2015-06-20 / News

Hudsons Are New Innkeepers on Island

By Madeline Ciak

New innkeepers Jean and John Hudson pose in front of the Cottage Inn on Market Street. New innkeepers Jean and John Hudson pose in front of the Cottage Inn on Market Street. At the Cottage Inn bed and breakfast, a certain charm draws guests in, and the cozy and inviting atmosphere that new innkeepers Jean and John Hudson create is what entices them to stay.

Mr. and Mrs. Hudson have only been managing the Cottage Inn for a short time, taking on the positions in October 2014. The couple arrived in April and wasted no time to rearrange the inn and make preparations for summer. Their first guests were scheduled to arrive April 24.

Fate, as well as owner Bob Benser’s encouragement to apply for the position at the inn, played an important part in the couple’s journey to becoming new innkeepers. They were visiting the inn as guests when, to their surprise, Mr. Benser, suggested they apply.

“I felt that they were strong candidates for the innkeeper position because of their love for the Island, their past experiences with running an inn, and their passion for customer service,” said Mr. Benser. “They were a perfect fit.”

Mr. Hudson is a retired colonel of the British Army and used to run an inn in Wales. Mrs. Hudson, who is one of 11 children, says living with her large family helped her develop the skills for being a successful innkeeper.

“I’m used to living in a big home with lots of people coming and going,” she said, “and to me, the guests are like family. I’m able to be more personable with them because of my upbringing.”

Mrs. Hudson retired from the U.S. Air Force last July, but after 10 months, she wanted to return to the structure of a job. Mr. Hudson felt the same way.

A typical day begins at 5:30 a.m. to make coffee, prepare food, do paperwork, and greet their guests for breakfast. They also educate guests about all of the Island’s unique attractions.

A typical day as an innkeeper also relies heavily upon being able to work as a team, and that is the most important lesson that Mr. and Mrs. Hudson have learned during their time at the inn. Their similar personalities and eye for detail keeps things running smoothly around the inn, as well as help from Carmen Colquhoun, who has been a member of the staff for three years.

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