Sunday arrived at the property in Park City at 4. Catered dinner of BBQ brisket, funeral potatoes, corn on the cob and apple cobbler with our travel group + spouses. Kami was already at the property with the doors unlocked and had brought snacks and food for breakfast. Low key night of relaxing with peeps. Going to enjoy the hot tub this evening. Depart out of Heber Valley Airport at noon tomorrow. A little nervous about this trip honestly. Will be in Boston at a property on Beacon Street. Know we will be safe, but the protests around the country have been unsettling. One is planned on Sunday in the Downtown Crossing area of Boston. Praying Love finds a place in everyone’s hearts.
Monday slept in, big breakfast, then it got crazy. In summary left Heber Valley at noon. Five hour flight to the Boston area. Arrived about 7. Along the way, news of rioting, looting, arson, and violence sweeping Boston. Heartbreaking to watch. After a short stop, food being delivered and a new pilot, we left for an hour flight to Syracuse New York. Our hosts had two SUV’s there to pick us up and after a 45 minute drive arrived at the Retreat. A fun welcome that included warm skillet cookies with ice cream was a great ending to a long day. The Gulfstream G280 was super cool. Enjoy the LINK! Six hours ago we were still trying to decide if we would go to Cape Cod, Upstate NY or take our chances in Boston. I really appreciate that our hosts were so responsive and willing to adjust plans. It really made a difference. Praying for Peace and that no one gets hurt.
Tuesday, a new day. A meet & greet breakfast followed by a morning strategy discussion. After lunch a tour and some free time before dinner. A delicious filet mignon. Everything served came from the Retreat. I think it takes awhile to mentally process this place. Last year Keith and I were invited out. It was fun to watch the others have their own experience.
Wednesday early morning meeting followed by Brunch at 10 and some break-out sessions for coordination efforts. Afternoon lunch at 2 then some free time. Got a long run in and saw a bit more of the property including the hunting camp. This place is an Oasis. The boys went fishing and brought back Bass and Pike. The Chef here made a meal with their catch and we ate at 8. Just wrapped up dinner and Karaoke Night starts now. I guess a Karaoke machine was purchased based upon rumors of our mad karaoke skillz. Tonight is going to get wild!
Thursday started with a light breakfast and trip back to Syracuse to catch our flight to Martha’s Vineyard. An emotional welcome after we arrived at the Bed & Breakfast. All the employees were there to greet us. It was unexpected and appreciated. Tour of the Bed & Breakfast and the Vineyard Haven property took the afternoon.
So excited to see the Vineyard Haven property again. What I like about this property. The views from the back of the house, the window’s walk, the pool area and yard. Beautiful master suite. Indoor/outdoor space has great flow. You are right in town but very private and relaxing. Have not yet had a chance to stay here.
The Chef prepared a dinner of steak & lobster. Since there were no other guests we had dessert with the staff and it was fun getting to know them. Stopped to see the Cove during the early tour of the Bed & Breakfast and went back to see the sunset. Clouds make for spectacular sunsets.
Friday slept till 8 and woke to pouring rain. Got a run in on the treadmill and some breakfast. Took the ferry over to the Cape at 10:20. The ferry ride is an hour to Hyannis, 8 hours planned to tour three properties and a small resort. Surreal to see so few people on the ferry and roads. First stop of the day was in Osterville, 15 minutes West of where the Ferry landed in Hyannis. What I like about this property. The natural light from unusual windows. The dock and access to the water. The Pool. The views from all four levels of the house is priceless.
Traveled East for 45 minutes to tour a property near Orleans. What I like about this property. Private on 5 acres sitting on a bluff surrounded by 900’ of sandy beach. The widow’s walk has 360 degree views and is breathtaking. Never seen anything like it. A beautiful location yet close to everything. Spectacular views from every room in the home. Great indoor/outdoor space for entertaining. Incredible kitchen.
The final property tour was also near Orleans. What I like about this property. The Beach. So much white sand. The entire back of the house is pretty much windows. There isn’t a bad view in this home. I can imagine evenings of sitting by the outdoor fire pit and listening to the ocean. Several fireplaces in this home that add to the charm.
Wrapped up the afternoon with a tour of a Cape Cod Resort. Had plans for a Summit here later this year, but sadly that had to be postponed. Our peeps out here had arranged it all and until recently had been a closely guarded secret. Very kind of the ownership to open their doors and make time for us. The grounds were immaculate. A smaller Resort of 120 rooms, two beaches, two pools, tennis 🎾 courts, water sport activities, restaurants, spa and golf. Great venue for weddings, Corporate events or a vacation destination. Absolutely loved it. Spent nearly three hours here. Negotiated an agreement to further discussions. I count that a win.
Ferry ride back to Martha’s Vineyard at 7:35. Got more rain on the way. After dinner taught peeps how to play American Rummy & Hand and Foot. Rained all evening and was still raining when I fell asleep.
Saturday woke up to fog. Thick fog that you can’t see anything. The kind you don’t venture out in or you might get lost. Spooky! Had some breakfast and hot chocolate. Flavored hot chocolate is a thing here. Wonder where they got that from? Today is a wind down day since we won’t be going to Boston. Started on the elliptical in the Fitness Center and then enjoyed pampering in the Spa. A 90 minute hot rock massage and a hydrating body wrap really did the trick. The fog finally burned off and Keith kept his promise of a canoe ride. I played that song from The Little Mermaid ♥️ Kiss the Girl. It was funny and yes I got a kiss.
A BBQ for the staff and their families was planned for Saturday evening. Spent time prepping making Scotcharoos for dessert and salads and baked potatoes for dinner. Keith and David grilled ribs and chicken. No one left hungry. I was asked to share some thoughts. As typical the guys coerced me into it. Totally being honest here, I am abused tremendously by those two. Started a movie for the kids, Spies in Disguise which is most awesome! Love the sound of laughter. I think most everyone was watching it to be honest. Cute movie!
Sunday morning our flight is scheduled to leave Martha’s Vineyard at 8 and we will arrive in Heber Valley around 11 Zion Time. Should be back to Idaho Falls by 4. Looking forward to our follow-up Event Planner Palooza June 17-21 in Star Valley. Our peeps from back East will be joining for a couple of days as well. A lot still to do before launch.
This trip was special for a couple reasons. First this new Joint Venture. It opens up tremendous avenues for the Foundation and doing much good. Second to spend time with some really great people. Not just our group but the people that work with us and that we met along the way. In the end, people are the secret of everything good in our lives.