Have you ever fantasized about welcoming interesting strangers into your home and turning spare rooms into cash? Twenty for Breakfast takes you behind the scenes of a thriving urban Bed & Breakfast. Unable to cope with leisure following early retirement, author Pat Materka and her husband Bob opened a nine-room B&B overlooking the University of Michigan campus. With humor and candor, she shares the challenges of hiring help, marketing while renovating, and building relationships that make an inn run...and fun. Unabashedly upbeat yet candid and down-to-earth, Twenty for Breakfast is a unique hybrid of memoir and how-to, full of anecdotes, checklists, can't-fail recipes, and practical advice for aspiring innkeepers and anyone who enjoys entertaining guests. Whether you're thinking of dipping a toe in the water of Airbnb or launching a boutique hotel, you'll find entertainment, ideas, and insight in Twenty for Breakfast.
About the Author
Pat Materka is a newspaper reporter, freelance writer and editor, public relations specialist, university administrator and adjunct professor, director of alumni relations and development, author, antique dealer, workshop leader, first reader, and time management speaker. None of these roles prepared her in any way for running a bed & breakfast, but anyone who enjoys people and making breakfast can achieve success with the B&B lifestyle. Pat and her husband Bob live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and are the parents of a daughter, and a son, and have three grandsons.