A Day in the Life of an Innkeeper

6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Wake up, clean up from a night’s sleep. Prepare for the day’s breakfast, make coffee, set the morning table, put out the early bird coffee for the guests, place the morning juice, and fruit appetizer. When we have time, we visit our guests who come down for early coffee.

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. We greet and introduce guests and then they seat for a family style breakfast. After a short Thanksgiving; coffee or tea are served to the guests as they begin the breakfast. Conversations are stimulated about where the guests ate their dinner the previous night and places they have visited. The main course is presented and the guests enjoy passing the egg, meat and starch portions around the table. We take the time to explain the different dishes and then take leave for the guests to enjoy their breakfast. We return to the kitchen to prepare the last course and begin clean up.

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. We return to converse with our guests. When the guests are finished their meal, plates are collected and the desert is served with more coffee or tea. Most of the time is spent in interesting and informative conversations with our guests. We talk about their day of excursions, theater, restaurants, family and any other topic they find interesting. We help them plan interesting things to do and places to go during the day.

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Our guests either prepare for their day in the County or leave us. We clean-up the dishes and say our farewells to our guests leaving us.

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We begin the preparing of the guests rooms; changing linens, towels, cleaning the bathrooms, beginning washes. A phone call for a reservation may interrupt our work schedule but when there are two of us, the work load shifts easily for one to the other.

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The wash goes into the dryers, enjoy a little lunch, the menu for the next day is prepared, laundry is folded and what is needed to be ironed, ironed. The books are brought up-to-date, phone calls are answered and food is started for the next day’s breakfast. On some days we go shopping for groceries, visit friends, make appointments, do yard work.

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We are ready to greet any new guests to our B&B. Whatever work needs to be finished is completed. A healthy evening meal is enjoyed and a game of Yahtzee begins an evening together. There are always time to call family and friends to catch up on what’s happing with them. Calls may come in for a reservation or from those pesky salespersons.

8:00 p.m. to Bedtime: It’s time to relax and look forward to another day. Each day at the Walnut Lawn Bed and Breakfast is like a Holiday and every meal is like a Feast.

The routine and rhythms of the Walnut Lawn Bed and Breakfast owners vary over the course of a year. In our slow season, we spend time on maintenance, improvements and just enjoying each other.  In our busy months, it’s like a ride on a roller coaster, the pace and work increases and the best times are when we can sit and talk to our guests on the porch or in our common rooms.

3 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of an Innkeeper

  1. Been there! The day’s account is certainly that, and much more! What’s missing in the account is the personal attention, caring and concern for guests’ needs, and interesting and well- rounded personalities of the owners.
    I was staying at Walnut Lawn when the floral and script banner was planned and then was being painted on the wall going up the stairs by a local artist. It proves that attention is being given not only to the guests, but the interior decor which is chic, warm and cozy, and so charming, as well as the exterior that reminds me of the neighborhood I grew up in where the whole neighborhood was Victorian style homes with wrap- around porches.

    If you haven’t been to Walnut Lawn, please stay there. and tell ’em Joyce sent you!

  2. Tom and Sarah Your Home is definetly more than just a house. Your B & B, has character. All the personal touches from decorating to taking the time from your busy schedule to help your guest relax and enjoy their time both at you home but also to help them to find things that may only be unique to them is rewarding enough to help you when you are Ironing those beautiful tablecloths and cleaning all those bathrooms. Here’s wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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