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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Looking to use your refund on a getaway this tax season? These bed and breakfasts are offering great specials and enticing deals for those looking to spend their refund on a relaxing trip away. So reward yourself for a hard-earned fiscal year by indulging in a little R&R at a B&B.

 Inn at Riverbend Inn at Riverbend

After enduring tax season, sneak away and refuel at the Inn at Riverbend in Pearisburg, VA. Centrally located to an array of outdoor activities, this Shenandoah Valley retreat offers breathtaking views of the Appalachian Mountains. Book two or more nights at this 14-acre bed and breakfast and the inn will refund $75 of the total stay until April 18th. Enjoy amazing woodland views from your room’s deck and a scrumptious three-course breakfast each day.

 Franklin Street Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast

Celebrate your tax refund at Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast in Appleton, WI. Enjoy the comforting charm of a guestroom or suite equipped with elegant furnishings at the room rate of $104.00 per night during April 15 – May 15, 2014. The Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast creates the perfect private weekend with a home-cooked breakfast delivered to your room each morning. In the evenings enjoy the room’s whirlpool or Japanese soaking tub, after a mid-day exploration of Appleton’s historic attractions.

 Holden House Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn

Take in some R&R during a visit to the tree-lined city of Colorado Springs, CO with a tax-return special that won’t burn your pockets. Book Friday and Saturday night and get Sunday night’s stay free at the Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn until May 15th. A refund getaway to the Holden House will include complimentary snacks and beverages throughout the day. The inn is nearby Cripple Creek’s casinos where a streak of good luck could double your tax-refund.

Enjoy the fruits of your labor and plan a last minute spring getaway before these specials expire. For more spur of the moment tax refund trip ideas, check out our “Last Minute Spontaneous Bed & Breakfast Specials”.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dog’s are known to be man’s best friend and the same holds true for innkeepers. Many B&Bs have provided homes and a second chance at life for many rescued pups. So in honor of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, here are some B&B mascots that you will want to meet during your next stay at a bed and breakfast.

 Sammy Sammy of 1851 Maple Hill Manor B&B

The 1851 Historic Maple Hill Manor B&B in Springfield, KY has a love for golden retrievers. The inn’s third golden retriever, Sammy, was rescued from a kill shelter after a guest informed the innkeepers of Sammy’s ill fate. Upon your arrival for a weekend getaway, Sammy will greet you at your car and walk you to the door of this Kentucky landmark home. After a full country breakfast, Sammy is ecstatic to give guests a walking tour around the inn’s estate. Sammy also enjoys playing with guests’ pets on the 15-acre farm and making sure your pet stays out of trouble with the alpacas and llamas.

 Daisy Daisy of Mt. Washington B&B

Daisy filled the void in the heart of Mt. Washington Bed & Breakfast in Shelburne, NH. After seeing Daisy’s face on a Humane Society picture, innkeeper, Mary Ann Mayer knew that Daisy would be a great addition to the inn. Daisy’s loving personality and enthusiastic spirit is a comforting feeling for guests who have to travel without their pets. After a full day of outdoor fun, Daisy will keep you company as you watch the sunset behind Mount Washington on the inn’s porch. Make sure to drop a crumb or two of the complimentary baked goods for Daisy to enjoy.

 Phillip Phillip of 9 Cranes Inn

According to this Seattle B&B, they have “the cutest dog in the world.” At the 9 Cranes Inn, the veterinarian and the inn’s guests would all agree that Phillip is a very adorable Shih Tzu. Phillip was a part of a large rescue mission from a nearby puppy mill. Phillip’s welcoming presence will put you at ease if you are feeling nostalgic for your own pet. After a peaceful slumber on your room’s plush bedding, you’ll find Phillip supervising Shelley (the innkeeper) while she’s working in her office.

Check out our B&B Mascots” Pinterest board for a look at the sweet faces you’ll meet at other BnBFinder inns.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

National Park Week is April 19-27. Immerse yourself in nature’s beauty as you explore the natural wonders of the United States. Partnering with the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service is offering free admission to over 100 national parks on opening weekend, April 19 & 20.

Acadia National Park

On the rocky coast of Maine is a national park filled with stone peaks, bike trails and Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. At Acadia National Park, outdoor enthusiasts can explore nature while making their way around the 49,000-acre park. Visit Baker Island, located near the Cranberry Islands, and listen to the sounds of the waves hit against Dancehall Rocks or catch the sun setting on Ocean Drive.

