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Where Can You Find Old Florida?

April 14th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

Where can you find old Florida? I mean Florida locations with classic old world charm and nostalgic local character. I don’t mean the Golden Girls, even though they did have lots of character! Dig deep and you can find it from Jacksonville to Key West.

I discovered there are websites and blogs devoted to old roadside attractions like alligator farms, greasy fired chicken diners and Shuffleboard Clubs. Fun stuff and a good source for travelers to Florida seeking unique experiences beyond Disney.

I dug a little deeper and discovered another spin on old Florida. Renovating old Florida vintage hotels as well as bed and breakfast inns and motels into smarter and hipper places to stay. An ongoing trend for a new generation of travelers. Yet keeping the authentic vibe, identity and charm.

If these properties are located in neighborhoods that pride themselves in preserving their historic districts, all the better for the guests. Towns like St. Augustine and Amelia Island Fernandina Beach are prime examples.

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Old Florida Charm-Addison on Amelia Island Bed & Breakfast

Amelia Island and specifically downtown Fernandina Beach is a mix of upscale and down-to-earth old Florida charm. Picture brick lined streets with palms and ancient moss draped live oak trees. Southern classic homes in the plantation and Victorian style complete the package.

Example of real down-to-earth…1903 Palace Saloon. The oldest continuously operating bar in Florida. Known as the ‘shipcaptains’ bar in old Florida days when Fernandina’s docks were the busiest in the South. Of the 20 odd saloons, the Palace survives and thrives. Yes, a place where everybody knows your name.


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Palace Saloon, Amelia Island

Now if you are visiting Amelia Island and happen to stop by the Palace Saloon for a Pirates Punch you may see Innkeeper Bob and his fury friends. Barkeeps there  know everybodys dogs names too! They don’t get punch, bar biscuits are the preferred fare.

From Bob’s blog…Yesterday, for a short time, there were more dogs in the Palace Saloon than there were people. That is Maggie at the front, Louie to the left and Sam at the rear, all sitting nice and quiet, waiting for a treat.

Oh but I digress, cute dogs will do it every time.

Innkeepers Bob and Shannon own the Addison on Amelia. An upscale luxury bed and breakfast with down-to-earth charm, that perfect mix I mentioned before. To get a glimpse into what life was like in old Florida, all you need to do is walk into the front parlor of the Addison’s original building. A welcoming gas fireplace greets you in the cooler winter months. Guestrooms feature four-poster beds, rich hardwood floors, and ceiling fans stirring a cool breeze. The color schemes are fresh, bright with hints of the tropics, just what guests are seeking in a seaside Florida bed and breakfast. The B&B Team is proud to introduce you to this Amelia Island Florida Inn for sale.

Looking for bed and breakfasts for sale in Florida? Start your search here. If you don’t find the B&B you’re looking for, we can help you identify and search for inns for sale in Florida.

By the way, the mayor of Fernandina Beach is also the daytime barkeep at the Palace Saloon. Now wouldn’t that be a great town to live and own a business in?

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf



Service with a Smile ;>}

April 4th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

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Service with a Smile

As innkeepers we always provide service with a smile, right? In The B&B Team’s Aspiring Innkeepers Seminars we spend a good deal of time discussing service. We ask our attendees questions like…

Is the customer always right?

After some discussion, our response is NO, the customer is not always right. Thankfully that rude and offensive guest does not rear its ugly head often at bed and breakfasts. But when that occasional guest appears, it is memorable as well as challenging.

When a guest insults you or a member of your staff, makes unreasonable demands and complaints and all with the use of offensive language. Is this person always right? Of course not.

The fact is that some guests are just plain wrong and your business is better without them.

Today innkeepers can flag guests in their property management systems, making sure you or your staff doesn’t make the mistake of booking them in the future.

But how do you handle those guests during their stay? And how do you ‘encourage’ them to remove themselves? Service with a smile?

  • Firmly explain that you do not tolerate certain kinds of behavior at your Inn.
  • Suggest that if they are so unhappy with their stay they can leave and will not be charged.

