Change and progress are two words that most of us have become accustomed to over our lives. My father, who was born in 1916, has seen remarkable change over his life span. Change is good if it is for the better. We want to make sure any changes here at George Washington Inn will improve the experience of our guests and will also enhance our mission of promoting George Washington’s faith and legacy.
George Washington Inn and Estate seeks to emulate a setting not unlike Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home. As part of our rural setting in the midst of a working lavender farm, we realized that a farm store had to be established to provide a necessary outlet and to fulfil the needs of our visitors and guests. Looking down the road, we also want to contribute to our community and become an exciting addition to the farm tour for the Sequim Lavender Festival.
To establish a farm store, we thought long and hard how about how we can make better use of our current buildings and facilities, and still keep the inn’s integrity. Every day numerous cars drive down our long driveway to get a closer look and to snap pictures of the inn in its beautiful setting. Many people come to the front door and ring the doorbell to make further inquiries about this unique Mount Vernon look-alike. We appreciate their interest and feel that anything short of giving people an opportunity to make good on this natural curiousity only causes frustration.
With limited resources and a desire to minimize our debt, we chose to glass-in the ocean view piazza on the ground floor and install a spiral staircase down into the 93′ by 13′ vault that serves currently as an expensive storage area for leftover construction material. This wasted “vault” would become the farm store, right next to the large lavender curing room in the basement. Visitors would be able to access the piazza directly via a sidewalk and an entrance door on the west side. They could relax as they savor a cup of George Washington coffee on the piazza. They would also be able to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca as ships glide by on their way out to sea. Access to the front lawn for guests and summer weddings would still be through double glass doors in the center of the piazza.
Stay tune for exciting updates as we begin this conversion and make better use of this grand old lady, George Washington Inn.