If I had a nickel for every time someone told me I should write a book about our lives in the hospitality industry, I’d be a wealthy woman. Well, no, actually, I’d have about $1.35 in my pocket but you get my point.
And the book that has been suggested I write would not be about travel; it would be about our life in the world of hospitality. We’ve owned/operated our B&B for just over 2 1/2 years but in a prior life we owned/operated a high-profile French restaurant in San Jose, CA for 16 years and in a life prior to that, Abi worked as a restaurant manager and I worked for Hyatt Hotels – way, way back in our younger days. It’s easily said that hospitality is in our blood.
Politely But Emphatically
Our B&B guests ask us all the time, “Do you stay in B&B’s when you travel?” We always politely but emphatically say, “No.” Staying in a B&B would be like going to work for us because contrary to popular belief this life we lead is a helluva lot of work and it’s not for the faint of heart.
When we travel we hotel-it or we rent an apartment such as we did in January when we stayed in Paris for 3 weeks. And, truth be told if we stayed in a B&B we’d be silently (and constantly) critiquing everything and who wants to do that? Oh, and one more reason why we don’t stay in B&B’s; we don’t eat breakfast. Ha! Yeah, I know.
Spin A Good Story
But back to writing a book, which by the way I have zero interest in doing so because quite frankly I don’t have the patience to undertake such a project. Up until now I have been hesitant to share stories of hospitality intrigue because I don’t want to sound like a negative Nelly, (let’s face it, most of the good stories are about the
stupid not-so-smart things people do) but there are ways to spin a good story and with Abi’s encouragement and our stash of stories, I think it may be time for me to start serving up a few gems. Because, after all, travel and hospitality go hand-in-hand.
One Road at a Time
As we continue on as innkeepers and traveling the world – One Road at a Time – I am going to start sharing the occasional hospitality tidbit, including a few reviews, a few do’s and don’ts, some funny and some inspiring, a few annoying and whatever else strikes my fancy. I’m not sure what definitively defines an expert, but Abi and I have been around the block a time or two (or three) so I think we’re sufficiently qualified.
Hospitality Put to the Test
So stay tuned because I might tell you about the single woman who took down 2 bottles of wine and passed out while eating take-out food in bed, or the elderly couple who became disoriented and walked right into our private quarters at 9:30 at night, or the man who protested that he did not smoke in our cottage; he only disposed of his cigarette butts in the garbage can – or I might tell you about the lovely couple who traveled from Georgia to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary, or the oh-so-nervous young man who proposed to his girlfriend. And by the way, she said, Yes!