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Summer Fishtrap 2016 Lodging Specials


Registration for Summer Fishtrap 2016 opens on March 1, 2016. This year, the workshop will be held from July 10 though 16, 2016, at the Wallowa Lake Camp and Retreat Center (also known as the Methodist Camp). Here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast, only 10 minutes away from the Summer Fishtrap site, we’re offering a selection of lodging specials tailored to fit you, the Summer Fishtrap participant.

Want to stay in Joseph rather than at Wallowa Lake? Stay with us for seven nights (either July 9-15 or July 10-16) and you’ll receive one night free (stay for seven but pay for only six).

Want to stay in Joseph but take your breakfast meal at the camp? We’ll deduct $10/night from your room rate.

Sound interesting? Read on.

Why would you choose to stay at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast?

  • If you’re traveling with a spouse or friend who is not attending Summer Fishtrap, they’ll be right in Joseph and close to all the shops, galleries, and activities that our town has to offer. If you take your vehicle to the camp, your traveling companion can still catch the community bus that runs regularly between Joseph and Wallowa Lake.
  • If you’re traveling alone, our single room rates are lower than our double occupancy rates.
  • You might want more privacy than offered in the one or two bedroom yurts or the bunkhouses at the camp.
  • Each morning, freshly brewed organic Costa Rican coffee is available starting at 6 am. The tea box features a variety of herbal, green and black teas. If you choose to include breakfast with your stay, we serve a plated hot breakfast to you at the time of your choosing. Fresh fruit and protein (meats or vegetarian options) are always included. We also pride ourselves on accommodating dietary restrictions (please make sure we know in advance).
  • Each of our guestrooms is equipped with a dedicated air conditioner so you can dial it up or down depending upon your preference.
  • Each guestroom at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast has its own attached private bathroom, outfitted with luxury towels, amenities, blow dryer, bidet, and unlimited hot water.
  • Each guestroom has its own writing desk and lap desk so you can write in the comfort of your guestroom, or perhaps out on the shaded porch, in the garden, at the spacious dining room table, or cozied up in the living room.
  • Our comfortable mattresses and luxury cotton linens contribute to a very good night’s sleep. Down pillows are provided; foam pillows available on request.
  • We have two secure wireless internet access points that are accessible throughout the property.
  • After a full day at Summer Fishtrap, relax with a cup of herbal tea (available anytime) or a glass of cream sherry from the dining room decanter. We also stock a variety of wines available for purchase.

The Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast features a variety of lodging options: three comfortable, thoughtfully appointed second floor guestrooms and one over-the-top ground floor suite. Currently, all four are still available for Summer Fishtrap 2016 and are bookable through our website or by calling us at (541) 432-0230.

We invite you to visit our website and take a look at what the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast can offer you. Several Summer Fishtrap participants have enjoyed their stay with us in previous years.

We know if you’ve found this blog post that you’re very interested in attending Summer Fishtrap. If you’re a writer or a writing lover, Summer Fishtrap is an event not to be missed. But, many of the Summer Fishtrap lodging options at the Wallowa Lake Camp will go quickly once registration opens on March 1, 2016. Be prepared!

Late Winter is the Perfect Time to Visit Joseph Oregon

January Morning S Thompson

Lately the skies around Joseph, Oregon, have been more than beautiful with the late winter sun. I can’t always get outside in time to capture the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. Luckily, our guest Sherry caught this image on her iPhone. She and her husband just left after spending a couple of days unwinding here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast. They own a small business in a large town about 3 hours away here in Eastern Oregon and wanted a midweek getaway far enough to be removed but close enough to get home if something were to go awry.

How did they occupy themselves? With some of the slow-paced, typical wintertime activities. Sherry is a quilter, so there was the mandatory visit (actually, more than one visit) to Cattle Country Quilts on the north end of downtown Joseph. This wonderful shop has a full selection of quilt fabrics, notions, patterns, and everything else the quilter needs. Plus they hold classes, some of which can be done over a weekend. On the first weekend of April (April 2 and 3, 2016), renowned quilter Peggy Gelbrich will be at Cattle County Quilts to teach a couple of one-day specialty quilt classes. Combining that with a weekend getaway to the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast might be in a quilter’s plans.

