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The Connection of Passion and Knowledge

January 11th, 2018 by Janet Wolf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And for new and aspiring Innkeepers:

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

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

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

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

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

End of Year Musings from an Innkeeper

December 29th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

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End of Year Musings from an Innkeeper

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

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

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

Oops!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scott and Jen

The Inn at Pleasant Lake, NH

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

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

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf (and Scott)

The Season for Giving

December 15th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

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

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

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

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The gift that kept on giving-comfort & joy

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

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

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

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

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

 

Recap of Top 10 Lodging Trends 2017

December 6th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

Recap of Top 10 Lodging Trends 2017

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

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

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

Grab & Go Yogurt Parfait

Yogurt Parfaits – For your early risers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Bed & Breakfast Bathroom Appeal

November 30th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

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Bed & Breakfast Bathroom Appeal-Photo by Christian Giannelli

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are a few examples:

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

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

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

Bahtroom appeal

Maine Stay Inn, Kennebunkport ME-Cottage Bathroom Makeover

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

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

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opportunity Knocks!-Bed & Breakfasts for Sale 5 Rooms or Less

October 5th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

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Opportunity Knocks! Bed & Breakfasts for sale 5 Rooms or Less. Finger Lakes B&B

Yes…Bed & Breakfasts for sale 5 rooms or less. In addition, financially viable bed and breakfasts!

Lets’ get started.

In the Finger Lakes of New York there is a 5- guest room, including cabins, Bed & Breakfast for sale. It is a beauty, located between Seneca and Keuka Lakes, in the geographic heart of the Finger Lakes region, where tourism flourishes. The inn is listed as financially viable, rare for the number of guest room offerings. There are 2 cabins on the 6 acres and it has real expansion capability for more.

For owner/innkeepers:

The owner’s annex provides 1350 ± square feet of living space including a full kitchen, dining area, large living room, master bedroom, adjoining study and 1 ½ bathrooms. Large living room windows maximize views across the valley. An attached three bay garage provides plenty of storage and workshop space. WOW!

Interested? Arrange a visit to this fine Finger Lakes B&B Gem for sale soon!

bed & breafasts for sale 5 rooms or less

Barcelona Lakeside Bed & Breakfast for Sale

Another ‘Small Inn, Big Success’ inn for sale in the Empire State, on the south shore of Lake Erie in Chautauqua County. Barcelona Lakeside Bed and Breakfast is a 4-guest room inn.

The inn is rated #1 out of 35 area B&Bs on TripAdvisor™. Barcelona Lakeside B&B is close to Chautauqua County’s and is the only area B&B with sweeping views of Lake Erie. Another real beauty! The house is a restored historic farmhouse surrounded by gardens and neighboring vineyards. These are just some of the reasons for the inn’s great success.

New owners can “turn the key” to this fine B&B and build on its solid foundation of profitability.

New River Gorge B&B

Morris Harvey House Bed & Breakfast

Lets’ move along to West Virginia to the historic 5 guest room Morris Harvey House in Fayetteville. Located in the middle of the New River Gorge recreational area. An incredible natural park encompassing over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, rich in cultural and natural history.

This New River Gorge bed and breakfast for sale boasts a solid track record of success with occupancies averaging around 50%, a remarkable achievement for any inn in a small-town setting, which is testament to the strength of the draw that the Gorge is.

For the owner/innkeepers:

A detached adjacent owner’s cottage with 2 bedrooms and full bath, kitchen, and living/dining room, affording space to relax and get away from the business while being immediately convenient.

These three bed & breakfasts for sale 5 rooms or less gives new innkeeper/owners the opportunity to own and operate a viable business in beautiful viable tourist driven areas.

Thanks for Listening and letting The B&B Team share with you these three Bed & Breakfasts for sale 5 rooms or less.

Opportunity knocks 3 times!

Janet Wolf

Rabbit Hole of Social Media

September 14th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

Rabbit Hole of Social Media

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there”. Lewis Carroll

This is a quote we often use in The B&B Team’s ‘Better Way to Learn Innkeeping’ seminars for aspiring innkeepers.

