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If It's Not One Thing, It's Another

By January 29, 2013

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Blue Moon FarmYou might think this is a post about the trials and tribulations of daily inn operations, but it's not! (Don't worry they'll be plenty of those.) It's a post about the way an Inn may start out as one thing and turn into something else entirely.

I was reminded of the changeable nature of inns by a recent back and forth with Susan Eidam of Blue Moon Farm. When she and her husband bought their property in Tennessee, they had plans to open a multi-room bed and breakfast. What they wound up with, however, was one single, solitary and very-much-in-demand cottage that suits their goals and aspirations as innkeepers nicely.

Even if you don't have the luxury to build an inn from scratch, it's important to be open to the idea of change. You might think you're going to buy an inn and institute a nightly sign-along around the piano, only to find that your guests like going to their rooms early. Or you might have dreams of a formal breakfast service, when in fact, the people who come to your inn prefer a more casual environment. Fortunately, as innkeepers, we usually get instant feedback from our guests, so it's pretty easy to change and experiment on the fly.

One thing both innkeepers and guests alike are sure to enjoy is this week's recipe. As we get ready for Valentine's Day, I'll be publishing a new innkeeper breakfast recipe every week that features -- what else? -- chocolate! This week we have scrumptious Mocha Latte Pancakes with Ricotta Cream & Mocha Syrup that'll wake you up not because of the cocoa they contain, but due to the infusion of espresso throughout the ingredients. It's like having your morning coffee and breakfast in one dish! Enjoy ...


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