Archive for May, 2010

NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT!

May 26th, 2010 by Mariah

TheInnkeeper.com would like to announce our newest member…

Rock N DJ Retreat in Midway, TX.

We enjoy the peace and quiet of the country and would like to share our tranquility. If you want to relax and rock on the front porch, or if you are a crafter and would like to work in a quiet country setting, then this is the place for you!! Dan is a great breakfast cook, and Joy is the cook for the rest of the menu. It is the goal of Rock N DJ Retreat to provide a place of rest and relaxation in a natural Texas environment.

Rock N DJ Retreat
“A Bed & Breakfast”
10790 Idaho Ln
Midway, TX. 75852
USA

Innkeepers:
Joy Swanson

Rate: Please call for rates
Rooms: 3

Phone: 936-349-0947

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Valid through June 30th.

NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT!

May 24th, 2010 by Mariah

TheInnkeeper.com would like to welcome our newest member…

 

Dawson City Bed & Breakfast is located in a beautiful quiet setting over-looking the Klondyke and Yukon Rivers beside the 125 Gateway Park, as soon as you enter into Dawson City on the right-hand side coming from Whitehorse, 451 Craig Street.

 

Dawson City Bed and Breakfast
“A Bed & Breakfast”
451 Craig Street
Dawson City, YT. Y0B1G0
Canada

 

Innkeepers:
Jon & Inday

Rate: $165.00 CAD
Rooms: 4

Phone: 1-867-993-5649
Toll Free: 1-800-697-6539
Fax: 1-867-993-5648

NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT!

May 24th, 2010 by Mariah

TheInnkeeper.com would like to welcome our newest member…

The Harbour Towne Inn

This refurbished Victorian bed and breakfast retains turn-of-the century ambiance while providing all modern amenities. The colorful gardens and quiet, tree-shaded location slopes right to the edge of the beautiful New England harbor. A waterfront dock and float are available for added viewing or small boat use. Choose from air-conditioned Inn rooms, each with private bath and an outside deck or common deck access for scenic views of the charming village and picturesque waterfront. Satellite television, telephones, room refrigerators and microwaves, and private parking are just some of the amenities available. The luxurious Penthouse is a modern and spacious home that sleeps up to six people in absolute luxury and privacy. It also offers a private deck plus a breathtaking panoramic view of the harbor, outlying islands, and ocean, making it one of the best — if not the best — lodging facilities in the harbor.

 Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront
“A Bed & Breakfast”
71 Townsend Ave
Boothbay Harbor, ME. 04538
USA

 Innkeeper:
Stefanie McElman

Rates: $99-$299 USD
Rooms: 9

Phone: 207 633 4300
Toll Free: 800 722 4240

NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT!

May 24th, 2010 by Mariah

TheInnkeeper.com would like to welcome our newest member…

The Old Monterey Inn Bed and Breakfast of Monterey, CA, is a historic, boutique hotel bed and breakfast inn which boasts luxurious rooms and suites perfect for travelers headed to the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel and those seeking bed and breakfast accommodations near Pacific Grove and Big Sur. Set in a beautiful garden, this 4-Diamond AAA rated Monterey bed and breakfast was recently awarded a position on the coveted Conde Nast Travel Reader’s Choice Gold List and is a popular choice for those seeking a romantic honeymoon destination or a Monterey vacation. Golfers will enjoy this Monterey bed and breakfast inn’s proximity to some of the best golf courses in the world. Recently featured on The Today Show as a romantic rendezvous destination loved by the editors of Travel and Leisure Magazine.

Old Monterey Inn
“A Bed & Breakfast”
500 Martin Street
Monterey, CA. 93940
USA

 

Innkeeper: Patricia Valletta

Rates: $269-$449 USD

Rooms: 10

 

Phone: (831) 375-8284

Toll Free: 1-800-350-2344

Fax: (831)375-6730

 

 


Required Reading For Aspiring Innkeepers

May 24th, 2010 by Mariah

Required Reading For Aspiring Innkeepers

Many who have had the privilege of staying at a Bed and Breakfast or Country Inn have fantasized about owning one. Those that have gotten the chance to become an Innkeeper, quickly realize that it is a lot more challenging then choosing what color sheets to put on the beds. Hospitality and a smile is a good start, but only the beginning if your Inn is to be truly successful. Below is an excerpt from a story that the Boston Globe ran on May 23 entitled: “Running An Inn Isn’t A Simple Life”. It should be required reading for those considering “Innkeeping” as a future career.

