A mature couple paused as they wandered down the sidewalk
in a village not far from Asheville, North Carolina. Though on vacation, they had spotted a sign that stopped them in their tracks. There by the rose arbor just inside the gate stood a Painted Lady ,
the most charming (possibly a "green" renovation?) Victorian they had ever seen!
And to their utter astonishment, decorated in hand-painted roses and green filigrees, they noticed a sign that read, "The Village Rose, - I'm Your Dream B&B, and I'm for Sale-
Ask Your REALTOR® About Me!"
For this couple, it was an invitation to dreams come .
Ever since as newly-marrieds, some twenty-some years ago, this young couple, with a penchant for Film Noir had seen Key Largo in which Humphrey Bogart visits his old friend's hotel and ends up in a storm with Lauren Bacall, they fell in love with the notion of having their own small hotel one day. Now, the same couple, young-at-heart, looked at each other, grabbed hands, and in that silent moment knew their dream might come true.
They had always favored historic restoration, especially restoration and stewardship of Victorian homes. . They had done their research. For years they had planned overnights at B&Bs near their hometown. Then they extended their range, always keeping in mind the locale and the real property values in that area. Then had discovered the illustrious history of lodging and the birth of the Bed & Breakfast.
A BIT OF B&B HISTORY
Their first stop: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, where they learned that establishments where travelers could avail themselves of food, drink and lodging and "first sprang up when the Romans built their famous system of highways two millennia ago. Some inns in Europe are centuries old. In addition to providing for the needs of travelers, inns traditionally acted as community gathering places, something that really appealed to the couple. By the late 1960s,energized by happy stays in European B&Bs, innkeepers began to open their own versions of those establishments, and planted the familiar small lodging atmosphere in the U.S.A.
Now, thousands of B&Bs dot the highways and byways of America. Our couple discovered that a number of associations and support services, professional newsletters, travel publications, guidebooks, and vendors catering to small lodges also have appeared on the scene. Having done their homework they were ready to talk with their REALTOR ® .
Look for Part II where this story continues....
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