Sunday, September 17, 2017

Join Innkeeper Gwenn on a Video Trip to the Farmer's Market


We're excited to launch a new series of Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast videos. Today we invite you to join us on our visit to the Jacksonville Farmer's Market at Lincoln Square.  Each time I post a video I'll be sharing recipes and tips that come up throughout each segment. This week's video segment includes visits with Yoder's Meats and Triple Creek Farm.

FARM MARKET RECIPE: Brown Sugar Pepper Bacon - Yoder's Meats - Farm to Table
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a rimmed sheet pan with aluminum foil. (Lining the pan makes clean-up a breeze!) Place a sheet of parchment or a cooking rack over the foil. Arrange one pound thick-cut pepper bacon on your rack or parchment. Generously sprinkle with light brown sugar. Bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until you reach the desired crispness.
TIP: Using a rack makes the bacon crisper, by allowing the grease drip off as the bacon cooks.
TIP #2: This freezes well, so I sometimes slightly under-bake and heat and serve at breakfast time.





Find this terrific pepper bacon, ground Italian sausage and other meats at Yoder's booth in the Jacksonville Farm Market at Lincoln Square.  


TIP: Use a power hedge clipper to trim and shape mums at least twice between May and the Fourth of July.

Find beautiful mums like these at the Triple Creek Farm stand at the Jacksonville Farmers Market at Lincoln Square.




Please join us next week for the second of our three-part Jacksonville Farmer's Market at Lincoln Square tours, then stay tuned to see what we dream up for the next videos. I'm envisioning front porch chats, designing tablescapes, cooking demonstrations, seasonal decorating tips, our Christmas Elves...

Many thanks to Steve at Steve WebPhoto for his collaboration on this project.

About Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast
Experience a stay in our award-winning Bed & Breakfast located in a magnificently restored 130-year-old mansion in the heart of the historic district. Pampered luxury is our goal, to delight both business and leisure travelers. We offer two upscale guest suites, each with private sitting rooms and private baths. We provide multi-course gourmet breakfasts, 24/7 family-friendly hot and cold beverages and snacks, and cookies and milk at bedtime. Wi-Fi is available throughout our home and each suite has a digital satellite TV and all-season fireplace. We are located just steps away from Illinois College, the Governor Duncan Mansion and Illinois School for the Deaf and our neighborhood is highlighted on one of Jacksonville’s historic walking tours. Escape the standard hotel room and enjoy your own private suite in the finest Jacksonville area lodging.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Special Blessings


Have you ever noticed that sometimes things just work out beautifully in your favor - when you're not even trying? I call those instances "special blessings." To me, they're unexpected sweet treats from the Lord and reminders that He is in control of all things, large and small. These are not earth-shattering life changes, just special little gifts, significant to me. I've had several of those in the past few weeks.

Special Blessings #1:
Recently Val and I attended a terrific Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, touring multiple stops downtown on State Street. Near the end of our route I visited with a young man - a businessman, husband and father. With regard to my business here, he is a solid representative of my "target market." I was thrilled to pieces to hear that he'd been following our Facebook page and was especially interested in our weekly trips to the Farmer's Market. I always try to post photos of the beautiful fresh produce and flowers I buy, along with ideas of how I've used them. (I admit that it's like having my own cooking show - challenging myself at least once a week to incorporate my sometimes unexpected Market finds in our guest breakfasts, sometimes preparing and serving within an hour of purchase. That's fresh food!) We chatted for a while and this young man was a real encouragement. Writing and sharing is very personal and I always want the posts I share to be helpful. In fact, if I'm honest with myself, I want to inspire others.

Special Blessings #2:     
A couple of weeks ago, Brittany from the Jacksonville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau contacted me to say that she had a volunteer who was willing to record videos to benefit our local tourism as a way to build his skill and serve our community. What an exciting opportunity! I kind of held my breath until I saw the initial videos, then jumped in full-tilt. The video on the top of this blog is Steve's work. He's local, he's flexible on his time, he has a high level of professionalism and I'm in! I now have a running list of topics that I'd like to pursue.