Debbie Lennon, Proprietor

Kennebunkport Inn

Call Debbie Lennon an innkeeper and she cringes because it’s a word that conjures up images of Bob Newhart, playing a befuddled Vermont innkeeper coping with a leaky roof and wacko townspeople. Lennon, the proprietor of the Kennebunkport Inn in Maine, is more of a professional hospitality manager than a frazzled bed-and-breakfast owner.

Sure, she has her share of leaky faucets, horror guests, and power outages, but in-season, her staff of 50, from general manager to housekeeper, takes care of the daily operational details, while Lennon oversees the strategic direction: marketing, finance, and business administration.“Behind every guest stay, there are hundreds of transactions to produce that experience. People may not understand the dynamics behind the scenes: changing light bulbs, clean bedding, wake-up calls, check-in,’’ Lennon said.

Unlike numerous refugees from corporate America who romanticize the experience of owning a quaint New England B&B and end up burnt out, Lennon knows the ins and outs of owning a hotel firsthand. In college, she worked at a Cape Cod resort, rotating through different positions, including chambermaid, bartender, and room attendant. She went on to train at two major hotel chains, rising to general manager and regional vice president. But she always wanted to own her own business, and purchased the Kennebunkport Inn with her husband 10 years ago.“It’s the classic New England inn; and serendipitously, we had our rehearsal dinner here when we were married,’’ she said.

What advice would you give to aspiring innkeepers?

The hotel business is 24-7. If a property is small, work is completely hands-on, cleaning toilets, making breakfast, or checking guests in. People fantasize about owning an inn and living in New Hampshire or Vermont, where it’s idyllic and a quieter lifestyle, but it’s a lot of hard work.

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Do Not Forget Dad!

May 20th, 2010 by Mariah

Let’s Not Forget Dads!

Father’s Day is a day honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in 52 of the world’s countries. Father’s Day was originally created as a complement to Mother’s Day, in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting. But let’s all be honest with ourselves… Moms get A LOT more attention on their holiday. Why not do something extra special for Dad this year, something that says: “Your just as important as Mom!” Below are a few sample packages that are geared towards making Father’s Day extra special for Dads.

Castle in the Country in Allegan, MI.

“Planes, Trains & Automobiles Package”
Planes, Trains and Automobiles Package Know someone who wants to spend a few hours dreaming about flying like a bird, hearing the whistle of a far off train or getting up close to some of America’s first automotive beauties? This package is just the ticket for filling two wonderful days with some of the best examples of America’s love affair with Planes, trains and Automobiles. We’ll provide directions and tickets to the newly renovated Kalamazoo Air Zoo, then on to a favorite lunch stop at a restaurant located within an authentic Pullman Passenger Car. We’ll provide day passes for two at the Gilmore Car Museum (open May-October only). Stroll the immaculately groomed grounds and revel in the magnificent red barns filled with shining automotive history. We’ll wrap up the whole adventure with Dinner for Two at the nearby Grill House restaurant, a marvelous steak house that was once used as a Stagecoach Stop. Here you’ll grill your own steak or other delectable entree, then dine inside or outside gliding in your own private canopy covered picnic table. ($Add $150 to the room/suite of your choice) Call Now 1-888-673-8054 to book this Package and enjoy it while you are booked into the room/suite of your choice for a two night stay minimum.

Xanadu Island B&B in Battle Lake, MN.

“Father’s Day Pre-Booking Special”
Give your dad a weekend of relaxation, fishing or golf, and the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and solitude of Xanadu Island B&B and Resort for any 2 consecutive nights over Father’s Day weekend, June 18th-20th, 2010 for $100/night in any available bed and breakfast room with the same excellent service, full breakfast and use of our complimentary boats. Must mention this ad on TheInnkeeper.com.

Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, NC.

“This One’s For You Dad”
Surprise Dad by sending him to the mountains for a unique experience with us. We’re here to create a worry free Fathers Day throughout the month of June for that special man. We have all the amenities to make this stay special. This getaway includes a bucket filled with a six-pack of his favorite beer, $10 gift certificate to “Good Ole Days Cigars”, beer nuts, pretzels, a sleeve of golf balls and tees. Choose to play a round of golf or tour the Heinzelmannchen Brewery and sample their beers. Prices start at $319.00 for a two night stay plus tax and gratuity. Add $65.00/person for a round of golf.

Happy Father’s Day from TheInnkeeper.com!

Fourth of July Getaway

May 17th, 2010 by Mariah

It’s never too early to start planning! With its day-long beach parties, afternoon parades, nightly concerts, and dazzling fireworks, July 4th isn’t your everyday holiday – it’s the birthday of the good ol’ US of A, and everyone’s invited to the countrywide party. Whether you’re into paying tribute to American history or just enjoying traditional American summer pastimes, our list of top places to celebrate July 4 has got you covered.

  

Washinton DC

Washington DC is a spectacular place to celebrate July 4th! The National Mall, with Washington DC’s monuments and the U. S. Capitol in the background, forms a beautiful and patriotic backdrop to America’s Independence Day celebrations. This is an all-day event in the nation’s capital, beginning with a parade along Constitution Avenue and ending with a spectacular display of fireworks over the Washington Monument.

Fireworks Time: At dark, usually around 9:15 p.m. Rain Date: July 5th
Launch Location: The fireworks are launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and light up the sky over the Washington Monument.
 

 

Boston

More than 200 events make up a fun-filled week-long calendar during the annual Boston Harborfest, which kicks off in late June and continues through the Independence Day holiday. This patriotic celebration focuses on the city’s strong maritime and colonial heritage, and unfolds, as such, along the waterfront, on the Harbor Islands, and in historic downtown. Expect a slew of events (most of them free), ranging from fireworks, concerts, kids’ days, cruises, tours, and more.

 

Fireworks Time: 10:30 PM. CBS will start their national broadcast at 10:00 and fireworks will end at 11:00. The events take place along the Charles River between the Longfellow and Mass Ave Bridges on both the Boston and Cambridge sides of the river.

 

Chicago

The Taste of Chicago is the world’s largest food festival, held annually for 10 days in Chicago starting Friday before the 4th of July and ending the Sunday after (in the event July 4th is a Saturday, the festival begins on the Friday eight days before). The event is the largest festival in Chicago. Every year, millions of Chicagoans and tourists from around the world flock to Grant Park to enjoy the variety of food prepared by Chicago’s most popular restaurants. Events also include live music on multiple stages, including the Petrillo Music Shell, informational and family oriented pavilions, and nightly film performances. Musical acts vary from established and emerging local artists to nationally known artists like Carlos Santana, Moby, and Kenny Rogers. All performances are free. July 3 is by far the event’s most attended day.

Fireworks Time: To be announced. Chicago has THREE seperate fireworks diplays: The North Side fireworks will be held around Montrose Beach, the South Side fireworks in the vicinity of 63rd Street Beach, plus a third at the Navy Pier.

 

 

Philadelphia

Where better to celebrate America’s independence than in the city of our nation’s birth – Philadelphia? The old stomping grounds of the Founding Fathers, this history-rich city lays claim to being the place where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were both drafted. More than 200 years later, Philadelphians are still ready to get all riled up in the name of independence, with a superb week-long celebration.

Fireworks Time: Concert & Fireworks Display with Sheryl Crow and The Roots goes from 8:30 – 11:00 p.m on July 4. The concert will begin around 8:30 and the fireworks around 10:30. The fireworks location will be Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Have a happy and safe holiday!

Memorial Day Specials

May 13th, 2010 by Mariah

Memorial Day Weekend Specials

Summer spells B-B-Q! Ok, so it really doesn’t, but who doesn’t love a good cookout! Our Inns love treating their guests like family. See what fun Summer Specials are available now!

 

Foley House Inn in Savannah, GA

Paula Deen’s Food Extravaganza

This includes lunch at Paula Deen’s brother’s restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s, a copy of Paula Deen’s cookbook, two tickets to Savannah Walks Ghost Tour, two tickets to Owens Thomas House Museum/Telfair Museum/Jepson Art Center, and a $50 Lady & Sons Gift Certificate. Package is $240 Plus Lodging.

