Chestnut Street Inn

Spice Up Your New Year

Jan 8

A new year mean’s new resolutions. Often these include eating better and losing weight. One of the easiest and most effective ways to do this is to incorporate more spices into your cooking. Here are my top spice tips to help you spice up your new year: 1) Make sure your spices are fresh. Spices should be […]

Getting to Know Your Innkeeper: The Mascot-Couscous

Dec 4

For our final installment of Getting to Know Your Innkeeper: The Mascot-Couscous, we are going to introduce you to our furry feline assistant who incidentally won the Employee of the Year for 2014 by popular vote, much to my husbands dismay. We assembled a few questions for the little man to answer for you. Without […]

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 […]

Getting to Know Your Innkeeper: Monika Sudakov

Nov 23

Getting to Know Your Innkeeper: Monika Sudakov We thought it would be fun to do a couple of blog posts introducing our two innkeepers. Many people are afraid to stay at a bed and breakfast because they don’t like the idea of staying with strangers. Well, how about if you are introduced to the innkeepers […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]