The 2013 Summer season at Escalante’s Grand Staircase B&B/Inn will see a new innkeeper to greet guests and visitors. Jen, along with hubby/handyman Jeff and first-grade daughter Ruby, will be the new face of the inn.
Escalante’s Grand Staircase B&B/Inn opened April 1, 1998 by Tom and Linda Mansell who were ready for a career change. After all, “how hard can it be …? It’s kind of like having family over, but being able to choose which ones to invite back”, says Tom.
The name of the inn name came from the monument itself. The Monument is “Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument” and the B&B is Escalante’s Grand Staircase B&B/Inn – a great play on works. Tom used his advertising savvy in selecting the name, figuring that when a potential guest would look for the monument they would also come up with the B&B.
Since its inception, Tom has added 8 guests rooms in two new buildings behind the historic main house. Between the guest rooms and main house are gardens, picnic tables, and places for guests to relax and visit with others to chat about the day’s activities and adventures.
Jen, who will actually be running the inn, with Tom as a “guide” and mentor, is Linda’s daughter. Tom notes that she has shown a really keen interest in taking advantage of this opportunity to continue the strong tradition of the Inn. Recently moved to the area, she and her family are fast establishing themselves in the community and are ready to take on this new venture.
Located along Utah’s Highway #12 – one of America’s Scenic Byways, Escalante is a small historic town that happens to be surrounded by spectacular scenery. Highway #12 is the connector between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks. Escalante lies about 1/2 way, so is a perfect place to stop. Take side trips into the Grand Staircase National Monument, the Dixie National Forest, the Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, and in nearby Boulder, the Anasazi State Park.
Tom is a wealth of information on what to see and do – and he willingly shares that info with guests. He knows those hidden treats so often missed by visitors – that “locals” knowledge that always enhances a visit. Jen will follow that tradition as she find her own “special places” to share with guests.
For a travel pro’s perspective, check this article from IPA Magazine
We at the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah welcome Jen and her family to the rewarding world of Innkeeping.