Harrison House Bed & Breakfast News http://www.harrisonhousebb.comhttps://www.harrisonhousebb.com/modules/news.htm?rssfeed=1 Mon, 16 Sep 2019 22:14:23 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Traveling With a Cold http://www.harrisonhousebb.comhttps://www.harrisonhousebb.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7292 During those unfortunate times when you might have to make a trip - whether for business or pleasure - when you have come down with a cold, it helps to pack the following items in your carry-on luggage:<br /><br />- 1 or 2 Travel Size packages of facial tissues (I prefer Puffs or Kleenex)&nbsp;<br />- Vitamins (especially chewable Vitamin C tablets)<br />- Hand sanitizer<br />- Pure Essential Oils of - <ul class="E3NS0"> <li class="Wwqmhc">Frankincense - it rejuvenates&nbsp;and heals with natural cold-fighting abilities.</li> <li class="Wwqmhc">Eucalyptus - great external oil to ease breathing and reduce coughing.</li> <li class="Wwqmhc">Peppermint - helps with fatigue, treats<span>&nbsp;congestion, stuffy noses, and relieves body aches and pains.</span></li> <li class="Wwqmhc">Oregano - a powerful&nbsp;<span>antiviral and antimicrobial essential oil. It</span><span><span>&nbsp;</span></span><span>dramatically reduces<span>&nbsp;</span></span><span>symptoms of upper respiratory ailments including coughs and sore throats.</span></li> <li class="Wwqmhc">Sandalwood - a calming, healing oil that's <span>astringent, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties making it an ideal essential oil for relief of colds and flu.</span></li> <li class="Wwqmhc">Melaleuca (Tea Tree) - disinfectant that kills germs in the air and on surfaces. Also reduces coughs, congestion,&nbsp;and sore throats.</li> <li class="Wwqmhc">Lemon - an energizing essential oil to reduce a fever and treat the flu.</li> <li class="Wwqmhc">Lavender - provides pain-relief, helps you sleep, reduces anxiety, and alleviates breathing problems&nbsp;caused by phlegm in nose, throat,&nbsp;and lungs.</li> <li class="Wwqmhc">Lemongrass -&nbsp;<span>eases stomach pains, reduces fever, and relieves headaches, colds.</span></li> </ul> Cold-EEZE (Zinc lozenges)<br />Make sure to drink lots of non-alcoholic liquids throughout the day.&nbsp; If you are flying on a commercial airline, please ensure your overhead air vent is closed.&nbsp; You want to protect your hard-working immune system from being exposed to different germs blowing directly on your face and head.&nbsp;<br /><br />Once you check-in to your destination, give yourself time to rest after traveling.&nbsp; Rest can include a nap; warm, relaxing bath, meditation, or quietly sitting.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />Taking care of yourself while traveling should reduce the duration and cold symptoms so you can enjoy your time while traveling.<br /><br /> How Many Steps Did You Do Today on Your Fitbit? http://www.harrisonhousebb.comhttps://www.harrisonhousebb.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6602 A Fitbit is today's great tool in giving someone feedback on how much (or little) physical activity he or she does in a day. My wonderful husband gave me one for my birthday last year. <div></div> <div>Here's what I discovered from wearing my Fitbit:</div> <div></div> <div>1) Breakfast = 3,200 steps</div> <div></div> <div>Being an Innkeeper means I get to rise early to make breakfast. My Fitbit starts tracking the steps I take to the fridge, stove, cabinets, dining room, back to the stove (to flip the nitrate and nitrite free bacon), to the dining room, to the coffee pot, to the stove (to flip the bacon again), back to the fridge, counter, sink, stove (yep...the bacon flipping), dining room, etc.&nbsp;</div> <div></div> <div>2) Laundry = 40 actual steps (900+ arm movements)</div> <div></div> <div>The laundry area is small and tight. I do a lot of bending, loading, and folding. &nbsp;I never feel disheartened that I am not getting enough steps in during this part of Innkeeping. &nbsp;After all, a gal (or guy) needs to also work the upper body too, right?</div> <div></div> <div>3) Freshening and Turning Rooms = 8,500 steps</div> <div></div> <div>Why so many steps you ask? &nbsp;Well, this is a 2- to 5-hour process involving constant movement to do 1 to 6 Guest Rooms - with their adjoining bathrooms - cleaned and disinfected, floors vacuumed, bed linens replaced, furniture dusted, trash emptied and bath amenities replaced. Since most of the guest rooms are on the 2nd floor actual stair steps come into play here.