Upcoming Tradeshows & Conferences November- December 2014

Washington Bed & Breakfast Guild Annual Meeting & Conference

aDates: Monday, November 3rd through Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Website: http://www.wbbg.com/

Reservations can be made at the inspirational Chrysalis Inn & Spa to stay at during the conference.

Where:a

Chrysalis Inn & Spa
804 10th St
Bellingham, WA

 

 

Pennsylvania Association Bed and Breakfast Inns Conference and Trade Show 

aDates: Tuesday November 4th through Thursday, November 6, 2014

Website: http://www.painns.com/

Reservations can be made at the elegant Toftrees Resort to stay at during the conference.

Where:a

Toftrees Resort
1 Country Club Ln
State College, PA.

 

 

 

Maine Innkeepers Conference

aDates: Wednesday, November 5th through Thursday, November 6, 2014

Website: http://www.maineinns.com/

 

Reservations can be made at the stately Point Lookout Resort to stay at during the conference.

Where:a

Point Lookout Resort
67 Atlantic Hwy
Northport, ME

 

 

 

Wisconsin B&B Association Conference and Trade Show

aDates: Sunday, November 9th through Tuesday, November 11, 20144

Website: http://www.wbba.org/index.php

Reservations can be made at the majestic Waupaca Ale House Conference Center to stay at during the conference.

Where:a
Waupaca Ale House Conference Center
201 Foxfire Drive
Waupaca, Wisconsin 54981

AH&LA Fall Conference with the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show

a Dates:  Sunday, November 9th through Tuesday, November 11, 2014 

Website: http://www.ihmrs.com/ & http://www.ahla.com/

Visit the official IHMRS housing bureau, Travel Planners, for a list of hotels
offering special rates for the show. Make your reservation early, as it is on a first-come, first-served basis and room blocks fill quickly.

Where:a
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York, New York

 

 

 

Kentucky’s 26th Annual Educational Conference and Exhibitor Tradeshow

aDates: Sunday, November 16th through Monday, November 17, 2014 

Website: http://www.kentuckybb.com/

Reservations can be made at The University Club at University of Louisville to stay at during the conference.

Where:a

The University Club at University of Louisville
200 East Brandeis Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208

 Hospitality Marketing Summit

aDates: Tuesday, November 18th through Thursday, November 20, 2014

Website: http://www.hmsconference.com/

Reservations can be made at The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center to stay at during the conference.

 

Where:a

The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center
198 Inverness Dr W
Englewood, CO

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In this article you will find the noted highlights and pictures of how the software displays on smart phones and tablets.

Check out this informative article today and find the right online reservation system to help you capture even more online bookings.

 

Innkeeping Story – Inn At Riverbend

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Jeanne Jeffers and John Dush, expertly transitioned when they took on ownership of the Inn at Riverbend, located in Pearisburg, Virginia this year. Acquiring an inn at its peak season is not easy yet they have successfully accomplished this feat and made friends along the way. They work well at maintaining the seven exquisitely done rooms. Jeanne gave insightful answers about their innkeeping business.

 

Q: How long have you been in business?

We bought the Inn on May 27, so at this location, really new.  The Inn has just celebrated it’s 11th birthday.  Just like any pre-teen; still has its growing pains!

 

Q: Why did you decide to go into innkeeping?

I was a very bored accountant.  Hated bean-counting for others but always loved my domestic skills.  Hence, I thought it would be fun to live in a nice place and bake cookies.

 

Q: What is your signature breakfast?a

I love making a summer egg bake that is loaded with farm fresh veggies and lots of cheese.  I am one of those cooks who has to look at the ingredients then the recipe emerges from there.

 

Q: Where are the majority of your guests from? 

Washington DC, the city of Raleigh in North Carolina, and Ohio.

 

Q: What’s the best thing you have done for your business?

So far, being new, most are in the dream stage.

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Q: What’s the biggest challenge you had to overcome?

Coming in to cook breakfast with no pots and pans or utensils.  Our kitchen was still in storage from our move and we came in to run the Inn at Riverbend before all our furnishings were delivered.  Talk about being creative!

 

aQ: Biggest lesson learned in the industry? 

Most of our guests are just such fun, interesting people.  You would find it difficult to get to know so many wonderful folks doing anything else. 

 

Q: What motto do you live by?

“I’m only one person”….It will get done, just not right now.

 

Q: What is unique about your inn?

We have the most amazing (truly) views from every guest room.a

 

Q: What would you do all over again if you had a time machine? 

Not come into the business in the busiest season.  We came on for Virginia Tech graduation and haven’t stopped yet.

 

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

Ride my bike more.

 

Q: Any little known facts about your town? 

Pearisburg is located in the most scenic and beautiful valleys in western Virginia.  It’s a region with so much to do (Appalachian Trail, New River) and it is abreathtakingly quiet and relaxing at the same time.

 

Q: Any fun guest stories you want to share? Such as unique guests, crazy situations or celebrity guests.

We had some guests from England arrive after a long day of driving in the mountains to get here. They were hungry but too exhausted to drive to a restaurant for dinner. We really wanted them to enjoy their stay, so we stopped our work, changed into something more presentable and drove them to a restaurant where we ended up having a fabulous dinner together and became good friends. We plan on visiting them in England next fall.

 

Q: Do you have helpful innkeeping tips you would like to share? 

No matter what time check in is, guests will ALWAYS arrive early and say “Hope we’re not disturbing you, we know we’re early.”

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Did You Know?

