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Thursday, March 26, 2015

College basketball teams have battled it out all season for the right to join the big dance this March. From scooping and swooping, to dishing and swishing, teams made up of phenomenal freshman and spectacular seniors will enter the tournament of 68 in one of the greatest sporting events of the year. So fill out your bracket and hop in your car to these breathtaking B&Bs, conveniently located in America’s top basketball towns, to experience March Madness with the home crowds! 

 Springhill Winery & Plantation Bed and Breakfast Springhill Winery & Plantation Bed and Breakfast

Feel Like the Consensus Number One at the Springhill Winery & Plantation Bed and Breakfast in Bloomfield, KY

While the University of Kentucky may reign supreme on the court, guests can feel like they are number one at the Springhill Winery & Plantation Bed and Breakfast (www.BnBFinder.com/SpringhillWinery). The inn offers a first team, all-American lineup of wine tastings, Murder Mystery dinners, and other activities, including tours on the celebrated Bourbon Trail located nearby.

After an activity packed day, travelers can go back to their tastefully adorned rooms that feature antique decorations and king-sized beds. Every  morning they will wake up to coffee at their door before a full country breakfast, which can be enjoyed by the outdoor fire pit.

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A Slam Dunk for any Nature Lover: The Inn at 400 West High in Charlottesville, VA

Located only two miles from University of Virginia, the Inn at 400 West High (www.BnBFinder.com/400WestHigh) is the perfect spot for any fan of the Cavaliers or the outdoors. Just a short drive from the Blue Ridge Mountains, this B&B offers bird watching, hiking, swimming, biking, fishing, and access to national parks.

Guests can watch the big game on flat-screen TVs, which are included in every room, along with private baths and either queen- or king-sized mattresses covered with high-quality linens. Some accommodations also include fireplaces, so visitors can heat up faster than a shooting guard behind the three-point line.

 Morehead Manor Bed & Breakfast Morehead Manor Bed & Breakfast

You Won’t Leave the Morehead Manor Bed & Breakfast in Durham, NC Feeling Blue…Or Will You?

A jump shot away from Duke University and the Cameron Crazies is the Morehead Manor Bed & Breakfast (www.BnBFinder.com/MoreheadManor). Any Blue Devil will love the full breakfast and access to spa services that this inn has to offer, plus its ideal location that is within walking distance to downtown. There visitors will find dining at Brightleaf Square and shows at the Durham Performing Arts Center.

Guests have full access to plush microfiber robes, 24-hour coffee service, and homemade desserts. Before leaving, make sure to grab one of the complimentary snacks or beverages that are offered to all.

 The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast

It’s Not Just Badgers at The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast in Madison, WI

With five bedrooms that feature king-sized beds and whirlpool tubs, any fan of the Wisconsin Badgers will want to dribble their way towards The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast (www.BnBFinder.com/SpeckledHen). Guests can pick and roll themselves out of bed to warm up by the in-room fireplaces or take in the stunning views of the sheep pastures, as well as the Japanese gardens, from their own private balconies. For anyone who can manage to tear themselves away from the view, a seasonal farm-to-table breakfast will be waiting.

Most rooms have king-sized beds with microfiber sheets, hypo-allergenic feather beds, and down comforters. Other accommodations also include invigorating whirlpool tubs with natural bath amenities.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Today marks National Spinach Day, and Popeye isn’t the only one proud to call this iron-rich, leafy vegetable his go-to green. As one of the healthiest foods around, spinach is also diverse enough to include in almost any dish. Take for example this tasty Rolled Omelet with Feta, Baby Spinach, and Tomatoes from our friends at the Greenlake Guest House in Seattle, WA. Make sure to check out this recipe and plenty of others on our ever-expanding recipe page.

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Rolled Omelet with Feta, Baby Spinach, and Tomatoes


6 eggs
1 cup milk
¼ cup butter, melted
4 sprinkles ground red pepper
1/4 tsp salt
½ cup flour

About 1 ½- 2 cups crumbled feta cheese
about 2-3 cups fresh spinach leaves, stems removed
about 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 400. Grease 10 x 15 jellyroll pan w/ spray, line with parchment paper, then grease parchment paper again with spray.
Combine the eggs, milk, melted butter, ground red pepper, and salt in electric mixer with paddle attachment and mix. Add flour last and beat on medium speed until well blended (there may be a few small lumps). Pour into the prepared pan and bake 18-20 minutes, or until set and slightly puffed and golden at the edges.

Remove eggs from oven and sprinkle generously with feta, fresh spinach leaves, and chopped fresh tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper as desired.

Beginning with short end, carefully roll up the omelet (It will be hot! Disposable gloves are helpful). Cut into 1 inch slices with a sharp knife and serve garnished with a few fresh spinach leaves tucked under each slice. Serves 5-6 (2 slices per person).

