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I no more than arrived at the IBBA conference when Sandy Timmermann, the association administrator and owner of the Timmermann House greeted me with a hearty hello.  She was so informative and got me set up right away where I needed to be.  She introduced me to everyone with her bubbly personality and southern Illinois ‘drawl’ that is so welcoming.  She is quite the coordinator of events and has quite the dance moves!  I want to make sure she knows how much I appreciate her help in getting me up and running!

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Upon arrival in Springfield, Illinois for the Illinois Bed & Breakfast Association annual conference, we had a tour of the Governor’s mansion and a reception at the Pasfield House Inn.  Innkeeper, Tony Leone, threw a mighty nice party for us!  I got the tour of the house and a passionately delivered history by Tony himself!  The appetizers and food we were served was outstanding!  For my first introduction to this association, I’ll rate it a 10!

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Another stop just outside Baraboo proper was Pinehaven Bed & Breakfast.  What a spread they have here!  The sun was getting ready to set and I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Lyle Getschman, the innkeeper at Pinehaven.  He was very kind to have me in to introduce innsitting services available and Amazing Innkeeper Relief.  Just as I was getting in my car to leave, I looked out back toward the bluffs and saw 6 deer grazing under the pine trees across the lake!  It was a breathtaking sight.  This would be quite the pristine and relaxing place to stay.

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Another gorgeous day out to visit the Baraboo bluffs to meet new B&B innkeepers.  My 1st stop was at the Inn at Wawanissee Point high atop the hills in Baraboo.  What a view they have overlooking the bluffs!   The drive through the country roads was spectacular!  Amazing Innkeeper Relief was excited to introduce myself to Dave and Trudy Holdener, the innkeepers, to share my innsitting services available for them.  I unfortunately did not call 1st, so there wasn’t anyone home, but I did leave my card in their front entrance doorway in hopes to return again when they’re around.

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My next stop in Galena was at the Aldrich Guest House.  My luck was running high because I got to meet Fran and Brian Onak, the innkeepers!  What a nice couple!  They invited me in to share my services that Amazing Innkeeper Relief can offer them.  In my excitement and awe of their beautiful inn, I forgot to give them my signature cookies that I like to leave with each innkeeper!  I’ll have to visit them again to make sure I deliver them!

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Today’s drive to Galena, Illinois was great!  I am on a mission to meet some of the innkeepers who may be attending the Illinois Bed & Breakfast Association annual conference the 1st of March.  I will be working the booth for the Interim Innkeepers Network and want to introduce myself and Amazing Innkeeper Relief innsitting services to some owners before I get there.  My 1st stop at Bernadine’s Stillman Inn was unsuccessful, even though I briefly spoke with Dave Anderson, innkeeper, by phone when he was out running errands.  I did leave my calling card at the front door for their perusal on their return to the inn.  This looks like such an elegant place to visit, I’ll be sure to come back in the spring.

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September Farms, La Valle, WI

My last stop on this Wisconsin winter wonderland day was at September Farms B&B.  Another beautiful countryside setting that had their collie and 3 cats greeting me as I got out of the car.  I wanted to meet Lynne Yauchler, the innkeeper, but this afternoon she was out.  However, I did introduce myself to the dog and cats and left a note in their door.  This Amazing Innkeeper Relief innsitter loves animals and will innsit them too!   I suspect this farm has other animals around in warmer weather as well.  I will be back to check that out!

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