Saturday, February 26, 2011

Professional Innkeeping

 Is being a professional Innkeeper different when you own your Bed and Breakfast or Inn? Can you become a professional Innkeeper if you never owned a Bed and Breakfast? This is a question that many people ponder about this wonderful profession that seems to be one of many that you kind of "acquire" experience as you go along. We are Innkeepers for hire, this is a concept that some people that are in the industry seem to think is "second class", but its a necessity nonetheless for both the owner of the Inn and the Innkeeper for hire.

My husband and I owned a wonderful Bed and Breakfast in West Virginia for four years, but alas it succumbed to the economy in 2009. Because we loved the profession so much and we were pretty much empty nesters and we did have Innkeeping experience decided to put ourselves out in the market. We placed several ads in many venues on the web inquiring about Innkeeping positions, we submitted many resumes, spoke with owners all over the country over the phone and in 2010 we got our first job in a town in Arkansas named Helena. Magnolia Hill Bed and Breakfast is a grand Victorian that has 8 rooms and is 7,200 feet of space; we have about 500-1,00 of those feet with living quarters of a bedroom and den but can use the rest of the house if we want to specially if we have no guests. We are responsible for all aspects of the Inn from housekeeping to small repairs to cooking breakfast. We also go to the farmer's market to put my baking goods specially homemade breads. We have two cats Ozzy and Abbott that keep us company and a large Victorian Garden that we can meander through. We also belong to the church down the street which has the original owners of the house on a glass stained window and the church was one of the first in Helena.

This is a wonderful lifestyle and we look forward next year to take care of an Inn anywhere in the U.S. We have submitted our resumes to many Inns and Bed and Breakfast from the Florida Keys to Utah. We are open to caretaking and resorts as well and have experience in both. Hiring an Innkeeper to take care of not only your investment but also your reputation and guests is important to both the owner and innkeeper-for hire.
Susana and Jon
Interim and long term Innkeeping

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