The Appalachian Trail which is located 2 miles from the Inn at Riverbend has quite a long history on becoming an national trail which is comparable to the time it takes to hike the entire 2,180 miles of the trail. The trail stretches from Georgia up to Maine in which traveling will take you through a total of 14 states.

The story began with a project proposal put in by Benton MacKaye back in October of 1921.  He would die without ever seeing the results of his work. Myron Avery continued the process where Mackaye left off. Along the way, he became the first “2,000 miler” as he measured the trail. Numbers have grown over the years on recorded finishers of the Appalachian Trail which became a national scenic trail in 1968 of October.

 

Innkeeping Story – The Victorian Ladies Inn

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The Victorian Ladies Inn is located on 63 Memorial Boulevard in Newport, Rhode Island. I spoke briefly with Harry Schatmeyer, the owner of the inn. Through email, was how he found the time to answer the questions for our interview as he goes about maintaining the elegance of his inn. He has eleven beautifully done rooms that are encompassed within three separate buildings that have peaceful walkways and breathtaking gardens. Also, a few years ago, he obtained ownership of the Adele Turner Inn. Now, potential guests are offered a more expanded variety of lodging in the Newport area.

Q: How long have you been in business?

A total of twelve years.

Q: Why did you decide to go into innkeeping?

My wife and I had long and successful careers.  Not wanting to retire, we opted for innkeeping.

Q: What is your signature breakfast?a

We make an Eggs Newport. The breakfast buffet picture has been attached as it is a tantalizing arrangement of some of the delicious foods available during breakfast.

Q: Where are the majority of your guests from?

Most of our guests come from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.

Q: What’s the best thing you have done for your business?

We make sure to personally greeted everyone.

Q: What’s the biggest challenge you had to overcome?

bThe challenge of having the time to get things done.

Q: Biggest lesson learned in the industry?

Having associations are of great importance.

 

Q: What motto do you live by?

We feel that every guest deserves our best.

Q: What is unique about your inn?

We know the names of our guests.

Q: What would you do all over again if you had a time machine?

We cannot turn back time.  We enjoy today.c

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

We enjoy relaxing at our condo.

Q: Any little known facts about your lives?

I owned seven McDonald’s. My wife ran a medical center. What we have done has been fun.

Q: Any fun guest stories you want to share? Such as unique guests, crazy situations or celebrity guests. 

We feel every guest is unique, a little crazy, and would be a celebrity for two or three days of their lives.

Q: Do you have helpful innkeeping tips you would like to share? a

Get to know your guests. Invite them back for your great breakfast.  We have an afternoon tea, which we do in our parlor. It is also important to introduce everyone to everyone.

Did You Know? 

The seaside city of Newport, Rhode Island is home to the Naval Station Newport. Within the station, you will find many naval facilities including the Naval Undersea Warfare Center which carries on there with research and development for underwater systems, weapons, and submarines. Also, present is the Naval War College, started in 1884 and is the oldest war college in the world. The museum on its grounds is a National Historic Landmark. Rumor has it was christened the Naval War College in October of 1884 when Commodore Stephen B. Luce arrived onshore and entered the stone building’s doors.

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Upcoming Tradeshows & Conferences; August-October 2014

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Texas Bed & Breakfast Association (TBBA)

aDates: Sunday,  September 7th through Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Website: http://www.texasbb.org/

Reservations can be made at The Tremont House to stay at during the conference.a

 

Where:
The Tremont House
2300 Ships Mechanic Row
Galveston, TX 77550
409-765-7721

Arkansas Hospitality Association Convention and Trade Show (AHA)

aDates: Wednesday, September 17th through Thursday, September 18, 2014

Website: http://www.arhospitality.org/

Reservations can be made at the Statehouse Convention Center to stay at during the conference.a

 

 

Where:
Statehouse Convention Center
1 Statehouse Plaza
101 E Markham St
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
501-376-4781

 Utah Tourism Conference

aDates: Tuesday, September 23rd through Thursday, September 25, 2014

Website: http://www.visitutah.com/utah-tourism-conference/

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Where:
OGDEN ECCLES CONFERENCE CENTER
2415 Washington Blvd.
Ogden, UT 84401
801-689-8600

FLORIDA BED AND BREAKFAST INNS

aDates: Sunday,September 28th through Monday, September 29, 2014

Website: http://www.florida-inns.com/

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Reservations can be made at The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne to stay at during the conference.

Where:
The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne
211 N Lucerne Circle, NE
Orlando, FL 32801

 

Bed & Breakfast Association of Mississippi & Mississippi Tourism Association

aDates: Sunday, September 28th through Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Website: http://www.missbab.com/

Reservations can be made at the Beau Rivage Hotel to stay at during the conference.b

 

Where:
Beau Rivage Hotel
875 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, MS 39530
888-567-6667

Federation of Ontario Bed & Breakfast Accommodation

aDates: Sunday, October 26th through Monday, October 27, 2014

Website: http://www.fobba.com/

 

Where:
Elora and Fergus, Ontario

New England Inns & Resorts Association Annual Meeting

aDates: Sunday, October 26th through Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Website: http://www.newenglandinnsandresorts.com/

Reservations can be made at the Samoset Resort to stay at during the conference. a

 

Where:
Samoset Resort
220 Warrenton Street
Rockport, ME 04856
207-594-2511

Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association Innkeeping Conference

Michigan Lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast AssociationDates: Sunday, October 26th through Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Website: http://www.laketolake.com/

Reservations can be made at the Airport Hilton Inn to stay at during the conference. a

 

 

Where:
Airport Hilton Inn
4747 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
616-957-0100

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