On behalf of the members of the Cumberland Valley Corvette Club, I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to you for being such a wonderful hostess this past weekend! You and your staff were absolutely magnificent at taking care of us. Our every need was taken care of promptly and efficiently. The Gray Ghost Inn and it’s atmosphere was a perfect place for us to stay during our Vermont Cruise. Your Inn fit our club’s personality perfectly.
We enjoyed our evenings socializing in the lounge and out back on the deck and at the fire pit. The meals were fantastic and so much better than expected…they can only be characterized as truly Gourmet. Please thank Jesse for such a marvelous job! Several members indicated that they would like to do it again next year. I’ll be in touch.
I wanted to thank you for the great time we all had at your inn. My wife Gale is now set on us getting another Lab, Loki was a great friend while we were there. If you would like to check out our trip you can go to our You Tube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/NiagaraMiataClub and click on the New England Ramble parts 1 and 2. Your inn is in part 2. Thank you so much for all you hospitality and making the arrangements so easy.
- Bob, Niagara Miata Club
Just wanted to thank you for the great nights stay last night. You made us feel welcome, and special, in spite of the large group you had staying there for the bridge event. It was so nice to have breakfast on your deck instead of the dining room, and we loved the company of your dogs. I am not sure of all the connections, but as a retired motorcycle shop owner, and with my wife being a breast cancer surviver we certainly felt a comfort level with your inn. I am sure we will visit again. Thanks for the wonderful evening.
Dale and Diane Rowell
I’ve stayed with you a few times over the last couple of years. Last time was last July as I was on my way to Madawaska, Me. to begin my USA Four Corners Tour. As a member of SCMA, I also have interest in their 15 Best US Roads Challenge. Vt 100 is on the 2012 List…and it’s right on the way to one of their Four Corners!! I suspect you’ll be seeing some SCMA members this summer, since the Inn will be a PERFECT place to stop. I had written a letter to Blake Anderson, the Director of the SCMA after seeing this years road list…and he put my (slightly edited) letter into their Newsletter. I mentioned the Gray Ghost Inn…and your name got into the Newsletter… see page 7, “We Get Mail”.
Bob Roger, Tuscarawas County, Ohio
PS Hope to see you this summer, I’ve got two trips up that way. Haven’t finalized my plans yet, but intend to make my reservations with you as soon as I do!
As you know, in March, I led a group of about 45 adults, predominantly members of the Snodazers Ski and Rec club, for a 3 night/day trip over St. Patty’s weekend. We rented the entire inn. In January, I visited the Gray Ghost to meet Carina, the owner/operator, and review the facility. Carina gladly honored her offer to the group leaders within the council, providing my girlfriend and I a free night’s stay and breakfast. The visit made it clear that her inn was definitely the place for this trip.
Leading up to the trip, I had many questions, requests and details to iron out, all of which was graciously accommodated by Carina and her staff. The ease of interaction, and professionalism with regard to detail, made Carina a pleasure to work with.
Once we arrived in March, every detail was prepared for, making check-in a breeze, and stress free for me, which as you know is not always the case with a large group arriving at various times. Our arrival ranged from 12 noon on Thursday afternoon to 12 midnight on Friday night/Saturday morning. While guests were still arriving I made several changes to the room assignments I had previously provided. None of this seemed to phase Carina.
During the stay, breakfast was served each morning, and I must note that it was an excellent breakfast. There was no limit to our preferred serving sizes, the selection missed no breakfast item, and the freshness of the ingredients could be tasted in each bite. Many members of our group commented that we would gladly stop in and pay for breakfast even if we had not been staying at the inn. In addition to the quality of the food, Carina and her staff were again very accommodating. They gladly provided for early risers, who arrived before the scheduled breakfast time, and late sleepers who arrived well after the agreed upon dining hours. Again, all with a smile. Carina also worked with the outside caterer we used for dinner to make sure our every need was met. Her staff drained the water out, and added ice to our coolers each morning, in addition to cleaning the common area and making our rooms. Carina even allowed us to come back and use rooms to change after our final day skiing, which was a tremendous plus.
The rooms were all comfortable and cozy as you would expect from a country inn. I appreciated the variety of room types, which enabled me to easily navigate the requests of various subgroups within our group. Queen rooms for couples, bunk rooms for kids, large rooms with many beds for old friends, a suite for a large family, and so on. The common space was perfect for our group. With a fireplace, flat screen tv, and industrial ice maker, and plenty of room, the group definitely gravitated there. But, everyone utilized the heated outdoor hot tub, and the game room featuring billiards, ping pong, foosball, and most of all, pacman. Lastly, but definitively not least, the location of the inn was ideal. On the Moover shuttle route to Mount Snow, we were at the main base in seven minutes each day.
