Our pleasure in staying in Bed and Breakfast inns while traveling and our enjoyment in meeting new people were the deciding factors that led us to purchase and operate a B&B. We discussed the possibility many times when we would return from a wonderful getaway where the stay at the B&B was one of the trip highlights. We enjoyed visiting Cape May so much that it was the only location we considered when discussing what we would do in our "next life."
Prior to purchasing the Inn we lived on a small farm in Hunterdon County, NJ where we raised sheep for their wool. Carrie would, clean, card and spin the wool and a lucky family member would get a new sweater or scarf that she knitted from the wool. Andy is a retired architect and engineer and ran his practice in a restored barn on the property. One of the day's highlights would be the opportunity to take a break from the office, slip into a pair of coveralls, jump on the John Deere tractor and do some chore on the property for an hour or so. It was really riding around on the tractor (not the work) that was fun.
In 1992 we renovated a house across the street from the Bantry Cottage. We stayed in the cottage (then called Tiny Tim's cottage) on weekends over the winter so we could meet with the contractors and plan the week's work. Just as we were completing construction, the Victorian Lace Inn became available and we made the decision to purchase it that day, and so started our journey on our "new life."
Our second reason to operate an inn was the opportunity to meet people, and that has been more than fulfilled. We have met so many wonderful people, and by having them as guests, we've been happy witnesses to some of their most important celebrations. We look forward to receiving the many friends who return as guests every year, and enjoy learning what is happening in their lives and in many cases seeing their families grow up into young adults.
-- Carrie & Andy O'Sullivan