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College Town B&Bs for Sale-Opportunity Knocks

October 19th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

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Opportunity Knocks. College Town B&Bs for sale. Shenandoah Valley Inn

In recent years college towns across the US have been touted as great environments to retire to. Did you know they also make it onto lists of best towns for entrepreneurs? It is not only about education and cultural opportunities. College towns attract industry and employment opportunities. Put this all together and it adds up to? College towns as very good locations for…you got it, bed and breakfasts and country inns. Good college town locations bring good businesses! Lets’ take a look at what The B&B Team has of offer.

Staunton, Virginia-Overlooking the Rolling Hills of the Shenandoah Valley

The list of colleges in close vicinity to Staunton is astounding. Mary Baldwin University, James Madison University, Washington and Lee University, and University of Virginia. In short, Staunton is at the heart of education in Virginia!

With colleges and universities come graduates, many of whom want to get married close to their alma mater. Shenandoah Valley Inn and Wedding Venue for sale is ideally located and with the facilities to make this come true. Plus more…12 acres of grounds surround the inn, 10 spacious guest rooms, commercial kitchen set up for catering and spectacular Shenandoah Valley sunsets! The opportunity here also includes growth. Performance the past few years has been modest but the growth potential is significant, given the property’s perfect setting, size, and facilities for weddings and events as well as luxurious bed & breakfast accommodations.

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Annapolis Maryland College Town Bed & Breakfast

Annapolis, Maryland-Colonial Capital City

Best known as the home of the United States Naval Academy. Prestigious comes to mind, Forbes rated it as the #1 public college in the US. St. Johns College is another college draw. The third oldest college in the US with high marks too.  Annapolis seaport and its maritime history attracts more than 1 million people a year to its shores. Quite significant!

The Annapolis Maryland B&B for sale, located in the historic district of Annapolis, is ideally suited for a couple or single owner looking for the pleasant lifestyle of this Chesapeake Bay maritime area. With a MUCH higher Average Daily Rate than most other inns, this Annapolis Maryland B&B for sale offers the location, luxury, privacy, and historic quality for a satisfying innkeeper lifestyle as well as offering additional growth opportunities for a continued strong bottom line.

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Clinton, New York College Town B&B

Clinton, New York-Mohawk Valley Village

Clinton is referred to as a New England style village, I suppose because of its picturesque historic quaintness. It is very pretty. As is Hamilton College, a highly-ranked liberal arts college and major source of lodging for guests for The Arbor Inn, a successful 7 room B&B. The Inn overlooks the 1,350-acre campus of Hamilton College.

The inn is housed in a handsome 19th century farmhouse with later additions. It sits on 4.8 lush acres, graced by mature maple trees. Outside, a courtyard garden, extensive decks, porches and a patio maximize the pastoral setting. The inn’s business is consistently strong and the lifestyle consistently invigorating. Restaurants, shops and entertainment in college towns offer variety and cultural vibrancy. They don’t just cater to students, the community benefits and supports the businesses. Plus only 10 minutes from Utica, home of Utica College, another vital community.

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Lehigh Valley PA College Town B&B for Sale

Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania-Small Towns, Big Hearts

College towns are not all about size, it is about heart, history and the celebration of the culture of our country. You can find all this in the three small towns located in the Lehigh Valley; Allentown, Easton and Bethlehem.

Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania Inn for sale is visited by business and leisure travelers and families visiting Lehigh University, Lafayette College, Muhlenburg College, DeSales University. Another multiple college town of Easton. The inn’s strong relationship with the local colleges as well as two hospitals and a nearby industrial park is a large part of the Inn’s guest base. Eighteen guest rooms consistently occupied by parents of students, visiting performers and speakers, business travelers, as well as families visiting the hugely popular Crayola Experience.

Staunton, Annapolis, Clinton and Easton…these college towns and the inns for sale within offer good solid places to live and work. Your entrepreneurial spirt can thrive and grow in these locations. Opportunity knocks once again.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Off the Beaten Path Waterside Inns for Sale

October 12th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

Off the Beaten Path Waterside Inns for Sale-Opportunity Knocks

Explore and discover off the beaten path waterside inns for sale locations. Opportunity knocks once again!

