It Began With a Dream
Mary Beth and Fred dreamed of owning a bed and breakfast and being innkeepers ever since Mary Beth's parents sold the family's Victorian rooming house in Cape May, New Jersey over 35 years ago. As newlyweds they didn't have the money to purchase her parent's place.
Life in the City on a Treadmill
The dream lay dormant as Fred pursued a career climbing the corporate ladder and Mary Beth stayed home to raise their three boys. They moved around the country with work and became avid remodelers and renovators before all the HGTV shows became popular. Seeing the potential of a run down house (now the inn) came in handy.
In 1998 Mary Beth went back to college to receive her elementary school teaching certification. Fred did marketing and development consulting over the internet. They both were searching for right livelihood.
Escape to the Country and a Simpler Way of Life
In 2001 the family moved from Sarasota, Florida to Dahlonega looking for the simple life. They restored an old house in town. Being innkeepers was not part of their reason for moving to Dahlonega.
After restoring the old house inn town they started looking for a weekend getaway to tinker on and enjoy.
They Found the Inn and Became Innkeepers
While scouting the countryside north of town Mary Beth and Fred were surprised to see that the "big funky passive solar designed house" was for sale. In need of love, extensive repairs and complete landscaping, the home had "Our Eco Friendly B and B" written all over it. They knew being innkeepers
could become a reality. Mary Beth, Fred, their two sons and the family dog
moved in in 2002. They now have a cat, Karma, and a dog, Bernie, that showed up on the property as strays and became a part of the family.
A year later their B and B was ready to open. The inn is lovingly decorated with an eclectic decor that reflects Mary Beth and Fred's life together for over 40 years. From the antique hutches that graced Mary Beth's childhood home to the Andrew Wyeth prints bought in their Delaware years to the carved fish purchased at the Tennessee Aquarium, the house is homey and personal.
The bright funky colored mailboxes, house trim in purples, reds, greens and yellow reflect Mary Beth's love for the painted ladies victorian homes in her hometown on Cape May, New Jersey.
The inn and yurts reflect the couples interest in environmentally friendly construction and lowering their ecological footprint. Serving organic breakfast also follows their passion for eating healthy and mindfully while staying healthy holistically.
Cedar House Inn & Yurts,
6463 Highway 19 N, Dahlonega, Ga 30533
© 2007 Cedar House Inn LLC