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Vermont is a Strong Brand

January 12th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

Vermont is a strong brand

View of Bromley Mountain, Vermont

As US states go, Vermont is a strong brand. What comes to mind this time of year is Snow, with a capital S.  For downhill skiers, snowboarders and snowmobile enthusiasts, Vermont’s snowfall is the envy of the nation. This according to the Burlington Free Press.

In fall it is the ultimate leaf peeper locale. Early spring brings maple syrup and the prospect of the most spectacular lush shades of green seen anywhere.

Vermont is also synonymous with country inns and cozy fireside bed and breakfasts. To prove this, here are a few quotes from an early Country Inn & Back Roads directory by Norman T. Simpson. For those of you who may not know, Norman and his directory were the foundation of Select Registry. Norman passed away in 1988 but his words and legacy live on.

Vermont is a strong brand

Country Inns and Back Roads

Describing a country inn in Stowe. “The gentle summer mood of northern Vermont is reflected in this gracious Green Mountain hostelry.”

I love Norman’ descriptions and how he identifies the simple pleasures of the Vermont inns he visited .

  • The laden book shelves set by the gathering room hearth.
  • Fresh muffins with small pots of country butter.
  • A friendly maple outside your guest room window.
Vermont is a strong brand

Kitzof Inn, Mt. Snow

Now here is another quote from Norman that many innkeepers and guests can identify with.

“The floor has an engaging list to port but that’s part of the game of country inns.” I have never heard anyone describe a tilting floor in such an appealing and positive way! Beautiful.

This is Vermont’s brand. Rich in a legacy of hospitality (and tilting floors). Allot has changed in the 40 plus years since Norman’s Country Inns & Back Roads was published. Many of his featured country inns and bed and breakfasts still exist and some are…just history. Many have undertaken expansions and renovations keeping the strong Vermont hospitality brand alive. Yet many are in a prime position for new owners to add their creative touch, their own personalized legacy. This is where The B&B Team can assist you, the aspiring innkeeper. We invite you to start your search for bed and breakfast inns for sale in Vermont right here.

Vermont is a strong brand

Hearthside at the Shoreham Inn & Gastropub

Whether it is a local landmark country inn in Chester,Vermont…an authentic lodge style bed and breakfast in Bromley Mountain ski country…a custom built resort lodge at the base of Mt. Snow…a classic historic country inn in Shoreham, Lake Champlain Valley …or a Main Street village boutique country inn in Quechee. The variety of these offerings is as rich and varied as the state of Vermont!

Vermont is a strong brand

Melding of modern & antique at this Quechee boutique country inn

If you are looking for Vermont inns for sale, we welcome you to give us a call. The Vermont brand is strong and enduring. A good place to build your business and your home.

Another Norman quote. “We were looking for the ‘lost Vermont” and we found it here. Gardens, trees, peace, history, laconic natives, covered bridges, mountains, lakes, antiquing, auctions…a sort of warm feeling of coming home.”

Chester VT country inn blanketed in snow. Watercolor by Debra Webster Irons

I will end this writing with how I started…Snow. 2017 Vermont state predictions from the Farmer’s Almanac.

“…slightly above-normal precipitation and near-normal snowfall. The snowiest periods will be in mid-November, late January, mid- and late February, and early to mid-March.”

Sounds about right to me and Vermont innkeepers are thrilled.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

The Solo Traveler- A Perfect Fit for Bed and Breakfasts

January 4th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

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The Solo Traveler

Have you seen an increase in the solo traveler over the last two or more years? Lonely Planet reported that; ‘solo travel will be the key trend in 2017.

Now to be clear this study is not relating to the business traveler but the leisure/adventure seeking traveler. In this blog I will focus specifically on women travelling solo.

I see this as a trend that comes from an evolving lifestyle change. Listen to this insightful quote about the solo woman traveler.

