Patty and Jeff are your hosts at Northern Comfort and always happy to get to know new guests! Here’s a little more about each of us…
Jeff…. Chief Cook and B&B Minder
Jeff is the half of the couple that interacts with the guests most of the time. He’s the head chef, sauna minder and keeps the grounds and buildings looking lovely. He came to Northern Comfort after a career spent working primarily in conservation and environmental work. A forester by training, he worked for the Virginia Department of Forestry for 15 years before starting his own business with a partner that focused on riparian and water quality planting in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. He and Patty owned an antique shop in historic Staunton, Virginia, where they lived prior to moving to Northern Comfort.
Jeff is a life-long lover of fishing. He was born in Utica, New York, and his family moved to Florida when he was 10. He grew up in Daytona Beach, spending most of his spare time in various fishing boats with his friends and picking up longer trips as summer employment in high school.
Jeff and Patty are both huge music fans, although Jeff is more of a 70’s rock guy while Patty loves 60’s soul. He’s seen every great rock band live, except for Queen. He reads a lot in what spare time he can find — mostly American history and biographies.
Patty…Technology buff, chief maker and designer of things
Patty grew up not far from Northern Comfort, in neighboring Tower-Soudan. The move to Northern Comfort was a return home for Patty, who moved away after high school and spent the last 25 years living in Minneapolis, Dallas and Nashville. Patty works from her home office at the farm, helping indie business owners and authors with marketing needs. While Jeff focuses on making sure the guests have an amazing stay at the inn, Patty is responsible for the design, decor, website and keeping track of reservations. She’s also the book-keeper (much to her daily chagrin) and the bread and granola maker.
In her spare time Patty loves to read (mostly mysteries) and is working on writing her first novel. She’s an experienced seamstress and stitches up funky fashions to wear and for sale. If you are interested in sewing, knitting, cooking and other fun home decor hacks, check out her blog on her website.
The Furry Ones
In addition to the human innkeepers, Peppermint the basset hound, Biscuit the housecat and Mamma Kitty the barn cat call Northern Comfort home. Peppermint and Biscuit live in the innkeepers quarters (so no worries if you have allergies or aren’t overly fond of felines!) Peppermint is super friendly and very clumsy and happy to meet the guests (just ask!) Biscuit spends his time watching the birdfeeder from Patty’s office window and is a bit harder to meet, what with his lightening speed and climbing skills! Guests may also see Mama Kitty prowling the grounds during their visit. She lives in a super-delux cat apartment — the old chicken coop attached to the dairy barn — and usually makes an appearance at dusk where she sits in the dry sink and meows until her human slave, Jeff, brings her some Kitty Chow and fresh water.