Beach Book

Are you a guest book reader?

I sat down with the one here at Doyles this morning after breakfast.

I love reading about all the little things mattered to folks…like friendship and fun glasses…

And that one of the wonderful things they did was sit on the deck and talk with ocean as their backdrop…

And that when it came to the weather- there was a chance of rain three days, but they didn’t get one!!…

And that it was their babies first beach trip…

And that Taylor cheered BJ on while he was going after big crabs because she wasn’t about to touch them…

I look forward to filling in our page on Friday…

And I look forward to blogging from the sunroom here at Doyles a few more times this week too…

Cheers to WI-FI, indeed!


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  1. says

    I’m tickled that you wrote about a guest book. Whenever we stay at a beach house in the Outer Banks of N.C. or in the mountains of Colorado, we make sure to read and write our own little story in the pages. It’s a glimse into someone’s life, their experience and adventures. Guest books are a series of snapshots of a family’s life.

  2. says

    Oh I love that.. I am a guest book reader. I love the way their book prompts folks to leave those great comments.. Living here in the central valley of California we are close to some historical gold rush B&B’s and it’s fun to see some of those original guest books… You become kindred spirits when reading comments from others, a special bond. :)

  3. Joanne B. says

    Thanks so much for sharing this thought! We have a vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware that we rent out when we are not using it. We really try to make our house feel like someone lives there, rather than a run-of-the-mill rental and I always wanted to include a notebook of sorts for our renters, many who are repeaters, to leave notes about their stay. After reading your post I immediately went online and searched for that guest book and ordered a copy for our house for next year. Also picked up another book by the same author, “In a Beach House” after reading an exerpt about ‘outdoor showers’. I was sold in a second! Thanks for the motivation to finally do this!

  4. says

    My mother in law has a guest book with similar questions that sits on the coffee table in the bay window. They are fortunate enough to live in a wonderfully large home on the ICW and are generous enough to share it with friends and family. I enjoy reading what other’s have to say about their stay…the weather, activities, memories. It’s a wonderful idea and I know it’s special to the owners as well.

  5. says

    I love guest books- always read them. such fun. I actually started a guest book for my home back in 1985- all the people who are over night guest at my home sign it…..I love the memories it brings back.

  6. Michelle says

    i’ve never stayed anywhere that had a guest book.. i’ve never even seen a guest book… this is so wonderful! thanks for sharing this.

  7. Janita says

    I’ve had a guest book at my little cottage for more than 10 years and it’s a treasure — my family and guests are pretty creative. Along with small recaps of the time spent at “Wit’s End”, are clippings that report local happenings and weather reports, semi-secret references to partying or the after effects, a dried leaf or two that were somehow significant at the time, imprints of wine bottles and coffee cups, even a newborn’s footprint in chocolate! Since I figure my memory will fail altogether someday, I’ll be able to recall all those wonderful times via the guest book. (We use plain old blank journals and encourage people to get creative.)

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