Mary Beth and Fred have dreamed of owning a bed and breakfast ever since Mary Beth's parents sold the family's Victorian rooming house in Cape May, New Jersey over 35 years ago. As newlyweds, Fred and Mary Beth just couldn't afford it.
Life in the City on a Treadmill
The dream lay dormant as Fred pursued a career climbing the corporate ladder and Mary Beth raised their three boys. Fred developed, marketed and managed luxury communities and taught college around the country. With all the moves, the clan became avid home remodelers and renovators.
In 1998 Mary Beth went back to school to get her teaching certificate. Fred had become tired of the politics and pressure of the corporate world reaching the Executive VP rung.
They moved to southern Colorado where Fred taught marketing (consumer behavior, advertising) at a state university. Mary Beth began elementary school teaching and Fred did development and marketing consulting over the internet.
Escape to the Country and a Simpler Way of Life
In 2001 the family moved from Sarasota, Florida to Dahlonega, Georgia looking for the simple life in a small college town in the North Georgia mountains and wine country.
After renovating a 1915 shotgun-style house not too far from the square in Dahlonega, the family was ready to look for a weekend cabin to tinker on and enjoy.
While scouting the countryside in Lumpkin County, Mary Beth and Fred were surprised to see that the "big funky passive solar designed house" on Highway 19 was for sale. In need of love, extensive repairs and landscaping, the home on nearly three acres had "Our Eco Friendly B & B" written all over it.
A year later their B & B became a reality. Cedar House Inn is lovingly decorated with an eclectic decor that reflects Mary Beth and Fred's life together. 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 yellows reflect Mary Beth's love for the painted ladies victorian homes in her hometown of Cape May, NJ.
The inn and yurts reflect the couple's interest in environmentally friendly construction and lowering their ecological footprint.
"Thanks for a wonderful weekend! Your beautiful mountain inn is a delightful place to be. The decor is so cozy and the food fabulous. Your focus on the environment is an inspiration..." Linda and Buzz, Michigan
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