Give it a try!
B&B for Fisherman...Lake Cumberland?
Been thinking of opening a bed and breakfast for fisherman on Lake Cumberland. 10 miles or less from; Halcolms Landing and State Dock on LC, Wolf Creek Dam (Kendell & Indian Creek), Helms Landing and a little bit more to Wenfeys Landing on the Cumberland River. Full service including trailer parking and electrical hookup for your boat.
So, what do you fellows think,....would you use it?
Thanks in advance for you "honest replies".
Last edited by FlyLie; 09-03-2011 at 04:49 PM.
Give it a try!
Sounds like a good idea. if it's convienient for fisherman to get to the ramp and have alot of parking for your boat and hookups. With the right amount of advertiseing you could make a go of it. The only draw back would be in the summer time with all the boat traffic and skiers on the lake, the summer time fishing isn't all that wonderful. But have good food and I'm sure you'll have a good run. Fishermen live to eat! LOL..
Some thoughts. First, I think it can work.
1. Add a single, outdoor, no roof, low cost, coin car wash lane. A concrete single pad, with a pole for the coin box and a spray wand. Let me spray the rig off before heading home or after a hard of fishing. Small source of income too. Along that same line, and I have no idea on the cost here, a single gas pump, that could be on the same lane as the car wash. Just one more thing I can do right there and never have to head to town. And I'd stay because I know compared to staying at Jamestown Marina, I don't have to pay the outrageous boat dock gas price.
2. Do serve some meals, but also besure there are some good frozen food vending machines and a microwave handy. So when I come in and the kitchen isn't open, I can eat something fairly warm and good, without having to drive in to Jamestown or Russell Springs.
3. Add a couple outside propane grills, and a fish cleaning station. Let some folks catch, clean, and eat right fter they come off the lake. Charge a fee for it, maybe an honor box for a couple bucks for the propane, and let the rooms be stocked with the minimum cooking stuff, a big fry pan for the grill, some cheap silverware, and a bits of cooking utensils. I think it would add to the feeling that a fisherman can come there, and never have to go anwhere else during his trip. Which means, he's more likely to consume the things you offer for sale. And he's cooking outside where you have less chance of fire or grease damage to your motel rooms or facilities in general. A place I stayed in on the Cheaspeake Bay does this, and what they do is sign out "fish fry kits", A frying pan, some utensils, couple ounces of cooking oil, salt/pepper packets. A guy can sign it out before going fishing for say $10, and return it cleaned after use, and it the pan and utensils are clean and all there, he gets say $3 back.
4. Right at the check in counter, a small array of the lures that are the hotest producers for that time of year and the various species.
5. At the front desk, provide the customer a card with the motel phone # to call in case of emergencies anywhere, either on the lake, ramp, or adjoining roads to call for boat, trailer or towing vehicle breakdowns. Then talk to the local towing companies, Marine Assist, and boat/car repair places, and tell them you want an annual referral fee so that they will be the one buisness of their type that you refer all stranded customers to. The cutomer getting the card will get the sense that your are truly a full service place to stay, along with gas, car wash, food, places and means to cook as well as offering emrgency support.
Just thoughts. Well, maybe a dream list. But offered with best wishes for success.
I think this can work. How many beds and type of beds would you have. I bring a nice size party with me. I like all the ideas listed in the above post, especially the gas...