Saturday, July 30, 2016

Visiting with old friends

A few weeks ago, I noticed that our in-room journals were on their last pages. Over the years, our guests have filled the journals with their thoughts about their time in Saint Louis and their stay with us at Napoleon's Retreat. I purchased new journals and gathered up the old ones.

We have a page on our website called "Guest Reviews". Years ago, I began the process of typing up the handwritten reflections of our guests, going back to the first guests we hosted back in 2011. I intended to update the "Guest Review" page every month, but fell woefully behind as projects like renovating the carriage house took over my "spare" time. Well, I now have the full journals sitting next to me and I've restarted the process of recording our guests thoughts.

Reading our guests' reviews the past several days has made me smile, laugh out loud, blush, and even tear up a bit. It feels like I am visiting with old friends. I want to take a moment to say "Thank you" to all of our guests. I really appreciate you taking the time to write about your stay. Your kind and thoughtful words mean so much to us. Running a large B&B is very challenging, and I sometimes wonder if we made the right decision to buy a 136-year-old house that requires so much upkeep. Brian and I love Saint Louis, and I feel so fortunate to have the chance to work at my dream job.

Thank you to all of our guests who make this job so rewarding - and so much fun! Meeting you and spending time with you is the best part of being an innkeeper. <3


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