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Gluten Free 101

Feb 21

The following is a lecture I prepared for our annual state innkeeper association meeting next week. I thought the overview was worth sharing. It’s geared toward innkeepers, but may be of use to others as well. Gluten Free 101 What is gluten? Gluten is a protein in wheat, rye, barley and oats (more on this). […]

10 Years, 10 Meals

Feb 9

This weekend marks our 10th anniversary here at Chestnut Street Inn. We can’t believe how quickly the last 10 years has blown by. We have had so much fun and have made so many great friends over the years that we wanted to do something special to commemorate the special occasion. We all know that […]

Getting to Know Your Innkeeper: Jeff Sudakov

Nov 28

Part 2 of our Getting to Know Your Innkeeper: Jeff Sudakov. Jeff is the husband of Chef Monika and her partner in crime. Here is a little insight into Mr. Monika (so dubbed by Paula Sands) and some of his history. 1) Where are you from? I am from California. The beach comber, Southern Cal in flip […]

Top Ten

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]