In the Business of Innkeeping
These Bed and Breakfast innkeepers have had a vision for innkeeping that began more than 20 years ago. Many of them have set the standard for the best of the bed and breakfast industry with their passion, hospitality and love of their guests. We pay tribute to these outstanding innkeepers and their longevity.
Mark Belhumeur, Village Inn & Restaurant, Monte Rio, Calif.
Steve Parisi, Coutry Road Lodge B&B, Warrensburg, N. Y.
A Brief History of Life As An Innkeeper – I opened the doors Thanksgiving 1974. 4 small rooms, two upstairs (under the eaves) with twin beds, Two downstairs, one with a 3/4 and one with a double. One bath up and one bath down, which I also shared. When I had a full house, I slept on the enclosed back porch on a cot. In 1984, a three-room addition gave me my own bedroom and a bathroom! With some wall changes all of the bedrooms became a little larger and all went to doubles. In 1988, with that new bedroom and bath, I added a wife, and with Sandi’s enthusiasm things really progressed. The following year we added a large addition for ourselves, which included a breakfast room for guests and permitted expanding the existing guest living room. By 1990 a second bathroom upstairs gave us two rooms with private bath. Queen size beds came next. (Just hearing the desires of the customer!) In 1996 we moved the whole house 300 feet (the Hudson River wanted it) and created all new landscaping. 1996 was also the first time we went up on the web, and as you all know, that was just the beginning! In 2005 we added another bathroom downstairs, giving all rooms private bath. It has been a wonderful ride, guests from all over the United States and the World. Many good friends have been made and the business has allowed us to live on this wonderful 40-acre property on the Hudson River in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. As long as our health allows us to keep up the property, we will be in the B&B business!
Relax, enjoy your guests, have fun.
Sandi & Steve Parisi’s
Country Road Lodge Bed and Breakfast
three decades, hundreds of guests
and countless strolls along the river.
Gregory Burch Hawthorne Inn, Concord, Mass.
Marilyn Mudry, Hawthorne Inn, Concord, Mass.
Polly Canning, Aunt Polly’s Bed and Breakfast, MIddletown, RI
Bev Davis and Rick Litchfield, Captain Lord Mansion, Kennebunkport, ME
Claudia and John Ryan, Windflower Inn, Great Barrington, Mass.
Dick and Peggy Houdek, Walker House, Lenox, Mass.
Nadine Silnutzer and Carl Glassman, Aaron Burr House Inn & Conference Center, New Hope, Pa
Trisha Young, Adella Villa B&B, Atherton, CA and Atherton Inn, Redwood City, CA
Liz Brown, Stagecoach Inn, Cedarburg, Wis.
Pattye Benson, The Great Valley House of Valley Forge, Penn.
Cathy and Mike Dillon, Crystal River Inn, San Marcos, Texas
Don Martine, Martine Inn, Pacific Grove, Calif.
Mark Kulkowitz and Pam Huber, Carroll Villa, Cape May, N. J.
Gerry & Jean Ellen, Century House, Natucket, Mass.
Jim and Sue Maxwell, Ravenwood Castle, New Plymouth, Ohio.
Raymond and Emily Hoche-Mong, Goose & Turrets B&B, Montara, Calif.
Suzanne Storch, Rosemary Cottages, Point Reyes Station, Calif.
Sallie and Welling Clark, Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Dick & Dolly Buerkle, Sanctuary at Wildwood, Jones, Mich.
Janice and Tifton Haynes, Creekwalk Inn at Whisperwood Farm and Evergreen Cottage Inn, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Michael and Rosanna Yarnell, Wilderness Inn B&B, North Woodstock, N.H.
Eileen Sopanen de Vigil, Casa del Rio, Abiquiu, N.M.
Elinor Klein, Dartmouth House B&B, Rochester, N. Y.
Claudia & Bob Wright, The Grandison at Maney Park, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Elaine Crane and Gary Herman, Riders Inn, Willoughby Hills, Ohio
Don & JoAnn Jahn, Roebling Inn on the Delaware, Lackawaxen, Penn.
Karen Stoeckley, Eagles Nest, Louisiana, MO
Grant Edmondson and Dennis Blair, Hydrangea House, Newport, RI