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Georgia Mountaintop Inn & Spa-High Altitude Escape

June 20th, 2018 by Janet Wolf

Lucilles Mountain Top Inn

Georgia Mountaintop Inn & Spa-High Altitude Escape

A high-altitude escape awaits guests at this beyond the ordinary Georgia Mountaintop Inn & Spa. A pinnacle location in the Northeast Georgia mountains with not just views but wide 360 degree vistas. Spectacular outlooks of blue tinted mountains, endless skies and forested valleys. The Inn was purpose built in 2001, the location was specifically chosen for the vistas and location. Built in the Arts & Crafts style that fits so well with the surroundings. And the surroundings? Diverse with plenty to see and do.

When the highways and now well-traveled parkways were completed starting in the 1920’s, through the 50’s and 80’s, tourism gradually increased. Today the area is a popular well visited destination.

“The area is regarded as the heart of Georgia’s wine country. Moving west, vineyards give way to apple orchards, with apple houses dotting a stretch of Georgia Highway 52, aka Apple Alley.”

In addition the town of Blue Ridge (near the Inn) is the Trout Fishing Capital of Georgia.

Trout, wine and apples, sounds like a good river, vineyard and orchard to table meal to add y to your high altitude escape experience.

A huge part of the experience in the Georgia mountains are the scenic drives and the discoveries found along the way.  National Geographic has a wonderful travel guide book entitled; ‘Drives of a Lifetime’. One of the featured drives takes you on an adventurous drive through the area surrounding the Inn.

“Spend a little more than an hour of drive time traveling through the forested mountains and valleys of Northeast Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest or take longer to stop at some of the spectacular sights along the way. This route takes the shady highways that follow the wild and tumbling Chattahoochee River, leads you across the Appalachian Trail and to observation areas along the way where you can see dramatic mountain vistas. Stop to see Georgia’s highest mountain or hike to several waterfalls along the route.”

Georgia mountaintop inn & spa

Lucille’s Mountaintop Inn & Spa

High altitude escape…Lucille’s Mountaintop Inn & Spa for sale, most perfect place to start and end your days. From trout fishing to wine tasting to road trip warriors plus so much more. This is THE place to stay. The Inn’s website has suggested itineraries that illustrate the abundant activities available. Very clever marketing and worth a read.

Let’s take a peak (pun!) at the Inn.

Start with the portico entrance leading into the first level open living room with fireplace and spacious airy breakfast room. The wide wrap-around decks surrounding the breakfast room are truly outdoor rooms!  Throughout the Inn the atmosphere is warm, decorated in rich tones with a contemporary flare.

Georgia mountaintop Inn & spa

The terrace level of the inn features a guest suite with outdoor seating, a newly renovated conference room that opens to the terrace and the inn’s laundry facilities.

Then there is the Spa at Lucille’s, another reason to stay.

A covered walkway leads to the Spa. A large guest suite with a spectacular view sits at one end of the spa building, while a full-size guest apartment sits at the other. All 13 guest rooms are decorated in rich colors and are appointed with luxurious amenities. The inn also has newly constructed private owners’ quarters with a separate entrance and a full kitchen.

Georgia mountaintop inn & spa

Lucille’s Mountaintop Inn & Spa Guest Room

Sometimes the best way to learn about a lodging property is to read from a guest’s point of view. Someone who has experienced the Inn and surroundings.

“We stayed in the Mountain Suite and it was pure heaven. The wall-to-wall windows overlooking the mountains brought peace and solitude. The outdoor copper shower was a dream and very private. The service was impeccable and the breakfasts (which we had served to us outside) were awesome. We will be back in the fall. This place is worth coming back to. A short drive from either Atlanta or Greenville, SC. The surrounding arts and crafts places and restaurants add to the charm of this incredible area.”

Georgia mountaintop inn & spa

Mountain Suite Copper Shower

And did I mention, it is a four season resort.

For guests and for new owners, Lucille’s is near perfection. Pristine condition, spectacular setting and location. Just 90 miles north of Atlanta with easy interstate access. Highly profitable financially viable. Interested? For more information The B&B Team is here to help. Give us a call.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Duluth Minnesota B&B for Sale- Strong and Hardy

June 13th, 2018 by Janet Wolf

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Duluth Minnesota B&B for Sale

Midwest folks are hardy souls, built to last. Midwesterners embrace their four distinct seasons. Winters are embraced, like really embraced, with so many winter activities to choose from. Plus Midwesterners are die-hard sports fans. If you have ever seen fans tailgating in single digit temps, you know what I’m sayin’. Leaving winter behind, blissful beauty arrives in spring and summer and is intensely appreciated. Minnesota and especially Duluth has been tagged as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the Midwest.’

