When my wife and I took our first "How To Be An Innkeeper" workshop in Cape May, New Jersey, there were a lot of lectures given over the course of three days. But the one that always sticks out was the innkeeper who described needing to go and sit in her car with her husband when the two of them needed to have a fight. Her point was that innkeeping as a couple certainly has its challenges and the concepts of private time and personal space are nearly non-existent.
We were always grateful to this innkeeper for sharing this very honest part of the profession because forewarned is forearmed. Fortunately, Diane and I aren't big fighters, so we never quite had to retreat to the car, but there were certainly some tense hours during our tenure at the inn.
As I found out this week though, it's not only married innkeepers who have their challenges, single innkeepers have it tough too. But, just like innkeeping duos, there are certain rewards to be gained from going it alone, as you can read in my recent interview with Vikki Woods from the Iron Mountain Inn.
And, speaking of all this couples versus singles stuff, if you're thinking of getting hitched, you might also want to take a look at this piece that examines some important things to keep in mind when having a wedding at a bed and breakfast.