We’ve pretty much heard and seen it all. But then every time I think that, lo and behold, I’m proven wrong by something entirely new that gets Pete and I scratching our heads. Running this bed and breakfast in this, our seventh year now, we get some perfectly bizarre guest requests, to say the very least. There have been some that were relatively tame; like the couple who wanted their bathtub filled strawberry flavored milk, the man who booked a second room just for his little pet pig (who’s name also happened to be Pete, by the way,), and there were the three girls who asked if we could get them three male strippers for the evening. The answer was no, we didn’t know any male strippers at the time.

Then there have been the downright strange requests. We had a man in here once who asked us to lock the door to his room from the outside for fear he’d sleepwalk right out of the building. Another couple who asked if we could have a variety of, adult-themed, toys waiting on the bed when they arrived. I had Pete take care of that one. There were the two men who asked if there was someone who could warm up their beds for them before they arrived. The family who wanted to let their kids trick or treat in the inn. The man who wanted his room decked out in full Christmas attire; stockings, trimmed tree, tinsel, lights, the works…in August.

Maintenance is always a concern as well. Pete and I always seem to making some kind of repair around here. We knew going in that there would be a lot of work involved in upkeep and overall restoration. The structure was sound but it was old and the building would need some tender loving care as time went on. The guests’ impact on the house was also taken into consideration as we had no control over what would go on in the rooms, we just hoped security deposits would cover it. Luckily, we haven’t had many major problems despite some of the guests who tended to stray to the odd personality and their weird requests from time to time. In fact, there were areas we just didn’t expect to break down, such as the garage door. Pete and I reserved the garage area for storage and to park our car but our home improvement issues included things we thought wouldn’t break down for awhile. The garage door spring snapped unexpectedly and it turns out it was much older than we had been told when we bought the place. But that was an easier repair to make, a friend turned us on to the http://www.garageautomatics.com/chamberlain-pd220/ and we loved everything about it. Installation wasn’t too tough but with all of the DIY work we’ve done around here, Pete and I have become old pros at this home improvement thing. Fingers crossed that there aren’t too many more projects on the horizon, because there always seems to be something that needs our attention around here. But I would be lying if I said it wasn’t fun. We’ve been having a blast running the inn and it’s been a breath of fresh air compared to that rat race we were running in New York. The country air has done us both a world of good and, some days, I don’t know how we didn’t come to our senses and do this earlier.

Now if you’ll excuse me, the Wine Festival starts tomorrow and we have a full house of guest reservations this weekend that we need to prepare for arrival.