A Luxury Country Inn - Umbria

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 …


Wild Asparagus and Shrimp Pasta

Like most of the locals, we forage for the treats of the season or for specialties when we travel.  Maurizio goes repeatedly into the woods next to Genius Loci in March-April to pick the delicious wild asparagus, freezing copious amounts for use throughout the year.  While there are many great uses (omelette, bruschetta topping, risotto, in a light tomato sauce …


A New Year’s Eve Day Surprise

  Snow is rare and has gone missing for several years.  High temperatures below 32° F are front-page news…but a near whiteout with freezing winds is unheard of!  Unlike our little Virgola, let’s hope the olive flies have no winter sweaters! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR FRIENDS OF GENIUS LOCI


Crimson and Gold 2014…the Photos Just Keep Coming

  the Sagrantino vineyard during Crimson and Gold at Genius Loci Crimson and Golders left us and this raging riot of red and gold a month ago today! The Mighty Ten Nevertheless, there is hardly a day that I don’t receive an email from one or another of this happy group…with photos attached.  They say, “an unforgettable time at Genius …


Crimson and Gold at Genius Loci – November 7-14, 2014

Meet the Mighty Ten Crimson and Golders 2014:  (from the left – Michelle, Dan, Deb, Lynette, Lou, Julie, Mark, David, Jolie and Becky)                celebrating a very special day with prosecco at breakfast            the romance of  ”roasting chestnuts on an open fire…”               …


Jolie Gordon – Photographer

Jolie Gordon – a new member of the Genius Loci family                courtesy of Julie Thomas                                    Jolie Gordon – a new member of the Genius Loci family “Art is the expression or application of human creative skill …


Today’s Pick of Tomatoes and Flowers

Can you smell “the scents from heaven” of freshly picked basil, our own garlic and our sweet/ripe thin-skinned tomatoes as they unhurriedly bubble together on the stove to become pappa al pomodoro for dinner tonight? Behind (because I don’t find the tall plants attractive) the house above, I planted six dahlias for cut flowers in the colors most suited to grace the …