“I DIDN’T WANT THE FUNNY STORIES TO BE FORGOTTEN”: OCEAN GROVE INN OWNERS PUBLISH MEMOIR
Owners of the historic Lillagaard Inn, in Ocean Grove, can now add “authors” to their long and varied resumes.
Dick and Jane Wehr, have just independently published a insightful memoir “Spend a Night with Dick and Jane: It’s the Inn Thing to Do.” The paperback is a lighthearted look back at their years spent as Bed and Breakfast owners.
“There are so many funny and interesting stories that we have witnessed at the Lillagaard and I didn’t want them to be forgotten,” said Dick Wehr. “Other stories focus on the many celebrities who have graced the inn with their presence, including ‘John-Boy Walton’ a Princess and a world-renowned jockey.”
Chapter 6 is my favorite. Reinforcing the fact that the Wehrs really have seen everything – domestic squabbles, eccentric personalities – over the years, the Wehrs share a story about a couple who left handcuffs attached to their guestroom headboard.
In addition to memories, the Wehrs detail sage advice to prospective inn owners. The last chapter, “To B&B or Not to B&B” discusses the benefits and drawbacks of owning an inn. Hint – storage is always an issue and being a handyman is a nice plus.
The love the Wehrs have for their 10,000 square foot inn, which has expanded to include a traditional English tearoom, emanates through every page of this great beach read.
“Spend a Night with Dick and Jane” is available on Amazon and at the inn (5 Abbot Avenue, Ocean Grove. 732.988.1216)
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