Sunday, December 20th, 2009
Reading ‘The Good Life’ by Helen & Scott Nearing’s Sixty Years of Sufficient Living. They left Manhattan in search of ‘Good Life’ they chose to be in Vermont “We decided in favor of the north-east, for various reasons. Aesthetically, we enjoyed the procession of the seasons. In any other part of the country we would have missed the perpetual surprises and delights to which New England weather treats its devotees; the snow piled high in winter and the black and white coloring from December to March; the long lingering spring with its hesitant burgeoning into green; the gorgeous burst of of summer beauty combined with cool nights; and the crisp snap of autumn with its sudden flare of color in the most beautiful of all the seasons. The land that has four well-defined seasons cannot lack beauty, or pall with monotony. Physically, we believe the changing weather cycle is good for health and adds a zest to life. We even enjoy the buffeting that comes with extreme winter cold. Geographically, we found New England in closer contact with the Old World, from which we did not with to sever connections.”
It all speaks right from the bottom of my heart. Precisely for all those reasons I chose to set up the Kismet Inn in Bath, Maine.
Friday, December 4th, 2009
At Kismet Inn bed and breakfast I believe “New day. Another chance to try it all again. To get it right. To move forward without looking back. To be tolerant. To listen. To be kind. To find balance. To be grateful.”
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
Kismet Inn Bed and Breakfast Spa is a Sanctuary of Silence. There are no t.v., radio, total silence in an absolutely warm, beautiful setting. The bathrooms with Japanese style deep soaking tubs, radiant heat floors, some with pebble rock floors and radiant heat floors massaging your feet, steam units, the bedrooms have custom made beds with high quality mattresses, the food is completely organic and delicious. If you are looking for a non- commercial place, want to be away from commercial life, Kismet Inn has exactly that to offer.
At Kismet Inn Bed and Breakfast offerings are done in such a way that you have ample time to rest, reflect upon life, its beauty, serenity and silence. The hospitality is unsurpassed, there is no regimentation, no set time for breakfast, dinner, everything is served and customized specifially for you. Just You.
Friday, November 27th, 2009
If you want your skin to look healthy and radiant, exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation removes the top layer of dead epidermis cells which makes your skin appear smoother and less wrinkled. Just for that here at the Kismet Inn Bed and Breakfast Spa, we offer a unique form of body exfoliation which is offered only in three places in the entire North America, in Manhattan, New York, Vancouver, Canada and here at the Kismet Inn Bed and Breakfast Spa.
This body exfoliation is done thoroughly and slowly, a bathing and cleansing ritual performed all over the continent of Asia from Japan and China in the Far East to Turkey in the West. This signature body exfoliation is called Kiseh Keshee or exfoliation. To To this day, this beauty and cleansing ritual is practiced in Turkish hamams and indeed in the finest beauty spas and health retreats the world over.
This traditiional Old World body Scrubbing ritual takes place in your own bathroom. After soaking in our deep Japanese Style soaking tubs which are big enough for 2-4 people or steaming in the steam showers for about 20 minutes to open up the pores of the skin, a therapists will come scrub the entire body, i.e., the neck area, the legs, the back, the arms with kiseh using a traditional exfoliant. Following the body the face will also be exfoliated with the just exfoliant and finally the feet with pumice. Dead skin comes off in long rolls leaving skin deeply cleansed. Once the scrubbing is done you are left to wash your hair and body with soap & shampoo. The exfoliation gets rid of all the dead skin accumulated for years leaving you with a soft skin and feeling light. You keep the cloth, the exfoliant and the pumice.
This process has to be done in a timely manor you cannot rush it, one can enjoy soaking from half hour to couple of hours. Since it is done in a steamy room the body gets dehydrated so lots of ice cold water or sour cherry juice is brought to you to stop the dehydration. Once this exfoliation and washing is done there are soft Turkish Cotton bathrobes to wear and relax in your room. Once relaxed you apply almond oil to the body to keep the skin soft.
As final part of our Signature Eastern Body Exfoliation you will be served fine aromatic brewed tea with confections and pastry made at Kismet Inn, in your room.
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
The body exfoliation at the Kismet Inn bed and breakfast spa is an old cleansing involving a long and thorough process. The bathrooms at the inn are designed for this purpose. The process involves a long soak in either the soaking tubs which are custom made with tile, radiant heat floor or in the steam units. This is necessary so the skin pores open to allow better exfoliation. Here is a video by Michael Palin at a Turkish Bath in Istanbul – it shows how the process of cleanliness.