Sunday afternoon and we are in our third day of inn sitting at the Red Barn Farm in Red Wing, Minnesota. We had a full house last night, ten people for breakfast this morning. One couple was celebrating their first wedding anniversary and one couple was celebrating her 60th birthday. The two young couples were both expecting babies within days of each other in October.
The Round Barn Farm is a very nice inn. The guests were expecting an extraordinary experience. They were expecting a beautiful place, elegantly appointed rooms, and an extremely comfortable bed. No problem, those are built into the place. But they were also hoping for a very good time and a very tasty breakfast. That was our responsibility.
Catherine and I have both managed big events, but this is more intimate. As hosts, we want to spend time with guests, but not overdo it. As I tell guests, “You arrive as strangers, but hopefully you will leave as friends.” I believe a real secret to a great bed and breakfast experience is the interaction of the guests. They make their own good time.
Bed and Breakfast guests tend to be interesting, social people. This morning as they waited for breakfast, three couples were talking and laughing as they worked on a jigsaw puzzle the Kleffman’s always have out. The other two couples were visiting with each other. I thought it was a good sign. The laughing and conversation continued over breakfast and they lingered on in the dining room after they finished breakfast. That was another good sign.
I did the tour of the round barn, two couples purchased Round Barn Farm coffee mugs, and one lady asked for the recipe for the quiche we served. Catherine and I thought we had pulled it off.