When it was time for lunch, they dropped in at Terminal Gravity Microbrewery in Enterprise. This is the place where Terminal Gravity beer originates, or as our friends at Terminal Gravity like to say, “Middle of Nowhere. Center of the Universe.” And it truly is. They were lucky enough to find a place to sit downstairs in the pub (not a lot of seating there, but plenty more tucked away on the second floor). Terminal Gravity hosts a variety of musical events throughout the winter months to help chase the cold away. February 2016 features Bryan John Appleby and Bart Budwig for an evening of music on February 10th. In the winter, Terminal Gravity is open every day except for Tuesday.

Where else to go in the winter if the weather’s a little dicey? Since they were already in Enterprise, Sherry and her husband stopped in to look at books and artwork at The Bookloft. This indie bookshop and its accompanying Skylight Gallery has been serving Wallowa County residents and visitors for longer than I can remember. It’s the perfect place to stop in for a coffee and a scone, look through the selection of local books as well as the bestsellers, perhaps pick up a gift in the Skylight Gallery, or just hang around for a few hours and take in the steady stream of locals coming through the doors. Open every day but Sunday across from the Wallowa County Courthouse.

It’s time for an afternoon drive. Sherry and her husband cruised down the highway to the little burg of Lostine, midway through the Wallowa Valley, and about 20 minutes from Joseph. This little town is going through something of a renaissance. The M. Crow & Co. Store has been a fixture in Lostine for over one hundred years and stocks local groceries for Lostine residents and the passersby, but you’ll also find a variety of unique products including those either made in Wallowa County or made of Wallowa County materials. Be sure to ask about the owner, Tyler Hays, a descendant of one of the old families and an incredible entrepreneur in his own right. He purchased this store to keep it and its heritage from disappearing.

While in Lostine, Sherry and her husband also stopped in for an early evening glass of wine at the renovated Lostine Tavern. This little farm-to-table restaurant is committed to supporting local ranchers, farmers and other producers in the spirit of sustainable agriculture, and making all this wonderful local food available to the public through their restaurant. You’ll find a wide variety of Walla Walla wines available, regional microbrew beers on tap, a casual atmosphere, and a menu featuring seasonal specialties as well as a core of favorites. Don’t forget to save room for the carrot cake!

Not wanting to be out on the winter roads long after dark, Sherry and her husband returned to Joseph and dinner two blocks away at the Stubborn Mule Saloon & Steakhouse. This place offers the quiet restaurant side which is fairly simple and good for conversation, or the saloon side where you can play a couple rounds of pool and have your dinner. In winter, the Stubborn Mule is open every day but Monday. The menu is good, standard American fare, with smoked prime rib on Saturday nights (better get there early). And being located only two small town-sized blocks from the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast makes the Stubborn Mule a natural during the winter for a short drive or a brisk walk.

There are plenty of other low key, late winter activities near Joseph, Oregon, like a trip to Wallowa Lake to see the ever changing fountain-turned-ice sculpture in front of the Wallowa Lake Lodge. Or a leisurely 26 mile drive and a 2,000′ elevation drop away into the canyon country to the hamlet of Imnaha and the famous Imnaha Store and Tavern. Or a cruise up to Flora and its pioneer cemetery. Or a bronze foundry tour in Joseph or Enterprise. Or the art galleries lining the streets of Joseph. Whatever your interests, we’re happy to help you figure out how you’d like to spend your time.  As for Sherry and her husband, they left relaxed and refreshed. Til next time!

The Surprising People You Can Meet at a Bed & Breakfast

One of the things we love about owning the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast is the opportunity to meet some very interesting people. Our guests come from all over and have such interesting stories to share around the breakfast table. The surprising people you can meet at a bed & breakfast might range from musicians to artists to neighbors you didn’t know lived nearby in your own city, to small business owners, or even someone who might’ve graduated from the same high school as you many years ago.