 Thornhedge Inn Thornhedge Inn

Book a room at the Thornhedge Inn, less than two miles away in Bar Harbor, Maine. While at this classic summer inn, enjoy a filling breakfast each morning. After exploring Acadia, relax on the porch while enjoying complimentary wine and cheese.

Rocky Mount National Park

With over 300 miles of hiking trails, you will find the perfect spot to become one with nature. The park is open 24 hours a day, and a trip to the visitor center allows park goers access to over 710 files, images and manuscripts that document the mountains last 10,000 years. Within the park there are four ecosystems filled with their own unique wildlife and plants that characterize the communities.

 Wildwood Inn Wildwood Inn

To maximize your time at Rocky Mountain National Park, choose to stay at the nearby Wildwood Inn. Located in Estes Park, Colorado, Wildwood offers majestic views of the surrounding mountains with a variety of room options to choose from.

Yosemite National Park

2014 marks the 150 year anniversary of the Yosemite Grant, a grant created to protect this amazing national park. Best known for its deep valleys and waterfalls, Yosemite National Park was initially occupied by Native American tribes, seven of which are still thriving today. Nearly 4 million Native American artifacts have been collected over the years and can be viewed at the Yosemite Museum.

 Narrow Gauge Inn Narrow Gauge Inn

While exploring Yosemite, let The Narrow Gauge Inn serve as your home base. Only four miles away in Fish Camp, California, the inn’s staff provide ample amounts of information to guests. Before you head to bed in the evening, get one last look at the mountain vistas through the inn’s tremendous windows.

Be sure to visit one of the many U.S. national parks offering free admission on April 19 & 20. Park fanatics can also purchase an annual pass for $80, which provides entry into all national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and other Federal landscapes. For a complete list of parks, please visit the National Park Service website.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Today, we celebrate chocolate mousse. While the exact origins of the delectable dessert are unknown, it has been traced back to the French and Spanish chefs from the 17th century. Mousse, which is French for “foam” is made from whipped egg whites, sugar and the added sinful flavor of your choice. A few of BnBFinder’s inns have perfected their own chocolate mousse recipes and we’re happy to share them with you.

Belgian Chocolate Mousse
East Brother Light StationRichmond, CA

 Belgian Chocolate Mousse Belgian Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients:

4 eggs, separated
9 oz chocolate
I use Ghirardelli chips part semi-sweet, part bittersweet
2 tablespoons sugar

Directions:

  1. Melt chocolate slowly in a double boiler over low heat.
  2. Whip the egg whites with a dash of salt until they form firm peaks.
  3. Stir sugar and egg yolks until color changes to light orange and add the melted chocolate.
  4. Carefully add small amounts of the egg whites to the chocolate mixture, folding them in lightly, not stirring or beating.
  5. Pour into individual bowls and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Garnish with a cookie or fresh berries.
  6. Serve

Vortex Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake
Lodge at SedonaSedona, AZ

 Vortex Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake Vortex Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

Ingredients:

Cheesecake:

2 lb. cream cheese (room temperature)
1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups bitter sweet chocolate, melted

Crust:

1/2-cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4-cup walnuts (finely chopped)
1/4 teaspoon cocoa powder
5 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs, walnuts and butter in a bowl
  3. Press mixture into a 9” spring form pan that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray
  4. Bake in oven for 10 minutes then set aside
  5. Beat cream cheese with paddle attachment until smooth.
  6. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy..
  7. Beat in vanilla and eggs, beating well after each addition.
  8. Mix in the sour cream by hand.
  9. Separate the cheese cake batter in to two bowls – One bowl will hold 1/3 of the batter, The remaining 2/3 in another
  10. Mix the melted chocolate into the bowl holding 1/3 of the batter
  11. Pour half of the plain cheese cake batter into the spring form pan
  12. Pour the chocolate batter on top of the plain cheesecake batter
  13. Pour the remaining plain cheesecake batter on top of the chocolate batter
  14. Bake in a water bath for 1 hour and 10 minutes
  15. Chill over night

Presentation:

  1. Cut the cheesecake into 12 pieces.
  2. Serve with strawberries and lightly sweetened whipped cream.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This summer season, several cities nationwide are playing host to various beer festivals exhibiting some of the finest breweries from around the world. So fill up your mugs and toast to the arrival of summer at these three beer festivals.

