Innside Story with Mel & Andy,
Innkeepers at the Grandview Bed & Breakfast
1) What was your first experience ever staying in a bed & breakfast?
Mel: I worked at a B&B in North Carolina in the early 80's and in the winter I stayed on the property as a manager. Andy & I stayed in an old B&B farm on a trip to Amish Country in the late 80's.
2) What did you do before you were an Innkeeper?
Mel: I worked in restaurants. Andy was in the import/export business with a customer house broker for 30 years in Norfolk, VA.
3) What made you decide to want to own a B&B?
Mel: We both enjoy people and entertaining, so this seemed to be and has been a great fit for us.
4) What is your favorite part about owning a B&B?
Mel: The WONDERFUL people we meet!
5) What is your least favorite thing about owning a B&B?
Mel: Cleaning can be a challenge. But we are fortunate to have a housekeeper.
6) How did you decide on your room themes an decor?
Mel: We decorated the way we've always have -- traditional.
7) Tell me one thing you love about Mount Dora?
Mel: The small town community feel.
8) Describe your favorite breakfast creation at your B&B.
Mel: We make an orange marmalade french toast.
9) I LOVE orange marmalade. In fact, I'm disappointed when I go to a restaurant and all they have is grape or mixed fruit jelly. Must be a southern thing! Will you let me post the recipe?
10) Tell me one unique thing that most people don't know about you.
Mel: Our B&B is the historic William Watt house. He was the inventor of corrugated cardboard which he created to package his oranges.