Interim Innkeeper

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  Hi!  I'm new to this forum, but love it!  I came up to my grandparents bed and breakfast to help clean for the summer months.  Well, I'm still here and doing everything from painting ceilings to mopping floors.  Right now I'm in charge of the inn and whatever happens today.  So far it is very quiet.  We are a family-owned inn to the fourth generation. (When my cousin comes to visit, her daughters (10) like to help me with my work.)

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Duff I think we need to come up with a better title for you than default innkeeper. 

 

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

Duff I think we need to come up with a better title for you than default innkeeper. 

 

 

  I had to think of a title or subject....I wasn't planning on being an innkeeper, it just happened.  I wasn't planning on working at a retreat center either but what I learned there has helped me out a lot here.  Looking back on my life I see that each place I have been or an experience has helped me in the future.  I don't know if that is hopeful information or not!

I'll let you figure out a better title.....or is that a dangerous offer?!?

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

Duff I think we need to come up with a better title for you than default innkeeper. 

 

 

  I had to think of a title or subject....I wasn't planning on being an innkeeper, it just happened.  I wasn't planning on working at a retreat center either but what I learned there has helped me out a lot here.  Looking back on my life I see that each place I have been or an experience has helped me in the future.  I don't know if that is hopeful information or not!

I'll let you figure out a better title.....or is that a dangerous offer?!?

Well you are DUFF, but the title you gave yourself in this thread is what i am referring to. Default sounds so not on, you are great, so you should be called  the Interim Innkeeper. Smiling

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Joey Bloggs]</p> <p>[quote=Duff2014 wrote:

Joey Bloggs wrote:

Duff I think we need to come up with a better title for you than default innkeeper. 

Well you are DUFF, but the title you gave yourself in this thread is what i am referring to. Default sounds so not on, you are great, so you should be called  the Interim Innkeeper. Smiling

 Joey, I changed it!  GRIN!

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

Duff I think we need to come up with a better title for you than default innkeeper. 

 

 

  I had to think of a title or subject....I wasn't planning on being an innkeeper, it just happened.  I wasn't planning on working at a retreat center either but what I learned there has helped me out a lot here.  Looking back on my life I see that each place I have been or an experience has helped me in the future.  I don't know if that is hopeful information or not!

I'll let you figure out a better title.....or is that a dangerous offer?!?

Well you are DUFF, but the title you gave yourself in this thread is what i am referring to. Default sounds so not on, you are great, so you should be called  the Interim Innkeeper. Smiling

  Sounds good!  I used the name Duff since that was my dog's name. (He died in 2013)  He was the perfect host whenever my family had friends over, guests or dog sat.  He treated everyone as his best friend. ( even one dog we had a couple days who was nasty to him.  He never turned on him and put up with him politely until the second he left.  Then he tore through the house with glee that he was gone!) As soon as he heard a vehicle he dropped everything and ran to the picture window to see who it was.  Then he joined us at the front door to welcome them to his home.  He was very good at realizing who liked dogs or not.  He even had his own business. Kids Love Duff.  He taught children and adults to get over being scared of dogs, even ones that had bad experiences.  99.9 percent rating and his fee was in doggie bones. 

   So I want to be a good hostess like he was, even to the nasty guests that come our way!

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Duff2014 wrote:

 

   ... even to the nasty guests that come our way!

We have a word for that... PITA.

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   ... even to the nasty guests that come our way!

We have a word for that... PITA.

   Okay.  So far I have only had two bad experiences with guests, I could live without.  I hope it stays at that but let's face reality!

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Cape Ann, Massachusetts.

 

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  Thank you!  How far from Dartmouth?  How's the taxes for an inn in "Taxachusetts"?  

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  We have to add 13 percent to each reservation.  That alone tells us whether the guest have been to our town before...  We get taxed on everything from furniture to the street we live on...  And we have 300 hotels, b&bs, motels, inns, and guest houses in five mile which we have to compete against.  Then there are the illegal air b and ber's...

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Duff2014 wrote:

  We have to add 13 percent to each reservation.  That alone tells us whether the guest have been to our town before...  We get taxed on everything from furniture to the street we live on...  And we have 300 hotels, b&bs, motels, inns, and guest houses in five mile which we have to compete against.  Then there are the illegal air b and ber's...