 Philly Morris House Hotel

International Great Beer Expo: Philadelphia on May 31
Returning for its sixth year in Philadelphia, the International Great Beer Expo is a fantastic way to enjoy libations all for a good cause. Participating national and international breweries will be donating a percentage of their admission profits to the Committee to Benefit the Children that assists the families of children who suffer from cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders. Attendees can taste over 200 award-winning beers from 25 countries at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Before heading out to enjoy the expo, don’t leave the Morris House Hotel on an empty stomach. The inn provides a European-style continental breakfast and serves an afternoon tray of tea and cookies.

 Boston Taylor House

American Craft Beer Fest on May 30 & 31
Over 15,000 beer enthusiasts visit Boston for the American Craft Beer Fest annually. This is the east coast’s largest festival for American craft beer held at the Seaport World Trade Center. Over 140 American breweries will be pouring approximately 640 selections of craft beers for attendees throughout the two-day festival. Just a short taxi ride away is the Taylor House, a bed and breakfast with glorious landscaping and a rich history. Take a peaceful stroll through the grounds while learning about the inns former owners, more commonly known as the founders of Sam Adams Brewery.

 Portland Lion and the Rose Victorian Bed & Breakfast

Oregon Brew Fest on July 23 – 27
A quintessential summer includes attending the Oregon Brew Fest. With the Portland skyline as your backdrop, enjoy a selection of approximately 80 craft beers from around the country. Enjoy live music, food and homebrewing demonstrations before heading back to the Lion and the Rose Victorian Bed & Breakfast. You’ll get a peaceful night’s rest in the spacious, period designed rooms before taking in another day of brew infused fun.

So gather up your closest pals and enjoy an unforgettable summer of beer festivals.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Ballparks have played an important role in the fanfare of baseball, but there are a few that hold true to decades of tradition that baseball enthusiasts deem a must-see. Take a look into the history of America’s favorite pastime with a trip to baseball’s historic ballparks.

 Fenway Park Fenway Park

The oldest ballpark in America has sold out seats every season since 2003 to excited Red Sox fans. Coined “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark,” Fenway Park has been a Boston landmark since 1912 and upholds its traditions and historical lure each year. Conveniently situated near Fenway Park, sits the Taylor House in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, MA. This Italianate Victorian displays its elegance throughout each room with antique furnishings and contemporary art pieces. Enjoy a morning run around Jamaica Pond after eating a quality breakfast. You’ll be well fed and geared up to cheer on the 2013 World Champions during their opening day.

 Wrigley Field Wrigley Field

This year, Wrigley Field is celebrating 100 years since opening its doors to excited baseball fans in 1914. Home to the Chicago Cubs, this historic ballpark’s atmosphere and history are a must-see. As the city of Chicago prepares for a baseball season full of centennial celebrations, gather your Cubs gear and partake in the opening week festivities. Wrigley’s celebration will include players featured in throwback uniforms, and special guests to celebrate its ten decades. Located in the Lakeshore South neighborhood of Chicago, IL, Welcome Inn Manor will provide free shuttle service to and from Wrigley Field as well as to other Chicago attractions. Enjoy a peaceful night sleep and a hot breakfast before heading out to cheer on one of America’s most notorious teams.

 baseball America’s Favorite Pastime

Take a 10 minute stroll to where baseball originated at the Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY. Sitting on the very same cow pasture that Abner Doubleday played the first baseball game in 1839, this 10,000-seat stadium hosts a variety of events throughout the year. The Landmark Inn is just steps away from the “Birthplace of Baseball” and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The Landmark Inn offers guests the Hall of Fame VIP Experience package for an exclusive after-hours access to the Cooperstown Hall of Fame including a private reception. After receiving the VIP treatment, return to the inn for some R&R on comfortable beds and designer linens.

Make the most of this baseball season, and visit these stadiums steeped in history and brimming with excitement. Play Ball!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Want to get away this weekend, but don’t want the hassle of booking a last minute flight? You don’t have to travel far to find yourself in new surroundings and experience a new city; here are three weekend getaways you can get to in three hours or less.

 Sand Rock Farm Bed & Breakfast Sand Rock Farm Bed & Breakfast

San Francisco to Aptos, CA – 1 hour and 20 minutes

San Francisco has always been famous for its diverse neighborhoods, great food and beautiful topography. But a quick drive south towards lesser known Aptos, CA will find you in a perfect blend of quirky San Francisco and laid-back Los Angeles. Walk along Seacliff State Beach where you’ll be amongst surfers riding the waves or go on a hike and enjoy the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. For accommodations, the Sand Rock Farm Bed and Breakfast is just minutes away from the Pacific Coast Highway. This bed and breakfast is a fusion of “country inn” and a “European retreat” and provides guests with pillow-top beds, lounging robes and a multi-course gourmet breakfast each morning.

