Amy Eschenbrenner, AS '81

eschenbrenner---Blue-Hen-Ribbon-Cutting-008-scaled-(1).jpgA Blue Hen comes home to roost in a big way! Amy Eschenbrenner ’81 recently celebrated the grand opening of her latest achievement- the Blue Hen Bed and Breakfast in Newark.

Amy, with her husband Don, purchased the home originally built in 1692 and spent more than two years fulfilling permit, local codes, zoning ordinances and smoke and fire requirements.

“We have had out of town guests who are not familiar with the area and it’s been great fun explaining the history and introducing them to all that there is to do and see.”

Amy is no stranger to Newark, while attending UD, she worked at the Crab Trap, El Sombrero and Klondike Kates and volunteered at the Newark Co-Op. During her last semester, Amy took the opportunity to study abroad in London researching Shakespeare and contemporary English literature. As early as her UD days, Amy’s path towards owning a B&B was taking form.

“I have always wanted one and traveling through Europe enhanced the romantic notion of running one,” she said.

Amy’s Blue Hen Bed and Breakfast is originally part of a 255-acre farm and although the home dates back to the 17th century, she notes its previous owners took great care of the home and required few major renovations. Managing a Bed & Breakfast in your home, may seem to many as if you are always on display, but to Amy, that is routine. While achieving her degree in Theatre, Amy performed on stage and with the University Singers.

“I had to work a lot” says Amy “but it gave me a great opportunity to meet so many people.”

Through her experience at UD, Amy began connecting to people that would allow her to one day open her own home and begin a new career path for she and her husband. These early connections are not forgotten either.

“I’ve been blessed with lifelong friends from college days- there’s a group of us who still get together once a year.”

And now, thanks to Amy, they have a welcoming, convenient and even pet friendly place to stay.

For more information about Amy’s B&B, visit the Blue Hen Bed and Breakfast web site.