Is this too hard to say?

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I'm still in the process of envisioning, and I've decided I want to merge my two great interests, innkeeping and genealogy, and name the rooms in my (future) inn after my great-grandparents.  Each room  would be decorated to reflect the personality and heritage of one individual, so I would have "Billy's Room", "Annie's Room", "Madie's Room", etc.  Then it occurred to me that I could call it "My Grandparents' Place." 

Question:  is it too hard to say "My grandparents' place bed and breakfast"?

Question 2:  does it sound like an assisted living facility?

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I think naming the rooms after your family is a beautiful idea.  We did the same here - we named them after the counties of birth (in Ireland) of family members.  And ALL my family loved it.  It makes you feel so proud.

"My Grandparents Place" ----hmmmmmmmmmmmm.  I don't know.  It depends on where you are, and if the B&B's do well in your location. 

It's a lovely name.   One of the B&B's here named it "Andrew's Legacy".   Maybe something like that. 

"Grandma's"

"Grandad's Place"

"The Grand Inn"

 

 

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How about 'The Archives'?  It has a nice clean ring to it, it ties in the genealogy angle and will look great in print.

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Is this your old family home? If so it might be appropriate, but if you are just doing it to come up with a gimimck..in my mind..it is a turn off to me.  I don't care if your uncle or grandmother slept in the room unless say they were George Washington or famous. And I certainly don't want my room filled with family memoriabilia. I don't want to stay in a museum.  I have stayed in some Victorian inns that were so filled with "fru fru" that there was no where to put my things.  I hated it. even though it was lovely to look at when you walked in the room after that it got real old.

Just give me a nice traditional room with comfortable bed, sitting area, good lighting for reading and doing my makeup in the bathroom and I will be happy and I think other guest will as well.

You asked..and you go my personal opinionSmiling

Also, check to see if your state requires you to REGISTER a name...there may be some other in the area with same or similar and you don't want that.

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You are absolutely right.  The last thing I want to do is make the place into a museum, and I certainly don't want tons of stuff all over.   I am not trying to recreate their bedrooms, and fill them up with possessions.  It's the spirit I'm going for.  I don't want guests to feel like they are intruding on personal space, or that someone had to "give up" his room for company!  More than anything, the personality will guide the decorating of the room through symbolism.  Unless you, the guest, ask, you'll never know that Annie's room is painted green and has two iron beds because she was fiercely proud of her Irish heritage, her steel-mill-working father, and was married twice.  If you don't ask (or read the guest book and discern the answer), you'll just know that your room is as comfortable -- and as neutral -- as I can make it. 

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We have very few older family photos around, carefully chosen & none in the guest rooms.  We have an 1887 photo, very large in an old frame on the wall at the landing on the staircase of the main house, of my granddaddy & his twin sister as toddlers.  We don't say anything about it but people often ask who they are.  It's not related to the history of the house at all, it's just a neat old photo.  Our rooms are themed, based on the the furnishings.  You'll find what works for you.  I'm always tweaking the rooms.

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Since we are just pitching ideas, how about Welcome Home Bed & Breakfast

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gillumhouse wrote:

Since we are just pitching ideas, how about Welcome Home Bed & Breakfast

  That sounds sweet.  For me, I need to know more background to come up with ideas...family names, history, something of significance to CLICK on a name.  It's a lot of fun.  Stress for Irongate, but fun for us.

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Family Tree B&B?

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swirt wrote:

Family Tree B&B?

That makes me envision the Swiss Family Robinson "A" ticket ride/exhibit at Disneyland.

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Family Tree B&B?

That's cool!  Lends itself to some good logo ideas, too.  Ever heard of the Charter Oak?  Part of my family's story . . .

edit:  and, wow, why didn't I think of that?

 

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Had to go Google Charter Oak.  Cool.

 

Just be careful to not overdo the family thing.  Some people just want to get away and stay some place nice. They may not give a rip about knowing the generations of people who lived and died in a place.  The best way to keep them interested is to not mention too much, then they might ask questions on their own.  (the best lessons are teachable moments where people ask to learn, as opposed to having the history lesson thrust upon them. )   My suggestion (personal preference) is no old photos/portraits of people in the bedrooms ... too creepy.  Eye-wink

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Had to go Google Charter Oak.  Cool.

 

Just be careful to not overdo the family thing.  Some people just want to get away and stay some place nice. They may not give a rip about knowing the generations of people who lived and died in a place.  The best way to keep them interested is to not mention too much, then they might ask questions on their own.  (the best lessons are teachable moments where people ask to learn, as opposed to having the history lesson thrust upon them. )   My suggestion (personal preference) is no old photos/portraits of people in the bedrooms ... too creepy.  Eye-wink

I agree.  I lean more toward putting in landscape paintings or photographs of places that meant something to the person.  If a guest asks about the seascape in Billy's room, I can explain it is the view from the farm where Billy grew up in County Down, and that's the ocean he crossed as a teenage stowaway on his way to America.  If the guest doesn't comment on it, it's still a pretty picture that adds to the decor.  It means something to me, and that's what's most important.

