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...
Thursday October 31, 2013
I was recently asked by a reader what things I would incorporate into a B&B if I was building one from scratch.
For me, the division between personal life and work life is very important when you own an inn, so I'd ensure that I had a clear distinction between my own quarters and the areas of the inn guests could enjoy. At my inn, we had lovely quarters with one fatal flaw -- no kitchen. So when we were making our dinner, guests would poke their head in to ask what we were having. If I wanted a late-night snack and was already wearing my sleep clothes, I always worried that if ran down to the kitchen, I'd run into a guest not looking very "innkeeperly." Read More...
Monday September 30, 2013
Ah fall. It's the perfect time to visit an inn and curl up on the front porch with a good book -- maybe even a book about a B&B! Some inns even sell or give away books for free, so you can leave it up to chance and choose your novel when you get there.
As you're considering an inn for your autumn getaway -- be it for your family or for a romantic jaunt -- be sure to check out this list of three of them that give back to charity, or this article that'll tell you how to stay at a B&B for free! If you're on the West coast, a getaway to Portland offers hundreds of inns to choose from and that's exactly why it makes our list of one of the best B&B towns in Oregon. Wherever you go, I hope the air is crisp and cool and that you get plenty of rest!
Wednesday August 28, 2013
If you're thinking about opening a bed and breakfast, one of the things you'll want to keep in mind is seasonality. My inn was located in an area of the country the drew leaf peepers in Autumn. That was great for business, but not so great for me because Autumn happens to be my favorite time of the month, and I missed plenty of them! If you find that you're a summer person, you might want to consider buying your inn somewhere that lets you get away to beach B&B yourself for a week or two in the warm months (Key West might be a good idea!). If winter's your thing, consider a B&B that slows down in January and February. Then again, there's always a B&B you can just drive off in so you can be wherever, whenever you want!
As for my own summer, I had the chance to visit with the lovely folks at the Inn At Meander Plantation in Virginia's Wine Country. I also moved myself to Asheville, North Carolina which reminded me of a great inn with a labyrinth I once stayed at: Wintersun. Speaking of Labyrinths, I also had the chance to correspond with the new owners of a brand-new inn in Maine called Winding Way. As they build their business, they might want to employ some of the strategies I've laid out in these this article (see part II here) about using Facebook to enhance occupancy. If anyone's got any other ideas, do let us know!
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