We’re chuffed to bits! 
 
And it’s all thanks to our lovely guests who take the time and trouble to write a review about their stay with us. 
 
On Trip Advisor, we’re now #15 out of #155 accommodation providers here in Whitby. 
 
Which means, if our maths is correct, we’re in the top 10%! 
 
As you know, we welcome people into our lovely home and we work our socks off with regards to our family business. 
 
So when we get great news like this, we’re totally delighted. 
 
Whatever’s this? How did February come round so quickly? 
 
Yet like us, you’ll probably have heaved a sigh of relief when you said ‘goodbye’ to January, with the weather we've seen! 
 
February not only includes Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year (16th February), it also encompasses Half Term. Riviera Guesthouse has a rescue remedy to help soothe away the stress of school-free time! 
 
Here are a few suggestions from us to help keep everyone entertained this half term … 
 
Valentine’s Day … this loved-up date is fast approaching (FYI - Wednesday 14th February!) Today, even the family pet can receive a Valentine’s card, with or without a bow-drawing cherub on the front! Yet how did this heart-shaped tradition even begin? 
 
Research suggests there were numerous Christian martyrs named Valentine; one story describes how Saint Valentine was a priest of Rome who was imprisoned for sheltering Christians, who were being persecuted at the time. 
 
And it is thought the first written association of ‘love’ with Valentine’s Day was penned by none other than Geoffrey Chaucer in 1382 when the eponymous writer noted ‘how every bird chooses his mate’ around the middle of February. 
 
OK, so although we were desperate for a sunshine holiday, Zed & I had put off going abroad with our 4 year old (Zak) and our 1 year old (Aniya). We thought we would rather be covered with honey and hung beneath a bee hive before enduring being in a 5ft x 2ft enclosure for hours upon end with our little ‘angels’. 
 
A couple of months ago, we decided to throw caution to the wind and booked to go to the Cape Verde Islands (a 6 hour flight), which we returned from last week. 
 
This year marks the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s first Pacific voyage that weighed anchor in 1768. 
 
A local lad, Captain Cook went on to circumnavigate the globe from west to east, so you could say he made the ultimate ‘voyage and return’! 
 
And along the same theme, we’re looking forward to the return of our regular guests, rather like watching out for the returning swallows each summer – we are always delighted to see them! 
 
New Year’s Resolutions ... Riviera Style 
 
Yawn … another reminder about New Year’s Resolutions … boring, or what? Well, here at the Riviera Guesthouse, we’ve come up with six interesting resolutions that are fun and are ones you are more likely to stick to! Read on ... 
 
Eat more fish … 
Particularly here in Whitby. Local fishing boats brave the North Sea to bring us great fish and seafood. So whether you like it battered, steamed or fried, get tucking in! 
 
Expand your mind … 
Our heritage here in Whitby is loudly celebrated, with Whitby Museum, Whitby Abbey, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum and other attractions focusing on our town’s fascinating past. 
 
Get some more R&R … 
Have you checked out our ‘What’s On’ guide? We update this several times a week and list all the main events that take place in our town. You might want to enjoy a tea dance, take in a film or watch some great musical artistes. 
 
It's the BIGGIE! 
 
Returning to its rightful close-to-Halloween dates, Whitby Goth Weekend (WGW for short) transforms Whitby on 27th, 28th and 29th October 2017. 
 
These dates also coincide with half term for many, so it’s a spookily great time to embrace Whitby and experience this world-renowned event. 
 
This year’s line-up includes top music acts such as Theatre of Hate and The Membranes on Friday, and Fuzzbox and Massive Ego on Saturday.  
 
These bands are all performing at the Whitby Spa Pavilion on the town’s West Cliff (right opposite the Riviera). 
 
Looking for a Getaway at a Great Price? 
 
We all see the flashy advertising for OTAs - that’s online travel agents to you and me! 
 
People are very Internet savvy nowadays and are always looking for ‘the cheapest deal’ and tend to think the ‘grass is greener’ on portal websites that list millions of hotels or guesthouses. 
 
Yet perhaps what folks don’t realise is that you will ALWAYS get a cheaper rate direct with the Riviera.  
 
This is because it cuts out the ‘middle men’ who take a slice of the proceeds too. 
 
With two young children and an elegant guesthouse to run in a beautiful Yorkshire Coastal town, we like to think we have one of the best jobs in the world. 
 
Every morning, when we draw back the curtains, we see the sparkling sea, hear the cry of the seagulls and see the fishing boats leaving or returning to the safety of the harbour. 
 
Yet running a guesthouse and running it well isn’t without its challenges … From replacing a broken cup, to a mix-up with the laundry, to investigating the reason for water coming through the ceiling, these little bumps along the way can be a daily occurrence. When the alarm wakes us up to when our heads hit the pillow as the evening pulls in, we are on the go...! Well actually, lets be honest we haven't set an alarm clock in nearly 4 years (could it be a coincidence that our eldest is nearly 4!). 
 
 
 
If you enjoy your morning kippers, then you are partaking of a very historic tradition here in Whitby! In times past, fishermen and women went through a great deal to help bring this iconic food to the table ... 
 
So … What Are The ‘Silver Darlings’? 
 
Kippers are the smoked version of the herring, an oily, silvery fish that once shoaled in vast numbers along our North Sea coastline. 
 
The silver darlings, as the herring were often referred to, swam along our coasts in the late summer and into autumn, with the Scottish (and some English) fishing boats in their wake. 
 
Herring Girls 
 
And it wasn’t only fishing vessels that followed the fish. The herring girls, as they were known, followed the menfolk from their homes, travelling right down the East Coast by rail and on foot. In the time of photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe and through to the Edwardian era, this pelagic fish was plentiful.