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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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Ready to Sell Your Inn? Get All Your Ducks in a Row

September 29th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

Ready to sell your inn?

Ready to Sell Your Inn? Get All Your Ducks in a Row

Are you thinking about getting ready to sell your inn? It is important that you get all your ducks in a row. (Definition: to be prepared and organized). When? NOW…Following is some advice on how to avoid roadblocks so your ducks can move swimmingly through to closing day.

To start, here are some important questions to ask yourself.

  • Does your business have clean, complete, accurate financial records?

You have invested a lot time working “on” your business. Hopefully your records are clean, honest and true. How you present your records sends a strong signal to prospective buyers. You want that signal to result in trust. Without trust, the smart, well informed buyer will most likely walk away.

FACT:  The bank will require three years of federal business tax returns and three years profit and loss statements as well as balance sheets.

  • Does your business have policies, procedures, systems that will make a new owner’s transition easy?

If you are working with a good property management system this will be invaluable to a new owner. A robust system that can produce detailed reports. Number of nights sold, occupancy, gift certificate history and much more. Information that you track regularly, right?

The B&B Team provides a helpful “seller’s information checklist” for our seller/clients. The more detailed and organized your records are, the easier for you to complete this list.

TRUE STORY: During buyer’s due diligence and transition training, sellers provided them with a tangled web of passwords, most of which turned out to be inaccurate. Talk about a roadblock!

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Investing wisely in your business throughout your Innkeeping tenure is hugely important. Your investment includes both time as well as capital.  If spent wisely, ALL your records will reflect this.

“The more you invest, the greater your return will be.”  and…”The better the value, the better the price.” Steve McKee, ‘Power Branding’.

The B&B Team provides our seller clients with an unvarnished, credible valuation of your inn. Over-priced inns sit forever. Under-priced inns leave money on the table. Well-priced inns offer value to both sellers and buyers. Both parties win.

Start getting those ducks in a row. The B&B Team can help.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

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…

Inns for sale in Maine

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

Old Orchard Beach Historic inns

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

Investing In Your Inn

June 30th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

Investing in your Inn

Federal House Inn in the Massachusetts Berkshires

Investing in your Inn is an ongoing process, one process that never should slow down or even worse, stop. The result of inactivity and lethargy will produce a whole bucket load of issues that will affect your property’s worth on the marketplace. Dire consequences? You bet!

This was the topic of the most recent webinar hosted by AIHP, Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals. The webinar titled, “Sprinting to the Finish” was conducted by White Stone Marketing with some input from innkeeping professionals, including The B&B Team’s Rick Wolf. A lot of good information was shared in the webinar that every innkeeper needs to hear. A recorded version will be available soon.

Here is a quote from a colleague’s formula in regard to investing in your Inn.

Deferred maintenance = hidden problems = buyers fear and doubt.

Which leads to another formula…

Tired + deferred maintenance = costly redo’s = lower offer!

Short and to the point! Copy and paste this. Read it daily. Let this become your mantra.

All of us at The B&B Team have seen both sides of the coin on this subject.

  • Innkeepers sprinting to the finish and receiving a fair market value for their property based on their ongoing marketing, steady business growth and their well cared for property.
  • Innkeepers putting their property on the market when they have moved way past burn out, never a good thing.

I want to showcase a recent success story. How new innkeepers Marcia and Ken, graduates of  The B&B Team ‘Better Way to Learn Innkeeping’ Seminar, encountered some hidden problems after the purchase of their Inn and how they overcame them and moved forward and are already starting to see success. And in only 2 ½ months!

Picture this…washing machine dies in the first week. Plumber informs them that hook up was installed improperly and mold has built up as a result. He suggests all new plumbing, otherwise the problem will persist. Solution: Innkeepers moved the laundry room out of the dank dark basement to a first floor sun room. Bright and clean with garden views! Innkeeper’s quote “It was life changing.”

More problems emerged but all were overcome (yes a lot of stress along the way) but ‘positivity’ prevailed. After things settled down a bit, onto redecorating. The fun stuff! I will let these photos do the talking and let your imagination picture the before!

Investing in your Inn

Elizabeth Campbell Photography-Invest in Good Photography!

