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Hey, Look an article about us!  Highlighting our unique Co-Innkeeping arrangement.

“The Sharing Economy” 

I come across this term on almost a daily basis nowadays.  Airbnb this Uber that, the pros and the cons, the battles over the traditional methods of commerce and the new ones.  We’d like to “share” with you, (pun happily intended) our own version, and how it’s playing out.  Many of you already know that Cindy has moved back from Kauai to help me to run the Inn and our ancillary vacation rental properties (Fiddlers Farmhouse and Rhinebeck Barn .  But what you may not know is that I was going to help Cindy to open her own inn in Millbrook, lending her some money to help her to purchase a former B&B.  It was only after a very serious 7 hour conversation at our dining table, scrutinizing the reality of not only what the financial commitment would be, but also the incredible time/ life commitment that is involved for such an endeavor.  I love being an innkeeper and I think one of my secrets of still loving it and lasting in this industry is that I don’t deny myself vacation.  Realizing that getting help to fill all the rolls one plays as an innkeeper (Chief cook and bottle-washer, chambermaid, shopper, gardener, concierge, chicken wrangler, marketer, and reservationist just to name a few) is not easy, but I knew what was on the line.  Burn out is rampant in the industry.  Typically innkeepers last just 5-7 years.  I am 28 years in (my mother turned our home in Park Slope into an Inn when I was 17- you do the math).  I am, and want to remain a lifelong innkeeper, BUT I suffer from wanderlust.   So what’s a gal to do?  Simple.  Convince your best friend who also loves innkeeping that she should move back from Hawaii and that we should run the this business together!!  Honestly, she was an easier sell than her husband Chip who had grown quite fond of his year round flip-flop wearin’ lifestyle amongst the palms and plumeria.  Cindy deeply missed the guest interaction and the nesting and homebody activities that go into a typical day here at the inn.  This also would give us each something that is near impossible when you run an inn on your own…a balanced life.  Imagine that.  A weekend off.  The ability to take a class, go to a play.  For someone who has been married for nearly 15 years, Dave and I never had off at the same time here in Rhinebeck.  We would have to leave in order to have off together.  Cindy and I each now get generous vacation time  (like 1 to 2 months a year or more!)  I am just back from Italy, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, England , Wales and Ireland- clearly making up for some lost time and leaving again this weekend for a Western family and friends tour culminating with a cruise to Alaska.  Cindy is racking up her vacay days to be sure to have ample time with the arrival of her first little bundle of grand-baby joy this coming January!  We alternate cooking breakfast, carrying the burden together lightens the load for all.  It’s working.  Happy Innkeepers….Happy guests.   Lesson: do what you love, share the bounty, be grateful. 

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From sweet guests this morning from the Olde Rhinebeck Inn
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Lucy and Ethel checking out the morning offerings after the rain
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Fresh peach and raspberry baked pancake gourmet breakfast at olde rhinebeck inn
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A rare weekend one night opening.
Our cozy Deer Hill Suite with a lovely private porch is open tonight
Cal 845 871 1745 to reserve.
Includes a gourmet country breakfast!

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Heritage peonies in bloom at the Olde Rhinebeck Inn
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