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.
Our design team has finished and uploaded updates to the Farm House B&B / Engelbrecht Family Winery website and blog. Both businesses are located on the family farm in NE Iowa.
Guests of the bed and breakfast stay on a working farm with some cattle, goats, chickens, peacocks, llamas, Jacob sheep, cats and dogs. Visitors enjoy viewing baby calves, gathering the eggs, fishing in the farm pond, walking, running or biking on the 5 mile nature trail, viewing the Vineyard, and shopping in the winery gift shop. The Farm House Breakfast offers a full-course farmers’ breakfast with locally grown products.
The Farm House Gathering Room is available year round — except Sundays. This private dining room can be reserved for just about any function imaginable. Our Event Coordinator, Chef, and wait staff are eager to please! It is a great place to enjoy a bottle of Engelbrecht wine and gather with friends and family.