I needed a place to stay on my drive from Florida to Virginia and literally used Google to find what town was in the middle of my journey and landed on Sumter. I never heard of it, but this is the middle of COVID so I'm all for small town and accommodation over big city. I booked the Moroccan room add it was the only one available and was happy to read they offer a gluten free breakfast option as i have Celiac.
Arrived with no issue and parked out back where the owner's husband saw me pull up and came out to say hi, offer any hep needed, and bring me up to my room. Bonus points in my book for his Star Trek apron and Star Wars shirt. He was super nice and easy to talk to. Great welcome tour of the house and my room.
The room was all I expected and looked great. My one concern was it didn't have shades, only gauzy curtains, but I was tired and planned to go to bed early and get up early so I wasn't too worried.
He gave me a recommendation for a dinner restaurant and it was a quick walk downtown to a good meal. Came back and sat downstairs and read for a bit. I saw Tracey and were got to chatting and she let me meet their three dogs (who stay back in the private area) . She too was very nice.
I slept well and had a nice shower when I woke. I was pleased to see my request for socially distanced seating wad met and I had a vey nice table and chair set up in a corner where I could still be a part of the conversation, but keep my distance.
Breakfast was not the gourmet style some places pride themselves on, but the food was plentiful, filling, and satisfying (bacon, eggs, corn muffin, fruit, grits, water, coffee, and juice). Tracey wore a mask at all times and told me she sanitized her hands often during meal prep and delivery.
After everyone was served, she came and sat with us all and it felt like a new/ old friend joining in. When I expressed interest in visiting a local site, she said it wasn't open, but then took out her phone and tried to call the site manager to see if they could open up just for me. The other person didn't answer their phone, but I loved that Tracey had that connection and made the effort.
I also learned a lot about the town and all it has available.
Definitely a great place to stay, especially in this crazy COVID world. I plan on using it from now on when I drive home from Florida as it was not only a logical and practical stopping point, but also a very fun one.
I loved having you stay with us and hope you will come back an visit soon. We were in the process of getting custom shades for the Moroccan room when Covid hit. That is now put out for about a year. I don't always sit with guests during breakfast but really enjoy it when I can. Hearing the laughter in my home is such a blessing. I can't wait for your next visit! Safe Travels.
replied by the owner (7/6/2020 6:26:00 PM)