Dawn D. Richardson
Oxford Who’s Who has inducted Ms. Dawn D. Richardson into the highest Professional Distinction “Top Tier of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Recognition” due to her skills and expertise in hospitality. Ms. Richardson is one of few special honorees distinguished based on her professional accomplishments, academic achievements, years of service, and the credentials she has provided. Growing up on a farm just outside of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Dawn D. Richardson’s friends and relatives from Baltimore would often spend holidays and weekends there visiting. By the time she was just 14, Dawn knew she wanted to become an innkeeper. She loved to cook and have lots of people around the table to entertain, anticipate their needs and ensure they had a great time.
The Innkeeper, Ms. Dawn Richardson, recently retired from the U.S. Navy after 25 years as a Supply Corps Captain. She purchased the Mermaids' Porch two years ago to fulfill a lifelong dream of opening a Bed and Breakfast. Prior to her military service she worked and managed restaurants and hotels and got her Bachelor’s Degree in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management from Purdue University. She has run food service operations ashore and afloat in the Navy and within the commercial arena. Her years of experience with a professional and customer service attitude will make your stay a pleasant and memorable one. Located in historic Portsmouth, Virginia, The Mermaids’ Porch is a lovely Queen Anne Victorian home built by Dr. Parrish in 1898. This bed and breakfast has three cozy rooms to choose from for the world weary traveler to tuck in and rejuvenate. The home is decorated in a sophisticated eclectic fashion by the well-traveled innkeeper. The public spaces include the namesake front porch decorated with several unique mermaids and a siren swing where you can while away the hours waving to the friendly neighbors as they walk to the park next door. Inside the Victorian living room includes a piano and fireplace to accommodate the musically inclined or those that just want to cozy up. The game room includes cable television, but also chess, cards and other board games to entertain yourselves in case of inclement weather or need of a respite. The courtyard includes areas to sit a spell and enjoy nature with the option to relax in our hot tub. Finally, the dining room is where you’ll dine on a full breakfast made from locally procured items from our Farmers Market or other Virginia grown items.