During the COVID-19 crisis, we are interviewing local businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profits to see how they are adapting to life in these strange, frightening, and isolating times. We are continually impressed by the ways in which our community members are facing these challenges with creativity and courage. Today, we talk with Jill and Tony Amato, of The Blue Horse Inn.
Who are you and where do you live?
Jill and Tony Amato, 3 Church St Woodstock, VT aka The Blue Horse Inn
What do you do? For how long have you been doing it?
We own and operate The Blue Horse Inn, a ten-guest room Bed and Breakfast in Woodstock, VT. We have been in business for about a year and a half.
How has your life and livelihood changed in the time of Covid-19?
Our business has been closed since the State shut down all lodging operations a few weeks ago. Like any other B&B or lodging operation, we rely solely on guests coming to town and staying with us while visiting Woodstock and the surrounding area. Without guests, there is no revenue, just expenses. It is also difficult to be socially separated from such a special community here in Woodstock. The lack of daily personal interaction creates such a void in one’s life. We’ve been using this time to catch up on maintenance projects and spring cleaning, plus Tony continues to work as a benefits consultant to his clients. We’ve also been talking to family members on the phone, reading, creating artwork, exercising and watching Netflix.
What is the most important thing that people can do to help support you and/or your business?
We are grateful for the support of the community during this time however there really isn’t anything people can do to support us other than book reservations once the virus is under control.
What changes do you hope to see in a post-quarantine world?
Hopefully a Government that is more prepared and capable of mitigating pandemics immediately. The lack of action and leadership when the virus first came out and the innuendo that it would “go away when the weather warms up” has cost American lives and millions of jobs.
We will look forward to seeing full guest rooms at the Blue Horse Inn once again; until then, visit their website and plan your next trip to Woodstock!
Photos by Jessica Notargiacomo and Cindy Starr.