Inns Across the Nation (and Beyond) Launch Preparedness Campaign Amid COVID-19 Social Distancing in Show of Small Business Camaraderie and Economic Optimism
299 inns dotting the U.S. between Washington State and New York (and some internationally) are banding together as they prep for the worst, hope for the best, and look to the future
New York (UPDATED: May 27, 2020)— Inns, beds and breakfast and boutique hotels across the country are showing that there’s strength and resilience in numbers. As the United States, and the world, struggle to put one foot in front of the other in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, these properties are shifting their attention toward next steps.
“Now is the time to support one another and to act for later,” said Kathleen Panek, owner of the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast in Shinnston, West Virginia.
While most of the 299 participating properties are temporarily closed, some properties in ciies where it’s permissible to be open have continued to welcome smaller numbers of guests among constant vigilance and increased sanitation measures, like cleaning shower curtains after each guest stay, running dishwashers twice per load, and serving bedside breakfast, among other practices. Still, fielding rescheduling and cancelation requests has become the norm.
"This is a huge challenge for all of us,” said Amanda Zaslow, co-owner of The Villa at Saugerties in Saugerties, New York. “We are a young business, and have spent our first few years building a roster of incredible guests, and now we are trying to find our way in unchartered waters. We have rescheduled some, refunded others, and have put our regular policies on the back burner, understanding that everyone is hurting. We are trying to be positive, and our guests have been unbelievably kind and supportive, but like many B&Bs throughout the country, we have had to temporarily close our doors in order to protect ourselves and the community. There is no question that the hardest part of our current situation is high anxiety — the fear of the unknown when it comes to both the virus, and the future of our special little place, and independent lodging in general, everything has just come to a screeching halt.”
At present, 299 properties are participating in Still Inn Business and the number is expected to swell. “This is a great initiative with a lot of heart,” expressed Tatiana Cicuto, owner and innkeeper, with the Top of the Ridge Farm Bed & Breakfast in New Durham, New Hampshire.
The Still Inn Business campaign is using digital tools to stay connected. A Facebook page and Twitter handle are active. A new website has contributed to the momentum. The hashtag #stillinnbusiness will be used across social media, where the group is encouraging travelers to connect virtually by digitally “un-distancing.”
We expect to come out of this stronger and as a team, and then we will welcome many, many, guests,” said Amy Lindner-Lesser, Innkeeper/Justice of the Peace with The Rookwood Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts, where guests frequently come not just to visit but to marry in an intimate setting, elope, or renew vows.
Each bed and breakfast, inn, and boutique hotel is monitoring the news – nationally and specific to their local area and will begin to welcome guests as soon as reasonably appropriate.
Properties are listed alphabetically; first by state, then by property according to city. Properties outside the U.S. follow. Check back often as this list keeps growing. UPDATED: 5/27/20; 12:30 am
MISSISSIPPI Fairview Inn - Jackson
Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast - Joseph
-- OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES --
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