Winter Months Lead to Changes at Bedford Landings B & B

Posted on February 21, 2017 by Bedfordlandings

Dumbwaiter a Smart Idea!
During the “off season” we plan home maintenance and any structural changes. This year, we are installing a dumbwaiter. For those who have been to Bedford Landings B & B, you will recognize from the photos where this is being installed. The waiter will be functional over three floors. We will be able to load groceries from the garage level to go up to the kitchen, send clean sheets and towels up to the guest room level and dirty laundry down. PEOPLE cannot ride the dumb waiter as it has a 100 lb. weight limit.   The mechanics were to have arrived in January (our slowest month) but they did not arrive until mid February. Not wanting to create dust while guests were in the house, we delayed installation until this week.   Jack has been in the shaft working to install the track. Here are a few photos.


Kitchen level by the back door.


Garage level.


Upstairs common level by the Flying Room.


Jack puzzling over what to do!

It's horizontal now but soon it will be vertical!

It’s horizontal now but will be vertical!

Brightening Up the Fishing Room
The Fishing Room is one of our guest favorites. It is just cozy.  I decided it was time to try out chalk paint and brighten up the Fishing Room! My artist friend Lisa Floyd says chalk paint will “cover about anything,” so I painted a dark dresser with a salmon color and changed out the hardware. I like it! How about you?

Dresser BEFORE chalk paint.

Dresser BEFORE chalk paint.

The AFTER shot!

The AFTER shot!

Love at Bedford Landings
We absolutely delight in seeing other people happy and love surprises (at least Karen does!). For Valentine’s Day, the female in this couple planned a sightseeing flight over the lake.  He loved it!  And, when they landed, the local group (The Harmeneers) was there to serenade them right in the hangar!!  It was just a happy, happy moment!

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Horseback Riding at the Smith Mountain Lake
We often feel like tour guides suggesting things to do and places to go around Smith Mountain Lake. A place we have come to enjoy ourselves and would highly recommend is Spring Valley Farms. Last weekend we took our daughter’s family including three grandchildren to ride horses. Their rates are totally reasonable, their horses are gentle. and the guides are informative! Even if you have never ridden horses before this is a great place to start! Here is a group shot from our ride!

Family Horseback Riding at Spring Valley Farm

Family Horseback Riding at Spring Valley Farm

Murder Mystery Excitement Grows!
The Murder Mystery is officially sold out! We are busy making menu plans and emailing participants in anticipation of an exciting murder enactment! This is our second year holding the Murder Mystery. It was so much fun last year that we are hosting it again.  If we have a second successful event, we may again host it next year! We are just hoping that the dumbwaiter is completed by the time this event rolls around March 11th! Otherwise the installation shaft would be a good place to hide the body! Just kidding! Can’t wait!

Researching Other Fly-in B & Bs

We took a quick jaunt to Florida the beginning of February in an attempt to discover other fly-in locations. We had a lovely stay at Cedar Keys B & B in Cedar Keys Florida. There is a quaint little town, five tie-down spaces, and an innkeeper who will come pick you and your luggage up by golf cart. The weather turned a little iffy for our next stop at Port St. Joe so we will have to postpone that stop for another time.

Cedar Key, FL

We are trying to gather a list of fly-in B  & Bs. The other one that we often recommend as worth the stop is Oz’s Homestay at Freefall Oz in Pennsylvania. They have a nice grass strip right on their property and Oz is a great chef!

We brought unseasonably warm weather back with us from Florida, but I can’t imagine that this streak will continue. However, it is fine with me if the old groundhog was wrong! Spring can’t come fast enough for me! The crocuses are blooming, as are the daffodils and forsythia! It MUST be around the corner!

Flowers in February! Go figure!

Flowers in February! Go figure!


Sheridan on February 21, 2017

I nominate Bella as the first dumb waiter passenger! Always stuff happening at Bedford Landings!🛬🎏❤️🍷🌼💑

Patsy on February 22, 2017

Sound like a busy time at Bedford Lsndings and dumb waiter will speed up chores.

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