 

Lost Creek in Chandler, OK

Dinner & Entertainment with Cabin for Weekday

This summer if you are thinking Entertainment on Dinner…..Lost Creek is bringing in Live Entertainment and having chuck wagon (Cookout) dinners for folks looking for something fun during the Week. Stay a night in a Country Cabin right here at Lost Creek.

 

Gracehill in Townsend, TN

Picnics

Packed in coolers, backpacks, or packages to go if eating on the road home, $20 each or $30 for two. In most cases we need to know ahead of time so we can have your choices like fruit and lunch meat, (turkey, beef, or ham) bought fresh. We always have a choice of several different kinds of cheeses on hand.

Inn the Kitchen Contest

May 6th, 2010 by Mariah

TheInnkeeper.com Announces It’s First Annual “Inn The Kitchen” Recipe Contest!

Starting May 5 through June 1, TheInnkeeper.com will be taking entries for their First Annual “Inn The Kitchen” Recipe Contest. One winner will be chosen in each of the following four catagories: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Deserts. Each Inn can enter one recipe in each of the four categories.

Here at TheInnkeeper.com, we have put a team together to cook up EACH AND EVERY recipe entry recieved! The staff will vote on their favorites, and the four winners will be announced on Friday June 4. Each of the winners will receive the following prizes:

$10 Dollars Off Their Annual Renewal Fee for 2010/2011

5 Free Placement Poinnts

Unlimited Facebook and Twitter Posting of Specials and Events for 2010

 

Below we have randomly selected two entries as an example of the information content your recipes should include. We look forward to recieving your entries. Happy Cooking!

 

Bison Tenderloin Steaks with Mushrooms Recipe

Greyhouse Inn B&BSalmon, ID.http://www.theinnkeeper.com/bnb/7895

 

Ingredients:

Mushrooms:

1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, whole if very small, quartered if large

2 T butter

1 T oil

2 T minced shallots or green onions

1/4 t salt

Pinch of pepper

 

Saute mushrooms in hot butter and oil for 5 minutes to brown them lightly, stir in shallots/onions and cook slowly for a minute or 2 more. Season and set aside.

Steaks:

6 bison fillet steaks, 1″ thick and 2 1/2″ in diameter, each wrapped in a strip of bacon

2 T butter, more if needed

1 T oil

1 or 2 heavy skillets just large enough to hold the steaks easily

Instructions:

A handsome presentation for these steaks is a platter decorated with whole baked tomatoes, artichoke hearts cooked in butter. Serve with them a good red Bordeaux.

Dry the steaks on paper towels. Place the butter and oil in the skillet and set over moderately high heat. When you see the butter foam begin to subside, indicating it is hot enough to sear and brown the bison steaks, saute them for 3-4 minutes on each side. They are medium rare if, when pressed with your finger, they offer a suggestion of resistance in contrast to their soft, raw state. Bison should be eaten medium or rare. Salt and pepper and serve on a warm platter. Discard a strip of fat if you wish.

 

Never Fail Sponge Cake Recipe

High Pointe Inn in Barnstable, MA.

http://www.theinnkeeper.com/bnb/10664

 

Cook Time: 30 min Prep Time: 15 min

Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients:

4 eggs separated

1 cup sugar

4 Tbsp. cold water

1 cup sifted cake flour

1 tsp. baking powder

 

Instructions:

Beat egg yolks and sugar together until very light. Add water. Sift together flour and baking soda. Add to batter. Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into batter. Pour batter into well greased small angel food pan.

Bake at 325°F for about 30 minutes. Cool completely and invert onto cake platter.

Whip cream and slice strawberries. Set aside.

To serve, slice cake in half and fill with half the whipped cream. Top with remaining whipped cream and strawberries.

Expand Your Business With Catering

May 3rd, 2010 by Mariah

Many Innkeepers have expanded their businesses and revenue by adding additional food services to their Bed and Breakfasts. This may include anything from a small restaurant that serves lunch and dinner, to filling common areas with luncheons and tea parties during down time. Whether you bring in an outside catering team, or do it yourself, always remember that the food and service will reflect directly on you as an Innkeeper. Here are a few great examples of Inns that have very successfully expanded their food service horizons:

The Inn At Fox Hollow Hotel in Woodbury, NY.

