Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Happy 5th Anniversary To Us at Bella Rose B&B!

December 26, 2006.  That was our official first day as Bella Rose Bed and Breakfast.  Finally our seven-year renovation was complete, the house was fully furnished, the sign was up and illuminated for the world to see, and even the beds were made with fresh, crisp sheets from Italy.  We were done.  We were ready.  We built it and the now we needed the guests to come.  How proud we were and how happy we were to finally realize our dream.

That was five years ago and it seems like yesterday.  How could it be that it has been five years ALREADY? That's, like, half a decade!  Amazing.  Now, granted, even though we were done and ready to host, truth be told we didn't enjoy our first guest until the following April...April 10, 2007, to be exact.  But, that's okay.  We used the winter to enjoy our completed home before we no longer had the chance.  We got the website up and running so people could actually find us.  Little did we know that marketing takes time....  Uh, duh...right? Oh well.  It didn't matter.  We knew winter would end and business would start.  In the meantime, we were done, we were open, and we were ready when spring woke people up.  And, sure enough, it happened and there's been no looking back since.  We're grateful we had a couple of months to enjoy the fruits of our labor.  In hindsight, I wouldn't change a thing -- not even the fact that it took us seven years! 

So, I guess we really have two anniversaries to celebrate, but this is the one that officially counts.

Happy Anniversary to us with many, many more to come.  As long as you'll have us, we'll be here.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Seasons Greetings from Bella Rose B&B

Wow!  It's so hard to believe that we are closing in on the end of another great season of "B&Bing" at Bella Rose B&B!  Where does the time go?  2011 flew by so fast I'm pretty sure I missed August.  If it wasn't for a national holiday in July, I'd say the same thing about that month too!  But, this is a good thing.  We were busy and as busy as we think we can be (and where Chris can still call himself "retired" -- yeah, right!).  In our short five-year tenure in this wonderful business, we are continually amazed that people flock to the Finger Lakes, Canandaigua and to our B&B.  For something people don't have to do in life, we feel blessed to be enjoying the success we do.  Add in the challenges of the economy and we feel extra-extra fortunate.

Of course, we have no one but our great guests to thank. We'd be nothing without you!  Whether you are new to us or one of our many return guests, we are grateful you came into our lives.  It is an honor to have you in our home; an honor that you chose to celebrate that special anniversary, birthday, or even that ever important honeymoon with us; an honor that of all the B&B's out there, ours spoke to you to spend that precious vacation time.  From the bottom of our hearts we say "thank you"!

So as we wrap up another great year, we look forward to 2012 and all the magic a new year brings.  We wish some magic for you as well.  Who knows, maybe some of that magic will bring you to us.  We hope it does....

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!