for all your activities and excursions. Call us today or reserve a room here. Continue reading

Great Places To See Fall Foliage In Green Bay

Fall Foliage Green BayFrom the stunning fall foliage to the Packers playing in the Lambeau Field, nothing beats autumn in Green Bay! Whether a drive along country roads or a stroll in the city’s park, you can see fall foliage everywhere.  If you wish to see more nature, we recommend taking a short drive. Head north towards Sumaico and look for Butler Rock. You will find the best views at the Mountain Fire Lookout Tower. Also, be sure to take Rustic Road 8 between Flintville and Suamico. It wanders between stands of hardwood and coniferous trees, and is truly beautiful during Autumn. Alternatively, go south past Appleton to Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin’s largest inland lake. You will find breathtaking views from the High Cliff State Park and Ledge View Nature Center observation towers. The best drive is east on the ‘quiet side of the lake’.

Take your time and allow your five senses be stimulated during a fall getaway to Green Bay. The Astor House is a charming old-world Bed and Breakfast, equipped with all the modern comforts you need during your time in Green Bay. Check our availability online and reserve your room today. Continue reading

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