Visited for a night. Arrived late at 9:00 so missed dinner. Host visited with me at bar while other guests finished their after dinner conversation elsewhere before joining us at the bar. Most of us were up till three telling tales, some quite tall, and jokes, some quite bad and some quite good, around the bar while enjoying the host's home brewed beverages.
Is the host eccentric? Hello! Seventeen years ago he left a job as a meteorologist and converted a church to a Viking Hall and since then has earned his living hosting Viking evenings. You pull a chain and provide a password to gain entry. The Viking Inn experience wouldn't exist if he were not.
Is the Host's humor "insensitive"? He didn't seem that way to me. He has plenty of candle power and several of his puns went by unnoticed. He was diplomatic at times when the need arose. But the evening I was there the other guests were up for anything and nothing seemed off limits to the host or other guests. If a packers fan were present, folks might have exercised their discretion and not told packer jokes. On the other hand, they may not have exercised their discretion and told packer jokes. If you are a packer fan and get offended being the butt of the jokes, this may not be your horn of mead. Same comment applies for at least two meanings of "packer". Political correctness didn't seem relevant the night I was there.
Is the host egotistical? Didn't seem that way to me. He is a host, so has to keep the evening rolling and also has to keep it from derailing from it's own momentum. Tough balance. Almost got a hint as the evening's conversation turned to religion but at that point the host retired leaving us in the company of his co-host. There was some suspicion that he may be an atheist. Had he stayed with us and been intolerant of the expressions of faith by others that evening, the we would know him to egotistical regarding religion. But he retired, so I can't answer the question. But even if he were, or if he hollars at guests who are inconsiderate of the Inn, that would just be part of the entire Viking Inn package. You don't go to the owner operated Viking Inn expecting it to have the policies of the corporate owned Holiday Inn.
I had fun. Know some who would have been offended by much of the humor. When I hang with those folks I enjoy their type of humor. When I'm not with them I enjoy humor that would offend them. Understanding and abiding by the distinction works for me and works for them. Combining the two could lead to trouble so I don't.
Can't speak to whether the Viking Inn's limits are set by the host based upon his assessment of the folks in attendance or whether the same limits, or lack thereof, applies at all times.
Everyone who came up from dinner spoke highly of it.
- Also Known As:
- Nordic Inn Medieval Hotel Crosby
- Nordic Inn Medieval b&b