Contact Deedie Runkel

586 E Main St.
Ashland, OR 97520

(541) 210-0373

Deedie Runkel, author, Scone by Scone

About Deedie and David

When we turned 60, my husband David and I left Washington, DC to become innkeepers in Ashland, Oregon, home of the world-class Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We had little idea of what was in store.  We knew we could cook, we knew how to make a bed, and we have always loved meeting and getting to know new people.  And coming from the land of politics, we of course also knew that some people can be challenging. 

This book highlights our experiences hosting theatre lovers, actors, newlyweds, travelers, and just about every other type of person you can imagine.

Scone by Scone…Tales of an Innkeeper’s Life, shares what it’s really like backstage at an inn, through stories of the myriad situations an innkeeper faces. Whether it’s producing an impromptu wedding one afternoon, discovering that a guest was my host 20 years ago in a remote village in Africa, or introducing actors to early morning breakfast – nearly every day has brought another fascinating story to our door.  Each chapter contains not just our recipe for business success, but also the recipe for whichever item on our prize-winning menu is featured in the story.

To our surprise, we discovered that inn-keeping is indeed our vocation. It’s inspiring, transforming work, and. And is laced with entirely unexpected ingredients – the love and friendship of many amazing people who came to us as guests but whom we now count as treasured friends for life.