August 2011 - OutreachNC Magazine

August 2011 - OutreachNC Magazine

40 OutreachNCAugust 2011

Love keeps

harmony at

Knollwood House

Photos by Carrie Frye/OutreachNC

Proprietors Joe and Lyndee Radigan of Knollwood House Bed & Breakfast in Southern Pines call anyone who ever stays with them “family.”

Joe and Lyndee Radigan are

“The girls got a little tired of it,” Lyndee

in love. It’s a good thing, too, By Melanie Coughlin says of the couple’s daughters, Megan

Special to OutreachNC

since their retirement career as

and Kerry, “But I said I’ve got to make

proprietors of Knollwood House Bed and Breakfast has sure I have tried-and-true recipes.”

them spending lots of time together.

Now she has an impressive repertoire of breakfast

“Because he’s my best friend, working with him is dishes including Grand Marnier French Toast that was

just a fabulous experience,” says Lyndee, 60. “This is a featured on UNC-TV. She enjoys the challenge of

good business if you really and truly like your partner.” preparing three courses —fruit, entrée and sorbet— at

Joe, a retired health care executive who spent much each breakfast.

of his career traveling to Europe two to three weeks of “I feel like I’m having a tea party every day,” Lyndee

each month, is happy to have more time with his wife says with an ear-to-ear smile that shows her sincerity.

of 23 years.

She enjoys using different China patterns and linens

“We haven’t been able to spend that much time every day and is always on the hunt for new serving

together in a while,” Joe, 57, says. “Working with her pieces that will titivate the table. Her guests notice. One

has been a lot of fun. Plus we complement each other guest wrote on TripAdvisor that Lyndee’s breakfasts

very well.”

“not only taste wonderful, they are a work of art in

The couple has established a good division of appearance.”

responsibilities since taking ownership of the Southern “Breakfast is sort of a lost art,” Joe says with pride in

Pines property in 2007. Lyndee handles food and his wife. “Lyndee makes it really special.”

housekeeping, and Joe manages the marketing and Joe does his part to give the guests a memorable stay

concierge aspect of the business.

by catering to their needs. He stays on top of what is

Joe gets the day started at Knollwood House. After happening in the community and keeps in close contact

rising at 6 a.m., he walks to work, a mere 22 steps with area restaurants and golf resorts. He is also

down the back stairway, a fact he enjoys telling available to meet any impromptu requests.

people. Over the next hour and 15 minutes, he feeds “He is like Pavlov’s dog. He hears the (door) chime

the couples’ cats and dogs, walks the dogs, turns the and he jumps up and runs to the door to see what he

horses out to pasture, puts coffee out for guests and can do for them,” Lyndee says of Joe’s service. “Joe will

showers. Then he –and this is real love– takes coffee do anything for anyone at any time.”

up to his wife in bed.

Lyndee calls Joe’s desire to serve guests his greatest

Lyndee begins cooking breakfast at 7:30, having strength. And she has experience analyzing his

prepped all her ingredients the night before. Learning to strengths. She hired him more than two decades ago

cook breakfast was an adjustment for Lyndee.

when she was the human resources director at a health

“I never was a breakfast person. I cook really lovely care company in California. After he was hired, she

dinners from ‘Bon Appétit,’ but when we decided to do this, noticed from his resume that he was from Connecticut,

I realized I needed to learn to cook breakfast,” she says. where her parents lived. She mentioned it to him, and

To master her recipes, Lyndee served nothing but the two learned their parents lived only 20 minutes from

breakfast food to her family at dinner for an entire each other.


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