About the Owner
Tobi grew up in the northern Delaware/Philadelphia metro area in the 1960's & 1970's. Regrettably, she was too young for Woodstock but grew up listening to her big sister's recordings of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie. After college she lived in Israel for 1 year, moved to Pgh, PA, then Warren, PA and most recently Findley Lake, NY.
Tobi has been in the hospitality business since the mid-1980's. Not surprisingly she was raised in a family of entrepreneurs; in Wilmington, DE her paternal great-grandmother ran a Candy & Tobacco company and her paternal grandfather and father were partners in a TV and Appliance Store. Her maternal grandmother’s Dress Shop was a landmark in the Ardmore, PA business community (in the Phila. suburbs), so much so that Tobi's mother took over the helm when her grandmother eventually retired. In 1982 Tobi’s own family opened and operated the Jefferson Tea House, a restaurant/bed & breakfast in Warren, PA until June 1997. After buying a vacation cottage in nearby Findley Lake, NY, they decided to relocate the business to the opposite end of the lake. They purchased this well-appointed, single-family Victorian home & converted it into the Blue Heron Inn, a popular restaurant/b&b with a stunning lake view. It is here they operated until December 2017.
In 2008 Tobi's daughter, Hillary, graduated from high school and moved to Pittsburgh, PA to attend college and Law School. Hillary still resides in Pittsburgh and, needless to say, is a big fan of all things Black and Gold. Tobi is happy that the Philadelphia Eagles won the 2017 Super Bowl while her 88 year-old father was young enough to bask in the glow of the "victory of a lifetime".
As with all things time passed and life changed; Tobi decided to convert the property into a whole house vacation rental. The transformation began in Jan 2018; in July 2018 they put away the tools and paintbrushes and graciously welcomed the first guests. Tobi is fortunate to have had the opportunity to revitalize this unique property not once, but twice, and is happy that it will remain part of the Findley Lake landscape for many years to come.
Interaction With Guests
Tobi does not live on premise, however, she lives close by and is always available by phone. Prior to the date of arrival guests will receive the codes to the lock box and keyless front door lock. A Guest Binder with a operational and local information will be provided for your convenience. In the case of a life-threatening event, please call 911. The Blue Heron street address is 10412 Main Street, Findley Lake, NY 14736. If a repair emergency occurs, our Plumber & Electrician's names & phone numbers are on the Laundry Room bulletin board. If you have general questions or need non-emergency assistance, please feel free to call Tobi at 814.873.7854 (cell).