  • Places where the ‘night life’ is lying on a blanket in a field, gazing at a carpet of stars and listening to the chirping of crickets or the call of the loons.
  • Where ‘fine dining’ may be chatting with local fishermen at a pub and ordering the fresh catch of the day recommended by your pub mate.
  • Where a ‘shopping spree’ could be wandering into a small village where handmade Amish goods are sold, quaintly displayed on front porches.

It is all about relaxing, slowing your pace and having no stress laden agenda to keep.

Sound good?

There are so many locations in the US that are comparable to what I have described. Where travelers can explore and discover the night life, fine dining and shopping sprees, off the beaten path style.

Thought…you may even want to live and own a business in one of these places.

Here are a few off the beaten path waterside inns for sale you may want to explore and discover for yourselves.

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Chesapeake City Inn

Chesapeake City, Maryland-Hidden Treasure of the Chesapeake

Relax along the C&D Canal (Chesapeake and Delaware). Chesapeake City is a small town located in a tranquil unspoiled section of Maryland that sprang into existence in the 19th Century when the canal was created. The many restored 19th-century buildings and houses spot the town streets. Many have been converted into B&Bs. This Chesapeake City Inn  for sale is on the canal overlooking the placid waters with the maritime traffic slowly passing by. Explore and discover the laid-back lifestyle of a maritime community.

Cannon Beach Oregon

Cannon Beach, Oregon-Small Refined Seaside Village

Located in the Northwest corner of Oregon. In 1846 a cannon washed up on the shore from a shipwreck, thus the name. The shoreline is dramatic with the iconic Haystack Rock a focal point. On top is a protected wildlife refuge. And that’s as wild as it gets! Explore and discover Cannon Beach pastimes. Beachcombing (never quite understood what beachcombing is?) but you can do it here!  Plenty of tide-pools and whales to watch too. Two nearby state parks, Ecola and Oswalt, a National Pacific Coast Byway and the dramatic Nehalem Alps, lots of exploring and discovering!  Near the town of Cannon Beach sits Arch Cape Inn for sale. Built in 1994 to resemble a European chateau, the elegant and unique Oregon Coast Inn is as dramatic as the Pacific coastline it inhabits.

New York Adirondack Inn

Lakeside Adirondack New York Escape

The lure of the lake is why you are here! Located just off NY Route 28 in the middle of the Adirondacks where the wilderness is less crowded and the livin’ is easy. This NY Adirondack inn for sale is a destination resort where you can hide your car keys and experience a complete relaxed getaway without leaving the property. The private access to the pristine lake from the inn is a real plus. Complimentary rentals of kayaks and canoes to explore and discover the lake. Back to the inn for dining, swim in the pool, a sauna, and a nap? And in winter, after nearby downhill skiing or snowshoeing, the inn is a warm welcoming respite.

Prominent Moosehead Lake Country inn

Moosehead Lake, Maine-Wilderness Travel Destination

The Northwoods of Maine is untamed and truly one of the most spectacular places in the world. Nestled beneath the green forests and blue mountains is Moosehead Lake. The largest lake in the eastern United States that stretches 40 miles long and 20 wide island-dotted miles. The small town of Greenville sits on the lower end of the lake, noted as the ‘historic gateway to the north country’. The Lodge at Moosehead Lake and a prominent Moosehead Lake Area Classic Country Inn are two inns for sale in Greenville, Moosehead Lake area. Guests staying at these properties can explore and discover the lake from a floatplane, a guided tour by Maine Guides or a cruise on the historic steamship Katadin.

The Lodge at Moosehead Lake

If a quieter off the beaten path lifestyle is what you dream about, these few featured properties may become your reality. The B&B Team can help. Plus there are other off the beaten path inns not mentioned here. (A bit of a teaser!)

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Opportunity Knocks!-Bed & Breakfasts for Sale 5 Rooms or Less

October 5th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

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Opportunity Knocks! Bed & Breakfasts for sale 5 Rooms or Less. Finger Lakes B&B

Yes…Bed & Breakfasts for sale 5 rooms or less. In addition, financially viable bed and breakfasts!

Lets’ get started.

In the Finger Lakes of New York there is a 5- guest room, including cabins, Bed & Breakfast for sale. It is a beauty, located between Seneca and Keuka Lakes, in the geographic heart of the Finger Lakes region, where tourism flourishes. The inn is listed as financially viable, rare for the number of guest room offerings. There are 2 cabins on the 6 acres and it has real expansion capability for more.

