The Parish House Ypsilanti, Michigan

Originally the Parsonage for the First Congregational Church on North Adams Street, this 1893 Queen Anne House has been totally restored to its former Victorian elegance.


by Jan Stankus

From sample forms to listings of help organizations in the B & B field, including suggestions on how to make your B & B successful! Sprinkled throughout the text are comments by actual Bed and Breakfast hosts/hostesses. How To Open and Operate a Bed & Breakfast is a straight forward guide to help the novice successfully achieve their goal of opening a B & B. A great book to read with a highliter in hand.

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Some of this month's articles:
"The Welcome Mat" Increasing traffic to your website
"You're an innkeeper not some technocrat, but there are some things that you can do right now to bring guests to your virtual door..."
"Don't forget the Guests"
"Being a host, especially a paid host, is not an easy job. Yes, your inn is your stage, but you don't belong at the center of it all the time. The best host is unobtrusive - there when the guests want her, but not if they don't..."

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