5 en junio 20, 2017
We had never stayed at a B and B and now I don't think I will ever stay anywhere else. Claire and Jerome made us feel like their home was our home. We enjoyed the peaceful and beautiful surroundings, fished in the pond and were just able to relax with no worries. Breakfast was amazing and the company even better!
5 en noviembre 12, 2015
It’s been a few weeks since our stay at At Willow Pond Bed and Breakfast and I’m excited to tell everyone how great this place is. We arrived about an hour early and were greeted by Claire who was in the process of preparing our room. We asked if we could explore the property in the meantime. The property is filled with different animals to go out and visit. One of the two horses in the pasture came to the edge of the driveway to say hello and look for treats from the new guests. We decided to relax on the front porch swing. When it was time to head in the house smelled of toasted marshmallows (which Claire admitted was an experiment gone wrong in the kitchen) We were escorted to our room. Claire pointed out all of our amenities and made sure we had everything we needed. We stayed in the Sunrise Suit which was a GREAT room. Electric fireplace, king size COMFORTABLE bed, Jacuzzi tub, and stand up shower with awesome water pressure. Now on to breakfast. AMAZING! The first day we had pumpkin pancakes with a side of meat and an apple dish to go along with it. Day two we were served eggs with a squash hash, meat, and a roasted pear. There is not a shortage of coffee in the Vandenburg home! Claire did retry her experiment in the kitchen later that day and made a delicious apple syrup which we had with our breakfast. It was SO good on the fresh sausage that they had got from their Son. Claire tries to by her produce locally when possible which is awesome. There were always cookies in the cookie jar which we enjoyed on our way in or out. Looking back at everything; the room was great, the breakfast amazing, but what I enjoyed the most was spending time getting to know Claire and Jerome! Two people who love people! Our conversations were full of stories of the past and lots of laughter. (And a good amount of BS) Jerome and Claire make At Willow Pond more than a bed and breakfast. For My wife and I, it felt like home. Thank you Claire and Jerome for everything!
5 en agosto 20, 2015
My husband and I were looking for a place to stay near our relatives. I would never have believed that we would locate such a nice place to stay in Fenwick, Michigan. Jerome and Claire are just super nice people. The guest rooms are also super wonderful. The breakfasts are excellent. The animals are interesting. And the pond is just such a super addition to the atmosphere of At Willow Pond.
5 en agosto 22, 2014
My husband and I had a wonderful time at this peaceful getaway. The hosts are very gracious, the room was beautiful, and the food delicious. It was only an hour away from home, yet it felt like we were a million miles away. We highly recommend At Willow Pond!
5 en julio 25, 2014
We have stayed with Claire and Jerome several times now. Without question it’s the best choice you could make. There great and take care for anything you need. Being Military we don’t get to travel very often, when we are there it feels like were still home, but without all the hassle. My children love spending time helping out Claire and goofing around with Jerome. I couldn’t imagine staying anywhere else.
5 en julio 22, 2014
We spent three nights in June and loved the tranquil location, various animals, and delicious gourmet breakfasts. Claire and Jerome are the perfect innkeepers. Their recommendations for dining in the area were spot on.
5 en julio 09, 2014
this was our 3ed year staying at Willow Pond, almost one week every time. as always Jerome and Claire where accommodating and wonderful. we consider them friends because they treat us like family. we have booked our 4th week for next year and look forward to seeing them and that wonderful breakfast each day we stay. we miss them already.
3,6 en enero 21, 2014
A little hard to find but that adds to the privacy. It was nice to have a B&B that served gluten free items.
3,8 en enero 12, 2014
Great hosts! We had a wonderful, relaxing time.
4,6 en diciembre 09, 2013
Claire and Jerome were outstanding hosts and made the experience so enjoyable. Claire's cooking was the best. The setting was something out of a storybook. We will be back again.
5 en diciembre 04, 2013
Claire and Jerome are wonderful hosts. We had a great time visiting with them at breakfast. Our room was nice and cozy. Their home is in a nice rural location and within reasonable driving distance from Greenville and Ionia for those looking to site see. This was a nice two day get away for us to relax and recharge. We highly recommend this B&B to anyone looking for time away to get some rest and relaxation.
