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Here at the Combsberry Inn in Oxford, MD, we are just suckers for a good love story. If you remember, back in January we held our second annual Tell Us Your Love Story! contest and we got a lot of great submissions!

Our winner, Julie Simms Day, sent in this heartwarming submission:

This is for the love story contest….I believe our love story is very special. We met because our boys had become friends in school. After getting to know each other,we realized, not only did we live a few houses away from each other, we both had very similar past experiences, we had the same morals and values, and we both have a deep love of Ireland. I had been divorced for 5 years, and said I would never date again. I had given up on love, and didn’t believe there was anyone out there who was honest, loyal, kind and as crazy about his kids, as I was about my son. smile emoticon Then one day, this sweet gentleman, who had become my dear friend, asked me out on a date. I was shocked, but I broke my “no dating rule” and went out with him for the first time since my divorce. And that night was the start of our beautiful love story. This lovely man is sweet, thoughtful, caring, gentle, hysterically funny and a dream come true. We have put our children first, and have taken things slowly to make sure they are comfortable with the idea of us being together. Between 4 children, 2 houses and both of us working full time, we cherish every moment we have together. We are growing a beautiful bond between both families. I never thought anyone could care for me and my son the way he does, and I thank God for him every day. – Julie Simms Day

Well, this past weekend, Julie and Jack came to stay with us and enjoy a relaxing, well-deserved weekend away. We can tell they thoroughly enjoyed themselves, because they sent us the sweetest note:

Dearest Ann,
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the lovely weekend spent at your Inn. It was simply perfect! We had such a relaxing and enjoyable weekend, and it could not have been better! The Inn and the grounds are so beautiful. We had a great time exploring the grounds and taking the canoe out on the water, and the Carriage House was just wonderful. We so enjoyed our time in the house. The bed and the pillows were the most comfortable I have ever slept in. I meant to check the name of the pillows, because I wanted to buy them for home. The Carriage House was spacious and had every comfort of home. You thought of everything, and it was so nice. We loved sitting on the porch watching the water, and snuggling by the fire at night in the living room. Thank you for leaving the fresh flowers and drinks in the fridge. We enjoyed them as well. I can’t forget the delicious breakfasts that you served both mornings. They were fantastic- you are an excellent chef.

But most of all, thank you for your kindness, for choosing us to be your love story winners this year, and allowing us to stay all weekend at the Inn. It was really special for us to be able to escape for a couple days, and just be together in your beautiful surroundings. You are such a warm, gracious host and we will always remember and appreciate your kindness and generosity. Thank you for creating such special memories for us both.

Till we meet again,
Julie and Jack

Nothing makes us happier than happy guests and we are so glad that we could allow Julie and Jack to have some alone time.

Have you stayed with us at the Inn recently? Send us a note! We love hearing from happy guests.

During our off-season from November to March, the Cottage and Carriage House will be available for rent with a 20% off discount to accommodate for a temporary absence of breakfast.

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