 Iris Inn Bed & Breakfast Iris Inn Bed & Breakfast

Washington, D.C. to Waynesboro, VA – 2 hours and 30 minutes

Living in the Nation’s Capital can leave you feeling a bit inundated with news being pushed out every second. Once 5 p.m. hits, head West on I-66 towards Waynesboro and check into the Iris Inn Bed and Breakfast, an idyllic and peaceful inn overlooking the breathtaking views of Shenandoah Valley.

Go for an early morning hike and later in the afternoon try a cider tasting at one of the six nearby breweries. If you are up for it, tour them all as part of the Brew Ridge Trail – which features a wide selection of beers and ciders. When it is time to relax back at the inn, you will find all the rooms to be spacious and updated, but for a little more serenity, stay in one of their new luxury cabins with heated floors and panoramic views.

 The Inn at English Meadows The Inn at English Meadows

Portland to Kennebunk, ME – 38 minutes
Looking for a quick coastal getaway? Portland may already be a small city, but just 40 minutes south you’ll find a quaint city to escape to that’s home to several beaches, over 1,500 acres of nature trails and an abundance of blueberry fields. At The Inn at English Meadows, relax in the mid-1800’s Greek revival home with a sophisticated and chic interior that’s only eight minutes away from Kennebunkport’s Village Center complete with unique gift shops, whale watching and sailing excursions and a variety of fine dining options.

Want to feel a world away without the hours of travel? Then check out these quick getaways next time you are in need of a fast escape.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Television is meant to be an escape from daily life, but what if you could really escape to the city setting of your favorite TV show? If you’ve always wanted to walk the same streets as your favorite characters, here’s your chance to travel to the cities where your favorite television shows are based.

 American Guest House American Guest House

House of Cards - Washington, D.C. – American Guest House
This 19th century home is less than a ten minute drive from Frank Underwood’s desk. Before heading over to the White House, enjoy a hearty meal cooked by the on-site chef and brush up on your national history by visiting the Smithsonian Museums. After touring the Oval Office, visit the historic Dupont Circle lined with popular shops, restaurants and attractions. For dinner, if you choose to eat at the inn, try asking for a replica of Freddie’s Ribs.

 Stonehurst Place
Stonehurst Place

The Walking Dead – Atlanta, GA – Stonehurst Place
Atlanta is a beautiful and also historic metropolitan area known for its culture, food and “biters”. While visiting, you can seek haven in this 19th Century Midtown mansion where there is plenty of food to last you in case that zombie apocalypse does in fact strike. Filled with contemporary furnishings and large bedrooms with luxury bathrooms, this inn is the perfect place to get some R&R after exploring the surrounding neighborhoods. Each morning, breakfast is served providing a variety of scones, biscuits, eggs and pancakes or waffles and in the afternoon, homemade beverages are provided – zombies, however, are not.

 Carisbrooke Inn
Carisbrooke Inn

Boardwalk Empire – Atlantic City, NJ – Carisbrooke Inn
Located just a few steps away from the beach and the world-famous Atlantic City boardwalk and casinos, each morning this inn provides a multicourse breakfast and in the evenings, wine to enjoy before you hit the boardwalk and try your luck with the slots. Many of the rooms at the inn feature lavish amenities including whirlpools, steam rooms and deluxe bedding to make you feel like a high-roller, just like Nucky Thompson himself.

 Malibu Bella Vista
Malibu Bella Vista

NCIS: LA – Los Angeles, CA – Malibu Bella Vista
Visit sunny California and be apart of television history by hitting up a range of popular landmarks in this area. Malibu Bella Vista, is quietly hidden near the Malibu Mountains and is only five miles from the Pacific Ocean where you can enjoy some sun, surf and sand. Don’t forget to stop by the Santa Monica Pier where Agent Callahan first stood in the pilot episode and has busted many bad guys there since. This pet-friendly, ranch-style home provides guests with savory breakfasts offering cinnamon raisin waffles and fresh baked scones. Located in close proximity to many Malibu beach shops, restaurants, theatres and bike trails – you can literally spend all day exploring.

