Here’s A Day in My Life as an Innkeeper
I love being an innkeeper! I love my Guests. As in all walks of life, I’ve learned to take the good with the bad. My son often worries that I work too hard. I told him that my days may be long, very long in fact, but when I stroll home to my house that sits behind the barn, I do so with a smile on my face. I joke with my Guests that the commute is unbearable; all 200 yards of it! If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own bed and breakfast, know that it is no walk in the park, but those long hours pay off in more ways than one. Here’s a glimpse into what my days as an innkeeper entail and how to run a B&B:
5:30 a.m. – Good Morning Sunshine
The iPhone alarm goes off at 5:30 most mornings and I’m usually awake 10 minutes prior, ready to start the new day. After checking the reservations that come in overnight and answering a few emails, it’s time for the day to begin. Breakfast is served at 6 o’clock for my furry companions and just in case you didn’t know it, Bernese Mountain Dogs really can tell time! If I’m just a few minutes late, I hear all about it. Then my feline squad heads outdoors to begin their patrol of the property.
After a quick shower, I walk down to the inn and check in with Chef Kurtis. Last year I was chief cook and bottle washer as well as innkeeper. I’m ever so grateful to have a chef now, especially one as talented as Kurtis.
Breakfast service starts at 7:30 in the summer and continues until 9 a.m. For some Guests, it’s rush in, eat, rush out to their adventures. For others, it’s time to indulge in a scrumptious meal and bask in our peaceful setting over an extra cup of Joe. It’s always gratifying to hear how delicious breakfast is or how much fun the rafting trip was the day before. After breakfast an innkeeper’s day really starts…
9 a.m. – Breakfast Winds Down & the Day Takes off!
Some Guests depart for home and the staff gets to work on turning over or refreshing the rooms. It really starts getting busy around here now! Time to start up the washing machines because the laundry piles up quickly. These machines run from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. most days.
Cookies, cookies and more cookies… we start making dough early for tomorrow’s batches and begin baking today’s. Some days you’d think we were a bakery and not an inn. Our Guests have been known to eat them right off the trays coming out of the oven!
Though I’ve never had much of a green thumb, gardening (read: weeding and watering) is now on my daily agenda. Talk about gratifying! It’s a treat to see all the flowers pop up in the spring. We now cut our own flowers to augment our floral arrangements.
Then Kurtis and I plan the refreshments for Happy Hour and start preparations. I head out to purchase growlers of beer from one of our local breweries.
Next up: shopping for groceries and prepping tomorrow’s breakfast at our Durango bed and breakfast. The oven’s always working overtime around here! The telephone seldom gets a rest either. It’s fielding incoming questions about bookings or me calling various restaurants around town to make dinner reservations for Guests.
Before you know it, it’s 3 o’clock and our new Guests arrive and Happy Hour creeps ever closer. As 5 o’clock approaches, the beer and margaritas come out of the fridge. Guests enjoy adult libations and nibble on treats … once again, the kitchen needs cleaning … sigh.
8 pm. – This Innkeeper Calls it a Night – if she’s lucky!
Happy Hour is over and clean-up has finished. Time to set up for tomorrow’s breakfast. Tables need to be set before I go home. My dogs and cats are waiting for their dinner and my bed is calling me…
Did you enjoy a peek inside my life as an innkeeper? I hope so, I truly am blessed! I meet some of the most fascinating people from all over the world. Guests check in but friends depart. What more could anyone ask for? If you want to come to Durango for some R & R, call Susan @ 970.259.1565 or check out Antlers on the Creek.
Good night all!