This week we hosted Brad and Debora Lorang of Lorang Fine Art & Gorge-ous Gifts from Cascade Locks, Oregon. How many times have you driven by the Cascade Locks exit on Interstate 84 going to or from Portland, Oregon, without a stop? I know for us it’s been many times. But now we have reason to stop in after meeting Brad and Debora. And I think the other bed & breakfast guests that had the pleasure of sharing breakfast with Brad and Debora will as well. Their gallery is full of original pieces of art in nine major media collections (metal art, photography, jewelry, sculpture, pottery, mixed media and recycled art, paintings, woodwork and glass art) representing over seventy artists.

Inside view of gallery

Lorang Fine Art and Gorge-ous Gifts in Cascade Locks Oregon

Debora’s focus is photography and Brad concentrates on working with metal. One afternoon he pulled out a tablet and shared images of some of his larger commissioned, custom designed metal installations (made me think of what could we possibly need to add in the Bronze Antler gardens).  Tremendous!

Another aspect, which they shared with other guests around the breakfast table, is how involved they are in the community of Cascade Locks and the surrounding Columbia River Gorge area. Debora makes it a point to promote other Cascade Locks businesses on their Lorang Fine Art website and is very active in representing Cascade Locks with their local Chamber of Commerce. Our Bronze Antler B&B guests who wanted to learn more about waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge learned some insider information from someone local to that area. Where else can you have a casual conversation over breakfast with someone you’ve just met and learn some tips about a place you’d like to visit?

Even our cat, Madigan, the kinky-tailed greeter of the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast, got into the mix. She graced Debora and Brad with her presence in the dining room one evening and even agreed to pose for a photo session and a quick sketch. It was fun watching the transformation before our eyes and Brad deftly captured Madigan’s features in pen on his sketch pad. They were nice enough to leave this quick pen & ink sketch of Madigan and we are sharing it.

Portrait Sketch of Madigan our long haired tabby housecat

Pen Sketch of Madigan by Brad Lorang

The next time you’re contemplating where to stay on your vacation, you might consider a bed and breakfast lodging in your options. The surprising people you can meet could become new friends, or at least interesting acquaintances for a shared meal in a lovely appointed dining room. It’s an opportunity to connect, learn a little something about someone else, perhaps share a little something about yourself, or just be quiet and listen to the other guests around the table. It’s a more intimate experience than dining in a restaurant or even in the breakfast bar of a chain hotel or motel. Take the opportunity and join in!

Get Your Local Wallowa Valley Fix Here

Want more local Wallowa County at your fingertips? Ready to plunge in and know what us folks out here in Eastern Oregon know? There’s a new blog here in Wallowa County, Oregon, that regularly accumulates posts from some of the best and brightest blogs written about this corner of Northeastern Oregon. You’ll find it as “Oregon’s Wallowa Valley” and it aggregates blog posts from some local websites you’ll want to explore:

  • Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast (in Joseph, Oregon, writing about activities, events, and the bed & breakfast, of course)
  • Josephy Center for Arts & Culture (in Joseph, Oregon, and home to a variety of arts classes, exhibitions, events, and the Alvin & Betty Josephy Library
  • Winding Waters River Expeditions (based in Joseph, Oregon, with fly fishing trips, specialty rafting trips, guided fly fishing and more)
  • Plus the added bonus of plenty of fresh content about local places to discover like the M. Crow & Company Store in Lostine, Oregon, or what’s going on in the local music scene from the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance

The blog is sponsored by the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce and maintained by Janis Carper at Second Chance Productions (another Wallowa County based person that you’ll come to know if you spend any amount of time researching this place).

Subscribe to this feed, bookmark this place, or drop in from time to time to find out what’s new!

What Will You Have on Fridays at Vali’s Alpine Restaurant?

Hungarian Hunters Platter at Valis Alpine Restaurant in Wallowa Lake Oregon with three juicy grilled sausages, Hungarian pickled cabbage salad and crispy garlic herb potatoes

Hungarian Hunters Platter

Vali’s Alpine Restaurant at Wallowa Lake will open soon for its 2014 season.  Just like 2013, Michael and Dionne Vali have decided to mix it up a bit in the kitchen and serve a variety of dinners on Friday nights.  But, only one entree per night just as always–don’t want to make the front end of the restaurant too liberal.  Michael’s mother, Maggie, controls the dining room with a (powderpuff) fist.  One entree per night, Wednesday through Sunday, and Friday nights rotate.  So plan accordingly!

