She’s been in this business since 1996 and owns five luxury properties with her husband, Glenn Pogue, operating as Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns.
“But as African-Americans, we couldn’t do that, or we would be shooting ourselves in the foot.” In short, white travelers were unlikely to check into Black-owned B&Bs.
The owner Monique was onsite for the weekend which made it extra special.
Will definitely visit this location again during the summer months. My husband and I just returned from a weekend getaway to Noble Lane. Monique, the innkeeper is friendly, gracious and accomodating.
There are just “a small percentage of innkeepers with that level of longevity.” Greenwood has built a unique model according to fellow inn owner Daniel Edwards of Morehead Manor in Durham, N. Greenwood’s inns offer upscale accommodations in historic properties with what she calls “old-fashioned hospitality and modern-day conveniences.” Guests are called by their names and there are amenities such as fresh-squeezed lemonade served on the front porch.
Edwards said when he and his wife opened their business in 1997 many white inns depended on a travel guide to attract lodgers.