Tuesday, June 24, 2008

First Hand Experience

DIANE: If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you'll remember that we've arranged for Annette to do a summer internship with us. Annette is an aspiring innkeeper and is spending June, July and August learning the ins and outs of what it takes to be an innkeeper. Hoping to have her own bed and breakfast, Annette is getting first-hand experience and has jumped in with both feet!

I thought it would be interesting for our guests and other aspiring innkeepers to hear first-hand from Annette about her experiences here. Periodically we'll have Annette log in here to share her thoughts. Here now is Annette to tell you about her first 3 weeks with us!

ANNETTE:

Hi Aspiring Inn Keeper,

Many years ago, our family discovered the American B&B on the California Coast. We knew the European kind of B&B, which is a bit simpler. The California B&B we stayed at was beautifully decorated in Early American style, comfortable, had excellent food and our kids were thrilled. This was the beginning...

More recently, a change in my life cycles brought me back to the idea of owning a B&B . I know, many of you think, "Oh what fun!" I have news for you, think very hard about it, study and prepare as much as you can, and think again. It is in the same category as having a baby. You cannot easily give up a B&B because it becomes your baby; and it takes a lot more time, effort and work than you think, like a baby.

Diane and Ron have given me the opportunity to shadow them in their B&B and have even given me some freedom to prepare food on my own. (Yes, I got licensed by the state.) Learning the ins and outs of turning a suite in the most efficient way was a challenge for me and the paper work took time to get used to also.

But, after three weeks, I feel like I have learned a great deal. I still have almost 6 weeks to go and learn more...

Annette

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