Valerie and Dennis Calkins, Owners of the Miami Motel, Canandaigua


LIFL: What inspired you to renovate the Miami Motel?

Valerie and Dennis: Honestly, we were looking for a B&B at the moment we stumbled upon this property. Both of us wanted to get out of corporate America. This property was in serious need of rehab, upgrade, and reputation cleanup. We were up for the challenge, which took much longer than anticipated. We love mid-century properties. The building design is unique and funky, very “Frank Lloyd Wright” want-to-be…yet with a Palm Springs design too.

What is a common thing that customers say about their stay?

Our guests are looking for something different and we are definitely that. Most of our visitors say they seek out the independent and unique mom and pop motels over the franchise because of the personal customer service. We are here to host a unique stay that won’t be forgotten any time soon because of our desire to create interesting and comfortable rooms.

What part of the Finger Lakes Region do you like to visit the most?

Seneca Lake and the trek south to Watkins Glen and back on the east side are favorite locations. The views are breathtaking the entire distance around the lake.

What words of wisdom would you pass onto your childhood self?

Do not limit your goals to local. Broaden your horizons and expand your reach as far as possible. The world is full of amazing and interesting people local and afar.

If you could have dinner with anyone – living or dead – who would it be?

Sigmund Freud. I find his theories absolutely fascinating!

What is a new habit you want to form or quit?

Go to the gym …the membership is paid, the bag and towel are ready, but haven’t been there yet.

If you had a superpower how would you use it?

If my superpower were engineering, I would develop a silent vacuum.

What is one thing people often misunderstand about you?

As socially active and busy as we are, we totally enjoy quiet me time. We could be comfortable just sitting on the porch listening to the birds.

What is the most spontaneous thing you have ever done?

Scoop up this investment property with not a stitch of hotel/motel experience. We just fell in love with the idea of mid-century charming, lots of green space, and an opportunity to be in control of your own destiny. We were compelled to return this once amazing property back to the “Mad Men” era.

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