I wanted potential guests to know that the Inn is in the middle of the Finger Lakes Wine Country, so I used a vineyard motif throughout the site. I attended the Professional Association of Innkeepers International conference two years in a row to educate myself on the modern ways to market the Inn. It is an intense 4 days of what you need to know to attract people who are shopping for a place to stay for vacation. The information is overwhelming.
The first year I came home and did the first three things on the to-do list. The second year I was not so overwhelmed and was much more ready to take action. This is where I found my photographer and website company, Acorn Designs after searching out a design company that would give us a good product for a good price. I also wanted to have a design that could be finished before the season was over.
Acorn worked for 3 months putting the design together and constructing the site, and also did the marketing for the site. They optimized the site in March and April.
Site photos were taken by Jumping Rocks from Philadelphia, PA. in April. The photographers captured the Inn with 50 photos in just 1 1/2 days. KC and Mitch from the Halsey House in Trumansburg helped get the Inn in shape before the photos in March and April. KC has a real eye for interior design and was also responsible for encouraging me to go to the conference in the first place. We went into each room and critiqued it for its quality, comfort and design, and ended up getting all new rugs, many side tables, lots of chairs, sofas, lamps, and bedding. We turned both houses around in 5 weeks.
I had so much fun and was exhausted before the busy season even started!
I want to thank these companies and associates for their help and support to produce such a wonderful website. Let me know what you think.
Innkeeper Rose Hilbert
POB 95, 112 E. Main St.
Trumansburg, NY, 14886