STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Plenty of people choose to spend a weekend away, locally. But if you're driving around in Staunton, you may notice a number of "for sale" signs at bed and breakfasts.
Owners of different bed and breakfasts say it's not because of a lack of business. One owner who owns Anne Hathaway's Cottage Bed and Breakfast says business is up but they're looking to retire.
Another owner says that a back-up business plan turned into a success.
Sharon Kincheloe owns the Artist's House Bed and Breakfast. Selling the house is a way for Kincheloe to pursue her art career.
""[I] never had any idea how well the business would be but it's been very successful....A lot of other ones they just want to retire it's not because they don't enjoy it even though it is a lot of work," said Kincheloe.
City leaders say if you're looking to start or buy a business, now's the time.
"People are visiting our restaurants, people are visiting our hotels, this is a great time for Staunton and a great opportunity for entrepreneurs," said Bruce Elder, with Staunton City Council.
Business at the Artist's House Bed and Breakfast can be slow during the winter months. However, some guests end up calling and making return visits, for last minute weekend plans.
Two returning guests Lisa Shambaugh and Shawn Holsinger called on Friday to plan their trip.
"We feel very much at home and Sharon knows us," said Shambaugh.
Shambaugh and Holsinger say there's plenty to do in the Queen City.
"Shakespeare playhouse, and some of the restaurants and it's just a nice place to come to get away for a weekend," said Holsinger.
There are brochures and maps available at the bed and breakfast to help guide guests. Plus, Kincheloe incorporates personal touches to make them feel at home.
"People arrive and you meet them, they're almost like family visiting," said Kincheloe.
With local restaurants and businesses booming, Kincheloe recommends picking Staunton.
"It's growing and a lot of people are finding out about Staunton, so it's not going to be a secret anymore," said Kincheloe.
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