Ankle deep in doilies

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We're spending a couple of nights at a B&B about 3 hours from home. Huge old 1886 house. They even have doilies on their doilies here. Doilies on each shelf of each nightstand, on the dresser, on the desk. There's a box of Kleenex with a doily on top of it, a slit cut in the doily for pulling the tissue through. But I guess it fits the era of the house.

It's a really nice place. My only complaint is that I'm in a room in the center of the house with NO WINDOWS. Not even in the bathroom. Behind the bed there's a curtain that gives the feel of there being a window, but behind it is just a wall. The fire escape map on the wall confirms that I'm surrounded by other rooms of the house. No outside wall. So, I'll take the risk for a couple of nights that, if this place has been here since 1886, it's probably not going to burn this weekend. Fingers crossed. But I've carefully studied the path to the nearest exit. Building codes in this town must be even more lax than in most of Arkansas!

Right beside us is a park where locals come every night to play bluegrass and country music. Little groups of musicians all over the place, each surrounded by a little audience in lawn chairs. Really nice rural atmosphere. Perfect weather. No admission, no passing the hat. Just music for the joy of it.

Looking forward to their breakfast tomorrow and Sunday. A good getaway, and a good tax-deductible research trip.

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Nice!

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 Here is an idea...

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I'm with Joey on this one...no window in the room would actually really bother me & I might have to go looking for another room.  Did you know that there was no window when you booked the room?

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Breakfast Diva wrote:

Sounds like it's illegal to me. In real estate, you can't call it a bedroom if it doesn't have a window. 2 forms of egress.

Samster wrote:

Did you know that there was no window when you booked the room?

It IS illegal. In Arkansas the state code is the minimum code you must meet. A city can make things more strict, but not less strict than the state code, and the state code says a bedroom has to have 2 forms of egress. You can have a "studio" apartment where everything is in one big area with partitions around the bed, but if it's a real room, with a locked door, it must have a window or 2nd door.

But it's up to the city to make sure you follow the state code, and this is a town of 2200 people, so the inspections are rather lax.

No, nothing on the website mentions that there's no window in the room, unless I just missed it. But I just have to survive one more night in it!

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Sounds like it's illegal to me. In real estate, you can't call it a bedroom if it doesn't have a window. 2 forms of egress.

The park with music and warm weather sounds divine.

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Not sure if I have ever stayed in a room with no window.

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 Ohhhh, I couldn't stay in that room with no windows!  My insides would be screaming, "Get me outta here!"  

But it sounds like you will be spending most of your time outside listening to music...lucky you.  It's cold, gray, rainy and miserable here in NE.  I'd die for a small ray of sun. Looks like Mother Nature is finally making us pay the bill for such a beautiful winter and early spring. 

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Silverspoon wrote:

 Ohhhh, I couldn't stay in that room with no windows!  My insides would be screaming, "Get me outta here!"  

But it sounds like you will be spending most of your time outside listening to music...lucky you.  It's cold, gray, rainy and miserable here in NE.  I'd die for a small ray of sun. Looks like Mother Nature is finally making us pay the bill for such a beautiful winter and early spring. 

I am with you. The one thing I truly enjoy most from my getaways is the scenery, looking out the windows. I am that guest who keeps the shades and curtains open to look out from bed or a chair and watch the sun as it comes up! or to spy wildlife outside the window in the wee hours.

Spealing of wildlife the two ospreys are on their nest right now at our lake:

http://brfal.blogspot.com/2012/03/osprey-cam-at-smith-mountain-lake-state.html

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Is the fire exit surrounded by doilies?

 

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Doilies with an escape route. Sounds like an episode from King of Queens.  

I think even those B&B's now operating in old jails have windows...bars on them, yes, but windows.

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Agreed! Nobody has ever been killed by a doily. Surely there are some guests who have pitched a fit to change rooms after seeing this one. It's a nice size: 13' x 13', plus large bath. Luckily, 13 is a lucky number, isn't it?

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The doilies wouldn't bother me as much as no windows.

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