Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Meet Your Merchant- Black Walnut Point Inn - Tilghman Island

Name Of Business: 
4417 Black Walnut Point Rd, Tilghman Island
Phone number: 410-886-2452
Hours of operation: 
9am-5pm, Everyday

Who are the owners?
Bob and Tracy

How and why you started your business? We were led to the Inn eight years ago.  It’s a long story, but in a nutshell, Tracy was shown the Inn and point in a vision when he was three, painted it when he was twelve, and Bob and Tracy first came to the Inn eight years ago and knew God wanted them at the Inn.  We took over the Inn five years ago.  Since then new guests, weddings and people who have needed to be at the Inn have utilized their Sanctuary Discount, and then business has grown every year.
What do you sell/make/do?  Bed and Breakfast, Weddings, Respite.  
We are open year-round, so everything is heated and air conditioned. The waterfront cabins feature private screened-in porches, full kitchens, gas fireplaces and king-sized beds overlooking the Choptank River.  The main house is a 1840's farm house, and features four unique choices to stay, and includes the common eating and relaxing areas, including a breathtaking view on the screened porch. 

Where is your business located and why did you choose your location?  Please see above.  We have also expanded with fund raisers for the local community. We also advertise with Gift Certificates for specific Silent Auctions in the Baltimore and DC community.
What strategy do you use to draw people to your establishment? We tell our story and advertise the ‘secret place of peace’.  Our location and marketing describes a place to get away from the norm, with nature, seasonal interest, gardens - both flower, vegetable and fruit and peace that surrounds us.  Sunrise and sunsets on both sides of our lawn lure guests to the Inn.

What is your strategy for growth in the next year? Our weddings and ability to host guests and events year-round have increased our season.  Internet marketing through hotel sites have proven very beneficial.

What is the best thing about running a business here?   We are doing what we are supposed to be doing.

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