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tashabear
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wedding night lodging
So I'm trying to find a nice place for me and Wolfie to stay on our wedding night. We've pretty much decided that we'll just stay in Keene the night before; it saves commute time and opens up room in the guest lodge on-site. We don't want to stay there because, well, we love our families and friends but we don't want to spend our last night as an unmarried couple with what amounts to a houseful of company. Besides, the advantage of having our own bathroom in the morning cannot be underestimated.

There is a distinct lack of nice places to stay in Keene. The nicest by far is the E.F. Lane Hotel, which was actually renovated by a company I used to work for. We were hoping for a room with a jacuzzi tub, but at the E.F. Lane, they're $225/night, which is about twice what I wanted to spend. I'm thinking that maybe we'll stay at the Best Western Sovereign in Keene on Friday night, and maybe the Best Western Royal Plaza in Fitchburg on Saturday night (the wedding night). Never thought I'd stay in Fitchburg on my wedding night, but it's Wolfie's hometown, so there's a certain amount of appropriateness there.

I need to do a little more searching. They have this program called "BestRates" that seems really reasonable (cheaper than AAA, in fact), but I want to know more about it.

i feel: hungry hungry

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hascouf From: hascouf Date: May 11th, 2004 06:02 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Wedding Night bliss

My sweetie and I stayed at the Best Western the night of our wedding, it wasn't that bad.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 11th, 2004 07:22 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Wedding Night bliss

We just decided to go with it -- thanks for the endorsement! :-)
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 11th, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC) (base camp)
How about a B&B?
Benj.Prescott Inn in Jaffery or Three Maples in Sharon...
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 11th, 2004 07:33 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I actually want the anonymity (and soundproofing) of a bigger hotel. I don't want to have to make small talk over the breakfast table with people who now know exactly what we did on our wedding night and how many times.
sandthistle From: sandthistle Date: May 11th, 2004 09:40 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Which Best Western??

Please tell me not Fitchburg! I used to live there and I swear the demon Odegra lives beneath that town!!! *hiding from Wolfie*

Sorry...but the mad dobermans at the end of the street, who belonged to no one and only came out after dark, and the ghost cat that lived in the house, and the fact that it snowed IN THE BEDROOM... *shudder* Fitchburg scares the willies out of me. We lived there about three months and finally I put my foot down and we moved to Salem (MA) where I felt *MUCH* safer. Still freaky, but not malevolent freaky!

*please don't hurt me Wolfie*

This was almost 15 years ago and it still gives me nightmares!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 11th, 2004 10:12 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Which Best Western??

Wolfie wants to know what street you lived on, because he says that he must have lived in houses warded against demons. Other than the strangely uneven floors and lack of right angles in the walls at 947 Water Street, he suffered no ill effects from growing up there. Well, that we tell people about, anyway. See?


(We're staying in Keene on Friday night and Fitchburg on Saturday night. There are really nice areas in Fitchburg, nowhere near the Hellmouth, I swear.)
sandthistle From: sandthistle Date: May 11th, 2004 10:29 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Which Best Western??

Don't remember the name of the street - it was this little cul de sac of Very Old Houses (c. 18th century) very close to downtown. Near the big rock near the laundromat? I think I've repressed it.

Anyway. Wolfie is the least scary thing I've ever seen come out of Fitchburg...

I trust a homegrown to know what the hell he's doing near the Hellmouth... Yeek. (I'm not kidding, Tasha - SNOWED in the bedroom, and I wasn't the only one to see the ghost cat (black, natch - this didn't bother me much), and the dobermans were the thing that finally convinced my (ex)husband that he should Listen to His Wife And MOVE.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 12th, 2004 01:47 am (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Which Best Western??

I guess it's just that I've lived in haunted houses all my life, complete with ghost cats. Well, a ghost cat -- I even knew who she was, because it was our cat, and she haunted us for about 15 years after she died. Don't see or hear her so much any more, but then, I don't spend as much time at my parents' house as I did when I lived there (go figure).

This house, though... there is a ghost or at least the energy signature of the man who died here upstairs, and there used to be something in the basement, but it's not as strong as it used to be -- maybe keeping Max there last summer pushed it away. The ghost upstairs plays with the lights, and sometimes pushes the ceiling fan in the living room. The cats see him on the stairs all the time. And lately, I think David's been here. Not so much since his funeral, though.

Not to get too woo-woo, but ever since my roommate and I banished an evil spirit that was pestering our friends in college (because they were stupid and using a Ouija board in an unwarded room), I haven't been terribly afraid of your run-of-the-mill ghosts. My thing was communication without contact -- I didn't have to be touching the board to communicate, and no one involved (and there were several of us) had ever seen that before. I suppose we were sort of a little coven, but there were no rituals, just us and the board, though we always made sure there there was someone with a Norwich ring, a cross, and a Bible in the room. The ring had a lot of power on that campus; we used it more than once to gain control of the situation.

I kinda miss those sessions. Wolfie doesn't feel the same need for community in his spiritual practices as I do, and I'm loath to seek it out alone, so I don't. Maybe I need to push the issue a little bit more.
sandthistle From: sandthistle Date: May 12th, 2004 08:33 am (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Which Best Western??

Yeah, ghost cats are kinda frequent...

As for a house, I can ward a house. What I couldn't figure out how to do was find a way to want to live in that area. Moving made more sense, and Salem was a great place to live. I'm an ocean baby...
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 12th, 2004 12:36 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Which Best Western??

Well, I can't say that Fitchburg would be my first choice, either, having grown up in Harvard. Oceans aren't so much my thing. There are things in them bigger than me, that would like to eat me, for I am crunchy and delicious. Hills and mountains... now there's home. (And yet my all-time favorite transport mode that I worked in the Army was ships. Go figure.)
sandthistle From: sandthistle Date: May 12th, 2004 01:46 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Which Best Western??

LOL! As for being crunchy and delicious, I figure that living *near* the ocean means that I get to eat the ocean things that I find crunchy and delicious. Living IN the ocean seems like a bad idea. Walking by the ocean at night...that's interesting and seductive in an elemental way... I miss that... *looks out window* *ponders cornfields*
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 12th, 2004 04:05 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Which Best Western??

Well, I don't like thunderstorms, either, so I'm probably just weird.

The nice thing about New England is that you can live in the hills and still have pretty darn fresh seafood whenever you want, and never have to darken the door of a Red Lobster.
sandthistle From: sandthistle Date: May 11th, 2004 10:30 pm (UTC) (base camp)

P.S.

I went to music camp near Keene... Pretty area!
points From: points Date: May 12th, 2004 07:04 am (UTC) (base camp)
I'd say go with the rooms you want.. including the spatub. Don't worry about the cost of it. Just get me the dates and the hotel (and the room info) you want, and I'll take care of the rest.
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