Hill House Life on the Run

This is the start of a blog about working, living, and staying at Hill House Bed and Breakfast which is located in Asheville, North Carolina. It will talk about things you won't see on Instagram, but are very much a part of keeping a 10-room inn up and going, while maintaining high standards. Sometimes funny, sometimes contemplative.

I'm David Smith, Hill House's owner. I bought it as a going concern a little more than 5 years ago. I had a career background as a journalist and commercial real estate appraiser, and I knew that turnkey was what I wanted for my third career. I don't think many people at 56 want a lot surprises.

It took awhile to figure out how to best make Hill House work for me, but the last three years now have been financially good and presumably as smooth as can be expected.

  • Eva Kalos, who has worked at Hill House for 3 1/2 years now, is the day manager and handles all the routine business at the inn.
  • Carey Jackson is now 2 1/2 years on the job as resident manager. (I initially lived at Hill House, but could never get away from work.) Carey has an offsite day job, and rules the roost from her home in the back of the property four or five late afternoon/early evening hours a week.
  • Amanda Slivka, 1 1/2 years is weekend shift supervisor, the toughest hours to work.
  • Jessica Fink, nearly one year, splits her time between the day and concierge shift, when she works on social media.
  • New hire David Szuchan supports on the day shift. (Unlike some other inns, Hill House doesn't have separate front office, kitchen and housekeeping personnel -- everybody does a little bit of everything.)

We enjoy welcoming guests to our scenic inn.  Asheville is the perfect place for your mountain getaway.

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