In May of 2015, the Nice family purchased the Husum Riverside Bed & Breakfast and Icehouse Café. Each member of the family brings their own distinct abilities to the enterprise, from hospitality and marketing experience to carpentry, cooking, farming, and more. But as much as we love this family business, it is also our home. It is this personal connection that sets us apart in the hospitality industry and makes the Husum BnB an exceptional option to relax, eat, and sleep in the Columbia Rive Gorge.
Husband and wife, David and Connie Nice, have practiced hospitality their entire married life. They operated an adult foster home, opened their doors to troubled teenagers, and invited people into their home for short or long stays. Early in their marriage they owned a photography studio and bring valuable business experience to this new venture. Connie was very active in the cultural heritage and tourism of the area as the director of the History Museum in Hood River. After retiring from her job with Hood River County, she ventured into the world of writing. Having one book published, she hopes to publish more. Connie cooks amazing breakfasts for the B&B and is active in many day-to-day tasks including office work, cleaning, and community networking. David’s career has primarily been in prehospital emergency medical services as a paramedic, a role that has allowed him to venture into teaching on the local and national level. Over the years he has enjoyed remodeling, woodwork, and gardening – skills he uses on a regular basis at the B&B.
Son, Aaron Nice was interested in computers from an early age, which lead to several entrepreneurial ventures as a teenager. In addition, he participated for many years of 4-H raising meat rabbits. After graduating from Columbia High School in White Salmon, he attended Portland Community College and then Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. Upon moving back to the Pacific Northwest he worked for ten years in internet marketing. His technical and marketing background helps the B&B stay connected in this age of social media and global tourism. Arguably, Aaron’s true passion is for cooking, and he runs the Icehouse Patio Café at the B&B, blending European café style cuisine with local farm-to-table ingredients and a Pacific Northwest flair.
Daughter Rachel Short and Grandson Aaron Short are the heart of the business bringing personality and a wide variety of skills to the bed and breakfast. Rachel has worked in accounting for several local companies after graduating with a degree in Business Management. She is now working towards a second degree in Accounting and brings invaluable finance, business, and marketing skills to the B&B. Despite working full time outside the B&B, she assists as a sous chef, is the human resources manager, and helps with cleaning and maintenance. Rachel’s son, little Aaron also plays a vital role in the B&B. Not only does he raise chickens and gather eggs that are served to guests, but he is eager to chat with visitors and is often times the “voice” of the B&B. Aaron attends the Elementary School in Trout Lake and is active in almost everything from musicals to sports to reading. He helps with the gardening, cleaning, and dish washing at the B&B, and reminds the rest of us to stay young and always approach situations with a sense of imagination and childlike wonderment.
Since opening the Bed and Breakfast we have made many new friends. From our community partners to our guests, we feel that our family is now a little bit larger. We hope to continue to share our family vision for this business and make your future visits as enjoyable and unique as possible.