We suggest our seminar attendees need to focus on where they want to live. It helps them focus on where to start looking for inns for sale. You have to know where you are going.

This line of thinking can also relate to how small business owners/innkeepers should approach managing their social media.

  • Focus on the what, meaning which social media platforms will be most effective for your inn.
  • Focus on the when, how much time you should plan on spending on each platform.
rabbit hole of social media

Focus

I found a good blog on social media tips for small businesses. ’21 Social Media Marketing Tips for Small Businesses.’ Interesting that the author used many Lewis Carroll quotes to illustrate the sometimes overwhelming tasks associated with social media. This article is chock full of good information, worth a read and a save for future reference.

“The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down what seemed to be a very deep well.” Chapter 1- Alice in Wonderland

Do you sometimes feel like you are falling down the rabbit hole of social media? To avoid the tunnel it takes a game plan. I will take some key points from the 21 that the author lists. Points I believe relate to our small business niche. Points I hope will help you focus.

Facebook, blogging and email newsletters will most likely be your first platforms to attack. If you are in love with the image driven platforms like Pinterest and Instagram, go for it. They can be very powerful image tools. No platform is a requirement.

1. “Concentrate on your target audience and your goals from social media. In a world of choosing social platforms to concentrate on for small businesses, less is often always more.”

2.  “Take on what you can handle-and nothing more.” i.e. Scheduling, making a posting plan. I know an innkeeper who planned his social media on his weekly calendar. Facebook Monday…Newsletter Wednesday…Bogging Thursday. And most important, be consistent.

3. “What sort of content is your audience looking for?” Start with your location, location, location and all the offerings your area provides. This shows and tells the special experience your guests will be having. Your goal is to educate and entertain. Keep your readers engaged. Suggest NOT to bombard them with your ‘discounted, buy one get one free’ specials. Yawn and delete. ( You can always sneak your offers in AFTER you have engaged them with your great content).

4.  “Use high quality, crisp visuals. Recent research shows images increase social media engagement. Twitter updates with images in them receive 150% more retweets than those without and Facebook posts with images in them receive 2.3 times more engagement than those without.”  Show them the money shots.

5.  “Be patient! A lot of small business owners don’t know about all of a platform’s capabilities, or get frustrated when they don’t see a high engagement rate or grand following right away.” Frustration can lead to inertia. Don’t let that happen. Keep posting regularly, focus on the what and the when. And by all means…

“Remember what the Dormouse said…feed your head.” (with knowledge that is!). White Rabbit lyrics. Jefferson Airplane. Couldn’t resist that quote, it just popped in my head!

rabbit hole of social media

The rabbit hole of social media is not something you want to fall into. Hope this helps you focus as well as inspire you to find your old childhood copy of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Fun reading in between posting.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Virginia is for Lovers –All of them!

July 24th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

 

Virginia is for lovers

Virginia is for Lovers-All of Them!

This tourism and travel slogan may be one of the most recognized and successful advertising slogans ever. I didn’t realize that it has been around since 1969. Back then, the firm of Martin and Woltz Inc.  proposed slogans like, “Virginia is for History Lovers.” Also beach lovers and mountain lovers. The thought was these slogans were too limiting and came up with the all-inclusive lovers of all things Virginia.

Fast forward to 2017… all-inclusive means so much more today.

“Our LOVE story is bigger, better, and more inclusive than ever before.”

The official tourism website of the Commonwealth of Virginia started a new marketing program“specifically aimed at drawing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender — aka LGBT — tourists to visit the state.”

Caroline Logan, Director of Communications for Virginia Tourism Corp., stated The goal is to present Virginia as a safe and inclusive place for LGBT travelers and their families.”

Is this an advertising promotion to bring more business to the state? Of course.

There are millions of dollars spent each year by LGBT travelers, which is a very specific segment of the tourism market, so being able to benefit from that segment is important,” said Kevin Clay, who served on the advisory commission and is a principal with Big Spoon Agency, a hospitality consulting firm in Richmond.

