Sometimes, when you wish upon a star ....you actually meet one :)
You cant miss this lady's dynamic smile and fun personality! Deb loves farming and lives just a stone throw from Chimney Hill Estate Inn. The stars aligned, we collide and a whole new universe at Chimney Hill Estate was created.
"Passion" is Deb's middle name! She is up early and digs into her work, growing delicious veggies and amazing flowers. The bounty is so large at Deb's home farm that she goes about the local town and donates for those who will delight in eating those fresh garden yummies, but cannot afford to buy them. Her tomato sauce is amazing!
We are so lucky that Deb has joined us at Chimney Hill Estate to rejuvenate our lovely green house with beautiful flowers and herbs! We will use all our herbs for our delicious breakfasts too!
Sand Castle Vineyards - Tasting at the Vineyard Castle!
Did you ever wish you could just plan a day where you could relax, tour some wonderful winery's or breweries and leave the driving to someone else?
Well we have the perfect answer to that wish! Tasting and Tours Winery and Brewery Tasting are amazingly offerd at a very reasonable price and will pick up and deliver you right back at Chimney Hill Estate Inn- you need not even move your vehicle!
The packages are complete with tours, sampling and a delicious lunch. This can make a perfect weekend adventure while leaving the planning and driving to the experts.
Linda and Glen the owners of Tasting and Tours are very sweet and personable folks that know the are vineyards well and make it their passion to be very charming, hospitable and please their guests. You will feel like you are traveling with friends.
The Tour can be customized to tour your chosen winery's. You can make a fun event out of this by inviting some friends along. Celebrate an anniversary or birthday, it's just a great idea!
Fall foliage is just around the corner, so don't wait to make your plans! It is a glorious time of year to tour the Bucks County Countryside.
If you need help in making your plans just give me a call and I will help you :) 800-211-4667
The Artist Visions Film Festival of Lambertville was a wonderful -Wine Tasting and Architecture Tour success! We really enjoy the crowd that came to Chimney Hill Estate for the Architectural Tour and afterward joined us in the Carriage for an hour of exceptional Jazz by Carol Hefflner.
The day was amazing and many of the attending guests were friends of Chimney Hill Estate Inn. This always feels nice when folks you know what to take the time to travel back to support and enjoy an afternoon together.
We had some excellent imported cheeses paired with a delicious selection of Reds and White wines from Walkers Wines of Lambertville. The Micro Greens were donated by Blue Acres Farms in Buckinghan a wonderful family organic farm!
We are hoping to start a calender of small fun events for our Chimney Hill Estate friends and offer more often something different and unique on weekends.
Keep watching for some additional info to come you way.
Enjoy your day!
Terry and Rich
We are very excited to participate in the Artists Visions Film Festival this weekend! Sara Scully - Program Producer of the Acme Screen Room in Lambertville is an amazing lady who has inspired many of us to take a look at what we are missing by not opening our minds and communities to the array of new films and their producers.
Chimney hill Estate will offer a Tour featuring Margaret Spencer Estate home - in addition after the tour we invite you to a wonderful Jazz session with Carol Heffner , along with some delicious wine and cheese tasting in our Estate Carriage House!
The Tour and Wine -Cheese tasing are free- we ask only for a small donation for the Acme Screen Room project.
Please come out for a visit! We would love to entertain you all!
Terry and Rich
ARTIST VISIONS FILM FESTIVAL will celebrate the creative visions of filmmakers from Hunterdon-Bucks County and beyond by featuring outdoor film screenings and live music on the river in the Lambertville Station parking lot (rain location: ACME Screening Room), a video installation in the center of town on the Wachovia Bank building, a local student film festival at the ACME Screening Room, a “Visual-Treasure Hunt” in town and City-wide events at galleries and shops. The Festival will also feature a nightclub style party on Saturday, July 24th, at the Rago Arts building, with the Lambertville-based band Jac: a six-piece Latin-European inspired indy-rock/folk ensemble.