The Midwest is also a strong and hardy place for business.

Minnesota. “The North Star State’s economy shines, with major industry sectors in bioscience, healthcare services, advanced manufacturing and finance. The state is home to 17 Fortune 500 companies, including General Mills, 3M, Target, Medtronic, Best Buy, US Bancorp and Land O’ Lakes.”

Must add one more business, a B&B industry favorite, Deneen Pottery located in St. Paul. Four decades strong and hardy. This family run business has; “…faced head-on the extraordinary highs and lows of running a small business. However, producing superior quality hand-thrown stoneware remains the hallmark of our company.” Strong and hardy mugs they are!


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Business is also strong and hardy at the A.G. Thomson House in Duluth.

The business at this Duluth Minnesota B&B for sale is solid, with a gross revenue multiplier of 4.9 and a cap rate of nearly 9%, making this B&B very viable financially.

The A.G. Thomson building is an American beauty. A classic picture-perfect Dutch Colonial Revival built in 1909. Houses in the Midwest were built to last and current owners have maintained the building’s integrity as well as built the business and maintained its’ reputation for excellence.

Rated the Top-Rated B&B in Minnesota, United States and the world! by Trip Advisor. The accolades go on and on but the best come from the guests who experience the inn’s magic. A favorite is the A. G. Thomson’s  wide front veranda overlooking the property’s two acres.

Duluth Minnesota B&B for Sale

A.G. Thomson House B&B Front Veranda

“The grounds are amazing – many charming seating areas and water features to make you really feel like you’re ‘away from it all’.”

“The inn and grounds are beautiful and immaculate. The area is full of incredible homes to drool over.”

“The patio out front was bursting with amazing, pretty potted flowers. Also loved walking the neighborhood with its’ huge historical homes.”

Now the A.G. Thomson House, Duluth Minnesota B&B for sale, is ready to pass the keys to new owners.  A strong and hardy year round business in a spectacular Midwest destination city. Read for yourself ‘Why Duluth, MN is a Great Place to Live’. The B&B Team can guide you through the process of purchasing this spectacular property. Give us a call.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Pennsylvania-Heritage Tourism in the ‘Welcome’ State

May 8th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

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Pennsylvania-Heritage Tourism Welcomes You

Pennsylvania has a sizable number of B&Bs. You may ask why? There are many reasons to travel to the ‘Welcome’ state. Pennsylvania-heritage tourism is widespread as well as the state’s dedication to historic preservation. The B&B Team has 10 properties for sale in the ‘Welcome’ state of Pennsylvania. In this writing I will focus on a selection of heritage destinations near a few of our current bed and breakfasts for sale in PA. More to follow in future blogs.

First let’s take a look at the definition of ‘heritage tourism’.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States defines heritage tourism as “traveling to experience the places, artifacts and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past,” and “heritage tourism can include cultural, historic and natural resources.” Got it? Good. Here we go…

Pennsylvania-heritage tourism

Gettysburg National Park

  • Gettysburg National Military Park. 3.8 million Visitors per year. That is powerful. Touring trough the battle site is a very sobering and haunting experience. Using a Licensed Battlefield Guide, in my opinion, is essential. You can learn from these passionate and knowledgeable guides 10 times more than you learned from your High School history books! A visit to this National Park is on many bucket lists. Rick and I visited and took the guided tour, twice!

The Gaslight Inn is located in downtown Gettysburg. And the town is charming. I know that word is used way too much. But…it really is. Walk to everything downtown from the Inn. Guests love that.

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N.C Wyeth Home & Studio ‘where time stands still’ Heritage Tourism

  • N.C. Wyeth Home & Studio, Chadds Ford in the Brandywine Valley. “Everything in Chadds Ford is linked to the past.” Makes sense, the town was established in 1684. The rolling hills are dotted with well-preserved buildings. Many have become museums like the artist N.C. Wyeth Home & Studio. The location of the home and museum overlooking the valley is glorious. Touring this heritage treasure tells a story of ‘once upon a time’ in the valley. Thanks to excellent preservation, time stands still. This is on my bucket list.

Pennsbury Inn is located in Chadds Ford on eight acres of landscaped grounds and flower gardens bordered by woodland trails. The building, built in 1714, is a beautiful example of colonial American architecture. Just across the road is Longwood Gardens.

