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Never Trust a Skinny Chef

Jul 27

Never Trust a Skinny Chef. How many times have you heard this one? Well I think it’s nonsense. I can’t tell you how frequently guests jokingly say this to me and I always chuckle but in the back of my mind think the stereotype is extraordinarily ridiculous. Historically speaking, yes, there were a lot of […]

Life Lessons Learned Through Innkeeping

Jul 15

We have been innkeepers for going on almost ten years now, which is as mind boggling to me as to any of our repeat guests who have been coming to see us for that long. One of the things that has emerged over these last ten years are the life lessons learned through innkeeping. There […]

Children and Inns

Jul 5

Children and inns is a subject that is very sensitive to many, and one that every innkeeper has to delicately address, factoring in the ambiance they are trying to achieve with their property and the potential benefit/loss ratio of either allowing kids or not allowing kids. For the record, I don’t know of an innkeeper […]

Pet Friendly Debate

Jun 4

Among inns and innkeepers there is constantly a pet friendly debate going on. More and more properties are opening themselves up to guests who like to travel with their furrbabies. It’s good marketing and has a good built in clientele. But, there are also a lot of folks who are allergic to pets and unable […]

It’s a Small World After All

May 30

You never know who is going to walk through the front door when you run a bed and breakfast. One of the most rewarding parts of being an innkeeper is the relationships we form with our guests and the conversations we have with them over breakfast. We meet thousands of interesting people a year. Some […]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chestnut Street Inn

May 25

So last weekend a funny thing happened on the way to Chestnut Street Inn. Pretty much all of Bureau County and half of central Illinois got paid a visit by this Limoosine. It was quite a sight. I think it may have been the most exciting thing to happen in Sheffield in a while. Certainly […]

If Jeff Won the Masters Championship What Would He Eat?

Apr 8

If Jeff won the Masters Championship what would he eat? That’s a big IF since he isn’t a professional golfer, although he LOVES golf. It is his favorite hobby and he lives for the big tournament weeks when the TV is glued to the Golf Channel for nonstop coverage. Today is the annual Champions dinner […]

Spring Has Sprung!!!

Mar 20

Happy first day of spring!!! While I cannot say that spring has sprung quite yet with the long winter we have been having, I sure am anticipating some of the first bounty of the spring. Some of my favorite vegetables come with this season. Here are a few of them and a few suggestions on […]

The Value of Membership

Mar 7

Many innkeepers ask me what the value of membership is to the state bed and breakfast association or other professional associations for that matter. While each bed and breakfast is entirely unique and has completely unique needs, there are some universally common values that every bed and breakfast can gain from these memberships. We just […]

Jack Of All Trades: The Many Jobs of an Innkeeper

Jan 10

2014 has begun for us here at the Chestnut Street Inn with a myriad of projects, about 3 pages single space to be exact. As we have been plugging away at these projects it dawned on me that to say that you are an “innkeeper” by trade is perhaps an over simplification. The actual job […]