</div> <div></div> <div>4) Marketing = &lt;4,900 steps</div> <div></div> <div>It is awesome to be able to walk to nearby retail stores, restaurants,&nbsp;churches, schools and government offices in an ongoing effort of promoting the Harrison House Bed &amp; Breakfast as a place to stay and host special events.</div> <div></div> <div>5) Dinner = 90 to 2,000 steps</div> <div></div> <div>If I still have enough (a) physical energy AND (b) dinner food in the house, I only have to expend a maximum of 90 steps to prepare dinner and set the table. However, if I don't have both (a) and (b), then (c) happens where we walk to a downtown Naperville restaurant (depending on which restaurant, it can be anywhere from 2 to 8 blocks) and back to the B&amp;B.</div> Our Baby Grand Has Arrived http://www.harrisonhousebb.comhttps://www.harrisonhousebb.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6594 Hi, this is Debbie B. &nbsp;When I was 12, I purchased my Grandfather's treasured 1935 Baby Grand Baldwin piano from my uncle. &nbsp;I had just enough saved up baby sitting money to pay my uncle for the piano but needed to borrow money from my parents to have it moved from Atlanta, GA to St. Louis, MO.<br /><br />The piano had moved with me numerous times over the years as I was growing up through adulthood - which showed on her ebony finish and soundboard. &nbsp;Mark and I made the decision to have her restored to her&nbsp;original beauty to move her to the B &amp; B and sit in a place of honor in the parlor. &nbsp;We interviewed several piano restoration companies and finally selected one in Pennsylvania. &nbsp;<br /><br />Months have passed while the piano had her pieces and parts replaced and/or restored plus the restoration company added a new addition to her - an electronic piano player. &nbsp;Her final phase of restoration -&nbsp;to lovingly add layer upon layer of coats of ebony finish to her cabinet case - was completed before July 4th.<br /><br />On July 5th, our Baby Grand arrived at the Harrison House Bed &amp; Breakfast and has been filling the parlor and dining rooms with resonating tones of sheer joy! &nbsp;Her piano player&nbsp;can play almost any type of music genre. &nbsp;I say: &nbsp;"How fun to have guests choose what type of music and song they'd like to hear from an Apple iPad." &nbsp;Right now, the Beatles' <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>Let it Be</em></span> plays melodiously in the background while I type these words to share with you.<br /><br />I'll keep you posted on how it goes with music playing a larger part of our lives here at the Harrison House B &amp; B. &nbsp;Until next time, take care and have a great day!<br /><br />Best to You and Yours,<br /><br />Debbie B. Life is Beautiful With The Birds http://www.harrisonhousebb.comhttps://www.harrisonhousebb.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6380 <span style="font-size: 12pt;">I have a story to tell that you can place under the category of "you never know who you are going to meet at a bed and breakfast," and it starts with a visit from my mom.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Mom has suffered numerous strokes. When she comes to the B &amp; B, she says she is coming to assist me, but she ultimately comes here to "help find her brain", as she puts it. Working at the B &amp; B is a form of occupational therapy for her.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Last year, every time she came here, two little yellow finches came to visit us, too. The finches tried repeatedly to get into the room, through the window, where ever Mom happened to be. They seemed to know where she was in the house, too, and would follow her around window to window.</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The two finches stuck around all 8 days of Mom's visit. When Mom left, they left. I was sad to watch Mom drive away in the Uber, and felt sad that the finches were no where to be seen either.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">I went outside to wait for guests to check-in and chose to spend some time outside doing a little gardening. The entire time I was out there, the most adorable, but aggressive hummingbird whizzed around my head over and over again. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">At first I was nervous not realizing it was a hummingbird - they are tiny, and the noise from their wings seem more like large bugs rather than birds. I relaxed a bit after knowing it was a hummingbird, then finished up when the guests arrived.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The guests who arrived were a lovely couple. As they were checking in, we shared a bit about ourselves, and I learned that she had major health issues, but no one elaborated beyond that. The couple were amazing&nbsp;together; the wife had a peace about her that passed all understanding, and her husband looked at her with complete adoration and protectiveness.