Pennsylvania heritage tourism

Longwood Gardens Hydrangea Walkway

  • Longwood Gardens. Over a million visitors per year. “The Gardens are a living expression of all that our founder, Pierre S. du Pont, found inspiring, meaningful, and beautiful. From the intricate fountain systems to the meticulous gardens to the architectural grandeur, awe-inspiring discoveries await at every turn.” Open year round and dedicated to horticulture, education and the arts.

  • Fallingwater House. Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece is located in southwest Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands and 90 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. “Why is it so famous?  It’s a house that doesn’t even appear to stand on solid ground, but instead stretches out over a 30’ waterfall. It captured everyone’s imagination when it was on the cover of Time magazine in 1938.” A true heritage destination with a glimpse into Wright’s genius.

 Inn at Watson’s Choice is located in Uniontown in the Laurel Highlands. The inn is comprised of multiple historic and contemporary buildings situated on 41 acres of rolling countryside. Innkeepers have put together a very complete Tourist Guide Book with over 100 places to visit. Fantastic!

I have said this over and over, but the more I research areas of our beautiful country, the more I am amazed at the amount of fascinating places to discover. That is why staying at a bed and breakfast with local experienced innkeepers is so meaningful.

Heritage tourism is thriving in Pennsylvania. If owning an Inn and living the innkeeping lifestyle is something that you are seriously considering, take a look at our Pennsylvania bed and breakfasts for sale.

The B&B Team® can help! We invite you to start your search for bed and breakfasts for sale in Pennsylvania with us. There may be other inns for sale in Pennsylvania we are aware of. Learn how to get in touch with a specialist in finding Pennsylvania inns just right for you.

The B&B Team and Pennsylvania welcomes you to explore. Want to learn about innkeeping? Take a look at our Seminars for aspiring innkeepers. ‘We don’t sell the dream. We help you live it.’

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.
North Carolina B&Bs for sale

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.
North Carolina B&Bs for sale

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

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

What Makes South Carolina Beaches So Popular?

April 2nd, 2015 by Janet Wolf


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South Carolina Beaches are calling you.

On a daily basis The B&B Team receives notices on the amount of repins we receive on our Pinterest boards. It is fun to see which pins are repined the most. A map of the South Carolina Beaches has been the most popular pin, repined about 60 times! What does this mean? Is it that a good number of folks want to go on vacation to a beach? Especially South Carolina beaches it seems.

I recently had a conversation with Denley Caughman the president of the South Carolina Bed & Breakfast Association. I asked him what he thinks makes South Carolina beaches so popular.

  • Long uninterrupted strands of beach
  • White powdery sand
  • High end as well as affordable family friendly accommodations
  • Many protected undeveloped shorelines
  • 9 months of the year is beach weather (golf weather too, I added that)

If I were a travel writer I would want to take that map, start at the top (or bottom) and explore each and every beach town. But I’m not so let’s take a virtual tour.


South Carolina beaches, Pawley Island

Pawley Island Beach boardwalk

Let’s start with Myrtle Beach. First and foremost it is a major golf mecca as well as a family friendly destination. Water parks and mini golf for the kids and enough golf resorts (over a 100) to choose from for a decade of golf. Surfside Beach, Litchfield Beach and Pawley’s Island are the close by beach town destinations.  If you are looking for a place to stay a bit off the beaten track and a great place to escape to after your fun in the sun here is a suggestion. The Pelican Inn is on Pawley Island, a beauty of a spot that oozes relaxation. The house is one of several original houses remaining on the island. It is set behind the highest dunes protected by live oak trees that line the boardwalk to the beach. A stroll at sundown with a glass of wine in hand, OK.

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The Mansfield Plantation B&B

Next stop Georgetown. Looking for a historic intown B&B experience? One of the pleasures and attractions of staying in a B&B in an historic town location is the walking or cycling accessibility to restaurants and shops. The Georgetown Marina and Waterfront is another draw. The Keith House Inn fits this scenario to a tee (my golf pun)! Looking for a southern plantation B&B experience? The Mansfield Plantation Bed & Breakfast is truly a walk back in time on this authentic 1800 era rice plantation. The property covers nearly 1,000 acres and is recognized as “one of the most architecturally intact rice plantations in South Carolina.” It is a member of the National Register of Historic Places and is now owned and operated by the descendent of the original Parker family owners. Now that is authentic.  Both inns are members of SCBBA. All the association inns are individually inspected and approved.

Charleston south Carolina Destinations Bed and Breakfast Inns

The Cannonboro Inn, Charleston South Carolina

An overnight stop in Charleston is not recommended. Plan on at least a 2 night stay with three days of exploring. Another advantage of staying at a B&B owned and operated by the innkeepers is local knowledge. Even before you arrive you can get inside information from your host innkeeper on what to do, where to eat and any timely local happenings to book ahead. The Ashley and Cannonboro Inns are located less than a block from each other in the Historic District of Charleston. The distinct Charleston architectural charm can be found in these two properties from second story piazzas to elegantly wood paneled parlors and dining rooms. Every detail is showcased and kept in impeccable shape. Looking to buy a business in the great destination location of Charleston South Carolina? Can’t image why not! The B&B Team is offering these two inns for sale. Worth a call to find out more.

Folly Beach, South Carolina Beahes

Folly Beach Lighthouse Inlet

The nearby beach towns of Isle of Palms, Folly Beach and Edisto Beach are minutes from Charleston. The Water’s Edge Inn in Folly Beach is a boutique hotel that describes itself as; “southern hospitality meets Key West charm.” Intimate and private like a B&B but with a hotel beach resort feel. Nice alternative choice if that is what you are seeking.

Next stop is Beaufort. True Lowcountry! Much of the town is surrounded by tidal wetlands. How low can you go! Looking for an undeveloped shoreline fix? The Hunting Island State Park is a 5,000 acre preserve with 4 miles of Atlantic beach and an 1859 lighthouse. The Cuthbert House Inn in Beaufort is a waterfront property built to take advantage of the southern breezes off the water. Great AAA Four Diamond lodging choice with updated guest rooms in an historic house and views of the Intracoastal Waterway.


Fried Green Tomato BLT

Fried Green Tomato BLT

Don’t want to leave out Hilton Head. Another great golfing mecca with beaches to match. Hilton Head has become a foodie mecca as well. Over 16 restaurants are listed on Fodor’s. A Lowcountry Backyard Restaurant got my attention. Owned by a local who remembers Hilton Head when it was not on anyone’s map! Described as a lowcountry seafood casual restaurant with seafood made the way it used to be. The menu looks fantastic. It got me on fried green tomato BLT. I always get so hungry when I write about food. I could hop on a plane right now!

Hope you get the picture about the popularity of South Carolina beaches. As you can see there is so much more. That fun, sun and lowcountry food (and no snow) is calling me.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Carlisle PA Tourism-Colleges,Cars & Historic Carlisle House Bed & Breakfast

August 27th, 2014 by Janet Wolf


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Historic downtown Carlisle PA-Where your experience starts.

The history of Carlisle PA is a mirror to the early history of the United States. Yes, George Washington walked the streets and most likely slept there. But there is a lot more to Carlisle PA than George’s foot prints. History buffs will travel to places where history happened. Not just to ‘travel’ but to enjoy the whole experience. Tourism in Carlisle consists of visiting pre-Revolutionary War sites, exploring the treasures of the Cumberland Valley and so much more as you will see. One example: Carlisle is home to the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center. The Army Heritage Trail is a place to ‘Experience a Walk Through History’. I’m game, I love this history stuff!

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U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle PA

So where does one stay in Carlisle?

The Carlisle House Bed & Breakfast has a real perspective on the town’s historic appeal. On their website are maps showing the Inn’s two adjoining historic buildings location from 1826 to the present. Fascinating! Carlisle House is just 4 blocks from Dickinson College. A very well-known and attended liberal arts college built in 1773. More history! Another appealing fact…the Carlisle House is the center of a wheel where the spokes point to 10 colleges from a 2 minute drive to 2 hours. Your one-stop college shopping location!


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Historic In-Town Carlisle House Bed & Breakfast

Let’s jump ahead to some current history. Corvettes at Carlisle. Hundreds of Corvettes in one location, like WOW. Lectures, parts swap and sales, parades and a lot of Corvette pride and showmanship. So you get the picture why Carlisle is nicknamed Pennsylvania’s “automotive capitol” because it hosts not only Corvettes but 10 seasonal car shows that attract millions of tourists.

Carlisle PA Corvette Car show

Corvette Car Show, an annual Carlisle PA tourism event

Carlisle is the seat of Cumberland County where the Cumberland Valley spreads wide and far, ripe for exploration. Nature trails that meander through the valley are accessible for hikers of all levels. The 0.8-mile Ridge Overlook Trail features rocky ridges and the sight of wild turkeys. Scenic Vista Trail is a moderate 1.8-mile trail overlooking Michaux State Forest, an 85,000-acre forest in Adams, Cumberland and Franklin counties. The forest contains 39 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Deer and small game hunting is allowed in designated sections of the forest. These few photos are just a teaser.

Carlisle PA in Cumberland Valley

Appalachian Trail in Cumberland Valley PA

The innkeepers at the Carlisle House love their town and surrounding area. They take real pride in sharing their knowledge and love for their Inn and their home town. They are also looking towards the future and their next adventure beyond innkeeping. They are now ready to pass the heritage of the Carlisle House to new owners and ‘keepers of the Inn’. The Inn is a profitable business that has received numerous accolades from the press and travel writers. It is a Select Registry Inn, a group of distinguished quality properties.

Remember it is not just about “travel” but rather the whole experience itself. Carlisle PA and the Carlisle House Bed & Breakfast for sale offer an authentic experience. Carlisle PA is great place to live, do business and become an integral part of the community. That is what innkeeping is all about.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Full Service Inns – Time for a Renaissance

May 16th, 2013 by Janet Wolf


Food Glorious Food at Restaurant Verterra, The Inn at Weathersfield, Vermont

Picture a beautiful pristine Inn, beautiful surroundings with comfortable first class lodging then…add a dining component to this picture and what do you get? What we call in our industry, a full service Inn. Urban or country, food and lodging have always gone hand in hand. After indulging in a meal featuring locally sourced food that reflects the culture of the Inn’s location what could be more inviting than to retreat to a cozy guest room just steps away. Today’s traveler is often seeking a culinary experience along with their lodging. It completes the package.

The culinary travel trend is exploding. Full service Inns need to capitalize on this explosion, big time.

Take the example of The Inn at Weatherfield in Vermont. This property had a flourishing and successful restaurant and Inn business thanks to the former owners Jane and Dave Sandelman and Chef Jason Tostrup. The B&B Team recently transferred the Inn to new owners Richard and Marilee Spanjian. They have taken an already successful Inn to another level and the view looks great! I had the privilege to interview Marilee and ask what’s new and cookin’ at the Inn.

Private Dining in The Inn at Weatherfield's Wine Cellar

Private Dining in The Inn at Weathersfield’s Wine Cellar

Question: “New England’s Premier Culinary Inn” is your new brand modifier. This is a very gutsy goal, has this been your goal from the beginning?

Answer: We didn’t just want to say ‘Culinary Inn ’and our goal is for Weathersfield to be New England’s Premier Culinary Inn, so why not go for it.

Question: Your new specials are very cleaver. Especially ‘The Guinea Pig Club’, Chef’s Choice-$8 plates keep coming until you say ‘Uncle’. How has the response been?

Answer: The name is intriguing and it is really starting to catch on. Chef Jason and the kitchen staff really love it too. They can be creative, it really thumps their energy. We chose Thursdays for this special because we found the diners on that day tend to be really adventuresome.

Question: I also was intrigued by your ‘Vitality Fix’, tell me more about this concept.

Answer: Chef Jason came up with the idea. This menu option covers all the bases. It is vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free! More people are commenting how they like the fresh way of cooking and the way it makes them feel after their meal.

Question: What are some of your future plans?


Pasta Cooking Class with Chef Jason

Answer: Our new cooking school will be called ‘Hidden Kitchen’. This is named in memory of my late mother’s restaurant in California. They will not be your typical cooking classes. Chef Jason will teach about sustainability, eating fresh, how to prepare the fresh food and create your own dish and not rely on a recipe. We also will have a two day hands on cooking adventure package that includes visiting our local farms with Chef Jason. An outdoor kitchen set right by our vegetable and herb gardens is also in our plans.

Thank you Marilee. She sounded so excited and energized while I was talking with her. Love the enthusiasm.



Chef Max Mattes knows where some of the vegetables come from at Pilgrim’s Inn, right in their own back yard


Seared local scallops and a crisp Pinot Grigio at Pilgrim’s Inn, what a way to end the day

The Pilgrim’s Inn in Deer Isle Maine is a true country Inn with true local flavor. Culinary travelers like to know where they are as well as where the food is coming from. With the Whale’s Rib Tavern’s rustic historic post and beam dining room and a very warm inviting pub, you know where you are, the coast of Maine! Deer Isle, on the eastern edge of Penobscot Bay. Lobster is caught just off the rocky coastline as well as clams, mussels and oysters, oh my! And, the folks that bring in the catch may be sitting in the pub next to you enjoying one of the Tavern’s popular house ground burgers! True local flavor.


