Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Innkeeping is not for wimps!

Your innkeeper at The Claiborne House B&B in Virginia http://www.claibornehouse.net/
Things they never told you about being an innkeeper
When people are thinking of taking their first steps toward innkeeping, many around them are quick to give advice. They will warn of the toil involved, the strength of character and the stamina that are needed, the long hours... But however much warning is given, one is always quick to disregard it and shrug one's shoulders because really, how hard can it be?

After years of innkeeping, we have seen hundreds come and go, many who lose it all in the transaction, from marriages to financial ruin; eager at the start but quickly disenchanted and just as eager to get out. But you cannot just walk away, the investment is too large. Only a small percentage of people who walk into the world of innkeeping stay there once faced with this harsh environment.

Below is a list that I compiled of all the realities of day to day life as an innkeeper, based on my own experiences (and here). This is AFTER you own the inn, not the process leading up to it!

What you can expect from making a living as an innkeeper:
1.                You'll must almost always have a smile on your face, to welcome guests who are happily on vacation (even when exhausted, sick or worse).
2.                You'll always meet new people but have few friendships, because your social life deteriorates into non-existence.

Friday, March 22, 2013

So, What Do Innkeepers Do For Fun in Oregon?

Learn to brew beer, of course!
Sandlake Country Inn Innkeeper Ron Emineth at U-Brew Portland

Every now and then, your innkeepers have a night off and we love to play tourist! That's how we know what to recommend to our guests. Besides, we need a little fun now and then! 

Yesterday, we took a 1 1/2 hour beautiful drive to Portland, Oregon where we went to Portland U-Brew & Pub. With their expert help, we brewed some grapefruit IPA. In about 3 weeks we'll be able to go back and bottle the beer and take it back to our bed and breakfast, Sandlake Country Inn. How fun will it be to share our brew with some guests! In fact, if it goes well, we're going to create our own beer recipe, label it and sell it here at our bed and breakfast. How does Sandlake Country Ale sound?!

Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

And you think we're kidding?

You know where to find us.

So what do Innkeepers do for fun?

While all innkeepers feel our work IS fun there are times when we just need to get away for the day.  So what do we do?  Well this innkeeper likes to play tourist in our own town...and beyond.  Scooping out some neat places for our guests to visit while here.
Monday was a perfect day to play hooky....  Here are some photos of places we went, things we did and where we recommend you go when visiting our part of the planet.
A New Orleans Courtyard - "Streetcar Named Desire"

One of the many Artist setting up shop in the square. NOLA
In the early 1800's the Irish were 25%  of the New Orleans population.
Of course you can't visit New Orleans without eating, and Mahoney's hit the spot!

B&B's are a better way to stay, so while visiting Southeastern Louisiana, stay at Woodridge Bed and Breakfast - play hard, sleep well! Debbi & Tim Keepers of the Inn and Concierge to your perfect getaway!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Irish Blessing & Heritage - New Orleans style

  New Orleans is rich with Irish heritage, it historically has had the largest Irish population in the south and attributed to 25% of the New Orleans population in 1861.  It is then not surprising that areas such as the Irish Channel have been adorned with the name.  To learn more about the history and culture the Irish brought to the city of New Orleans, visit The Irish Cultural Museum located in the French Quarter. 

 May you always have...Walls for the winds; A roof for the rain...Tea beside the fire ...Laughter to cheer you ...Those you love near you...And all your heart might desire.   An Irish blessing
 New Orleans celebrates the day in our own unique way! Irish walk the streets with white and green beads, green carnations and dishing out kisses to the fillies as they pass by.   The larger parades of floats loaded with revelers and sacks of cabbage, carrots, onions and potatoes... if you're lucky you will go home with a good start to your Irish stew. 

Make your plans now to be here next Paddy's Day, and celebrate like the Irishmen. 

B&B's are a better way to stay, so while visiting Southeastern Louisiana, stay at Woodridge Bed and Breakfast - play hard, sleep well! Debbi & Tim Keepers of the Inn and Concierge to your perfect getaway!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Good guests always welcome!

InnRewards has a special gift for you!
InnRewards has a special gift for you!
This is something totally new, y'all are seeing it here first. Don't forget to book-mark this website, as other innkeepers get on board and share their Inn Reward with you.

A group of innkeepers decided we do not like BAD GUESTS! But we love our GOOD GUESTS! For this reason we have chosen to reward our GOOD GUESTS. THIS MEANS YOU!
Experience the difference at the Claiborne House B&B Virginia
Experience the difference at the Claiborne House B&B Virginia
Click here to view the reward waiting for you at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast of Virginia. All you have to do is follow the simple instructions, enter the code on InnRewards when you make your online reservation.  I am one of the first to test out this new groovy website, we hope you like it and will think of us for your next getaway!

These are not specials and rewards regularly advertised on our websites, these are gifts to you from visiting this new site called InnRewards, and of course being a good guest. We hope you will stop by often, and see what we have up our sleeves. It's all about you, DEAR SWEET GOOD GUEST!

Remember my slogan:

But since you are a GOOD GUEST, visit the site for InnRewards and see what your gift will be!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Two-ingredient Banana Oat Cookies

With two-ingredient recipes all the rage, I decided to try one that was posted on an innkeepers' forum recently.  The base recipe uses only banana and oats, making a cookie that is vegan, dairy-free and can be made gluten-free if you use gluten-free oats.  A good cookie to have in your arsenal for special diets (with thanks to Lauren at The Burlap Bag), the recipe couldn't be simpler:

2 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup quick-cooking oats

Mix together, drop onto greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet, bake at 350 in a preheated oven for 15 minutes.

I added in 1 tsp. cinnamon and a handful of dried cranberries, and I HIGHLY recommend adding some of your own favorites, because the cookie is a little one-note (of bananas) without them.  Chocolate chips, flax seed, peanut butter - I have seen recipes that added all of those in with excellent results. 

Try them and let us know what you think!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Got Spring Fever Y'all? We do!

Claiborne House B&B in Rocky Mount VA http://www.claibornehouse.net/
Come on out and see us at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount Virginia, in the shadow of the Blue Ridge. Save $10 on any room, book online here!