Is this also a strong welcoming message to the LGBT community of travelers? You bet.

Hospitality has many acronyms. One of them is openness, another kindness, another generosity. I was pleased to see many bed and breakfasts on the self-designated listings of Virginia business owners and hosts as LGBT-friendly.

The B&B Team loves Virginia. In fact the company was founded by Peter Scherman in Virginia in 1993. He and his wife Peggy love living in historic Scottsville, Virginia.

Just like the LOVE story of Virginia, The B&B Team is now bigger and better. There are now 10 of us on the team. I can speak for all of us in that we believe wholeheartedly in the all-inclusive marketing message Virginia Tourism Corp. is promoting. Kudos to Virginia Tourism Corp. for their openness and all inclusive campaign.  Lovers come in all shapes and forms and varieties of humankind…………..and to quote one of my favorite passages from Harper Lee’s book, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Atticus Finch’s daughter Scout observed that “I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”

If becoming an innkeeper is a dream and hospitality is in your DNA, we can help. As we state on our Seminars page, “We don’t sell the dream, we help you live it.” We invite you to start your search for bed and breakfasts for sale in Virginia right here.

The B&B Team also loves the other 49 states and would love to help your search….wherever.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Mobile Bookings are Growing Fast-Are you getting your share?

June 22nd, 2017 by Janet Wolf

Mibile bookings

Mobile Bookings are Growing

“…according to eMarketer’s latest forecast on digital and mobile travel. This year, digital travel sales in the US will reach $189.62 billion, 40.0% of which will come from mobile devices.”

Now not all of those billions are room rentals. This includes airlines, cruises, all travel related bookings, including AirBnB.

More stats for those who love this stuff:

“US mobile travel sales will total $75.85 billion in 2017, up 16.7% over last year. On the flip side, desktop and laptop travel sales will decline 1.6% this year to $113.77 billion.”

What does this mean for our industry? If your website is not responsive, you run the risk of being deemed irrelevant. Ouch!

“Google holds nearly 70% of search market share, so when Google talks, we listen. Google states that responsive web design (RWD) is its recommended mobile configuration and an industry best practice. Google prefers RWD because content that lives on one website and one URL is much easier for users to share, interact with, and link to than content that lives on a separate mobile site. It also makes managing your site and SEO easier, as you have one site to maintain and market.” InsideOut Solutions.

Responsive website design has been a ‘must do’ upgrade for a while. Nothing new but…with the newest stats like the 16.7% increase in mobile bookings, the importance of a good responsive site just keeps growing.

“It’s important to have a responsive website, one that can adapt to screens of any resolution, for several reasons. The most obvious reason is that it allows guests who found your inn on their mobile device or tablet to easily navigate your website. If they can navigate your site, they will stay on your website longer. They will learn more about your accommodations and will be more likely to make a reservation.” Q4Launch

The most important point I want to make in this post going forward is: GO WITH WEBMASTERS WHO KNOW THE LODGING INDUSTRY. I know I just shouted at you, no apology, because this is important!

“Keep in mind, “Local” webmasters who are not well-versed in the Lodging industry simply do not have the knowledge to build a Website and include all the necessary parts required to make it into a successful online presence.” Acorn Internet Services, Inc.

“We take a holistic approach to bed and breakfast marketing, but a key tool for success is a professionally designed website that converts “lookers into bookers.” White Stone Marketing

The folks I have quoted here know their stuff. They have all been working with and for our industry for quite a while (except for Q4, the newbies… but good!)  They are all knowledgeable, dedicated and passionate about our industry as are we at The B&B Team.

You want your share of the $75.85 billion US travel sales in 2017. If you are not responsive your share will be miniscule. You want those lookers to become bookers but…if they can’t even look on a mobile device. Ouch!

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

Urban Bed & Breakfasts for Sale-Interested?