A True Country Full Service Inn

Owners Tina and Tony have just posted a blog about their ‘Farm to Table’ approach and the challenges it presents. Take a moment to read this blog, great information on the area and farming community. And what a great coastal community it is, natural beauty with countless coves and inlets with lots of privacy, a great place to own a business and call home. The B&B Team is privileged to offer this true and spectacular country Inn for Sale.

The B&B Team believes a successful full service Inn should focus their business on both the lodging and food equally. Neither business should take the back seat. Both of the full service country Inns featured in this post have spectacular guest rooms and top notch amenities. It completes the package. Stayed tuned for my next blog where I reveal the author of this quote.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf


Eureka Springs – A Town Worth Discovering

April 10th, 2013 by Janet Wolf

Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast

Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast

Did you know there are over 26 towns in the U.S. named Eureka or with Eureka in the name? Also a few scattered in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. But there is only one Eureka Springs and that is in Arkansas my friends.

Eureka! The word comes from the ancient Greek, “I have found it”. We also equate the word with a “great discovery”, like the discovery of gold in California or the cold water springs in Arkansas. Like most springs throughout the world, these springs were believed to cure certain ailments. First known to the Native Americans and then ‘discovered’ by the Victorian-age health seekers. People flocked to the area and eureka, a resort was born. Last year we visited Eureka Springs before the PAII Conference in Little Rock. We were blown away. Quaint and  bold historic buildings line the downtown streets that curve and wind upwards, down and around. We had so much fun driving and did get a bit lost and so did our GPS, but what the heck. The locals were helpful and gave us directions with a friendly knowing smile. This resort town is known for its restoration and preservation so you know the B&B’s are among the best examples of the historic Victorian architecture that has been so lovingly preserved.

Take a look at the Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast. What a beautiful painted lady! The B&B Team is offering this charming inn for sale. You can’t get any better than a property in great condition with lovely features in a destination location that attracts people from Tulsa to St. Louis to Ft. Worth, to name just a few. Believe me, this is a great place to discover if you haven’t already.

5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast

5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast

5 Ojo Inn Bed & Breakfast is another of our listings that is unique and radiates Eureka Springs hospitality and charm. The property includes two homes and two cottages with rooms that have been remodeled and re-branded and a new marketing presence in 2012, this B&B is poised for the next phase of its growth.

Rick, Peter, Peggy and I had a great time. After touring the Inns and getting acquainted with the innkeepers, we all went to town. We had dinner at the Grand Taverne at Grand Central Hotel, a classic historical hotel with the classic dining room to match. Later that evening we were surprised to hear a familiar voice coming from the grand piano. ‘Do You Believe in Magic?’, wow, Jerry Yester from The Lovin’ Spoonful. There is a wonderful purity to his voice and when he sang this song it was like he was singing it for the first time. He plays there twice a week when he is not touring. Some of you may ask, who? The Gen. Xers at the Bridgeford House breakfast table the next morning certainly did! It was quite funny to see their blank faces while we were excitingly talking about our celebrity siting.

Jerry Yester playing at the Grande Taverne in Eureka Springs

Jerry Yester playing at the Grande Taverne in Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs really is a town for all ages, not just for us baby boomer Lovin’ Spoonful crowd. It is known for its eclectic shops, booming artist culture, restaurants and nightlife, and oh what nightlife! Places like; Voulez-Vous Lounge with jazz, champagne cocktails or classic drinks and a bit of burlesque. How about the Pied Piper Pub and Cathouse Lounge? (Yes Eureka Springs has a very interesting sorted history that involves underground tunnels). Walk or take a taxi back to your quiet B&B. Fun, friendly and safe. The Eureka Springs promise. There are many finer dining restaurants and the innkeepers of 5 Ojo have rated their favorites on their website. Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse is one that is at the top of their list.

Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse-beautiful!

Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse-beautiful!

The area is also a destination for recreation with access to two lakes, zip lining in the Ozarks and the Great Passion Play performed in a grand outdoor theatre. As they say, something for everyone.

Springtime in the Ozarks. Photo by Edward Robinson

Springtime in the Ozarks. Photo by Edward Robinson

Looking for a great location for a B&B and a great lifestyle? Check out the Bridgeford House and 5 Ojo. You couldn’t ask for  more beautiful places to settle down into your new innkeeping life. A great discovery, a great place to live!


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