A Luxury Country Inn - Umbria

Renoir’s “Onions”

Knowing about my art history background, one of the most common questions guests ask me is “what is your favorite painting?”  They are clearly expecting me to name one of the great Italian masters, perhaps a Botticelli or Leonardo or Raphael.  I have always answered that I loved too many to simply name just one.  Last year, a guest insisted, …


It’s Time to Pause…continued – Part 2

 …to reminisce, to indulge more fully than was possible at the time, in the delicious afterglow of so many happy memories of 2017. More than making New Year resolutions, I like to take a look back on the past year to remember, to put in perspective, to fully understand, to appreciate, to reflect…and to be grateful!  I especially like to …


Kelli Folsom & Monte Thompson

  Meet the Artist Series                                  Kelli Folsom “I believe in beauty. I hope that you see the beauty that I see and experience the excitement that I feel through every energetic brushstroke. I hope that my paintings open you up to a whole new …


A new Painting by Barbara Fluty

Inspired by the general ambiance of the near-by Umbrian hill towns and by so many of the picturesque details, from her own photo taken while visiting Spello, Barbara just finished this remarkable…and ever-so charming 24″x 30″ oil painting: to learn more about Barbara’s art or to inquire about any particular painting featured in my last blog post, do feel free …


Meet the Artist Series – Introducing Barbara Fluty

Barbara Fluty Barbara was a guest at Genius Loci recently as a participant in our Artist in Residence Kelli Folsom’s Oil Painting Workshop (please stay tuned to learn more about Kelli in this same Meet the Artist series!) enjoying en plein air dining along with en plein air painting  I had the pleasure of perusing her photographic gallery of paintings …


May 2016 View from Genius Loci Country Inn

10th Anniversary Celebration

As Genius Loci celebrates its 10th season, I have enjoyed pouring through old photographs and am so very pleased to share visual moments of and some thoughts from this amazing adventure. Even with our clear vision for an inviting inn, anchored in but not limited to, Umbrian tradition (its rural setting,  antique building materials, architectural details, no-fuss furnishings, and colors), reaching our …


A Medieval Festival in Bevagna

  June is a magical month at Genius Loci:  we are surrounded by endless fields of stately, majestic sunflowers, the days are long with balmy evenings…and just down the road, Bevagna is alive and abuzz with one of Italy’s most highly acclaimed and marvelous festivals.  Il Mercato delle Gaite runs for 10 days in the second half of June. This period …


A March favorite

  Early to mid-March is the much-anticipated beginning of artichoke season – the “mamme” as they are called in Tuscany or the”cimaroli” as they are called in Umbria:  the  very first, central, round-with-no-choke artichoke of the plants. While there are many delicious ways to cook these delicacies, one of our favorites is a simple version, taking advantage of the super-sweet …