Innkeeping

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Secret to Successful Innkeeping – Avoid Burnout

Feb 13

One of the most common questions we get is how do we stay so chipper with guests and always seem to be having fun. The secret to successful innkeeping – avoid burnout. ┬áIf there is any one thing besides what amenities, sheets, towels or any other item I can suggest to new innkeepers it is […]

The Secret To Working With Your Spouse

Jan 28

Guests often ask us what the secret to working with your spouse is. They usually chuckle and say they’d likely kill each other if they had to be together 24/7/365. While I don’t believe that, I do believe that not all couples can in fact tolerate working together. This doesn’t say anything about the strength […]

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 […]