4,0 en octubre 13, 2013
Fresh eggs each morning, as there are a variety of chickens on the premises, Also, a couple horses to feed apples and pet. Breakfasts are great! Rooms are reasonably priced, and definitely gives you that "down on the farm" feeling. The innkeepers are adding on their own separate living quarters, which is badly needed. We felt that we were sharing common space with the innkeepers which was a little awkward.
5 en octubre 13, 2013
Claire & Jerome are two of the nicest innkeeper/owners that we have encountered in stays at various B&B's. We spent well over an hour at breakfast carrying on the most pleasant conversation. Their multi colored breakfast eggs; cats, dog, chickens, ducks & horses were an added bonus. The rooms were immaculate and decorated with their personal touches. Absolutely nothing negative to our stay.
5 en octubre 13, 2013
A rural setting which was relaxing. A good place to discover middle of MI.
5 en septiembre 22, 2013
This was our second time staying At Willow Pond. The first was so relaxing,we wanted to come back again.Both times we loved our stay! My husband and I loved our room.Seeing the horses from our window was a great sight. Both times we wanted to tie our bed to the top of our car and take it home!!!Our breakfasts were Award Winning!!! Claire's Pumpkin Pancakes were AMAZING!!! Claire and Jerome are very warm and welcoming innkeepers!!! Difinitely a Five Star Rating!!!
4,4 en septiembre 18, 2013
My sister and I went to stay for some fun girl time. Jerome, Claire, and Liz made us feel like family. I never realized how therapeutic horseback riding was until now. The B & B is very quiet an cozy. We will definitely be back again!
4,4 en agosto 22, 2013
Our stay at Willow Pond felt like we were visiting home...if that makes sense. Jerome and Clare welcome you in and put at ease the moment they meet you. We really enjoyed our stay and hope to return soon. Thank you!
4,2 en agosto 21, 2013
5 en agosto 07, 2013
It was awesome we took the whole family and they loved it. The kids would like to go back already.
4,8 en agosto 06, 2013
A wonderful feel right-at-home in the country kind of place! Claire and Jerome have such a loving, no airs put on, approach. I grew up in the country and love the quiet beauty and being in the midst of nature. Definitely a place to return too - spiritual refreshment just happens there!
5 en agosto 04, 2013
Stayed here in April (last part) 2013. Was lovely, quiet and the hosts Claire and Jerome delightful. It was a special girls night for a special ladies birthday who happens to live near by. Will hope to visit again but stay longer!
5 en agosto 02, 2013
We spontaneously traveled to MI from MN in search of meeting The Incredible Dr. Pol (Nat Geo Lg. Animal Vet). Visited the Isabella County Fair and Abott Magic before we departed for back home. Created great memories!
5 en agosto 01, 2013
We needed a place to stay at the last minute. Wow !!! What a find. This place is great! !!! The breakfast was over the top. The only way to get the eggs any more fresh. Is to let the chickens sleep in the kitchen. Keep up the great job. Greg
4,6 en julio 23, 2013
My only regret was that my stay was only for one night. This is the perfect place to escape from the world for awhile. I look forward to returning with my husband. Or even better, a few girlfriends for the perfect girl-getaway. Thank you Claire and Jerome!
3,8 en julio 17, 2013
Claire and Jerome are wonderful hosts! They make you feel right at home! They accommodated our small children by letting them help with the daily tasks such as gathering eggs from the chickens and feeding the ducks. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. They have horses on the property that boys were able to ride, they just loved that! The only negative thing I would say is to make sure you bring the strongest bug spray that money can buy, the mosquitos were very hungry!!! We put bug spray on and it didn't stop the biting one bit!
4,6 en julio 16, 2013
We had a very relaxing time. The Inn keepers were great...Claire is an awesome cook! We felt very comfortable and welcomed. Jill was a great guide for our horse back riding adventure and the pond offered plenty of fish to catch. We definitely will make a return trip.