June 13th, 2017 by Janet Wolf

Urban Bed & Breakfast for sale

Urban Bed & Breakfasts for Sale-Philadelphia’s Cornerstone Inn

Did you know The B&B Team conducts around 30 ‘Better Way to Learn Innkeeping’ Seminars annually? Many aspirers sign up to learn the “ins and outs” of starting a bed breakfast. In addition we also learn from them, something very important. Where do they want to live? Location WILL affect your business and lifestyle.

We ask…

Is it in the country with some acreage?

Is it on the shore, beach or lake?

In a quiet country village?

Or…an urban setting?

Urban Bed & Breakfasts. Large cities or smaller metropolitan cites. Let’s take a look at some advantages.

  • Can have higher occupancy rates. Why?
    • Oodles of corporations that bring their travelers to town.
    • Typically enjoy mid-week business travelers.
    • Usually have colleges and universities…always magnets for parents, future student families, reunions and corporate guests working at the school.
    • Colleges and universities build repeat guests for 4 years with each entering class.
    • Less year-round occupancy volatility. Typically weather does not affect urban travel.
  • Average Daily Rates (ADR) can typically be higher in a city. Why?
    • Higher occupancy rates allow for effective revenue management practices.

Thank you Marilyn and Scott Bushnell, members of The B&B Team for their insights, cited above. As innkeepers (in their former life!) their Inn was located in a vibrant urban location.

“We realized that the value of multiple types of travelers would provide better occupancy, stronger income, and lower our risks in the marketplace. And, we had the personal conveniences of access to all that in town inns have to offer (dining, shopping, culture).”

Another feature is that they are often located in beautiful renovated in-town historic manses, homes where prominent families lived before suburban sprawl. In addition, it is not all cement and asphalt; there are often secret gardens and patios, even swimming pools.

Here are a few examples of successful urban Bed and Breakfasts The B&B Team is currently offering for sale.

Urban Bed & Breakfast

Cornerstone Inn-Urban Bed & Breakfast for Sale

  • Cornerstone Bed & Breakfast, Philadelphia PA. Walk to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, fine dining and events. Yes…it’s urban!
    • Located in University City adjacent to both the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel.
    • Occupancy exceeds 70% (national average for B&Bs of this size is about 41%.
    • ADR is over $190 (national average for B&Bs of this size is about $160).

The Cornerstone Inn is a beautiful 1865 Victorian ‘painted lady’ set on a quiet Philadelphia street among towering trees and other historic buildings. Highlights of the Inn include original architectural carpentry, original wood flooring and 7 glorious stained glass windows.

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Urban Bed & Breakfast in the Lehigh Valley

  • A Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania Inn. 18 guest room Georgian Mansion Inn located in an historic neighborhood in Eastern PA.
    • Near a world renowned liberal arts college. Includes all the advantages an urban property can offer.
    • Occupancy and ADR plus complete financials are available to qualified buyers with a signed NDA.

An elegant Georgian mansion originally built in 1895. In 1986 the building was fully restored to its former glory and has welcomed guests ever since. Over the years it has evolved into what is now the stately eighteen-room Lehigh Valley urban Bed & Breakfast.

Take a look at The B&B Team’s additional Urban Bed & Breakfasts for sale offerings.

Downtown Pittsburgh Bed and Breakfast.

  • Historic Mansion with 9 guest rooms in the middle of this dynamic city. A few blocks from Heinz Field, PNC Park, and Andy Warhol Museum. Urban neighborhood at it’s best.
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Downtown Pittsburgh Urban Bed & Breakfast for Sale

 

Annapolis Maryland Bed and Breakfast

  • Amid dozens of diverse area attractions that bring visitors to town such as the Naval Academy, St. John’s College, city Dock with its showcase Harbor, the State Capital and surrounding businesses, plus boutique shopping, pubs and eclectic dining offerings that are ALL within a short walking distance. In the historic district of Annapolis.
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Annapolis Maryland Urban Bed & Breakfast for sale

Still interested? Follow the links and give us a call. We can help.

Thanks for Listening,

Janet Wolf

 

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