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Mary's Mention

The holidays are coming, so the season of gift giving is almost underway. To help you get in the spirit, this month my column features a few "presents" we have prepared for you: listings you'll love! We are welcoming two new inns you need to know about, both of which would make for an ideal escape this winter.

Get ready to inhale an amazing experience with a stay at A Breath of Heaven B&B in Traverse City, MI. This custom log home is nestled on 10 acres of rolling hills and woods in the southeast corner of the Leelanau Peninsula. Situated four miles from the West Bay of Grand Traverse Bay, A Breath of Heaven offers access to a wide variety activities, including hiking in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park; sail boarding, swimming, or boating on Grand Traverse Bay or Lake Leelanau; relaxing at the area's beautiful beaches; golfing, cycling, and of course, snow skiing, truly a four-season destination. Gorgeous natural attractions and year-round festivals are also popular draws for travelers to the region. This B&B features a fireplace, down comforters, a well-stocked library, two cozy guest suites and scrumptious daily breakfasts.

Newly renovated in 2015,
The Karass Inn is located in Chester, VT, just 15 miles from Okemo Mountain and 25 miles from Manchester and Woodstock. Situated close to hiking, biking, and other area attractions for sightseeing, the inn features an intimate and relaxing atmosphere. The comfy air-conditioned rooms come complete with lovingly restored antiques, simple décor, private bathrooms, crisp 100% cotton sheets, and fluffy duvets that are ideal for family, friends, and romantic couples. There is free Wi-Fi access throughout the property as well as complimentary parking onsite. The Karass Inn also has a shared lounge area and library. Each morning guests indulge in a delicious breakfast in the dining room that features fresh, seasonal local foods. Breakfast on the go and special dietary needs are also available by request.

Mary White is the Founder of BnBFinder and author of Running a Bed and Breakfast For Dummies. Read more about running a B&B on her blog and follow her updates on LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.
Innkeeper Interview! Get to Know Robert and Douglas Mahan of Aldrich Guest House

Welcome to a new series in our newsletter all about our innkeepers. First up we'll learn some fun facts about Robert and Douglas Mahan of Aldrich Guest House in Galena, IL. 

Q: What's one thing you wish that potential guests knew about bed and breakfasts?
A: We would love to let all potential guests know, especially those who are new to bed and breakfasts, that the stereotypes aren't always true. At Aldrich Guest House, we pride ourselves on being the next generation of B&Bs. We do this (in one way) through a decor 
that is livably elegant (without fake flowers, doilies, and crazy wallpaper) that references that past as opposed to replicating it. After all, no one wants to stay in a museum or Aunt Edna's attic! We're most proud of our unique version of service that has been developed over the course of our combined 45 years in the service/hospitality industry. It is intuitive, individualized, professional, yet unobtrusive - we're there when you need us, yet we realize that you came to enjoy yourself, not to entertain us.

Q: What has been your strangest guest request?
A: While the requests from guests as an innkeeper have been much tamer than when we worked in large lodging in Chicago, we still definitely get ones that make us shake our heads. We once had a request for a buckwheat pillow (I worked at one of only 3 Forbes Five Star properties and had never even heard of this).

Q: When you’re not busy hosting guests, what are some of the things you like to do in your free time?
A: Often when we aren't busy with guests, we're even busier than with guests. That's when we're getting repairs and maintenance taken care of as we do 99% of all of the work that's needed and there's a fair share needed for a 4,000-square-foot, 171-year old home. In the time that we get to pull away from working, we love getting outside, skiing (both downhill and cross country), knitting (currently working on a lace shawl for my grandmother and Douglas is making a cardigan for his first niece!), and sometimes it's nice to just stay home and hibernate for a day and not get out of our pajamas.

Q: Do you have an inspiring song that you frequently listen to?
A: One that's great for listening to while cooking breakfast is "Groovejet" by Sophie Ellis-Bextor. No matter how much we might be dragging, that always gets us going, and dancing while cooking is way more fun than just dancing or just cooking!

Q: What would you say is the most difficult part about owning a B&B?
A: We don't have any hired help and as I mentioned, we do all of the repairs, maintenance, etc. on our own and all of that is part of the fun. If we had to point to a certain thing that can make life difficult, it would be making sure to have a balance. When you work with your spouse and your home is also your workplace, there are a lot of great perks but it's also important to make sure that you're not JUST working and that you're not just interacting with your spouse as a co-worker. We make it a point to stop 'working' after we serve wine and hors d'oeuvres to our guests in the evening and to take time for ourselves and enjoy dinner together.

Robert and Douglas have been in the service and hospitality industry for a combined nearly 45 years and have owned their inn since October of 2014. 
Interested to hear more insights from them? Then check out our blog on Thursday November 10!
Recipe Box: Apple Sausage Puff Pancake

Continuing on our quest to highlight the best of culinary fare for fall, this month we are featuring some decadent hearty fare from our friends at Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins in Cascade, CO. Their Apple Sausage Puff Pancake is the ideal way to make the most of autumn's signature favorite fruit as a tasty breakfast treat everyone will want to savor. This delicious recipe was recently featured on the popular food site Think Tasty, and we're thrilled to share it here as well. Enjoy!

1 1/2 cups 
all-purpose flour
6 Tbsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups milk
6 eggs
6 Tbsp. margarine or butter

3 medium apples, such as Granny Smith, thinly sliced
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 pound bulk maple flavored sausage

Preheat oven to 425°F. In 
medium bowl, combine all ingredients except margarine. Beat until smooth. Place 1 Tbsp. butter into each of six 2-cup ramekins, place in preheated oven until butter is melted. Carefully pour batter into hot ramekins. Bake for 14-18 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown. Scoop filling into middle of each puffed pancake. SERVE IMMEDIATELY, they fall quickly.

While pancake is cooking, cook sausage; drain and set aside. Melt margarine in pan; add brown sugar, 
syrup and apples and sauté until apples are tender, but not soggy. Add sausage and heat through.

Serves: 6

For more delicious dishes and drinks, make sure to visit BnBFinder's Recipe page.
Inns in the Media: Wine, Dine and Spa in Washington Wine Country, 8 Awesome Outdoor Adventures, Your Autumn Culinary Bucket List, and More...

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