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Steve here! We're busy organizing a few Puzzle Parties for the coming year. Here's information for the first one planned for January 2010.

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An exclusive group of Stave enthusiasts will share hours of fireside puzzling in rustic elegance. Join us!

At The Point, you'll feel like you've stepped into another era because essentially you have. Built at the turn of the twentieth century of massive native timbers and stone as the Great Camp of William Avery Rockefeller, The Point is both grand and fanciful. Each room retains its original character with twiggy Adirondack furniture, birch bark details, cozy woolens and furs, waxed wood walls, old books and unique features particular to its original purpose at the Great Camp. Fires are kept blazing for you and a bottle of wine always awaits, so you may never want to leave your room! But you will. With its comfortable house party atmosphere, The Point is the perfect place for fellow Stave puzzlers to meet and share a weekend together.

Click here for more details and a list of scheduled events.

Mar 10
2009

Twin Farms Puzzle Party this Weekend

Our Stave/Twin Farms Puzzle Party is fast approaching and Paula and I are hustling around getting ready for 2 full days of fun puzzling, Friday and Saturday. I have seven(7) new designs I want tested and I can't wait to stand over the shoulders of these puzzlers as they take on my new challenges. I find it very helpful to watch how each puzzler tackles a design. It often gives me new ideas on how to block or slow down their progress in future designs… heh, heh.
     I think many of you know that Twin Farms is one of the world's finest small luxury hotels with 10 rooms and 10 cottages ($1,000 – $3,000/night) located only 45 minutes away in Barnard, Vermont. Every room/cottage has Stave puzzles resulting in many new customers for us each year.
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Next time you are going on vacation, consider booking a trip to one of these amazing small inns located on the map above. Why? Because they all have Stave Puzzles! That’s right. For years we have been traveling extensively seeking out only the finest inns in America and Canada to showcase our puzzles. You can pan, zoom and select the icons of the inns directly on this map or enlarge the map for a better view. Our criteria for selecting these inns is that they must be the highest quality known to man. Also, they must be approved by such reliable sources as Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report or be a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotel chain. In short, we want our beautiful puzzles to be in beautiful places. Above all, we want to make sure they are in a quiet, relaxed environment where people can really enjoy them. That’s why we stay away from large resorts and other busy places. We love this list of inns so much, that we even host annual puzzle parties at both Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont – which has been voted as “The Best Small Hotel in The U.S.” by Zagat and is a Mobil Five Star Award Winner 14 years in a row – and Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. Blackberry Farm is located on 4,200 in the Smoky Mountains and has a wine cellar with over 100,000 bottles! Just the cure for one of our trick puzzles. If you would like to join us at one of our upcoming puzzle parties, please let us know. We’d love to have you join in on the fun.

Feb 10
2009

Puzzling at Wickaninnish Inn

Wick1Last September Martha and I stayed at the wonderful Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, BC, on Vancouver Island on the Pacific. WOW! what a beautiful locale and Relais & Chateau hotel… well worth the trip. We suggested to the partner/GM Charles McDiarmid that his inn would be the perfect place for Stave puzzles during stormy weekends…. this inn is famous for its Storm Watching weekends… some of the most spectacular storms hit this area in the winter. After he had a beautiful puzzle table made our Stave puzzles were up and running at the inn, receiving much praise from the guests. Look at the upper right-hand part of this photo and notice how close the water is to the hotel (the Wick is safely perched high up on the rocks.)

Martha and I were away most of September traveling to Boise to see Simon/Michael/Harriett. We all went up to McCall, Idaho at 5000 feet for a week on a beautiful lake. Then Martha and I went from Boise to Seattle to Vancouver to Tofino on Vancouver Island's Pacific coast. We stayed at the wonderful Wickaninnish Inn, a Relais & Chateau property with 75 rooms. We totally lucked out with the weather because our week there was totally sunny, typical for September. But the rest of the year they get 120 inches of rain making the area about the only North American rain forest (with 1000 year old cedar trees.)

Storm Watching Weekends:  What clever marketing… they get some of the most amazing storms off the Pacific during the winter months so they decided to promote this 'feature'. Not only do you get his/her bathrobes  in your room but you get yellow slickers so you can go out on the beach (shown below) during the storms. The other photo is the view from our room.  Chesterman Beach is a mile long and plenty wide for wonderful walks regardless to the tides.

Martha and I thought this would be  a perfect place for Stave puzzles during Storm Watching season so we met with The Wick's  Managing Director who immediately saw the potential. So we are all working together to have Stave puzzling going on there year-round. Check out their amazing web site…. www.wickinn.com.

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