OK, you may not be smiling during this conversation but you will be calm, collected and professional. As innkeepers, Rick and I only had to ’explain and suggest’ twice. Once to loud and intoxicated couples traveling (or should I say partying?) together. And once to a guest who made a very offensive and discriminatory statement in front of us and other guests. They both took our ‘suggestion’ and departed.

We recently had a conversation with Siobhan Kelly, innkeeper with partner Katja of the Towne Motel in Camden Maine.  She told us a great story. Her mother owned the High Tide in Camden on the coast of Maine in the 80’s. Siobhan helped her Mom at the inn during the summers while in grad school. She remembers the method her Mom used when dealing with unhappy guests at check-in. She would simply take an eraser (remember those?) and erase the reservation in the ledger right in front of them. …

“Mom would try to work with them–offer a different room if she could, for example–but if they couldn’t be pleased, the eraser came out, Mom handed back their deposit, and said she’s sure they’d be happy elsewhere.  Backtracking at this point was in vain: they weren’t staying there!”

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Smiling innkeeper, Siobhan Kelly

Read more in detail about the legality of Guest Removal in an article from US Legal.

As I mentioned before, the rude and offensive guest appears rarely. Good innkeepers have a caring attitude, are flexible and have a genuine commitment to the guest. Offering genuine service with a smile means your guests are smiling too. And in 99.9% of the time, they do.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Are You a Luxury Bed & Breakfast Inn?

March 28th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

Are You a Luxury Bed & Breakfast?

Are you a luxury bed & breakfast inn? Luxury means different things to different people. If you brand your inn as a Luxury Bed & Breakfast Inn… one size and look does not fit all today.

A whirlpool tub, a fireplace, champagne and those oh, so predictable chocolate covered strawberries. Guests may be saying: “Is that all there is”?

Going beyond the expected and predictable is what we are talking about here.

If you are going to charge luxury prices, then you need to offer something that no one else can offer. In my research, I found many articles and blogs on this subject. What I discovered was once again it is not about the ‘things’ but about the experience. This does not mean the luxury amenities, updated décor, latest technology and yes, an outstanding breakfast are not important. Guests still want (and expect) this. But…

“It’s clear that experience is winning out over the material when it comes to the kind of luxury that consumers prefer.”

To really have a competitive edge, hospitality providers need to facilitate branded experiences that extend beyond the walls of the room or property.” 10 Hotel Trends that Will Shape Guest Experience in 2017 Deanna Ting, Skift. Jan. 30, 2017

Your luxury Bed & Breakfast Inn charges luxury prices. As a result that WOW factor needs to include something no one else offers. Experiential travel, ‘live like a local’, curated experiences…call it what you will. It is what hospitality and travel writers are talking about today. There must be a reason.

Some examples:

  • Street food & beverage tours. Rick and I were in Brooklyn with our son and daughter-in=law and took a whiskey tasting and distillery tour followed by a walk to a bakery that only bakes and sells key lime pie! Their frozen chocolate-covered key lime pie on a stick! Unique…you bet.

Van Brunt Stillhouse, Red Hook Brooklyn, NY

  • Exclusive behind the scene museum tours. The Inn at Cooperstown has been offering one of the best behind the scenes tours of The Baseball Hall of Fame for many years. The innkeepers created the package, partnering with the museum and they ‘own it’. Exclusive and packed full of experiences…you bet.
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Ultimate Baseball Hall of Fame Package Experience

Now you may think trekking the streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn and paring whiskey with key lime pie is not luxurious.  But it sure was memorable. Remember, one size does not fit all.

A behind the scene tour of your favorite baseball team’s artifacts in places the public is not privy too, priceless. Possibly a memory of a lifetime to serious baseball fans!

Coming up with an experience that is unique to your property’s location may not be as difficult as you think. What is your community’s story? It may be historical or a new emerging business trend. Do a bit of research and think ‘out of the box’.

