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We are asked many questions as innkeepers and one we chuckle at is, “What do you do after breakfast?”  Many people dream of owning and running a bed and breakfast without truly understanding the behind the scenes work that takes place. Yes, it is a wonderful career full of meeting new people, living in a really unique place, and being your own boss.  But behind the curtain is where the innkeeping wizards of hospitality do their “magic”.  So here it goes!  This is what a day in the life of an innkeeper looks like!  I’ll try to post as many pictures as this blog will allow.  This gal is not a wizard with the computer so bare with me…


Our day starts with breakfast of course and a very large mug of coffee for me!  I usually arise about 2 hours before breakfast so I can take my time and not feel rushed.  I won’t go into the details of breakfast because this question asks about after breakfast.  After serving breakfast we usually spend time chatting with our guests, answering questions, and catching up on their interests. 

The rest of our day(s) are spent preparing for our arriving guests, doing laundry, folding sheets and towels, making beds, cleaning bathrooms, sweeping floors, dusting, answering the phone, taking reservations, answering the doorbell, giving inpromptu tours, doing book work, sending out confirmations, emailing thank you notes to our guests, baking, cleaning our upstairs living quarters, ironing tablecloths and napkins, maintaining our website, keeping up with social media ( including this blog ), checking in arriving guests, and probably a dozen more things I can’t even think of at this moment.

Whew! And I forgot to mention maintenance and gardening!  Hey, don’t I have my husband well trained?  I couldn’t do it without him! I am so blessed by this man and our mutual calling to serve others.

After a hard days work there is nothing like a special treat…So I’ve included this recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate..if this winter is like the last, you’re going to want to make this!!

Mexican Hot Chocolate

3-4 tablespoons of sugar

3 tablespoons of cocoa

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

2 1/3 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In a small heavy duty saucepan combine sugar, cocoa, and cinnamon.  Over medium heat, gradually stir in milk and stir constantly until hot, do not boil.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, Beat with a wire whisk until frothy and pour into cups.  Top with some whipped cream or marshmallows!

Now you know what an innkeeper does after breakfast!  It’s a 7 day a week multiple hours a day job but it is a great way to live.  We’ve helped several innkeepers get started with their own inns and we are always happy to answer questions about our  career.  If you are considering innkeeping and want to experience the life style give us a call!  We are happy to show you the ropes:)


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The wife and I stayed here for our one year anniversary and had a great time. The owners are so nice and caring. It is a quiet and romantic place to stay, with great views and quaint historic rooms with a lot of character. We will definitely be back again!

We visited the Mill House for our second time in the Grand Rapids area. Ron and Kathy even made sure to have the local bald eagle put in an appearance on one of our river walks. Clean spacious room, pleasant company and bacon scones. A slice of heaven in NW Ohio.

One of the best overnight stays we have ever taken. First, you are greeted with warmth and kindness. The Mill House is a true getaway from the rush and stresses of life. The rooms are all very inviting and a place of refuge. The snacks are best around and the breakfast felt like home with relatives. Will recommend this place to everyone and returning very soon!

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