And what’s on the Friday night menu this year?  How about Rosemary Lamb Chops with Corn Pudding and Asparagus (June 20th)?  Or a Hungarian Hunter;s Platter featuring Three Grilled Sausages, Hungarian Pickled Cabbage and Crispy Herbed Potatoes (July 4th)?  Or Summer Vegetable Lasagna with Garden Salad & Garlic Bread? You’ll find the entire list on the Friday night menu page of the website.

You’ll also find the menu for Wednesday through Sunday nights on the restaurant website.  Funny, we always know if it’s Thursday then it must be Chicken Paprikas with Spaetzle and Cucumber Salad.  Don’t even have to look anymore.

When we opened our bed and breakfast lodging near Wallowa Lake in 2001, we discovered that some guests actually booked their dinner reservations at Vali’s first and then looked for a place to stay.  Thanks to modern technology, you can now book your dinner reservations on-line at Vali’s (unless, of course, you want to get in some phone time with them which is perfectly fine).  And you can book your lodging reservations online with us (click the Book Now! button on the left side of the blog), so have both windows open as you coordinate your dinner with your room choices.

Looking forward to seeing you out  here near Wallowa Lake this summer!

Wow! Travel Oregon and the Wallowas

Videos and other materials are just starting to roll out about the Seven Wonders of Oregon, a new campaign hosted by Travel Oregon to introduce some remarkable places in our gorgeous state.  The Wallowa Mountains of Eastern Oregon and the surrounding area were lucky (and naturally) chosen to be one of those.  Here’s Travel Oregon’s video about the Wallowas.  She’s not named, but our friend Alice is the rider seen in the footage:

Great teaser footage for the town of Joseph Oregon too!  The featured brewery is our own Mutiny Brewing Company (great beer in a lovely summer outdoor setting looking at these same mountains).  Alice rides the Wallowa Lake Tramway to the top of Mount Howard (wonder if she fed the squirrels while she was there?).  And the vista shot at the end?  Looks to me like the Hat Point Overlook of Hells Canyon.

Blue Camas flowers in Spring on The Zumwalt Prairie of Wallowa County Eastern Oregon

Blue Camas flowers in Spring on the Zumwalt Prairie of Wallowa County Eastern Oregon

All this and a whole lot more that didn’t make the video.  If you need a little help with your trip planning, give us a call here at our Eastern Oregon Bed and Breakfast and we’ll be happy to help you out.

That’s what a teaser is all about–there’s just enough in the video to get your travel juices flowing.  Time to start planning for that summertime Eastern Oregon Vacation!

Reserve Your Summer Fishtrap 2014 Rooms and Lodging Right Here Right Now

Summer Fishtrap 2014 at Wallowa Lake Oregon postcard imageAre you attending Summer Fishtrap 2014 at Wallowa Lake, Oregon?  Still trying to decide where in Eastern Oregon to stay for the week?  If you don’t want to stay “on campus” in one of the yurts or in the bunkhouse at the Wallowa Lake Camp and Retreat Center (affectionately known to longtime Fishtrappers as the “Methodist Camp”) and you’re used to staying in nicer bed and breakfasts or hotels when you travel, then allow us to propose a stay at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast nearby in Joseph Oregon.

The writers conference Summer Fishtrap 2014 starts on the afternoon of Monday, July 7th, and concludes at brunch on Sunday, July 13th.  As of today, February 12, 2014, we still have two guestrooms and our fabulous Mirror Lake Suite available for a 6-night stay (nights of July 7-12, 2014, departing on July 13, the closing day of Summer Fishtrap 2014).  What can that mean for you as a Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers attendee?  A really comfortable, air-conditioned, private place to stay at good price.  And we can offer you a without breakfast option in case you’d prefer to take your breakfast meals at the Wallowa Lake Camp.  And since we’re rated 3-Diamonds by AAA, we also offer a 10% discount to current AAA members.  What’s not to like?