From the Skift article.  “This isn’t to say people don’t want opulence or extravagance anymore. For some travelers, that’s still an integral part of what defines luxury. We’re not saying luxury is transforming into something more Spartan, or more minimalistic, either. Instead lean luxury is about the new luxury, about offering travelers a more authentic, genuine luxury experience unfettered by specific brand or quality standards like thread counts.”

I think a branded luxury Bed & Breakfast Inn has the opportunity to provide this better than the large hotel brands, way better.

Looking for a luxury bed & breakfast for sale? Become a part of the ‘lean luxury’ trend.

Lead photo. Hermann Hill Vineyard Inn, Hermann, Missouri. ‘Where the Missouri and Memories Meet.’

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf


Snowfall Equals Dollars-White is Green in Vermont and New Hampshire

March 21st, 2017 by Janet Wolf

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Okemo Mountain, Vermont-Snowfall Equals Dollars

Yes…for innkeepers in the Northeast, snowfall equals dollars. A crystal white covering is green for innkeepers in Vermont and New Hampshire.


  • “Northern New England Gets Buried in Snow, and Skiers Love It”   US News article.
  • “Visits to Cannon Mountain Ski Area in White Mountains, Franconia NH, are up by 65%.”
  • “Good morning skiers and riders and happy first day of spring! I hope you love spring conditions as much as I do, because today’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies and soft snow! We’ll be working on our goggle tans as we make buttery turns all day long.”  Mount Snow Vermont Report-6:33 AM Monday, March 20, 2017

Reports like this come in daily and skiers, snowmobilers and snowboarders use them to help make their plans. Staying at a Vermont and New Hampshire country inn or lodge has historically been an excellent way to stay for lovers of winter and everything that beautiful snowfall has to offer.

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Bernerhof Inn, Jackson NH

Jackson NH, Bernerhof Inn partners with cross country and alpine ski resorts in their White Mountains location. Near Attitash Mountain, Cranmore Mountain Resort, Bretton Woods Ski Resort and Jackson Ski Touring. Quite a list! After a day on the slopes the Bernerhof offers  great pub food at the Black Bear Pub and martini bar and an onsite spa.  Spacious recently renovated guest rooms.  Winter packages that bring in the green!

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Cozy up and relax before dining-Sugar Hill Inn

Sugar Hill Inn, White Mountains of NH. A classic country inn and restaurant. The Inn is centrally located in the Franconia Notch region in the heart of the White Mountains. The rural beauty of the location is a real draw that includes winter sports on nearby Cannon Mountain Ski Area. Sugar Hill offers not just skiing packages but tubing, dog sledding and winter hiking. The restaurant offers fine dining yet is relaxed in a  warm welcoming atmosphere.

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Apres-Ski at the Parker House Inn & Bistro

Parker House Inn and Bistro in Quechee VT has a relationship with Quechee Lakes Country Club that offers winter activities that include an illuminated ice skating pond, horse drawn sleigh rides and snowshoeing. The Quechee Ski Hill is a great place for beginner skiers and snowboarders. The Parker House has a great lively apre-ski atmosphere. Great food and cheer and updated contemporary guest rooms. Great place to chill from the chill!

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Bromley View Inn Labrador Lounge & Tavern

Bromley View Inn is minutes away from Bromley Mountain which boasts the only New England ski area with southern exposure.  Known as ‘Sun Mountain’. Bromley View Inn is perfectly situated between two wonderful mountains… Stratton and Bromley. Long known for family skiing. The Bromley View Inn is perfect for multigenerational gatherings. A growing travel trend which has the color of green all over it. The Labrador Lounge & Tavern is a wonderful addition to the Inn’s friendly atmosphere.  The circular gas fireplace with surround seating is a favorite gathering spot.

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Kitzhof Inn Lounge

Kitzof Inn is located near Mt Snow. Recall what was said about spring skiing? “goggle tans as we make buttery turns all day long.” Location is key! Walk or ride to restaurants and bars in West Dover village. The free ‘MOOver Bus’ takes you directly to the lifts at Mount Snow just 2 minutes away. Return to the Inn, enjoy their Hot Tub, Fireplace Lounge, BYOB Bar, Games Room and Wifi. Dinner is available to groups.