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The next morning over breakfast, I shared about the finches and the hummingbird that buzzed my head prior to their arrival. The wife commented, "You must have been near a nest."</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">I came to find that this beautiful lady was a hummingbird farmer. Thirty years ago, she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The doctors didn't give her much time to live, so she and her husband decided to quit their high-paced city jobs, sell their home and buy a farm where they could raise hummingbirds.</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;Her husband explained that she continues to be afflicted with cancer.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">He, with quiet dignity, stated that his wife was the most incredible&nbsp;person he'd ever known, because she had complete and total peace in her spirit. She lived in the moment, fully and completely, and brought a&nbsp;sense of joyful serenity to everyone around her.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The couple had no expectation to do, or be, or have anything other than what was right in front of them. It was a marvel to behold. </span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">They brought great joy to our inn, and I hope we meet them again someday.<br /><br />You meet such incredible people at bed &amp; breakfasts!&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">So, now when I say, "Life is for the birds," I say it in the most loving way!</span><br /><br />This blog is written and maintained by the Harrison House Bed and Breakfast in Naperville, IL. All content, written and photographic, is the creative property of the Harrison House. Unauthorized use or copying is plagiarism - which not only isn't nice, but is strictly prohibited. Please feel to SHARE the daylights out of it on Facebook! Visit the <a href="http://www.harrisonhousebb.com/">Harrison House Bed and Breakfast online</a>&nbsp;for more information or to book a room. 5 Reasons Why Staying in a Bed and Breakfast is Seriously Cool http://www.harrisonhousebb.comhttps://www.harrisonhousebb.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6261 <p>Staying in a bed and breakfast is a seriously cool thing to do when you are looking to get away. Whether you're looking for a quick weekend get-away, or a more home-like atmosphere when away from home, bed and breakfast inns are warm, welcoming alternatives to the common hotel/motel.<br /><br />Here are 5 reason to choose to stay at a BnB:<br /><br />1. Most times, the BnB is the innkeeper's home. You are a welcome guest staying in their home. The innkeepers love their inn and care for it with exceptional attention to detail, because they own it. Innkeepers want you to feel as though you are home without the daily duties to tend to. You get to relax and enjoy being pampered by people who are very glad you are visiting.<br /><br />2. Bed and breakfasts are safe-havens for guests who are strangers to each other; you never know who you may meet! There are many reasons guests stay at an inn. For example, one weekend, we had a local writer staying with us to escape the day-to-day distractions at home and work on her novel, an out-of-town couple in town due to an ill loved one who lives in the area, and another couple staying with us as a surprise to the wife as an anniversary present from her husband. When you visit, understand that fellow guests' reasons for staying in the BnB may be very different from yours. If everyone is respectful and courteous, everyone will have a wonderful stay!<br /><br />3. The breakfast at a BnB is one of the most wonderful aspects of the stay. Most inns have lovely dining rooms where all the guests are welcome to come together and "break bread." There is nothing more primal and intimate than sharing a delicious meal with people and learning about them through lively conversation. We've seen some amazing connections made during breakfast; it is the ultimate networking opportunity! Not a people person? Looking for a more private escape? Ask the innkeepers if they offer in-room dining. Most do!<br /><br />4. Many of the BnB's are in older homes. Some inns are as old as a century or more; our inn was built in 1904. These are historic homes that are costly to maintain, so innkeepers subsidize their residence with guests. Guests are welcome to enjoy the beauty and history of these old homes without the responsibility of owning one. Some, like ours, have steam heat, older locks with real keys, high ceilings (some decorated with tin), gorgeous crown moldings and massive, solid wood pocket doors. These touches give the inn character and charm you won't find in modern construction.