As we went along building the inn business and creating relationships in the valley, we met many great people.
Don Nicoletta and Evelyn Whelton from Northway Bank were our bankers and were a great help with to us as new business owners in the valley. We found Pat Murphy from Apex Plumbing to be reliable and fair especially with an older home that needed major updating. Another Pat Murphy, this one from Heartland Payment Systems was also great in setting up our charge machine and payment options for receipts.
I will tell anyone thinking about owning an inn to be realistic and not just think about “living the life” and having it be all fun and games. My wife and I had spoken to someone back in Rockport, MA when we lived there who was an innkeeper and he was brutally honest with us. We also read the book “So you want to be an Innkeeper” which provided great insight. A normal day in the busy season for me was waking up before 6:00 am and going to bed at 12:00 am. This is normal for an inn with business and only a husband and wife as a team taking care of the property. In the off season you do get more rest and have time to yourself, but you always have your phone with you and never are really “away” from the inn. When we did get away from the inn we loved to go to the Kanc and sit on a rock by the water or go to Cathedral Ledge and look out over our beautiful valley in which we live.
We closed our inn in March 2005 as my wife went back to teaching full time and I took my current position with the Chamber as Business Manager. It was at this time that we could actually take a real vacation and went to New Orleans in April before Hurricane Katrina came in later that year. We turned one of the large suites in the barn into an apartment and a year later we built out another apartment in the lower part of the old barn. As it was, being a landlord was much easier than being an innkeeper and the money was consistent thanks to the great tenants we had during that time.
More to come on working at the Chamber and in Conway, NH.