Investing in your inn

Guest Room-Clean, fresh, a new beginning

Investing in your Inn

Federal House Inn Makeover Elizabeth Campbell Photography

Yes, all guest rooms and common areas received a makeover. All done in record time to receive Beth Campbell on the scene for a photo shoot. Not many new innkeepers tackle this kind of fast track transformation. I believe Marcia and Ken needed to achieve this goal to show themselves that yes, after many setbacks and disappointments there is a bright future when ‘positivity’ and hard work prevail. (I can’t imagine the piles of stripped wallpaper).

And, some icing on the cake, a jump for the Federal House Inn on Trip Advisor from #6 to #2. Congratulations! When Rick and I visited Marcia and Ken (a surprise visit) we saw nothing but smiles and enthusiasm. Yes, ‘life changing’!

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.

New Bern North Carolina

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.

New Bern North Carolina Bed & Breakfast

Aerie Bed & Breakfast

 

New Bern North Carolina tours

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

Flint Hills of Kansas-Lure of a Magical Land

May 13th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

Flint Hills of Kansas

Flint Hills of Kansas-Tallgrass Prairie                               Photograph by Jim Richardson

In the Flint Hills of Kansas rests the last great swath of tallgrass prairie in the nation, and many claim in the world. In a 2006 article about bringing tourism to Kansas, a consultant wrote: “It is your incredible, special, singular natural landscape that helps define you. This is where you can get a sense of what it must have been like if you were a Plains Indian or one of your great-great-great-great-grandparents.”

This is a magical land where there is abundant natural beauty plus a lure that attracted our nation’s pioneering past. And today you’ll find an active community of third and fourth generation ranchers. Historic farmsteads still in operation also dot the land. Worth a visit, you bet.

Flint Hills of Kansas

Flint Hills-Open Sky-Endless Horizons                Photograph by Kenneth G. West Jr.

The natural beauty consists of open sky and an endless horizon. Many folks think (as I did), that the Kansas landscape is flat. Not so in the Flint Hills. It consists of gently rolling hills dotted with crevices where streams flow and trees grow. And yes there is a reason why prairies are described as a ‘sea of grass’. In the fall when the tallgrass is at its tallest the grass resembles endless waves. The diversity and subtlety of the tallgrass landscape is also described as soothing and very peaceful. A touch of Zen in Kansas!

Flint Hills of Kansas

Flint Hills of Kansas-National Scenic Byway

For tourists there are many ways to experience the Flint Hills. 2016 is the National Park Service Centennial and the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is in the heart of the Flint Hills, Kansas’ only National Park. “The preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources.” Rangers give bus tours, there are back country hiking trails, fishing, education programs and cell phone tours.

The Flint Hills National Scenic Byway, Route 177, travels above the hills for panoramic views and through towns with names like Council Grove, Cottonwood Falls and Strong City. Travel slowly and stop often.

Flint Hills of Kansas

Grand Central Hotel-Flint Hills Kansas

In Cottonwood Falls you’ll find the landmark Grand Central Hotel circa 1884. In 1995 the current owner took the structure “down to brick and dirt” and voila the present day hotel and restaurant was created. An expansion to the building was added and now houses 10 oversized guest rooms, an outdoor dining courtyard and a warm and inviting dining room with fireplace and down home western charm. The décor in the entire inn reflects Kansas  history. Fun stuff like spur doorknockers and tooled bootjack doorstops. Historic photos line the brick walls as well as local landscape art. All this gives the Grand Central Hotel a strong sense of place.

The Hotel’s restaurant has a well-established reputation and attracts diners from far afield. American fare is served with Great Plains Beef featured of course. The B&B Team is pleased to offer this historic property for sale. The Grand Central Hotel is the premier lodging option for sale in the area, yet has great unrealized potential for future owners. A wonderful business opportunity in the heart of this magical land.

