In August 2005, I took a step of faith and left Austin, Texas and my corporate technology role, returned to the mid-west and bought Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast. I went on a search to find a way to use my passion for cooking and entertaining and my new found gift of hospitality. This turned out to be a way to return “home” to my mid-western roots after being away for over 20 years.
I spent my time away living in Arizona and Texas, but was blessed to have traveled extensively worldwide. Through these experiences, I believe I gained an understanding of quality accommodations. I also learned to embrace food as an experience, no matter your culture.
Prior to my time in the business world, I spent nine years in the hospitality industry. Customer service is critical and I’m hopeful my experience and knowledge will ensure that your stay at Whispering Pines is pleasant and memorable.
Around here, we’re often sharing travel stories, engaging in food or garden talk, discussing antiques, history or some other fascinating must-see. Building relationships is one thing I love to do and I welcome you to visit Whispering Pines. Many will come a stranger and leave a friend.
I believe we have an amazing local area and community, have created many partnerships and am pleased to offer my concierge recommendations on the historic attractions, recreation, shopping and wining and dining options in the area.
Although I do not reside in the main house along with the bed and breakfast rooms, my private innkeepers quarters are onsite, just a few feet away, in case I’m needed. This seems to work out extremely well and provides the guests with their own space and me and my cat, Sadie, with ours. Sadie does not spend any time in the main house and is not much help around here (other than an alarm clock and typically at the wrong time). But, she is an excellent companion, sometimes an office kitty cat and weather and mood permitting, she may let me put on her leash and travel to the garden to roll in the dirt and watch me pull weeds.
“My mission is to provide you accommodations and breakfast in a memorable atmosphere where you can experience renewal, relaxation and unexpected extras.” – Jeanna Stavas