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Oct 31

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is nearing it’s conclusion. It has been an amazing year and what is most amazing is that it signals the fact that we have been in business for 10 years!!! Hard to believe that 10 years has gone by! So much of it is a blur. I was thinking […]

Pros and Cons of Working From Home

Oct 22

Jeff has often joked with guests that we are retired because we don’t punch a clock or report to an employer anymore, although I remind him that he does in fact report to me but that’s another matter altogether. While it is a funny joke, it’s partially true and partially false. There are many pros […]

Do’s and Don’ts of Staying at a Bed and Breakfast

Oct 12

Staying at a bed and breakfast is a completely unique experience to any other type of lodging. Each property is individual, each innkeeper, and, of course, each guest is special. Part of what makes the bed and breakfast experience so appealing to those who love to frequent them is the fact that they are so […]

Allergies and Dietary Restrictions

Oct 7

Allergies and dietary restrictions are becoming the norm these days. It seems that virtually every reservation I get someone in the party has some kind of special dietary request. Other than asking details and knowing exactly what cannot be consumed, I don’t often question the person about their knowledge of the allergy or dietary restriction, […]

Location, Location, Location

Sep 30

Location, Location, Location. This is the first thing that every book on becoming an innkeeper discusses. When you are looking at opening a bed and breakfast they always say location is key. Whether you are located in an obvious tourist destination or are located in a college town, having built in clientele is usually key […]

Food as Art

Sep 21

Cooking for me is an expression of my creativity. I view food as art. The plate is a blank canvass. The ingredients are my paint. Every dish is an opportunity to create a masterpiece. The only difference between what I do and what a painter does is that my art also has to taste good. […]

The Schizophrenic World of Food and Body Image

Sep 14

The title says it all, “The Schizophrenic World of Food and Body Image.” This blog post is personal and deeply important to me. Yesterday I was checking Facebook the way I always do, and as is usual, my feed was filled with the usual news, cats, Celine Dion and pictures of food. But it was […]

The Reality of Innkeeping

Sep 2

So many people tell us that their dream is to own a bed and breakfast. They fantasize about the fun with guests, having an amazing historic home, getting the chance to cook for others and getting paid to work from home. But the reality of innkeeping is so much more than this fantasy and I […]

The Hundred Foot Journey

Aug 21

I’m not typically one to write movie reviews, but last night I had the great pleasure of seeing the movie “The Hundred Foot Journey,” which is based upon the novel by the same name written by Richard C. Morais and stars Helen Mirren, and to say it was fantastic would be an understatement. It was […]

Happy International Charlie Trotter Day

Aug 17

Happy International Charlie Trotter Day! For those of you who don’t know who he is, Charlie Trotter was a legendary chef who owned a world renowned restaurant in Chicago which he closed in 2012, just prior to passing away on November 5, 2013 from complications due to a stroke. He was one of the first […]