Exceptional Long Island Banquet and Catering Services…The Inn At Fox Hollow has five distinct meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 65 guests. Each room is equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities. Four of the five rooms can be set up in an array of configurations to meet one’s specific needs. The Stratford Room is a permanent executive boardroom and is perfect for intimate corporate events. The Fox Hunt Room is the largest room available and is perfect for both corporate and social events. The Inn offers a variety of menu options to choose from. All of the Inn’s banquet and catering services are served buffet-style. Scotto Brothers award-winning Chefs prepare all of the food and the Inn’s professional banquet staff attends to every event to ensure its success.

  • Five elegantly appointed banquet rooms for Long Island weddings and special events
  • Adjacent to the Fox Hollow Restaurant and Caterers
  • Distinguished menus to choose from or to make customized selections
  • Professional catering staff to attend to your needs & exceed your expectations
  • Centralized location providing travel convenience to all guests

Fox Hollow’s Restaurant and Lounge…

The Rose Hunt Restaurant and Lounge at Fox Hollow provides guests with an extraordinary dining experience. Enjoy award-winning cuisine in the timeless setting of an English Country Estate in the heart of Long Island’s magnificent Gold Coast.

The Rose Hunt Restaurant and Lounge offers unparalleled service and exceptional fare in a relaxing and tasteful atmosphere. The Restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday starting at 11:30 AM. The Rose Hunt serves dinner Monday through Friday from 5:00 PM – 10:00PM and Saturday 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM. It is closed on Sundays.

The Rose Hunt Restaurant and Lounge has a wide array of items on their menu, plus a variety of daily Chef Specials. In addition the Restaurant will gladly customize an entree to meet one’s specific preferences and/or dietary needs. The Rose Hunt has an extensive bar, which includes a vast wine list to select from.

The Restaurant is conveniently located adjacent to the Hotel on the same estate. One may take advantage of various packages the Hotel offers in combination with the Restaurant for an experience that is A World Apart® from the ordinary.

 

Glasbern Inn in Fogelsville, PA.

Glasbern Evening Dining…

Join us at Glasbern for an evening to remember at our on site restaurant near Allentown, PA. Savor contemporary American cuisine under the vaulted rafters of our one-of-a-kind dining room. The exposed original post and beam barn structure and rock wall create a lofty “country elegant” atmosphere for dinner. Many of the dishes feature pasture raised meat from on the farm. Our seasonal menus offer the freshest of local meats and produce, and our luscious desserts will tempt you to linger! An Allentown Restaurant like no other!

Glasbern Pub…

Casual and intimate, our full-service pub invites you to relax with a cocktail, beer or wine before or after your meal. Located adjacent to the dining room in the barn, the pub was created exclusively for guests of the inn. Offering a great place to unwind after a day of exploring Allentown, Bethlehem and the surrounding areas, this elegantly rustic bar features an impressive wine list and drinks of all flavors. Savor a libation in this unique lounge and enjoy the whimsy of the pub’s original oil paintings. Commissioned for Glasbern, the paintings — developed in a folk art style — depict the many farm animals that stroll across the Inn’s rambling acreage.

Chateau Coralini Retreat and Spa in Salinas, CA.

Chateau Coralini Retreat and Spa is the perfect private destination for intimate Corporate Retreats, Team Building events, Incentive programs, Weddings, and Social gatherings. Our dedicated management team will ensure your meeting or event is creatively produced, professionally executed, and will provide personalized attention to every detail.

When only the best will do….. Chateau Coralini is proud to offer a gracious European retreat environment, day spa facilities, two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens set amidst Steinbeck’s Pastures of Heaven, a park like setting with a Victorian Gazebo, angelic tiered stone fountains, exquisitely decorated parlors , state of the art meeting facilities, and a rustic wine cellar dining venue for those specialty wine country celebrations.

Allow us to create a meeting that will rejuvenate your spirit and celebrate your success, an event that will be cherished, and a celebration that will be unforgettable.

Our Chateau Coralini Creations team members will provide personalized event and conference assistance, gourmet cuisine and theme decor planning, and local tour, activity and destination management.