5 en julio 15, 2013
For our 25th anniversary we stayed at Willow pond b&b. The innkeepers Clair and Jerome were very kind people. The accommodations were very warm, cozy and clean. We stayed in the lavander room and the bed was very comfortable. They have a lot of animals horses, chickens, cats and a dog that all flavor to the experience. Breakfast was a full and delicious meal made by Clair and farm fresh eggs. We would highly recommend this bed and breakfast. If we're ever in the area again we will be staying once again. Sincerely, Heidi Rich
5 en julio 11, 2013
Claire and Jerome , I could not even think of staying somewhere else when in town. you both invite hospitality and friendship. the breakfast is amazing. this is our 2ed stay for a week and have already booked for next year. thank you for everything. Rock and Lisa
4,0 en julio 10, 2013
Claire and Jerome were sensitive to what we were looking for during our stay. Thank you very much
5 en junio 26, 2013
My husband and I stayed at At Willow Pond after bicycling on the Frederick Meijer Heartland Trail. The inn was the perfect respite after our ride. We were welcomed with a cold glass of ice tea and Claire's delicious lemon bars, then enjoyed a wonderful shower (that may seem like a little thing, but after hours of biking in 90-degree weather, it was heaven). Claire and Jerome were the perfect hosts, making us feel very much at home. At Willow Pond offers a nice country setting, away from the hustle and bustle. The room was nicely decorated and the bed was comfortable. Breakfast was delicious, and included much good conversation and laughs. We'll definitely be back!
5 en junio 15, 2013
A nice gem in a beautiful country setting.
5 en junio 13, 2013
Enjoy a beautiful stay with Claire and Jerome in their lovely country home. Very peaceful, very warm and very loving, at no extra charge. If you are an animal lover this is a wonderful place to stay.
5 en junio 12, 2013
"At Willow Pond B&B" is a tranquil place with many native birds, a relaxed and relaxing setting. You don't go here for attractions nearby, though I'm told there are some. One being a great walking/riding trail alongside the Flat River in the town of Greenville (we did walk a bit of it). We went to get away, relax, be quiet and rest - and we did. (Being quiet while not sleeping is good for the brain - studies are showing). Wake up in the morning to bird songs and you can relax in your room or there are two bench swing chairs (one on the porch and one by the pond) and two two person hammocks to relax in; beautifully landscaped lawn and garden, plenty of well placed trees and a hot tub/jacuzzi outside. Our hosts were affable, cordial, interesting, humorous and genuine. They catered graciously and specifically to our dietary needs (gluten and dairy free) and the food was delicious - especially the cookies and muffins. Thank you for a wonderful stay! Kevin & Kim, June 2013
3,8 en junio 11, 2013
The host and hostess were very kind and thoughtful. The atmosphere was very tranquil and lovely.
3,8 en junio 05, 2013
The hospitality was exceptional. The facility is comfortable and relaxing. The farm animals added a lot of character. I would recommend Willow Pond to friends.
4,8 en mayo 29, 2013
Very relaxing, loved the animals! We felt welcomed from the time we arrived to the time we left.
5 en mayo 25, 2013
This was our first bed and breakfast experience ever so we were slightly nervous. The innkeepers were exceptionally hospitable and made us feel at home. The atmosphere is very relaxing. We enjoyed our stay very much and can't wait to go back again! All the animals - including horses and horseback rides - provided plenty of entertainment in their own way as well.
5 en mayo 14, 2013
From the minute we pulled in the driveway we knew that this would be a wonderful place to stay. Jerome and Claire are welcoming and wonderful to talk with. The food was fresh, tasty, and great! We will plan on making a return trip, definitely.
4,8 en mayo 10, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here. From the horseback riding, petting Rascal the dog and the warm and inviting breakfast conversations with the owners, I definitely will keep it in mind for future visits.
5 en mayo 02, 2013
I'm gluten free and Claire went out of her way to make me food that I could eat. It's a cozy, nice place in the country and the owners are great. It was a wonderful place to spend our 40th Wedding Anniversary!!
5 en mayo 01, 2013
Had the opportunity to stay at Willow Pond bed and breakfast with two girlfriends this past weekend. The contact beforehand was professional and pleasant. Upon arriving we were met by Jerome, and then Claire. The was an instant peace and I knew God had sent us there. The home was beautful and comfortable. The outdoors were also spectacular and full of beauty. Did I mention the breakfast. Claire is an outstanding cook and to top it off, she accomodated my gluten free needs. Yum!!! Mostly, however, it was the warmth, comfort and care Jerome and Claire showed toward us. Just like being home. Needless to say, were had a wonderful stay and I personally hope it won't be long before I will revisit that experience.
