- Created: Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:53
If you have been to Garland’s in recent years you have probably been greeted by the smiling faces of Megann Dastrup and Taylor Swain, the husband and wife team that are running Garland’s and doing it well. Recently, Megann talked about Garland’s from her unique perspective. After all, nobody knows the ins and outs of Garland’s like one of the managers.
Megann understands that Garland’s does things differently than most lodges and resorts. Their committed staff, beautiful grounds, cozy cabins and delicious meals are all part of the magical mixture that has kept Garland’s a family tradition for years. While guests may come looking for different levels of relaxation, Garland’s presents opportunities for guests to interact and build relationships with one another. “The majority of the guests that come up here to see their friends year after year have met through vacation stays and catch up when they see each other each season. There’s a large contingency that comes up to interact with others, and another subset where people like to just come up and decompress, relax, and savor the peace and quiet. There is a sense of camaraderie here and we foster that by sitting guests with other guests, especially with our informal tea time where guests can chat and socialize with one another.”
When you stay at Garland’s you get to stay in one of sixteen cozy cabins and are treated to a filling breakfast, afternoon tea and an extravagant four course meal each night. While the dining experience captures most of the attention and press write ups, the overall experience and atmosphere is why most guests return to Garland’s year after year. “Dining guests the limelight and it is a huge component of what we do. But a lot of our guests come to us for the rusticity and the quiet of coming to Garland’s. They get to stay in rustic accommodations and really experience peace and quiet.”
As soon as you cross the creek and pull up to the main lodge, you instantly unplug. There’s no cell service so you can completely leave social media, email and work obligations behind. It is an immediate signal that lets you know that it is time for relaxation. Guests feel at home when they come to Garland’s, they come back each season for the comfort and familiarity of Garland’s. The staff makes relaxing stays at Garland’s possible. From the staff that leads dinner service, to the people that clean the cabins and the individuals that maintain the gardens and grounds, Garland’s wouldn’t be same without their amazing staff. “The employees really care and make this place what it is. A lot of our staff has been here for years. There are three brothers and their spouses that all work here and they’ve been working here for over 20 years! Our orchardist & gardener have been here for 30 years. We do have newer employees, Taylor and I have been here for 5, which isn’t as long as some of our other employees. A lot of hotels and lodges have a lot of turnover, but we are lucky to have staff that wants to work here year after year. Plus our guests look forward to seeing the same staff one season after the other, guests get to see familiar faces year after year.”
Megann realizes how lucky she is to work and live in such a beautiful place. “One of my favorite things about living here and being on premises is how beautiful and manicured the grounds are yet how wild it is. There is a balance between the beautiful comfort of the cabins and well maintained grounds, and the rugged, wild surroundings. We are very different than a hotel: we get flash floods, bears and encounters with other wild animals. When people come here, they get nice accommodations but they can also experience the wild in whatever way they want to experience the wild.”
Garland’s truly offers an experience unlike any other. The cabins are simple, cozy and intimate. The meals are hearty and fresh. When you go to Garland’s you take in the fresh air and forget about your everyday cares. It’s a perfect place to unwind, relax and get in touch with nature. The caring and committed staff is there to help make your stay the best it can be. Megann and Taylor manage the property with a smile and welcome all guests with open arms. So what are you waiting for? Book a stay at Garland’s this season.