OUTDOOR FILMS & LIVE MUSIC: Outdoor films will be screened at sundown in the beautiful riverside parking lot at the Inn at Lambertville Station, Thursday night and Saturday night. The Saturday night outdoor show will be a family night starting with a performance of The Bugs of Blackwood,by Piccirillo Sciencetelling (http://www.piccirillo.org/) and a screening of the critically acclaimed animated film, The Iron Giant. Friday night of the festival in the riverside parking lot the band Chris Harford and the Band of Changes accompanied by members from the band WEEN will play before and during the fireworks over the Delaware River. Sunday night the High Hearts band will play in the riverside parking lot . In case of rain, outdoor films and live music will be presented indoors at the ACME Screening Room.
Come Join us for a fun and informative weekend of film!
visit the Film Festival website for the schedule of events and ticket information ;
It's true! We love our Alpacas and Llamas!
I knew when we first moved into Chimney Hill Estate that one day.....someday, I would become a farmer. It was there, in the air and the beauty of this estate were the number of farm buildings still waiting for the life to return.
Alpacas and llamas just really appeared to be my niche.
I just fell in love with these fuzzy animals from the moment I saw their faces. So with some conversation and determination I approached Rich and he agreed that an Alpaca Llama Breeding Farm in New Jersey on the Delaware River would be a perfect addition to our farm and lifestyle concepts.
Alpacas and Llamas are great partners. They are cousins and our Llamas.
Pazlie and Dolly were raised with Alpacas, so they really think they are Alpacas too! They help and baby sit and protect. What a wonderful combination of energies!
This is a great photo of Dolly Llama beign watchful over Coco and her new born cria. They are just great friends and will try to help care for the others crais when Mom is busy foaring. To see how they enjoy life at the farm is fun. Our guests just love to meet them and watch them play together!
I remember when I was just a tot how the summer holidays were so very exciting - Fireworks - Sparklers - Cracker Balls! Such fun after the sun would go down! You and your best summer friends watching the bright colors in the sky! It felt like summer would go on forever.
Well this summer, get ready to come out for a fun Friday night filled with fireworks and late night activities on the river! It is delightful to watch folks gather on the Lambertville-New Hope Bridge and see their eyes filled with delight as the count down begins and the first fire flares launch up into the night sky bursting into colors. The crowds clap and scream with childish delight, young and not so young alike!
After the firework display is finished everyone heads for an ice cream/ Starbucks or a late night drink at a local out door pub to finish the night talking and enjoying the summer delight of staying connected with friends and neighbors.
This weekend we spend Friday with our friends watching the Fire works on the bridge! the crowd was bigger than usual and eveyone found some place to park and somewhere to view the display. All went perfect and the crowds were delighted.
Make a plan to visit us during the summer and take a trip our on Friday night to see the wonder of fireworks and how they make you feel so young again! You won't be disappointed.
FRIDAY NIGHT FIREWORKS displays over the wonderful !
Everyone has been waiting for the News! Coco has had her baby alpaca (Cria) and it's a BOY!
What a beautiful little alpaca! Well, now we need a name. And we always ask our guests to send us suggestions!
This little guy is very bright and cute. He jumps and runs super fast, loves his mom , Coco and is very curious.
I hope you all come out for a visit and see him before he grows up. Baby alpacas are adorable and very lively. They can get the whole herd in an uprise with their jumping playful ways.
This new born Alpaca will stay with mom Coco for around 1 year. I let the mom decide when is best to wean. The cria usually does better and is less stressed that way.
Once he is weaned we will move him into a juniors herd sires pen where hes will learn how to wrestle and get along with others his are and size.
After about a year we will consider placing him into the Males Pen where he will definitely have to be able to take care of himself!
But for now he will frollic and play joyfully as a tot :)
The beauty of a couple in love. All their friends and family can see the glowing of love and happiness expressed in the their commitment to each other.
A simple yet complete affair - the Chimney Hill Estate Intimate Wedding;
It is for those who wish to have a very private and small Wedding. Just enough family and friends to make the day extraordinary and memorable.
Jennifer and Michael are a memorable couple. When they first arrived at Chimney Hill Estate to discuss their wedding plans it was very obvious that they were gushing with love and adoration for each other. I just loved their expression of commitment and how they were so kind and loving through out the entire planning phase.
