How quickly ten years can fly by. That’s right—ten years! We’re commemorating our 10th anniversary innkeeping here at the Holladay House, and as part of the celebration, we thought maybe you’d like to know a bit more about our innkeeping story.
Our story begins in the middle of heavy interstate traffic, which is where we had our “aha!” moment. Sam turned to me and announced he couldn’t stand another day of commuting and he had an idea. He asked if we wanted to leave it all behind and start a bed & breakfast, and without hesitation, I answered, “Yes.”
We immersed ourselves in the B&B world over the next year and a half, researching, interviewing, attending conferences, and joining the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) and the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII). The more we learned, the more excited we became!
While we were looking for potential inn properties, we happened to visit an inn for sale listed with a southern gentleman named Pete. Pete became our B&B real estate agent, and over the next year, he showed us all around the Central Virginia area as we continued to scout out potential properties. In the meantime, I quit my career in marketing and began working part-time at an inn and a winery. However, Sam and I grew concerned we weren’t finding the perfect property for our needs. We finally decided if we found nothing after one last weekend of visiting properties with Pete, we would abandon our B&B plans and come up with a different idea. Little did we know, that one last upcoming weekend would grant us out innkeeping happily-ever-after…
Pete showed us a property he has suggested to us six months earlier, but hadn’t quite fit the profile we were interested in. Wanting to keep an open mind, we visited Holladay House Bed & Breakfast and instantly knew it was the property for us. As we strolled down Main Street, I turned to Sam and instead of saying, “So what do you think?” I said, “So how much are we going to offer?”
And the rest, as they say, is history! Pete, whose last name just so happens to be Holladay, had inherited this house with his wife Phebe, and they turned it into an inn in 1989. We almost felt hand-picked for the property 🙂 Pete helped us quickly close on the property. We moved in on a Monday in September (the busy season!), had guests by Friday, and haven’t looked back since.
We would love to see you here at Holladay House, so click here to check availability, book your room, and celebrate our 10th anniversary with us!