Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Why Choose a B&B?
People out in the world who meet Amy and Mark often ask them "Why stay at a B&B? We always stay at hotels." We think there are a lot of reasons to choose a B&B over the large chain hotels but decided to give you the top 5 reasons.
Number 5 - Originality - We are unlike any other. From our individualized guest rooms (each with its own unique decor) to comfy common rooms you can stretch out in and truly relax to our antique house itself you quickly realize you are not in a big box chain hotel. The decorations are antique and one of a kind. Artwork in the common areas and guest rooms is original (see photos) and photographs reflect the history of the house. And I am a true original! Many B&B's have dogs on the premises but we don't know of another that has an Italian Bergamasco sheepdog as their official greeter and blogger.
Want to know the rest of the top 5? Well, stay tune to the next couple blogs to find out.
Our Journey to Bath
Before Amy and Mark ever even thought about making me a part of their family, they were thinking about being innkeepers. About a year and a half after they adopted me, they left me in Erie, PA and took a trip to explore possible towns in New England to open their new business. While I patiently waited at home with a dog sitter, they journeyed to Bath ME, their first stop on the trip. It was December of 2004 so it was cold and raining in Maine but they fell in love with the town and the people they met. Driving to the next town in New Hampshire in a snow storm, they knew in their hearts that Bath was going to be our new home. They went ahead and looked at the other places as planned, but Bath was it. In February of 2005, they left me once again to look at a house on the market in Bath. It had been a B&B but had gone to a private home for the past couple years. Well, lucky us, they loved the house and put in a bid. It was so exciting when the realtor called us in Erie to say the Benjamin F. Packard House was ours! Things started moving quickly then. Packing up the house in Erie, making long distance arrangements for licenses, sprinkler systems and all the things that go with opening a new business. On May 14th, they packed the car and this time took me along too. We closed on the house on May 16th and in six hectic weeks, opened the new Benjamin F. Packard House B&B! My life as a bed and breakfast dog had begun.