“What if she is simply indulging in her curiosity for other cultures and looking for enrichment? Gasp! In this day and age, she’s probably even married or in a relationship and just wants to get out and explore on her own.” From Visa Global Travel Intentions Study 2015

She is also confident and independent minded. In past decades a woman travelling solo would be looked upon stereotypically as sad and lonely. Poor dear! Not today.

Another great quote.

“I travel solo several months out of the year, and I am of the firm belief that you truly have not lived if you have not been out on the road alone. It is life altering, educational and enriching, and wildly freeing.”

This is from an article entitled; ‘Traveling Alone Does Not Make You Sad or Lonely’ by Kristen Tice Studeman. The author writes about her experiences traveling solo. This article offers an honest and useful insight into the solo woman traveler.

For decades bed and breakfasts have been a choice for solo women travelling on business. I believe bed and breakfasts are also a wonderful choice for the adventurous, confident and independent solo woman traveler. Now is the time to target them.

Your room, just for you! Sugar Hill Inn, New Hampshire

Innkeepers are the best equipped to offer the best informed choices for dining, shopping, entertainment and historical places. Making these experiences personalized and easily accessible to the solo traveler (and all your guests of course) is what you do best.

I would suggest creating a personalized travel package for the solo woman traveler. Promote it every which way on social media and see what develops.

Hint: Use a good searchable term like ‘solo travel ideas’.

Pre-arrival communications is another service that is trending. Finding out your guests dining and entertainment preferences ahead of their arrival can really enhance their experience.

We all like to feel special and welcomed when we check into our destination. Your solo traveler may be independent and confident but making her feel special with a pre arranged personalized package delivered to them at check-in…a real winner. Now she may want to change the arrangements, but that’s OK. It is a women’s prerogative. (I apologize for this stereotype, I couldn’t resist).

The B&B Team has also seen an increase of solo aspiring innkeepers in our seminars. They are confident and independent too. Many are women who have traveled solo and want to offer their guests the enriched travel knowledge they have experienced. If you are thinking about this solo path, you are welcome to sign up for one of our 2017 ‘Better Way to Learn Innkeeping’ seminars. We can guide you on your new adventurous road.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

 

2017 New Year’s Resolutions for Innkeepers

December 16th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

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It is only mid December and I am writing about 2017 New Year’s resolutions. Why?  Didn’t your parents often advise you to ‘plan ahead’ or not to ‘short cut’ your homework? Just think of your homework as your ‘innwork’.

I got some good tips from Sojern, a travel tech company. Some of the 7 resolutions this article suggests are a good match for our industry. Here are my picks.

    1.”Germans are some of Europe’s earliest travel planners, with an average lead time of 80 days. That means that some of your customers are looking for their spring, and even summer travel, now. Don’t wait until April to engage with your customers, you may miss them!”

I would also suggest engaging with your entire foreign guest list. An email newsletter with some great news about your property and your area. Don’t forget to include great photos.

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See the USA

     2. “If your website isn’t optimized for mobile, your customers are likely to leave your site as soon as they arrive. Though most bookings occur on a laptop, research on mobile is rising at impressive rates. If you want to get (and stay!) on the radar of in-market travelers, make sure that your website experience is tailored to their device.”

This is not anything new but…some of you may have been putting off optimizing your site for mobile. So maybe NOW is the time to put this on your 2017 New Year’s resolutions list. Reaching customers that are ready to buy is key.

     3. Get involved with Social Media. Now I am really sounding like a broken record. Social Media presence and importance for engaging with your guest is more important than ever. The following stat fact makes the point…”with 76% of travelers posting vacation photos to their social networks, it’s essentially free advertising.”

Most innkeepers today are involved in Social Media to some extent but I often see postings on social media platforms that are not current. Social Media marketing must be an ongoing process. Stay current and post often. You must stay relevant or your guest will go elsewhere.

So make your list and make sure you check it more than twice during 2017.

  • Engage foreign travelers early √
  • Optimize for Mobile√
  • Revaluate your Social Media√

Looking to educate yourself on marketing trends, technology improvements and strategies? The best 2017 New Year’s resolutions you can make is to attend an innkeeping conference. Some of the smartest innkeepers and allied partners will be speaking at the InnSpire Conference and Knowledge Shari Summit & Marketplace. This inaugural joint event will take place aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, January 29 – February 1, 2017. Attending a conference will not only educate you but energize you. And we all need that!

Let’s make 2017 a productive a smarter innkeeper New Year.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Main Streets and Tourism

December 7th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

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Ashland Oregon-Festival of Lights

America’s main streets and tourism go hand in hand, our main streets are the heart and soul of our communities. A recent travel blog entitled ‘America’s most beautiful streets’ spiked my interest. The streets featured were very beautiful and respectfully preserved but were in large cities like Boston, NYC and Los Angeles. The B&B Team travels to many much smaller (and beautiful) towns and villages where our client’s inns are located.  In a recent blog I wrote about the importance of preservation, not only for the individual inn but for the entire community, including it’s main streets.

“Preserve and restore historic buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes — these are what make our communities unique. Communities that don’t preserve their history, or encourage development that’s not in keeping with the community’s character (think chain stores and restaurants), lose their cultural memory and their soul.”

I love this quote! It says so much. Guests that stay in B&Bs love leisurely walks through towns and villages. Taking time to explore, something they may not have time to do in their own communities. With the knowledgeable guidance of innkeepers, guests can learn the history and culture of the town and area. Innkeepers that take pride in the preservation of their property also take pride in their community. It is a real win, win for them and their guests. Innkeepers know all about their main streets and tourism, and they love to share!

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Montrose CA. My childhood hometown in the 60’s. Changed? Yes, but still vital and beautiful!

Many of us can remember when our main street scenes changed dramatically in the 70’s. Suburban mega malls were built and the smaller ‘Mom and Pop’ stores went out of business. It was tough to see the soul of these streets disappear. Luckily some have come back. It takes community effort to achieve this change. But the results can be inspiring.

Main Street America is an organization who’s mission is to “help communities revitalize their downtowns and commercial districts. Made up of small towns, mid-sized communities, and urban commercial districts, Main Street America™ represents the broad diversity that makes this country so unique.” It is all about getting back to Main Street, the soul of our communities.

Main street and tourism

Waterhouse Center, Kennebunk Maine

One example is in Kennebunk, Maine. A few years ago a local resident, Geraldine Waterhouse, donated a large sum to build the Waterhouse Center, an ice rink where a gas station once resided. Families and young adults gather to skate in the winter and the area is used for concerts, craft fairs and community events in the warmer months. There are plans to open a bowling alley and restaurant in a long time empty building. Home based businesses can not only benefit the community’s economy but help increase tourism. Tourism may not be the sole reason a community becomes economically sustainable, but it sure helps.

To add to the holiday spirit I included some beautiful street scenes. All dressed up with the spirit of the season. Festival of Lights, historic home tours, concerts and boat parades. It’s that ‘most wonderful time of the year’ to show off our beautiful main streets.

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Christmas Prelude, Kennebunkport Maine. Robert Dennis Photography. 20,000 tourists and locals gathered this past weekend.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

 

The First Thanksgiving-When and Where?

November 22nd, 2016 by Janet Wolf

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The First Thanksgiving. New England or Virginia?
Photo of entrance of Berkley Plantation by Susan Bolling

I just discovered something very troubling. I have been misled all these years about the location of the first Thanksgiving! I subscribe to the Virginia Living Magazine email newsletter and this was their headliner. Received today, hot off the press. ‘Pilgrim’s Pride’ by Ben Swenson.

“Whatever our friends from the Northeast may say, the first English-speaking observance of Thanksgiving took place in 1619 on what is now Berkeley Plantation in Charles City County. You can still visit the site today, and for that, we give thanks.”

