Sunday, June 16, 2013

An Innkeeper's Diary

In this highly technical age of Marketing, our little Bed and Breakfast business is always trying to keep up with the latest SEO. We blog and post and tweet hoping those elusive spiderbots actually know we’re here! But trying to find something to blog about can be hard. So I thought it would be much more fun starting an Innkeeper’s Diary. We meet so many interesting people, that I thought my husband and I would share with our blogging world what it’s like to run a Bed and Breakfast.

Mark and I started Managing the Inn in May 2011. We were living in London for 4 years working the regular 9-5, 5 day a week jobs, and thought it was time for a change. We loved the city and all our wonderful friends there, but the weather could really get you down and we found we preferred the outdoor lifestyle better than the city life. So after we were married in June 2010, we packed our bags and headed off for a 7 month backpacking trip around Asia. We visited 9 countries on our trip and were utterly exhausted when we arrived in Taos, New Mexico.  We were very eager to start our new lives as Innkeepers.
How did we end up running a Bed and Breakfast? Well we cheated, my Parents have owned the Hacienda del Sol Bed and Breakfast for 7 years now, and they saved the job for us.

My parents were living in Miami, Florida for 15 years, when they decided it was time to head out West. My Father was the Corporate Chef for Norwegian Cruise Lines, so he thought a nice restaurant would be fun to run. When he found Taos he saw that the Hacienda del Sol Bed and Breakfast was for sale, and he thought that might work better. My mom said there was no way she would ever run a Bed and Breakfast. 7 Years later their still here, my mom loving it, and my dad going back to work for the ships, figures!
In the meantime Mark and I run the place, and when they are not cruising, my Dad helps in the kitchen for breakfast and my Mom is running around the gardens.

We have met so many interesting guests in the 2 years we have been here. Breakfast is always the most social part of the job, at least for me it is, Mark is busy cooking. He constantly has to run around the dining room for me as I chatter away to the guests! The “Erika Giggle” as it is known, always means that I’m doing far more socializing than working! But that is the best part of my day, getting to know our guests and learning where they came from and where their travelling too. Just a few days ago we had two guests that are trying to visit all 59 National Parks in the USA. That afternoon they would be visiting their 50th National Park! Another couple told me how they went to Florence, Italy for their daughter’s wedding and then organized a 2 week trip around Italy with 82 of their guests! That is a lot of Texans descending on the small villages of Italy!

So hopefully in the next few months we’ll be sharing more of our fun stories from our guests here at the Hacienda del Sol. In the meantime if you have any funny or interesting travel stories, do feel free to share them with us on our blog or facebook page!

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