When guests ask Frank why he chose to be an innkeeper, the usual response is INN-sanity! But by that he means he want to provide a very special place where guests can relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings that help ground us in a sometimes too busy and chaotic world ~ to remember to ‘stop and smell the flowers’ before life hurries on.
The journey to innkeeping began over a decade ago when he and his wife learned about the sale of a long-closed inn in the small village in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom where our family has a summer cottage. Although they did not buy that inn, the dream began to evolve, and they spent the next several years seeking and learning. Frank shifted his focus from his former positions in civil engineering and in food production to studying hotel and restaurant management while his wife continued her teaching and administrative career on campus at Kansas State University. A journey that included a winter inn-ternship and summer spent as resident innkeepers at an inn in Vermont finally brought them to the special village of Jackson and the Inn at Ellis River in 2004, where they have been fulfilling a dream ever since. Christine Baumann has been assisting them with innkeeping since 2006, and Peter and Tamara Lique Natove joined the innkeeping staff in 2013. Frank and the staff focus on creating the hospitality for which the inn is known, while Frank’s wife continues in her role as a professor at Kansas State, teaching via the web in a multi-university graduate program in gerontology.
Ten years later, creating a special place for our guests to enjoy remains our greatest goal.