1619 versus the New England Pilgrim’s celebration in 1621. Even the date’s wrong! I am really not upset. It is nice to set the record straight, after all these years. So here is the story.

The James River settlement known as Berkley Hundred was an 8,000 acre area chartered by the Virginia Company of London. 38 men (no women) landed on December 4 (even the date was different, jeesh!) Anyway…”they stepped off their boat and into thick woods of the Virginia colony”. Here is the thanksgiving connection.

“Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia,” read the orders, “shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almightty God.”

Unfortunately this history and ritual was lost when an Indian Uprising of 1622 wiped out the Englishmen of Berkley.

“When the early settlement’s records—and the instructions for an annual thanksgiving—were discovered in 1931, the Jamieson family, then the owners of Berkeley Plantation, didn’t skip a beat. They held a small family service every fall, and by the late 1950s, the Jamiesons, along with descendants of the colony’s original leader, Captain John Woodlief, resumed formal thanksgiving celebrations at Berkeley. By 1961, they had established an official yearly observance and created the nonprofit Virginia Thanksgiving Festival, which celebrated its 50th annual event in 2011.”

Whatever the date, the location and the identity of our brave early settlers, Miles Standish or Captain John, we can be grateful. On November 24 we will all sit down, raise a glass and give thanks.

A Happy Thanksgiving to All from The B&B Team, Rick and Jan, Peter and Peggy, Scott and Marilyn, Eliot and Tish, Dana, Linda

the first thanksgiving

Not your grandmother’s leftover turkey sandwich.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

 

Experience Arkansas Naturally

October 19th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

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Experience Arkansas Naturally-Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, Hot Springs

For Ar’kansans to experience Arkansas naturally is a year round climate bonus. Average temperature is about 60, there about. Average high in the 70’s and low in the 50’s. Nice. Yes it does get into the 90’s in the summer months (it is the south), so… escape to the mountains and the clear streams and cool shaded forests. Natives and tourists have been doing just this for centuries.

I am always in awe of the natural beauty to be found in our US 50. Each time I research an area, whether a destination location or a less known off the beaten track discovery. There is beauty. With Arkansas-The Natural State, the beauty is wide and vast.

How about 600,000 acres of natural lakes! And natural springs which contributed to the emergence of Hot Springs and Eureka Springs as early resorts

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The Woods Resort, Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs is a big tourist destination. From early Native Americans to European settlers, the natural ‘healing’ spring waters were the draw. In the late 19th century the town flourished with the coming of the railroad.  Today the natural stone buildings give the town a nostalgic face, very unique. That includes the locals too. People watching and listening in Eureka Springs is a show in itself. Local experts and characters give storytelling Underground Walking Tours. A great way to explore downtown. Bed and breakfasts are a very popular way to stay in Eureka Springs. Many of them dot the hillsides surrounding the town. From classic Victorian homes to luxury cabins. Great way to experience Arkansas naturally.

experience Arkansa naturally

Eureka Springs Park-An Urban Oasis

Hot Springs was America’s first resort. From presidents to gangsters, they came and ‘took the waters’. Today you can indulge in ‘old school’ treatments and newer versions. Bathhouses and Spas line the shady magnolia Bathhouse Row in the downtown. The community takes its name from the Hot Springs of the Quachita Mountains. The tallest range between the Smokies and the Rockies. Bet you didn’t know that. Besides hiking and boating excursions, road trips are a great way to experience Arkansas naturally. Scenic Arkansas Highway 7 travels through four of the state’s geographical regions. From Hot Springs take the highway and travel through rolling terrain and dense forests. Cooling lakes and clear stream valleys. As I am writing this blog the temperature is 85 in Hot Springs. Rest of the week, mid to upper 70’s. Perfect temps to experience Arkansas naturally.