5 en abril 24, 2013
My oldest daughter surprised me with a weekend only an hour from our home at Willow Pond B&B. I had never before stayed at a B&B so had no idea what to expect. Well, first of all, the room was spacious, comfortable, clean and well-decorated. Jerome and Claire were magnficient hosts and the horseback ride that Jill took us on was especially enjoyable. Loved the cookies and breakfast. I would highly recommend Willow Pond for a relaxing getaway.
3,8 en abril 23, 2013
Rooms were very nicely furnished. Hosts were pleasant and friendly. Setting is fabulous!
5 en marzo 19, 2013
This was our second stay at Willow Pond. We traveled with friends and enjoyed visiting with Claire and Jerome. They make you feel very comfortable, like very special and dear friends. We look forward to returning and visiting again.
5 en marzo 06, 2013
As always we were made to feel more like family than visitors. We love the casual atmosphere and warm hospitality. Our time with Jerome and Clare is filled with fun and interesting conversation and Clare's breakfast is second to none.
5 en febrero 26, 2013
We had a wonderful stay At Willow Pond. The inn keepers were great! I will be staying again soon. The breakfast was delicious and the rooms were super nice.
4,6 en febrero 20, 2013
Jerome and Claire made us feel welcome in their home.Lots of public areas, lots of good conversation if we wanted and quiet time if we wanted.Good food too. we did "Cooking with Claire"-lots of fun and more good healthy food. A much needed respite from our stressful life.
4,0 en diciembre 02, 2012
We came here for a relaxing getaway. We enjoyed the country location, welcoming hosts, generous sized room, clean bathroom and pretty views. Highly recommeded.
5 en octubre 30, 2012
Claire and Jerome were fabulous hosts. The property was gorgeous, very quiet and secluded. We were able to relax in the hammock by the pond. We bought a package that included champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, dinner by the fire and breakfast in bed. It was all perfect. I can't wait to go back.
5 en octubre 15, 2012
We had the most wonderful stay from start to finish. Claire and Jerome were so hospitable. We couldn't have asked for more in a bed in breakfast. My boyfriend and I were looking the perfect place to have a quiet weekend away and we found it! We stayed in the lavander room and it was beautiful! The room was very spacious and comfortable. The house and property are breath takingly gorgeous!! Claire made the most wonderful pumpkin pancakes for breakfast in the morning and then we went out on the most amazing horseback ride. We had so much fun and our guide Jill was so sweet! I can't say enough about how wonderful our experiance was! We can't wait to go back!!
4,0 en octubre 10, 2012
Thanks for the break from the busyness of our lives! We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the food and fellowship!
5 en octubre 10, 2012
Brian and Summer
4,2 en agosto 27, 2012
My stay At Willow Pond was very nice. The place is really in the middle of nowhere and I found it to be a very pleasant experience. The hosts were very gracious with our requests.
4,8 en agosto 27, 2012
I had an excellent time at the Inn at Willow Pond. It can absolutely be described as a country get-away. It is not for someone who expects to be in a town, though, as the nearest "town" is about 9 miles away. However, this more remote location lends itself to beautiful scenery, a farm with chickens, horses, ducks, dogs, and cats, and an overall feeling of serenity. The breakfasts are also fabulous. Claire uses eggs fresh from the chickens outside, as well as fruits, vegetables, and herbs from her own garden. Breakfast each day was truly a treat and I dream of the homemade cheddar biscuits! Many, many thanks to Claire & Jerome for a wonderful stay.
4,6 en agosto 16, 2012
Claire and Jerome are outstanding hosts! We felt right at home. I cannot have Gluten and Claire met us at the "door" with wonderful gluten-free cookies and prepared a wonderful breakfast each morning that I enjoyed tremendously and I never felt deprived.
3,4 en agosto 01, 2012
Good attention to detail; worry-free stay; Claire & Jerome were friendly & accommodating...Bottom line: I'd consider a return visit.
5 en julio 27, 2012
Everything was fantastic during our stay at Willow Pond. Our hosts Jerome and Clair gave us wonderful directions to great outings for the days we were there. They offered to let us cook hotdogs on an open fire by the pond one night and it turned out to be so much fun because additional children came by and our grandchildren and they swam in the pond then we cooked hotdogs and shared. We also made smoors and it was a magical time. We highly recommend this bed and breakfast to all.