Here in PA, a 6% sales tax for the room and then our county has a 1.1% occupancy tax (hotels have to add an additional 3.9%).

Lots of B&B's here - over 150 in our county. Most play nice-nice in the sandbox. 

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 PA!  That's where my parents are.  Oh, they are nice here I guess.  Two of them called here wondering if we would put up one of their guests.  I guess they were overbooked or something.

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In West Virginia: 6% sales tax across the board. Depending on municipality/county, up to 6% "bed tax" and some places with home rule another 1%.

Property tax - I pay on the commercial 2/3 the highest rate possible which would make most everyone here say "I wish". Taxes for 2014 combo of real estate, B & B personal property (the computer/food/ anything I am stupid enough to claim on Schedule C), our personal property (car) - a hair over $1100 for the year. And that includes the excess levies for bus service, school board, and the city.

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Duff2014 wrote:

  Thank you!  How far from Dartmouth?  How's the taxes for an inn in "Taxachusetts"?  

 

11.7% room tax.  

The inn is taxed at the standard real estate tax rate.   Not sure what it is this year.

Licensing fee is minimal.  Under $100 and depending on whether you serve food.

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Not bad at all. We run 13.42% It's all pass through. Lower property tax that many places. No annual fee.

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Welcome Duff

Now that innkeeping has gotten under your skin, we'll look forward to your contributions.

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  Thank you!  I'll try but I think JB, Arks, Mort, GHouse, Empty Nest, and Madeline do a much better job!  Talking about that we haven't heard from Madeline recently.  She must have all the guests!

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If they can put up with me, I'm sure you'll be fine. Now, if you get them all in one room.....

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happykeeper wrote:

If they can put up with me, I'm sure you'll be fine. Now, if you get them all in one room.....

My know first hand that bad things happen when you get several of these Innkeepers together! Smiling

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Hillbilly wrote:

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If they can put up with me, I'm sure you'll be fine. Now, if you get them all in one room.....

My know first hand that bad things happen when you get several of these Innkeepers together! Smiling

 

GRIN!  I heard about that trip!  I think of them whenever I look at my ceiling fans!  If they came here they need a twelve foot ladder!  It's hard to sneak one into their room, I believe.

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Who used a ladder? Heehee

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Hillbilly wrote:

happykeeper wrote:

If they can put up with me, I'm sure you'll be fine. Now, if you get them all in one room.....

My know first hand that bad things happen when you get several of these Innkeepers together! Smiling

Teehee - I will never tell......................

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Fresh eyes often make good observations. Those who have been in the forest for a while often see only the same trees.

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So that is my problem ... too many trees!

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Tom wrote:

So that is my problem ... too many trees!

After 19 years, it is hard for me to see a new one. THAT is MY problem. I do keep trying though.

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Welcome!

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  Thank you!  I'm enjoying this place!

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Welcome

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  Thank you!  I love to read your notes.

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Welcome.

There are a bunch of us here on the forum based in northern New England.

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  Good!  Thank you!  How far are you from Providence, RI?

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Our place is about 220 miles (by road) NE of Providence...

(Our off-season home is only about 100 miles NNW of Providence).

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   Maine?  Off-season upstate NY? I spent most of my life in New England area.  It's a good place to be!

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Welcome. Glad you introduced yourself. Stick around and join in the fun Smiling

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   Thank you!  You're right!  This is fun! 

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Welcome. Always nice to see a new face and hear a new voice.

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  Thank you!  I am enjoying this site!

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Welcome and make yourself at home, pull up a coffee and join on in! 

Where is the B&B, if you feel like sharing, you may have some neighbors here, or a small world connection, it happens. Smiling

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  Thank you!  I have been surfing here for months and finally decided to show "my face".  Our inn is in Rhode Island.  Anyone from this state or in New England?

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Yup, I'm about 2 hours from you if you are anywhere near Providence.  Very seasonal location here....rural, beach...old NE town.  So, welcome aboard the forum.  It's nice to have another neighbor to bounce things off of .  

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  Providence is 30 minutes (no traffic) from us.  Up to two hours with traffic.

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