Are you making any New Year’s Resolutions for 2016? Here’s mine for our Asheville inn, the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. Actually this is more in the way of a to-do list but that is so often the way, isn’t it?
- This winter I will finish writing my second cookbook, tentatively titled “Cupcakes and Canapés”. I have worked on it during the slow season for the past two years but have allowed myself to get distracted by other chores and activities. This year 4 hours a day, Monday through Thursday, until it is done. No joke. Someone else will have to paint, clean and shop. Three months seems like a long time but it goes so by so fast and after the season starts up in March there is not enough time in the day! I am putting myself out on a limb by making this a public resolution but look for it in print sometime this summer (finger’s crossed).
- This winter James and I will spend 24 hours in each of our guest rooms. This includes packing a suitcase and using the room as our guests do. This is the best way to find out if the room needs another shelf in the bathroom, better lighting or anything else. We want to make sure our rooms are as comfortable as possible!
- Re-decorate The Cardinal Room. The deep crimson walls and lace curtains are seriously out of date. I would like to keep the slightly masculine vibe while brightening up the room. I just have to figure out how to do this and keep to the Cardinal theme.
- New curtains for the Robin’s Nest. Preferably ones which reach the end of the windows.
That’s my list of unique projects for this winter. In addition there are the annual projects of deep cleaning every room in the house, repainting and making repairs as needed and doing an inventory of all the linens and supplies in the house.
We manage to fit all of this in Monday through Thursday so that we can open our doors to guests over the weekends and holidays.
What are your resolutions? I hope they include a visit to Asheville and a stay at our inn!