Monthly Archives: March 2004

THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2004

Competition I made a grid of all the B&Bs in Lancaster county – names, amenities, memberships, prices, etc. I have no idea what to do with all this information, but if you need a place to stay, let me know. 🙂 I exchanged email with Historic Hotels of America, part of the National Historic Preservation […]

TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2004

Marketing Research Dawn did some “marketing research” – calling local B&Bs and pretending to be a potential guest – and it turns out October is the busy month, and January through March are the quiet months because — get this — the Amish move to Florida for the winter. Not all of them, obviously, but […]

TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2004

HGTV I exchanged emails with a producer of Restore America on HGTV. Unfortunately they’re no longer looking for homes to be restored, but now looking for homes in the middle of restoration. I guess I better buy a camcorder. I also sent a letter to This Old House, but they never responded. Their loss.

FRIDAY, MARCH 05, 2004

Incorporation Today we formed Speedwell Forge B&B, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation, with Dawn as President and me as Treasurer and Secretary. I immediately regretted that, as Dawn took to barking orders like, “take a letter” and “get me coffee.” Oh wait, she did that before, too. 😉 We also registered the web site. (“speedwell.com” was […]

THURSDAY, MARCH 04, 2004

Workshop We just completed a four-day B&B workshop in Santa Barbara. Wow, what an eye-opener: This is not the semi-retirement I had imagined; this was two full-time jobs at half-time pay! The odd thing is, I’m more excited than ever! I think I just need a change – I’ve been doing computer programming for 20 […]