Special Blessings #3:
A week or so after filming here for the B&B, Steve and I spent about 30 minutes filming at our local Jacksonville Farmer's Market at Lincoln Square. You'll see the first segment on next Monday's blog. Those who know me know that I can get some wild ideas and they all make perfect sense. To me. It's sometimes hard for me to share my vision with someone who doesn't know me well, but Steve picked up on what I wanted. His wife was my first reviewer, and her comments were very encouraging. Our first video, now in three segments, was basically an unscripted, fly by the seat of my pants, self-directed first go, but it was fun and we learned a lot! We now know that I laugh at the drop of a hat, I need to have my hair cut and styled, I have a few key words that I overuse, I need to to get a good night's sleep before filming to avoid "raccoon eyes" and we need to do better with recording others' voices. Lessons learned... and I can hardly wait to do it again!

Special Blessings #4
Mr. Yoder
Jacksonville Farmers Market at Lincoln Square vendors play well with others. I suppose they're used to seeing me each week, and that made it easier, but I was so thankful that people were willing to speak on camera. The interesting thing that you'll see throughout the videos is that I don't always know what's coming next... like the woman with the largest sweet potato I've ever seen in my life! (And the family recipe that goes with it.)

Our first Farmer's Market episode includes a chat with Yoder's Meats and Triple Creek Gardens. Along with each video, I'll be sharing recipes and tips that come up throughout each segment. Please join us on our inaugural three-part Jacksonville Farmer's Market at Lincoln Square tour, then stay tuned to see what we're dreaming up for the next videos. I'm envisioning front porch chats, tablescapes, cooking demonstrations, decorating tips, our Christmas Elves...

All of these small blessings are really big blessings when I think about it. These "small" things have given me a boost in my marketing potential. I'm especially excited to share our video work with you. Please stay tuned!


About Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast   Experience a stay in our award-winning Bed & Breakfast located in a magnificently restored 130-year-old mansion in the heart of the historic district. Pampered luxury is our goal, to delight both business and leisure travelers. We offer two upscale guest suites, each with private sitting rooms and private baths. We provide multi-course gourmet breakfasts, 24/7 family-friendly hot and cold beverages and snacks, and cookies and milk at bedtime. Wi-Fi is available throughout our home and each suite has a digital satellite TV and all-season fireplace. We are located just steps away from Illinois College, the Governor Duncan Mansion and Illinois School for the Deaf and our neighborhood is highlighted on one of Jacksonville’s historic walking tours. Escape the standard hotel room and enjoy your own private suite in the finest Jacksonville area lodging.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Red Chair Travels V - Focus on the Photographer





 What does it take to successfully participate in Red Chair Travels? Besides acquiring Red, we needed to find a good photographer. When I learned the dates we'd be hosting Red, I posted a request on Facebook asking for a volunteer. One thing we're blessed with is community partners, and Tiffany Warmowski, Warmowski Photography, didn't hesitate to offer.


I started out the journey with Tiffany as she shot photos of Glenn and me here at Blessings on State. From there we went down the street to the Governor Duncan Mansion. Have you ever visited the mansion? It's the only existing Governor's Mansion outside Springfield, our state capitol. The local DAR manages the home, used for meetings and events. It's a great location for a wedding, indoors and out. Take the tour to see what life was like during the governor's term of office.


That was it for me... I was headed out of town! (We weren't given the opportunity to choose dates for Red to visit - the dates were assigned.) So... I left town and it was all on Tiffany's shoulders. She enlisted Amy's help and they went out in the early hours to take photos at various sites in town. She faced some challenges, including rain, as the did the work, but she got it done!



We sure appreciate Tiffany's willingness to partner with us in Red Chair Travels! As you can see in the photo above, taken by Amy McCombs, Tiffany went to great lengths to get just the right photographs of the Red Chair at our local attractions. This photo was taken at the Annie Merner Chapel on the campus of MacMurray College, Tiffany's alma mater. I've attended several concerts at the chapel and the MacMurray Campus is beautiful!


Stories from the Red Chair’s travels have been chronicled on blogs at each stop throughout its journey. Look for tales of the Red Chair’s travels to Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast here on the blog and on our Facebook page.

For a compilation of Red Chair Travels blogs, visit http://www.redchairtravels.com/blog.html . For a complete view of Red Chair photos, visit http://www.redchairtravels.com and get ready to be inspired. To learn more about Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast visit www.BlessingsOnState.com or call 217.245.1013.

