Friday, May 9, 2014

Wonderful things about owning a B&B

One of the wonderful things about owning a B&B is sitting out in the gardens with guests learning about different parts of the country or foreign countries.
Guests are often willing to share the cultural differences between two place and their own unique perspective adds interest even if its a place we have previously been to.
Of course its also fun to  have visitors from places where we have lived. Its truly a small world.

One of those small world moments happened several years ago while on an online forum for Innkeepers, I met an Innkeeper, Shelly, who owns a B&B on the other side of the country. In the process of chatting we discovered we were both originally from the same county in WA! How amazing is that? And we had never crossed paths (that we know of). As we began the 'who do you know' process we came to discover that we had mutual friends and my friends daughter spends every summer with Shelly on the other side of the country!
We were online friends until this past Dec when my Innkeeper friend Shelly, came for a visit! What a delightful time we had sharing Innkeeper stories, tips and just hanging out! There really is a special bond between Innkeepers. Its a job like no other!

Stay tuned for more fun Innkeeper stories!

Shelly and Me!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Finding treasure on a historic property!

I am very excited. This is a bit lengthy, but hang in there and read to the bottom. I think you will like this post!

 Our gardens continue to 'evolve'. Three years ago we put in our beautiful water garden. Talk about a learning curve! I had no idea what I was doing when I took on this project. I have the mind set of, "if I want to do something and don't know how... I learn how and do it!" Thats exactly what I did with the pond. It was fun and exciting and a LOT of work! LOL.

 I discovered the neatest thing. While searching for inexpensive landscape rock to put around the water garden, I got on Craigslist and found someone who was taking apart an old wine cellar and selling the rock, cheap! Yeah Craigslist. The best part is, he was only a mile away. I went up the road and got my rock and we chatted about the old wine cellar and I got the name of the guy who originally built the wine cellar that the current owner was taking apart and selling the stone.

When I got home I did a little research and discovered he was a partner with Mr. Vollrath, the man who built our house. They had neighboring vineyards and made wine together and stored it in the old wine cellar. Their wine won first place in the world fair way back then! This was a very German heritage community back then. Many German immigrants, wanting to preserve a bit of their heritage, brought with them carefully wrapped Grape plants from their vineyards in Germany. Growing grapes was a 'must' for families way back then, and most families made their own wine. I also found a photograph of Mr. Vollrath! All because I decided to put in a water garden.

So... Why is this so neat... well not only did I bring home pieces of history, (the rock from the wine cellar) that I feel 'belong' here, and found a picture of the Mr. Vollrath who built this place 134 years ago, but the story gets better!!

 Last year my son built us a big BEAUTIFUL pergola (remember I said our garden continues to evolve). There is an old grape vine growing near it and we thought it would be neat if we trained it to grow up the pergola and cover the top for shade. The grapevine never bare fruit, but it did grow up and completely covered the top. It worked great for shade! Maybe it didn't grow fruit because of its location next to a fence, not a lot of sun, or maybe its because I always trimmed it so much!

Well guess what, this spring, we were working out in the garden and my son said, "hey we've got grapes!" We thought at first they were flower buds... BUT they ARE grapes!  After having this vine for 10 years!! (well, its older than that, because it was here when we bought the house). How cool is that!

Now, I don't know, but I like to think, that there is a chance, maybe, just maybe, this is a remnant of the original vineyard that was here on the property, I also like to think that this grapevine is a remnant of one of the original grape vines that was brought over from Europe!
Now how cool is that?!
Here are a couple of pics of our baby grapes!



Mr. Charles Vollrath (July 10th 1858 - Jan 22 1935) 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Selling the B&B

Have you ever dreamed of owning a beautiful historic Bed & Breakfast?

Now is your chance to own a little bit of history, and follow your dream. The award winning, 5 Star, High Street Victorian Bed and Breakfast and Tea Room are for sale ( but we are OPEN and continuing to run business as usual). 

This is an amazing lifestyle, and if you have dreamed of owning a Bed and Breakfast, here is your opportunity.

We are selling 'turn key' all furnishings included, the business, all reservations, website, etc. The High Street Victorian has a good reputation and is loved by all our guests. Everything is already done for you, you could walk in today and start tomorrow!

Have you always dreamed of running a Bed and Breakfast??? This could all be yours. Give me a call and lets talk about it.

Yes, we are putting this out there in hopes that someone will read it and find this is just what they have been looking for, or, maybe you know someone who is interested... or you can re-post /share with everyone you know... Someone out there is surly interested in this beautiful historic piece of property.

If you are interested or know someone who is, Please have them give me a call. We will be available for consultation and are willing to consider all offers.

Check out our website at: www.highstreetvictorian.com

or: http://innsales.com/inns/high-street-victorian-bed-breakfast

Why are we selling? Our parents are aging and live out of state and we would like to be closer to them and family. We love the B&B business and have made many wonderful friends. We hope to purchase another B&B when we move back home.



Saturday, March 1, 2014

March Madness Special!

MARCH MADNESS SPECIAL!!! ​
At the High Street Victorian Bed & Breakfast, Cabin Fever has struck 
and March Madness has set in! 

Here's the deal you've been waiting for. 
During the month of March only...
Book any room for a stay on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night, 
for only $79.99 per night!  
This offer includes our wonderful Multi-course breakfast, and afternoon snacks. 

You won't want to miss this deal, at these rates, we'll fill up fast, 
so be sure to make your reservations early. 
Book on line or call us at 660-882-7107
www.highstreetvictorian.com 
Registration for the 2014 Katy Trail Ride is OPEN! Now! Last year, the ride filled in FOUR HOURS. If you want to ride, go to this link and register ( http://mostateparks.com/2014-katy-trail-ride )! 

Folks love this Trail and you will too. You will want to plan your trip now and don't forget to make your B&B reservations along the trail. The High Street Victorian is a wonderful choice while staying in Boonville; http://www.highstreetvictorian.com 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Experience Classic Victorian Romance this Valentines Day

                   
  Experience Classic Victorian Romance this Valentines Day with someone special. 
Dine on a 4 course meal consisting of your choice of soup, a berry berry salad, and your choice of one of 4 entrees (Grilled Salmon with a curried Peach Mango sauce served with long grain wild rice; Orange glazed game hen served with roasted rosemary and herb baby red potatoes; Parmesan Alfredo Fettuccine with garlic bread; Italian Lasagna with garlic bread; followed by your choice of dessert. All in a beautiful Victorian setting of class and elegance.

To make your reservation for this very special dinner, Call us at 660-882-7107 
Space is limited and you must have a reservation.
www.highstreetvictoriantearoom.com



Thursday, February 6, 2014

Nice and Toasty in here

It may be freezing outside (literally -25) but its so nice and warm in here. We have delicious home made soups, and scones. Come on in and warm up a bit!

Inside the High Street Victorian B&B and Tea Room


Guest, Kyle enjoying some warm homemade Chunky Veggie soup and Scones