Introduction to InnKeeping

Inn-Sights...Out-side and Inn-side

...14 nights and days for dedicated Inn-Spiration

You've discovered a 'Why' in the middle of your journey. Choosing the path forward may be as simple as putting your compass to work. ..yet we all know that 'whys' on the way generally require extra consideration.


Inn-vestigation can be key and Inn-Sights invaluable...

Inn-Sight brings understanding and pro-activity brings greater clarity. Thorough Inn-vestigation including an
Introduction to InnKeeping is a great way to explore a new path. After all, where there's a will there's a way. You already know you're 'whys'.

 

Since paths often seem to have hurdles to challenge progress, an introduction combined with some hands on experience has the effect of lowering the hurdles or making them feel less ominous. 

Can you hear your inner voice saying?

  • It's a Labour of Love.

  • It's a Lifestyle choice.

  • If it feels like work...it IS work.

  • We must be nuts...

  • A walk in the park?

  • Live Your Dream.....

  • We'd be perfect InnKeepers

Is there a theme to your inn-er voice? 'We'd be perfect InnKeepers'. There's good reason to proceed with caution.  Inn-Sider clarity can be the desirable and advisable next step...

Perhaps you already have all the Inn-Spiration you need and can make the best decision and choices for you? Since you're reading this.... it would seem you recognize that some hands on inn-sights will serve you well.

Sign up: The Cooper's Inn' Introduction to InnKeeping helps give you the insight and understanding you need to move forward.

Will you remain as an appreciative audience member or move to the on-stage path of an Inn-Keeper ?

Which 'Why' is around the bends on your road?                                         Inn 14 days you'll be much better prepared.

....have a closer look before....

.... you Leap!!!!!

Inn-Sights: 14 nights and days for dedicated Inn-Spiration

Out-Side. Out-Sites.


Your journey begins. You'll be touring the region as a Guest at select Inn B&Bs.

 

'Out-site' locations will be individually tailored to the nature of your needs and skill-set and interests.

Yes. You'll need to answer a few questions before your personal journey begins.

 

Think of us as your tailors making a fit that suits. 'Vision' and 'style'.

 

Share your personal concerns; it helps us understand your needs more clearly.

 

Ultimately you'll be Guests of 2, 3 or more Inn B&B professional InnKeepers before you arrive at The Cooper's Inn B&B.

 

You'll experience different and valuable Inn-Sights. Perspective. Hosting. Hospitality. Breakfasts. Health and Safety. Systems. Protocols, and more.

 

Your experience from a Guests eye view and personal meetings with your hosts along the way will help clear the path.

Visits will be long enough to explore the area, taste the local cuisine and sample the local fare.

 

Parks and Museum passes plus predetermined Activities and Local dining will be included. {Note to self: I'll need both specific and or general knowledge of the areas I visit to be the most helpful InnKeeper I'm able}

You might think of it as a working vacation oriented to your working vocation.

 

It's all about Lifestyle and Living in Your Comfort Zone

 

Inn-Side. Inn-Sites.

'Inn-Sight' will be more clearly developed once you arrive at The Cooper's Inn.

You'll have explored other areas of our region and experienced different mind sets and personalities.

Time for more of the 'hands on' starts now.

This is going to be a busy few days. Up early. Kitchen Duty. Housekeeping. Gardening. Grocery shopping. Community familiarization and experiences....and often in bed earlier than usual....days can start quite early.

The questions you shared with Innkeepers before your arrival has likely developed into a longer list.

{Note to self: Keep better notes.}

Aspects of Inn-keeping you may not have considered before now.... You're still reading so there's still time.

  • Inn-keeping is a team sport. Is my partner as excited and committed as I am? This is easily the most important question of all with only one right answer.

  • Am I mentally prepared for lots of hard physical work and long days without many breaks?

  • Am I mentally prepared for the social demands?

  • I have an 'A' Game mentality. How long can I 'keep my smile real' before I need a break?

