Sunday, October 10, 2010

20 Things Needed by an Innkeeper or Inn Sitter?

Individuals interested in our Aspiring Innkeeper or Interim Innkeeper (Inn Sitter) classes want to consider changing careers and becoming innkeepers who either own or take care of bed and breakfasts.  However, they sometimes will ask us if they have the "right stuff" to make that change. Here are some necessary character traits and abilities we feel are important for them to consider:

1.   Patience - lots of patience.
2.   Be willing to always have a smile on your face.
3.   Be flexible in reacting to people and situations.
4.   A sense of humor! You have to be able to laugh at yourself and at the circumstances no matter what may have happened.
5.   Generosity - you must share your space with strangers.
6.   Empathy - ability to listen to others.
7.   Ability to say no when necessary.
8.   Organizational skills.
9.   Be computer proficient.
10. Be able to follow through on projects you start.
11. Like to talk on the telephone.
12. A desire to work long hours - be up early and go to bed late.
13. Be able to cook and serve breakfast to people who may have a variety of dietary needs.
14. Desire to make sure that everything in the B&B is perfect and ready for guests when they arrive.
15. Enjoy being a concierge and tell the same stories or give directions over and over as well as share your knowledge of the surrounding area.
16. Be willing to clean rooms with a high standard of cleanliness and the ability to be meticulous on demand.
17. Ability to carve out a niche that is unique for you.
18. Ability to self-promote - You know best what works for your bed and breakfast or for you.
19. Willingness to not have a lot of private time or to have your private time interrupted by guests.
20. Be willing to sleep in quarters that aren't anything similar to what the guests will sleep in.

If the individuals have these abilities and traits, they most likely have the "Right Stuff" to succeed as Innkeepers or Inn Sitters (also called Interim Innkeepers).
Lynda and Howard Lerner
Inn Caring

Friday, October 8, 2010

Chocolate Lovers Delight in Oregon

I am a confirmed chocolateholic.   When I realized that there were two chocolate factories close to the bed and breakfast we are innsitting at, I was thrilled.   I managed to find some time to visit both places.

Dagoba Chocolate is located in Ashland, OR, just a hop skip and a jump from the Country Willows Inn.   I enjoyed the variety of flavors, especially the Lavender Blueberry Chocolate Squares.    Of course, I also managed to purchase some Chocolate Hand Cream.   It is a perfect way to satisfy my craving for chocolate.  Just smell my hands and my taste buds are happy. 

The other Chocolate factory is LillieBelle Farms.  They are located in Central Point, OR, about twenty minutes or so from the bed and breakfast in Ashland.   You can stand behind the glass windows and watch their Chocolatiers make the different types of chocolates.  This is truly an art form.
My favorite was their Chocolate Lavender Caramels - Lavender infused caramels topped with Fleur du Sel salt. What a combination of tastes.  My other favorite was their handmade Smokey Blue Cheese Ganche.  This was made using the Blue Cheese from the Rogue Creamery just two doors away.   The Rogue Creamery also has windows where you can watch the cheese makers at work. 

For you wine enthusiasts, between these two stores is the Daisy Creek and Madrone Mountain Wineries tasting room.  What a perfect combination.  Cheese, Wine, and Chocolate.  Who could ask for anything more. 

Lynda and Howard Lerner
Inn Caring

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

B and B's offer free stay for military for Veterans Day

It's not too late to join more than 400 other bed and breakfast innkeepers in the U.S. and Canada to offer free rooms on Nov. 10 to active and retired military and their families.

As innkeepers, we know the importance of rest and renewal. Participating in this program is one way to help give back to those that are or were there for us when our country needed them.

The date is one day before Veteran’s Day and the movement was sparked by one innkeeper in West Virginia. A valid military or Veterans Administration ID is required for each reservation.  To sign up, or for a complete list of participants go to 
Lynda and Howard Lerner
Inn Caring