The Pleasures of Innkeeping
While innkeeping is a very difficult and demanding job, it can also be very rewarding. This past weekend, I had a great group of guests and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them. A beautiful day, bubbling fountain, newly hatched Blue Jays and bottle of wine would make anyone enjoy the surroundings. As an owner dedicated to providing the best possible service, I don't often get to enjoy the ambience that Cromwell Manor Inn offers. Once in a while, it refreshes your spirit and reengergizes you when you take a step back and simply relax!
Playing guitar on the patio out back and talking to guests (or listening to them sing along) is just plain fun! Having guests take a blanket to the back yard to play cards, drink wine, and watch the beautiful sunset really puts the B&B's selection as one of NY's "Best Romatic Inns" into perspective. Listening to a guest play Billy Joel tunes on the piano in the parlor (with other guests sitting in) is very enjoyable. Hearing accolades from guests on a restaurant I suggested makes me feel like I am doing my job!
Of course at the end of the day, the realities on innkeeping come back to me as I do laundry, shopping, repairs, or whatever else the job necessitates. However, it's nice once in a while to remember why I wanted to own an Inn and to enjoy it as much as my guests do. That happened this weekend and will happen more often this summer!