5 en julio 09, 2012
this was the best bed and breakfast i have ever stayed, i stayed for one week and felt like i was leaving friends. claire and jerome made me feel relaxed and at home. i have been having trouble sleeping but was able to sleep here 8 hours with out waking up. WOW I feel so relaxed. the food was outstanding, my room was perfect, my bed was wonderful. i was so sad when i departed. I had such a great time i all ready booked another week next year. if you want to stay with friends this is the place, please make sure you leave me some cookies, ask jerome to tell you some jokes.! and dont forget the huge on your way out Rock Hood
5 en julio 05, 2012
My husband and I stayed here on a Saturday evening. The owners were very nice and friendly. The room was nice and very cozy! The breakfast was delicious!!!! Would definitely go back!!!
5 en junio 11, 2012
Homemade breakfast, wonderful surroundings and great owners!
5 en junio 08, 2012
If you want a place that is clean, relaxing, friendly, with a feeling that you belong there, this is the place for you. It has a feel that you are at a relatives house for a visit. Claire and Jerome has such a sweet spirit about them.
4,4 en junio 02, 2012
The owners are very sweet! Location is nice and peaceful too.
5 en mayo 28, 2012
My new husband and I stayed here on our wedding night. Claire waited up for us to get there after our reception. We loved the Northwest Room! We both agree that the breakfast we were served in bed Sunday morning was a great way to start our honeymoon of Bed and Breakfast stays! We didn't think that the meal would be topped by the other B&Bs we would be visiting and we were correct! Loved the whole experience!
5 en abril 25, 2012
this experience was more than i could have ever dreamed for. i cant wait to go back again and i definetly plan on going again. kelly zuckerman
4,8 en abril 13, 2012
From the candlelight dinner to breakfast in bed, everything was amazing. The walk around the property and seeing all the animals, and such a quiet getaway. We will definately be back
4,8 en febrero 29, 2012
We loved being able to truly "get away" to such a nice atmosphere. There was plenty to do around the property (walking around, playing with animals, snowshoeing, etc.) and Claire and Jerome are so accommodating and pleasant to be around. They do a great job of making your stay whatever you want it to be--whether it's just relaxing or being active or planning specific activities. The food was amazing, and we highly recommend the Cooking with Claire option if you're looking for a fun activity to do while there!
4,0 en febrero 29, 2012
We were lucky enough to join Claire and Jerome for a weekend away. What a pleasant relaxing getaway!
4,8 en febrero 26, 2012
The weekend that my wife and I spent at Willow Pond, was paid for by our dear neighbor as a thank you. Our stay was wonderful...cozy fire, warm cozy bed, dual shower, exceptional cousine, scenery, kind attentive hosts and yes even the nosy playful cats all helped provide a wonderful time away from the city for my wife and I. My wife and I enjoyed out stay, we plan to return at a later time to celebrate one of our anniversaries. I would strongly recommend Willow Pond as a place to stay and visit.
4,8 en enero 18, 2012
Have to travel up this way for business once a month and was looking for a comfortable place to stay on a regular basis. I avoid hotels and motels whenever I possibly can, and donn't mind putting in the extra $$$ to stay someplace cozy and relaxed without the claustrophia and sterility of just four walls. Loved that I could linger in the common area downstairs in front of the fireplace. Would have brought my suit had I known there was a hot tub! Next month while there I intend to take full advantage of the upstairs area for relaxing, if time allows. Claire and Jerome were such great hosts, it was hard to pull myself away from breakfast to get back on the road. The only reason the room didn't get 5 stars was because I couldn't keep the TV working. Because no one was in the room across the way, I did sneak in to relax in front of their TV before turning in for the night. I'm sure that issue will be resolved before my next visit. And am really looking forward to it!
Respuesta del propietario
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and that you are coming back so soon! The TV issue has indeed been fixed--it was only batteries in the remote--glad it was such an easy fix! I wish (I had known when you were here.) Do bring your suit next time--there's nothing like soaking in the hot tub when it's snowy outside!
