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Automation, Computers, Self-Service

July 2nd, 2014 by Paul Cowell

Paul-Cowell-Whitestone-InnkeeperIt seems that today there is an app for everything. Computers, phones, traffic and security cameras, preform function that humans once did.

I get voice directions for a voice on my phone or OnStar. I ask Google questions about almost anything. Siri and I are only on a best friend basis when I’m uncertain about plumbing parts; She can send me a picture to my iPhone for clarification. A couple renewed their vows in Whitestone’s Chapel with their pastor. He was Skyped in from Florida. Pictures of a rash are sent to the doctor. Shopping is increasingly done online.

You can order at a restaurant without talking to a waitress – just use an iPad on the table. You can check into hotels with codes sent to your smartphone. If you do call for service questions, you likely get a call center in Bangalore, India. Calls to most businesses will connect you with automated options and often none fit your question. The only checkout line open at the grocery store is “self-service”.

I feel some resistance to all this elimination of significant human interaction. Maybe it’s just generational – I’m old and don’t change easily. I enjoy the benefits of smartphones and computers. I order books for my Kindle.

But at Whitestone, real people answer the phone. Nice young people will wait on you at your table. We will take you to your room and explain the individual HVAC controls and show you how the spa tub works. I will check on you at breakfast and dinner.

Never underestimate the value of interaction with your fellow humans. It’s a part of why Whitestone is “A Sanctuary For The Soul”.

Y’all come. We will talk to you.


4th of July Buffet – 2014

June 30th, 2014 by Paul Cowell



4th of July Buffet

  • 7:00 pm
  • $26.95 Adults
    Children 6-12 1/2 price
    Children 5 & under Free
  • Reservations Required:


  • The Whitestone Singers
    Performing while guests dine at our 4th of July Buffet


  • View the spectacular Kingston Fireworks from the yard of our innkeeper’s home. You get to enjoy the show without fighting the traffic and crowd in town.

4th of July Buffet Menu


  • BBQ Ribs with Sauce on the Side
  • Bone in Chicken with Peach BBQ Sauce
  • Fried Catfish Strips
  • Shrimp Cocktail


  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Baked Beans with Bourbon & Brown Sugar
  • Country Green Beans with Ham Hocks
  • Creamed Corn
  • Fried Okra
  • Parmesan Risotto
  • Dill Potato Salad
  • Apple Coleslaw


  • Apple Pie
  • Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Whitestone Delight Pie

Salad Bar

  • Mixed Greens
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Bell Peppers
  • Black Olives
  • Banana Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Cheddar
  • Parmesan
  • Bacon Bits
  • Ranch
  • Thousand Island
  • Raspberry Vinegarette
  • Italian Dressing

Carriage Rides at Whitestone Country Inn

June 23rd, 2014 by Paul Cowell


For 15 years beautiful horses have pulled our white carriage on tours around Whitestone Country Inn. They deliver brides to the chapel. Sometimes the brides exit the chapel or the heart-shaped gas-lit marble courtyard in the carriage.

Several times every week couples choose a romantic 30 minute carriage ride around the property. It’s a great anniversary extra! Today Michael & Valerie Stephens enjoyed a carriage ride to celebrate their 12th anniversary. Michael asked Valerie to marry him in that same carriage (different horse) in 2000.

The horses’ names are “Mama” and “Puppy.” Mama, the big black Percheron, is the mother of the big red mare – hence the name “Puppy.” Mama is 10 years old and Puppy is 4. Puppy was born at Whitestone and is the friendlier of the two. Guests often feed her apples and carrots out of their hands. These mares are each about 22 hands high and weigh over 2,000 pounds.

If they never did any work but just stood in the pasture, I would keep them. They make great “ornaments” in the field.

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