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IronGate wrote:

 

I agree.  I lean more toward putting in landscape paintings or photographs of places that meant something to the person.  If a guest asks about the seascape in Billy's room, I can explain it is the view from the farm where Billy grew up in County Down, and that's the ocean he crossed as a teenage stowaway on his way to America.  If the guest doesn't comment on it, it's still a pretty picture that adds to the decor.  It means something to me, and that's what's most important.

I have a short blurb in the front of the guest room books about why the room has the name it does. Some guests read it, some don't. Some are fascinated, some have asked to change rooms because of the story, some don't care at all.

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I like the guest book idea.  I know it takes all kinds, but my goodness, what kind of stories would compel people to want to change rooms?

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IronGate wrote:

I like the guest book idea.  I know it takes all kinds, but my goodness, what kind of stories would compel people to want to change rooms?

I thought I posted this one last week...a semi-serious story about the room included a mention that if the previous occupant should happen to wander in just saying hello to him should make him move right along. Guest was creeped out by the story, thought she saw something, wanted to switch rooms.

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She must have panicked and forgot to say "hello." 

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<sarcasm> 

  • Uncle Gino's room, he was a rat taxidermist
  • Great Aunt Lucy the axe murderer
  • Great Great Grandfather Charlie, known for being the stinkiest man in town for two decades

</sarcasm>

Ghost stories I presume.

 

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Well, if they're gonna be babies about it . . . .  Eye-wink

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How about:   Heritage House

 

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ProudTexan wrote:

How about:   Heritage House

 

It's appropriate to what I'm trying to convey.  I like it, but I think it sounds like a furniture store.

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IronGate wrote:

ProudTexan wrote:

How about:   Heritage House

 

It's appropriate to what I'm trying to convey.  I like it, but I think it sounds like a furniture store.

Heritage House Bed and Breakfast doesn't

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Yes, assisted living place.  Or, a place that has lots of doilies and smells like Vicks Vapo Rub.  haha!  Seriously, a family name would be better I think.

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No doilies!!!!! Vaporub does conjure up pleasant memories of my mother, tho . . .   Smiling

Too many family names to make an inn name out of them.  Maybe "The Inn on Ancestor Ridge"  LOL

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We were able to finish our house with some money that I inherited from my mother.  We named the inn after a property that was owned by her Aunt and was sold and torn down for a development in the late 1980s.  Then, we have a couple of rooms named after our mothers' maiden names.  That's our nod to family Smiling

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Samster wrote:

We were able to finish our house with some money that I inherited from my mother.  We named the inn after a property that was owned by her Aunt and was sold and torn down for a development in the late 1980s.  Then, we have a couple of rooms named after our mothers' maiden names.  That's our nod to family Smiling

Thank you for explaining that. I had no idea.

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There's a little bit about where the name came from on our "About the Inn" page on the web site.  The name of the other house was actually spelled differently but we figured that no one would be able to spell it that way

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Yes, too hard to say and too hard to understand. Great sentiment, tho. Like JBJ, I'd like to be able to sleep at my grandparents' again.

So, you need to work on the idea because it is obvious you are passionate about it. Something that plays off 'going home' maybe? The Home Place B&B?

Personally, if I were to hear anything that referenced grandparents, I would think it would be too overdone, stuffy, antique-y, you know what I mean? You could go with the their last names, tho. 'The Smith-Jones B&B'. Altho, you might have more names than you could squeeze onto the sign!

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Yes, too hard to say and too hard to understand. Great sentiment, tho. Like JBJ, I'd like to be able to sleep at my grandparents' again.

So, you need to work on the idea because it is obvious you are passionate about it. Something that plays off 'going home' maybe? The Home Place B&B?

Personally, if I were to hear anything that referenced grandparents, I would think it would be too overdone, stuffy, antique-y, you know what I mean? You could go with the their last names, tho. 'The Smith-Jones B&B'. Altho, you might have more names than you could squeeze onto the sign!

I want to specifically avoid the antique-y image.  That's not what I'm after at all, but that is what I was afraid people would think.  And yes, there would be too many names if I listed them all.  I'll keep working on it.  Something will come to me; it always does.

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Sounds like I would be sleeping on an air mattress in the living room. 

(That is a good thought for me right now, I just said goodbye to my Grandpa in June)

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