Ten years ago we discovered the Miller Tree Inn for the first time. I can distinctly remember standing in the middle of Country Clover staring through the open window thinking, “I could do this whole bed and breakfast thing one day.” As of April 15th, “one day” is finally here.
Over the years The Miller Tree Inn has become a staple not only in my life but in my husband, Trent’s, as well. Our journey began with weekend trips that quickly turned into bartering open rooms in the winter months for work around the inn doing odd projects and leveraging our skillsets to help as needed. During that time, we fell in love with a little cottage next door to the inn, and Bill and Susan introduced us to the owners. We decided to remodel the cottage for the owners in exchange for rent – and it was a handshake deal that led to some of the best moments of our lives.
As we remodeled the cottage, Bill and Susan, who had become family to us, hosted us at the Miller Tree. We couldn’t even begin to repay them for their kindness – a roof over our heads, warm meals cooked by Susan, and lots of support as we commuted from Seattle every weekend to begin building our dream.
The MTI is home to us. We’ve enjoyed every single room in the inn – including the ones that are no longer in service, and likely never will be again – and we’re pretty sure we’ve enjoyed every single breakfast recipe Susan has ever made. We’ve met guests from all over the world and forged friendships that span states and even country’s borders.
The inn and the cottage were both built by the same family – a part of the Peterson homestead – and there’s something beautiful about reuniting these properties. From countless incredible stories about this original Forks family to Stephenie Meyer writing a book that changed the course of the Miller Tree forever, the MTI holds a special place in so many hearts – ours included. What we feel is beyond gratitude, but to say that we feel grateful will have to suffice. The support that so many of you have already shown us reminds us of the very reason we fell in love with the MTI in the first place.
So, as we embark on this journey, we would like to thank each of you – without your love and support for the Miller Tree over the years, we wouldn’t be here today ready to embark on our biggest adventure yet. We’ve only been at this for a couple of weeks, but we’ve already hosted incredible folks from across the country who have been nothing short of gracious, kind, and encouraging.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the Miller Tree Inn and following in the footsteps of those who came before us. Come see us – there’s always a place for you around our table. We can’t wait to see you.
Mary Beth & Trent