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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.

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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.


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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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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.

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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!

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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

Carolina on Your Mind? North Carolina B&Bs for Sale

September 16th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

North Carolina B&Bs for sale

Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Western NC

North Carolina on your mind? The B&B Team represents a number of lovely North Carolina B&Bs for sale. In addition, there may be others we are aware of that are not listed so we urge you to get in touch with The B&B Team specialist in finding North Carolina B&Bs for sale that are just right for you.

Many folks say ‘there is no better living than southern living’. Some highlights as to why…

  • Blue Ridge Parkway, mountain drives on winding roads with ‘on top of the world’ scenery. “America’s Favorite Drive”.
  • Cherokees called it ‘land of blue mist’, the most visited national park in the US. Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee.
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301 Miles!

  • The 301 miles of coastline from the Outer Banks to the South Carolina border are dotted with small charming towns. Including Edenton, named one of “America’s Prettiest Towns.”
  • Just a fraction of great reasons for folks to find peaceful and charming southern living bed and breakfasts to check in and unplug!
  • Another draw is…buttered, fried and topped with gravy! North Carolina west-to-east road trips will take you to some great North Carolina drive-ins and road side barbeque (dives?) or the burgeoning up-scale food scenes in Asheville and Durham. It’s all yum.
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North Carolina Breakfast

I like to quote travel writers. Here is a good one for you by  Emory Rakestraw.

After visiting North Carolina, most people want to pack up their life and move here forever. As a native all I have to say is…can you really blame them? From the beach to the mountains…we have it all. Of course, North Carolina has its cities…but for those who like to live a more intimate, slow, and down-home life there are also some beautiful small towns just for you.”

The B&B Team is there ‘just for you’ too. We would love to help you find your North Carolina bed and breakfast for sale. Mountains, barrier island beaches, city or small town. Find your home, find your future in North Carolina. Call us.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Inns for Sale in Maine-5 Reasons to Call The B&B Team

September 6th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

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WELCOME to The Way Life Should Be

Are you looking for Inns for Sale in Maine in your search as a future innkeeper? If so The B&B Team can help in so many ways. Let me count the ways! Let’s start with 5.

1. We have 23 listings, from southern coast to mid-coast, from ‘Down East’ to the lakes and mountains of western Maine.

2. Two experienced Maine brokers, Rick Wolf and Dana Moos who travel the state regularly and know ‘Vacationland’ and our client Inns up close and personal.

3. The B&B Team provides our buyer clients with credible valuations and analyses….from lifestyle to financially viable

4. Our guidance will help you invest wisely and avoid costly mistakes.

5. Living and working in Maine is ‘The Way Life Should Be’!

Let me give you a bit of background on that phrase, ‘The Way Life Should Be’.

An ad man from New Jersey was visiting a friend in Lubec Maine back in 1984. Now Lubec is way ‘Down East’, a beautiful coastal town, remote and quintessential. This sets you up for the scene…

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Lubec Maine

Out on a deck overlooking Passamaquoddy Bay the two friends see a lobster boat in the near distance. His friend waves and the lobsterboat draws up close. He offers them a few lobsters and continues on his way. Boiled fresh lobster (can’t get any fresher than that), a cold beer or two plus “making a mess with lobster juice and melted butter, tossing the shells over the railing down to the pebbly beach below where they were quickly snatched up by an alert gull.”

He sat back with thoughts of his 90 minute city commute and guess what thought came to his head? “Now this is the way life should be!” The scene fast forwards to our New Jersey ad man moving to Portland Maine and the phrase is picked up and takes on a life of its own. I-95 road signs and LL Bean T-shirts, pretty powerful PR.

The man’s name is Michael Townsend and is currently VP of Creative Services for Perry & Banks Integrated Sales and Marketing. In Maine of course. He believes one of the reasons the state adopted the phrase; “…anyone can ascribe their own meaning to it.”

I so agree. Our current Maine innkeeper clients and friends have adopted Maine as home with the realization that life is a lot slower, the air more breathable and the nights more sleepable (I know that is not a word!) And most of all, people love visiting Maine. 33 million people visited Maine in 2015 and paid accommodations were up 8% over 2014.” Carolann Ouellette, Director of Maine Office of Tourism.

Take a look at our Maine Inns for sale and consider a trip to start your search for inns for sale in Maine. Ascribe your own meaning to ‘The Way Life Should Be.’  The B&B Team can help guide your way.

In conclusion. Picture this…after your fresh lobster you indulge in a slice of our famous Maine wild blueberry pie. Crisp crust filled with those tiny bursting buds, deep purple-blue juice mingling with slowly melting vanilla ice cream. The Way Dessert Should Be.

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Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Vermont Culinary Trends-Old Meets New

August 18th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

Vermont Culinary Trends

Vermont culinary trends are experiencing a renaissance. Imaginative menus with food overflowing with flavor. Regional and seasonal from Vermont’s native bounty. Sophistication with a Vermont feel. Get the Picture?

Vermont Culinary Trends-The Old

Vermont has historically been known for its dairy farms. Large family owned farms raising cattle, pigs and sheep with a side of potatoes, eggs, maple syrup and apples. The staples of life! Over the years those farms have diminished but many still remain with 3rd, 4th generations of the original families. The cow is still king in Vermont. Think Ben & Jerrys.

In fact maybe ‘farm to table’ originated in Vermont. Farm families have always eaten ‘farm to table’, da. Today, the variety and quality of farm fresh food available to Vermont restaurants and country inns is tremendous and exciting. Exciting because some of the old family farms are thriving and new smaller specialty farms are popping up.

Vermont Culinary Trends

Historic Vermont Farm

Vermont Culinary Trends-The New

Wild Water Farm. They farm a variety of greens as well as baking fresh pitas in their wood fired pizza oven. They travel directly to farmers markets with their hot off the grill pitas, stuff them with fresh spicy greens and melted Vermont cheese. It’s what’s for lunch.Vermont Culinary Trends


Ever heard of North Pomfret Vermont? Me neither. It is home to Cloudland Farm. One of those thriving family farms. The original 2,000 acre farm purchased by the Emmons family in 1908. Still owned by the same family with added venues to help them thrive in the changing economy. The new…Cloudland Farm Country Market, and a farm-to-table dining establishment added by the current Emmons family.  You can take home what they grow and raise or indulge in an innovative farm to table dinner. Good stuff.

If you want to ‘go to town’ from North Pomfret you may want to take the road to Quechee. You’ve most likely heard of it? If not, you are about to.

On the banks of the Ottauquechee River is the village of Quechee. The village of Quechee is small but has a bustling energetic vibe. Maybe best known as the home of the Simon Pearce Glassblowing realm. Right next door you will find The Parker House Inn & Bistro. The Inn rules the street with its towering three story mansard roof building. A 1857 National Register Inn. But that is the only thing old about the Parker House.

Vermont Culinary Trends

The Parker House Inn & Bistro, Quechee Vermont

Owner/Chef Alexandra La Noue-Adler creates sophisticated full of flavor fare. The Lemongrass & Ginger Shrimp Tostada featured in the lead photo is one of Alex’s recent creations. Very imaginative menus using an abundance of regional and seasonal food. Her creations have been described as ‘colorful gutsy and original’. The Vermont culinary renaissance is alive and well at The Parker House Inn & Bistro.

Alex with her husband Adam have created imaginative décor as well. The dining rooms, bar and seven guest rooms offer rich colors with eye catching eclectic objects and local art. I have described it as ‘urban meets Vermont country’. The countryside views of the Green Mountains from the deck dining and some of the guest rooms are spectacular. River views, mountain views plus a side yard featuring gardens of flowers, vegetables and herbs. Beautiful!

Vermont Culinary Trends

The Parker House Inn & Bistro

The B&B Team is offering The Parker House Inn & Bistro for sale. Become the next steward of this wonderful food and lodging business. Become a participant in Vermont’s culinary renaissance, bringing your own vision and passions to The Parker House Inn.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

B&Bs for Vets 2016-We Want You!

August 11th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

B&B for Vets 2016

B&Bs across the country have been invited to participate in the B&Bs for Vets 2016 program. This year we are hoping that the B&Bs who participate will soar. The more that sign-up the more successful the program will be and…more veterans can participate in the program.

That’s what it’s all about so…We Want You!

B&Bs for Vets 2016

Another reason for a large number of participants is PR. The basic definition of public relations is to ‘communicate with the public through media with the aim to create and maintain a positive image and create strong relationships with a wide audience.’

Marti Mayne of ‘Maynely Marketing’ is on the B&Bs for Vets committee (and has been for years). She is eager to get the word out to the media but we need numbers! The media is more apt to pick up a story that communicates to the public that bed and breakfasts across the country have united together as a group to honor our veterans.

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Arizona Innkeepers come together

As I am writing this blog just over 50 B&Bs have signed up.  It is early and more will sign up. Hope you are one of them.

B&Bs for Vets 2016 is coordinated and organized by the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals (AIHP). There is ‘strength in numbers’, in an association and in a program like B&Bs for Vets. It is the only way to reach goals and be successful.

You are independent innkeepers! Each of your Inns and you as innkeepers are unique and different. That is part of your strength. But just think of the impact we can have on the public as united independent innkeepers.  Sign up, even if you have already filled your designated room nights. It is the only way we can show our strength and commitment to the program.

B&Bs for Vets 2016

Gillum House B&B WV- Vets enjoying breakfast. This is where it all began.

The B&Bs for Vets program was created seven years ago in West Virginia to honor our veterans on Veterans Day. By giving what innkeepers do best, providing outstanding hospitality (and breakfasts of course) to our veterans for one free night. Our way of saying ‘thank you’. Multiply that one free night by 900 or 9,000. Now that is what I call ‘strength in numbers’! And PR worthy.

For those Harry Potter fans, I will end with this quote.

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

What’s New on Old Cape Cod?

August 1st, 2016 by Janet Wolf

Old cape cod sunset

Old Cape Cod Sunset

Old Cape Cod. Just say the name and most people will have an image that pops into their heads. Or it may be a song…

“If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air

Quaint little villages here and there

You’re sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod”


These opening lyrics are from the classic 1957 song, ‘Old Cape Cod’. “Hailed by Cape Codders as the “unofficial Cape Cod anthem”. The song sung by Patti Page became a huge hit and has been credited with “putting the Cape on the map” and establishing Cape Cod as a major tourist destination. Thank you Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce for these informative bits of historic trivia.

Old Cape Cod

Old Cape Cod-1957 Patti Page

The nostalgic charm of old Cape Cod still exists and I believe is its major draw. But what’s ‘new’ on old Cape Cod? I decided to find out.

Maybe relaxing on the beach beside those famous sand dunes is good for a day or two? But experiential tourism is huge today. Leave the beach chair in the trunk and explore. It could involve environmental, historical, artistic or food adventures. Here are a few I discovered.

  • The Cape Cod Art Association located in Barnstable has been offering art classes and exhibitions since its inception in 1948. Novice or experienced, I think taking an art class would be ‘experiential’ for sure.
Old Cape Cod

Art Class-Discover your artist within!

  • Or, create your own Arts Trail with the ArtsApp Cape Cod. Choose the craftspeople, galleries and museums to visit based on your interests. A great app to discover theater and concert dates to book before your trip.


  • An example of a ‘must see’ is the Cape Playhouse. One of the very few remaining ‘summer stock’ theatres in the United States. This year celebrating its 90 birthday this summer. This iconic historical theatre is still going strong and revving up for another 90+ years.


  • Explore the natural side of Cape Cod in a kayak. Great Marsh Kayak Tours offer various 3 hour adventure tours. Learn about wildlife above and below the marshes. In addition learn some history from an experienced local guide.
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Highland Hall & Gardens-Old Cape Cod Falmouth

  • Food, always a popular draw. The Farm to Table Series at Highland Hall & Gardens in Falmouth is holding demonstrations this summer with ‘flavors of Japan’. Learn tips and techniques along with lots of noshing.
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Falmouth Village Cape Cod

Another lyrical line from Old Cape Cod. “If you spend an evening you’ll want to stay”. Where? The Palmer House Bed & Breakfast would be an excellent choice. Staying at a classic Cape Cod Bed & Breakfast rounds out a cape cod experiential vacation. Located in Falmouth, a prime destination village on Upper Cape Cod. Set in the Historic District on a quiet residential street within easy walking distance to the village.  The Inn is open year round to take advantage of all the seasonal adventures. Yes, the cape is beautiful in winter too!

Old Cape Cod

Front of the Palmer House Inn, Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA.

The B&B Team is offering The Palmer House Bed & Breakfast for sale. The Palmer House is a prime example of  a restored elegant cape building transformed into a bed and breakfast with today’s conveniences. The old and the new blend so well at The Palmer House.

For future innkeepers, your new life adventure and innkeeping career on Cape Cod could start here. ‘You’re sure to fall in love with old (and new) Cape Cod.’

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf