Friday, October 22, 2010

An interview with Deb and Kurt Markarian. Innkeepers of the Blue Acorn Inn

Before becoming B&B owners Deb was laid off from her sales position from a large disposal company in 2002.  Owning a B&B was something She and Kurt had talked about doing later in life, after being laid off later came earlier. Kurt currently works outside the inn as a Quality Engineer.

Deb says that she wanted to run a B&B because of the lifestyle and it was a way for her to stay home and contribute financially. Deb runs the inn on weekdays and does everything on the inside. Kurt takes care of the guests and also cooks breakfast on the weekends.  Kurt does the outside maintenance and both of them share the garden work. The inn is going into their 8th year in business and both Kurt and Deb says They both enjoy spending time with their family in between guests as well as the full schedule running the inn brings.

The Blue Acorn Inn caters to families and welcomes children of all ages. Deb mentions that there is so much to see and do in the Lake Sunapee area. "You have the John Hay Estate, the cruise & dinner boats on Lake Sunapee, Mt Sunapee Resort, walking trails, covered bridges. There is something for everyone here—boating, biking, historical attractions.  You can be in Hanover/Lebanon in 25 minutes or in Vermont in 35 minutes."

First time guests at the inn usually come for a wedding, to go to the Craft Fair or come for the great local skiing.   Deb says, "Guests say they return because of how comfortable they felt on their first visit."  Kurt says, "We make each guest feel special.  If we know ahead of time they are here for a special day we will have fresh flowers and sparkling cider in the room with a note."

Kurt mentions, "Our favorite part of owning a B&B is the people we meet. The families that come back every year.  Watching the children grow up is like having a lot of extended family." Deb adds, "The Blue Acorn sets itself apart from other B&Bs because we cater to families with children of all ages."

Deb says "The experience you have from staying at a B&B can not be found when staying at a hotel.  If you love to meet new people, enjoy a yummy breakfast and have more than one room to relax in, then a B&B is just what you arte looking for." She adds, "Returning guests ask for Kurt’s home fries and my granola."

Kurt thinks that B&B’s are a lot friendlier then hotels, you get to meet some great other people who are also staying at a B&B.  The innkeepers will always give you great tips on dining and where to explore.  As he mentioned before the best thing about staying at a B&B is that you have more than one room to enjoy.

21 Sleeper Road,
Sunapee, NH
The perfect setting for a memorable vacation whether you are an old friend or a first time visitor.