For owner/innkeepers:

The owner’s annex provides 1350 ± square feet of living space including a full kitchen, dining area, large living room, master bedroom, adjoining study and 1 ½ bathrooms. Large living room windows maximize views across the valley. An attached three bay garage provides plenty of storage and workshop space. WOW!

Interested? Arrange a visit to this fine Finger Lakes B&B Gem for sale soon!

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Barcelona Lakeside Bed & Breakfast for Sale

Another ‘Small Inn, Big Success’ inn for sale in the Empire State, on the south shore of Lake Erie in Chautauqua County. Barcelona Lakeside Bed and Breakfast is a 4-guest room inn.

The inn is rated #1 out of 35 area B&Bs on TripAdvisor™. Barcelona Lakeside B&B is close to Chautauqua County’s and is the only area B&B with sweeping views of Lake Erie. Another real beauty! The house is a restored historic farmhouse surrounded by gardens and neighboring vineyards. These are just some of the reasons for the inn’s great success.

New owners can “turn the key” to this fine B&B and build on its solid foundation of profitability.

New River Gorge B&B

Morris Harvey House Bed & Breakfast

Lets’ move along to West Virginia to the historic 5 guest room Morris Harvey House in Fayetteville. Located in the middle of the New River Gorge recreational area. An incredible natural park encompassing over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, rich in cultural and natural history.

This New River Gorge bed and breakfast for sale boasts a solid track record of success with occupancies averaging around 50%, a remarkable achievement for any inn in a small-town setting, which is testament to the strength of the draw that the Gorge is.

For the owner/innkeepers:

A detached adjacent owner’s cottage with 2 bedrooms and full bath, kitchen, and living/dining room, affording space to relax and get away from the business while being immediately convenient.

These three bed & breakfasts for sale 5 rooms or less gives new innkeeper/owners the opportunity to own and operate a viable business in beautiful viable tourist driven areas.

Thanks for Listening and letting The B&B Team share with you these three Bed & Breakfasts for sale 5 rooms or less.

Opportunity knocks 3 times!

Janet Wolf

Old Fashioned Mountain Lodge Experience

May 2nd, 2016 by Janet Wolf

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Bromley Mountain Vermont-View from the Bromley View Inn

If you are a skier and love to ski with your family, an old fashioned mountain lodge experience is something you may seek. ‘Old fashioned’ can evoke a number of images as well as fond memories. These may be memories you recall from your youth that you want to re-live and share with your family. Let me list a few experiences here and see if you get the picture.

  • Rising early to a hearty breakfast of eggs, home fries and toast. Like something sweet for breakfast? Kids can have cereal or what kid doesn’t like pancakes or French toast. Topped with ‘real’ Vermont maple syrup.
  • Grab your skis and off to the slopes where there are serious and gentle slopes. Runs for all levels.
  • Back to the lodge in the afternoon to rest and re-group.
  • Relax by a roaring wood fire in a comfortable lounge with other like-minded folks and kids. A large screen TV, video games and a pool table complete the picture.
  • The tavern opens in the late afternoon for ‘adult beverages’.
  • There are board games and books and time to enjoy them.
  • All in all, old fashioned fun you may not have time to enjoy in your over-scheduled everyday life.
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Bromley Mountain Kids Ski School

All of the above old fashioned mountain lodge experiences can be found at the Bromley View Inn. An intimate cozy family owned and operated lodge located in southern Vermont near Stratton and Bromley Mountain, couldn’t get any better! Bromley was voted #3 in the East by Ski magazine for Kid Friendly Activities in 2015.

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Bromley View Inn Labrador Lounge & Tavern

The view of Bromley Mountain is what gives the inn its name. View the sun on the mountain as you enjoy breakfast and preview where you will be heading for a fun family day of skiing.

What else does the area have to offer? Summer and fall family fun, too. Bromley has alpine slides, zip-riders and bungee trampolines. These are great soft adventure activities that appeal to all ages. Want to go back in time? There is miniature golf and movies at the Village Picture Show in Manchester. There are sleigh rides just down the road and ice skating on a frozen pond.

