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AirBnB Brings Perspective To Innkeeping

Fri, 30 May 2014 15:35:05 +00002014-05-30T15:35:05Z

So, my wife and I were once innkeepers. After leaving that behind, we slowly purchased and renovated two properties -- one at the shore and one in Asheville, NC -- which we rent out on AirBnB. Now I certainly know all the hoopla amongst the innkeeping community about AirBnB. But I thought it might be instructive to focus on the positive for a bit and put up a post about what I've learned from working both sides of the breakfast table: regular innkeeping and AirBnB/VRBO "innkeeping." So I did what any self-respecting writer would do, I asked my wife to write the post! You can check out her excellent thoughts here (with part II here).


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Springing Out!

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 05:24:17 +00002014-04-30T05:24:17Z

As seasons go, Spring takes the prize in my opinion for being the best time to travel. The kids are still in school, so destinations aren't overrun. Prices tend to be lower. And you have a good chance of hitting perfect weather no matter where in the country you head.


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B&B Criss Cross!

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:37:24 +00002014-03-28T13:37:24Z

Now that spring is doing its thing, it's certainly time to get out and check out some "B&B Kinda Towns" wherever you live in the country. So this month I bring you B&B town profiles from all around the country. We go from Traverse City, Michigan (part II) to Carmel, California (part II) and from Austin, Texas (part II) to Burlington Vermont (part II). Let me know if you visit any! See you at the inn.

B&B Kinda Towns

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:23:01 +00002014-02-28T14:23:01Z

(image) I must need a vacation because this month I covered a lot of towns in my ongoing B&B Kinda Towns series! There's Jackson, Sonoma (part II), Denver (Part II), and Leavenworth (part II). I'd take a week in any of them after being snowbound on the east coast for the last few months! And of course, I'd take my trusty dog Lucie along with us and stay at a pet-friendly B&B. That's Lucie up top. She loves the snow!

Looking Back

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:41:54 +00002014-01-31T16:41:54Z

(image) Sure the New Year's a great time for looking forward, but there's a lot of reflection that goes on during this time of the year. That's why it was the perfect time to feature an innkeeper's reminiscences about how she came to be the owner of a delightful B&B in the cool green hills of Jamaica (part II here). As I was looking back over our experiences owning and running our own B&B with my wife, we remembered plenty of the good. But we also remembered one particular challenge: the constant need to make small talk no matter how talked out we might have felt. That's what gave birth to her guest column this month about how innkeepers can keep their conversations with guests energized and flowing smoothly (see part II here).


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Happy New Year!

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:28:28 +00002013-12-31T14:28:28Z

(image) Happy New Year to you! 2013 was certainly a busy year here on the B&B site with about 40 new articles written including reviews of inns, information about starting and running your own B&B, and B&B destination stories like St. Petersburg (part II), Kauai...

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Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:11:33 +00002013-11-30T12:11:33Z

(image) When I asked my fellow innkeepers about the things they'd incorporate into a B&B if they could create an inn from scratch, the response was overwhelming and led to my first four-part article (I, II, III and IV) on this site! Although we all love our inns, having the chance to start from scratch and incorporate all the things that would make life easier in a very demanding profession is just too tempting a topic on which to not spend some serious day-dream time.


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Ground Up

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:55:21 +00002013-10-31T18:55:21Z

(image) I was recently asked by a reader what things I would incorporate into a B&B if I was building one from scratch.

For me, the division between personal life and work life is very important when you own an inn, so I'd ensure that I had a clear distinction between my own quarters and the areas of the inn guests could enjoy. At my inn, we had lovely quarters with one fatal flaw -- no kitchen. So when we were making our dinner, guests would poke their head in to ask what we were having. If I wanted a late-night snack and was already wearing my sleep clothes, I always worried that if ran down to the kitchen, I'd run into a guest not looking very "innkeeperly."But that's just my opinion. I opened the question to the community of innkeepers and I got an overwhelming response. The result is a series of articles you can read here, here and here!


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Reading Into It

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:30:59 +00002013-09-30T17:30:59Z

(image) Ah fall. It's the perfect time to visit an inn and curl up on the front porch with a good book -- maybe even a book about a B&B! Some inns even sell or give away books for free, so you can leave it up to chance and choose your novel when you get there.

As you're considering an inn for your autumn getaway -- be it for your family or for a romantic jaunt -- be sure to check out this list of three of them that give back to charity, or this article that'll tell you how to stay at a B&B for free! If you're on the West coast, a getaway to Portland offers hundreds of inns to choose from and that's exactly why it makes our list of one of the best B&B towns in Oregon. Wherever you go, I hope the air is crisp and cool and that you get plenty of rest!

To Every Inn, A Season

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:28:52 +00002013-08-28T15:28:52Z

(image) If you're thinking about opening a bed and breakfast, one of the things you'll want to keep in mind is seasonality. My inn was located in an area of the country the drew leaf peepers in Autumn. That was great for business, but not so great for me because Autumn happens to be my favorite time of the month, and I missed plenty of them! If you find that you're a summer person, you might want to consider buying your inn somewhere that lets you get away to beach B&B yourself for a week or two in the warm months (Key West might be a good idea!). If winter's your thing, consider a B&B that slows down in January and February. Then again, there's always a B&B you can just drive off in so you can be wherever, whenever you want!


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