Stealing Ideas From An Oregon Bed & Breakfast and Sharing Them With You!

Cream Sherry and an Oregon Bed & BreakfastLast summer just a few months after we opened our inn, we had to return to California to attend a retirement party.  It was our third trip back down in just seven months and only two months since we began taking guests.  Needless to say, we weren't ready for another vacation.  We were full swing into enjoying our inn and sharing the beautiful Willamette Valley summer with our new friends and guests.  So, since we had to go, we thought we might as well make the best of it and carve a mini-vacation into our schedule all the while remembering it might be our last for a bit.  That took us to a Gilroy, CA bed and breakfast and back to the California heat we thought we had escaped from.  A night in the garlic capital of the world then we were ready to head to the coast.  The Bath Street Inn in Santa Barbara was our next stop.  Since this is the bed and breakfast that inspired "me" to be an innkeeper, I was so excited to see it again.  Sometimes things just aren't as we remember them.  Sometimes, they are better.

Since that trip down south, we have stayed at many Oregon Bed and Breakfasts.  Being new innkeepers, we try to soak in as much information as possible and take home something special that we can incorporate in to "our inn" experience.  On the way home from California last summer, we stayed at Ann Hathaways B & B and Garden Suites, an Ashland, Oregon lodging facility and a member of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  Trying to soak in all we could, it didn't take long to figure out why this inn is so successful.  The welcome, the feeling of being home, and of course the baked cookie fresh fruit pizza helped.  Being located in the gorgeous setting of downtown Ashland helped too but that cookie pizza thing was really good.  Remember I have told you in my past blogs, it's all about the food.  Well, this experience was also all about the Cream Sherry and the sweet little cordial glasses perched on a tray in the sitting room. 

Stealing another idea, I couldn't wait to get back to our inn and go on an antique shopping spree.  That led me to my collection of cordial glasses and offerings of Cream Sherry or a really good Port to our guests.  Sipping a little sherry while nibbling on some dark chocolate could be considered a desert and add in a comfy chair on an old front porch in downtown Albany and you might be a guest at The Pfeiffer Cottage Inn.  

Along with some new recipes, watch my blog for more of these good ideas and how to incorporate them in to your homes or inns.  I will also be including my own ideas and some links to a few of my favorite resources that help me with decorating, preparing my breakfast table for guests, or just plain fun ways to play house.  Remember, we appreciate comments on our blogs and are always loving new recipes from other innkeepers and guests as well.

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