Photos: Tiffany/Warmowski Photography

About Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast   Experience a stay in our award-winning Bed & Breakfast located in a magnificently restored 130-year-old mansion in the heart of the historic district. Pampered luxury is our goal, to delight both business and leisure travelers. We offer two upscale guest suites, each with private sitting rooms and private baths. We provide multi-course gourmet breakfasts, 24/7 family-friendly hot and cold beverages and snacks, and cookies and milk at bedtime. Wi-Fi is available throughout our home and each suite has a digital satellite TV and all-season fireplace. We are located just steps away from Illinois College, the Governor Duncan Mansion and Illinois School for the Deaf and our neighborhood is highlighted on one of Jacksonville’s historic walking tours. Escape the standard hotel room and enjoy your own private suite in the finest Jacksonville area lodging.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Red Chair Travels IV - The Rest of our Story



Red and the Underground Railroad
Did you know that in the mid-1800's Jacksonville served as a haven for those wishing to escape the horror of slavery? When our 14-year-old Assistant Innkeeper was much younger, she read a children's book introducing the Underground Railroad (UGRR). Those of you who've gotten to know her won't be surprised to hear that when a guest asked about our local Underground Railroad sites, Valerie quickly replied, "Just so you know, it was neither underground, nor was it a railroad!" Truth in advertising, I guess. We adults had a good laugh. I never figured out if she'd read that line somewhere, or if it was just something her very logical mind put together. She didn't want them to be disappointed!

We have nine Underground Railroad sites in the Jacksonville area, more than most other towns in Illinois. According to the Jacksonville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau site, Benjamin Henderson, a former slave, came to Jacksonville in 1841 and immediately began working with the Underground Railroad. Edward Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe's brother and the first president of Illinois College, was a strong, well-educated Abolitionist. "These men and countless others kept the spirited torch of freedom burning bright."


 
Red visited the historic Woodlawn Farm, an early agricultural center and the "showcase homestead" on Jacksonville's Underground Railroad tour. Additional homes with significance in the Underground Railroad include Woodlawn, The Benjamin Grierson Mansion, The Asa Talcott Home, The Gillett House, The Clay House, the Congregational Church and Illinois College. 


Jacksonville is also well known for something else, manufactured by a local company.


Can you identify the item next to Red in this picture? It's also a seat of sorts. It's manufactured in Jacksonville, by the Eli Bridge Company. Here's another clue: you can find several more of these in our Community Park. Have you figured it out, yet?


Now, do you know what it is? It's an amusement ride seat! The first photo shows one of the seats converted into one of the benches you may find downtown in Central Park. Community Park, at the corner of Main and Morton, offers a full Big Eli wheel, similar to a Ferris wheel, operated by the Rotary Club on sunny summer afternoons. Red didn't get a chance to take a ride, but we did make a visit. The family-owned Eli Bridge Company has a wonderful history and is still in operation in Jacksonville, today. In addition to the big wheels, they also make the Scrambler and other amusement rides. I'm not a big spinner, but I do enjoy a ride on a good wheel... as long as it's not stopping and starting every minute and a half!


Red casts a long shadow. 


This final photo was taken at Illinois College. Thanks to Tiffany / Warmowski Photography Red visited a variety of sites throughout the Jacksonville area, some old and some new. Check in next week to learn more about our Red Chair photographer, Tiffany Warmowski.

Check in next week to learn more about our photographer, Tiffany / Warmowski Photography.

For a compilation of Red Chair Travels blogs, visit http://www.redchairtravels.com/blog.html. For a complete view of Red Chair photos, visit http://www.redchairtravels.com and get ready to be inspired. To learn more about Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast visit www.BlessingsOnState.com or call 217.245.1013.

