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20 Questions with Douglas and Robert

Ever wonder if we'd rather be a reverse-centaur or a reverse-merman?  Curious about what we do when we're not with our guests? 

Here's a list of 20 Questions that might (or might not...) help you to know the innkeepers better.

1. How do you spend your ‘down time'?

Robert: Knitting, for sure! We take walks every day regardless of the weather. And skiing - we both love the winter and that's a great way to enjoy it!

Douglas: In my downtime I like to be outside in nature, sewing and watching movies.

2. Best part of being an innkeeper?
R: Love being able to spend so much time together with Douglas. That was a big reason we decided to open our own business. Also, it's great knowing that our guests have chosen us to be part of their story and allow us to become part of theirs.
D: Getting to create an escape for people and make them feel taken care of.
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Rainbow Steps

3. Outside of Galena, what is your favorite thing you've done within driving distance?
R: For the summer, tubing down the Grant River in Wisconsin, for winter skiing in Wausau, WI.
D: Skiing at Granite Peak
4. What is your favorite color?
R: Usually blue, something in the darker blue variety.
D: Purple, has been since I was a kid
5. Favorite TV show?
R: Black Mirror

D: Hands down, the Golden Girls!

6. What do you want to learn more about?
R: Eastern philosophy
D: I would love to learn the art of making stained glass

7. Favorite piece of clothing - past or present?
R: Anything handmade!
D: I've had many but most of them are handmade items by people I love. I currently can't wait to wear my new sweater Robert has made me all winter long!
8. What is your ‘go-to' music?
R: That's always changing! Right now, Late Night People by Goldfish
D: Music with happy good vibes, right now its Cuz I Love You by Lizzo or Labrinth, Sia & Diplo presents LSD
9. Who inspires you to be better?
R: Douglas does. He's one of the few people I admire, respect, and look up to.
D: Robert! He is so in tune with everything and never settles for less than the best in everything he does!
10. If your childhood had a smell, what would it be?

R: My grandma's house, specifically her kitchen or the way the sheets smelled when I would stay the night in the summertime.
D: Snicker-doodles in all of their vanilla & cinnamon-y goodness
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Grettir Sweater
11. Hang gliding or white water rafting?
R: Do I have to choose? For a solo activity: Hang gliding. For a group: white water rafting.
D: Hang gliding, seems so much more peaceful and free
12. What is a little thing that makes your day better?
R: The coffee and toast that Douglas always has ready for me when I come down in the morning.
D: The humor I find in our cats.
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13. What is your favorite season?
R: Winter by far although I enjoy all the seasons when they stay in their place on the calendar.
D: Winter is best but they all have their own beauty
14. Would you rather never have a paper cut again or never have a popcorn hull stuck in your teeth again?
R: Since I'm not very prone to paper cuts, I'd say no more popcorn hulls!
15. What did you want to be when you were young?
R: A butler, a garbage man, an astronaut, and a pilot...you guess which one(s) actually materialized!
D: An artist or a homemaker... check and check!

16. What is the best book you've read?
R: Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
D: All of the Harry Potter series. I have read them all multiple times and take away something new each time.

17. Would you rather ride around on a giraffe or a donkey?
R: Giraffe
D: Never thought of riding one, but would love to meet a giraffe. I've always found a kinship to them because of their height!
18. Would you rather be telepathic or telekinetic?
R: Telekinetic
D: Telekinetic, too scary to really know what people are thinking
19. Would you rather be a reverse-centaur or a reverse-merman?
R: That's a tough one, but I'll go for reverse-centaur.
D: Centaur...
20. Would you rather be a bowling champ or a curling champ?
R: Curling. Without a doubt.
D: Bowling because I still don't understand what curling is...

We'd love to get to know you and for you to find out more about us - we hope to see you soon!
Robert and Douglas, Innkeepers

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