Friday, December 13, 2013

Daily Exercise - Just Run A Bed and Breakfast

I never have to worry about getting enough exercise when we are taking care of a bed and breakfast. Exercise is built into the job. Just think of all the walking you do as an innkeeper.

1.  You show each new guest to their room sometimes going up and down stairs multiple times in any one day.  

2.  If you are a small inn, you are also back and forth to the guest rooms multiple times a day taking laundry from the room to the washer then back to the storage closet.  That doesn't include making the beds with the new laundry

3. Of course you are walking back and forth restocking supplies, carrying out dirty dishes or glasses from the rooms and putting fresh amenities into the rooms.  

4.  Then how many times you go back and forth answering the front door. Sometimes you even are giving tours of the house to those who stop by.  

5.  Most innkeepers take a walk around each room after it has been cleaned just to make sure all is ready. 

6.  In the morning you are back and forth from prep area to sink to stove to counter any number of times. Once the dishes are ready you are back and forth from the kitchen to the guest tables to serve and clean up afterwards. 

7.  Don't forget going to the grocery store and going up and down the aisles and carrying the bags in from the car afterwards and putting the groceries away.  

In other words, as innkeepers we are always on our feet.  

Lynda Lerner
Owner of Inn Caring

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Innkeeper Tip of the Day - Keeping Strawberries Fresh

Both my husband and I love strawberries as do so many of the guests we serve breakfast to on our Interim Innkeeping assignments.  If we try to buy strawberries in bulk we are faced with the prospect of how to keep them all fresh looking as the day that they were bought no matter what the season.

The solution is simple.  The strawberries must be stored in a tightly sealed container and then refrigerated.  I have been most successful in storing them in a flat Tupperware contain that I can "burp" the air out of.  I place the strawberries on top of a paper towel in the container stem side down.  I loosely cover the strawberries with another paper towel to catch any moisture which may collect on the underside lid of the container. 

I have stored strawberries this way for up to a week or two and they all remain fresh.  Most strawberries don't last any longer than that either in our house or at the B&B's we work at.  

Lynda Lerner
Inn Caring