  • Do I know or truly appreciate my preferred Guest's interests?

  • Considering buying an established Inn. Will I be a good fit for that operation? Reviews make us and they can break us.

*Your questions will be ones that have personal meaning so please remember to keep notebooks handy.

            

As a team each player has personal strengths.

Before Day ONE and Before the Journey Begins

Thinking through the process is often very different than experiencing and planning. It's never too early to start writing down those essential 'Notes to Self'

Are you comfortable with that key question: 'Is my partner as excited and committed as I am.'

Each of us advance to different levels of commitment at our own pace.

You're considering a working vacation to help build self-awareness and smooth the way forward. You'll have a unique  opportunity to talk with professional InnKeepers and get some of those elusive answers any student will need and want to know.

No two Inns or B&B's are operated exactly the same. It's part of the charm. Being one's own boss (especially if that's a new experience) has upsides and downsides. Best to understand and manage the hurdles.

You'll be visiting 2 or 3 Inns during the early days of your Introduction to InnKeeping. These Inns will expose you to a range of people and facilities.

 

Will InnKeepering be for you?  It's important that you share your strengths and weaknesses with us prior to arrival. Help us help you find your 'chi.' *

There a number of short courses you may want to consider. Though not essential at this time each of them is useful and may become essential if you choose to join the ranks of InnKeeping.

Programs like  the 'Clean it Right Program' offered by  Nova Scotia Tourism will be valuable once you become a part of the industry. {Note to self.} 

  • WHMIS is readily available online and may be something you have already done.

  • Basic Food Handling/Safety courses are available in person and online. They're often specific to your province, state or locale.

  • First Aid and CPR for Home and Work are available via both Red Cross and St. John Ambulance among others in Canada and are typically 'in person' courses.

*Chi ~  {mychijourney.com}

  1. You have learned to listen to and trust your feelings. and understand that a feeling is the ultimate way we communicate with ourselves. ...

  2. You feel connected. Chi is an energy that connects all things. ...

  3. You flow. Chi Flows. ...

  4. Experience inner strength, empowerment and peace all at once. ...

  5. Your life has a sense of purpose.

...14 nights and days for dedicated Inn-Spiration

Every Day Counts ~ Out-Site

Day One: Arrival and Welcome at Host Inn #1. You'll check in and familiarize like other Guests, unpack and settle in. Check in time will be noted on your Introduction to InnKeeping Itinerary. Dinner by recommendation or prearrangement.

Day Two: Breakfast at the Inn. It's a special time of day. You're a Guest and we want you to enjoy the occasion. Perhaps you'll meet other Guests or talk a bit with your Hosts or their staff....it's a chance to observe and perhaps plan your local adventures. In all likelihood there will be one or two points of interest noted on your itinerary. Late morning or early afternoon you'll meet with your host and share questions, perspectives (yours and theirs). These 60 minute meetings will be useful so make sure your notepad is in hand. Later, free time will allow you to pursue personal interests.

Dinner by recommendation or prearrangement.

Day Three: Breakfast at the Inn followed by departure to your next destination. You'll be making planned stops along the way. Check in at Host Inn #2 will follow a  protocol similar to  Day One.

Day Four: Yes there's a familiar pattern. Day Four will be a lot like Day Two. You may not be surprised by the similarities yet you'll likely see some differences in perspectives. Scale is something you'll access and relate to as you discover your own sense of style. Your style is most likely already well established. These visits will help polish and identify whats best for you.

{Note to self: The path of 'best for you'  will be reflected as your Guests identify with the experiences your Inn offers. Historian identifies with historian. Outdoors people with outdoors people....}

Day Five: Yes. Similar to Day One. Today you'll be welcomed by Host Inn #3. You'll have visited and talked with your first hosts and from the experience/s you may have new and questions and interests you want to explore.

Day Six: The pattern continues with Day Six resembling Day Two. Regional Nova Scotia is always of value for Maritime operated Inns. Obviously, if your plan will ultimately be implemented some other part of the world this part of your introduction will be valuable to repeat in closer proximity to that location.