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

Okemo Valley VT is location of the Village of Chester and the Fullerton Inn and Restaurant. A country inn and a Vermont classic. Okemo is in south-central Vermont, featuring southern Vermont’s highest vertical drop and vast trail network that spans five distinct alpine areas, an exceptional skiing and riding experience for all ability levels. Also close to Stratton Mountain and Magic Mountain Ski Resort. The casual restaurant is a central hub for locals and inn guests alike.

Interested in these Vermont and New Hampshire Inns for sale? Give us a call. In New England resort areas the green doesn’t stop when the snow melts. If you have ever spent any time in Vermont and New Hampshire in the summer and fall you know what I mean.

A great winter season brings in the green but just around the calendar corner is spring skiing, warmer sun and longer days and March maple sugaring. Followed by summer hiking and biking, fall foliage and that crisp air with the hint of winter to come.

Question? Do you know what ‘stick season ‘ is? That brief time after fall foliage when the trees are bare and innkeepers can take a brief break!

Vermont and New Hampshire are not the only winter wonderlands.  Maine winters are prime time for winter lovers. Next blog will feature the green that comes from the Camden Hills, Rockland, Bethel, Fryeburg, Moosehead Lake and more. Stay tuned.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf








Ohio-From Big Cities to Quiet Farmland

February 23rd, 2017 by Janet Wolf

Ohio-From Big Cities to Quiet Farmland

Ohio could be labeled the juxtaposition state. The cities of Cleveland, Canton, Akron and Columbus. Take a drive from these metro areas and you are immediately transformed to another time. The world’s largest Amish Country, Holmes County, unspoiled countryside farmland and small towns. A beautiful juxtaposition.

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Yoder’s Amish Home.

Quiz time…

What do these Ohio small towns have in common? Point Pleasant, Mentor, Fremont, Marion and North Bend.

Answer: Birthplaces or homesteads of five of the eight Ohioans that held our nation’s highest office.

Can you name all eight? That’s’ a tough one. Just read this great article from Ohio Magazine, Presidential Road Trips for the answer. Fun stuff for presidential history buffs. Presidential libraries and homesteads are fascinating to visit, you can learn so much.

Now off to the farmland of the peaceful Amish folk. In my research I was astounded with what this area has to offer. The customs and traditions of the Amish are so telling in how our country’s farming ancestry thrived and survived. There is so much to discover. Another travel article from Midwest Living: Getaway in Ohio’s Amish Country. Their suggestion: ‘Follow the buggies (not the tour buses) along Holmes County’s backroads to the farm and shops of everyday Amish life.’ Roadside shops filled with colorful dry good, handmade tools and toys, farmer’s markets and food! Homemade and oh so country.

Miller’s Bakery offers warm sweet rolls the size of hands folded in prayer

One place to stay and savor the flavor of the Amish Country is The Barn Inn, Millersburg. This unique Inn was constructed from an enormous barn. The common guest areas, specifically the gathering and dining areas enjoy a large space with soaring ceilings with the original rough- hewn wood beams and massive stone fireplace. Many of the guest rooms also enjoy the architectural element of the barn beams along with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, porch access, and attractive furnishings. The draw is the quiet farmland scenery (think juxtaposition) with the advantage of easy reach from Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Pittsburgh.

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The Barn Inn, Millersburg, Holmes County Ohio

Are you seeking a bed and breakfast for sale in Ohio? The Barn Inn is offered by The B&B Team®. We invite you to start your search for Ohio bed & breakfasts right here, from big cities to quiet farmland. There may be other Ohio inns for sale that we are aware of, but do not have listed here. We can help. It is what we do and love doing it! Give us a call. ‘Your next adventure starts here’,

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Put an Egg on It!

February 15th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

Put an egg on it

Ultimate ‘put an egg on it’ cuisine By Dana Moos

Having a background in commercial food preparation or even chef training is not a prerequisite in becoming an innkeeper. But many of our clients that are now innkeepers were professional chefs.  In many of their backgrounds, breakfasts were never a part of their repertoire. Therefore some AM cuisine creativity was in order.