- Claire Vandenburg (innkeeper)
4,4 en noviembre 29, 2011
My partner and I had stayed at willow pond and what a wonderful stay. The room was so warm and inviting, We were met at the front door by our wonderful hostess Claire and she gave us a tour of the house, which by the way might I add was so wonderful and really made you feel at home. Her husband Jerome was great telling wonderful stories and getting us both to laugh so hard we cried. My partner and I sat down later in the evening to talk with them about our own ideas of starting up a bed and breakfast and what a wonderful wealth of knowledge they both were to us. I can’t wait to go back and do it again, Thank you, Thank you Thank you….. -Daniel & Nathan Hillsdale, Mi
4,0 en octubre 28, 2011
Very restful stay,the hosts were so nice and warm and welcoming and interesting. Good conversation, wonderful stories, great bed, delicious breakfast, yummy,warm home-baked cookies. A very clean, inviting natural setting. We would stay again if we ever have the chance. We highly recommend the B&B at Willow Pond
5 en octubre 12, 2011
I couldn't have pictured a more relaxing weekend. Our stay was PERFECT! Very, very affordable and relaxing! This was just what I was looking for in a weekend getaway. We booked our 2nd reservation before we checked out :) Claire and Jerome are very warm and loving people who have opened their homes up to share with everyone. We cannot wait to go back!!!
4,6 en octubre 12, 2011
Willow Pond is a wonderfully beautiful quiet setting. Clare is a wonderfully warm hostess and Jerome is a man with a joyous heart that always has a story to spin. We felt more like family than guests. Highly recommend it!
5 en octubre 06, 2011
This B&B is out in the country so if you are looking for a quiet, relaxing stay this is the place for you. We spend the day a Meijer gardens and then headed here for the evening. The grounds are well maintained and the house and room were charming. The hosts are very friendly and provide a large and delicious country breakfast. After dinner in Ionia (a small town with great architecture) we hit the outdoor hot tub under the stars just steps outside our room. Can't wait to go back.
4,0 en agosto 28, 2011
Beautiful, tranquil setting -- loved the resident ducks, chickens, and horses. The room was charming, clean, and comfortable. Our delicious breakfast included fruit/yogurt parfaits and relaxed conversation with our hosts. Would recommend to anyone looking for a cozy country getaway. Kelly B
5 en agosto 16, 2011
Jerome and Claire are the most gracious hosts! They became instant friends. It felt like I was home, without all of the work! The food was incredible and it was so quiet and peaceful! The conversation was the best, so inspiring and encouraging. We pray that we can come back soon for a visit! God bless you both!
5 en agosto 10, 2011
Willow Pond B&B has become our favorite get-away. Claire and Jerome are the perfect hosts and make their guests feel truly at home and welcome. From the well-appointed rooms to the beautiful property and excellent food, I cannot think of one thing that could be improved. Great value too!
5 en agosto 06, 2011
My wife and I stayed there for our honeymoon. Claire made no mention of the fact that we were both women when she greeted us, which we appreciated. We were treated like any other couple. The breakfast was fancy and delicious, with excellent presentation. Both Claire and Jerome made conversation with us in the mornings. I was able to ride one of the horses on my own which was a wonderful treat. The house was impeccably clean. We enjoyed our stay so much.
4,8 en julio 11, 2011
Even though it rained both days of our stay, we enjoyed a lovely stay with Claire and Jerome, plus the kitties. Who would have thought that a room in the house's lower level could be so comfortable and feature such a fabulous shower? Breakfasts were creative and delicious, and the genuine welcoming warmth has added At Willow Pond to our "keeper" list of B&Bs.
4,4 en junio 17, 2011
Had a wonderful, relaxing getaway! Jerome & Claire both make you feel very much at ease and welcomed. Loved and appreciated the horseback riding. Would highly recommend this B&B.
5 en junio 13, 2011
I took my wife for a long weekend getaway for our 12th anniversary. I went with their Sweetheart/Anniversary package. It was a great value and a very nice addition to our stay. I could not have picked a better place to stay. Claire and Jerome are wonderful hosts. Their home is beautiful and very comfy. Claire's cooking is dangerously good! I honestly don't have a non-positive thing to say about the B&B and our stay there.
5 en junio 11, 2011
Claire and Jerome are such a sweet couple and very accomodating. Claire learned vegan recipes to accomodate our dietary needs and prepared a most beautiful and romantic candlight dinner by the pond to help us celebrate our anniversary. The atmosphere is so comfortable, relaxing, peaceful, and we enjoyed the animals and most of all the fellowship of visiting with the innkeepers.