One of the facts of home-ownership is that you can’t pick your neighbors. And when our neighbors of nearly nine years sold their house last year, we were slightly apprehensive about who would replace them. Meme was a third grandmother to my son and Mr Ray helped me many times when stuff went awry and Mark was working.
We bid them farewell and waited for the new neighbors to move in. Being an optimist, I placed a welcome home card in the mailbox to greet my new neighbors. And we then became the luckiest family in town when Chef Steve Konopelsky and his spouse Rob Griffith moved down from New York to the Eastern Shore of Maryland with plans to make the beautiful mansard mansion and riverfront property into a bed and breakfast.
We chatted when they walked their beagles by the house and we chatted over the bushes and began a food friendship ushering our son out the door to deliver and pick up food next door. Did I mention Chef Steve is a pastry chef? He’s also a feeder like me. And Steve and “Robin”, as Fiona calls him, have already established themselves as kind and doting Uncles. Double score.
Last Friday May 15th, The Turnbridge Point Bed and Breakfast in Denton, Maryland had its official unveiling and open house.
For accommodation descriptions visit www.turnbridgepoint.com but suffice it to say, Chef Steve is a service industry professional.
His rooms are luxurious and comfortable and his food is extremely yummy.
And there’s an air of indulgence in his “Stay and Play Packages”.
Offerings include private baking lessons, breakfast in bed, and a tour of Harvest Ridge Winery in Marydel, Maryland.
The owner of this local winery was serving his local wine at the Open House. Chef Steve had goodies and gnosh food to chew as we gabbed with friends and community members. So many faces from a community I feel I’m just starting to know in ways while Steve has an impressive way of throwing roots out into it so comfortably. He used locals to design his website and his flowers and renovate the kitchen to the perfect catering kitchen. And he pairs with many local businesses to create his Play Packages at Turnbridge Point.
At nightfall, this beautiful property was lit up with lighting designed and installed by my husband Mark and his lighting company,
Shiny nautical themed lanterns lit a path down to the riverside. And uplights lit the front of 119 Gay Street and made the event a grander affair.
My children wandered about for a little while saying hello to familiar faces and grabbing crackers off trays.
And I met and talked with a few people I have wanted to get to know about travel and life experiences.
The hosts, the weather, and the spirit couldn’t have been lovelier. And we so wish them luck in this marvelous endeavor.
But something tells me, they don’t really need my wishes of luck. They’ve already worked super hard and with their future on this property envisioned,
are well on their way to making their vision a reality.