Lazy by Christoph Nieman for the New York Times
After reviewing my 2007 resolutions for 2008 (and not keeping many of those), I decided on only one New Year’s resolution for 2008: Press the “publish” button of this Blog more often and quicker. Well thus far I didn’t keep even that simple resolution: Hahaha there are over 50 posts in “statu nascendi” (in simple English: in “Draft” status). I didn’t even bother to give predictions for 2008.
And then, yesterday, I came across this funny story: All Nothing, All the Time from The New York Times writer Neil Genzlinger, mainly a Theater, Film and Television reviewer. He describes five places where you can excel in doing nothing:
- THE INN AT LAKE JOSEPH, 162 Saint Joseph Road, Forestburgh, N.Y.; (845) 791-9506; 15 rooms, $200 to $405.
- ECCE BED AND BREAKFAST, 19 Silverfish Road, Barryville, N.Y.; (845) 557-8562; five rooms, $150 to $285.
- RIVER RUN BED AND BREAKFAST, 882 Main Street, Fleischmanns, N.Y.; 845-254-4884; nine rooms, $89 to $169.
- GLASBERN COUNTRY INN, 2141 Pack House Road, Fogelsville, Pa.; (610) 285-4723; 35 rooms, $145 to $460.
- SWISS WOODS BED AND BREAKFAST, 500 Blantz Road, Lititz, Pa.; (800) 594-8018; seven rooms, $150 to $205.
Why did I post this?
Firstly: it is a brilliant story.
Secondly: I was inspired by a couple of my own guests, who I just said “Bye Bye ” to after having seen them spending a romantic getaway…yes you guess…doing nothing: No laptop, no mobile phones, no blackberries, no PDA’s…They took their own Ipod and loads and loads of chips, cookies, marshes, M&M’s and other chocolate bars…They loved it…and so did I seeing them enjoy themselves.
Thirdly. This was not the first time we have hotel guests doing nothing. Moreover sometimes we go away from our hotel to do nothing just to recuperate from a period of hard working. However I never realized it can be a great art and also a great marketing tool/promotion. Why not promote your place as excellent for doing nothing?
And Finally: I believe Doing Nothing could become a huge trend in 2008.
There should be those B&B’s and Inns in Europe as well. Any suggestions from my dear readers?