Sunday, April 13, 2008

Innkeeper Conferences

Just last week Ron & I attended the PAII (Professional Association of Innkeepers International) annual conference for innkeepers. This year it was at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. Ok, so now you're not feeling sorry for us having to sit through all of those workshops! We did play "hookie" on Thursday and had fun meeting up with some old friends at Disney's California Adventure. Now I remember why Disneyland is for kids...we adults are totally exhausted by the end of the night. Both Ron and I woke up the next morning feeling like a truck hit us. But it was worth it.

This is the first time we have spent any time back in Southern California since we moved from there in July of 2001. We loved reconnecting with friends, but let me tell you, we LOVE Oregon! After the first day there we felt like our senses were overloaded. Too many people, too many cars, too much noise, and sorry parents, but too many children!

We love living on the Oregon Coast, but frankly, we really were missing some great ethnic food. We found a wonderful little Thai hole in the wall restaurant. Here's a word of warning...when you leave Oregon and go to an authentic Thai restaurant, medium spice is not what you're used to! Our next ethnic find was a Peruvian restaurant called Inca Anaheim. If you've never experienced Peruvian food, it's wonderful. It also reminded me of how much I want to travel to Peru. It's on my top 10 list of places I want to visit.

This week, Ron stays at the inn and I'm off to Hood River for the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild conference. I'm really looking forward to meeting some of my favorite Oregon innkeepers and learn about what's new in Oregon innkeeping. Each year I can't wait to hear some of the amazing stories from Debbie Dersham of Eagle Rock Lodge. She and her husband Randy have a beautiful bed and breakfast right on the McKenzie River. Every summer they do an amazing amount of weddings on their property and after hearing all her stories it reminds me why we won't ever do weddings here at Sandlake! Maybe I'll be sharing some of those stories with you this week.


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