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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:

“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!


 

Coronavirus: Special Wellness Alert

Feeling the need to recover from, well…whatever?

In light of the Coronavirus, wellness has become so top of mind. And this is especially true for the traveler: where small, bright, and beautiful matter. Small number of rooms (5), brightly lit, sparkling clean and disinfected daily (think OCD), and beautifully maintained indoor and outdoor spaces.

As the owner of the Ellwanger Estate B&B, as well as a nurse, midwife, preservationist, farmer, and environmentalist, we are paying much more attention to wellness as a lifestyle.

So, WELCOME to the Ellwanger Estate B&B where mindful wellness and cultural tourism come together for “Welltality”.

Here is a list of OUR most sought-after welltality features to include: food, health and happiness, signature experiences, sustainability, and architectural and extreme wellness.

Food for Body, Mind and Soul

  • Delectable breakfast dining experience, offering a balanced diet, high in plant based food selections.
  • Farm-to-table dining, showcasing the bounty’s of our gardens, bakery, and chicken coop (“the Grand Hotel Coop”) in a multi-course breakfast.
  • Offering light cuisine, with items low in salt and sugar, or smaller portions.
  • Emphasizing what’s in season.

Healthy & Happy Retreat:Experience something that will have positive physical and psychological impact.

  • We suggest morning hikes, yoga and meditation.
  • OR, Are you ready for a retreat from technology?  Regaining personal connections? This is for our guests who are seeking a real getaway from it all. You must admit, todays small portable electronics glued to our eyes and ears for hours on end can create a lot of stress. There is always the old fashioned land line open for emergency communication. We can help you turn off the Wi-Fi, no phones, tablets, etc. allowed. We will lock them up in a safe!
  • Let’s Get Physical with a combination of activity and nature. Complimentary walking, jogging and hiking maps, some showcasing Rochester’s best-loved landmarks.
  • Yoga mats, rolls, and weights are available.
  • Sports and fitness classes offered at LA Fitness Signature Club. Guest passes are available.

Signature Experiences

  • Offering massage spa treatments, quiet room for meditation, and green spaces.
  • Bathrooms with relaxing lux accessories & products.
  • You may also add a mini bar of wellness products which include sleep mask, relaxing pillow mist, anti-aging pillow case, foot cream and cozy spa socks, hydrating facial sheet mask and other goodies that just transformed your room into wellness rooms.
  • PRANA mattresses.
  • Staff tailor-made teas for our guest’s wellness needs.
  • “Gallery and Galore” ticket to the Memorial Art Gallery.

Sustainability

  • Being mindful of using local products. Food especially.
  • Just before winter appears, we stock our root cellar to carry us through until Spring.
  • Our Heirloom Garden will honor all things green and organic, for your culinary pleasure. 
  • TESLA recharging station. 

Architectural Wellness: Incorporates environmental beauty, providing spaces that are physically beautiful but also comfortable, functional and sustainable.

  • In room air purifiers and allergy-friendly rooms.
  • Hardwood floors.
  • Live house plants.
  • Soft color palettes.
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products with the most stringent disinfecting protocols.
  • The Veranda is our outdoor room, with an expansive deck with a lush garden/woodland view.
  • And beyond the porch…enjoy a fire-pit, great landscaping with outdoor lighting.
  • Winding paths to secluded spots with seating.
  • The Rec Room, located in our historical potting shed, provides Ping-Pong, exercise equipment, and a lounge. What a serene retreat! Join us on National Arbor Day, April 23, and be apart of our grand opening and tree planting ceremony!

Extreme Wellness

Salt therapy is a natural therapy that has been practiced since the 18th century. It involves inhaling dry salt, which can help cleanse both the airways and the skin to relieve congestion, inflammation and skin irritations. In a salt rooms or salt cave a halogenerator grind up pharmaceutical grade salt into minute particles that become airborne when dispersed into the room.”

In all your travels, I wish you “Welltality”! ~Rosemary

Introducing the Ellwanger Guest House: Comfortably lavish living, and home to all!

The Gothic mansion at 609 Mt Hope Ave., once the home of Helen Ellwanger, and family, has change hands four times over the last few decades. After 37 years, the entire Ellwanger Estate is once again complete. Introducing the Ellwanger Guest House.

Rosemary Janofsky, owner of the Ellwanger Estate B&B, an upscale business and leisure accommodations at 625 Mt Hope, is proud to announce the purchase of the adjoining house and property at 609.

“Now it’s come full circle, and it’s home again”.

The Guest House on the first and second floor is a spacious 4314 ft.² with three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, six fireplaces (one in the kitchen) and 12 ft ceilings.

The Guest House Apartment on the third floor is comprised of 1015 ft.² with one bedroom, one den, one bath, full kitchen, and a private entrance. This exceptional house is on the national register of historic places.

Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast, 10th year in the making: It is the Rochester Experience

The Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast is celebrating it’s 10th year in the making. More than a bed, more than a breakfast, it is the Rochester Experience. We officially open in April 2009, after three years of extensive renovations. It was pretty much abandoned and decrepit and in pretty bad shape. This historical Bed & Breakfast was originally the grandest of places called the Rose Mansion and Gardens: the spot to have elegant weddings, receptions, and overnight stays. In fact John F Kennedy Jr. has walked through these doors. The Rose Mansion and Gardens closed in the late 1980s.

The scope of the renovations was to restore the original mansion with all the latest technology. The public spaces have a museum quality with hand painted murals, chandeliers, exquisite antique furniture, and artwork, with  21st-century amenities. It’s an iconic bed-and-breakfast; you don’t see anything like this in many places. The Ellwanger Estate Bed & Breakfast was the home to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Designer Show House in 2008. The mansion and all four guest rooms are a work of art.  This is a Rochester experience not to be missed. And you especially do not want to miss the lavish farm to table gourmet breakfast. That is a celebration in and of itself!