In September of 1998, Ted and JoAnn Dawson purchased a horse farm in rural Maryland to fulfill their lifelong dream of owning a bed & breakfast. Little did they know what lay ahead! Restoring a filthy, dilapidated, nearly condemned Victorian house to a charming and welcoming country inn while raising two rowdy young boys was only the first of their challenges. Dealing with shady former owners, a string of ghostly events, and a wide variety of colorful guests opened our eyes to a whole new world. With the fortitude and life lessons born of years growing up on a dairy farm, the rare good fortune of choosing the perfect partner in life, and a boatload of humor thrown in to preserve their sanity, they have managed to keep Fairwinds Farm Bed & Breakfast running strong for nearly twenty years.
JoAnn S. Dawson is an innkeeper, author, actress, college professor, motivational speaker and animal wrangler for film and TV. Since 1998, she and husband Ted have owned and operated Fairwinds Farm B&B, the inspiration for her hilarious memoir!