I want to end with a Kansas motto I found in my research. ‘Kansas doesn’t take your breath away, it makes you breathe.’ Yet after reading about the Flint Hills of Kansas and viewing some spectacular prairie photos I believe experiencing the Flint Hills would take my breath away.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Old Fashioned Mountain Lodge Experience

May 2nd, 2016 by Janet Wolf

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Bromley Mountain Vermont-View from the Bromley View Inn

If you are a skier and love to ski with your family, an old fashioned mountain lodge experience is something you may seek. ‘Old fashioned’ can evoke a number of images as well as fond memories. These may be memories you recall from your youth that you want to re-live and share with your family. Let me list a few experiences here and see if you get the picture.

  • Rising early to a hearty breakfast of eggs, home fries and toast. Like something sweet for breakfast? Kids can have cereal or what kid doesn’t like pancakes or French toast. Topped with ‘real’ Vermont maple syrup.
  • Grab your skis and off to the slopes where there are serious and gentle slopes. Runs for all levels.
  • Back to the lodge in the afternoon to rest and re-group.
  • Relax by a roaring wood fire in a comfortable lounge with other like-minded folks and kids. A large screen TV, video games and a pool table complete the picture.
  • The tavern opens in the late afternoon for ‘adult beverages’.
  • There are board games and books and time to enjoy them.
  • All in all, old fashioned fun you may not have time to enjoy in your over-scheduled everyday life.
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Bromley Mountain Kids Ski School

All of the above old fashioned mountain lodge experiences can be found at the Bromley View Inn. An intimate cozy family owned and operated lodge located in southern Vermont near Stratton and Bromley Mountain, couldn’t get any better! Bromley was voted #3 in the East by Ski magazine for Kid Friendly Activities in 2015.

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Bromley View Inn Labrador Lounge & Tavern

The view of Bromley Mountain is what gives the inn its name. View the sun on the mountain as you enjoy breakfast and preview where you will be heading for a fun family day of skiing.

What else does the area have to offer? Summer and fall family fun, too. Bromley has alpine slides, zip-riders and bungee trampolines. These are great soft adventure activities that appeal to all ages. Want to go back in time? There is miniature golf and movies at the Village Picture Show in Manchester. There are sleigh rides just down the road and ice skating on a frozen pond.

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Bromley Sun Mountain Flyer

 

Bromley Mountain Water Slide

Bromley Mountain Water Slide

Vermont’s Bromley Mountain does a good job at delivering the Vermont mountain experience. While on vacation, travelers want a place to retreat to where they feel like they belong. Not just a place to stay. Bromley View Inn delivers a friendly face of innkeepers that welcomes your family or group and dogs, too! Knowledgeable innkeepers that know how to help you make your vacation days full of as many Vermont mountain experiences you desire, catered just for you.

The Bromley View Inn for sale with The B&B Team , Inn Consultants LLC awaits new innkeepers that desire to live the Vermont mountain lifestyle and provide guests with that old fashioned mountain lodge experience. New innkeepers have the opportunity to create their own ‘new’ old fashioned experiences. Fun!

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

A Smile of Innkeepers

April 24th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

A smile of innkeepers

Opening Session and the smiles begin

After spending the day with all these great innkeepers I was thinking about the best group noun for us all – and it’s obvious: “A smile of innkeepers”!” Reflections of The AIHP Summit and Marketplace by Peter MacLaren, innkeeper of the West Hill House B&B in Warren Vermont.

A smile of innkeepers

Innkeeper Peter MacLaren with some of his signature single malt

The first AIHP Summit and Marketplace in Nashville TN ended with a huge round of applause. I can say, and many others who attended would agree that the conference’s success rate…five star.

CEO Rob Fulton released a newsletter on April 18th post summit, and shared some innkeepers and allied partners comments. I thought Peter MacLaren expressed his feelings so well. So much that it is the title of this blog. I wish now that I had taken some time to take photos of all those smiles. Luckily others did.

A smile of innkeepers

Rob and Kelly Fulton and some smiling AIHP summit attendees

Those of you who did not attend may ask; why was this conference so successful and why did it evoke so much emotion and enthusiasm? We were all attending for one core reason, to become better innkeepers and partners with innkeepers. We do this by learning new skills to help our businesses grow. We also do this by developing relationships which requires give and take, we learn from each other. And what better way to do this then face to face, smile to smile.

A smile of innkeepers

Twyla Sickmiller (isn’t she always smiling!) Helping innkeepers with orders. Founding AIHP Member The Turkish Towel Company.

