It's the economy stupid!

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And so one room this weekend told me they used to stay at another B&B, where the inn is no longer found online. I know they tried to sell, and now they are completely invisible, so I am guessing they shut down.

He said it used to be really nice, then the innkeepers got divorced, and it was iffy at best.  So on my other thread about the economy and the weather impacting us this year so far, one of the 4 rooms is not even fresh kill! It is a bounce from another place they frequented for years! I hope we can keep them... 

In other news stuff happens. We are humans and have dramas and devastation in our lives and have to keep on keepin' on. This is the part of innkeeping that aspirings don't understand, no one understands unless they do it. When people are in your home, in your presence overnight, things are different to a 9 to 5 job.

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Although sorely tempted I opted not to get further involved.

I've had the same situation. Offered half what the local hotel would cost (as a month-long stay with me). All I could do was sympathize and tell them I hoped they found something for the night.

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I wish that were true, and your DH is right.  For B&Bs it seems to be people get put off and just book a hotel where they can arrive any time, and cancel pretty much any time. We hear these stories, unfortunately, we want them to LOVE B&B's!

What I didn't mention, as I nearly thought these were first time B&B goers, they were stand offish for the most part, then to find out they had been going to a B&B for years...almost as if they didn't want to open up or get attached. Everyone else was very open and laughing, having a good time etc. It makes sense now.  They seemed to be that way at the end, and almost confessed this past to me.  

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

yes

This is a quote I can relate to.  Tonight I got a call from a young wife who gave up her apartment in another town because hubby had just gotten a new job here.  They couldn't find an apartment in 1 day, and found they couldn't afford the motel's nightly rate.  I quoted a rate of half of what the hotel charged, but that also was too expensive for her.  Although sorely tempted I opted not to get further involved.

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Will take them...Visa, MC or Discover?wink

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white pine wrote:

Will take them...Visa, MC or Discover?wink

I will even take Amex now!

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Re. the first part of your post..this is what DH is saying will happen as properties go out of business.  A larger share of the pie for the rest of us.    In re. the second part of your post...we go back to the Fantasy part..."Smiles, everyone....Smiles".....no drama here...right.....

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