Photos: Tiffany/Warmowski Photography

About Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast
Experience a stay in our award-winning Bed & Breakfast located in a magnificently restored 130-year-old mansion in the heart of the historic district. Pampered luxury is our goal, to delight both business and leisure travelers. We offer two upscale guest suites, each with private sitting rooms and private baths. We provide multi-course gourmet breakfasts, 24/7 family-friendly hot and cold beverages and snacks, and cookies and milk at bedtime. Wi-Fi is available throughout our home and each suite has a digital satellite TV and all-season fireplace. We are located just steps away from Illinois College, the Governor Duncan Mansion and Illinois School for the Deaf and our neighborhood is highlighted on one of Jacksonville’s historic walking tours. Escape the standard hotel room and enjoy your own private suite in the finest Jacksonville area lodging.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Moon Pies and Sun Chips: Experiencing the Solar Eclipse

Eclipse chewing gum, Moon Pies, Sun Chips - Travel Pack

Total Solar Eclipse. Did you hear them talking about it? We sure did! "The line of totality..." "The last time there was a total eclipse..." "The next time there will be an eclipse..."

Have you ever experienced a total eclipse? I certainly remember holding up cereal boxes to view the eclipse as an elementary school student. Although many made one for old times sake, this time I just held up my iPhone, looking back over my shoulder.

Jacksonville was in the 97% range. After all I'd heard, I expected it to be nearly dark. Kelly joined me on the back deck and we could tell that it was darker than usual in neighbor Dave's yard, and behind George's house, but Kelly and I felt like we were sitting in the sun the whole time. Val had a great time viewing the eclipse with the other students at Illinois School for the Deaf. They viewed it through the NASA approved glasses, through a colander, and through boxes. It was a very exciting time for many, with many people traveling miles and miles to get inside the line of totality.

We had some fun eclipse travelers! Before we sent them on their way, we handed each a gift bag with special solar eclipse treats, including Moon Pies and Sun Chips, Capri Sun juice drinks and Eclipse gum. (Glenn says I'll do anything to incorporate a "theme" so that people will remember us!)

Lloyd and Kim arrived first. They're from Chicagoland. They departed Sunday for a hotel in Carbondale, expensive, but booked well in advance. (It's my understanding that a hotel in Mt. Vernon announced the availability of three rooms on Sunday night... at more than $1400/night!) Lloyd and Kim stayed here again on their return home. It was great hearing about their experience in their box seats at Saluki Stadium. Besides food and beverage and air conditioning, which Lloyd was very thankful for, they were the most thankful that the cloud cover cleared just in time for them to have a great view of the total eclipse. They also enjoyed listening to all the NASA presentations and seeing everything that was happening on the field. It was so much fun hearing them as they shared their excitement.

When they came back through, they were joined by Patrick, a young "caver" who spent the night in a cave near Perryville, Missouri and had a perfect view of the total eclipse on Monday. His experience was different in many ways, but he definitely shared the excitement of seeing the total eclipse.

Jeff and Barb drove down from Milwaukee. They stayed Sunday night, eclipse destination: Jerseyville, Illinois. Jerseyville wasn't in the range of totality but it was closer to it than Jacksonville. They purchased tickets to join a local group for a sack lunch as they viewed the eclipse.

Many people traveled many miles to view this rare event. All in all, our Eclipse Guests were very different, but they all shared the excitement of celebrating such a grand event. The eclipse is a reminder to me of God's creation. Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.

About Blessings on State Bed & BreakfastExperience a stay in our award-winning Bed & Breakfast located in a magnificently restored 130-year-old mansion in the heart of the historic district. Pampered luxury is our goal, to delight both business and leisure travelers. We offer two upscale guest suites, each with private sitting rooms and private baths. We provide multi-course gourmet breakfasts, 24/7 family-friendly hot and cold beverages and snacks, and cookies and milk at bedtime. Wi-Fi is available throughout our home and each suite has a digital satellite TV and all-season fireplace. We are located just steps away from Illinois College, the Governor Duncan Mansion and Illinois School for the Deaf and our neighborhood is highlighted on one of Jacksonville’s historic walking tours. Escape the standard hotel room and enjoy your own private suite in the finest Jacksonville area lodging.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Red Chair Travels to Blessings on State, Jacksonville, Illinois Part III - Our College Town

The Red Chair Makes Coast-to-Coast Journey
Move over Flat Stanley, the Red Chair is the newest travel icon

Jacksonville is home to three colleges. That's right, three colleges! I think that's pretty amazing. Illinois College, MacMurray College, and Lincoln Land Community College are all located "just down the street" from Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast. We often host guests from both IC and Mac. Football season's starting soon, and as soon as the schedules are posted, we have guests competing to be first to book suites for home games. We can walk two blocks or drive a couple of miles and we're ready for some football!