There was an ‘energy of solidarity’, if you get what I am trying to say. We were all working together. This is what I believe helped create all those smiles.

There was of course a lot of planning and investment in time to create the summit. From the time of AIHP’s conception to the opening of the summit it took only 18 months! I think this is incredible. A total positive and forward thinking group of individuals formed the foundation of AIHP that resulted in a CEO search and hire, board creation and staff hire and recruitment of membership.  Then a wonderful group of volunteers completed the package. With CEO Rob Fulton and a strong board of directors at the helm and an experienced crew in support, the future looks very bright.

A smile of innkeepers

All Aboard! Queen Mary, Long Beach -San Pedro California

Speaking of helms and crews. These terms will come in very handy at the next summit. If you haven’t heard already, the 2017 Summit and Marketplace’s location will be on the solid foundation (docked in Long Beach) on the original Queen Mary in Long Beach CA. CABBI (California Association of Boutique and Breakfast Inns) and Select Registry have come on board as partners with AIHP for this conference. Forging relationships like these make all of us stronger.

Mark your calendars Knowledge Sharing Summit, Marketplace & InnSpire Conference January 29 – February 1

More smiles to come and…

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

A smile of innkeepers

The B&B Team-most of us- adding to the smiles!

Prescott Arizona- Golden Opportunity

April 14th, 2016 by Janet Wolf

Prescott Arizona-Golden Opportunity

Prescott Arizona Golden Sunset

Prescott Arizona markets itself as ‘true west’. The city’s old west history lore is classic pulp fiction material. Famous ‘Whiskey Row’ had 40 saloons and ‘ol Virgil and Wyatt Earp called Prescott home before moving on to Tombstone. Gold was discovered in 1864 that created this northern Arizona boom town but another reason Prescott Arizona is golden is the climate. Located in a forest bowl 5,300 feet above sea level results in 4 mild yet distinct seasons. Average temp, you guessed it, 70◦! The golden sun shines often upon Prescott.

Prescott, like many western boom towns, survived economic slumps and a 1900 fire that destroyed most of those 40 saloons! Communications (and sobriety) grew when the Arizona Central Railway connected Prescott to the Atlantic and Pacific. Railroads bring people and people bring prosperity. Fast forward to today and Prescott is considered one of the top emerging metropolitan cities in the US.

Prescot Arizona-Golden Opportunity

The railroad comes to Prescott!

Tourism is also golden in Prescott. The combination of western history, historic preservation of the downtown and outlying historic neighborhoods, climate and outdoor recreation is a perfect mix.

Spectacular scenery too! Mountains, lakes, Ponderosa pines and painted deserts surround the city.

Prescott Arizona-Golden Opportunity

Prescott Arizona Lake

Imagine travelling on an Arizona highway in the 1950’s and stopping at a quaint old farmhouse with ‘modern’ guest units. Back then the Prescott Pines Motel, neon signs and all, enticed weary travelers along SR Route 89 with ‘refrigerated’ rooms and sparkling clean kitchenettes.

Prescott Arizona-Golden Opportunity

1950’s Prescott Pines Motel

Today…Prescott Pines Inn Bed & Breakfast has transformed the once simple roadside hostelry into a truly special and unique bed and breakfast Inn. In total there are 5 buildings, each with its own character. Quaint cottages and guest rooms with private porches, century old shade trees and patios, add a fountain, veranda and fireplaces and the package is complete. Prescott Pines Inn is located minutes from downtown and Whiskey Row. Guests can still enjoy a shot or two but the Whiskey Row Pubs, craft beer and live music is the draw today.

Prescott Arizona-Golden Opportunity

Prescott Pines Inn Today

The B&B Team is pleased to offer the Prescott Pines Inn for sale. The combination of location, thoughtful branding by current innkeepers, and superior personalized service have allowed this unique B&B to prosper with solid revenues leaving room to grow. This profitable inn is priced right and is financially viable.

Prescott Pines Inn-Golden Opportunity

Prescott Pines Inn-Golden Opportunity

Prescott Pines Inn is the golden opportunity that awaits new owners. Travel the road west (or east) and we wish happy trails to you.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

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