<br /><br />5. My favorite reason why staying in a BnB is seriously cool is every BnB has its own personality that is influenced by the neighborhood, the age of the house, the house history and the other guests. Every experience will be different; every inn and every stay will be a unique experience. Staying at a BnB is like opening a box of chocolates; it will be chocked full of delicious surprises!<br /><br />So, before booking a room at a hotel, check the area you are visiting for a locally owned and operated bed and breakfast. Once you've experienced the personal TLC of a BnB, you may never want to stay in a hotel again!<br /><br />This blog is written and maintained by the Harrison House Bed and Breakfast in Naperville, IL. All content, written and photographic, is the creative property of the Harrison House. Unauthorized use or copying is plagiarism - which not only isn't nice, but is strictly prohibited. Please feel free to SHARE the daylights out of it on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/harrisonhousebb/">Facebook</a>! Visit the <a href="http://www.harrisonhousebb.com/">Harrison House Bed and Breakfast online</a>&nbsp;for more information or to book a room.</p> Tales From the Innkeeper - The top 5 questions people ask prior to booking a stay at a bed and break http://www.harrisonhousebb.comhttps://www.harrisonhousebb.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6224 <p><span style="font-size: 24px;"><strong>The top 5 questions people ask prior to booking a stay at a bed and</strong> <strong>breakfast</strong><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Many people prefer to stay at a bed and breakfast over a hotel for several reasons, but mostly because B&amp;B's deliver a more custom, unique and personal experience than hotels. To ensure you have a wonderful experience during your stay at a B&amp;B, we've compiled a list of guest's top 5 questions. They are:<br /></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />1. Are there any furry family members on the premises, and if so what type? Are furry family members allowed as guests?<br />&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br />Pet allergies are common. If you have an allergy to certain pets, or all pets if you are so&nbsp;unfortunate, you need to know if the innkeepers have furry family members - dogs, cats or other.<br /><br />We've heard a story of one couple ending up at a B&amp;B owned and operated by a cat lady with a couple dozen cats in the place, overflowing litter boxes and animal fur all over the inn. Be informed; you will thank us for it later!<br /><br />As for allowing furry family as guests - most inns only accept service animals. It's best to plan for someone to care for your pet(s) at home.<br /><br />2. Can the innkeepers accommodate special dietary needs?<br /><br />Most B&amp;B's do accommodate special dietary needs, but please give the innkeepers advance notice of those special needs. Advanced notice give the innkeeper time to stock the items they need to meet your needs. If you show up and say, "Oh, by the way, I can't do gluten, and I am a vegan," please do not expect them to have what you need. Innkeepers are very focused on excellent customer service and aim to provide the very best experience for their guests; let them do that for you by being a good communicator!<br /><br />3. &nbsp;Is the inn smoking or non-smoking?<br /><br />We had a guest as this question at a different inn, and the innkeeper responded, "If you are smoking in my inn, you'd better be on fire!"<br /><br />Whether smoking is or isn't allowed inside an inn depends on many factors, including - but not limited to - guests' safety and fire codes. If smoking is not allowed inside the inn, sometimes it is permitted on a porch. Sometimes, it is only permitted at a location away from the inn, but still on the property, such as a gazebo. Be respectful and follow the inn's rules. The innkeepers have policies in place to protect their guests and adhere to standards.<br /><br />4. &nbsp;What style of breakfast do the innkeepers offer, and what time do they serve?<br /><br />Some inns offer full service breakfasts, alternating days with sweet dishes (French toast, pancakes, etc.) and savory dishes (eggs, omelets, bacon,&nbsp;sausage, etc). Menus are set in advance - with your expressed dietary needs in mind - and served at a set time each day. If the set meal time does not work with your schedule, communicate with the innkeepers. They may have additional options available.