Both shared in choosing the perfect wedding commitment/vows including very special symbols of love such as Irises to be used as expression of their love and commitment for each other.
Theri Families were excited and we had a perfect day for a Garden Wedding. Afterwards we took fun and formal photos and then gathered into the Carriage House to begin the celebration.
First a toast and then fablous hor'dourves provided by friends of Michael and Jennifers from the Blue Bottle Cafe http://thebluebottlecafe.com/ in Pennington. Rory and Aaron are very good friends with Michael and Jennifer and actually provided their service personally for the Intimate Wedding!
Everyone had a perfect day and we just loved hosting this wonderful wedding!
We love having Intimate Weddings at our Estate. And we wish Jennifer and Michael the best life has to offer!
Our Gardens are very old and part of the beauty of the estate property. We have a great number of colorful Peonies and Irises each Spring . The come out in a variety of colors and they are just magnificent! We love to see them every day and just enjoy each new flower blooming! Exciting!!
Irises are plentiful too! Mostly in the color of purple and shades of lavender.
The Spring flower season at Chimney Hill in Lambertville is some what short and so it is a time when our guests really want to be here and take those amazing photos to share.
The Bowman's Hill Wild Flower Preserve is a great place to visit if you are looking for something indigenous to the area of Bucks County countryside. The spring is a wonderful time to host a family retreat or reunion! Lots of fun things to do in Lambertville and New Hope. Great shopping at the Peddlers Village Outlets in Lahaska Pa.
There is also an really nice Iris Farm outside Lambertville in West Amwell, just a few minutes away off Rt 518. It is a great place to pick out a few new Iris varietals that you may be wishing for in your garden for next spring season.
Remember that Peonies and Irises are a Deer Resistant Plant and you can enjoy their beauty with out the fear of your visiting deer population eating them before you get to enjoy them.
There is always something special happening in the spring garden. Come out for a visit and bring your camera! I am using my large After the Rain Pink peonies as my screen saver!
What an inspiration!
Rich and I were in a completely different lifestyle when we discovered that Bed & Breakfasts existed. Every time we went to a new B&B we found an inspiration and feeling of renewal. Not really sure what this chemistry was about, we started playing a few interesting soul searching exercises; just really trying to find out what was starting to bubble up inside us about these heartfelt experiences.
Both Rich and I had worked hard in our professions. I had held untraditional positions; Merchant Marine sailing abroad Exxon Oil Tankers US Fleet and then had just completing 12 year career as a PetroChemical Firefighter in the Largest East Coast Exxon Refinery ( tough job). Emergency Response Training Inc. was my first business started in 1990. ERT Inc. was the first woman owned fire emergency business in NJ, possibly in the entire US.
Rich , a Crisis Manager for Merck & Co.traveled internationally. He had an amazing career and loved his work with a passion. We are both passionate personalities. I found that to be a good trait for owning -operating your own business. You need to get up every day , pack your own lunch and plan to climb the mountain, rain or shine, if you want to succeed.
We are both self motivated people. But I can cook and multi task better hahaha!
Rich and I had many experiences with travel abroad. But always enjoyed the privacy, intimacy and unique characteristics of the smaller, unique properties we visited.
Our hearts were leading us and we began to question that maybe a "lifestyle business" could offer the changes and possibilities we were searching for.
One evening we took a trip to the Bucks County Playhouse. While watching a wonderful production, it was during our intermission that we discovered in the playbill a Bed and Breakfast course offering and a suggested book on owning and operating a Bed and Breakfast. After a few wines we started to talk B&B and the why's we should do this. PS: I read the Bed and Breakfast book and did not believe a word of the requirements - guess I was on auto Idiot :-/
Rich has always had the attitude the "we had better mess up our own lives rather than to wait for some one else to do it for us"! Or the famous Blues Brother's " we are on a mission from God"! Laugh, but we felt there is no better mission than to offer a place so special that one can recover their love and passion for each other and life itself.
After touring the Hunterdon County countryside, there on an October evening in the sunset we arrived at Chimney Hill Farm. What a miraculous moment! The home glowed in the colorful rays, the feeling was true love at first sight. We just stopped in for a brief "hello" and left thinking we had fell in love and now what will we do?