Day Seven: Today's a big day. After Breakfast you'll say your farewells to your Hosts and travel to The Cooper's Inn, Shelburne. Stops along the route may be scheduled. After an early afternoon arrival, familiarization and settling in you'll be welcomed to your 1st Social Hour (weather permitting). Later we'll celebrate your arrival with a Welcome Dinner. Not too late an evening. Tomorrow morning will be an early start. Day Eight you'll be transitioning from Guest to Inn-Keeper Observer. Don't forget your notepad.
{Experience your Local Community. Part of buying an established inn or starting from scratch requires an intimate as possible insight and knowledge of your local  community. In a city it may be more about the city; in a rural or small town setting it will be about the broader community. (In Nova Scotia that may mean the County or Tourist Region for example). Guests have a thirst for knowledge. You are a guide and generous host. You are not anyone's 'sitter'. B&B's and Inns will vary depending on layout, access and other variables. Professionalism matters in every circumstance.}

"The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim

Because it was grassy and wanted wear,

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference."

~ Robert Frost

....we believe....do you?

 

Every Day Counts ~ Inn-Site

Day Eight: Today starts earlier. You'll be up 'before breakfast'...perhaps 2 hours prior to the 1st scheduled breakfast. 1st, a Cup of our Cooper's Inn Blend Coffee to help start your engines. Today will be more about observation, asking questions and enjoying your breakfast with other Guests of the Inn. You'll be able to sit down for your breakfast meal at about 9AM. Next observations: Kitchen clean up, any house keeping and more urgent garden or maintenance tasks, shopping for fresh items and then some time for today's off-site excursion/s. {You're going to build local knowledge and insights. When you don't have an answer it really helps to know where to find it or at the least where to direct your Guests.} You'll be returning to the Inn to welcome any new arrivals and attend the daily Social Hour. After the Social Hour you'll be taking a drive for your Dinner Reservation and returning to the Inn, just in time to settle for the night.

Day Nine: You'll start early again today and get more involved in breakfast preparations and serving. The Health and Safety protocols that have become normal are a must to observe.  a bit with your Hosts or their staff....it's a chance to observe and perhaps plan your local adventures. In all likelihood there will be one or two points of interest noted on your itinerary. Late morning or early afternoon you'll meet with your host and share questions, perspectives (yours and theirs). These 60 minute meetings will be useful so make sure your notepad is in hand. Later, free time will allow you to pursue personal interests.

Dinner by recommendation or prearrangement.

Day Ten: Breakfast at the Inn followed by departure to your next destination. You'll be making planned stops along the way. Check in at Host Inn #2 will follow a  protocol similar to  Day One.

Day Eleven: Yes there's a familiar pattern. Day Four will be a lot like Day Two. You may not be surprised by the similarities yet you'll likely see some differences in perspectives. Scale is something you'll access and relate to as you discover your own sense of style. Your style is most likely already well established. These visits will help polish and identify whats best for you.

{Note to self: The path of 'best for you'  will be reflected as your Guests identify with the experiences your Inn offers. Historian identifies with historian. Outdoors people with outdoors people....}

Day Twelve: Yes. Similar to Day One. Today you'll be welcomed by Host Inn #3. You'll have visited and talked with your first hosts and from the experience/s you may have new and questions and interests you want to explore.

Day Thirteen: The pattern continues with Day Six resembling Day Two. Regional Nova Scotia is always of value for Maritime operated Inns. Obviously, if your plan will ultimately be implemented some other part of the world this part of your introduction will be valuable to repeat in closer proximity to that location.

Day Fourteen: Today's a big day. After Breakfast you'll say your farewells to your Hosts and travel to The Cooper's Inn, Shelburne. Stops along the route may be scheduled. After an early afternoon arrival, familiarization and settling in you'll welcomed to your 1st Social Hour (weather permitting). Later we'll celebrate your arrival with a Welcome Dinner.

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