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Arkansas Scenic 7

The B&B Team represents listings of the finest in Arkansas inns, bed & breakfasts, boutique hotels and motels currently for sale through our brokerage. There may be other Arkansas bed and breakfasts for sale that we are aware of, but do not have listed. Naturally, we can help. Give us a call.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Bed and Breakfast Owner’s Quarters-The Good, the Bad and the Maybe

October 12th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

Owner's quarters-the good, the bad and the maybe

Owner’s Quarters-The Good, the Bad and the Maybe. #1 Time to de-clutter

Are you looking to own a bed and breakfast? Or getting ready to sell your inn? You have come to the right place. The B&B Team can guide you from A to Z.  A for acquisition and Z for zoning, with a lot of stuff in between. Let’s look at O…O for owner’s quarters-the good, the bad and the maybe.

Buyers

Question prospective buyers often ask; “Tell me about the owner’s quarters. How many square feet? How many bedrooms and baths”? Owner’s quarters have become increasingly more important to our buyer clients in their bed and breakfast search.

Reasons:

  • Buyers will be investing in a bed and breakfast for the business value but also for the lifestyle. A property with spacious quarters that offer privacy and a sanctuary from the business is also perceived as valuable. Even though this space does not generate income.
  • We are seeing younger couples with families as buyers. They clearly need room for themselves and their children.
  • Extended families are also looking to purchase and run bed and breakfasts together.

In the past many innkeepers were willing to sacrifice owner’s space. In other words, live in a refurbished basement or an extra bedroom. Reality… today this is rarely the case.

Sellers

  • If innkeeper seller clients have lived in a smaller space their whole innkeeping career, they may not see it as an issue. More expansive quarters may not have been a priority when they bought.
  • Sellers must realize this smaller space will possibly be a negative issue with many of today’s buyers.

But…there are exceptions. The Maybe. If the property’s location is a desirable destination location and the business is strong, buyers may be willing to sacrifice their owner’s quarter’s requirements for a period of time. They may look to build on the property (if allowed) or even move off site (if allowed).We always advise buyer’s due diligence to include researching what is allowed. Sellers too! Good to anticipate today’s buyer’s possible wants and needs when it comes to owner’s quarters.

FACT: Zoning ordinances vary tremendously from one locale to another, and are typically regulated by the city or county planning commission or planning board.

In some municipalities the zoning ordinances will require you to live on-site. In others, not. Are you allowed to have your own private kitchen or not? All good questions that many aspiring innkeepers don’t know to ask. And when they do, our answer is; “it depends’! Again, due diligence.

owner's quarters-the good, the bad and the maybe

Yes, this is a basement. The Good!

The ambiance in a bed and breakfast is relaxed, comfortable. A place for your guests to unwind and luxuriate. Why shouldn’t owner’s quarters offer the same? Innkeeper’s days are busy and full. A stress free environment is what you want and need. Clutter free, clean and if all possible, spacious. The Good.

owner's quarter-the good, the bad and the maybe

No question, The Bad. No buyer wants to see this!

The B&B Team will always advise our seller clients to de-clutter and clean up any accumulated unnecessary ‘stuff’ to avoid prospective buyers from viewing the owner’s quarters as The Bad! Even if the space is not spacious, a good cleaning out can make a small space appear larger. We cannot stress enough how important this is.

“If you don’t love it or use it, it is clutter.”

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

New Hampshire Bed & Breakfast Inns-Authentic Way to Stay

October 6th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

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New Hampshire Bed & Breakfast Inns-Authentic Way to Stay

When it comes to authenticity, New Hampshire is about as authentic as it gets! When it comes to New Hampshire bed & breakfast Inns, it is most definitely the authentic way to stay while touring the state.

I love reading travel writer’s articles. This is where I get good information and inspiration. Especially if they are natives of the states they write about. Peter Jon Lindberg is an editor-at-large for Travel + Leisure. He wrote ’20 Reasons to Love New Hampshire’. He got me at 8!

One of the highlights of his article was the mention of Swopper’s Column in Yankee Magazine. For those of you who are not familiar with this iconic column, here is an example:

-Will swop collection of trolls made in Ozarks (survived a fire, very sensitive, must go to loving home) for autographed photo of John Candy.

New Hampshire bed & breakfast inns

Now you can’t make this stuff up! It is real and it is authentic! This epitomizes the quirkiness and resourcefulness of the New Hampshire/New England outlook on life. When we first moved to New England, I remember reading these columns and thinking I would love to meet some of these people.

“New Hampshire feels refreshingly grounded. In a world obsessed with authenticity, this is where you find it…” Peter Jon Lindberg.

Country stores, covered bridges, swimming holes, country fairs and independent bookstores! They all truly still exist in New Hampshire. Authentic and preserved. It is what draws tourists, new residents to the state.

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Calef’s Country Store, Barrington NH

An example of an authentic business that has stood the test of time is Calef’s Country Store in Barrington. They boast they have seen buying local since Grant was president. Around 1869, Calef’s opened and a Calef decedent has been behind the counter up until the 90’s (that is the 1990’s). Folks visiting New Hampshire are drawn to places like Calef’s because? Because they are real with locally sourced everything, a bit quirky and very resourceful. Even though they have been around for about 150 years, they are forward looking. Their key to success.

Another New Hampshire draw is it’s varied landscape. Deep green forests and a seacoast city. Yes, New Hampshire has a coastline with the city of Portsmouth as it’s hub. Villages near rivers and lakes (swimming holes) and soaring mountains. Let’s take a road trip…

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Kancamagus Highway

If you are at Calef’s you may want to take Route 11 north and find yourself riding the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee and nearby Squam Lake. Stay awhile, the lure of a lake draws us all. Travel more country roads or zip onto I 93 that cuts New Hampshire in half. Green forests and soaring mountains are ahead. White Mountain National Forest covers a huge part of northern New Hampshire. 750,852 acres.

There a so many opportunities to explore the state’s national park. From Conway to Lincoln the Kancamagus Highway winds through some of the most astounding scenery. It is especially a must drive in the fall. The Mt. Washington Cog Railway is on many travel bucket lists. Play golf in the morning then take to railway to the top of the mountain and experience winter! I’ve done that…off my bucket list.

Mt. Washington Cog Railway

Mt. Washington Cog Railway

Ahh, so many 20+ reasons to love New Hampshire, the same reasons why tourism is so strong in the state. Therefore an equally strong destination to own your own lodging business. The B&B Team offers comprehensive aspiring innkeeping seminars to get you started in the right direction.

Varied, independently owned and run New Hampshire bed & breakfast Inns and boutique hotels and motels is the authentic way to stay in this corner of New England.  The B&B Team invites you to start your search for New Hampshire Bed and Breakfasts for sale.

Sorry, no swopping!

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Ready to Sell Your Inn? Get All Your Ducks in a Row

September 29th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

Ready to sell your inn?

Ready to Sell Your Inn? Get All Your Ducks in a Row

Are you thinking about getting ready to sell your inn? It is important that you get all your ducks in a row. (Definition: to be prepared and organized). When? NOW…Following is some advice on how to avoid roadblocks so your ducks can move swimmingly through to closing day.

To start, here are some important questions to ask yourself.

  • Does your business have clean, complete, accurate financial records?

You have invested a lot time working “on” your business. Hopefully your records are clean, honest and true. How you present your records sends a strong signal to prospective buyers. You want that signal to result in trust. Without trust, the smart, well informed buyer will most likely walk away.

FACT:  The bank will require three years of federal business tax returns and three years profit and loss statements as well as balance sheets.

  • Does your business have policies, procedures, systems that will make a new owner’s transition easy?

If you are working with a good property management system this will be invaluable to a new owner. A robust system that can produce detailed reports. Number of nights sold, occupancy, gift certificate history and much more. Information that you track regularly, right?

The B&B Team provides a helpful “seller’s information checklist” for our seller/clients. The more detailed and organized your records are, the easier for you to complete this list.

