Innkeeper – Shelley Goulding is your hostess. She had dreamt of opening a B&B for years, and finally did it nearly a decade after moving to Seattle. Originally from Hershey, PA, Shelley and her husband Mike Fitzmaurice (who hails from Canada) have also lived in Washington, DC and Denver, CO. Her varied career in communications, meeting planning, and member services inform her current efforts to help visitors enjoy their stay in her adopted hometown. Mike is the silent partner and technical consultant. He’ll make an occasional appearance and can sometimes be engaged in geek talk. Together, Shelley and Mike like to travel – they have set foot on all seven continents, but still have miles to go!
Innkeepers’ Helper – Phillip is a real dog, not the stuffed animal that children sometimes mistake him for. Shih Tzu to be exact, rescued from a puppy mill and thoroughly enjoying his life as the pampered prince. Sorry we can’t offer him as a substitute for your own pet/bedwarmer; he isn’t allowed in the guest rooms, and besides, he’s pretty attached to Shelley. He gets along with people but not other animals, so we’re sorry that we can’t host your own pets at 9 Cranes Inn.