So, while we’re somewhat late to the field of Bloging, we hope we’re not too late to share our tales of being innkeepers and the host of beautiful, delicious and fun-filled things there are to see and do here in our Mystic Country region on the scenic Connecticut shoreline. We also plan to share with you the host of special, unique and local places we love to escape to relax and rejuvenate. Actually, we take great pride in seeking out special little finds to share with our guests. So, as the saying goes, you’re never too old to learn new tricks, and with that, let our blog-“inn” begin…
We thought we would begin our first BLOG post by giving you a little background as to who we are, and how we wound up being Innkeepers here at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina. Both of us (Sue and Dave Labrie) were born in Hartford, CT. and grew up in East Hartford, CT. We met at the tender young age of just 14 years old through our mothers who worked together.
While we both went to different schools, we began dating, eventually falling “inn” love and have been in love ever since. We eventually married, had two sons (Chris and Todd) and lived life like so many couples and families do.
Early on Sue was a stay-at-home mom while Dave began his corporate business career working as a technology specialist in the insurance industry. Eventually Sue became an accountant at a CPA firm and then after ten years of tax preparation left to open her own hair salon while Dave eventually moved on to become a business management consultant focusing on the healthcare industry.
While working hard, raising our two sons, saving for the future, and getting older with each and every day, we both began to feel that there had to be something more in life than just working hard and saving for the future. Well, with the loss of some very close friends too early in life we began to think about just how fast life passes by and began to develop a ten-year plan toward leaving the stresses of the business world behind, and finding something new and exciting to do, and something we could do together.
We were fortunate to have been able to travel early on in life and would often seek out bed and breakfasts and inns whenever we could. And like most inn-goers, we would often chat with innkeepers about their lives as innkeepers. Well, to make a long story short, we eventually decided to research the potential of owning and operating a B&B and eventually became innkeepers back in September 2002. Yep, just one year after the September 11th tragedy in New York City (as if we needed yet another lesson on just how short and unpredictable life can be). Anyway, if there was ever a situation that solidified our decision to find and do something new and exciting, and to do it together, it was that tragic event that did it for us. We have a saying that “nothing in life is forever, including life” so live and enjoy each and every day as though it was your last.
Having been innkeepers now for the past 12 years, we still wake each morning and realize just how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of the country and to be working with each other and a great staff in such a rewarding field. So, if you’re looking to broaden your view of New England in a place that offers beautiful scenery, water views, fun-filled things to do, beaches, interesting small towns and great culinary experiences; stay tuned.
Till our next post, be well, spend time with loved ones and happy travels.
Dave n Sue