I have worked with Amelia Painter for over nine (9) years. As president of the Iowa Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Association (IBBIA) I work very closely with her. She spearheaded publishing several association cookbooks. She also designed and manages the Association website which is highly regarded. IBBIA was also a contact for her as she worked on her book on Innkeeping, which has become one of the Innkeeper’s bibles.
Amelia is amazing to work with. Her work ethic is second to none. She is very prompt and is exceptionally creative. She usually produces way beyond expectations. Often she posts notes and messages to IBBIA members that aides them in marketing their B&Bs better and helps them stay on top of industry trends. Her voice has become very important in the Bed and Breakfast Industry.
She is an excellent writer and these skills have been utilized in nearly everything IBBIA has published and has sent out to its members. She is able to take a topic and make it interesting and understandable, even when she is writing about technology.
I personally think that Amelia is responsible for much of my success in marketing my own bed and breakfast business, the Garden & Galley Bed and Breakfast. Her advice and her design of my website has been invaluable to my B&B ans to me.
Esther and her beloved Sam, who passed away after many faithful years of greeting and entertaining B&B guests.
Esther Kauffeld-Hoffa, is the Innkeeper at the Garden & Galley Bed and Breakfast located at 1321 South Jefferson Way in Indianola, Iowa, and she has served as President of the Iowa Breakfast and Breakfast Innkeepers Association since 2008.
Visit the Garden & Galley online at http://www.gardenandgalley.com or call Esther at (515)-961-7749 for additional comments about Amelia Painter or the Iowa Bed and Breakfasts Innkeepers Association.
I met Shirley about 6 years ago at the Iowa Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Association’s annual conference held in Ames, Iowa. This year, she celebrates her 80th birthday and continues to enjoy her role as a successful innkeeper.
I was amazed when I initially met her. She boldly walked up to me, as I was greeting the attendees of my first workshop of the conference, and introduced herself. She let me know quickly that she was brand new and that most her friends thought she was crazy to attempt the undertaking and learning curve to become an innkeeper, but she wanted me to know that she was ready for the challenge and would appreciate all the tips I could give her.
Her age and lack of experience with the Internet was against her, but she had no intention of letting either stop her from achieving her goal to operate a bed and breakfast at her two-bedroom cabin overlooking the Iowa River in Iowa Falls, Iowa.
This last week has been enjoyable as I’ve once again working with Shirley to edit and upgrade her existing website. We had a fun conversation to jump-start the project. We shared news and caught-up each other up with changes in each of our respective lives. She remains upbeat and busy booking her B&B as far out as the 4th of July week of 2014. And, it was simply thrilling to chat with a very internet savvy innkeeper that once sat in one of my beginning classes with an extreme desire to learn exactly how to use the web to market her very unique cabin!
Shirley and I both invite you to visiting the new integrated section of her website that is powered by WordPress.
Just click here.
Elkader, IA — Leading Iowa design firm created and launched a redesigned website for Sandra and Dennis Bahls, owners of the Elkader Inn Motel & A-Frame Cottage, conveniently located on Highway 13 just north of downtown Elkader, Iowa.
The City of Elkader provides several seasonal attractions from outdoor events to Opera House plays and musicals. Combining casual comfort with Iowa hospitality, the Elkader Inn Motel enjoys a convenient location near the downtown historic area. Visitors will find the motel’s location is also comfortable and peaceful — much like the beauty of the landscape that surrounds the city of Elkader near the Mississippi River.
Ground-level motel rooms that can accommodate the single guest, and up to a family of five, has easy access off Highway 13, and there is ample parking near all rooms. The A-Frame Cottage, with private deck, overlooks the scenic valley and the new website showcases the beauty of the area.
The recently launched website also embraces the new era of smart-phones and tablets, as any visitor to the site on an iphone or tablet is immediately redirected to a mobile-friendly site. Owner Sandra Bahls reported being very pleased with the design and “new look” of the site. So pleased that she had commissioned Angie Roberts, a strategic partner of TotalWebDesigner.com, to redesign the motel’s current business card. It will now be easier than ever for tourists and travelers to find a good night’s sleep when visiting the Elkader area.
Elkader Inn Motel & A-Frame Cottage
24886 Hwy 13 N
The A-Frame Cottage is nestled in the trees and overlooks the beautiful valley.
If you have travel plans to visit St. Pete, Florida, this summer, there is an art community on Corey Avenue that begs to be a high priority on your “go see” list.
Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach, Florida, is a tourist paradise. The area is filled with specialty shops, wonderful restaurants, art galleries, clothing stores, imaginative gift shops, craft and hobby shops, beachwear shops, and much more.
Glass artist Annette Kapfer operates a unique art gallery in the historic beach area — the Kapfer Glass Studio. The studio features handcrafted dichroic art glass jewelry designed and created by Kapfer, but it is also the home to more 100 American artisans’ work as well.
TotalWebDesigner.com is currently working with the studio owner, and graphic design firm Graphic Details (www.gdetails.com), to create a visual exciting web presence that is mobile-friendly and high ranking on major search engines.
The initial site was recently launched, but the dynamic team continues working with the owner to build a truly unique and informative presence on the web.
If can visit the Kapfer Glass Studio in person this summer, be sure to tell Annette we sent you. If you can’t make it in person, be sure to stop by the website at: www.kapferglassstudio.com.
A Picture-Perfect Snapshot of Barn on the Bluff in Winter
Barn on the Bluff is a very unique lodging experience for groups of 8 to approximately 30 people and it is located on some of the most picturesque landscapes in northeast Iowa, specifically Elkader, Iowa.
TotalWebDesigner.com recently completed an update of the website for Julie and Rick Dengler, owners of Barn on the Bluff.
TotalWebDesigner.com launched the updated site with Amelia Painter acting as the lead designer. Painter annually teams with the owners to update their site. She emphasizes the guest features the 106 year old “post and beam” barn has to offer groups.
When a group reserves the barn for lodging accommodations, they are reserving the entire barn, including the 30×60 foot hayloft that has been converted into five levels of living and sleeping areas. The barn can easily sleep 20+ individuals. Groups enjoy access to a full kitchen, dining for 20+ guests, 3 bathrooms, a fireplace, game room, covered porch and a fire pit.
Call 563-245-2820 to make reservations or go to http://www.barnonthebluff.com to learn more about this unqiue lodging experience in northeast Iowa.