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Bromley Sun Mountain Flyer

 

Bromley Mountain Water Slide

Bromley Mountain Water Slide

Vermont’s Bromley Mountain does a good job at delivering the Vermont mountain experience. While on vacation, travelers want a place to retreat to where they feel like they belong. Not just a place to stay. Bromley View Inn delivers a friendly face of innkeepers that welcomes your family or group and dogs, too! Knowledgeable innkeepers that know how to help you make your vacation days full of as many Vermont mountain experiences you desire, catered just for you.

The Bromley View Inn for sale with The B&B Team , Inn Consultants LLC awaits new innkeepers that desire to live the Vermont mountain lifestyle and provide guests with that old fashioned mountain lodge experience. New innkeepers have the opportunity to create their own ‘new’ old fashioned experiences. Fun!

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Travel Slowly and Stop Often

February 3rd, 2016 by Janet Wolf

Burlington's Willis Graves B&B Northern Kentucky

Burlington’s Willis Graves B&B Northern Kentucky

A well-known journalist of his time, George Ade once wrote, “travel slowly and stop often,” written in 1921 when the pleasures of motoring were taking hold on the public. The automobile provided a way to travel and have the opportunity to stop at your leisure, unlike rail travel where you stopped on a schedule. George believed “motorists were rushing past the things worth seeing, instead of stopping to enjoy them.” Now understand, this was 1921! What would he think of today’s GPS dependent travel, travelling from point A to point B with maybe a fast stop for gas, fast food and a restroom? Slowly he turns over in his grave!

I agree with George. Motoring off the major thruways and onto historic highways and byways is a great way to see our country. In the Tri-State area of Northern Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana there is much to see and explore and the best way is to travel slowly and stop often.

Burlington Kentucky-Tri-State Area

Burlington Kentucky-Tri-State Area

If one is especially interested in historic travel the countryside in northern Kentucky is a place that can (in George’s distinct language) “instruct or entertain the caller.” There are always stories to be discovered behind walls, whether it be an old Grange Hall, former mill or preserved homesteads like Harriet Beecher Stowe House. Or take short hikes to visit ghost roads and phantom bridges. How about a riverboat cruise on the Ohio River? History and antiques go together and the antique shops, malls and shows are a real draw in the area. I love this kind of travel, especially if there is a great place to stay.

Willis Grave B&B Federal Brick Homestead

Willis Graves B&B Federal Brick Homestead

On the edge of a small town in northern Kentucky is a Bed and Breakfast worth a stop and a stay. Burlington’s Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast is an inn where you have a choice of staying in two historic buildings, masterly restored and preserved by current innkeepers. The Willis Graves Federal brick homestead and the William Rouse log cabin. Yes, you feel like you are stepping back in time, yet the luxury bathrooms with whirlpool tubs and steam showers, high quality linens, robes and towels and bountiful breakfasts make it truly a place to stop, stay awhile, take deep breaths and go slow.

Pampering at Willis Graves B&B

Pampering at Willis Graves B&B

Many travelers have done just that and have expressed their appreciation with reviews. In 2015 it was one of Bed and Breakfast.com top 10 US B&B’s. This is a great honor and was picked up by the local news which produced a wonderful feature on the inn and innkeepers. Check out the video.

For buyers seeking a small but financially viable B&B for sale in a small but vibrant country town, stop and consider The B&B Team’s offering, Burlington’s Willis Graves B&B. The country living is relaxed, yet being so close to the city lights of Greater Cincinnati makes the location very convenient and very marketable.

If you are longing to take that slow road in your next life’s journey consider the slow road to Kentucky and make Burlington’s Willis Graves B&B Inn your home. Take George’s advice and don’t rush past what is worth seeing, stop and enjoy.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Investor Confidence in Rockland Maine

October 14th, 2015 by Janet Wolf

Investor confidence in Rockland Maine

Rockland Main Street

When a community starts to draw investors, especially more than one, there is a very good reason. They have done their homework and they see the future and it has dollar signs. Of course the development has to be done correctly with the historical integrity and the overall welfare of the community in mind. This is the case with what is happening in Rockland Maine. The investor confidence in Rockland Maine is strong.

Tourism is the number one industry in the state of Maine. Tourists come to Maine for many reasons. The reasons in Rockland are many and growing. “Businesses related to the arts continue to flourish and grow; this is a major piece of Rockland’s economy.” This is from an article written by Jennifer Van Allen for Mainebiz, ‘Rock-Solid Resurgence’. The tourists who are attracted to the art scene also like good restaurants and shops that offer home-grown local food and goods. “There is also a momentum continuing with the emergence of award-winning restaurants like Primo and Café Miranda.” She goes on to say; “…these projects are being driven by the organic growth of the institutions and entrepreneurs who are based here.”

