Dear Honey Run Friends,
We live in a new world dominated by technology. We can now communicate with anyone in almost any corner of the earth, not just audibly, but with video, so we can see eye-to-eye during the conversation. Most of us have a phone that has more computing power than the computers used to send the men to the moon. Our social habits and even the way we meet new friends and love interests are digital. And yet with these changes, we still celebrate the birth of Jesus some 2,000 years ago. Living in Amish country has opened my eyes to a life that resists change. While I enjoy and embrace technology, there is a lesson in the Amish way of life that family, friends, and a slower pace of life should not be lost. Technology cannot replace the feeling of a lover touching your hand in an assuring embrace letting you know they love you. It cannot replicate the feeling of cuddling your loved one in front of a fire or gazing into their eyes over a romantic dinner. It cannot replicate the chance encounters and new friendships formed as you are visiting The Inn, meeting new friends in the lounge or by the fire in the lobby.
As a business owner in the year 2017, I worry that our business model is outdated and the product we offer is from years past, no longer relevant or needed in today’s technologically-based world. But as I watch the guests arrive looking for serenity, I see that what we offer is not obsolete. In fact, I see quite the opposite. We need now, more than ever, to connect on a personal level, whether that be in relationship or a connection with one’s self. Just as we needed a Savior to free us from the sins of this world we need time in this life to experience the beauty around us. This beauty encompasses the natural landscape, important relationships, and the quieting of the soul.
While The Inn at Honey Run will never see 300% gains in value in a year, we do see thousands of lives enriched each year. We have learned to evaluate our success on different metrics than just financial and focus on lives touched. So the next time you visit and see the stunning landscaping and seasonal decorations, meet a warm smile and loving welcome when you enter the front door, see an old friend in Tarragon as your dining attendant, taste the magical flavors of the fresh local food our culinary team created that day, smell and feel the clean sheets surrounding your body on a bed that feels like you are floating on a cloud, know that this is all due to a team of souls who seek to offer you the perfect environment for your much needed time of serenity.
Yes, our world is changing, but there are constants. We were made to love and be in relationships, and as long as we need each other, we will need sanctuaries to reconnect. I pray that you can make time to visit The Inn, replenish your soul in the coming months, and see why we have been so important to our guests over these past 35 years. It has been an honor to serve you, and we look forward to sharing our serene life with you for many years to come.
12 responses to “Letter from Jason – December 2017”
What a blessing to read this message! Thank you for your heart for God & your dedication to preserve sanctuary. We love Honey Run Inn!
David & Kathleen Kitchin
My spirit has been replenished several times over the years by spending time at The Inn at Honey Run. It gives me a sense of peace and reflection. Thank you for all you do!
What a wonderful letter from Jason you have definitely hit the nail on the head when you talk about the honey run inn. My husband and I love to come there and spend the weekend and dined at the Terragon it’s a wonderful way to reconnect with each other and your life in general Merry Christmas to everyone that works there and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. God bless all of you
I have to say this is extremely well written. So many thank yous and Christmas greetings come across as generic and somewhat hollow. But yours struck an emotional chord. It made me want to shut down my computer, hop in the car, pick up my wife from her work and drive south to Amish country. But, she’s on a business trip and I have deadlines to meet. 🙁
We spent time at the Inn a couple years ago but haven’t been back. As a new 60 year old, I realize I have not spent enough time in my life doing exactly what you describe.
God bless you for providing a sanctuary space for folks like us. Cheers to a new year and making more time for just us and for our family.
Lovely place, especially around Christmas, it’s beautifully decorated. Beautiful letter about Christmas 🌟. Great place to get away from the noise of life and connect with nature and quietness. Amazing food!
Since the Inn opened we have, every year, looked forward to staying and meeting in your magical natural surroundings. You and your staff, simply, have done a masterful job on building on its historical uniqueness.
We wish you and your associates a blessed and Merry Christmas. May the New Year be bountiful for all of you !
Wolf and Leigh
Thank you for the beautiful letter. I am also working on my life to keep and stay some old ways while resisting a few changes and and also by minimizing unnecessary technology. I hope your inn will stay just as it is for the longest possible time.
What a refreshing letter to read during what the world has made a very hectic time! I also thank you for your soft heart for why we celebrate Christmas….Christ! Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
We look forward to our next visit at Inn at Honey Run!
David & Cathleen Tyler
Thanks for the Inn Jason, and for honoring Jesus in your message. Honey Run has meant so much to my wife and I. It is a beautiful port in the storm.
Beautiful! Merry Christmas!
Have enjoyed your setting and dinning for four years. Whether Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter is always a welcome place to visit and have a relaxing evening meal. Enjoy the chairs in front or deck with wine and appetizer. Always nicely decorated for the Seasons. Thank you very much.
in 2014, my husband and i traveled 4 hours for a 1 night stay to the Inn and i must say the beauty, comfort, serenity, peace & essense of romance was well woth it. cant wait to plan a 2 day trip soon.