Do you have a favorite guest stay reason?

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Mine would be the wedding nights. Only because it is so monumental. One thing about the wedding nights is that they confirm and double confirm, there is never any confusion about anything, even directions and where to park. Plus I get to write "Love Birds" on the self check-in note (since it almost always is a late arrival).

Second, are the quirky guests who surprise me with odd ball one of reasons for their stay. These are the guests I always learn something new from, and really grow as a person. They bring with them a knowledge of whatever it is that brought them here, and I find it fascinating.

Third and in competition for second really is NASCAR. These guests wait all year to be here, love every second, are happy cheerful kind and generous, from all walks of life yet have a common interest. The laughter roars from the porch and the breakfast table, which some times may be as early as 6am.

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North Dakota and Illinois are happy guests this morning  pic.twitter.com/PjUik4pTgZ

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We get lots of honeymoon/special occasion guests, so I don't get excited about them anymore, but I'm still honored and very appreciative of them.

What I love best is what we have now. We have 4 rooms. 1 room is repeats. The other 3 rooms are couples that have never been to a b&b before and were always afraid to try, but they came here because we deliver breakfast. They typically are blown away with what a b&b is and the personal touches. These are the kinds of guests who have now dipped their toes into the b&b world and will try others after they leave us. We'll be the "converters"!

update: one of them just left $5 on the breakfast tray! That's a first. We do get tips sometimes, but usually left in the room. This was on their breakfast try to put outside their room when they're finished. I thought it was so cute!

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This is what baffles me - with the internet everything is out there, pictures, descriptions, menu's reviews - you have to try pretty hard not to know what you are getting and yet people have no idea

I put on everything we have car parking as this is very rare here and yet we still get calls saying is there anywhere to park?

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"Are you here for the race?"
"What race?"
"Oh you don't know about the race, one of the best NASCAR tracks is right here, the smallest track and oldest in the chase..."
"What is the chase?" The psychiatrists reply "We were here for the mule jumping competition"
"Oh there was a mule jumping competition? How was that?"

And if I'd been at the table I wouldn't have known what any of them were talking about, but could have dazzled them with stories of flipping a room.

NASCAR guy might respond that he say he's never seen anybody tip a room over before, but he saw a monster truck competition once, and has been to a few tractor pulls.

Psychiatrist might ask how I feel, deep inside, as I flip the room, and have I ever considered getting a pet mule for companionship.

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Arkansawyer wrote:

"Are you here for the race?"
"What race?"
"Oh you don't know about the race, one of the best NASCAR tracks is right here, the smallest track and oldest in the chase..."
"What is the chase?" The psychiatrists reply "We were here for the mule jumping competition"
"Oh there was a mule jumping competition? How was that?"

And if I'd been at the table I wouldn't have known what any of them were talking about, but could have dazzled them with stories of flipping a room.

NASCAR guy might respond that he say he's never seen anybody tip a room over before, but he saw a monster truck competition once, and has been to a few tractor pulls.

Psychiatrist might ask how I feel, deep inside, as I flip the room, and have I ever considered getting a pet mule for companionship.

Yes you are with me on this one, I had many jokes rattling around in my mind ... cool

PS "NASCAR PEOPLE"

We have two ladies here from North Dakota without their husbands for NASCAR as well. 

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PS and the NASCAR Fans greeted the other guests with a huge good morning, a smile, and how are you...over coffee.

The psychiatrists replied closed lipped with a "fine" and turned their heads.

Bless their little hearts

Meanwhile back at the table the NASCAR fans and the DR's are having a great conversation. They just had to break the ice I suppose... Smiling

Link to what they were talking about

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Every year there seems to be one room who sneaks in who is not here for NASCAR weekend...this year it is a couple of psychiatrists from a upscale beach/cove part of Southern Calf.

So this morning, when all the other race fans ate early, I had a second seating and one room (who is here every year for the race) took the 9am with the two psychiatrists.

All that to give you background on the funny conversation you would find sitting in there this morning

"Are you here for the race?"

"What race?"

"Oh you don't know about the race, one of the best NASCAR tracks is right here, the smallest track and oldest in the chase..."

