by House Manager April
I’m not going to lie. It was a wild year at the Inns at 8th and Main. Reservations were steady, and we hosted guests from all over the world in 2021.
As Amy recovered from knee surgery, I stepped into the House Manager role. Marketing, house cleaning, ordering, coordinating events, and booking reservations - I never know what I’ll get into during a day at the Inns, but it has definitely been rewarding to watch the growth of this business. I’ve learned a lot.
We strive to provide the best experience possible to our visitors and want them to feel like guests rather than hotel patrons. We call it “Percy’s Promise” and it’s symbolized by all the flying pig knick knacks staged around the house. We get it done with an incredible support team. Ashley, Sandy, Joe, Stevi, and Zack are always here on the double when we need an extra hand.
Working at the Inns is always enjoyable and the bed and breakfast life is nostalgic, but nevertheless a 24/7 type of job is exhausting at times. Even Innkeepers like Dan and Amy need their own getaway. November of 2021 brought a vacation opportunity for them. They escaped to Florida for the week and left me at the helm.
Amy left well laid out instructions and prepped the house for going away. I did my best to take care of our guests and think the week went along pretty smoothly. But no new challenge is without its trials. I might have broken a couple pieces of China, burned a pound of bacon (sorry Percy), and missed the garnish. Regardless, I think I did a pretty good job at providing the same level of service our visitors have come to expect from Dan and Amy.
Renovations continue and the Maria Suite is now open at the Morris House next door to the Stone House. Coming soon, the Margaret. These two new units will expand our offerings to extended stay suites just right for business or families. Business travel wasn’t something we expected much of in the beginning, but is now one of the main reasons for visiting the Inns.
A lot of elbow grease and working against tight deadlines have gone into opening the Maria Suite. An 1844 historic home requires some creative solutions sometimes, and during renovations things don’t always go as planned. So the plan changes. And yes, Dan and Joe really did put the craftsman style settee in through the window by scissor lift.
Changes at the Morris House have also meant changes at the Stone House. With the two added suites, we decided to offer more dining space to handle additional guests. We can now serve our delicious, homestyle breakfasts from either of our two dining rooms, or just spread diners out a little when serving times are staggered or distancing precautions are important. Events like Christmas parties, teas, showers and meetings have kept the new dining room in full operation.
It’s also been a full year of getting to know so many new faces, serving our community and making new relationships with local vendors. We support local whenever we can and are so thankful for the resources available to us. We’ve teamed up with local artisans, Becky Hooper, Dean Porter, Bellavenue Manor, and Hackney Rd. Craft & Candle Co. to promote their goods and open our very own boutique The Curated Closet.
It’s been a year of change and perseverance, and I expect the same for 2022. But the rewards have been tenfold. Cheers to the new year!
Join my husband Dan and I as we remodel, cook, host and share an amazing life together in these old historic homes.
House Manager April
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