Let’s talk turkey: How has the pandemic impacted bed and breakfasts?

Tune into Connections, with EVAN DAWSON & MEGAN MACK 
Interviewed on MAY 22, 2020

We continue our series of conversations about the impact the pandemic has had on businesses. Bed and breakfasts owners are working to adapt to the current situation, while also preparing for the months ahead.

This hour, we talk with innkeepers in different parts of our area about how the pandemic has affected their businesses, and how they think the industry could change in the longer term. Our guests:

Ellwanger Estate B&B “Staying INN at the ELL”

This was first published in my newsletter on April 20, 2020
Meet the 7 dwarfs that are ” Staying INN at the ELL”
Grumpy, Sweaty, Bloaty, Sleepy, Hopeful, Forgetful, and Psycho

Grumpy: “Ya crazy fool! Fine time ya picked to sneeze!” 

While NY is “On Pause”, the Ellwanger Estate is on Many Pause.
Many Pause at the Ellwanger Estate has given us an opportunity to shore up our health for the future,
and explore real opportunities for enhancement. For more opportunities at the Ellwanger Estate…read on.


While we continue to monitor the coronavirus updates in our community, we have taken this opportunity to rethink, rewire, and rebalance a selection of non-intrusive and innovative guest experiences. There is an overwhelming need for discretion, privacy, and distancing, all in the pursuit of a calming and relaxing experience. Within a city environment we provide an oasis from hustle and bustle. There are many ingredients we need to have just right to enable our guests to relax – from the room layout and noise isolation and healthy dining options to non-intrusive, seamless services.
Here are just a few:
Breakfast is now offered either in the Dining room, Veranda, or in-room service. Dining tables are set for individual guest rooms. 
Cookies and snacks are now served on individual plates prepared in the kitchen – no communal plates or containers.
Al fresco dining will be offered for lunch and dinner.
The mansion will be a sanctuary for registered guests only. The maximum number of registered guest will be 10 total, within 7,000 sq ft mansion/veranda/patio/Rec Room/garden/lawn, and 3 beautiful idyllic acres to walk and enjoy. Any reunion with invited friends or family members will be offered in the garden, or on veranda. 
To reduce your exposure to others during your visit, room service will now be upon request.
Our  meticulous standards continue: Before each guest arrives, rooms are cleaned and disinfected. I use effective cleaning solutions and wipe down all surfaces throughout the mansion. Think OCD.
Breakfast is prepared by me, and I am a licensed food handler.
I use gloves as necessary while preparing food. All plates, silverware, cooking utensils are washed in a commercial sanitizing dishwasher.
Linens are washed and sanitized. Each room has a private bathroom. Room doors and windows are open for fresh air circulation while cleaning.
~Think Safety ~Think Best Practice~Think Gift Certificates~
We all have different priorities now, but I challenge you to keep your eyes on sustainability this 50th Earth Day (April 22) and every day–even as you fight your way through the current crisis.
Thank you ALL for your many thoughtful emails, text, calls and instagram likes, posts and comments.Please feel free to share this newsletter with a friend or family member
Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Ellwanger Estate B&B Offers an Island of Wellness, by Nancy O’Donnell

As the old saying goes, “We live in interesting times.”
For the first time in its thirty-eight year history, The WEDGE Newspaper April/May issue can be read online only. With so many Rochester and suburban restaurants and shops, libraries and colleges closed–our usual drop off spots—we decided against a print issue this time around.

Please DO take just a few minutes to read the WEDGE Newspaper April/May

The paper is as packed as ever with entertaining stories about our community–
The South Wedge Farmers Market moves to a new space in June! Rochester City Council member Mary Lupien makes city proceedings more transparent while David H. Day describes his experience “Kondo-ing” his house. Michele Martell rhapsodizes about the beauty of trees, and Patti Giglio tells the story of the “Lost Souls of Highland Park.”
You can read about Ellwanger Estate B&B: Ellwanger Estate B&B Offers an Island of Wellness on page 6,(and book a future date). Read about local activist Jayne Morgan, this year’s David Halter Community Champion award winner, and Bob Palmer’s a Swillburg family. And there’s still more.
Pages 8-9 provide a valuable list of the many community neighborhood resources available during the pandemic.