So the new investors will benefit from the existing and growing home-grown businesses and the community will also benefit. It’s all good! I think the word is ‘symbiotic’.

Here is a quick list of the exciting new projects underway in Rockland.

  • Main Street Markets: A grocery that sells organic, local and natural foods and a café. Located in a historic Main Street building being renovated. Future investments along Main Street are also in the plans for this investor.
  • Dowling Walsh Gallery: The gallery owner is constructing a five-story building in the back of the current Main Street gallery. It will house retail shops on the ground floor and storage and management for art on the upper floors.
Consumer confidence in Rockland Maine

CMCA’s Vision for the Future-Rockland Maine

  • The Maine Center for Contemporary Art: The 63 year old institution is building a new home in Rockland. A Toshiko-Mori-designed building. The $3 million site is expected to open in July 2016
  • The Farnsworth Art Museum: Structural upgrades and improvements to the 67 year old institution on the main building, the Wyeth Center and the Olsen House in Cushing. Completed or near completion.
  • New restaurants popping up all the time in Rockland and nearby mid-coast locations. One example is 3Crow downtown Rockland. Listed as one of the best new restaurants in Maine by Downeast Magazine. “Rich southern food (mostly local) meets craft beer and an expertly curated whiskey selection.”
consumer confidence in Rockland Maine

3Crow Restaurant, Main Street Rockland Maine

These are real examples of the increasing reasons why visitors will and continue to visit Rockland. Everyone benefits, including the Berry Manor Inn. This inn is a prime example of a successful Rockland home-gown entrepreneur business. It is one of the premier lodging properties not only on the mid-coast but in Maine.

Investor Confidence in Rockland Maine

The Berry Manor Inn Carriage House

Why do they stand out? If you visit their website you will not only see a variety of luxurious guest rooms to choose from but as one journeys through the pages you will experience all of what the Berry Manor Inn, Rockland and the mid-coast has to offer. Because of their excellence in providing top notch hospitality, top notch marketing and well…top notch everything, the Berry Manor Inn is producing solid revenues. A combination any investor would find impressive.

Current innkeepers, Mike and Cheryl, also see the benefit and opportunity in the current and future growth in Rockland. They recently purchased the Talbot House next door to the Berry Manor Inn. This beautiful mansard style Victorian house could be run as a B&B in conjunction with the Berry Manor Inn or as a stand-alone B&B business. Current owners have forged ahead and have permitted architectural plans for 8 rooms with ensuite baths plus innkeepers quarters with renovations under way. Investor confidence in Rockland Maine, they’ve got it!

Investor Confidence in Rockland Maine

Edward Hopper Painting of the Talbot House

Additional lodging rooms in Rockland equals positive growth.  Forward thinking home grown entrepreneurs like Mike and Cheryl see the future and just like the out of town investors, they see dollar signs too. Future owners/innkeepers can benefit from the existing Berry Manor Inn and the additional opportunity right next door!

The B&B Team is proud to represent the Berry Manor Inn for sale.

Thank for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Edenton North Carolina-Old Town, New Discovery

September 29th, 2015 by Janet Wolf

Edenton North Carolina

Edenton Waterfront

Travel writers have been writing about the importance of discovering ‘new’ destinations for the travelling public for decades. Marketers love anything that is ‘new’. This is a challenge for marketing a destination. How do you make something old new again?

Edenton North Carolina is definitely not ‘new’. “Edenton is the second-oldest town authorized by legislation in North Carolina and it has been a witness to and participant in our nation’s history for more than 300 years.” History of Edenton NC’, by Renée S. Gordon.

Edenton has been honored by Forbes and Smithsonian Travel. It was listed 11th of the ‘Best Small Towns to Visit’ in 2015 and named ‘One of the Prettiest Towns in America’. Great honors and well deserved.

But what else is there about Edenton that attracts people who love to travel to this pretty small town? In my research I discovered a two part travel article by Renée S. Gordon. Her writing helped me discover a bit of history that was new to me, it was also enlightening and moving. A destination must tell a story, especially one that is steeped in history like Edenton. In her article Ms. Gordon writes:

“One of the things Edenton does best is tell a “complete” story, inclusive of all its residents, black or white, slave or free, rich or poor and that fact alone makes the city more than just a pretty façade.” In her two part article she writes of Edenton’s part in the Maritime Underground Railroad and “the contributions of black watermen to the UGRR and the black community.” She continues to chronicle the life of Edenton native, Harriot Ann Jacobs. She was born into slavery and later freed and eventually wrote her autobiographical story that addressed the struggle for freedom by female slaves. This once little known and often untold history has been embraced and enriched by the Historic Edenton Visitors Center through self-guided tours, historical markers and exhibits, as well as selling copies of Harriot Ann Jacob’s book, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

Edenton North Carolina historical marker

A part of Edenton that is quite apparent is the impressive historic architecture. Ms. Gordon’s writes; “Tours of the historic area are a tour of American architectural history.” As we well know, innkeeper/owners are among the best preservationists of historical homes. Prime examples are here in Edenton. Five gracious architecturally stunning historic homes are now bed and breakfast inns. Each tells a story of Edenton.

Edenton North Carolina B&B

Captain’s Quarters Inn

The Captain’s Quarters Inn is a 1907 Colonial Revival Home built for Metrah and Mary Makely by architect Frank Fred Muth. The house was turned into a bed and breakfast in 1992 and has received ongoing restorations. It stands proud in its stately beauty on Queen Street just around the corner from Albemarle Sound. Current innkeepers, Don and Diane Pariseau purchased the inn in 2004 and continue to upgrade and enhance this remarkable property. The B&B Team is offering the Captain’s Quarters for sale. A wonderful opportunity for new innkeepers to embrace this property and the Edenton community. Don and Diane took something old and made it new again by breathing new life into the house. Taking a timeless classic and re-positioning it into something new in a timely way can be a very rewarding challenge for new innkeepers.

There is always a new story to be told, new discoveries to be found. Within the history, beauty and charm of Edenton and the Captain’s Quarters Inn you may discover just that.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Hocking Hills in Ohio

August 17th, 2015 by Janet Wolf

Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

The Hocking Hills in Ohio was placed among a lofty group of getaway destinations a while ago by Budget Travel. 25 Beautiful Places to Get Away From It All. Here was their pitch:

“Close enough to home that we can get there in a few hours. You really get off the grid and it’s fabulous. Beautiful forests, caves, waterfalls, and amazing hiking that will surprise some people that it’s Ohio.” —Charlotte Horseman

Why Hocking Hills? It is a true retreat in the true meaning of the word! Like the other 25 Budget Travel destinations which include way off of the grid places like Antarctica and Fiji, the Hocking Hills in Ohio is in a world of its own. The serenity of nature surrounds visitors to the Hocking Hills with ancient forests, waterfalls, caves and rock formations. A place where you can visit and do absolutely nothing or rev up your adventurous side.

 

Off the grid…does that mean no cell phone coverage? Yes and that is not such a bad thing. In fact one emerging travel trend is travelers seeking retreats where they can (or must) leave their gadgets behind. There are some city hotels that are offering ‘technology-free’ packages. Personally I question the future success of these in a city location, too easy to cheat!

Of course travelers have to find these retreats through advanced technology like travel apps and or Smart TV but once you arrive…disconnect then reconnect and renew relationships with your partner, family or business colleagues.

No better place to do this than at the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. Back in 1987 entrepreneur Anne Castle had a vision. She envisioned a place where folks could retreat to nature in a destination she loved, the Hocking Hills in Ohio. Her dream became a reality and her daughter Ellen Grinsfelder joined her in running the business. Today Ellen Grinsfelder and Terry Lingo continue as the keepers of her mission. The Inn and Spa have flourished under their keep and has become the top lodging choice to retreat to in the Hocking Hills.

Cottages & Cabins, Inn& Spa at Cedar Falls

Cottages & Cabins, Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

Not only can you leave your plug-in gadgets aside, you can also loose your car keys. No need for you to leave the grounds if that is what you want. The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls includes:

  • The Kindred Spirits Restaurant & Tavern offering breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Full Service Spa
  • Gift Shop
  • Rooftop Garden
  • The ‘Gathering Place’ for meetings, corporate retreats and social events including weddings
  • Guests have a choice of staying in a cottage, a more secluded cabin or Inn room. All offering luxurious quality amenities.
Hocking Hills of Ohio spa

Spa at Cedar Falls

Scott Bushnell, Bushnell & Bushnell Services, The B&B Team is representing the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls for sale. From Scott; “It is not just the location and features of this Inn that are attractive.  The Inn has an enviable business strength with significant and contributing revenues from the spa, gift shop, the full service restaurant and tavern, and the guest rooms, cottages and cabins.  With occupancy levels and Average Daily Rate well above the national averages for inns of this large size, the Inn generates significant Cash Flow resulting in attractive profitability as well as impressive Capitalization Rate on the investment.”

Can’t make it to Fiji this year? The Hocking Hills of Ohio may be just the retreat you need. Or for the aspiring innkeeper seeking a strong business with a wonderful history of hospitality, please contact Scott for a tour. You won’t be disappointed.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Ten Ways to See the New River Gorge West Virginia

August 4th, 2015 by Janet Wolf

New River Gorge Bridge

The New River Gorge West Virginia is one of those amazing destinations that will, frankly and simply, amaze you. Once I started digging into this area I realized that there are a variety of ways to experience the gorge. If you like soft or extreme adventure, this is the place. Or maybe you like a more relaxed excursion into this part of the Appalachian hills of West Virginia. Let’s take a virtual trip and count the ways.

1. ‘A river runs through it’. Not just any river but this old man river, the New River, is one the oldest rivers on the continent. Paddlers are drawn to the river. Kayaking, canoeing or white water rafting through the gorge has been described as traveling through a mini version of the Grand Canyon. In fact it is often called ‘The Grand Canyon of the East’.

endless wall trail

2. Happy trails. One of the most popular hiking trails in the east is called the Endless Wall Trail. They call it Endless Wall because the line of cliffs goes on for quite some distance. The views are spectacular and you can often hear the whitewater rafters from 1,000 feet below.

3. On the road again. A one hundred year old road of hairpin turns leads you to the bottom of the gorge. View remnants of abandoned coal mining communities. Learn the history of the mining industry among ghost towns rapidly being taken over by nature. As a bonus, a few ghosts may hitch a ride with you on your way back up the gorge.

 

New River Gorge mining tow

Nature reclaiming the remnants of a lost industry

4. By rail. A day long train excursion traverses the former Chesapeake & Ohio mainline from Huntington, WV to Hinton, WV. The New River Train Excursions suggest fall as the best time to ride and view some of the most spectacular fall scenery as well as the many towns and cities they pass through.

5. Horseback. Equestrian Adventure has over 20 years of experience and access to over 6,000 acres of the trails along the rim of the New River Gorge National Park.

6. Vertical. Rock climbers are also drawn to the area. The abundance of climbs (1,400) and the views (30-120 feet in height) as well as the hard sandstone are a plus for experienced climbers.

 

New River Gorge rock climbing

Vertical View

7. On a higher note. See the gorge from Treetop Zip Line and Gravity Canopy Tours. The tours are a combination of zip lines, cable bridges and stationary tree platforms. They tout it as a great adrenaline rush. I would not doubt that.

8. On an even higher note. Wild Blue Adventures will take you up in an open cockpit WWII biplane. Cool.

8. Go underground. Caving in the New Gorge is big. Less adrenaline but those who like stalactites, stalagmites and helicites may argue with me. The Stratosphere Cave is the most popular.

10. A view from the bridge. Built in 1980 on U.S. Route 19 near Fayetteville, West Virginia, the New River Gorge Bridge is an architectural icon and one of the most famous bridges in the country.

 

New River Gorge B&B

Morris Harvey House Bed & Breakfast

After all this adventure where does one hang their hat and rest their weary bones? The Morris Harvey House Bed & Breakfast of course. A lovely respite located in the middle of the New River Gorge recreation area. A stroll into the historic town of Fayetteville is a must. The town is described as an eclectic community of outdoor enthusiast, artists, and native West Virginians. Sounds like a place to hang an ‘open for business sign’ as well as your hat, permanently.

