Sunday, April 13, 2008
I'd like to welcome Monique Martel our newest ibbp.com innkeeper for L'Etoile Verte B & B from Montreal, Quebec.
Welcome Monique! We are happy to welcome you to the ibbp.com innkeeper comminity. In order for guests to get to know you can you answer a few questions?
Why did you decide to open a B&B?
A: Having finished my university degree and being faced with having to find work, I decided to do a skills assessment and to make those skills fit a type of work that would make me want to get up in the morning instead of dreading Monday to Friday mornings. I have always been an entrepreneur, I put a lot of emphasis on the conservation of the environment and lived on an organic farm for 10 years. I love to entertain, love to cook, have training in Interior Design, am an avid reader, adore traveling and am fascinated with different cultures and their way of doing things. I also desperately wanted to write.
I'm sure you can already the pattern forming. I found a home in the Plateau Mont-Royal last May, the most vibrantly multi-cultural center of Montreal, as well as being close to the Parc du Mont-Royal and the Parc Lafontaine, and being within walking distance of Vieux-Montreal (25-30 minutes), downtown (35-40), and the Quartier Latin (15 minutes). We are also 3 minutes to St.Denis St. which has numerous terraces, Quebec designers, and big name stores. And 5 minutes to The Main, which is the Boulevard St-Laurent, where the cultural beat is as powerful as the nightime one. As if all of this isn't enough, we sit on a quiet, treed street, one house from the renowned restaurant filled Duluth St.. Not only is the food amazing in these restaurants, but in most of them, you bring your own wine!
Can you tell me about your B&B?
A: The house itself was an old triplex that the previous owner had turned into a duplex: with an apartment on the 3rd floor. With the geothermic heating/cooling on the first 2 floors, and the terrace, deck and backyard in the back, as well as 2 balconies at the front, the house seemed perfect. It also has lots of wood and lots of brick. We renovated the whole 3rd floor, insulating everything, putting in a new bathroom, fixing the one already there, organized a sitting area, and put an antique window between the smaller bedroom and the sitting area (the bedroom also has a window to the outside).
WoW! Sorry, got away with all that. I think you can sense my enthusiasm.
As far as more particular questions, I have not had any paying customers yet, only friends and relatives have stayed, since I have only had my sign up about 1 month and you were the first online organization that I joined, apart from a placement agency.
What advice would you give to would be innkeepers?
A: What advice would I give? With my limited experience, I'd say give yourself time to get things ready before having guests come. Also, depending on your area, you will need a lot of time to get all the paperwork, etc. done up. Have patience and persist.
Do you have a favorite place to recommend travelers visiting Montreal?
A: Everyone should spend at least a few days in the Plateau. This is where you can see, feel, taste and enjoy life that is Montreal: St.Denis St., Avenue Mont-Royal, St-Laurent Blvd., Carre St-Louis, these are all incredible places to get a sense of what Montrealers are about.
If you would like to contact Monique for additional information, please visit:
L'Etoile Verte B & B
PHONE / RESERVATIONS: 514-842-7943
I'd like to welcome our newest member, Tina Distad, innkeeper for The Jewel Box Bed and Breakfast in beautiful Capitola, California.
Tina, welcome to IBBP.com. Can you tell me why you decided to open a bed and breakfast?
A: My personal travel experiences along with working as an Innkeeper helped guide me along the path to becoming a B&B owner and operator. I have tailored the Jewel Box B&B to reflect these experiences and to provide a relaxing environment for my guests.
Capitola is located on California's northern coast. Can you tell me what you like best about your city?
A: Capitola and the greater Santa Cruz area holds many outdoor activities from its beautiful sunny beaches to the amazing redwood groves and a vibrant historic downtown.
What is the best experience you have had as an innkeeper?
A: The best experiences are simply noticing someone enjoying the little things you have created.
It seems like a lot of people would like to try their hand at innkeeping. Do you have an advice for would be innkeepers?
A: If you love your home, and want to share it with others, it is a treat. (with alot of rewarding work).
What is the one place you always tell guests to visit when they stay with you?
A: The Shadowbrook Restaurant. They have a cable car that takes you down to the restaurant.
Thanks Tina. And welcome to our community.
If you would like to learn more about this bed and breakfast, please see:
The Jewel Box Bed and Breakfast
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I'd like to welcome Barbara Ferri to IBBP.com. Barbara is the innkeeper for Il Limone in Haarlem Noord Holland Netherlands. Haarlem is located in the center of Holland, just 10 miles from Amsterdam and is best known as the historical capital of the Holland earldom, the countytown of North Holland province, and the birthplace of Frans Hals.
Welcome to International Bed and Breakfast Barbara. Why did you decide to open your home to visitors?
I decided to open a bed and breakfast as I like to be in contact with people from all over the world. I speak four languages and I like the idea of running a business from home.
What is your favorite thing about being an innkeeper?
My favorite thing about being an innkeeper is the (relative) freedom I have while running an enjoyable business.
A lot of folks imagine themselves in your job. What advise would you give to would be innkeepers?
I usually recommend a channel boat tour, the Teyler´s Museums and the Frans Hals Museum.
Can you tell us a little about Haarlem?
I live in Haarlem, one of the most ancient towns in Holland. Beautiful buildings and ideal location. Haarlem is situated close to the north sea beaches, close to Amsterdam and the Schiphol airport.
Do you have a favorite spot or spots that you recommend to your visitors?
I usually recommend a channel boat tour, the Teyler´s Museums and the Frans Hals Museum
If you would like more information on IL LIMONE, please contact:
Haarlem Noord Holland Netherlands