Friday February 28, 2014
I must need a vacation because this month I covered a lot of towns in my ongoing B&B Kinda Towns series! There's Jackson, Sonoma (part II), Denver (Part II), and Leavenworth (part II). I'd take a week in any of them after being snowbound on the east coast for the last few months! And of course, I'd take my trusty dog Lucie along with us and stay at a pet-friendly B&B. That's Lucie up top. She loves the snow!
Friday January 31, 2014
Sure the New Year's a great time for looking forward, but there's a lot of reflection that goes on during this time of the year. That's why it was the perfect time to feature an innkeeper's reminiscences about how she came to be the owner of a delightful B&B in the cool green hills of Jamaica (part II here). As I was looking back over our experiences owning and running our own B&B with my wife, we remembered plenty of the good. But we also remembered one particular challenge: the constant need to make small talk no matter how talked out we might have felt. That's what gave birth to her guest column this month about how innkeepers can keep their conversations with guests energized and flowing smoothly (see part II here).
Finally, we're in a deep freeze like much of the country here in the mountains of North Carolina, so a destination like Santa Fe (part II) or Charleston (part II) sounds pretty good about now.
Something else I like to do when the weather gets cold is EAT! Which is why I can't wait to make a loaf of the Coconut Pumpkin Bread Cloe Tuttle was so kind to share with all of us this month.
See you at the inn!
Tuesday December 31, 2013
Happy New Year to you! 2013 was certainly a busy year here on the About.com B&B site with about 40 new articles written including reviews of inns, information about starting and running your own B&B, and B&B destination stories like St. Petersburg (part II), Kauai (part II), and St. Louis (part II). We even got to cover five things that guests do that drive their innkeepers crazy (with part II here)! I'm looking forward to lots more coverage from the B&B world in 2014. Don't forget to drop me an email at email@example.com if you have something you'd like to see covered or even if you're interested in writing a guest post. See you at the inn!
Photo: Courtesy Paul Wilkinson (EEPaul), Flickr
Saturday November 30, 2013
When I asked my fellow innkeepers about the things they'd incorporate into a B&B if they could create an inn from scratch, the response was overwhelming and led to my first four-part article (I, II, III and IV) on this site! Although we all love our inns, having the chance to start from scratch and incorporate all the things that would make life easier in a very demanding profession is just too tempting a topic on which to not spend some serious day-dream time.
Speaking of making things easier, I did some reflecting over the holiday weekend (always a busy time at B&Bs) about the aspects of dealing Read More...