Cornell University in New York
I thought it only right that Red visit our local colleges. I grew up visiting college campuses, including schools "up East," like Cornell University and Slippery Rock State Teachers College. Mom was a Slippery Rock grad and we occasionally visited her alma mater. My maternal grandfather spent summers at Cornell and my dad, the beekeeper, spent time there one summer exploring the flight patterns of honeybees. Mom and I went back to Cornell just a few years ago during the time that I was working on my hospitality management certificate from their Hotel School. The campus had changed a lot, but we were still able to find the old entrance gates. Glenn, Val and I visited Harvard, neighbor George's alma mater, last year. I remember each of these schools as wonderful historic campuses with old buildings and grand old trees, beautiful in every season, epitomizing my vision of New England type college campuses. Two of our local colleges, built in the 1800's, offer that same sense of time and place. I enjoy being on our campuses in every season and it always makes me think of those great old colleges in the Eastern U.S. Our local colleges offer events throughout the year, from art shows at Lincoln Land, to concerts, athletic events and well-known public speakers at Illinois College and MacMurray College. Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast is a great place for families and friends to stay while visiting college students. Stay with us and you'll have easy access to all our local colleges have to offer!

Illinois College Campus, Jacksonville, Illinois
Photo by Tiffany / Warmowski Photography


180-year-old Illinois College is said to be the first college in Illinois to conduct classes and grant a baccalaureate degree. Abraham Lincoln, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Mark Twain were lecturers during the early years of Illinois College. You may have heard of the first president of Illinois College - or his sister! Edward Beecher, the first Illinois College president, left his church in Boston and shared "New England traditions and academic foundations" with the newly-established Illinois College.The college was a center for the Abolitionist Movement in Illinois at one time. Edward Beecher's sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, visited the campus. Beecher Hall, the first college building in Illinois, was built in 1829 and is still used today. The National Park Service has designated Beecher Hall a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site. It also is a National Historic Landmark. This picture shows Red's visit with the Abraham Lincoln statue on the Illinois College Campus. For more information about the history of Illinois College, their course offerings, sports, etc., please click here.

Lincoln Land Community College is just to Red's left
Part of the Illinois Community College System, Lincoln Land is a two-year college that prepares students to seek employment or transfer their associate degree work to a college or university as a junior, with the same degree options as their four-year students. Offering more than 75 Associate degree programs and other certificates, Lincoln Land is a great option for our local students. The college is located on the northwest corner of Central Park in beautiful downtown Jacksonville. For more information, please click here.


Annie Merner Chapel at MacMurray
MacMurray College is a four year college. Maybe you've seen the commercials or followed the MacNation road trip on Facebook. Mac is back and they're spreading the news! Last spring we were pleased to attend the ceremony where our friend Chaz Middlebrook was presented with the NCAA D-III award for having the highest rushing yards average in the nation. More recently, Mark Tierno, college president, spent a good bit of a summer traveling the country to rally alumni. The "Monster," an easily-identified RV, carried him cross-country on the MacNation Tour. It was fun to watch their progress on Facebook. MacMurray College is a four-year liberal arts institute, founded in 1846 by Methodist clergy. The college provides an affordable degree program, with both online and blended courses. The campus is stunning, and when leaves are falling you can just imagine being on a leaf tour in Vermont. Our Red Chair Travels photographer, Tiffany, is a graduate, so it was only right that we make Mac a part of Red's visit. For more information, please click here.

We love having three colleges in our adopted hometown. We enjoy hosting parents and friends and have enjoyed having several regular guests for the full four years their children were students. There's nothing like spending a brisk fall day watching a fabulous D-III football game one of our local college campus. We've enjoyed many Jacksonville Symphony concerts in Rammelkamp Chapel on the Illinois College campus. Val and I took our guests to a great John Berry Christmas Concert at Annie Merner Chapel last year. Stay at Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast and go to the big games, listen to the Symphony, or just stroll through our historic college campuses. We'll be glad to share our events calendar and help you get tickets for special events.

Stories from the Red Chair’s travels have been chronicled on blogs at each stop throughout its journey. Look for tales of the Red Chair’s travels to Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast here on the blog and on our Facebook page.

