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Rick Wolf and Peter Scherman (that’s Rick on the left and Peter on the right) are both experienced speakers who have presented on a range of innkeeping related topics at the state, regional, and national level. They gather and analyze research for the Innkeeping industry and welcome the opportunity to share it with others. Contact Us

Moosehead Lake-Maine Tourism Region

February 8th, 2018 by Janet Wolf

Moosehead Lake Region Maine

Moosehead Lake-Maine Tourism Region. Photo by Peter Frank Edwards

What is the top industry in your state? Do you know? In Maine it is tourism.  The Maine Office of Tourism is very robust and they work hard at promoting and expanding Maine’s top industry. Their Marketing Partnership Program provides marketing funding to the eight Maine designated tourism regions in the form of grants.

The recipients of grants range from the Whoopie Pie Festival (don’t laugh, it is a big whoopie in the state), to the Portland Bach Experience.

Moosehead Lake-Maine Toruism region

Whoopies!

A grant was awarded to Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, (a nice 4 figure amount!). The Moosehead Lake Region, located in The Maine Highlands (Bangor-Katahdin-Moosehead Lake) is one of the eight Maine tourism regions. All 8  regions have their own flavor, their own merits and their own attractions to tourists. Moosehead Lake Region is no exception.

 Congratulations to the chamber, we all need a boost at times. Visitors flock to the region in all seasons but there is always room for more. Bring them on.

One of the great things about the Moosehead Lake Region is the diverse choice of adventures available. From hardline to soft. Since it is February lets’ talk about winter. You can snowshoe, ride the snowmobile trails or…attend a Pig Roast & Bonfire and the 14th Annual Moosehead Lake Chocolate Festival or…attempt all four!

But if you like to have someone else do all the planning, let me count the ways. Many of the Inns in the Moosehead Lake Region offer packages that arrange your adventures for you.

Example package offered by The Lodge at Moosehead Lake

NORTH WOODS IMMERSION

Immerse yourself in the North woods of Maine with an experience you will long remember. This intimate Adventure Lodge has just what the outdoor junky is looking for.

This 4 nights & 3 full days package includes:

  • Day 1: Enjoy scenic one-hour seaplane ride to the tip of the Penobscot River; includes canoe ride to Lobster Lake, hiking, fishing, exploring and a delicious fireside lobster or steak dinner cooked shore side by your private Registered Maine guide (full day trip)
  • Day 2: Full-day whitewater rafting including lunch, back by 4:00
  • Day 3: Complete hiking instructions to Gulf Hagas with picnic lunch – be sure to bring a camera and water shoes to cool off in the river
  • DINNER: One night at the lodge, three course meal in the Lakeview dining room on day other than Fly-In canoe trip. (Alcohol not included.) Lodge serves Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings.
  • Gourmet breakfast every morning
  • Lodge at Moosehead Lake Tote bag as a memento
Moosehead Lake

Moosehead Lake, Greenville Maine

Maine is also fortunate to have active Maine Guides that offer a variety of tours. Innkeepers in the region partner with the guides to create some wonderful outdoor adventures. Maine Guides are “recognized around the world as the gold standard in outdoor skills and knowledge.” They have been around since 1897! They are a treasured part of Maine tourism. 

In my most recent blog on destination locations I mentioned that destination locations are not only good for tourism but can be a terrific place to live, raise a family, own a business, as well as visit.

Moosehead Lake

Greenville Inn-Moosehead Lake Country Inn

The B&B Team invites you to explore our two properties for sale in Greenville, Moosehead Lake. The Lodge at Moosehead Lake and The Greenville Inn.

The Lodge at Moosehead Lake

In addition The B&B Team recently sold the Chalet Moosehead Lakefront Motel.  New innkeepers with their family will be welcoming guests this coming spring.

Live the robust life in a robust Maine tourism region. The B&B Team is here to help pave your way.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

 

Charlottesville Virginia-Destination Location with a Capital C

February 2nd, 2018 by Janet Wolf

Destination location

Charlottesville Virginia-Destination Location

Charlottesville Virginia is a true destination location. What is a destination location? Here is how we describe it in our world of hospitality.

A tourism area where people want to come and is easily accessible.

An area with a well-established ‘name’ or identity.

The B&B Team represents a first-class collection of properties for sale in some prime destination locations.

Let’s talk about Charlottesville. I’ll throw out a few phrases that spell well-established identity with a capital C for Charlottesville and the surrounding Virginia countryside.

Charlottesville Virginia-Destination Location

Monticello-Charlottesville Virginia

Monticello – Historic Home of Thomas Jefferson

University of Virginia

Shenandoah National Park

Blue Ridge Mountains

Historically, Monticello is up there as at the top as a historic destination location. Even if folks are not history buffs, learning about Thomas Jefferson on his home turf is a lesson worth learning all over again. His Virginia home tells the story of the man, his ideals and the way of life once lived in Virginia in the formative years of our Nation’s birth.

Charlottesville virginia-Destination Location

Charlottesville Virginia-University of Virginia

The University of Virginia is an architectural masterpiece. Designed by Thomas Jefferson. Regarded as one of the most beautiful and prestigious universities in the world. Along with Monticello it is a World Heritage Site, people travel all over the world to visit these sites.

Charlotteville virginia

Skyline Drive-Shenandoah Valley

Charlottesville Virginia, easily accessible? You bet. The vistas, byways and highways of the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains are travelled and marveled at by thousands annually. On route to Charlottesville by automobile? Example… from Washington DC the Skyline Drive route takes you through Shenandoah National Park along the tips of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Did you know that this type of road trip is referred to as ‘skidriving’?  New one on me! Charlottesville, by the way is numbered among the one-of-a-kind mountain towns along this route. More of a small city I think, but with the charm of a hometown. Possibly your new hometown?

When I mentioned the definitions of a destination location there is one point I left out. Easily accessible, well-established identity plus…a great place to live and own a business.

The Foxfield Inn-Charlottesville Virginia

The Foxfield Inn is a Charlottesville Virginia bed & breakfast located in the area’s hunt country. Thanks to its Charlottesville Virginia destination location, the business is solid and profitable with room to grow. Annualized occupancy is above 50% with an enviable ADR around $250.00. With five guest rooms and private owner’s quarters and a wonderful kitchen. It is a charmer.

By the way, Charlottesville weather is, as one native describes, ‘mostly wonderful’. Summer highs average in the mid-eighties and winter average in the low to mid-forties. Can it get hotter and colder? Hey it’s weather, you can answer that.

Oh, and if your guests don’t like ‘skidriving’, Charlottesville has a top-notch airport and thruways for fast tracking.

We welcome you to give us a call. For details about The Foxfield Inn, please contact the exclusive listing broker, Peter Scherman, 434-286-4600 of The B&B Team, Inc.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

 

What is an Algorithm?

January 19th, 2018 by Janet Wolf

what is an Algorithm?

What is an Algorithm? Nothing to do with Al Gore and whether he has rhythm or not. But all to do with the internet (didn’t Al invent that?)

Definition from Whatis.com:

“An algorithm (pronounced AL-go-rith-um) is a procedure or formula for solving a problem, based on conducting a sequence of specified actions. A computer program can be viewed as an elaborate algorithm.”

Mathematicians and computer geeks know what it means but to your average non-geek, it is a mystery. I am in that category. That is why it is great that our industry has people out there that know and can help us understand.

More definitions:

“Algorithms are widely used throughout all areas of IT (information technology). A search engine algorithm, for example, takes search strings of keywords and operators as input, searches its associated database for relevant web pages, and returns results.”

Now this is making more sense. I use keywords in my blogs to help make my postings relevant and searchable. Your web designer has embedded keywords on your web pages for the same reason.

What is an algorithm

Time to look closer

But it gets more complicated.

Q4Launch just published a blog: Changes are coming: How to Survive the Latest Facebook Update. A great read. Very relevant because it will affect our business Facebook page.

“The idea behind the update is to increase meaningful interactions between people, not pages. As a user, this Facebook update means there will be less public content from publishers and businesses.”

The article gives you some good step by step advise on how to work with the change. Facebook is making these changes with brand new, you guessed it, algorithms. After reading this article I did get a better sense of the changes that are coming. Thanks to companies like Q4Lauch and many more that are here to help us non-geeks.

There are always changes on the horizon with Google. Lisa Kolb, Acorn Internet Services, Inc. will be offering a session at the upcoming AIHP Knowledge Sharing Summit and Marketplace. Entitled; Ten Steps to Making Google Happy and Improving Your Business.