At the recent InnSpire Summit in Long Beach CA, I was chatting with new innkeepers Nadine Pinto and Brad Ipsan, innkeeper/owners of the Atlantean Cottage B&B, Bar Harbor Maine. Both are trained chefs. In fact it was Nadine who gave me the idea for the title of this blog. “Prepare a savory entrée…put an egg on it…voila, its’ breakfast.”

Take this example from The Inn at Pleasant Lake, New London New Hampshire. This dish was voted one of the ‘Best B&B Breakfasts Tournament 2016’. Bed and Breakfast. com.

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New England Johnny Cod Cake- Poached Egg, Oven Roasted tomatoes, Lemon-Tarragon Aioli

Before becoming an Innkeeper, Phil Crispo was an Associate Professor at the world-renown Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY for over eight years. With partner Sue Walser they became innkeepers of the Norumbega Inn, Camden Maine in 2012. He is a master of ‘put an egg on it’ cuisine. Here is one of his breakfast creations.

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Norumbega Inn Breakfast WOW

A potato nest, spinach, smoked salmon, a poached egg and sauce. Now I know that Phil and Sue describe it much better than I did but it looks delish and it tastes the same. Rick and I were lucky to have sampled this creation.

Very trendy these days are breakfast toasts. These can be savory or sweet. The presentation tends to be very simple and many boast energy boosting qualities. My favorite go to breakfast toast: one slice 9 grain bread, ¼ sliced avocado, fried egg and Shiraca sauce. This simple recipe can be transformed into B&B breakfast worthy. Take a look.

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Kate Parisi at The Inn at English Meadows prepares and presents some spectacular breakfasts. The art of using simple ingredients with artistic presentation equals WOW in her kitchen.

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Parmesan French toast with super crisp bacon!

I could go on and on with some wonderful B&B breakfast examples. From Benedict variations to simple ingredient toasts. Planned creatively and executed properly, the variety is endless. Just remember, whenever in doubt…just put an egg on it.

Find more creations by Dana Moos, Broker, The B&B Team and author of The Art of Breakfast. Dana’s creation in lead photo; Fried green tomatoes with poached eggs, lobster, remoulade sauce and fresh chives!

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Day 3-InnSpire Summit & Marketplace

February 6th, 2017 by Rick Wolf

Day 3-InnSpire Summit & Marketplace

What a great conference. Thank you AIHP, CABBI and Select Registry

Day 3-InnSpire Summit & Marketplace.

The B&B Team was so happy to see so many of our recent clients attend this conference. Between all of us we counted about 12 to 15 couples and singles, aspiring innkeepers and new innkeepers. All of them have attended one of our Aspiring Innkeeper Seminars. We always advise our attendees to attend conferences, and this group listened!

Morning sessions Day 3 included another well attended New Innkeeper Path session. ‘Marketing for the New Innkeeper: What You Need to Succeed’ Led by both professional consultants and seasoned successful innkeepers. This session’s goal was to help new innkeepers answer the question, ‘where do I start’?

‘Dealing with the Skeletons in your Digital Closet’  Lisa Kolb, Acorn Internet Services knows her Google! Your listing placement is influenced by so many factors. And it is constantly changing. Knowing where you land and how to rid yourself of the skeletons that may be holding your placement hostage. Good stuff to learn.

“Rooms Reborn” presentation with a nearly full room. Mathew Lovette, Jumping Rock Photography

The remaining sessions were culinary, staffing, more marketing, guest spaces and preventive maintenance.  Last day is a half day. Total of 10 sessions.

Marketplace closes and we are all off to the closing general session and lunch. The speaker at the lunch was Joshua Evans, ‘Enthusiastic You! Rediscovering Your Passion and Energy for Hospitality’. We all need to rekindle our enthusiasm from time to time. Being engaged in what you do and having fun doing it! A good thought to end the conference.

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So long! Queen Mary, Long Beach – California

Tough to say goodbye. Hugs all around. Check to see if we all have our Deneen conference mugs and those collected business cards.

From all of us at The B&B Team.

Thanks for Listening, Thanks for Attending and just Thanks!



Day 2-InnSpire Summit & Marketplace

February 1st, 2017 by Rick Wolf

Day 2 InnSpire Summit & Marketplace. Good Morning -Unique Angles, Marcus Berg Photography

Day 2-InnSpire Summit & Marketplace.

The conference this year is a collaboration with the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals, AIHP, The California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns, CABBI and Select Registry. This took organization and hours and hours of work. As in any non-profit organization much of the work is done by volunteers. To list all of them would be tough, especially if I leave someone out! So here is a BIG shout out to them all, in all three of the organizations.

The morning sessions included branding, cleaning, OTA’s, revenue management and yield management and ADA. I took some time and wandered through thhe crowd and did a mini survey, talking to innkeepers to see which sessions talked to them.

‘Financial Benchmarking-Getting More Profit from Your Inn’. Presented by Terry Hammer, Hermann Hill Vineyard Inn & Spa. Terry always gets high praise and respect from innkeepers that attend his sessions. “Terry is amazing…his attitude and respect towards his staff and guests is primary. I would not only stay at his Inn but would also work for him anytime.” Profitability for Terry is never at the expense of his staff. “The intent and actions of an individual (cause), influence the future of that individual (effect)”.Good karma works every time.!

‘An In-depth and Personal Look at ADA and How It Affects your Property’ An innkeeper from New Orleans commented that she had to become ADA compliant when she did renovations on her property after the hurricane damage. She said if she had been more informed about the process she could have saved a lot of time and angst! Education can take away the fear of the unknown. Especially when it comes to the bureaucracy of compliance.

Peter Deneen, Deneen Pottery working the floor!

Lunch in the Marketplace. Time to refuel and visit the booths.

Afternoon Sessions:

‘Did Someone Say Insurance?’  A subject that is often avoided, perceived as boring and scary. But so necessary to our business and something that should never be avoided. The conversations included real case studies and their ultimate happy endings. Learn and the scare goes away.

Now there are some fun food sessions. A feast for the eyes and the soul. ‘Tablescapes and Pretty Plates’. We all need some new ideas in this category.

16 sessions in all for this day.

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AIHP CEO Rob Fulton and Kelly

6:30 to 11:00  Inspire Summit Gala and Live Auction  Time to dress up and have fun!

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

The InnSpire Summit & Marketplace-Value Added

January 31st, 2017 by Rick Wolf

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The InnSpire Summit & Marketplace, Queen Mary. Long Beach CA

Day 1…The InnSpire Summit & Marketplace, The Queen Mary, Long Beach CA. Ran into and old friend and colleague. Started chatting about innkeeping conferences, current and past. He told me about a comment from an innkeeper that he would never forget. He asked this innkeeper, what is the value you get from attending an innkeeping conference?

“Attending a conference gives you the opportunity to place yourself high on a mountain top and view the battlefield landscape to help plan your attack. The alternative is to stay bogged down in the trenches, trying to dig yourself out and getting nowhere.”

Love this!

Here is a sample of some of the sessions offered, the landscape.

There are different paths or categories to choose from.

New Innkeeper Path

Guest Experience Path

Heads on Beds Path

Back of the House Path

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Peter Scherman-The B&B Team

One of the first sessions was for the newbies, ‘Benchmarks for the New Innkeeper: How do I Measure my First Year in Business?‘ The room was packed with new and seasoned innkeepers. Peter Scherman, and innkeeper Don Lynch presented some tools and stats to help you gauge your business success. Ways to work ‘on your business’, not just ‘in your business’. Big difference.

The ‘Guest Experience Path’ offered, ‘The Dynamics of Creating Consistency’. A panel of seasoned innkeepers talked about their approach to brand consistency at their inns. How they deliver on the promise their marketing presents. Their experiences triggered lively audience participation with questions and more great examples. You could see light bulbs go off.