TRUE STORY: During buyer’s due diligence and transition training, sellers provided them with a tangled web of passwords, most of which turned out to be inaccurate. Talk about a roadblock!

getting ready to sell your inn?

Investing wisely in your business throughout your Innkeeping tenure is hugely important. Your investment includes both time as well as capital.  If spent wisely, ALL your records will reflect this.

“The more you invest, the greater your return will be.”  and…”The better the value, the better the price.” Steve McKee, ‘Power Branding’.

The B&B Team provides our seller clients with an unvarnished, credible valuation of your inn. Over-priced inns sit forever. Under-priced inns leave money on the table. Well-priced inns offer value to both sellers and buyers. Both parties win.

Start getting those ducks in a row. The B&B Team can help.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Massachusetts Destination Inns for Sale

September 22nd, 2016 by Janet Wolf

Massachusetts destination inns for sale

Looking for Massachusetts destination inns for sale? The B&B Team can guide you through the process from search to sell and everything in between. We invite you to start your search with us.

For such a smallish state (10,555 sq. mi.), there sure are a bucket list of Massachusetts destination locations to visit, to stay and explore. Tourism, both international and US increases yearly for destinations like the Berkshires, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Boston and beyond.

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Freedom Trail Walking Tours

It all started in Massachusetts, literally! Take the Freedom Trail in Boston and learn how our country arose from 13 colonies to 13 states. The preservation of historic landmarks along the Freedom Trail in Boston is a huge draw for tourists. Preservation has a lot to do with tourism to the Bay State.

So what does preservation have to do with tourism? Read on.

In a recent article; ‘Too many misunderstand the true impact of tourism’ By Marshall Helmberger, he refers to Edward McMahon, a Senior Resident Fellow at Urban Land Institute in Washington D.C. He provides some great insights as to why preservation has a lot to do with tourism.

“Preserve and restore historic buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes — these are what make our communities unique. Communities that don’t preserve their history, or encourage development that’s not in keeping with the community’s character (think chain stores and restaurants), lose their cultural memory and their soul. There are plenty of communities that have been swallowed up by strip development, big box stores and fast food chains, and there is absolutely no reason for anyone to ever venture out of their way to such places, since they all look the same.”

I believe this statement is very powerful! Historic homes and estates that have been converted into bed and breakfasts and historic country inns are prime examples of thoughtful preservation and restoration. Innkeepers are excellent stewards of their inns and take great pride in the character of their property and community.

Massachusetts destination inns for sale offer historic charm, character and a unique experience that are very inviting to visitors to the state. Walk down any main street on the Cape or in Berkshire County and you can find preserved historic homes and estates mingled with bed and breakfasts and one of a kind retail stores and restaurants.  No two are alike. Authenticity reigns!

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Cape Cod National Seashore

Beside the preservation of brick and mortar there is land and sea.

  • Cape Cod National Seashore that protects nearly the whole eastern coast of the Cape, keeping a 40-mile stretch of sand and dunes almost unchanged since the 1800s.
  • Mohawk Trail Region offers miles of scenic driving tours. 5 separate picturesque Massachusetts countryside drives through the Berkshire Hills.
  • Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is an underwater plateau in the Atlantic at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay. View protected marine life; whales, dolphins, harbor porpoises and seals.
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Along the Mohawk Trail

And if music and art feed your soul there is:

  • Tanglewood Concerts: Summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Lenox in the heart of the Berkshires.
  • About 1000 (may I exaggerate?) museums of art from the Museum of Fine Art Boston to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge.

And then there is food. Seafood is the number one agricultural product, followed by cranberries.

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Massachusetts Steamed Clams

If you are seeking a quality of life that includes all the cultural and historical preservation that Massachusetts destination locations have to offer and… if living and owning your own hospitality business is a dream and goal of yours. Consider inns for sale in Massachusetts.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

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