Wednesday, February 12
Nancy wanted to find a special spot for my birthday breakfast this year ~ and she surely did.
The Inn is old, delightful, and elegant.
We were given a few choices of table locations – and because it was a cold morning, chose the fireplace.
The hostess was preparing for a large group for lunch. However, we were the only two people there for breakfast.
We felt like royalty.
I never saw a menu with so many breakfast choices.
There was one page (8 1/2 x 11), typed in fairly small font, of French toast and egg strata choices; a page of the Inn’s specialties; two pages of omelets; and another page of anything else to do with breakfast (toast, oatmeal, juice, coffee, tea, etc.)
While waiting for breakfast to be served, we enjoyed catching up on each others lives and observing the décor.
Nancy’s Egg Florentine ~ poached eggs over steamed spinach and sautéed mushrooms on an English muffin with Hollandaise sauce.
My Eggs En Cocotte ~ sheared eggs, baked with asparagus, lump crab meat and Mornay sauce. It was incredibly delicious.
We had a wonderful time together ~ with great conversation and laughter ~ quite easy for us. 🙂
Before leaving I picked up two brochures and learned about the very interesting history of the Inn. Now I want to go back and look more closely at the rooms and photos.
This is where Ann Coleman lived – a graduation gift from her wealthy parents, after earning a law degree at Dickinson College.
If you live in Lebanon, you probably know about the Coleman’s of the early 1800s. There are several things named “Coleman” in the area.
Ann dated and was engaged to James Buchanon (our 15th President). However, her parents did not like him and thought he was after their money, and broke off the engagement. As a result of that and some other misunderstandings, she took her life with an overdose of laudanum.
The story goes that because of his love for her, James vowed to never marry. He is our only bachelor president.
Thank you, Nancy, for a wonderful birthday breakfast.