They say life is a journey, and it certainly is. But you never know what kinds of twists it will take until you happen to travel through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. That’s exactly what happened to us. While admiring the area’s incredible beauty on a trip through the Valley, I turned to Mike and said, “It’s so beautiful, why don’t we live here?” The seeds for a new life were sewn.
Thirty-six months later, with a business plan in hand we purchased the 38-acre countryside property. Running a bed and breakfast seemed like a perfect fit for our combined skills. We wanted to run a hospitality business that would make people feel welcomed and relaxed– a place where they could share in the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley – all within a casual, comfortable, home-away-from-home atmosphere.
Cathy’s life in Human Resources Management
I refined my people skills with a resume that includes over twenty years in the Human Resources Management field. With an Associate’s Degree in Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management, this combination assures our business is not only well run, but with a professional focus on customer service and guest experience. After I left the corporate world, I established and operated a pet sitting and dog walking service. With a flair for sales and marketing, the business flourished and my love of dogs followed us to Fox Hill. How could we not be a dog friendly bed and breakfast?
Early Retirement from Information Technology
Mike is an early retiree from the Federal Government in Information Technology Security. He also ran his own business as an IT professional, which makes him the guru of technology services here. As Fox Hill’s handyman, Mike applies his apprenticeship program skills bringing proficient electrical, plumbing and carpentry skills to the work required to keep the place running smoothly. But his real passion is by far cooking. Mike has been cooking since he was 10 years old, and his love of food and cooking has prompted him to take various cooking classes. His talents are on full display at Fox Hill. In fact, he learned BBQ smoker techniques from an award-winning BBQ pit master. These skills, and a few of his own special secrets, make his homemade Bourbon Maple Cracked Pepper Apple-wood Smoked Bacon and seasoned Breakfast Sausages huge favorites with guests, who delight in this labor of love.
We purchased the Inn in December 2015. That first winter, we were snowed in for two days. In spite of the cold and snow, excitement for this new journey and a passion for creating a wonderful guest environment came to life at the Inn. The seeds of this new life have flourished ever since. No regrets.