The B&B Team represents The Morris Harvey House for sale. The occupancies average around 50%, a remarkable achievement for any inn in a small town setting, which is testament to the strength of the draw that the Gorge has. Topping off the attractiveness of the Morris Harvey House is the detached adjacent owner’s cottage with 2 bedrooms and full bath, kitchen, and living/dining room, affording space to relax and get away from the business while being immediately convenient. It is a beautiful property with so much more to offer than at first glance. Just like the New River Gorge, new adventures await new owners.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Berkshires of Massachusetts

July 14th, 2015 by Janet Wolf

Berkshires of Massachusetts

Welcome to the Berkshires-America’s Cultural Resort

When travelers to New England think of a destination location their thoughts may lead them to the Berkshires of  Massachusetts. A destination location must tell a story and the small towns in the Berkshires tell a great story. In a recent article by Vikram Singh titled; ‘Shift Your Marketing Focus From Price to Value’, he talks about how your unique location can tell a story and can help with a guest’s value perception. What comes to mind when you think of the Berkshires?

Art Museums

History

Music and Dance

Gardens

Food

Now many New England destinations have all of the above. So what makes the Berkshires of  Massachusetts unique? What story does it tell? Here are some brief examples.

Art Museum. The Norman Rockwell Museum is probably one of the best known and loved museums in New England. Rockwell’s paintings depict the historic small town charm of this area. Who wouldn’t want to spend time in a Rockwell painting, at least for a short visit? Think “Back to the Future!”

Norman rockwell Museum Bershires of Massacusetts

Norman Rockwell-Breaking Family Ties. His paintings tell so many stories.

History. Just walk the small town streets and the historic buildings tell a story or two. Just ask a local shopkeeper or innkeeper about the building they occupy and they will be glad to share their story. Be prepared to listen for a while!

Music. Tanglewood is also one of the best known and loved music venues in New England. A seat in the “shed” or on the lawn with a picnic is a treat that visitors and locals enjoy many times over. The artists it attracts are world class. Just take a look at the 2015 line-up.

Tanglewood in the Bershires of Massacusetts

A destination for decades and it never gets old.

Dance. Jacob’s Pillow Dance is a National Historic Landmark. It is home to America’s longest running dance festival. A real treasure.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Berkshires of Massacusetts

What a stage back drop!

Gardens. Edith Wharton’s former estate, The Mount, is a garden lover’s destination. There are three acres of formal gardens and so much more. Shakespeare & Co performances, music concerts, tours of the estate home.

The Mount in Bershires of Masssacusetts

The Mount

Food. Berkshire Farm & Table has created a Beer & Cider Trail, a Cheese Trail and a Charcuterie Trail. Wow, this really sounds like fun. People do travel for food!

Berskhires of massachusetts Farm & Table Taste Trail

Berkshires Taste Trail

These Berkshire treasures are not places to visit only once. New artists and new exhibits are fresh and new every season. That is why guests are frequent flyers to the Berkshires and the Inns they stay at. The B&B Team is representing the Birchwood Inn in Lenox for sale. The Birchwood Inn has a lovely story and it is told well by innkeeper Ellen, from the first interaction on the website to the last interaction upon departure. For more than 240 years the Birchwood Inn has been welcoming guests, first as the oldest home in Lenox, to the present, as a classic Berkshire Bed & Breakfast Inn. History reigns at the Birchwood Inn, as the saying goes, “if walls could talk.” They would have a lot to say, Birchwood Inn will be celebrating it’s 250th anniversary in 2016!

Restating Vikram Singh from his article, “A good story helps with value perception and is generally reflected in your online reviews.” Oh so true! From a recent Trip Advisor review:

“We come to the Berkshires to decompress, relax, overdose on culture, enjoy wonderful food, see old friends and make new ones. The Birchwood makes an ideal place from which to do all of that. The perfect B&B for us is not about the room but the ambience, the hosts, the other guests, and the breakfast – the entire package. The Birchwood has it all. We eagerly anticipate the coming summer and many more wonderful days and nights at our Birchwood ‘home away from home’.”

Birchwood Inn-Home away from Home in the Berkshires

Birchwood Inn-Home Away from Home in the Berkshires

Vikram concludes with a wonderful telling statement. “People prefer to give their business to someone who cares about them. It’s your greatest differentiating factor, and you should use it at every opportunity.” This is what Innkeeping is all about. B&B’s, historic country inns and small boutique hotels are the best at providing this valuable experience.

The Birchwood Inn is ready to welcome new owners. You could be part of the long and rich story of the Birchwood Inn in a wonderful part of the world with so much to offer.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

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