One of the most rewarding aspects of running a bed and breakfast is one we hardly anticipated. Our guests are not just clients; they often become friends of ours and of other guests.
We just got a Christmas card with a photo from one of our memorable guests, Pat Kapeghian, who visited in September with her friend Edie Johnson to celebrate their retirement from careers as special education teachers in New York. The photo, shot by Pat, shows Edie, left, with a lovely British couple who was visiting us at the same time, Peter and Joan Green. They all bumped into each other at the Folk Art Center en route to the Biltmore Estate after enjoying a lively conversation at breakfast that morning. Along the Blue Ridge Parkway they had encountered friends, hundreds and thousands of miles from home.
When we all enter this surprising mix of ages and nationalities and colors and religion we bond and learn that we have more in common than we think. That’s the inn’s Christmas gift to us, and it keeps giving.