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  1. Morticia

    Every now and again guests can be challenging

    @TheBeachHouse We had so many parents demanding a king room because they have the kids in bed with them at home that we added a king bed to our room that sleeps three. It makes the room a lot tighter with suitcases, etc, but it keeps the kids out of the main part of the house. Parents get the...
  2. Morticia

    Should Innspiring.com Go Private?

    Then again, sometimes we just like to point out that a guest got a room for 50% off and ran the gas fireplace for the entire 3 day stay. Never once turning it off and only leaving their room to park themselves in the dining room from 7-12 and expecting us to dance attendance for five solid...
  3. Morticia

    Every now and again guests can be challenging

    Ah, I think we were down your way just before everything closed!
  4. Morticia

    Every now and again guests can be challenging

    Glad to hear your location is doing well. We’re basically next door to being on vacation this season! You’ll have plenty to do just keeping things going without new stuff!
  5. Morticia

    Every now and again guests can be challenging

    @InnDeep I did want to add that when you are making up your policies be aware of how they sound to someone who has never been to your property and has no idea what you’re like or what you’re trying to accomplish. You don’t want your policies to sound like you’re going to be watching every...
  6. Morticia

    Every now and again guests can be challenging

    You want to have those waterproof mattress covers on the bed! Other things that are not super obvious: Doors with locks in any area you don’t want guests in Limited number of amenities in room for those who want to stock up their own bathroom or kitchen supplies Adding a fee for doing something...
  7. Morticia

    I guess I'll take a bribe...

    @Arks on the edge of my seat!
  8. Morticia

    Every now and again guests can be challenging

    Long time members know the story of the serial bed-wetter we had eons ago — wet the bed seven nights in a row. Even with that, we were still a bit nervous about demanding payment. For one thing, the parent denied it the first time and then avoided us completely for the next six days. (Actually...
  9. Morticia

    Every now and again guests can be challenging

    It’s always something! And events like these are why we ‘dumbed down’ our furnishings. Even more so this year as everything has to be sanitized. I went on a spree removing all the ‘extras’ from the rooms.
  10. Morticia

    I've been raised from the dead...

    Wow! You’ve got a book there! Hope things are in the upswing now.
  11. Morticia

    Should Innspiring.com Go Private?

    My concerns in re having all those share buttons was having someone easily post a direct comment right to the particular b&b’s page on any of those links. (‘Hey, look at this! This is what they think of you!’) I had a guest find me on a different forum and recognize her obnoxious self. It’s...
  12. Morticia

    Current BnB Occupancy and Rates Across North America?

    I warned the relatives about drifting too close to the ‘other side’ when they were out on their boat in the St Lawrence.
  13. Morticia

    I guess I'll take a bribe...

    I warned you about the seeds...
  14. Morticia

    Current BnB Occupancy and Rates Across North America?

    Do you think people understand what that means? I don’t. This is what I’ve heard: Oh we never going anywhere, everyone comes to our house. Oh we only go to the grocery store, we don’t go ‘out.’ I only go to work, otherwise I stay home. We’ve had guests tell us they’ll quarantine here but they...
  15. Morticia

    COVID capers

    I’m surprised how many guests have shown up with form in hand. We don’t ask for it in advance, but most have had it with them. (We do link to the form so they can see what the questions are.)
  16. Morticia

    Looking to get started

    If you are planning to stay where you live right now another option is to get in touch with the state innkeepers organization. They often have these things specific to your area. They can also put you in touch with people who can go over everything with you.
  17. Morticia

    COVID capers

    Like many, we have had an off year. From being shut down from April thru May and essentially closed for June, it’s been quiet. I’m looking at it as a bridge to retirement. However, even tho we’re still essentially closed, I am keeping up on all the CDC requirements and doing my due diligence to...
  18. Morticia

    Recipes needed containing no dairy

    Do you cook them all at once? How do they hold up? I’ve seen your pix, they look interesting. Are they cooked all the way thru, or runny?
  19. Morticia

    I guess I'll take a bribe...

    If you get nothing turn them in. And don’t plant any seeds they send!
  20. Morticia

    Looking for a lake cabin rental or quiet place in Massachusetts

    @Silverspoon We had a guest here for 8 days. We did not know her and she kept extending. We’re also not going into rooms for cleaning. We asked every day if she needed anything. Of course I was worried! When she finally checked out it looked as if no one had been in the room other than the...
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