I wake up thinking the worst, which for a bnb owner runs the gamut from the muffins are going to suck to WTF happened to the hot tub, this water is freezing!
With one or two guests, there are workarounds. Fill two rooms and there’s less bandwidth to deal. Book all three rooms and max out with every bed filled, that would be nine, and contingencies are just folly. But it’s all an adventure, right?
To get in the mood to have nine people at the bnb (foodies from the world of cheese making) I told myself to expect the unexpected, stuff than can go wrong probably will — glasses will break, hot tubs will fail, muffins will go south. But in the spirit of adventure, oh, what the heck, let’s give it a damn good try.
To my surprise, this one turned out to be super fun. Said foodies (from Rogue Creamery Cheese Shop near Medford and Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery back east) sent a staffer in advance with loads of cheeses and a case of wine. On arrival, the crew had in tow massive amounts of fruit and veggies. The vegetarians brought tasty meatless options and as one of the crew was the brewmaster at Rogue Ales in Newport, OR, yes, bottles of beer circulated freely. The rations were piling up — and it was good.
The nine had just come off a week-long fundraiser that saw them bike some 400 miles of the Oregon coast. They were tired, physically spent, and hungry. They were also in a partying mood. The wine and food were paired, the cheeses warmed to air temp, the beer not too cold, not too warm. The hot tub set to pleasantly hot.
I built a small addition to the table so the group could more easily spread out. Including Meg and me we were at peak capacity, feeding and sleeping eleven. I learned a heck of lot about cheese. Creamery owners David and Cary stood by the bnb owner shoulder to shoulder with all manner of support and positive energy and when it was a wrap, all thumbs pointed skyward.