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I had never stayed in a Bed & Breakfast before. I was anxious. I do not know the social norms of the B&B. Is it impolite to come in to the house late? And do we need to vacate the room at a certain hour, so the Master of the House can fluff our room? And did he really say that he would “fluff” my room?
The hosts have only been B&B owners for 7 weeks, having purchased an active establishment from a retiring couple. Two middle-aged men, I gather they spent considerable time in B&Bs while on various jaunts: lighthousing* down the coast of New England, tasting through Napa and Sonoma. They decided to try it themselves. One was a CPA and would concentrate on the business, the other would use his skills at polite conversation and comfortable home-making.
In the foyer, our hosts set out a decanter of sherry and a plate of brownies. You can partake any time, sitting in red and blue chairs. Books about Georgia and Savannah fill the house, along with the eclectic result of decades of antiquing. Real Civil War-era grapeshot and minie balls are on display over the fire place. There is an antebellum ledger on cotton prices and a pipe from the 1700s.
*Lighthousing is apparently a verb. And anyway, what is it with people and lighthouses? Is it because they are phallic?
B&B Breakfast: biscuits, scrambled eggs, sausage patties, fruit cup, potatoes, orange slice.
Breakfast small talk with other guests success rate: 100%.
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