During the first week of January 2012, we hosted a family of four from Sydney, Australia who selected our area for skiing, nearness to Niagara Falls, Amish proximity and accessibility to Native American sites.They did not rent a vehicle so we arranged for liveried transport from Buffalo airport to the Falls and on to the Inn. Here, we arranged transport for sking (it was to be Cockaign orginally but ended up being at Holiday Valley). Our guide, Carol Lorenc, took them through Amish country and to the Senaca Museum. From Hostetler's Gift and Quilt shop they purchased four quilts and three quillos (I loaned them one of my late husband's huge suitcases from his world travels to get their purchases home). I also cooked an Amish style meal for them. My daughter and I are invited to Sydney to collect the suitcase and see one of my bucket list destinations, the Sydney Opera House!
A second Austrialan family came the following week (it was their summer and it was hot and dry at home). They helped Mr. Hostetler at the Quilt Shop locate another place on his map! They also had come through Niagara Falls from Canada (Vancoucer BC) and liked to stay in B&Bs.
The last week of March an Italian couple from Como, northern Italy registered on-line while visiting family in Toronto, Canada. They came across the border in a Canadian rental van with Italian driving licenses and were delayed at the border for one and one-half hours. They came on to the Inn on a very dark rainy night and must have thought they were going to the ends of the earth arriving here at nine oclock. They also came to visit Amish. They shopped at the Hostetler's Gift and Quilt shop and visited the Empire Livestock Auction directed by Mr. Hostetler. Since I served Amish rolls and jams for breakfast, they weny on to visit Malinda's Candy Shop on Youngs Road. Before leaving, they invited me to visit them at their home on Lake Como when I visit the Northern Italian Lake District with a Syracuse Univerity Alumni Group next month. It's a small world radiating from our local Amish community.