The InnSpire Summit & Marketplace

Chip Conley-Airbnb

Heads on Beds Path. ‘How Airbnb and Professional Bed and Breakfast Can Collaborate and Win Together.’  Now you can imagine how packed this session was! Led by Chip Conley, Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, Airbnb. How the future of a collaboration between B&Bs and Airbnb is one that can benefit both. The presentation and discussion, among many, involved the plan for Airbnb to launch a ‘Professional Designation’ category on their website. This has been promised in the past and is still in the working stages.

Lunch was served in the Marketplace for attendees and Allied Partners. Time to shop and network with variety of old friends and new. 58 booths in total. From Amenities to Website Design. The buzz and enthusiasm in the hall is invigorating.

After we all refueled, back to education. How about some help with Social Media?  ‘Mastering Social Media Advertising’. Alex Cameron, founder and CEO, Signature Marketing Consulting offered great ‘how to’ advise on Facebook Ads. Step by step tools, simply presented and applicable for our business.

Late afternoon sessions. Time to grab some coffee at Starbucks. The landscape is broadening.

Back of the House Path offering, ‘The State of the Marketplace: Are Inns Selling? Are Banks Lending? Are There Buyers and What Are They Looking For? Rick and Peter are finishing this session as I am writing. I hope they left time for plenty of questions.

There was a total of 23 sessions today. Most innkeeper couples and/or staff divide and conquer the battlefield then gather to plan their next attack. Day 1 coming to an end. See you tomorrow.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf


New York State Country Inns Reboot

January 25th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

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New York State Country Inns

“I think 2017 will be a banner year for U.S. B&Bs and guesthouses, rebooting the classic American inn experience.” O boy, do we love to read these kind of predictions! This is coming from Ben Pundole writing for A Hotel Life. Hoteliers writing about small lodging properties, very interesting.

The article’s focus was on a New York Catskills property described as “relaxed, rustic, off the grid elegance“. The experience described,“beautiful walks, seasonal food and a cheese and wine hour by an open fire-unpretentious, but heavenly.”

Recently properties like the one described here are being called ‘lifestyle-design’ hotels. Note that they are using ’hotel’ to describe anything from 6 to 30+ guest room properties. B&Bs in this category, you bet.

New York State has fantastic regions that offer the rustic and unpretentious elegant experience travelers are seeking today. Catskill Mountains, Adirondacks, Hudson Valley and the Finger Lakes are names well known to tourists. These regions became the summer heat-escape destinations for early city dwellers. Now, any time of year is a good time to escape!

The B&B Team offers New York Inns for sale that are prime for new owners to take to a new level for that 2017 banner year! Take a peek at our current listings.

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1890 Victorian Lady

Southern Adirondacks steps away from Lake Luzerne lies a beautifully kept Victorian lady B&B set among a grove of pine trees. A quiet village locale yet near Lake George and Saratoga Springs if anyone wants step up the volume.


In the New York Finger Lakes is a distinctive historic inn. Built in 1833, this stone mill became an inn in 1982. Located near Rochester, NY. The property is graced with lush grounds that include a trout stream, and a sparkling pond.

A classic Finger Lakes property sits on a verdant hilltop above one of New York’s famous Finger Lakes, sparkling Honeoye Lake. Purpose built in the 1990’s. In the heart of Wine Country with more than 120 wineries and 50 breweries dotting the surrounding countryside.

Any of these three New York Inns for sale by The B&B Team are ready for a reboot from new owners. We know that travelers today are looking for that unique experience that small lodging properties can provide. That classic American inn experience.

Can you give an 1890 Victorian lady some modern flourishes while keeping her historic charm, you bet. I’ve seen it done in many historic B&B’s, it works and guests love it.

And what about that ‘relaxed, rustic, off the grid elegance’. The Finger Lakes properties are prime for this kind of transformation. If you have that kind of lifestyle-design vision, go for it.

There may be other New York State country inns we are aware of that are not listed here. Learn how to get in touch with a specialist in finding a bed and breakfast for sale in New York that’s just right for you.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf