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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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The InnSpire Summit & Marketplace-Value Added

January 31st, 2017 by Rick Wolf

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The InnSpire Summit & Marketplace, Queen Mary. Long Beach CA

Day 1…The InnSpire Summit & Marketplace, The Queen Mary, Long Beach CA. Ran into and old friend and colleague. Started chatting about innkeeping conferences, current and past. He told me about a comment from an innkeeper that he would never forget. He asked this innkeeper, what is the value you get from attending an innkeeping conference?

“Attending a conference gives you the opportunity to place yourself high on a mountain top and view the battlefield landscape to help plan your attack. The alternative is to stay bogged down in the trenches, trying to dig yourself out and getting nowhere.”

Love this!

Here is a sample of some of the sessions offered, the landscape.

There are different paths or categories to choose from.

New Innkeeper Path

Guest Experience Path

Heads on Beds Path

Back of the House Path

The InnSpire Summit & Marketplace

Peter Scherman-The B&B Team

One of the first sessions was for the newbies, ‘Benchmarks for the New Innkeeper: How do I Measure my First Year in Business?‘ The room was packed with new and seasoned innkeepers. Peter Scherman, and innkeeper Don Lynch presented some tools and stats to help you gauge your business success. Ways to work ‘on your business’, not just ‘in your business’. Big difference.

The ‘Guest Experience Path’ offered, ‘The Dynamics of Creating Consistency’. A panel of seasoned innkeepers talked about their approach to brand consistency at their inns. How they deliver on the promise their marketing presents. Their experiences triggered lively audience participation with questions and more great examples. You could see light bulbs go off.

The InnSpire Summit & Marketplace

Chip Conley-Airbnb

Heads on Beds Path. ‘How Airbnb and Professional Bed and Breakfast Can Collaborate and Win Together.’  Now you can imagine how packed this session was! Led by Chip Conley, Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, Airbnb. How the future of a collaboration between B&Bs and Airbnb is one that can benefit both. The presentation and discussion, among many, involved the plan for Airbnb to launch a ‘Professional Designation’ category on their website. This has been promised in the past and is still in the working stages.

Lunch was served in the Marketplace for attendees and Allied Partners. Time to shop and network with variety of old friends and new. 58 booths in total. From Amenities to Website Design. The buzz and enthusiasm in the hall is invigorating.

After we all refueled, back to education. How about some help with Social Media?  ‘Mastering Social Media Advertising’. Alex Cameron, founder and CEO, Signature Marketing Consulting offered great ‘how to’ advise on Facebook Ads. Step by step tools, simply presented and applicable for our business.

Late afternoon sessions. Time to grab some coffee at Starbucks. The landscape is broadening.

Back of the House Path offering, ‘The State of the Marketplace: Are Inns Selling? Are Banks Lending? Are There Buyers and What Are They Looking For? Rick and Peter are finishing this session as I am writing. I hope they left time for plenty of questions.

There was a total of 23 sessions today. Most innkeeper couples and/or staff divide and conquer the battlefield then gather to plan their next attack. Day 1 coming to an end. See you tomorrow.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

 

Vermont is a Strong Brand

January 12th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

Vermont is a strong brand

View of Bromley Mountain, Vermont

As US states go, Vermont is a strong brand. What comes to mind this time of year is Snow, with a capital S.  For downhill skiers, snowboarders and snowmobile enthusiasts, Vermont’s snowfall is the envy of the nation. This according to the Burlington Free Press.

In fall it is the ultimate leaf peeper locale. Early spring brings maple syrup and the prospect of the most spectacular lush shades of green seen anywhere.

Vermont is also synonymous with country inns and cozy fireside bed and breakfasts. To prove this, here are a few quotes from an early Country Inn & Back Roads directory by Norman T. Simpson. For those of you who may not know, Norman and his directory were the foundation of Select Registry. Norman passed away in 1988 but his words and legacy live on.

Vermont is a strong brand

Country Inns and Back Roads

Describing a country inn in Stowe. “The gentle summer mood of northern Vermont is reflected in this gracious Green Mountain hostelry.”

I love Norman’ descriptions and how he identifies the simple pleasures of the Vermont inns he visited .

  • The laden book shelves set by the gathering room hearth.
  • Fresh muffins with small pots of country butter.
  • A friendly maple outside your guest room window.
Vermont is a strong brand

Kitzof Inn, Mt. Snow

Now here is another quote from Norman that many innkeepers and guests can identify with.

“The floor has an engaging list to port but that’s part of the game of country inns.” I have never heard anyone describe a tilting floor in such an appealing and positive way! Beautiful.

This is Vermont’s brand. Rich in a legacy of hospitality (and tilting floors). Allot has changed in the 40 plus years since Norman’s Country Inns & Back Roads was published. Many of his featured country inns and bed and breakfasts still exist and some are…just history. Many have undertaken expansions and renovations keeping the strong Vermont hospitality brand alive. Yet many are in a prime position for new owners to add their creative touch, their own personalized legacy. This is where The B&B Team can assist you, the aspiring innkeeper. We invite you to start your search for bed and breakfast inns for sale in Vermont right here.

Vermont is a strong brand

Hearthside at the Shoreham Inn & Gastropub

Whether it is a local landmark country inn in Chester,Vermont…an authentic lodge style bed and breakfast in Bromley Mountain ski country…a custom built resort lodge at the base of Mt. Snow…a classic historic country inn in Shoreham, Lake Champlain Valley …or a Main Street village boutique country inn in Quechee. The variety of these offerings is as rich and varied as the state of Vermont!

Vermont is a strong brand

Melding of modern & antique at this Quechee boutique country inn

If you are looking for Vermont inns for sale, we welcome you to give us a call. The Vermont brand is strong and enduring. A good place to build your business and your home.

Another Norman quote. “We were looking for the ‘lost Vermont” and we found it here. Gardens, trees, peace, history, laconic natives, covered bridges, mountains, lakes, antiquing, auctions…a sort of warm feeling of coming home.”

Chester VT country inn blanketed in snow. Watercolor by Debra Webster Irons

I will end this writing with how I started…Snow. 2017 Vermont state predictions from the Farmer’s Almanac.

“…slightly above-normal precipitation and near-normal snowfall. The snowiest periods will be in mid-November, late January, mid- and late February, and early to mid-March.”

Sounds about right to me and Vermont innkeepers are thrilled.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

The First Thanksgiving-When and Where?

November 22nd, 2016 by Janet Wolf

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The First Thanksgiving. New England or Virginia?
Photo of entrance of Berkley Plantation by Susan Bolling

I just discovered something very troubling. I have been misled all these years about the location of the first Thanksgiving! I subscribe to the Virginia Living Magazine email newsletter and this was their headliner. Received today, hot off the press. ‘Pilgrim’s Pride’ by Ben Swenson.

“Whatever our friends from the Northeast may say, the first English-speaking observance of Thanksgiving took place in 1619 on what is now Berkeley Plantation in Charles City County. You can still visit the site today, and for that, we give thanks.”

1619 versus the New England Pilgrim’s celebration in 1621. Even the date’s wrong! I am really not upset. It is nice to set the record straight, after all these years. So here is the story.

The James River settlement known as Berkley Hundred was an 8,000 acre area chartered by the Virginia Company of London. 38 men (no women) landed on December 4 (even the date was different, jeesh!) Anyway…”they stepped off their boat and into thick woods of the Virginia colony”. Here is the thanksgiving connection.

“Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia,” read the orders, “shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almightty God.”

Unfortunately this history and ritual was lost when an Indian Uprising of 1622 wiped out the Englishmen of Berkley.

“When the early settlement’s records—and the instructions for an annual thanksgiving—were discovered in 1931, the Jamieson family, then the owners of Berkeley Plantation, didn’t skip a beat. They held a small family service every fall, and by the late 1950s, the Jamiesons, along with descendants of the colony’s original leader, Captain John Woodlief, resumed formal thanksgiving celebrations at Berkeley. By 1961, they had established an official yearly observance and created the nonprofit Virginia Thanksgiving Festival, which celebrated its 50th annual event in 2011.”

Whatever the date, the location and the identity of our brave early settlers, Miles Standish or Captain John, we can be grateful. On November 24 we will all sit down, raise a glass and give thanks.

A Happy Thanksgiving to All from The B&B Team, Rick and Jan, Peter and Peggy, Scott and Marilyn, Eliot and Tish, Dana, Linda

the first thanksgiving

Not your grandmother’s leftover turkey sandwich.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

 

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.

experience Arkansa naturally

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.

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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.

Buyers

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.

Reasons:

  • 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.

Sellers

  • 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.

owner's quarters-the good, the bad and the maybe

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!

getting ready to sell your inn?

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

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

September 6th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

Innd for sale in Maine

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

What is your Field of Dreams?

July 21st, 2016 by Janet Wolf

Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams Movie Site, Dyersville, Iowa

Last week Peter and Rick were visiting clients in Iowa and had some free time. Can you guess where they headed? Field of Dreams Movie Site in Dyersville, Iowa. This attraction is NOT a replica, it is the actual century old farm house and surrounding corn fields and ball field where the movie was filmed. Rick said the site is not commercialized. It is simple, serene and very green.

Why has Field of Dreams become a world wide iconic film? Why do 65,000 tourists drive down the long road to the movie site to visit every year?  I believe it is the message the film gives us. We should listen to our ‘voice’ and pursue our dreams.

Rick Wolf at the Field of Dreams Movie Site

Rick Wolf at the Field of Dreams Movie Site

I  started to think about this message and how it relates to the dream of starting a bed and breakfast.

In our ‘Better Way to Learn Innkeeing’ seminars we often use the most quoted line from the film to make a point. The first voice that Ray Kinsella hears in the corn field; “Build it and they (he) will come”. We tell our aspirers that it is a great line from a great movie but…reality check! You can build or purchase an established inn, but it doesn’t stop there! Guests will not just show up at your doorstep.  After Ray built his baseball field the voice told him; “go the distance”.

