I was so pleased when a lovely German couple came to the door, without a reservation, and asked if we had a room for the night. I took them up to our Brass Room and they said “this is it, this is how we imagined New England”. I was so proud that they saw our property as quintessential. The next day a sweet Swiss couple came to the door and asked if we had a room. I showed them our Chart Room and they said “ahhhh, this feels like home”. The next morning the Swiss couple said the Chart room was the most comfortable room they have had on their trip so far. The following day a Chinese family rang the doorbell, also with out a reservation, and I rented them our Quarterdeck room. The family fit comfortably and appreciated the tea and cookies upon arrival. The family spoke very little English, but the international language of smiles conveyed to me that they too were happy with their New England Bed and Breakfast.
All three guests were stopping over in Camden on their way to Mount Dessert Island. They were on their way to Acadia National Park. Sometimes international guests look at maps of New England and do not realize how big Maine is. That is why I am so glad that our Inn has such a prominent place in the downtown of Camden. Once guests drive 2 hours from Portland, or 4 hours from Boston, they get to Camden and realize how charming it is. The boutique shops and the magnificent harbor encourages the weary travelers to stop and stay the night. The guests can check-in and walk right back down to the town and enjoy a Maine dinner consisting of either lobster, Aldermere farm hamburgers, local fish or head to Long Grain or Fresh for a vegetarian, vegan or Gluten Free option dinner.
Nine years ago, when I purchased the Bed and Breakfast, I did not realize the important part I would play in international relations. It is important for Americans to be proud of their heritage, maintain the charm of historic New England Bed and Breakfasts and to be a kind face to travelers from other countries. We have to let our guests enjoy our country and to return home with the lasting impression that America is gracious.