Good Morning and Welcome to my Atlantic Life in Hatteras 😊
As you know I love writing, so not only do I have the "My Atlantic Life Blog", I also have "The Atlantic Inn Blog", that is focussed on JB and my "inn life". I thought you may like to read what I was working on for the past few days.....
"Find yourself at the Atlantic" - These were the very words that were in my head back in April 2020 when we purchased the then "Seaside inn".
Finding the Atlantic inn was one of those things that happen in life that are just meant to be, much like JB and me finding each other, even though we lived some 5000 miles apart. Born in different towns, one a tiny farming community, the other a small beach town and each in different countries - Scotland and the US, but…..with the same shared name, Ayr, Nebraska and Ayr, Scotland. There have been so many "signs" that we are supposed to own the inn, some may call them coincidences....I prefer to think of them as "signs" that we are in exactly the right place, at the right time 💗(I'll tell you more about these next time 😉)
So, like all good TV shows, we are back for Season 2!!!
JB and I are excited to launch into our second season of welcoming guests and returning “friends” to our island home in Hatteras Village….and, if the last few weeks are anything to go by – it’s going to be an incredible summer.
We’ve already had over 3 times as many people stay with us as this time last year, reservations for the summer are up considerably, and we’re most definitely ready to welcome them to the “Atlantic”!
Our initial guests have been nothing short of awesome….We have met some wonderful new guests that are just discovering the “Atlantic” for the first time, and to our delight, have already had many returning “Friends” that found us last year in our first season, and have decided to visit with us again. This past weekend we were completely booked out, and over 2/3 of our guests were returning “Friends” …..what a way to begin the season.
I'll not bore with lots of pics of our recent reviews, but thought I would post just a few:
JB has spent some of the winter months researching and practicing new recipes for breakfast, here are just a few examples:
Strawberry and Cream Cheese Danish Slice
Yummy Cinnamon Rolls
Freshly baked Biscuits (I couldn't help being Scottish and covering them in butter and strawberry jam, they tasted like light, fluffy Scottish scones 😋)
When guests say to us they’re so happy they “found” us….we feel like we are the lucky ones that we have such amazing, thoughtful, and considerate guests.
We decided very early on in the planning stages, that we didn’t want to be part of “mass tourism”….it’s not what Hatteras Village is about….nor what JB and I are about. We wanted to create a unique experience for those that choose to stay with us…..a more personal approach. Most people "Find" us through both "The Atlantic Inn" and My Atlantic Life" blogs, our Facebook page, reviews on Tripadvisor and Google, and personal referrals.
Not only do we own the inn, JB and I manage and work at the inn – it’s us you’ll find in the kitchen at 5:30am (after we’ve had our first coffee upstairs in our apartment with Bailey, Bodie and Pumpkin of course), it’s us cooking and serving the breakfasts, it’s us that clear up afterwards, it’s us that’ll check you in and out, that will help you with your luggage, or recommend the best places for dinner or to take a boating trip, it’s us that can help you choose a gift in our little gift shop…it’s us you may see in the main guest lounge when you come back from your evening out to dinner – prepping for the next day, or perhaps just having a glass of wine and hanging out with “friends” aka guests….and, it’s us that will get up in the night to answer the phone or just to check all is well.
The “Atlantic" is not just a business for JB and me – it’s a way of life, one that we chose, and are so, so happy we did.
Now don't worry...we do take time off and we do have work-life balance 😊 (remember the winters are super quiet at the inn). When we get downtime, we love enjoying our Atlantic Life....
JB and me
JB in his "Happy Place"
Me, swimming with the boys
Hanging out with friends at sunset
Time to read for me....