About the owner, Conrad:
“I‘ve been lucky enough to have traveled the world and learned a little about a lot (just yesterday I was speaking to a guest about Hanauer Landstrasse and she was blown away that I knew where it was). I’ve learned to speak a few languages along the way, some good enough to converse in, others just good enough to get myself chased down alleyways and get shot at. I enjoyed meeting people and learning from them so much that I decided hospitality was where I wanted to be. Everyday I see tourists walking around trying to orient themselves to a map of town so I stop to see if they need help. I find that it works much better when I’m dressed up as a re-enactor. When I’m just wearing a T-Shirt and a bandana they probably think I want something from them!
I started out as a child in LA, but soon moved up to San Francisco where I spent my formative years in a French School (note to parents: Teach your kids a foreign language when they’re young!) I was lucky enough to get into Cal Berkeley (Go Bears!), bombed out of Navy(Marine Option) ROTC, spent a year abroad in Egypt, joined the Army as a linguist, won an all expense paid trip to Kuwait, Iraq and Saudi Arabia where I saw and experienced some pretty weird stuff. Then I started an MBA program at the original USC(Go Gamecocks) dropped out for a year to sell safety equipment in the Magic Kingdom(Saudi Arabia), intern at an oil company in Cairo, then back to complete the MBA program. Out of the MBA program I started working at a maintenance software company doing application consulting and training all over the world. I jumped ship in Diego Garcia and went to work for the local contractor doing IT work. From there it was on to the same type of work in Germany which got old after 3 years, so I quit and moved to the Netherlands to learn Dutch for 18 months.
Finally it was back to the US and the opportunity arose to buy the Pirate Haus Inn from the previous owners who were itching to travel around the world for themselves. Luckily it always worked out that there’s been crew aboard to help, otherwise it would have been too much work. One soul who joined the crew was Elaine Juzwick who is an artist, and she painted most of of the murals in our rooms. Now married to a wonderful woman who understands why I get up to make pancakes every morning for our international clientele even though I may not have to, I’ve been in St. Augustine longer than I’ve been anywhere since my childhood and I love it here. We participate in local historical re-enactments (it’s great when everyone at the Inn is dressed up – if you’re lucky enough to be staying during a re-enactment – sometimes dorm beds are available- we can usually dress you up if you want to participate!) and have a great little brother (Big Sisters/Big Brothers) who helps out at the Inn on occasion if he can tear himself away from the X-Box. If I’m not around the inn, I’m probably out on my Yamaha Royal Star Venture with my CVMA or PGR brothers.
I do my best to run the Inn and keep it affordable for folks who don’t find the Hilton in their budget, or for folks who are tired of the white-walled-boxes of chain hotel/motels. If there’s ever anything that’s not ‘right’, please let us know so we have the chance to fix it.”