I just received a phone call from yet another telemarketer that was trying to sell me something for my inn. It's funny when you tell them no thanks by the way cause they always say they aren't trying to sell you anything. Yeah... ok sure! Well anyways, when I told her our inn was closed she went on and on about how sorry she was to hear that and how it's too bad. Then I told her the rest of the story! Hey... she called me so she must have some time on her hands, right?
Over twenty years ago, Ray and I stayed at the Bath Street Inn in gorgeous Santa Barbara, California. I was enthralled to say the least. They had me at the cakes and cookies when we checked in and captured my heart and soul during breakfast the next morning when we enjoyed blueberry pancakes in the garden patio along with homemade granola and yogurt. I knew innkeeping was my fate when I noticed the place mats on our table... they were mine! I had the very same place mats at home and so along with this B & B being cozy and sweet and homey, the sweets, the claw footed tub and antiques, I knew that being an innkeeper is what I was meant to do!
Reducing the amount of guest rooms, closing for part of the year the past two years and our guests sharing with us their travels around the world, it makes sense for us to move on. Those guests have talked of their travels, their bike rides through our Willamette Valley, their wine tasting adventures, their hikes, their trips to places like Crater Lake, the Oregon Coast, Bend and beyond. I think it hit me one day a few years ago, that my dream of having this B & B was a "real job" and I was really ready to explore this world.
Skip ahead again a year or so and the house has been on the market now for over one year. We've been traveling when we don't have guests and our last group comes in May! They booked with us a year ago so we chose June 1st to officially close the inn. So, in conclusion, just in case anyone is curious....
It is our choice to close the inn. We have been busier than we have ever imagined and we are still stunned at how successful we have been with our B & B. The proof of our success can be found in our stellar reviews at Bed and Breakfast.com and Trip Advisor and in our guest books in each of our guest rooms. Our success can also be found by the amount of phone calls we receive daily from folks all over the world searching for lodging here in the Willamette Valley. It kills us to turn down the reservations but somehow when I'm on the hiking trail and my boots are caked and muddy and I've just captured the most gorgeous view of the St. John's bridge with my camera, it's all good... I'm good and Ray is happy and we are planning to enjoy what is left of this "good life" together exploring.
So, see... going out with a bang is a good thing especially if you can smile and remember you did very well at something you loved . A success at life, a success at fun and a success at knowing when to fold em and knowing that it's time to play!
Thank you to everyone who was instrumental in our success but mostly, thank you to our local Albany Visitor's Association! Too many names to mention but you know who you are! Thanks for the ride, the good times and for always being a part of who we were. We will miss this gig but will surely find many fun ways to cope! Thanks again to everyone... friends and family!