"What is the chase?" The psychiatrists reply "We were here for the mule jumping competition"

"Oh there was a mule jumping competition? How was that?"

Yes. a real conversation. 

 

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Hmmm...does that upscale beach/cove town start with an L?

I would have loved to be a fly on the wall for their conversations!

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Breakfast Nemo wrote:

Hmmm...does that upscale beach/cove town start with an L?

I would have loved to be a fly on the wall for their conversations!

Yes. I put that "cove" part on there as I knew you would get it.

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

Breakfast Nemo wrote:

Hmmm...does that upscale beach/cove town start with an L?

I would have loved to be a fly on the wall for their conversations!

Yes. I put that "cove" part on there as I knew you would get it.

When we first moved here, we went to the upscale town  1 1/4 hours north of us to check it out. We looked around at the high end trinket shops, galleries, etc and said "This looks and feels like L, let's get outta here! In that town and the L town, a cheap room would go for $400 a night. I hate it when guests stay there, then come here.

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I like the couples who come to "get away from the kids."  They open a bottle of wine, look at the view and check out early.  They are just happy to be here!

Most interesting (so far) was a gentleman from Germany who came to visit his kids in Maine and planned a drive down the coast to see the States with his wife.  Well, she hurt her back and couldn't come, but he did the whole vacation anyway.  By himself.  Taking pictures along the way to share with her when he got back.  He stayed with us three nights.  Had a beer with us.   Gave us a gift and wrote a nice note in the guest book.  I felt so badly for his wife, but he seemed to be enjoying his adventure.

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We have a 4-nighter coming in this week....because Wash DC problems closed down the national parks...so we became "plan B".  Don't ask me how......Yay Washington!  Finally they are helping us during the sluggish economy!

Other than that, local colleges, some antiquers, and paved bike trails draw the lion's share of our business.

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Honeymooners. I always feel very honored that a couple would choose to stay at our little B&B during such a special holiday. Warms my heart.

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The laughter roars from the porch and the breakfast table,

Laughter coming from the breakfast room always cheers me too.

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Our guest this weekend are in their 70s.  He surprised her!  He found us, and made the reservation!  She has never stayed at a B&B before!!!  ( I think she likes it)  wink  Love it when guys do this. (can you tell I make all our travel plans)

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YES - wedding.

YES - quirky (duh)

NO - Nascar ..... don't dislike, just not a thing for me or the area

wedding ..... the couple who hadn't planned a honeymoon but turned up in a vintage MG in top hat, tails etc and joined us for late night BBQ on the back deck.  Or the first-night-of-marriage couple that weren't expecting to find twister set up on the floor as part of their turn-down (I can still hear them laughing).

Quirky .... too many, many too quirky.  It could be that our name attracts the "quirk factor" ......... Smiling

 

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I had a guest years ago now, who booked mt trail package. She said she decided how much she wanted something by how many toilets she had to clean to get it. She had to clean a LOT of toilets to do that package. We get a lot of guests coming to research their roots and visit the log house. I get a certain segment who come because they are traveling with horses. Is that what you are asking? WHY do they come here? The covered bridges and winery are another reason.

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My favorite guests are the ones who are respectful of our property, appreciative of our efforts to please them, and interested in enjoying the area.   These tend to be guests who have researched the area and know exactly what they are looking for.  They come from all walks of life but are usually professionals. Sometimes they are young, but usually they are over 40.   My very favorite guests are the ones  I mentioned above who also pick up after themselves, making less work for me!

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Yup...they make our life easy and enjoyable ! Your right Silverspoon.

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Happy people. People who just want to try everything.

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Madeleine wrote:

Happy people. People who just want to try everything.

Sure we all want happy people. But specifically...?

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

Madeleine wrote:

Happy people. People who just want to try everything.

Sure we all want happy people. But specifically...?

Nothing specific. We don't get wedding nights, we don't have big events here so I just like happy people. Just had a mom & daughter celebrating milestone birthdays. They never mentioned it to us, we read it in the guest book.

Can't narrow it down like you did.

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