Friday, December 29, 2006

A December Day in the Life

December is a sleepy month for bed & breakfasts. The first week of December is even known as “dead week” since everyone has just been somewhere for Thanksgiving and people want to stay home. With the Christmas holiday around the corner, emphasis shifts to shopping, not stopping in Wellfleet for a romantic getaway. Innkeepers use the free time to take stock of their business. I am pleased to say we have done remarkably well. (Chez Sven was even featured in the travel section of the Guardian earlier in the month, now linked from our Web site.) I then put together a budget for the coming year and discuss with Sven plans for a totally “green” room, which will feature an organic mattress. We beachwalk Lecount Hollow at low tide, where holiday surfers are out enjoying the ocean. Finally, I sift through 2007 reservations and realize Seagull Cottage is already booked July 1-September 15. One couple signed up for their fifth year, another for their fourth, two couples for their third. The slots go fast, since the cottage books by the week. We also have three weeks booked by new guests who were here for only a fall weekend. I note that Liberty Coin Suite also has a few bookings and confirm all these reservations in letters, which I will mail tomorrow. Finally, I spend two hours at the computer, sending holiday greetings to everyone who chose Chez Sven during the past year. Thank you for making 2006 our best yet!