Elizabeth Leigh Inn Bed & Breakfast

908 5th Avenue West, Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739
Innkeeper(s): Mike & Cindy Baer

2012 27 Dec 2011, 12:47 pm

So, what will 2012 hold for you?

In one sense, continuing change and uncertainty are to be expected. But that doesn’t mean that you need to be controlled by these things—or any other external factor.

What do you want to accomplish next year? I don’t mean resolutions per se. I mean, what do you really want?

In terms of your family life, your health and fitness, your spiritual growth?

In terms of business achievement?

In terms of fun?

People who set unrealistic or too many resolutions fail. People who don’t have any goals or aspirations also fail.

Figure out what really matters and start pursuing. It’s a journey not a program.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 21 Dec 2011, 11:45 am

I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t thoroughly enjoy this time of year. Maybe I do but, other than Ebenezer Scrooge, their names aren’t coming to mind right now.

For me it’s a time of family—kids, grandkids (mine are the cutest in the world and also the smartest). Love, laughter, pranks, and gifts of love. Not to mention Cindy’s incredible meals and treats!

It’s a time of giving. To charity as well as to friends and family. I am particularly blessed in that I do my shopping on Main Street USA and not the mall. It’s quaint, personal and actually relaxing.

It’s a time of faith and personal renewal. Things just kind of get put into priority and perspective when you step away and realize there’s a lot more to life than just working or buying stuff or paying bills.

It’s also a time of reflection. I enjoy looking back over the past year—from a personal and professional angle. Did I accomplish what I wanted to in business? With my family? With my wife? What have I learned? What could I have done better? What should I stop doing? What should I do more of?

And finally, it’s a time of planning. I don’t mean deep strategic planning but a chance to set some priorities and goals for the next year. I’ve been doing this for nearly the last 20 years and it’s always been a healthy and fun thing to do. How can I do more of the things I really care about and believe in during 2012?

So, as we enter the season, let me wish all of you a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays. And let me ask you to say a special prayer of thanks for those men and women in our armed forces who will miss all the things we’ll enjoy as they protect us and our freedoms.

My Favorite Holiday 22 Nov 2011, 1:36 pm

Like many people I talk with Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There are lots of reasons. It’s simple (except for my wife who spends days preparing for the mad consumption moment). There are no presents. Just family, friends, and food. How could you not love that?

One thing I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is the whole matter of gratitude and giving thanks. It dawned on me the other day that I’ve never seen a thankful, unhappy person. I’ve never seen a grateful downer. There is something very powerful about giving thanks and expressing gratitude to God, to family, to co-workers, to friends, and sometimes to complete strangers. I am convinced that I just don’t say “Thank you” enough.

So, this year…thank you all for being part of a great company and for all the countless things you have done (large and small) to make life a little better for someone around you and to make our company a little stronger. It all adds up! And it really does matter!

Have a safe and loving holiday!

Remembering 9/11 14 Sep 2011, 2:09 pm

Here’s a video I bet you’ll remember:


More on How to Enjoy Your First Time at a B&B 6 Feb 2011, 8:09 am

So now you’ve decided on which inn. You’ve done your homework and feel a certain level of comfort. What’s next? Here are a few more tips…

1. Don’t arrive early. Most inns have no staff or a very small staff. If there were guests the night before the odds are high that your room isn’t ready before the normal check in time (usually listed on the website or you can ask the innkeeper). You don’t want your first impression to be spoiled by seeing an unturned room or having to drop your bags and wait.

2. Take the “50 cent” tour. If it’s your first time, getting the innkeeper to show you around will help answer a lot of questions you may have. Where are things? What time is breakfast? Are there complimentary snacks, tea, wines?

3. Tell the innkeeper it’s your first time. They are used to it and can help you relax and enjoy your visit. Everyone has a first time at everything so don’t be embarrassed.

4. Grab a glass of wine and sit down in the public area for a while just to relax and get the feel of the place.

At the Elizabeth Leigh Inn, as with most B&Bs, we take your enjoyment very seriously. It’s our pleasure and our business to help you have a great time.

How to Enjoy a Bed and Breakfast 4 Feb 2011, 4:35 am

At the Elizabeth Leigh Inn we have a lot of guests who tell us it is the first time they have ever done a B&B. For those of you like them, and we all were once, here are a few tips to making the most of your first B&B experience and becoming a true “enjoyed” of the luxury and variety that inns offer.

1. Do your homework in advance. Check out several in the city or town you are visiting. Look for reviews on TripAdvisor (TripAdvisor).

2. Don’t let price scare you. Most often the less expensive the inn the less comfortable you will be.

3. Call the innkeeper in advance. He or she will either help or hinder your experience. Get to know them a bit. Do they make you comfortable or uncomfortable?

4. Match the type of inn to your purpose and plans. A rustic inn may be perfect for a hiking weekend but for your anniversary you’ll probably want something a bit more elegant.

5. Confirm bath accommodations–a big one. Is there a private, full bath for each room? Not all inns have them

The next blog will discuss what to do when you get there.

Valentine Adventure 31 Jan 2011, 3:58 am

Never miss out on a chance to make a Valentine’s Day memory. Forget that box of candy or dinner out. It’s either jewelry that will remind her of you every time she puts it on or a romantic adventure. Or both!

Check out a bed and breakfast. Not all are romantic but many are and usually close enough for a weekend trip.

At the Elizabeth Leigh Inn, for example, we have elegant suites with fireplaces, complimentary wines, gourmet breakfasts, chocolates dipped strawberries–standard for your Valentine. And we can do all kinds of special things–from private dinners, in-room massage, to beautiful flowers.

Moonshine 4 Jan 2011, 4:08 pm

So what do you do in Hendersonville when it snows? With our little grandkids it was time to make snowballs and snowmen and snow angels. They are all 4 and under. But what about older kids and even adults? Well you can sip hot chocolate by the fire or…you can strap on some adventurous and head to Moonshine Mountain for awesome sledding and tubing. Safe, fun, family. Moonshine Mountain

Rave Reviews 2 Jan 2011, 5:05 am

We are continuing to get great feedback from our guests who dine at Flight Wood Grille. This wonderfully restored bank building (in the old style) is on the corner of 4th and Main in downtown Historic Hendersonville. The service is excellent; the ambience is chic but not over the top, and the food is incredible. We heartily recommend it.

Rave Reviews 1 Jan 2011, 8:29 pm

We are continuing to get great feedback from our guests who dine at Flight Wood Grille. This wonderfully restored bank building (in the old style) is on the corner of 4th and Main in downtown Historic Hendersonville. The service is excellent; the ambience is chic but not over the top, and the food is incredible. We heartily recommend it.