Check in next week to see where else Red took our photographer Tiffany / Warmowski Photography.

For a compilation of Red Chair Travels blogs, visit http://www.redchairtravels.com/blog.html . For a complete view of Red Chair photos, visit http://www.redchairtravels.com and get ready to be inspired. To learn more about Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast visit www.BlessingsOnState.com or call 217.245.1013.

All photos: Tiffany/Warmowski Photography

About Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast
Experience a stay in our award-winning Bed & Breakfast located in a magnificently restored 130-year-old mansion in the heart of the historic district. Pampered luxury is our goal, to delight both business and leisure travelers. We offer two upscale guest suites, each with private sitting rooms and private baths. We provide multi-course gourmet breakfasts, 24/7 family-friendly hot and cold beverages and snacks, and cookies and milk at bedtime. Wi-Fi is available throughout our home and each suite has a digital satellite TV and all-season fireplace. We are located just steps away from Illinois College, the Governor Duncan Mansion and Illinois School for the Deaf and our neighborhood is highlighted on one of Jacksonville’s historic walking tours. Escape the standard hotel room and enjoy your own private suite in the finest Jacksonville area lodging.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

To Tip, or Not to Tip... that is the B&B Question


"Can we leave a tip for your housekeeper? I always leave a tip in a hotel, but I don't know what the protocol is, here."

What a kind and thoughtful inquiry. It's hard to judge, isn't it? How many of you leave a tip when staying in a hotel? According to Emily Post, many people don't tip housekeepers in hotels. I don't feel compelled to tip if there are major housekeeping issues with the room, but when I can see that staff is dedicated to keeping our room clean, I definitely leave a tip. We just stayed in a lovely suite in a hotel in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. We left daily tips because we didn't know which housekeepers would be taking care of us each day, but sometimes I've left one housekeeping tip at the front desk at the end of the week, leaving it to the Housekeeping Supervisor to sort it all out.

Would I do the same in a Bed & Breakfast? Should you? The answer is... there's no easy answer. Here's why: Not every Bed & Breakfast hires housekeepers. In some cases, housekeeping is an owner/innkeeper responsibility, and room rates should be set to cover the time and expense. (It could be compared to tipping the owner of a beauty salon.) In other cases, housekeepers are workers hired and dedicated to that specific work.

I don't like sweeping and dusting, but I love having a clean house! I'm determined to have the highest cleanliness rating possible in our reviews. To do that, I am committed to hiring the most dedicated and determined workers to keep Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast clean and well-presented. I pay for that service, although I'm first to admit that I can't afford to pay our housekeeper what her effort is worth. She was hired at one rate, with regular increases until we hit the projected cap. She is paid well above minimum wage, but I actually told her at that time that she needed to slow down a bit. I couldn't pay her the amount per hour that would honor how hard she was working and how much she was accomplishing. She has a more relaxed approach, now, but is very committed to maintaining our high service standards.

I said all that to say this: our housekeeper is a hard worker. She is determined to spend the time needed to do her job and do it well. She spends approximately one hour per suite when "turning the suites" between guests - changing linens, cleaning the bathroom, dusting and vacuuming, with regularly scheduled "deep cleaning" projects. Additional hours are spent on the common areas and the rest of the house. When guests are in-house, she "refreshes" suites, changing out towels, making the bed, removing used coffee cups, taking out the trash, etc., based on guest preferences. She also manages the common areas like the guest buffet on a daily basis. Our guests know that she's the one that can provide an extra set of towels, additional toiletries and specialty coffee or creamer.



So... why should you tip her?
- She does the dirty work.
- She always has a smile, no matter how big the mess.
- She knows where things are hidden, whether it's a spare blanket or decaf coffee, and she can locate it for you.
- She is the finder of things left behind.
- Tipping recognizes the value of her position.
- It lets her know that her hard work is appreciated.

I'm not trying to guilt you into tipping our housekeeper. As I said, we attempt to pay her a fair wage and we offer perks, when possible. However, when Chris asked me this morning about leaving a tip, it was a heartfelt question. He truly wanted to know whether or not it's appropriate to leave a housekeeping tip in our Bed & Breakfast. In my opinion, it is. Especially if you're used to tipping in hotels.