Please help us to promote our stories and advertisers far and wide. We are posting this message and link on the South Wedge Farmers Market and the South Wedge Planning Committee (SWPC)pages, and each of the board members and friends of the WEDGE will be sharing the links. We’re confident the readership will exceed the 5000+ issues we print every other month. So, go to www.swpc.org and scroll down a tiny bit and click on the large WEDGE Newspaper button. Like us too on Facebook.

We send our warmest thoughts to the community. Stay safe; stay in. Good weather and good times are somewhere on the horizon. Sending rays of Hope and Joy on this Easter Sunday.

A bicycle gets a new life, and geraniums get a ride at Ellwanger Barry Estate Bed & Breakfast on Mt. Hope Avenue (Photo by Elizabeth Campbell)

“Staying Inn at the Ell” Update

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What the world needs now is love sweet love... and hugs, and Bear Hugs.
During these uncertain and unprecedented times
What the world needs now is love sweet love… and hugs, and Bear Hugs. 

During these uncertain and unprecedented times, like many of you, we’re asking ourselves “What can we do?” First, we can practice safe measures for ourselves, our families and our communities. Secondly, we can be grateful. Grateful for the brave first responders, doctors, nurses, delivery people, food workers, truckers and all essential workers who are the warriors on the front lines, our Heroes, literally risking their lives to combat this war.

It’s time to express gratitude for what we have and continue to hold. At the Ellwanger Estate, we’re grateful for our guests, family and friends who have helped us grow for the last 11 years. Here’s our news from home:

  • We were, and still are, planning a renovation to the potting shed, AKA:The REC Room, located on the hill directly behind the B&B. This is something that keeps us looking forward to our completion date of April 22, Earth Day.  We’ll keep you updated on that.
  • As we work from home, we’re excited to announce that very soon we will be planting a Victory Garden. Right now most of our seeds are sprouting in the green house. Look on Facebook and Instagram for announcements on “Sprouting at the Ell”. More on our new plans shortly.
  • Right now, we’re all learning a new meaning about the comforts of home. So we’ve been virtual lunching and learning, completing projects, training our Hospitality Intern remotely, preparing and delivery meals to at risk individuals, saved an elopement (for 2) from a City Hall cancellation, and sheltered a father/son (think whole mansion to themselves) while transitioning for a move across country.
  • As for reopening the B&B, right now we’re scheduling for May Day, May 1st and beyond, depending on the situation and government guidelines.
  • We’re adding a higher level of care, professional cleaning, and updates throughout the B&B.
  • We are offering gift certificates online as one way to support our guests who wish to cancel.

It’s been rewarding to step back and think more deeply about our wonderful business. These are some of the thoughts we’ve had and our dreams for the future. We send you our sincere wishes for peace, good health, and safety, and I thank you for your continuing support.

Stay safe and please keep in touch.

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Looking forward to seeing you soon!



You have one day until Valentine’s Day. Don’t be that guy (or girl) who waits until the last minute and then rushes out to buy a half-wilted roses and a box of generic chocolates. Instead,  surprise the love of your life with one of the most romantic gift possible—an Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast getaway in Rochester, NY.

The Ellwanger Estate B&B knows how to celebrate romance! We are the proud recipients of the I Love Inns and American Historic Inns “Top 10 Most Romantic Inns of North America” award, and featured in Travel and Leisure, Rochester Magazine, INNS Magazine, and Design Sponge: Rochester, NY city guide.

With ANY February stay, the mansion will be decked out in red roses galore, with half a dozen in your guest room, and a heart shaped chocolate cake for your 4th course during your gourmet breakfast.

Here’s a thought to share by Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

I love you not only for what you are,
but for what I am when I am with you.
I love you not only for what you have made of yourself,
but for what you are making of me.
I love you for the part of me that you bring out.

Happy Valentine’s Day!