Although Innkeeper and general manager Linda Kilcollins has extensive experience in HR and management, her true passion is hospitality. In fact, she has 11 years of hospitality experience.
Linda and her husband (that’s me!) love to cook, entertain and meet new people. It was over breakfast at a B&B that they decided to open their own in Northern California. In preparation for this venture, Linda honed her culinary skills at The Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena and delved into organic gardening through horticulture classes. The B&B quickly garnered success, achieving a Five Star rating and high ranking. However, in 2017, Linda and her husband sold the business and relocated to their retirement destination of Southern Oregon.
Retirement? Ha Ha!
Linda was not a stranger to Country Willows. She was first a guest and then an occasional innsitter for the prior owners before becoming the full-time Innkeeper. “It’s my dream job where I’m able to interact with guests and provide them with a memorable experience,” says Linda.
She's always looking for opportunities to learn more about the hospitality business. For example, Country Willows offers micro-weddings and elopement packages. Linda and Assistant Inkeeper Lisa recently spent four days attending the annual Wedding Merchants Business Academy in preparation for getting their MBA certification.
The success of Country Willows is a team effort. “I am blessed with an exceptional team where each member possesses a heart dedicated to the art of hospitality.”