This tasty entrée makes a beautiful presentation for any brunch and will hold on the top of the oven for 45 minutes to an hour if covered with a kitchen towel. Try varying the filling for variety (for example, smoked salmon and chives with cheese, or avocado with tomato and green onion with cheese).

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The end of March to mid April marks one of the country’s most aesthetically appealing times of year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. There are several locations to observe these vivid and dazzling trees emerge, but historically, the Washington Monument grounds feature the best views of the petals hitting their peak. So if you want to see Spring take shape and bloom before your eyes, consider these inns located within a few blocks of the famous memorial commemorating our first president.

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Enjoy the Serenity of Springtime at Adam’s Inn

Located in DC’s quiet residential area, Adam’s Inn (www.BnBFinder.com/AdamsInn) is the perfect escape for travelers looking to view the cherry blossoms on a budget. Although the hushed family-friendly neighborhood seems like a completely different town compared to the all-day political buzz that surrounds the Washington Monument, the location is just minutes from all the action. For those that value the diverse offerings of a suburban neighborhood, there are also plenty of popular local shops, restaurants, and bars that surround this B&B. Visitors describe the inn several times over as having a “European feel,” and its knowledgeable staff is available to help supplement a stay with suggestions for nearby attractions.

 American Guest House American Guest House

Savor the Sights and a Bountiful Breakfast at American Guest House

Whether guests choose to have breakfast by the living room fireplace, or on the go as they head towards the Capitol, they won’t regret staying at American Guest House (www.BnBFinder.com/AmericanGuestHouse).  Trained at the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Washington, Chef Kevin takes travelers on a gastronomic adventure for breakfast, from Maple Bourbon Banana Pancakes to Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, before they leave for their botanical hike. After enjoying the festival, visitors may also want to stop by the Smithsonian Museum or the National Park, among other historical hot spots situated close-by.

 Woodley Park Guest House Woodley Park Guest House

Learn from the Locals at Woodley Park Guest House

Guests can take in the view from the elegant front porch, or relax in one of the gracefully furnished rooms with bay windows and garden views, at Woodley Park Guest House (www.BnBFinder.com/WoodleyPark). Innkeepers Courtney and Joe Lodico are the ideal hosts for a Washington getaway. Courtney is a third-generation Washingtonian who has intimate knowledge of the area. She helps visitors navigate the city – and its metro system. The inn resides in a convenient and upscale area, so travelers can visit both the National Cathedral and National Zoo once they have gotten their fill of the budding blossoms.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

You can make this while it snows, then enjoy it on the go (though honestly, it’s not a great idea to eat and run – better to sit and savor). What is a great idea for Saint Patrick’s Day? Making this festive egg recipe from our friends at the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield, IL. Simple, celebratory, and the perfect hue, it’s a treat we find is tough to refuse. Make sure to check out this recipe and plenty of others on our ever-expanding recipe page.

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Green Eggs and Ham-Avocado Deviled Egg

12 Eggs
1 Avocado, peeled, seeded and diced
1 cup fresh herbs (Italian Parsley, Basil and Chives are a good combo)
2 Garlic cloves
4 Tbl Daisy Sour Cream
2 Tbl Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard
Pinch Kosher Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 Tbl Lemon Juice
2 Tbl Hellmann’s Mayonnaise
3 slices cooked Applewood Smoke bacon, crumbled

Place the eggs in a saucepan. Cover with cold water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil. Cook the eggs approx. 10 mins.

Remove from heat and run cold water over the eggs to stop the cooking process.

Once cooled, peel the eggs and cut them in half, removing the yolks carefully without tearing the egg whites. Combine half of the yolks with the avocado, herbs, garlic, sour cream, salt and pepper, mustard, lemon juice and mayonnaise in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until the mixture forms a smooth paste.

Place the filling into a Ziploc baggie. Cut a small hole in the bottom corner of the baggie and pipe the mixture into the prepared egg whites. Top each egg with a piece of crumbled bacon. Serve immediately. (A reminder that it cannot be made too far in advance as the avocado will oxidize and turn brown)

Yields Approx. 12 Servings

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Daylight savings and the sun which came with it couldn’t arrive early enough. Since much of the country has been buried in snow, thawing out and reserving R&R is exactly what you need now. Although those vacation days can’t book themselves, even they know you crave a break. Forget about early birds getting the worm, the real treat is a deal that can’t be beat.

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With a choice of over 1,500 inns and packages ranging from garden getaways, cycling excursions, mancations and more, there’s no excuse not to reserve and relax. The Vernal Equinox on March 20 will officially usher in the new season, and Spring Fling Getaways, Great Outdoor Packages, and assorted specials will help cure any cabin fever with offers designed with renewal in mind.

