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house, they would often stop the car and get out to take pictures of the view. Jenn would run out and invite them in. “Oh no,” they would say, “This is someone’s house!” “Yes. It is my house. Come in and get the good shot. Would you like a cup of tea?” So it began. Word began to spread about this nice woman opening a bed and breakfast with the great views of the cloud forest. Hidden Canopy opened unofficially in December of 2008 with only two treehouses and one room in the main house. By the time the hotel opened officially in July, all four treehouses were open. They’ve run practically full ever since. Jenn’s even opened two more guest rooms in the main house and is building another treehouse. Jenn not only offers a unique place to stay but also impeccable service unrivaled in the area. It was evident in the way she personally took my breakfast order or booked my tour with one of the two guides who are on call specifically for her, that serving her clients comes first. She believes in taking care of people and it brings her joy. I witnessed Jenn rallying the community to help care for an ailing friend. Even though I had only known her a few days, I got the distinct impression she would have done the same for me. That’s just the kind of person she is. Jenn’s service makes Hidden Canopy unlike any hotel. Recently, she discovered it was the birthday of a 15-year-old boy staying at the hotel with his parents. Her staff baked a special birthday cake and she had all the clients sing to him. When he and his family were out for the day, they filled his room with balloons and streamers. This idea of above and beyond service has trickled into the daily workings of the staff as well. The boys carry the laundry up the hill for the girls while the girls cook lunch for the boys. They’ve learned how to work together to provide the best environment and experiences not only for the guests but also for each other. Jenn is currently building her 54 BLEEP

fifth treehouse, which she hopes will accommodate larger families and she already has visions of a spa on property as an alternative activity on rainy days. I walked with her as she explained her plan, showing me where the Jacuzzi and yoga house will be. “How about a two story massage house there so that you get a massage overlooking the cloud forest?” Jenn mused, her excitement infectious. Even though the other four treehouses are complete, she keeps tweaking them to make them better. To Jenn, Hidden Canopy will always be a work in progress. I can see myself traveling to Hidden Canopy again and again. There’s an atmosphere of excited anticipation that surrounds my thoughts of returning. Will I see toucans fly from the picture windows in the main house? Will the white-faced monkeys come up to the treehouses and throw the patio furniture around? What changes will Jenn make while we’re gone? While I don’t have the answer to these questions, I do know this: when I go back, I will feel like I’m coming home.

BLEEP Magazine 207  

BLEEP's August issue features Well-Strung, Company XIV, the art of Nicole Rubendall and many other talented people who are making a mark in...

BLEEP Magazine 207  

BLEEP's August issue features Well-Strung, Company XIV, the art of Nicole Rubendall and many other talented people who are making a mark in...