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November 20, 2017

We Are Thankful for the Buckhorn Family

We are so pleased that many of our long-time guests refer to themselves as part of the “Buckhorn Family”!  When John and I purchased the Buckhorn, we expected to provide travelers with a respite from the rush of everyday life, and an opportunity to renew their spirits in the tranquility of nature’s bounty.  What has delighted us most is that we also are providing a place for family and friends to connect and celebrate each other.  Nothing pleases us more than to have a couple or a group announce to us that this is their 5th, or 12th, or 27th visit to the Buckhorn!  

Lee and John Mellor look forward to seeing members of the Buckhorn Family.

Over the last 20 years, Lee and John Mellor have added many wonderful guests to the Buckhorn Family.

Comments from Buckhorn Family Members

We gathered many comments from guests in the book The Buckhorn Experience”.  Here is a sampling:

“The fireplace is the perfect backdrop for a cozy opportunity to chat with newly-made friends.”  Cyndy

“We are sitting here tonight watching the fire, with a good wine.  Everything here is peaceful.  Why would you want to be anywhere else?  This is and always will be my favorite place to stay.”  Cindy and Lamar

“Our ninth visit is as memorable as ever.  As my wife said to Lee, the Buckhorn trip is not like going away, it is like coming home!”  Philip and Judy

“We do not leave this place behind, for in our hearts, we will always carry the love and beauty we found here.”  Babe

“Our 12th trip to the Buckhorn was just as wonderful as the others.  We look forward to returning next fall!”  Grady and Cindy

“We have been coming here so long, we can’t agree just how many times we’ve been here!”  June

“We celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary here with four other couples who have also been married for 35 years.  Just as good as it was 10 years ago when we were all here for our 25th!”  Mel and Bobbie

“There’s magic here.  It’s subtle.  Worries and fears slip off like ill-fitted garments.”  Suzan

“Every time I go to the Buckhorn Inn, I always come away with new friends.  I don’t go to the Buckhorn to get friends.  I have plenty already.  But these are special friends, who have shared the Buckhorn experience.”  Douglas

Thank you to all our wonderful guests for being part of the Buckhorn family.  We wish you a joyous Thanksgiving!

 

August 28, 2017

Guest Poem Describes Buckhorn as “Sanctuary”

We are fortunate indeed to host many creative, talented guests who create a poem and or other artwork inspired by their surroundings

We are delighted that Charleen chose to write a poem about her experiences at Buckhorn Inn.

The Buckhorn Inn has inspired poems and other works of art.

.  One of those is Charleen M. VonderMeulen.  Charleen and her group of friends are regular visitors to the Buckhorn Inn.  She crafted this lovely poem during her visit earlier this month.  Her friends agree that it captures their experience here perfectly!  Thanks so much for giving us permission to share your work, Charleen.  Our favorite phrase is “takes our hand and trades it for a heart”–that will stay with us for a long, long time.

 

Mountain Sanctuary

This mountain sanctuary lights us up,

Engulfed with its love.

We meet as strangers, but seem guided from above.

There seems to be a wonder that leads us to a friend;

That takes our hand and trades it for a heart

And binds us into friendships we hope will never part.

Eclipsed by some Eternal Strength, no sun can ever dim.

We leave enwrapped–hugged–with this loving mist within.  

Resources for Poet and Poem

Love poetry?  So do we!  One of our favorite resources is the Poetry Foundation http://www.poetryfoundation.org.  This organization provides public programs and live events.  They maintain a source of online access to Poetry magazine content–more than 100 years worth!  They also have an easy-t0-access online archive of poet features, poems, and educational resources.  Their awards and fellowships are designed to foster poets at all stages of their careers.

According to Writers’ Digest, there are more than 50 distinct types of poems.  From abstract to epitaphs to free verse to sonnets, there is a style for nearly every taste.  The emphasis on the aesthetics of language is one feature that delineates poetry from prose.  Poets use metaphors, similes and other techniques to express emotion and open up a new world for their readers.  Thank you again, Charleen, for taking us with you on this journey.