Monday, July 23, 2012

Time to Celebrate - in Slidell Louisiana!

Happy Anniversary to Woodridge Bed and Breakfast!  

WOW we are starting our 14th year - 14!!   What started as a pipe dream many years ago, with lots and lots of work, the building once known as Woodridge Academy was transformed into our home and Bed and Breakfast.  Since that time we have welcomed so many wonderful faces, shared some great stories, been a part of many fond reunions and celebrating many unions. We have been blessed.
We've come a long way baby!  From class rooms to 5 spacious suites, from office space to kitchen space and a place to create gourmet breakfasts for your guests.  From a basket ball court to a pavilion for parties and a pool to refresh.  So many things have changed here at Woodridge Bed and Breakfast over the years, but one thing still is the same - our Southern Hospitality.   We look forward to the year ahead and seeing many of our return guests and welcoming new friends. 

THEN  -  1994

Woodridge B&B NOW - 2012
 Here you see the view of before we purchased. 
The yard was baron from the romping of 300 kids at recess, but now is lush and green and even a secret garden to wander through under the canopy of Live Oaks.  I hear them calling you to come relax. 

Thanks to the many who have brightened up our place with your wonderful smiles.  We hope to see you again in the near future. 

Debbi & Tim, Keepers of the Inn

B and B's are a better way to stay, so while visiting Southeastern Louisiana, stay at Woodridge Bed and Breakfast - play hard, sleep well!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Innkeepers' Dirty Little Secret!

Life stinks, sorry but sometimes it just does
Product Review Magic-Zymes
Making up rooms at The Claiborne House B&B is made easier with Magic Zymes
We use this product at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Virginia

Guaranteed to work, not mask!
The Problem
Now in my eighth ninth year as an innkeeper, a people business, the first 7 years I battled guest smells. Yes, there it is this Innkeepers Dirty Little Secret...but let's face it y'all, some people stink.   I mean, we have smokers, we have the heavily perfumed, the natural-earthy crowd who don't deodorize, and heck even bacon can vaporize and get into your hair and clothes. (Not that we don't love bacon, don't get me wrong!)

So what do we do? We do what everyone does, try everything under the sun to remove odors. All those "guaranteed" all natural products that mask the smell with a worse smell!  You know what I am talkin' about, you have tried some of the same products and they choke you! Bring on asthma attacks, toxic episodes of hives... In my cleaning cupboard upstairs I even have candles that are odor eliminators that I have had to burn before new guests check in.  I assure you I have tried it all!

To answer your question, in this 115+ year old house: Yes, we thoroughly wash the linens, but for those who smoke in their vehicles especially or atomize their strong pungent perfumes, well our guest rooms can be inn-undated with that residual odor.  The curtains, the Persian rugs on the floor, it is in everything everywhere.  

So the dilemma is this:  A smoker checks out, and YOU the new guest checks in, little do you know a smoker just spent the last three days in your room.  You are not expecting a stinky room, you are expecting fresh clean and lovely, flowers on the nightstand, brilliant morning light shining through the windows and the one you love in a warm embrace. (I am trying to paint the picture we want you to envision as the perfect B&B stay.)

Saturday, July 7, 2012


Incompatible Camping? Try a B&B Instead!
Relax at The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast of Virginia - No Sporks Allowed!
Your idea of a romantic getaway?