While I am now your host for your stay at Abbington Green Bed and Breakfast Inn, my life before innkeeping was lived primarily in the New York City area. Born in New York City, I grew up in a suburban community on Long Island about 25 miles east of NYC.
After my freshman year at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, I returned to New York University to major in the History of Art. I continued to live in Manhattan's Greenwich Village for twelve years and on Roosevelt Island for two years. During this time, I began a serious corporate career and started a family. I have two daughters, Julie and Gabrielle.
I commuted over 3 1/2 hours per day from Northern New Jersey into Manhattan for 15 years. I was Vice President of Consumer Marketing and Product Development for one of the country's largest financial institutions, working on PC home banking, debit cards, and launching the bank's first outbound telemarketing center.
Abbington is one of the places in the United Kingdom where my father's family had lived, generations ago. One of my daughters went to college there. My brother and his wife have taught at Oxford and I have been to England seven times, so far. A bit of me belongs there, too. So it's easy to see where our English theme here at our Asheville inn came from.
As an innkeeper, I have designed each suite and guestroom and have also custom-made the draperies and many of the bed linens. I have also discovered and then developed a great love of garden design since coming to Asheville. It has been my pleasure to create the award-winning English-style gardens that surround the inn.
As an active innkeeper, I was a Founding Member of Asheville Legendary Inns in 2006. Prior to that, I was a Founding Member of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association in 1998 and also served as a Board Member and President of the Association from 2002-2006.
I enjoy meeting people, swapping stories, and serving breakfast to a few or to a crowd. Innkeepers live in the middle of their job, so it's pretty important that you like what you do. As one of the longest surviving innkeepers within 30 miles of Asheville, now in my 22nd year, you can probably tell that it suits me! Since I also live at the inn, I have a very deep appreciation for the less-than-two-minute-commute!