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December 07, 2016
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Breakfast in Bed with James Manning House Bed & Breakfast

Mary Greene

As the realization to a dream of having a bed and breakfast, Janet and Warren, both retired teachers from the Wayne County school system, purchased the property in 2005. They’d lived in the Bethany neighborhood since 1978, in a log house in Bethany Heights “less than one mile (as the crow flies)” from the James Manning House. The pair named the b and b after its original owner to honor “the history of the early settlers and fine builders of the county.” The house underwent several years of intense renovation and, Janet says, “in 2009, we were honored with an Historic Preservation Award by the Wayne County Historical Society for the adaptive reuse of the James Manning House.”
Visitors to the b and b can take advantage of the many cultural features of the region, including the boutique shopping, eateries and galleries in Honesdale. The borough of Honesdale is the birthplace of the American railroad, and history abounds. The borough has festivals throughout the year, including the Roots & Rythym Music & Arts festival in June. Situated in the Poconos and near the Catskills, there are plenty of places to delight the adventurer as well, with hiking, biking, boating, fishing and horseback riding.
What is most important to James Manning House hosts Janet and Warren? “Making sure our guests are comfortable and have all the things they need, which is, of course, just natural to our hospitality. Living in an area rich with a culture including barns with hex signs, farmers’ markets and ‘gut essen’’ (or ‘good eating’), we cook simple, tasty food and we welcome guests of all types in our home.”