Fall is really here

Well I’ve been in denial that summer is over and fall is here, but all the leaves in our yard are telling me it is really fall. We have a nice fire pit and have been having lovely evening fires, toasting marshmello’s , and making s’mores.  It is so relaxing to sit by the fire in the crisp fall evenings. We hope you can come and visit us and take some time to relax and watch the leaves turn beautiful colors.

Ribbon Cutting for the Art and Earth Trail Today!

Check out the new Northern Indiana  Art & Earth Trail Local Northern Indiana Artisans in 7 counties are working together to showcase what Northern Indiana has to offer!

Get set for a journey of discovery in Northern Indiana that will take you to places that you might otherwise overlook. Northern Indiana has a rich and diverse heritage of artisans, crafters, and farmers and the new Art and Earth trail allows us to share these nowhere-else-to-be-found treasures with you.

The seven Loops of the trail sweep from Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes to areas known for sparkling inland lakes, past the Golden Dome of Notre Dame and onto roads where horse-drawn Amish buggies seem to outnumber cars.

South Bend is in the center of all the excitement! Come and see all the awesome treasures here in Northern Indiana!

Birds

Our house is for the Birds!  Today we sat in the gardens and watched several different finches, robins, blue jays, doves, nut hatches,cardinals, and many more swoop in and out, take turns at the feeders and chaperone their new born chicks all over the yard.  It was so nice to sit and watch all the different birds interacting around us.

Come and relax in our yard among the birds!

Music and Theatre and even Baseball!

South Bend has so much to offer for a weekend getaway!  Check out the ARTSEVERWHERE link and see what you can find to do.  Drive here and walk to everything for a “green” relaxing weekend!

The Lily’s of the Valley and the lilacs are making our gardens smell so wonderful right now!  Just like Jimmy Johns, we offer free smells stop by  our gardens!

Happy Earth Day!

Here at the Oliver Inn we always make earth friendly choices whenever possible.

We use CF light bulbs wherever possible , we recycle just about everything we can, we use green cleaning products and laundry soap and we have energy efficient appliances. We use quick dry towels to save on energy, and have switched to a new environmentally friendly shampoos with a 92% waste reduction over the packaging of  our previous shampoos.

We buy locally and keep our errands condensed so we use less gasoline. We encourage our guests to walk to local attractions  and resturants to save on their gas also.

We bake and cook nearly everything from scratch, saving on packaging products and using more natural ingredients.

What are some ways you are making green choices in your community?

Flowers in Winter!

People love to get flowers. And not just on the special days–Valentine’s Day, anniversary, birthday… Flowers are always a nice surprise. Flowers are a great way to tell your special someone, “I love you; I’m thinking of you.”

Here we are, in the middle of a long, snowy winter. Maybe a sunny bouquet is just what your wife needs to brighten her day. Or ladies, perhaps you can do a turnaround and get your husband a rose or a few beautiful flowers from the store you’re shopping at today.

Some of our most popular packages at the Inn include flowers. It’s always fun to see the reactions of the one being surprised with flowers as a special treat. Just remember, it’s always a good day to bring someone flowers!

ArtsEveryWhere.com

Whether you are a resident or visitor to the South Bend area, you may not be aware of all the wonderful theatre, dance, music and art events there are to choose from. One of my favorite Web sites is ArtsEverywhere.com, the Greater South Bend region’s “ultimate guide to arts and culture.” Not only can you find something happening just about any day of the week, you can also find great deals by clicking on their eSavers link.

This weekend there are several things going on at the Morris Performing Arts Center, such as the South Bend Symphony performing “Broadway Rocks” on Saturday, Feburary 13, at 8:00. Experience the best of Broadway all in one evening! Join the South Bend Symphony and Capathia Jenkins, Julia Murney, and Gary Mauer, three of Broadway’s best singers for great moments from the hit musicals including The Phantom of the Opera, Tommy, Rent, Lion King, Mamma Mia, Jekyll and Hyde, The Wiz, Hairspray, Chess, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Dreamgirls. The background vocals for this concert will be provided by the IU South Bend University Chorus directed by Dr. Marvin Curtis.

Many other events are taking place this week all the way through the weekend. Check it out and treat your special someone to a night on the town. Remember to check back here tomorrow, too. All this week we’ll be offering last-minute ideas and recipes for Valentine’s Day.

Wild Kingdom in Downtown South Bend

While cleaning up from breakfast, we looked out the dining room window to find a large hawk in our bird bath. He stayed for quite a while just taking a nice relaxing bath.

Hawk in the Bird Bath in the Oliver Inn Garden

Hawk in the Bird Bath in the Oliver Inn Garden

New Outdoor bathing at the Inn

New Outdoor bathing at the Inn