At Select Registry’s 2013 Annual Meeting, Newly Appointed Executive Director Phil Jenkins announced Lynnette Scofield of the William Henry Miller Inn, located in Ithaca, NY, as the Select Registry 2013 Innkeeper of the Year.
Lynnette was selected as the recipient based on her demonstration of service to her community, dedication to the private luxury inn industry, charitable interest and commitment to Select Registry. She was nominated by her fellow Select Registry innkeepers.
Lynnette and her Community
Lynnette’s service to the Ithaca, NY, community and charitable interests include serving as a board member of the United Way of Tompkins County; co-founder of Animeals, a food pantry for pets; co-chair of the 2012/2013 United Way Annual Campaign, and Advisory Council Member for the History Center and Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY.
The William Henry Miller Inn as a whole has contributed to Lynnette’s involvement with the United Way and presentations at Hospicare, the local hospice. “We will either bring homemade baked goods from our kitchen for these presentations or offer a gift certificate to be used at a later date,” said Schofield.
Lynette is also a member of the Advisory Council of Professional Association of Innkeepers International, Chair of the Advisory Council of PAII, Board Member of PAII and Assistant to the Regional Director for Select Registry. She was also heavily involved with the PAII/Select Registry conferences in Atlanta, Austin, Charleston, and Little Rock.
“Probably something you don’t know about me is that I am a HUGE Cornell University Hockey fan,” commented Lynnette. “A few years ago I was privileged to be able to make a donation to the hockey program along with about seven others to rebuild the men’s locker room. This has helped forge a really good relationship with the program.”
Lynnette’s involvement in the hockey program doesn’t end there. She also has had player and School of Hotel Administration senior, Braden Birch, working at her inn for the past two summers. This experience is helping him fulfill his graduation requirement of 800 hours working in the industry.
“As a result of Braden working for us, eight of the players participated in the Stephen E. Garner Day of Caring back in September,” Lynnette said. “They helped pack more than 12,000 lbs of personal care items, non-perishable food and pet products to be distributed in the country’ food pantries.”
The 9-room William Henry Miller Inn in Ithaca, NY, was designed as a private residence by Cornell University’s first architecture student, William Henry Miller, in 1880. The inn’s interest pasting can be traced from that point to October 27, 1998 when Lynnette purchased the inn. Only 5 months later the inn was ready for guests after adding more than seven bathrooms, a new sprinkler system, all new plumbing and electrical, fire safety equipment, entrance, wheel chair lift, and an additional bedroom. The walls were also painted and repapered. Newly purchased furnishings added the final touches that make the inn the welcoming and comfortable inn that it is today.
Each of the William Henry Miller Inn’s guest rooms is unique and has its own personality. Lynnette has insured her inn is welcoming for every guest by making the inn’s carriage house suites extra accommodating. The Garner Suite is dog friendly, and the Aurora Suite is handicap accessible, meeting all ADA standards.
Visit the William Henry Miller Inn’s page to learn more about the inn and plan a trip to visit and meet Lynnette.