History of How We Got Here
We purchased Haley Farm from Mr. Harley in 1993. We moved up from Northern Virginia (Springfield VA was our last address) to get away from the rat race, traffic and noise and to see if we enjoyed rural tranquility. It was definitely the right move.
We have made a number of changes to the B&B, from redecorating with purchases from our travels around the world, to adding suites and landscaping and even a 3 bedroom lakefront cottage. The sauna and spa were built in 2003 and our guests love the massages, herbal wraps, facials and reflexology treatments that we offer.
Wayne: Wayne is a WestPoint graduate. He had served for over 26 years in the U.S. military before retiring in 1987. He had two tours of Vietnam as an Advisor and became an expert on NATO. He was stationed in Germany for twelve years prior to returning to the Pentagon in 1979 as a Lt. Colonel. Wayne loved teaching and was fortunate to teach German at WestPoint for a few years and Government at Garrett College in our local community here.
Kam: (full name Kamlesh) was born in India and moved to England when she was seven. Most of her education was in the UK (London University and St. Andrews in Scotland) where she was trained as an economist. She moved to the Washington area in 1979 where she met Wayne and they were married in 1982. Kam started working for the World Bank in 1980 and also on her Ph.D. in Economics at George Washington University. She left the Bank in 1993 when the family moved to Garrett County. We had always intended for the B&B to evolve into a Retreat Center offering wellness and health retreats.
We are finally realizing this dream. Haley returned to Garrett County in 2014 after studying in California, Seattle and Boston. She has a Masters Degree in Nutrition, a Personal Trainers License, and a Wellness Coach License. In addition to the retreats she teaches Yoga, bootcamps, belly-dancing and she makes wonderful nutritious wholesome food. You should check out the ReFresh Retreats. We are even making a Ninja Style Obstacle course to accomodate her passions.
Wayne and Kam both used to teach at Garrett College when they first moved to the area in 1993. They also hosted a weekly TV show called “Garrett County Forum” which dealt with local and national political issues for over two years. The TV show was a great excuse to invite Congressmen, Senators, Mayors etc. over to chat and discuss local and national issues. Kam wants to revive the TV shows one day and call them “Food for Thought” incorporating her passion for cooking and politics. In the meantime you can watch her on YouTube. Look for “Cooking with Kam” and you will see some of the recipes we used to cook at the B&B. We tried to operate as a vacation rental in 2015, but really it was too impersonal. So now we are back to being an Inn and making fabulous food and enjoying getting to know our guests over breakfast.
We hired full time innkeepers in 2000 allowing us more time to pursue our passions. Wayne’s loves were fishing, golf and gardening. He planted numerous fruit trees and berry bushes over the years on the farm, and we have been rewarded with the best tasting, organic fruits (such as plums, nectarines, strawberries, apples, and Asian pears). We love sharing the bounty of the farm with our guests and encourage them to pick fresh corn and fruit when in season and take it home to enjoy. Wayne did stock the pond with lots of fish but the coy seem to have taken over the pond. Look for my mermaid near the pond!
Wayne died in January 2003, and we miss him desperately. We can still feel his presence when we eat the delicious fruit from the trees he planted.