For example, these are the prices for lodging and meals during Summer Fishtrap 2014 (taken from the Summer Fishtrap 2014 brochure):

  • Summer Fishtrap 2014 one-bedroom deluxe yurt (includes private bath): $795 per cabin
  • Summer Fishtrap 2014 two-bedroom deluxe yurt (includes shared bath): $595 per bedroom
  • Summer Fishtrap 2014 bunkhouse (bring your own bedding, bath house nearby): $130 per person
  • Summer Fishtrap 2014 Lunch only package (Tuesday through Saturday): $60 per person
  • Summer Fishtrap 2014 Lunch & Dinner package (Tuesday through Saturday): $160 per person
  • Summer Fishtrap 2014 All Meals package (Monday dinner through Sunday brunch): $225 per person

Here are options at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast (full price quotes with lodging taxes included) in our Ferguson Ridge Room (other currently available guestrooms are higher):

  • Single occupancy with breakfast: $840.56
  • Single occupancy without breakfast: $775.16
  • Single occupancy with breakfast and 10% AAA membership discount: $756.44
  • Double occupancy with breakfast: $943.60
  • Double occupancy without breakfast: $812.80
  • Double occupancy with breakfast and 10% AAA membership discount: $849.26

Garden scene at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast in Joseph Oregon with bench and bottle of wine and wine glass near the bocce courtIt’s true there are some conveniences to staying at the Wallowa Lake Camp.  You’re right there and don’t need to drive home once the evening open-mic session is over.  You’re in the middle of the action.  You’re close to the Bailey Lodge dining hall where meals are served cafeteria style.

But, we’re only 10 minutes away by car at the other end of Wallowa Lake.  You’re in your own space with your own attached private bathroom, with or without your traveling companion (if you have one). Your room is comfortably air-conditioned to your liking  Your breakfast, if you choose to have breakfast, is served in our dining room plated and accompanied by your choice of fruit juices and hot beverages.  And we do our best to accommodate special meal requirements (gluten-free, dairy-free, food allergies, etc.)

And if you’re bringing along someone who is not participating in Summer Fishtrap 2014, they’re right here in Joseph to see and do all that the town has to offer in summer (shops, art galleries, foundries, artist tours, or just hanging out here on our grounds under the apple tree with the bocce court nearby (see the photo).

There are a limited number of yurts available at the Wallowa Lake Camp.  If you miss your opportunity to reserve one on February 20, 2014 (the day that online registration opens for Summer Fishtrap 2014), then you might want to consider spending your nights with us here at our (nearly a) Wallowa Lake hotel.

And who knows what summer 2014 will be like?  You might be very glad you have air-conditioning!

Don’t forget:  Summer Fishtrap 2014 online registration opens on February 20, 2014, at 9 am Pacific Time!

Never Too Early For Wallowa Lake Wedding Planning

A field of marguerite daisies at the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast in Joseph OregonIn the depths of winter there are people getting engaged and thinking about a summer wedding at Wallowa Lake or in Joseph Oregon.  How do I know?  Because, when I take a look at the analytics behind our Joseph Oregon bed and breakfast blog, there are people searching for terms like “joseph oregon wedding” and people reading blog posts I’ve written about where to get married near Wallowa Lake or where to get married in Joseph Oregon.

So here we are, nearing the end of December 2013, and already we’re seeing quite a few bookings at our Oregon romantic getaway for summer 2014.  Wedding nights in the Mirror Lake Suite are going to be popular this year.  And housing the wedding party or wedding guests in our other three guestrooms is gaining traction as a popular idea too.

Part of this trend might be due to some changes in lodging in the Wallowa Valley.  Joseph Oregon hotels?  Still aren’t any.  And the Wallowa Lake hotel is still the Wallowa Lake Lodge.  Here in Joseph, Belle Peppers Bed and Breakfast closed its doors to guests in December 2012.

What’s a bridal couple to do?  We have a few recommendations:

1.  Most important! Check your dates with the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce (541-426-4622).  If you want to plan your wedding around a major event like Chief Joseph Days Rodeo (always the last full weekend in July), then your wedding guests might have difficulty finding lodging unless they get busy now and book their rooms. Or plan your wedding near the big events but not during them.  And, from Memorial Day through the end of September, there’s something happening nearly every weekend in Wallowa County!