This is what The B&B Team ‘voice’ says:

Never stop working on the following.

  1. Operations
  2. Marketing
  3. Infrastructure

Go the distance and you will continually learn new and exciting ( yes, challenging too) ways to improve your business and reach your goal. Which is increased revenue and eventually, selling your inn. The outcome will be rewarding.

Field of Dreams

Another reward…Playing catch with your grand kids at the Field of Dreams Movie Site

From the brochure that Rick brought home, another line caught my attention.

When visiting Field of Dreams you have the opportunity to “get together with other people who have gone the distance and become acquainted.” Here is an analogy for you…attend the 2017 AIHP InnSpire Conference, Knowledge Sharing Summit on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. Connect and learn from innkeepers and Allied Partners who are on the same path as you. Those who have gone the distance. Sound like a good plan?

“Some have called me a little piece of heaven on earth. I am a Field where reality mixes with fantasy, and dreams come true“. Ahh, wouldn’t you like to think that your guests say the same thing about your Inn?

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Old Orchard Beach Historic Inns

July 13th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

Old Orchard Beach Historic Inns

Old Orchard Beach-250 years of fun

Long before people went to the beach for recreation Native Americans populated beaches like Old Orchard Beach for reasons of sustenance. Tribes from Massachusetts, Maine, and Connecticut cooked clams and lobsters in sand pits as means of subsistence as far back as 2000 years ago. Early settlers observed these ocean-side feasts and created their version, the New England Clambake. In those bygone days the lobsters were so plentiful that one could fetch their lobster dinner from tidal pools with bare hands. Hope they were careful, no rubber bands on the claws I bet. Build a fire on the beach, gather some seaweed. Now that is a picnic!

Today folks gravitate to Old Orchard Beach and its 7 miles of wide sand beaches for recreation, a relaxing sun bath and a brisk swim or a barefoot shoreline stroll. For sustenance, a shore dinner is always available nearby (without sand). And after the sun sets and darkness ascends the shoreline, another kind of scene emerges. Fireworks and night baseball, concerts in the park and bonfires on the beach. And what would nightlife on the beach be without an amusement park. Viewing the miles of beach from a Ferris Wheel or speed it up on a roller coaster.

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Old Orchard Beach Pier at Sunrise

Old Orchard Beach on the southern coast of Maine has a very famous PIER and amusement park that light the sky, and the beach day extends into more hours of fun. For over 250 years ‘the beach’, as it is called by the locals and generations of returning tourists, has been a summertime mecca for millions. From the early settlers who came to swim and picnic behind the large rock formations to today’s tourist that can enjoy everything this Maine seaside resort has to offer. It is said that it is ‘impossible not to have fun at O.O.B’.

Throughout Old Orchard Beach and its 250 years of history there are many ‘firsts’. Like the first Boarding House built in 1837 by E.C. Staples. He was convinced of Old Orchard Beach’s potential as a summer resort. Smart guy. It was originally a 1730 farmhouse that was converted by Mr. Staples and opened to travelers as Ye Olde Staples Inn when there were only 3 other buildings in Old Orchard Beach. In 2000 it was purchased and completely renovated and today stands proud as Maine’s first Inn, the Old Orchard Beach Inn. Authenticity is an important element in a bed and breakfast and the original beams and restored wide pine floors offer a warmth that many of the newer lodging establishments at the beach cannot duplicate. Location is also key and guests can walk to the beach and pier and restaurants, yet is set on a tree lined one acre corner lot. The 17 guests rooms offer lodging choices for families and couples. The town is planning on establishing an historic walking tour next year. The history walks will contain panels placed near landmarks with text and photos. The Old Orchard Beach Inn is on the list!

Old Orchard Beach Historic inns

Old Orchard Beach Inn

At the turn of the last century, Old Orchard Beach was a well-established resort town. Summer cottages were built in the popular shingle Maine cottage style. In 1902 renowned architect John Calvin Stevens built a cottage for a family in Old Orchard Beach. It is now the Atlantic Birches Inn Bed and Breakfast, one of the many buildings in the re-vitalized Historic District. New Victorian lighting, wide brick tree-lined sidewalks and an outside dining courtyard complete with fountain in Town Square and a newly renovated Town Hall. This 10 guest room bed and breakfast is beautifully landscaped with a swimming pool and gazebo. The inside features architectural detailed woodwork that John Calvin Stevens was known for, gloriously restored. He was also known for his classic wrap around porches. Atlantic Birches Inn has a beauty!Old orchard Beach historic inns

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Atlantic Birches Inn-Old Orchard Beach

The B&B Team offers these two Old Orchard Beach historic Inns for sale as beautiful examples of bed and breakfasts that have been lovingly restored and celebrate the rich history of their town. For future innkeepers who are seeking historic inns in a vibrant beach resort in Maine, it may be time to look at Old Orchard Beach.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

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