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April 24, 2014

Landmark Inn busy under new ownership

For Robin and Fred Schneider, owning and managing the Landmark Inn Bed & Breakfast in Cooperstown is the culmination of a dream that began decades ago.

“We came to Coopersotwn about 30 years ago,” said Robin Schneider. “Fell in love with it.”

During this visit Schneider said that the pair stayed in a bed and breakfast. Being right out of college, however, she said that they were unable to relocate to the village.

After moving around for family commitments and careers, Schneider and her husband settled in Saranac Lake, where they lived with their two daughters for 13 years. After their youngest daughter graduated high school in 2012, however, the couple set in motion their efforts to relocate to Cooperstown.

They purchased the inn in early 2013.

Schneider, who previously worked as a sign-language translator in the public school system, is now a full-time innkeeper. Her husband maintains a full-time position in the insurance industry, but is also involved in the business.

Schneider said that the inn was a turn-key operation, and that she and her husband began their new careers almost immediately.

“The next morning we had a full house,” said Schneider.

Schneider said the Landmark Inn’s staff, who were already in place when they purchased the business, helped her and her husband.

“We just learned and watched from them,” said Schneider.

Still, the Schneiders haven’t been content to just leave things as they were.

“We made some changes to the inside of the inn to reflect our tastes more,” said Schneider, noting how they purchased all new linens, brought in more artwork and had the floors refinished.

Schneider said that part of the reason for doing this was that the business was not succeeding financially when they took it over.

“It was not doing very well,” said Schneider.

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