Wherever your heart takes you there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy outside activities including hiking, biking, and golfing (among other things), or take advantage of the elements indoors such as delectable cooking classes, innovative wine tastings, and serene spa treatments.

Now that the days will be longer – and lighter – put those extra hours to good use. Check out our Bed & Breakfast Specials and set up your ideal getaway today.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Decadence adorns St. Patrick’s Day stateside, so what better way to celebrate than with a delectable treat infused with a signature Irish stout? One bite of this Chocolate Guinness Cake frequently served at the Hide Away Country Inn, and you’ll definitely understand why the Irish seem so lucky. Simple to make, yet impressive to taste, this mouth-watering and delectable dessert proves Guinness is good for you – especially when it comes to deliciously festive foods. Make sure to check out this recipe and plenty of others on our ever-expanding recipe page.


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1 cup Guinness
10 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
1/2 cups dark brown sugar
3/4 cup baking cocoa
2 eggs
2/3 cup sour cream
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda


8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


Grease a springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. In a small saucepan, heat beer and butter until butter is melted. Remove from the heat; and add cocoa and sugar until blended. Combine the eggs, sour cream and vanilla in another bowl and then whisk into beer mixture. Then put the flour and baking soda in a bowl and then whisk into beer mixture until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes and cool on a wire rack.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and cream; beat until smooth. Spread the icing on the top of cake so that it resembles a pint of Guinness.

Yield: 12 servings.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day originated as a commemoration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as Saint Patrick himself. Today, the holiday is often recognized through parades, dancing, special foods, and plenty of green, which have all become signs of the time. With so much activity, you’ll definitely want to be well rested to enjoy it. That way you can participate in every event to the fullest. So why not grab your green wardrobe, then check out and check into one of these Irish B&Bs? There you can learn about the culture we celebrate, while you prepare to partake in all of the fun-filled festivities.

The Shamrock Thistle & Crown The Shamrock Thistle & Crown

Stay Among the Irish at The Shamrock Thistle & Crown

Settle in with someone who has firsthand experience with Irish culture at the Shamrock Thistle & Crown (www.BnBFinder.com/ShamrockThistle) in Weirsdale, FL, where innkeeper Anne Overcash is the last of eight children who grew up in County Antrim, Ireland. As you stay with Anne and learn about the Irish culture, you’ll be able to enjoy the swimming pool, porches with gorgeous views of the gardens, and Jacuzzi tub in your room. With these amenities and more, it seems the luck of the Irish is truly on your side.

Auberge McGee’s Inn Auberge McGee’s Inn

Walk Where the Irish Have Walked at the Auberge McGee’s Inn

St. Patrick’s Day is an international holiday, and short of visiting Ireland, crossing the border into Canada is a great way to get out of the States and observe this Irish tradition. Head to Ottawa where the Auberge McGee’s Inn (www.BnBFinder.com/AubergeMcGees) resides and reminisce like a true Irishman. The house was originally built by John McGee of Wexford, Ireland in 1886, and you can roam the same halls that he used to stroll to take in all of the inn’s Victorian charm. Today it is run by innkeepers Ken and Judy Armstrong as well as their son Jason and his wife Sarah, and they will help direct you to all the major tourist attractions, sights, businesses, convention centers, and meeting locations that surround the property. But before you leave, enjoy the full breakfast each morning by the bay windows in the Parlor or the vaulted ceiling of the dining room, which will have you feeling happier than a four-leaf clover back home on the Emerald Isle.

 The Old Irish Bed & Breakfast The Old Irish Bed & Breakfast

Learn about Old Irish History at the Old Irish Bed & Breakfast at Patricks’ Pastures Alpaca Ranch

Settled under 100-year-old Pecan and Oak trees along the Trinity River, guests will encounter The Old Irish Bed & Breakfast at Patricks’ Pastures Alpaca Ranch (www.BnBFinder.com/OldIrish) in Denton, TX. Join innkeepers Jim & Rita Patrick, who are descendants of the Scottish-Irish clan Lamont, for a true Irish St. Patrick’s Day. Guests may get up close and personal with their alpacas, llamas, and over 30 different species of birds. From hot tubs and massages to the local nature preserves and fine dining, you’ll feel like you’ve found your own pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March marks National Peanut Month, so that means we’re ready to get our goober on in a delicious new way. This recipe from our friends at Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn in Colorado Springs, CO takes our favorite food into a tasty territory of sweet decadence – and it does not disappoint. Make sure to check out this recipe and plenty of others on our ever-expanding recipe page.

