Last Thursday, March 31, 2016 I began my 14th year as an innkeeper. 14 YEARS! Where did the time go. I must be having a good time for these years to go by as quickly as they have. And for those of you who aspire to being an innkeeper here’s a short summary of some of the things I have learned and you will experience:
You will meet wonderful people from around the world. I have met guests who lived on every continent except Antarctica and over a dozen different countries. Some have become friends and I’ve watched their children grow up.
You will learn you’ve the ability to communicate at odd hours of the day and night. I have mastered the art of the middle of the night check -in (latest was 2:30 am) and the very early morning check-out (earliest has been 3:45 am), thankfully not on the same day.
You will find that ironing bedding can be a zen like experience. But forget about folding those fitted sheets. I still don’t have it down perfectly and I’ve had plenty of experience.
You will become a more adventurous cook. First, because you will find that making the same thing over and over again can make you crazy, and second because you never know what dietary challenges a guest can bring. I am now able to prepare breakfasts for vegetarians, vegans, diabetics, glucose free, lactose intolerant, and my personal favorite – the all raw diet.
Your personal knowledge of your surrounding geographic area will grow. This is a real benefit to you because while you are out at a new gallery or trying a new restaurant or discovering a new trail in the mountain you can “justify” goofing off as research for your guests! “Hey, I need to spend some time at the new mall that just opened so I can tell my guests what they can find there.” See what I mean.
If you love the holidays you’ll love being an innkeeper. You can decorate to your heart’s content and no one will think anything of it. Being an innkeeper means you don’t have to justify putting up Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving!
All in all I’ve learned a lot of new things, met a lot of great people and will be ready to retire in two more years. Oh that last part, the part about retiring, I’ve been saying that for six years! I’m an innkeeper and I love it!