<br /><br />Other inns offer continental breakfasts, often self-serve, that are available over several hours each day. Continental breakfast usually included drink choices - coffee, tea, hot cocoa, juice, milk, etc. - as well as cereal, bagels, toast, pastries and/or croissants. <br /><br />The different breakfast styles are likely to result in different costs for the stay.&nbsp;<br /><br />5. &nbsp;The most frequent question asked is, "Do I have to share a bathroom with anyone?"<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br />My favorite answer to the question came from my other half when he replied, "Only if you want to."<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br />The age of the inn, the renovations made and the rooms available will all play a role in whether you will have your own en suite bath, or if you must share one. Older inns may have been built with only one "water closet", or bathroom. If the inn has been renovated, it is likely to have many more than one, but still may have a couple of rooms who share one bath.<br /><br />If the renovations were extensive, or the inn was built more recently, or intentionally to be an inn, it is very likely every room will have an en suite bath.&nbsp;<br /><br />Most importantly, when staying at a B&amp;B, if you have special requests and would like to have an amazing experience where ever you choose to stay, do your research. Visit the B&amp;B's website - most have one,&nbsp;and the website can answer the majority of your questions. You can also email, or call the inn. Communication is key to thoroughly enjoying your visit!<br /><br /></span></span></p> Welcome to the Harrison House Bed & Breakfast Blog! http://www.harrisonhousebb.comhttps://www.harrisonhousebb.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6214 <p><span style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 18pt;"><strong>Tales from the Innkeeper&nbsp;<br /><br /></strong></span><span style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 12pt;">Welcome to the inaugural blog post for the Harrison House Bed and Breakfast!<br /><br />Tales from the Innkeeper is a fun and informational time of storytelling. We share our experiences, tips and great reasons to choose the bed and breakfast that fits your personality, as well as tell our most interesting stories of running an inn.<br /><br />As innkeepers, we get to meet a wonderfully diverse group of people - all are welcome in our B&amp;B/Inn. One weekend, we were honored to host a minister, a nun and an orthodox rabbi. It sounds like the start of a bad joke, but they were a lovely and charming group! We strive to give you a great experience while treating you like family - maybe even better!<br /><br />We have also learned a great deal as innkeepers; we share our knowledge so that you can make the most of your bed and breakfast experience, whether staying with us, or as guests of another inn.<br /><br />Check in every Monday morning for a new post. Some of the topics we're covering are:<br /><br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;5 things you need to know the first time you stay at a bed and <br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;breakfast<br /><br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Healthy Living: How the right bed and breakfast will introduce you <br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;to new, healthy life choices<br /><br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The top 3 things I love about being an innkeeper<br /><br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The do's and don'ts of staying at a bed and breakfast<br /><br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;5 questions to ask prior to booking a room at a bed and breakfast<br /><br />Come along with us on this journey, and feel free to email us with questions, or blog ideas. If we use your thoughts, ideas or questions for a blog post, you'll receive both a 20% discount off your entire stay AND an aromatherapy experience in your guest room the next time you stay with us! Send your emails to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:stay@harrisonhousebb.com" target="_blank">stay@harrisonhousebb.com</a>.<br /><br />This blog is written and maintained by the Harrison House Bed and Breakfast of Naperville, IL. All content, written and photographic, is the creative property of the Harrison House. Unauthorized use or copying is strictly prohibited (but share the daylights out of it on Facebook)! Visit <a href="http://www.harrisonhousebb.com" target="_blank">Harrison House Bed and Breakfast online</a>&nbsp;for more information, or to book a room.</span></p>