2.  Lock in your wedding venue soon.  See the categories listed on the left side of this blog post in the template area?  Click on “Wallowa County Wedding” or “Joseph Oregon Wedding” and you’ll get immediate access to a variety of blog posts that I’ve put together about potential wedding venues in this part of Eastern Oregon.  Some of these venues, like the blue barn, book out far in advance.

3.  Consider a trip out here to meet with florists, caterers, photographers, etc.  There are some wonderful local folks capable of putting on a spread of local foods, capturing lovely images of your wedding, providing fresh flowers, serving as a great rehearsal dinner location, etc., or even designing your personalized wedding rings (and you’ll need to plan a long ways in advance for that!)  Don’t think you have to bring it all from the big city!

4.  Don’t stress, but do plan.  And you’re welcome to give us a call here at the Bronze Antler B&B at 541-432-0230.  Bill & I are ready to help you however we can.  After thirteen years of owning and operating our Joseph Oregon lodging, we’ve gotten to see a few weddings along the way and are happy to share.

Professional Photography at our Eastern Oregon Lodging

Bocce court in the pre-dawn light at our Joseph Oregon lodging

Bocce court in the pre-dawn light in Joseph Oregon at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast

Marcus Berg, owner & professional photographer at Unique Angles Photography, is returning to our Eastern Oregon bed and breakfast in early June to update our portfolio of high quality images.  Sure, we can always capture images on our digital camera or our smartphones and they’ll look fine on the Facebook page, but it’s also important for the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast to have high quality “dense” images for magazines and other print advertising.

We’re excited to have Marcus out with us for a few days.  I know it’ll be a lot of work.  A good photo shoot involves lots of preparation.  Beautiful flowers, a variety of props to dress up the guestrooms, a varied menu for food photography–and then there are things we can’t quite control like great weather for exterior photos.  The last time Marcus was here, he & I were up before the dawn to capture images of the bocce court in the north perennial garden of our Wallowa Lake lodging.  Little did I know that watering the bocce court the night before meant I’d need to quickly spray down the rest of the gravel walkways at 5 am!

If you have a chance, take a look at our website photography and send us suggestions on which photos you think should be updated,  What images should we capture that aren’t on the website?  What would best depict our romantic getaway Oregon style?  Send your ideas to info@bronzeantler.com and we’d love to incorporate your ideas.

Amenity Provided: Free and Secure Wireless Internet at our Joseph Bed and Breakfast

Wireless Internet Access at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast in Joseph, OR, is provided by Eastern Oregon Networks, Inc (EONI)One thing that separates the bed and breakfast community from many other lodging options (especially hotels) is free wireless internet. There is no additional daily charge at most bed and breakfasts for wireless internet. And certainly not here at the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast!

Here at our Joseph Oregon lodging we just upgraded our internet service by making some changes to our existing infrastructure.  We did this to make our wireless internet service easier to access, faster, and to specifically address an issue raised by a guest in a review on TripAdvisor about our Eastern Oregon bed and breakfast.  The guest wrote:

[T]he WI-FI is too fussy. The coverage is spotty and the need to log on for each session is annoying. Also, there is insufficient capacity to watch the news or a movie. Since there is no TV at this location, better Internet access would be appreciated.

We originally installed a very secure login process to ensure that neither guests nor innkeepers would get hacked, nor would we be vulnerable to someone pulling up in our parking area, hopping on our wireless, and downloading inappropriate information.  But times have changed.   In response, we’ve now changed our security settings so that the guest uses one password one time only to cover all “sessions” here at our Wallowa Lake lodging.  The internal changes made to our signal routing have increased our download speed by about a factor of four.  And we are reevaluating the position of our router to maximize performance throughout the property (which is already very good inside the Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast building).

One thing about living in a very rural location is that internet access isn’t the quite same as it is in more populated communities.  Could we have DSL?  Not currently.  Cable modem?  Not available.  And probably won’t be in the foreseeable future.  Our internet signal is entirely wireless–including how it is delivered to and leaves the property.    We met the criticism head on and look forward to this guest returning (the guest also indicated that it wouldn’t be the last visit to the Bronze Antler).  We want to demonstrate that we take constructive suggestions seriously.