We did it! This weekend marks two momentous occasions for our small family owned business. One year ago this past Friday, October 9, The White Dove Rockotel officially opened it's doors to guests. On the same day our second daughter, Ophelia Wolfe, was born.
That first weekend opened our hotel with a bang. We were booked solid for a wedding weekend. The couple had stayed in our Bohemian Rhapsody suite earlier in the summer and were so taken with the decor, they reserved all suites at The White Dove, sight unseen, for their wedding party. For our part we had been expecting to be open for at least a month by early October. However, one thing leads to another when renovating an old building. Before we knew it the wedding party was checking in that afternoon and a number of details were still not in place. Though it was obvious from the moment we got up that morning, Ophelia, would be making her appearance that day, Martin and I hustled over to the hotel. There was a small crew of us cleaning, hanging artwork, making beds and putting out linens. Around 2 pm I climbed down off a ladder after hanging the very last mirror and said "We need to go to the hospital NOW". Ophelia showed up 45 mins after walking through the birthing center's door. Our guests started arriving at check in to a miraculously finished hotel!
From that first event weekend to this past we have had a whirlwind of a year. In our short twelve months open we have hosted major bands, a number of roadies and tour bus drivers, had a new single written in one of our suites. There have been fashion shoots, parties and bands playing on our front porch. Guests have thrown great events; a tented and catered rehearsal dinner on the front lawn, an engagement weekend with live band in the courtyard and a women's event called Goddess Stock, coming back for their third time this November. Of course we have had hundreds of dreamers, vacationers and the occasional couple from Long Island, stay at our suites. We love them all and are so thankful to our guests for helping to support our family in this new business. It has been a great year! It's a wonderful life!
To all that have stayed with us in the past; Thank you and please come again. To future guests we are waiting to welcome you into our White Dove family.