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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

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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

New Bern North Carolina

June 16th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

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New Bern North Carolina Waterfront

If you like history, fine architecture, and the gracious ambiance of Southern living you will like New Bern North Carolina.

When a town has 300 years of history, where do you start? There are many stories that built New Bern. One is Pepsi Cola. A major brand that started humbly at a corner drug store with a recipe blend of carbonated water, sugar, pepsin, kola nut extract, vanilla and “rare oils”. Today you can relax and enjoy a Pepsi at the recreated soda fountain and purchase a souvenir, now part of a down town historic and architectural tour. Fun.

New Bern North Carolina

Always Hits the Spot Pepsi Cola

If cola history doesn’t ‘hit your spot’ then there is always the Civil War!  The New Bern North Carolina Battlefield Park is a historic site that includes more than 30 acres of the original battlefield used during the Battle of New Bern, which took place between Union and Confederate forces on March 14, 1862. Not a Civil War buff? Let’s go shopping then.

Taking a look at the shops in New Bern North Carolina and nearby Havelock, there is enough variety and fun local wares to keep a shopaholic busy for days. From fun colorful women’s clothing at Peacock’s Plume to Snap Dragon, a great old school local toy store.

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New Bern North Carolina Downtown

Restaurants on the water, music events with name as well as popular local band concerts, historic sights, state of the art museums and outdoor spaces to hike and bike, New Bern and the outlying area has it all.


So what makes this town special? You can find destination tourist locations that have similar draws all over the south. It becomes special when you are there for a weekend getaway or extended stay and can experience each place you visit with your eyes and ears and no one else. You make it your own.

That is also why many people stay at B&B’s. The Aerie Bed & Breakfast is a New Bern North Carolina in town B&B with that gracious ambiance of Southern living that travelers seek. Located within the historic district of New Bern. A block walk to the historic waterfront where the beautiful Trent and the Neuse Rivers meet as well as all those great shops and restaurants mentioned.

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Aerie Bed & Breakfast


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Aerie Bed & Breakfast Tours in their Model A Ford

The Aerie Bed and Breakfast is also a great place to gather authentic travel experiences. Current innkeepers give personal tours in their 1920’s Ford and a pontoon boat.  Great innkeepers that love to create those personal experiences (for them as well as the guests!).

The B&B Team is offering the Aerie Bed and Breakfast for sale. As new innkeepers of the Aerie you can add your own creations and make it your own. And…In a beautiful North Carolina southern town where ‘patriots gathered and George Washington danced’. Now that is something I would like to experience.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

New York Adirondacks-The First Vacation Land

June 16th, 2015 by Janet Wolf

New York Adirondacks

Lake Luzerne Yesterday and Today

In 1869 author and preacher William H.H. Murray wrote a travel book on the New York Adirondacks entitled ‘Adventure in the Wilderness’ or ‘Camp-life in the Adirondacks’. Love how the old books had to have two titles, early SEO? The book created a huge stir that resulted in an influx of city dwellers to the Adirondacks. A new post-Civil War leisure travelling class had the time and the money to vacate the city for adventure. In fact ‘vacation’ came from the word vacate.

Mr. Murray described the New York Adirondacks in Victorian flowery language as a place…”where hundreds of forest-swathed lakes were gleaming like gems…amid the folds of emerald-colored velvet.” He also added some practical information. A new train line had opened the year before, only 36 hours’ travel from New York City and Boston. The rush began and continues today. An estimated 10 million tourists visit the Adirondacks every year.

New York Adirondacks

“forest-swathed lakes gleaming like gems amid the folds of emerald-colored velvet.”

Modes of transportation have changed throughout the 20th and 21st centuries but luckily the protected lakes and forests have prevailed. The Adirondack Park is a 6 million acre reserve that is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite and Glacier national parks combined. Did you know this? I didn’t. Within the whole Adirondack Region the park is the largest publicly protected area in the U.S. It is also home to 105 towns and villages.

New York Adirondacks

Lamplight Inn Bed & Breakfast

The town of Lake Luzerne is among the towns that are located within the Adirondack Park. The Lamplight Inn in Lake Luzerne is a grand Victorian home built in 1890, during the real building, population and tourism boom in the Adirondacks. Innkeepers Gene and Linda Merlino purchased the grand home in 1984 and restored it to its’ former glory. The result…a most charming and comfortably elegant Bed and Breakfast Inn. Gene and Linda describe the Inn’s features. “No expense was spared for this home. A 12 foot beamed ceiling, chestnut wainscoting and fabulous keyhole staircases enhance the spacious Great Room, now used as the Guest Sitting Area”. Imagine staying among the elegant comforts of this restored Inn while being surrounded by ten acres of lawn and wooded mountain trails. Trails that meander towards an overlook of the Hudson River.  The Inn’s own micro Adirondack vacation land!


New York Adirondacks

Your own micro Adirondacks, chairs included!

Affiliate of The B&B Team, Eliot Dalton has listed The Lamplight Inn Bed & Breakfast for sale. Not only is the Inn a prime example of a well maintained and well run business, it is as you have seen in a prime destination location. One of the major drivers of the business. The trains may not bring the vacationers to the Adirondacks as much as the automobile does these days and that is a good thing. Because…within a day’s drive for 60 million people lie the wilderness and the 3,000 lakes of the region. And The Lamplight Inn.

Now are you ready to ‘vacate’ your current lifestyle for the adventures of innkeeping? The New York Adirondacks and their lakes and forests  ‘gleaming like gems’ are beaconing.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf