Monday, February 27, 2012

The Candlelight Inn is Helping to Clean the World

As part of our mission to provide quality service and a great experience at the Candlelight Inn, we have kept ourselves involved in continuous education through our industry.  The Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII), holds a national conference each year.  The event involves educational sessions and a terrific vendor show.  For innkeepers, it is like being a kid in a toy store.

A couple of years ago, while walking through the vendor show, I came upon Clean the World.  They were looking to sign up B&Bs in their program that takes used soap, sterilizes it and sends it to people in poor, war-torn, or disaster-torn areas of the world.  Their mission is simple:
"Our goal is mighty, but our solution is simple — save the millions of lives lost each year to acute lower-respiratory infection and diarrheal illness by distributing recycled soap and promoting proper personal hygiene practices".
To support this effort, we take those toiletries that guests would traditionally throw away and we send them to Clean the World to re-use.  We provide signage in our bathrooms that ask tell our guests:

We are participating in the “Clean the World” toiletry recycling program.  We ask that you do not throw unused portions of soap, shampoo or conditioner in the trash.  Thank you for helping in our efforts to “Clean the World.”

Recently, I was asked to participate in a radio program, DIY World Improvement, that was discussing the Clean the World Program.  It was a great opportunity to contribute to an effort that is simple but can help so many in the world.  If you have time, please listen and learn more about this wonderful effort.  

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Gia's New Wildwood Location

On a drive around town after vacation, I was surprised to see the sign for Gia's in a new location.  A favorite of many of our guests, Gia's was just a short walk away and one of the few remaining BYOB restaurants in the area.  I guess you could say that I was concerned or, maybe even disappointed.  Knowing that change can be a good thing, we went there for dinner to see what was up with the new location.

We were greeted by Beth and immediately impressed with the decor and ambiance.  We decided to check out the bar and had terrific drinks provided by Joey, the bartender.  Anyone who can make a good cold martini and cosmo, is a bartender that we like.  The drinks were great so we were off to a good start.  We also talked with them about the under $20 wine list that Vince (the owner) promised me was part of their new location.  This wine list was selected by a local sommelier from the Washington Inn.  The list was good and we felt that those who wanted to keep their bill at a more modest level would be pleased with the selections.

We then went to our table where Lou was our server.  He was friendly, knowledgeable, and very eager to make our first visit to the new Gia's great.  The menu is the same and the food is as delicious as it was at their previous location.  We started with their Spring salad, which is a favorite of mine.  Bill ordered Chicken Chiarella and I had the Chicken Cutlet dish.  We topped dinner off with a tasty Tiramisu.

So, while it a little further from the Inn, everything else makes the change worth checking out.  We hope you will consider Gia's for one of your visits to the Candlelight Inn.

Gia's new location:  3800 Pacific Avenue  -  609/729-5959.

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