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Holden House Chocolate Peanut Truffles

1 cup graham cracker crumbs, finely crushed
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine (softened)
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (room temperature)
1 tsp brandy or brandy flavoring

Chocolate Candy Melts or Chocolate Almond Bark (either dark chocolate or white chocolate)


Combine all ingredients well until soft consistency. Roll mixture into 2 inch balls and refrigerate for 1 hour. Melt chocolate candy coating in microwave or double boiler. Use a toothpick and dip the balls into warm chocolate until covered on both sides. Set each on wax paper and refrigerate for 1 hour to set chocolate coating. Serve on an attractive plate. These do not need to be refrigerated

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Saturday is the day to celebrate scrumptious silver dollars, and what better way to cash in then with a recipe that brings the heat to hotcakes in a whole new way? This delicious dish from our friends at 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast in Eureka Springs, AK is not only gluten- and milk-free, but it also combines sugar and spice really nicely with a hint of cinnamon and caramelized apples. Make sure to check out this recipe and plenty of others on our ever-expanding recipe page.

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Cinnamon Pancakes – Gluten/Milk Free with Maple Caramelized Apples


—– Dry Ingredients —–
5/8 cup gluten free flour; I used Bob’s Red Mill
2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

—– Wet Ingredients —-
5/8 cup almond milk
1/4 cup applesauce; unsweetened

—– Caramelized Apples —–
1 cup apples; cored, peeled, sliced
1/8 cup maple syrup; we use pure Vermont syrup
2 teaspoon apple juice
3/8 cup sugar



1) Combine all dry ingredients and mix well.
2) Combine all wet ingredients.
3) Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. Let sit for 5-10
4) Heat non-stick griddle to 350°F (if using a non-stick griddle, lightly
coat it with vegetable oil).
5) Ladle 1 ounce of batter onto the griddle for each pancake.
6) Cook until bubbles start to form on the edges and flip over, cooking the
second side until golden brown. We also lift up the pancake to test for
doneness as sometimes it’s browned before the bubbles form.


1) Toss the apples with the maple syrup.
2) In a small saucepan, warm the apple juice and add 3/8 cup of sugar. Stir
until just combined.
3) Add the apples and stir to cook.
4) Cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens and just begins to turn
5) Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

- I use half of a medium apple for each person. Usually I use Granny Smith.
- I used the xanthan gum to help replace the leavening that the egg would
have provided.
- The applesauce was a replacement for the egg.

Yield: 2 servings

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Did you know that Idaho is responsible for one-third of the potatoes grown in the United States? Since February is Potato Lover’s Month, what better way to celebrate than to highlight a handful of Idaho’s best B&Bs? Yet there is so much more to this state than just the splendid spud. To move past all that is mashed, baked, and boiled, check out these three inns that have more amenities than taters do tots.

 Ida-Home Bed and Breakfast Ida-Home Bed and Breakfast

Make Yourself at Ida-Home

At the Ida-Home Bed and Breakfast (www.BnBFinder.com/IdaHome) in Post Falls, ID, there are plenty of activities to immerse yourself in for the perfect getaway. From summertime swimming and boating on Lake Coeur d’Alene, to river-rafting on the Spokane River in fall, to golfing, hiking, or rock climbing during the spring, you can get active anytime in the pristine surrounding wilderness. Winter activities include snowmobiling and skiing, making this a go-to B&B during all seasons. Come back to relax in one of their four elegant rooms and take advantage of the outdoor hot tub, fire pit, and private baths.

 Log Spirit Bed & Breakfast Log Spirit Bed & Breakfast

Get in the Traveling Spirit

Stop by the Log Spirit Bed & Breakfast (www.BnBFinder.com/LogSpirit) in Athol, ID and surround yourself with the scenic forest and mountains that provide picturesque views sure to appeal to any nature lover. If you have a do-it-yourself attitude, local brew pubs, wineries, and quilt shops are all available for you to explore and see firsthand how their goods are made. If culture and entertainment are more to your liking, art galleries, museums, casinos, and antique shops are all within the region and waiting for you to visit. Cozy up to the fireplace in the common area, Jacuzzi in your room or on your private balcony, and make the most out of your serene stay here.

 The Roosevelt Inn The Roosevelt Inn


Stay Inn Style, The Roosevelt Way

The grand five-story bed and breakfast that is The Roosevelt Inn (www.BnBFinder.com/RooseveltInn) in Coeur d’Alene, ID is one of the most elegant and fascinating B&Bs around. Originally a four-room school house from 1905-1972 that innkeeper John Hough attended from first to fourth grade, it was converted in 1994 into the luxurious 14-room inn that it is now. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Roosevelt Inn is located only a few blocks from the famous Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course and the Centennial Trail; but before you enjoy any of these activities make sure to savor the full gourmet breakfast served each morning.

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