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Innkeeping Mothers and Daughters

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

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.”

Lynn and Joyce at Uphill House B&B

Joyce and Lynn at Uphill House B&B

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.”

Cynthia and Nancy at High Meadows Vineyard Inn

Cynthia and Nancy at High Meadows Vineyard Inn

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.”

Lisa and Taeko at Pembroke Springs Retreat

Lisa and Taeko at Pembroke Springs Retreat

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!

Need a gift for your mother? Why not purchase an InnVirgina gift card that can be used at one of our locations anywhere in Virginia?

By Tara Stoll