 Hawaii’s Hidden Hideaway
Hawaii’s Hidden Hideaway

Hawaii Five-0 – Oahu, HI – Hawaii’s Hidden Hideaway
Hawaii’s Hidden Hideaway, can be “found” in the town of Lanikai, an area known for its peaceful and pristine beaches. Acclaimed by Lonely Planet and Let’s Go Hawaii, the inn offers beautiful rooms with outdoor showers, private decks overlooking the tropical gardens and bamboo kitchenettes. Thirty minutes drive and you will arrive at Waikiki Beach and the popular Rainbow Drive-In, a favorite of LCDR McGarrett’s. Stop by and you too can order a plate of their popular Loco Moco dish. For dessert, pick up a few malasadas from Leonard’s for a sugar rush before you chase down the bad guys.

Wherever you decide to visit, you can guarantee that you’ll be this much closer to seeing your favorite characters. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even get the chance to be a part of the filming, whether its a background role or a recurring role!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What better way to shake off this harsh winter weather then with a beachside holistic retreat with your girlfriends. Pamper your body, feed your soul and relax your mind at these 3 seaside inns.

 Tulum, Mexico Casa Violeta

The beach town Tulum, Mexico is known for its ancient soil and spiritual powers. So it’s no wonder that Tulum has become such a hotspot for yoga fans and eco-tourists. The tropical blue sea is just footsteps from the bungalows at Casa Violeta and the pristine white sand is perfect for a yoga session with your girlfriends. The history of ancient civilization is all around with an exploration of the Mayan ruins or a snorkeling adventure in the natural cenotes. The Mayan culture plays an important part in the holistic experience at the inn’s spa – offering ancient steam bath rituals and beachside spa treatments under the lush palm trees.

 beach sunrise Beacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast

Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul during a “seaside spring renewal retreat” with your girlfriends in Carolina Beach, NC. You’ll learn how to eat healthy, create serenity and balance your body during your stay at Beacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast for their first annual holistic retreat. This retreat will turn you into a yoga enthusiast after mastering the aerial yoga session. You and your friends can learn the tricks and tips for cold-pressed juices and smoothies from the Island’s experts. On-site massages are available for relaxation while a 3-course dinner is included for a night of girl talk. Take in the sea breeze while walking the boardwalk before relaxing in your vintage beach-inspired suites.

 Maine’s coast Inn at English Meadows

You and your friends will find happiness at The Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunk, ME. Enjoy a morning stroll on Goose Rock Beach to walk off the freshly prepared 3-course breakfast made by the innkeeper. As a guest you will receive a special discount at the premier White Barn Inn Spa for a pampering session that guarantees to revitalize the body. You and your girlfriends will understand the unity of the body and mind during a Kripalu yoga session at the nearby Village Yoga. End your group’s holistic retreat with a hands-on healing practice known as Reiki that focuses on the energy flow through the body to enhance your health and well-being.

You and your besties’ bond will become even stronger after a holistic getaway in these three cities. So call up your girlfriends and pack your yoga mat to head to these beachside holistic destinations.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Several cities in the U.S. know how to take NCAA basketball fanfare to new heights. So leave your brackets at home and take a trip to these winning basketball towns.

 Durham The King’s Daughters Inn

The Duke Blue Devils have turned Durham, NC into one of America’s favorite sports towns. The crowd of blue painted fans -known as the Cameron Crazies, walking around Durham’s downtown is enough to make game-day an exciting adventure. Plan a getaway to see the #7 team in the NCAA take it to the rim while staying at the King’s Daughters Inn which is across the street from the university. From your suite you may see students gathering on Krzyzewskiville, a grassy lawn named after one of Duke’s coaches. Enjoy an in-room spa treatment at this Eco-friendly inn before joining the crowd of eager fans.

 Louisville Inn at Woodhaven

Louisville, KY may be known for their horses and bourbon but this town prides itself on being home to the Louisville Cardinals basketball team. Ranked #5 in the NCAA, this team consistently brings the heat on the court. Enjoy Southern comfort at the Inn at Woodhaven Bed and Breakfast in rooms furnished with steam showers, Gilchrist and Soames Bee Kind toiletries and whirlpool tub. A visit to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a great way to prep for the game. Then head to Rootie’s Sports Bar & Grille for game day specials and their signature barbecue wings.

 Tucson Adobe Rose Inn

The #4 team in the NCAA knows how to fill the stands and sell out their season each year. Head to Tucson, AZ and celebrate the Arizona Wildcats advancement to March Madness. Just two blocks from the University of Arizona, sits the Adobe Rose Inn where each room displays original artwork and artifacts from the Southwest. Explore the museums; hit the green for some golf or take a hike through the beautiful desert terrain before taking in the game.

March Madness in these spirited towns will turn you into a die-hard fan. So do something different this spring and cheer for your team in one of our March Madness getaways.

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