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    What does that include, anything else?

    I tell them " my personal attention and my expertise " and then I am quiet and wait for them to speak..... it's the " next chicken to squawk " sales technique. They never have a comeback for that & I proceed to ask info for my reservation form. I spent many years in insurance sales & the...
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    What does that include, anything else?

    I tell them " my personal attention and my expertise " and then I am quiet and wait for them to speak..... it's the " next chicken to squawk " sales technique. They never have a comeback for that & I proceed to ask info for my reservation form. I spent many years in insurance sales & the...
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    Directories that are a bunch of fluff

    This may be kinda off topic but here goes. I've started using Eventective.com for wedding and group leads. The cost of a lead is $2.50 or $5.00. I recently paid $2.50 for a wedding lead, I contacted the bride to be and got "the job". That $2.50 lead will result in $3,000 in business. I do not...
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    Red wine on white beadspread !!!

    Good idea/suggestion, Riki When I went into the room after they checked out I strangled a curse. They led me to believe there was a small spot..instead there was this "blood trail" , about 3 feet long from the table to the trash can where the wine bottle was placed. 45 minutes of the hydrgn...
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    Red wine on white beadspread !!!

    How ironic...a guest came to breakfast this a.m. saying she spilled red wine on the white carpet in her room last night, said it was too late to call me when the spill occurred. I'll try the dish deterg. plus hydrg perxide thing first.
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    Ugh!! Advice Please.... Disclaimer: This Is GROSS

    When my 4 children were small I was the appointed one, as the Dad, to clean up whatever came out of them . I took care of it & made sure not to embarass them. I've cleaned up all kind of stuff over many years made/created by guests and never said anything to those who caused all the stuff. So...
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    Guests Who Can't or Won't Read

    Over and over again I have heard the exact same thing from arriving guests...like I am going to provide WRONG directions to people who have/are going to pay me a lot of money? They must think I am crazier than they are :)
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    Guests Who Can't or Won't Read

    That IS good, Penelope.
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    Guests Who Can't or Won't Read

    We have written directions on our website on how to get from certain cities to our place. In our confirmation email I say : " DIRECTIONS : BEWARE OF MAPQUEST, OTHER SIMILAR SERVICES & NAVIGATION SYSTEMS. THESE HAVE CAUSED SOME GUESTS TO GET TOTALLY LOST & FRUSTRATED ...trust our directions...
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    Your Go-To Baked Item?

    My wife uses the shredded potatoes which are fresh in a bag ...these are hugely better tasting than frozen shredded potatoes ...always a big hit with our guests with creamy style eggs with dill and homemade buttermilk biscuits ( see her cookbook mentioned on our website ).All her recipes are there.
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    Cancellation/Booking Fee

    Also, I use Readnotify when I email them this info so that they can not say they didnt know about the policy. Are you familiar with ReadNotify and its usefulness?
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    Your Go-To Baked Item?

    Baird House Hashbrown CasseroleIngredients: 1 bag country-style hashbrowns 1 bunch of green onions, chopped including greens 1 (10 1/2 oz.) can of cream of chicken soup 2 cups sour cream 2 cups sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded 1 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp pepper Topping: 1/2 stick butter, melted 2...
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    Cancellation/Booking Fee

    We charge a deposit at time of the reservation. If one cancels in a timely fashion we refund the deposit less a $10.00 fee. We've been in business since April 1998 and I can't remember anyone complaining about being charged the $10. We have a strong cancellation policy on our website which is...
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    Toll-free number?

    We've had a toll free # since 04-1998 & even though people have cell phones we'll always keep our toll service. We've even had a few guests say they reserved with us rather than other B & B's in our area because the others did not have a toll # ( we were perceived as a genuine professional inn...
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    Webervations - three digit security cod

    Thanks for noticing, Bob.We got a super deal on it in 1998. The Aunt Dee room is a rustic Appalachian style room. We have an old tobacco barn on the Baird House property with wide planks which we used as wainscoting in that room.
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