Tuesday, November 13, 2007

B&Bs In The DT

Some place like home
Travelers warm to personal touch at nation's B&Bs
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"With a bachelor’s and master’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from Purdue University, Dhanie, 40, uses his educational background as well as local allure to ensure the Worthington Mansion continues to thrive as a bed-and-breakfast.

“Each year, we’ve gotten bigger. This summer, we were sold out often. (The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public) Library is a big draw for us, people in town for weddings and locals getting away for the weekend,” says Dhanie, adding that rooms start at $99. Dhanie lives in the house to provide guests personal attention, and the innkeeper, Andrea Werker, runs the house and does all the cooking.

“I think the Harrison Square project and other downtown developments will bring more traffic downtown and hopefully more traffic our direction,” Dhanie said. “I am a full-time Realtor. I thought this would be something I would get in once I retired, but this came up sooner. I had to take advantage of it. The more I learn about it, the more I grow and I can apply it if I open a different location.”"