Another session; A Beginners Guide to the New Inn Owners Online Presence. InsideOut Solutions, Inc, White Stone Marketing and Acorn will put their heads together and give you more information on how to make Google happy.

If you want to get closer to the meaning of algorithm? Get your rhythm on, attend the Summit in Norfolk VA. Just around the corner, February 26 to March 1.

To end on a funny note. A comment left on the Whatis.com article

“I don’t get it and its due on Friday and its Thursday and its my homework for grade 6!”

I’m with you kid, but I keep on trying.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

The Connection of Passion and Knowledge

January 11th, 2018 by Janet Wolf

the connection of passion and knowledge

AIHP Summit 2018…the connection of passion and knowledge. Norfolk VA, Feb. 26-Mar. 1

The connection of passion and knowledge in the innkeeping world has evolved. In times past when we first started our seminars for aspiring innkeepers, our attendees had slightly different answers to our pre-attendance questionnaire. Many espoused their love of entertaining and cooking. Yes, that is an important part of innkeeping, the gift of hospitality and the passion for food. But…

The comments we receive from our questionnaires now include topics they would like covered on financing, bookkeeping, operations, websites and marketing plans. All the behind the curtain essentials of operating a successful Inn. Smart.

 If our attendees don’t realize before our workshops, that the joy they receive from feeding family and friends a lavish breakfast on holidays and other celebrations is only a portion of what innkeeping is all about. They will know when they leave our seminars, with eyes wide open.

Operate a successful business and that joy of hospitality will remain joyous and the accolades from your guests, in front of the curtain, will be the icing on the virtual sticky bun.

The tools for operating a successful business are very readily available, all one needs is the desire to learn. The willingness to tackle new skills, without doubt or fear.

When Rick and I were new innkeepers (a few moons ago), one of our neighbor innkeepers asked us if we were going to attend the upcoming Innkeeping conference. We answered that we were ‘thinking about it’. He said; “Don’t think about it, just do it…go.” We did, and immediately after attending, understood the value and essential benefits of ongoing innkeeping education.

Look at the wealth of knowledge that will be available at AIHP’s ‘Knowledge Sharing Summit & Marketplace’ February 26-March 1 in Norfolk Virginia. The byline message for the AIHP summit is; ‘the connection of passion & knowledge.’ Love that! 

Here is just a sampling the workshops that will be offered.

  • Ten Steps to a Successful Digital Marketing Plan
  • Understanding the Power and Influence of Your Property’s Imagery
  • Ten Steps to Making Google Happy and Improving your Revenue
  • Advanced Paid Marketing Strategies – Beyond the Free Stuff!

And for new and aspiring Innkeepers:

  • Running your Business so it Won’t Run You
  • Benchmarks for the New Innkeeper: How do I Measure My First Year in Business?
  • Financial Record Keeping

The list is very extensive and complete. Besides the learning, there is the networking, exploring the marketplace and the recharging of your innkeeping engines. Its’ all there. A lot of fun and food too. All of us from The B&B Team will be there. Stop by our booth.

Connect that passion you have for sharing your love of hospitality with ongoing education. They not only do hand in hand, they must be successfully married to each other.

In conclusion I will re-quote former innkeeper and good friend Lindsey Copeland, “Don’t think about it, just do it…go.”

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

End of Year Musings from an Innkeeper

December 29th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

end of year musings from an innkeeper

End of Year Musings from an Innkeeper

Each year at this point in time we get a letter from innkeeper/client friends in New Hampshire. It includes innkeeper Scott’s end of year musings. His reflections are both poignant and very funny. I would love to share excerpts from the letter.  Innkeepers will find some familiarity with all of these selections.

“Each December I sit and reflect on what the year has brought, and what lies ahead. Each year I marvel at the enormity of it -all the experiences, all the adventures, all the memories. We may feel comfortable in the conventional measure of a year in units of time, but how do we measure the value of the moments that passed? And how many moments do we experience in a year? Despite the discomfort of immeasurable elasticity, moments are full of meaning. They form our memories, and they stay with us. So, here’s hoping we may share joyous moments!

We continue to enjoy our new lives as innkeepers, now with 3 solid years behind us. It’s never a dull moment, whether we’re chatting with guests or upgrading the facility. We never know what each new day will bring, and we seem to constantly be learning new things. For instance:

Oops!

Did you ever wonder where the water will go when your Jacuzzi on the third floor starts to leak from one of the jets behind the wall? We now know the answer. It seems that Dr. Seuss had apprenticed as a plumber in the early 1900’s at our Inn. The water travels across multiple rooms and ends up exiting directly over the guest sleeping in Room #4. We know this as the diagnosis required complete removal of two other bathrooms to trace it back to the source. Of course, there was no access panel. Apparently, they had yet to be invented.

Did you ever wonder how many candelabras would be required to set off the fire alarms during a busy summer dinner? We did when our guest shipped us 24 candelabras for their private dinner of 18 guest, each holding 8 candles a piece. Set up was fun for this one!

Have you ever stood at a window looking out at a gorgeous view and asked yourself if it were real or not? We had a similar experience when one of our guest claimed they could not see the lake or mountains from room #2, as we stood there, looking at the lake and the mountains. It’s strange how certain situations induce a complete loss for words.

end of year musings from an innkeeperI see a lake…and a mountain!

Did you ever wonder what was the useful life expectancy of a cast iron waste line that was installed in the early 1800’s? The answer is no more than 3 years after you purchase the Inn. Unfortunately, the corollary question of why they would install it in a wall, behind and industrial refrigerator and ice machine, must go unanswered. The dismantling of bathrooms in rooms 7, 5 and 9 left little time for further pondering.

It seems there are lessons for innkeepers in every discipline form Sociology to Darwinism. But the truth is, it’s inspiring to meet so many great folks from all walks of life, and to see them enjoying the experience we have to offer. Plus, there are tractors, and tools, and projects!”

Scott and Jen

The Inn at Pleasant Lake, NH

“We wish you many magical moments in the coming year that will fill your lives with joy and happiness.”

Thank you Scott, for your musing and these final heart felt sentiments. Ditto and…

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf (and Scott)

The Season for Giving

December 15th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

The Season for Giving-Even Scrooge learned the joy of giving. The Muppet Christmas Carol

Do you remember the gifts you have given more than the gifts you received? Most of us do. However you celebrate the season for giving; with 8 days of Hanukkah, Christ’s birth or a secular celebration, it is all about giving and the joy it brings others.

Here is a fun memory of mine that illustrates my point. The same year my sister and I received a stereo HiFi (it was HI before it was WI), we gave our Dad a bright orange soft cushioned toilet seat. It matched the crazy wallpaper he picked for his bathroom ‘sanctuary’.  It was the hit of Christmas morning! It was a gift that kept on giving, comfort and joy. That crazy toilet seat is a cherished memory.

the season for giving

The gift that kept on giving-comfort & joy

Whether or not you believe that Christmas has become too commercialized, we are a country that is very charitable during the holidays. The last few months of the year make up what is commonly called the Giving Season for the nonprofit community. I love seeing the Toys for Tots box at our gym fill up three, four, five times. I love the Coats for Kids organization. New or gently used coats are donated each December and dry cleaned for free by local cleaners. During Christmas Prelude in the Kennebunks, the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport collects admission fees that go to our local food pantry. The donated food box at our local grocery store overflows.

The season for giving is not all about dollars and material items. The gift of time is also valuable. It can be cooking and serving at church suppers, driving and delivering Meals on Wheels or sharing our knowledge and talents on town councils and chambers of commerce, the list is endless.

Innkeepers are givers, in all seasons. Innkeepers go beyond and above when it comes to the giving of their time and knowledge. In this season for giving, The B&B Team celebrates you. We thank you all for your hard work and dedication. 

The B&B Team wishes you all comfort and joy in the season of giving. 

Peter & Peggy Scherman   Rick & Janet Wolf   Eliot & Tish Dalton   Dana Moos   Linda Hayes   Scott & Marilyn Bushnell

 

Recap of Top 10 Lodging Trends 2017

December 6th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

Recap of Top 10 Lodging Trends 2017

As the year winds to a close I thought I would compile a recap of top 10 lodging trends 2017. Some of these come from blogs I have written this year and others from a quick Google search of hotel/lodging trend articles.

1. In-room technology. The two items that stood out were: High-definition flat screen TV and high-speed Wi-Fi. It is all about providing the best picture and the fastest band width. Instant gratification plus a shorter attention span are the drivers.

2. Varied dining options. In most of your Inns, it is breakfast. The trends are:

Grab & Go Yogurt Parfait

Yogurt Parfaits – For your early risers

  • Grab & Go for early risers and early departures.
  • Letting your guests know (on your website breakfast page and/or booking process) that their food allergies and/or preferences are gladly accommodated.  Stressing they MUST let them know in advance.
  • Lighter fare options at breakfast. See The B&B Team Pinterest board for some great lighter fare breakfast ideas.

3. Self-check-in options for after hours. Convenience and peace of mind for the many guests that are delayed for a variety of reasons. Or just want to mosey their way to you without a time schedule.

4. Communal areas that bring people together. Hotels have been remodeling their lobbies to become more people friendly. Your common rooms and dining rooms may need a revamping too. Sometimes it can be as simple as rearranging your furniture to create comfortable communal seating areas or creating comfortable reading or laptop working nooks with great lighting.

Example of dining/common room divided into communal areas. Used beyond breakfast! Jumping Rocks Photography

5. Don’t forget the millennials. The ‘millennial appetite’ is not just about food or a more contemporary design. In addition, they are more into a healthy lifestyle, self-growth, and digital technology. They may want to experience the same places (your Inn and location) their parents have but experience them in a different way. They are a bit more adventurous and willing to explore ‘outside the box.’

6. Paying attention to your guests’ experiences outside your Inn as well as inside your Inn. Get to know them before they arrive. In your confirmation email you can ask them targeted questions. Why are you travelling to… (name your town and state)? Are you celebrating a special date? Take your pick of questions but don’t make it an inquisition, you’ll lose them.

7. Bring in the locals. Hospitality has always been focused on the traveler, as it should. But what about the locals? There are business influencers in your community that can benefit you and your Inn. Events like Pop-up dinners, Inn tours, holiday open house, Chamber After Hours, and hosting local charity events.  These events welcome locals into your Inn which brings awareness to your Inn and you!

8. The new definition of luxury. Read my past blog on that subject.

9. Mobile friendly websites. Getting back to technology. Today 51.8% use mobile devices to book. In 2019, the estimate is 86.4%. ‘Nuff said.

10. Video. 4 times as many customers would rather watch a short video relating to a product or service than read about it. Create your own or find out if your town chamber or state tourism organization has a video you can use on your website.

Woods Hole Inn, Woods Hole Massachusetts has a great video.

I know that many of you out there have been paying attention to these recap of top 10 lodging trends 2017, but there are still the innkeepers out there who are lagging. For those laggards, in the long run (your future) it will affect your business negatively. It is December and the future is just around the corner. Time to make your list and check it twice in 2018.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Bed & Breakfast Bathroom Appeal

November 30th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

bathroom appeal

Bed & Breakfast Bathroom Appeal-Photo by Christian Giannelli

We have all heard about how important curb appeal is to properties. There is also the ongoing trend and need to create bathroom appeal. I would like to share some highlights from a recent article titled, Hotels upgrade bathrooms for more demanding guests’.

From the article, here is what the vice president of Marriott global design strategies had to say. “We’re spending more time focusing on bathrooms because so many of our customers have upgraded bathroom experiences in their own homes with fancy amenities, elaborate finishes and integrated technology.”

So true. Over the last number of years The B&B Team have seen innkeepers, (who are their own ‘design strategists’), replace jetted whirlpools with soaking tubs or used the space to install double showers with body sprays and other ‘bells and whistles’!

Lighting is another design feature that is important. Correct lighting for grooming surrounding the vanity/sink area adds to your bathroom appeal. Another informative article, ‘How to Pick the Best Bathroom Vanity Lighting for You’. 

From the article, “Grooming requires just the right amount of well-placed lighting. Too little and you won’t be able to see what you’re doing. Too much lighting, or poor placement can cause glare issues.”

Plus the technology of light fixtures and bulb choices is very sophisticated (confusing!) today.  One suggested rule is side lighting. Avoid lighting above the mirror which can produce shadows if not placed properly. The article from Lightology gives great advise on the height and suggested amount of light.  Worth a read. 

Another suggestion is dimmers. Not just for the vanity but all lighting in the bathroom. Your electrician can suggest the type of dimmers for the fixtures you are installing or already have. As we tell folks in our seminar for aspiring innkeepers, “Nothing takes the edge off of romance like multiple 100 watts of light.” It IS all about the experience, soft lighting and soft music, you got it.  

Here are a few examples:

bathroom appeal

Bathroom Appeal-Eden Vale Inn, Placerville CA. Jumping Rocks Photography

Note the rain shower head, soft side lighting (dimmable) for the vanity and shower light. The colors are also warm and inviting.

Example of a relaxing ‘slipper tub’ that replaced a ‘retired’ and noisy jetted tub.

Bahtroom appeal

Maine Stay Inn, Kennebunkport ME-Cottage Bathroom Makeover

Example of a luxury cottage that had a kitchenette and small bathroom. Voila…same space with double sink vanity with large luxury shower. Notice the pocket door, a real space saver.

I think you get the picture, literally. Notice there are no toilets in these photos? We know there is a toilet somewhere. Now if you have an automated bidet with heated seat, now that may require a photo!

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Thanksgiving F&B Traditions

November 16th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

Thanksgiving F&B Traditions-Norman Rockwell Illustration from 1919

Memories of our childhood Thanksgivings feasts, fond or quirky, we all have them. I asked our team if they would share with me their most memorable Thanksgiving F&B (that’s food & beverage) traditions.

Humorous Highlights

1. Paris Peas by Eliot Dalton

Thanksgiving F&B traditions

Paris Peas

“Somehow when my Mom came back from going to a fancy cooking school in Paris, she came up with World/Whirled Peas: Fresh or frozen peas. (it would be healthy if you stopped here).”

  • Blend peas with unsalted butter and half & half until desired consistency.
  • Add crumbled smoked bacon

Footnote: “We always wondered what she really did in Paris!”

Thanksgiving F&B traditions

Just add peanut butter!

2. PB on a Roll by Scott Bushnell

“My mom and her sister married my dad and his brother and, along with my maternal grandparents, the three families got together for all holidays…and Thanksgiving was a favorite. I still get ribbed to this day, many decades later, that despite the lavish spread of our traditional Thanksgiving dinner, I asked for peanut butter to put on the roll. I was only 8…when will they ever get past it?”

Now for a quick libation to wash down the PB.

3. Festive Signature Cocktail by Dana Moos

Thanksgiving F&B traditions

  • Bourbon
  • Muddled fresh cranberries
  • Splash of rosemary & cranberry simple syrup
  • Splash of soda
  • A sprig of rosemary
  • Over ice

4. Hot Apple Cranberry Crumble by Marilyn Bushnell (Originally from The Mainstay Inn, Cape May NJ). “We always make this apple cranberry compote that is still a favorite with the family. This will always remain on the menu!”

Thanksgiving F&B traditions

 5. Pumpkin Pie topped with Whipped Cream and Toasted Coconut by Rick & Janet Wolf

thanksgving F&B traditions

Needs more coconut!

I make the pumpkin pie from a recipe passed down from my Grandmother (Ga Ga). The recipe was all in her head, nothing written down. In the latter part of her life, I had her show me the recipe. It has changed over the years but one thing I never change is the amount of clove, cinnamon, ginger and black pepper. It makes it oh so spicy and a rich dark amber color. The toasted coconut came later, a tradition from Rick’s mother. A wonderful blend of flavors.

6. Corn Pudding by Peggy Scherman (Peter’s favorite)

Thanksgiving F&B traditions

Preheat oven to 350

  •  4 (11 oz each) cans of corn drained
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2+ Tbsp. sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. salted butter
  • 1 1/3 Tbsp. yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4+ tsp salt

 Process 1 can of corn and remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Add this mixture to remaining 3 cans of corn. Pour into lightly greased 2 qt. baking dish and bake at 350 for 1 hour or until set.

More Thanksgiving F&B traditions, memories and sentiments.

From Peggy Scherman-“Thanksgiving is always at our house with our state-side kids and now our granddaughter, Charlie. When it is all over we kiss the kids good-bye, send them off with leftovers, and then dig into those dishes. (I help some, but Peter does the lion’s share, sending me off to bed.) And that’s the way we do Thanksgiving at the Scherman’s.”

From Dana Moos-“I used to do a turkey inspired by my grandmother, except she cooked hers in a bag. One year she started an oven fire at my house when she cooked for us when we were little and my parents were on vacation!!”

From Tish Dalton-“There will be 20 of us this year. The job of roasting a turkey always comes to me. I roast it in a bag, with a few onions, celery stalks, carrots and a dose of white wine. The bird is always juicy and the ‘drippings’ are awesome.”

From Linda Hayes“Following the traditional meal, we relaxed around the tradition of working a jigsaw puzzle and then enjoyed dessert two hours later. Homemade pumpkin pie, pecan pie (with all the pecans placed pretty side up) and our favorite, mincemeat pie. And the puzzle tradition continues with my children too. This year I’m going to try Dana’s cocktail and Rick’s toasted coconut!”

From Rick Wolf-“Most of all, it’s the time together with family and friends and the traditions and memories we create that make this my absolute FAVORITE holiday of the year”!

From Janet Wolf-Ditto

Thanks for Listening and from The B&B Team we wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Janet Wolf

10 Reasons to Live, Play and Work in Rockland Maine

November 9th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

10 reason to live, play and work in Rockland Maine

‘Festival of Lights’ Main St. Rockland 10 reasons to live, play and work in Rockland Maine

In the last few years Rockland, Maine has become a mecca for new residents seeking an authentic Maine location. Why? Here are 10 reasons to live, play and work in Rockland Maine.

Two innkeepers who have lived and worked here for many years describe Rockland’s authentic, warm hospitality like “Mayberry in Maine.” Their names are Andy and Barney (just kidding).

The following list was submitted by these two innkeepers, aka Andy and Barney!

10.  Where else do you have the region’s best downtown and working farms?

9.  Water views everywhere. Penobscot Bay, Rockland’s working harbor and fresh water lakes.

8.  Four season outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, skiing and kayaking (ocean or lake). All just minutes away.

7.  Rockland’s 19th century downtown and historic neighborhoods translate to easy walkability and exploration.

6.  The vibrant downtown along with regional and national stores make a great year-round shopping destination.

10 reason to live, play and work in Rockland Maine

Large crowd funnels into Rockland’s Annual Lobster Festival. Photo by Carl D. Walsh

5.  Summer in Rockland means:

  • Summer Solstice
  • North Atlantic Blues Festival
  • Maine Lobster Festival
  • Maine Boats, homes and Harbor Show

4.  Museum Mecca

  • The Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center
  • Center for Maine Contemporary Art
  • Maine Lighthouse Museum
  • Sail, Power & Steam Museum

3.  Art, art everywhere! Featuring many galleries highlighting local and nationally acclaimed artists.

2. From Primo Restaurant to Thai Tugboat, Rockland offers great quality dining experience for every budget.

1.  Rockland is what Maine means by the expression, “The Way Life Should Be.”

Live in Rockland Maine. Sound good so far?  Work and own your own hospitality business. Play in an authentic Maine town surrounded by scenic seascapes and landscapes.  The following are two B&Bs for sale in Rockland, wonderful opportunities offered by The B&B Team.

10 reason to live, play and work in Rockland Maine

Beautiful aerial view of the classic Victorian B&B and Rockland Harbor

An 8-guest room classic Victorian bed and breakfast in a quiet neighborhood in Rockland’s Historic District, a prime location. Located just a block from the Knox County Courthouse and other downtown businesses. The architecture is grand, with double parlors, wrap around porch, high ceilings and plenty of light. The landscaping and mature gardens are simply gorgeous. The grounds are perfectly suited for tented outdoor events. Inside, the parlors and dining room are ideal to host meetings, family reunions, intimate gatherings or small celebrations. Innkeepers live in a separate cottage on the property. A wonderful retreat yet conveniently close to the inn.

Rockland 10 reasons to live, play and work in Rockland Maine

Elegant and grand Rockland Maine B&B

A 12-guest room elegant and grand Rockland Maine bed and breakfast. Set in a quiet neighborhood minutes from downtown. Each guest room offers amenities needed for today’s discriminating traveler whether on a romantic getaway, leisure or business trip. The amount of attention to detail from laundry to attic, from amenities to safety is unparalleled. A real grand dame of Rockland with well manicured lawns and gardens and unparalleled curb appeal. The owner’s apartment has a private entrance and includes a full kitchen, living/dining room plus 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. Great private space.

Good, well run, popular and profitable B&Bs are not just a place to stay while visiting an area. These two inns are popular destination properties in the area. The attractions of the area are a bonus, and in Rockland Maine, it is a genuine bonus.

I hope you have enjoyed the 10 reason to live, work, and play in Rockland Maine. I have enjoyed sharing them with you.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

 

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