Overall, the experience was excellent. I could not have been happier with the Gray Ghost Inn and have reserved dates for next year. Having run this trip for eight years, next year will be the first time we repeat, and I am excited to do so. Thank you for passing along Gray Ghost’s info in the fall. Our group was a great beneficiary.
Magnus and Carina, Thanks soooo very much for your hospitality AGAIN on our annual Ghost weekend. To put up with all of us and keep us and many others an extra night/nights was extremely kind and assuring during a trying time for you and your area to say the least. The dinner on Sunday night was totally unexpected, enjoyed and surely appreciated.
Can’t wait to see you and your family again in about 2 weeks. Have been keeping an eye on the updates of the recovery of the area, and it is amazing how some areas are coming along. We think of you “all” in your beautiful State and hope for the best in a speedy recovery from Irene. Thanks again for opening your home and making it feel like our home.
- Cheryl and Bob Brooks
Hopefully you made it through the storm this past weekend unscathed. I wanted to thank you for a wonderful time. You and your family were extremely easy to deal with and very accommodating to our trip. The food was excellent and your Inn, between the outside deck, yard, fire pit, pool, hot tub, and game room was a big hit with all the guys. Because of your work with the golf course, everything there went very smoothly there as well. Overall, this year’s trip was a huge success, in no small part to you and your family. Thank you very much and hopefully we can get together to do this again.
- Bill Hinchey
We can’t thank you enough for making our visit so pleasant. Taking we men golfing then showering all of us with your hospitality was more than we could expect. As you can see from these photos, your other guests also shared the family-like atmosphere you provide. Separate from our fall outing planning, we feel now that we have found a friendly new stopover for our personal Vermont visits. On behalf of our friends Jim & Marie, Pauline and I again thank you,
- John DiBella
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your hospitality you and your husband extended to us on 12/28 & 12/29. Our vacation took an unexpected turn when our 2001 Tahoe blew its power steering pump. We were up a creek without a paddle. Three kids, a wife feeling ill and our stay was to end on 12/28. With the truck down, we had to stay an extra day. John, at Chadwicks called around feeling bad for us. By the grace of God we were connected with you. You and your husband got us set up right away in a lovely room. While my wife rested the kids and I took advantge of the wonderful amenities and games you offered. You gave us your Volvo to use for dinner and even drove me back down to the garage the next day. This will make for great stories in the future. However, what will always stand out is you and your husband’s hositality. I just wanted to say thanks and we will see you soon and will spread the word about the Gray Ghost Inn. P.S. Give the dogs a snack for my kids. They loved them.
- The Brown Family
A group of us “Jersey Girls” attended the first, May 2008, of what has been and will be many yearly Mothers for Daughters charity motorcycle “weekends”. From that first day forward, Carina and Magnus have gone out of their way to make us feel like family. Carol and I have been and will continue to come back regularly. From all of the Mother’s weekends (the Jersey Girls have a perpetual reservation for the Suite) to family, jetskii and ski gatherings. This is a biker friendly place – both owners ride and a very dog loving establishment. Carol’s pugs (yes plural) are always welcome, even during the busiest of times !! We are very much looking forward to our next adventure there (our annual jetskii gathering) and every adventure that brings us BACK to the Grey Ghost Inn.
-Danna and Carol
Spring 2011 – Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how much my family enjoys our time with you. I was asked why I didn’t try the other inns — some have better beds or bigger bathrooms or TV in the rooms. I just smiled and replied we already had made our reservations and didn’t want to change them. The truth is I like no TV and the rooms are always spotless and yea, maybe a bigger bath would be nice but I dont think I’d make friends with an uncle at the others. You guys feel like home. Half the fun of MFD is getting to the Ghost. When I leave I feel like I’m leaving an old friend. As always we had a blast. Maybe Michelle and I will see you soon. Till then, peace n love,
Mike aka pink elvis
Sept 2008 - So sorry this took so long, but i know i promised to send you our chapter flag and picture from our visit with you both back in june.
We had the best time at the best b&b we have ever been to. You both were extremely hospitable and treated us special!! We will remember that and hope to include you in our ride schudule in the future. On behalf of the chapter and myself.
Our sincere thanks,
A.C. H.O.G. Director
Aug 2008 – I wanted to let you know that we had a great time. Brendan, Amy, Kim and I had a wonderful time during our stay in Aug. From the moment we walked through the front door I felt comfortable and relaxed. The food was excellent esp. the BBQ dinner. From your beautiful daughters running around entertaining the guest to your dogs cuddling up for a petting it very relaxing. Magnus your recommendations for different rides was very helpful. Again, Thank your for your great hospitality I know we will certainly be back there again. Safe Riding and see you soon.
- Kevin Muravnic
May 2008 – Bob and I and the rest or our “gang” just wanted again to say what a wonderful time we had with you. We haven’t laughed that much in a long time. The food was EXCELLENT, the ride on Sunday was just the best (couldn’t have done it without you Magnus! And thank you Carina for letting us borrow him for the day!!) The campfire on Sunday evening was beyond words. I could go on and on. In fact, our President - Steve Natale told Bob on Monday that it was “probably one of the best weekends away he has ever had in his life!!!” We hated to come back to reality, and it was one of the few times that I truly wasn’t ready to go back home. You can surely bet we will be back again next year. Bob and I said we may want to try to sneak up there again with a few friends in the fall. We are checking our schedule, and will be in touch. Again, thank you for going over and beyond the call, making everyone feel welcome, it really felt like home.
Best to you and your family, and staff.
Cheryl and Bob Brooks – Star Riding.
May 2008 – Magnus and Carina, I can hardly explain what a great time we had at your facility! The fun, food and hospitality were fantastic. We need to get there again! Hopefully soon. I had said that we have to have a longer stay and more people, but if we can’t get more people, I’d be more than happy to again go with who we had with us this time. It certainly made it easy to decide what to do and when to do it. The roads around the area were just fantastic and the pre-planned rides you provided were excellent! The common room made it great to gather up after a days riding and discuss the adventures of the day. I’m already trying to figure out when we can get back up there. We talked to a group from north jersey who were heading up to I think “Red Oak Inn”. We told them to stop by for a tour of your facility and check it out. We’ve been passing the word of the great time we had this past weekend in hope of more joining us next time.
Below is a ride report posted on our club website by Darrell who was on the Buell. Thanks again for a great time and a great facility! Isaac Zane Feel free to view the website and to join up on the site if you would like. Our webmaster will probably send you a note asking about yourself in order to keep spammers out. Tell’m I sent ya. I might actually work.
Re: Heading To Vermont It was a weekend of riding, eating, riding, eating, riding, ribbing, and laughs with great friends up at the Gray Ghost Inn in Vermont. We left early Friday morning and returned late Sunday night. All told we put just shy of 1200 miles of beautiful roads beneath our wheels.
The Innkeepers, Magnus and Carina, couldn’t be more accommodating. From towels to dry our seats from the morning rain, to picking up sodas for us while they were out and about. Bottled water was offered each morning to pack in our saddlebags, and routes were pre-planned and mapped out if we needed guidance. These folks know how to cater to the biker crowd, being bikers themselves. After we arrived and checked in on Friday, we took a pre-planned route to see 5 covered bridges that were nearby. After about 100 miles, covering about 1000 turns, we decided dinner was in order. After a delicious meal, we returned to the Inn, only to be greeted by a group of Yamaha riders groaning over the Harley’s coming in.
Saturday found us eating homemade blueberry pancakes, sausage, bacon, toast, eggs, and coffee. Magnus is a chef and it shows in his cooking. While eating breakfast, a downpour was occurring outside, and the Yamaha riders were looking nervous. We all finished breakfast and donned our rain gear (all meaning all of the HOG members). We headed out under gray skies and wound our way around the greater Dover area, returning back to the Inn at about 11am.
Walking into the Inn it occurred to us that the Yamaha riders had went out, unfazed by the gray skies. We hadn’t gotten a drop on us all morning, and neither had the Yamaha riders. The afternoon didn’t work out the same for us.
While the donning of the rain gear kept the rain at bay all morning, after lunch (which was ate a nice little deli a few towns over), we hit some showers. The showers quickly turned to downpours, but the roads we were on seemed to make the rain disappear. The sights, the roads, the twisties, the ups and downs of the mountains kept focus on the ride, not the rain.
We arrived back at the Inn to find the Yamaha riders dry and poking fun at those Harley riders. How’d they manage to stay dry during the downpour? Well, their bikes had never moved. The took the Moover into town (a free local bus service) and back to the Inn, where they had shacked up all day. After some major ribbing by Ike and I, things settled down and the BBQ began. What wonderful food we had that night. Magnus grilled chicken, ribs, made beans, slaw, and topped it off with apple pie a- la-mode.
Space was offered next to the furnace to dry our wet gear, and story telling and picture viewing commenced.
Sunday found us with another great breakfast before saying our good- byes and heading for home. We wound through the back roads all the way to Trenton, where home was calling too loud to continue with the secondary roads.
The Gray Ghost Inn has to be the most biker friendly establishment I have ever stayed at, and the owners strive to keep it that way. Ike’s suggestion to go next year the week before the HOG rally seems to be a great time to incorporate a Vermont trip into our ride schedule.
Details about next years trip to follow shortly. Until then, I’m off to Arkansas to scope out the Ozarks and the riding opportunities they offer.
Ride Safe, -Darrell