Now more than ever, I’ve believe that it’s important especially in small communities for people and small businesses to work together to help each other thrive. Being an advocate for capitalism and the benefits that competition can bring, it may seem like this is a counter-intuitive thought, but I think there is a middle ground between friendly competition and harmonious existence.
Today I had the opportunity to visit A Governor’s Inn, an historic gem of a Bed & Breakfast in our quaint town of Buckhannon, West Virginia. Owners Jack and Charla Reger have beautifully restored the late 19th century home of the former second governor of West Virginia, Daniel D.T. Farnsworth and have opened their doors to guests for overnight accommodations. A five-course breakfast is also included in the reservation, and I have to say that Charla’s years of planning and testing are evident in her perfectly-executed recipes and made-from-scratch sauces. It was hard for me to choose a favorite between her great-grandmother’s Irish bread pudding recipe which she serves with a decadent spiced rum sauce and her signature panna cotta drizzled with pineapple-cherry sauce and garnished with frosted berries and mint.
Charla loves sharing the history A Governor’s Inn. The tour was a step back in time with so many original salvaged details to explore in the home which boasts more than 7,600 square feet of living space. Where original elements could not be saved, Jack and Charla stayed true to the essence of the home by selecting complementary materials. The mix of antique and reproduction pieces was accomplished so well that it’s often hard to distinguish between the two.
In a small community like Buckhannon where A Governor’s Inn is currently the only B&B in town, I think it’s important not to reinvent the wheel, especially when a couple like Jack and Charla Reger have done it so well. While we rent out our rooms here at McNemar House, we never intend to be a full-service B&B. We want to focus on cultivating music and the arts in Buckhannon, and that is a tall order in itself. That’s why in the spirit of coming together as a community we are very proud to be partnering with A Governor’s Inn to offer Charla’s signature five-course breakfast to our overnight guests as part of their reservation. Our guests now have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast at A Governor’s Inn, only ten minutes drive from McNemar House, at no additional charge. Our rooms range from $69-$169/nightly. Should A Governor’s Inn have no vacancy at their four-bedroom B&B or should you like to stay at McNemar House after a show to avoid nighttime driving, come see us and treat yourself to a first-class breakfast at A Governor’s Inn on East Main Street in Buckhannon.
Overnight reservations at McNemar House can be made via phone at 304-439-1145 or by message HERE. Overnight reservations for A Governor’s Inn can be made via phone at 304-472-2516 or via message HERE.