Meet Your Innkeepers!
Karen, a previous innkeeper to Carlton, Oregon visitors, and now The McClaine House here in Silverton, a two guest suite bed & breakfast located in the beautiful Eastern Willamette Valley. I visited Oregon in the Spring of 2012, and fell in love. So fresh, lush and green. The flowers, veggies, and berries I have always dreamed of growing, grow here with such ease, I was in my own special heaven, and felt immediately like I'd found home. Andrew and I explored a bit more, and found a thriving Silverton, surrounded by fields growing all sorts of wonderful flowers, crops, hops, and vines. We feel very fortunate to have found the perfect home for our new Bed & Breakfast. With lots of scrubbing, swabbing, and peeling of old wallpaper, plastering holes that were uncovered, painting new life into The McClaine House, we are thrilled to be able to welcome our guests into what is now a beautiful, welcoming Boutique Bed & Breakfast Inn.
Andrew is new to innkeeping, and frankly he just loves to lend a helping hand. He is also a busy entrepreneur with a wonderful candy factory and store in Aurora called the Pacific Hazelnut Candy Factory. So we hope that you enjoy chocolates and hazelnuts, because they are plentiful here at the Inn. Andrew was born in the East End of London, England, and moved to Spain for a short time when he was 11, then back to Birmingham, England where he finished his education at the University of NE London, and his apprenticeship with Ford Motor Company, and eventually became a production engineer. He immigrated to Canada when he was 22, and continued his career with automotive suppliers as a Vice President of Manufacturing for North America. So yes, quite a switch from Engineering to a candy factory, to part-time innkeeper.
So innkeeping is definitely my dream, happily realized. My past business and marketing experience has prepared me for owning and operating a couple of different businesses. I have enjoyed owning two different day spas, which has given me lots of cleaning and laundry experience, among other things. I was a licensed massage therapist and esthetician for over 12 years, and customer service has always been a high priority for me. Along the way, I have also found a love for preparing delicious breakfasts and treats. I look forward to sharing all this with our guests who also enjoy and appreciate the character and charm of past eras, with plenty of modern conveniences. Of course, those that just want to experience the location...just steps away from historic downtown Silverton, are also welcome to stay, sip, and stroll.