Once again, our seaside town will be transformed ready for Whitby Goth Weekend (WGW for short) 27th to 29th April 2018. 
 
We’ve blogged about this before, yet it’s such a fabulous event, we couldn’t resist putting our fingers to the keyboard once again. 
 
We know how Whitby has inspired perhaps the best-known gothically-inpsired author of them all, Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula. We see the dramatic, dark ruins of Whitby Abbey everyday, an imposing sight against the great Yorkshire sky and one which undoubtedly inpsired him to write his most famous work. 
 
Whitby also is home to many tales of ghosts and ghouls, so all in all, our town is the perfect place to hold WGW, which was first held in 1994. 
 
 
Lights, camera, action! 
 
It’s the star of the show, none other than the beautiful Yorkshire Coast. No touch ups or special effects required for our neck of the woods when the film crews frame up for their next feature. 
 
The most recent visit from Hollywood captured ‘on celluloid’ is from Phantom Thread, which thrust the Whitby area into the global spotlight with the help of none other than Oscar winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis. The film received an Oscar gong for Best Costume Design, which, if you’ve seen the movie, is thoroughly well deserved. 
 
Phantom Thread has starring roles for Robin Hood’s Bay (pictured), Staithes, Ravenscar, Lythe and Grosmont Station, all within easy reach from us here at the Riviera. 
 
So we’ve endured a long, cold Winter so far. 
 
Dark mornings, dark evenings, and short daylight hours. 
 
It’s safe to say we’re all waiting with baited breath for Spring to arrive! 
 
And while the first meteorological day of Spring was 1st of March, the Vernal (or Spring) Equinox ‘feels’ more like the new season has arrived, and this year occurs on 20th March. 
 
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. 
 
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! 
 
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. 
 
Whitby Regatta … its very name conjures up billowing white sails, crowded quays and spectacular firework displays! 
 
This year’s event - Friday 18th, Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th and Monday 21st August - marks 177 years of aquatic-related entertainment. 
 
Possibly the oldest of its kind on the northeast coast, Whitby Regatta is always a huge crowd-puller for the town. 
 
Yet ... how did this iconic event even begin? Keep reading! ...