Mother’s Day will be here shortly, and for most individuals, mothers and maternal figures are held with unparalleled high regard as irreplaceable role models for their daughters. For a few InnVirginia members, these family dynamics transfer over into the world of hospitality, where mothers and daughters work alongside each other as innkeepers in a balance of responsibilities and familial enjoyment.
Joyce and Lynn Russenberger are the mother-daughter innkeepers at the Uphill House B&B. Innkeeping has been a lifestyle for women in the Russenberger family for numerous generations. Lynn states, “I am ‘4th’ generation B&Ber with my Mother having one when I was younger, my grandmother had hers just down the road from us, a great grandmother ran one and a great aunt ran a hotel at a holiday resort.”
Nancy and Cynthia Bruce are the mother-daughter team at High Meadows Vineyard Inn According to Cynthia, the best part of their innkeeping lifestyle is the close bond they share: “We both get to do a job we enjoy and live in a beautiful house we normally would never be able to…Because we live together, the relationship between my children and my mother is EXTREMELY close.”
Taeko and Lisa Floyd are the mother-daughter duo at Pembroke Springs Retreat. Taeko and Lisa’s teamwork blends together the cultures of America and Japan, while working with their different personalities. Lisa, who works as Pembroke’s full-time Manager, states, “I would say that we play off each other’s strengths – we are almost complete opposites.”
One final mother-daughter team is Ruth and Betsey Pritchard at Smithfield Farm B&B. Innkeeping has been in the Pritchard family for generations, and Ruth and Betsey’s family has owned their manor house for around 200 years. Like mother, like daughter!
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By Tara Stoll