October 28, 2007
George Washington Inn passed its final inspection on the 15th and all four suites are now available to guests. You are invited to come and relax on the veranda, or the piazza as it was called in George Washington's day, and soak in the magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Mountains. Unwind and enjoy some trademark George Washington Coffee while you enjoy your stay.
August 8, 2007
We have some great news here at George Washington Coffee! We are now fully registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Our application was submitted this year in January and was published in the Official Gazette in May for any possible parties to file opposition. Our registration has now been approved, and yesterday we were granted our registration number. You may find our trademark listed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office by conducting a search here.
July 27, 2007 Update
The stain and first coat of polyurethane has been applied to the main staircase. Fine tuning has been implemented throughout the Inn. War has been declared on construction dust. The water system has to be upgraded to a Group B water system (commercial) and is out for bid. Enjoy the cruise ships sailing by and off into the sunset on their way to Alaska.
June 23, 2007 Update
This week saw the oak planks installed on the attic floor. The spiral staircases were also installed between the second floor and the attic and then from the attic up into the cupola. The brickwork was completed, with the porch pavers remaining. The plumber has nearly finished his part with just a few minor adjustments to make. The exterior received its first coat of paint. Notice the white sheen on the webcam now! By the way, our inn has been listed on Camscape's WA state webcam page. Please give us your best rating, preferably a 10. Here's Camscape's link: WA state webcams. Stay tuned to our weekly update.
June 16, 2007 Update
Construction continues at a feverish pace. The final coat of polyurethane has been applied to the red oak flooring on the first floor, with the second floor remaining to be finished. The vast plumbing maze nears completion as the air test and the final connections to the vanities and tubs are being made. The windows on the exterior have been taped off and are readied for painting this week as the weather appears to be clearing. Interior painting wraps up. Much has been accomplished since we broke ground in March 2006.
There will be a lot of fine-tuning to do once the main construction is over. The project and grounds must meet our standard of perfection, and we want to make sure that everything is running smoothly. Thanks for your patience.
Unfortunately we've had to put up "no trespassing" signs as traffic control became a problem with curious on-lookers causing some unease for the construction crews.The grand opening and dedication will be next year when we can showcase the inn and accommodate dignitaries. It all takes time...and has run up a big mortgage! Thanks for all of your help and patience in the process.
The Famous "Blue Hole"
By Dan Abbott, Editor
As a former Mountie who received an idyllic posting to the southern tip of Vancouver Island after his six months of basic training in Regina, Saskatchewan, I came to love the west coast clime and surrounds. The moderate temperatures and the excitement of coastal life, after growing up on a farm on the Canadian Prairie, drove me to promise my new bride that someday we would come back this way to retire. Heading off to make my fortune in places that spanned the entire continent, I resigned myself to that day which stood like a distant star in some far off galaxy.
The new millennium came and went, our kids grew up, and grandkids started to come along. The house was paid for and the retirement nest egg was growing. One day an article from the Wall Street Journal crossed my desk that rolled my memory back to the day when I solemnly vowed to return to the lush coastal environs of the northwest. It spoke of the “blue hole” of the Olympic Peninsula that acted as a rain shadow (a region of reduced rainfall on the lee side of high mountains) to the whole area. It all made sense. The mystique of perfect summers and mild winters had a reason behind it. Click here to read the WSJ article.
Having only viewed the majestic view of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains from the north shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, namely the city of Victoria, BC, I had to take a trip back to discover the Olympic Peninsula. This adjoining locale, which included a state-side mountain and coastal environment, seemed to fulfill that dream and beckoned further investigation. I set a budget to acquire acreage sufficient to make a down payment on my youthful promise. That eventful Memorial Day weekend trip in 2002 resulted in the discovery of a waterfront property that held the best views of the Olympic Peninsula in perfect balance. Today, that dream has grown into George Washington Inn where others have the opportunity to share in the beauty and majesty of God’s handiwork, and to reflect on the faith and legacy of our founding father.
"Although we cannot, by the best concerted plans, absolutely command success; although the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; yet, without presumptuously waiting for miracles to be wrought in our favor, it is our indispensible duty, with the deepest gratitude to Heaven for the past, with the humble confidence in its smiles on our future operations, to make use of all the means in our power for our defense and security."
(I am) sorry to be informed that the foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing, a vice hitherto little known in our American Army is growing into fashion. (I) hope that the officers will, by example as well as influence, endeavor to check it and that both they and the men will reflect that we can little hope of the blessing of Heaven on our army if we insult it by our impiety and folly. Added to this it is a vice so mean and low without any temptation that every man of sense and character detests and despises it. ....George Washington's Order against Profanity
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
Last words: "It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go."
General Washington's Basic Military Policies: