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I run a bed and breakfast in San Antonio and would never give it up (atleast, not yet!) My last stint "out there" was contract food service where I turned in my pot washer for a toilet brush!!!

Yes, the B&B biz is crazy, busy and a lot of work, but it is also rewarding is so many different ways. My B&B is a small 3-4 room establishemnt, on the way to expansion. My work ranges from planning elaborate breakfasts for weekenders and something great but later for my business folks on the go! My job description ranges from pot washer, sales, toilet scrubber, interior decorator and of course, to my love--creating with food.

The San Antonio season is pretty much non-stop from October through June. The last couple of months have been slower with a chance to recuperate, plan changes, rework web sites, brochures, etc. and to tell you the truth, I miss my constant stream of guests!

As far as opening a B&B, there are many ways to do it and not loose your sanity. Own it with a partner you can trade off with. Get a great assistant or manager. Make use of a reliable innsitter. Some pplaces operate seasonally--next year I think I'm going to vacate for a month and go travelin'(1 1/2 years is a long time without a break--but my 16, 18 (+) days are for ME! no one else! I am a part of celebrations, anniversarys, weddings and just last night, a wonderful proposal. A perfect setting, a romantic bedroom and a perfect breakfast the next morning...

Can you tell I'm very in to this?

I could go on forever, but I won't. If anyone is seriously interested and would like to know how to get started, or how to research this wonderfully insane business, let me know, I'd be happy to share!
 

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We started our B&B from a single family home which we had bought. Had to go through zoning, 9 inspections, etc. In 2 yeats (1 1/2 of which we've been open) its been a strong learning curve (sometimes it looked insurmountable) but we've learned what to do or not to do to decrease the burnout factor. Infact we're coming off the slow season and I can't wait to start being non-stop busy again!

There's a lot of adjusting, but it's worth it! You get to see how every little thing you do helps make someones honeymmonn, romantic getaway just that much better and that much more memorable...talk about instant gratification!

As one of my fellow innkeepers says Innkeeping, intransigent verb: An 18 hour a day activity which
enables one to avoid taking a 9 to 5 job.

lynne
 
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