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Bed, Breakfast & Beyond

A memoir by author JoAnn S. Dawson for all those who have ever dreamed of operating a B&B. This book will set you straight! BED, BREAKFAST & BEYOND is set at Fairwinds Farm, a 52 acre riding stable nestled in Maryland horse country. In September of 1998, Ted and JoAnn Dawson purchased the property to fulfill their lifelong dream of owning a bed & breakfast. Little did they know what they were getting themselves into! Restoring a filthy, dilapidated, nearly condemned Victorian house to a charming and welcoming country inn while raising two rowdy young boys was only the first of their challenges. Dealing with shady former owners, a string of ghostly events, and a wide variety of colorful guests opened their eyes to a whole new world. With the fortitude and life lessons born of years on a dairy farm, the rare good fortune of choosing the perfect partner in life, and a boatload of humor thrown in to preserve their sanity, they have managed to keep Fairwinds Farm B&B running for nearly twenty years, fifteen years longer than the average B&B in the U.S.

“I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much I enjoyed your book, ‘Bed, Breakfast & Beyond’. It was wonderful! My husband Steve and I live on Old Zion Road and we owned and operated Foster’s Auto Service in North East for 32 years. So I could picture everything you spoke about in your book. Your Bed and Breakfast is a real treasure to have in our little community. Keep up the good work. We love seeing you go past our house with the horse and buggy. Thank you for writing. We both enjoyed your book so much.”


—  Cindy Foster

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