Opening Your Home to Strangers

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It seems like such a lovely idea – open up a bed and breakfast – and it is really great. We love having a job that allows us to meet people from all over the world. We enjoy being able to open our home to these people and offer a warm place to stay and a delicious meal, but sometimes it can be straining.  

Unfortunately, not everyone is as respectful as you would hope they would be. Some people will wander into our private bedrooms, which are clearly marked, and pick up our things. Once, I came out of the kitchen to find a guest wearing my bathroom at the dining room table! I have no idea how he got it, but there he ways, wearing my polka dot robe and drinking coffee! People also like to pick through the photos and items we have on display. Sometimes, they also think these are for the taking – THEY ARE NOT.  

The hardest part, though, is that this is both our family home and our business, and it’s hard to separate them. Our kids aren’t as comfortable inviting people over after school because they don’t know which guests will be here and if they’ll be upset by a bunch of teenagers hanging around. We also don’t get many holidays to ourselves, although we do close for two weeks every spring so we can have family time.  

It is hard at times, but it’s worth it to have such a wonderful business. For the most part, we love our guests and we are happy to keep doing this for years!