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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What’s the food you think of when someone says Maine? For us, it’s luscious lobster. The Pine State’s signature specialty is one to savor, and those who crave the crustacean will be thrilled to read about this month’s Foodie Tuesday fave – Lobster Lover’s Weekend with our friends at York Harbor Inn in York Harbor, ME. Here the info you need to know about this culinary experience.

York Harbor InnYork Harbor Inn

“Our Lobster Lover’s Weekend came about a couple of years ago when we were trying to create a fun weekend event during our slower time in November,” reveals innkeeper Garry Dominguez. “It has worked quite well, and we are continuing it this year during the weekend of the 12th. The event consists of lodging for one or two nights (package rates including dinner at our 1637 or Ships Cellar Pub and two tickets to the show, Lobster Laughs, are available), continental breakfast, and a comedy show featuring a local comedian from Kittery – Tom Clark. Tom puts on a great show that is a blend of traditional stand-up comedy with audience interaction and Maine humor via a Maine Character Tom has created named ‘C.L. Thomas.’ His show has been very well received, and show-only tickets are available this year for a reasonable $12 price. We also encourage show-only attendees to dine with us either in our Cellar Pub or our Main Dining Room. In addition to our regular offerings, the menu for this special weekend features numerous creative lobster dishes prepared especially for the event by Chef Bonsey, so true lobster lovers will have a plethora of lobster items to choose!” And guess what? Guests will get to devour lobster at all meals – including Sunday brunch.

For additional details about the inn and this package, check out the website. Be sure to tell them BnBFinder sent you!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

With the popularity of sharing economy in full swing, more and more people are becoming intrigued with the idea of becoming an innkeeper. The perks of owning your own business are obvious – freedom and flexibility (to name a few!) – but the logistics of what it takes to balance everything entailed in doing so can be overwhelming (just ask anyone involved in the job now).

To get the 411 on how to manage the business of a B&B, check out Running a Bed and Breakfast For Dummies (full disclosure: the author is our very own CEO Mary White). It’s chockfull of everything you need to know including how to choose a location and make it your own; creating a profitable business plan; insights on decorating and renovating your property and ways to market it for maximum occupancy. It’s a practical guide to making your dream a reality.

And speaking of the real world, meeting people who are already experienced in the industry can also help you determine if the innkeeper’s life is right for you. At conferences, seminars, and comprehensive workshops all over the country, you can get face time with instructors, fellow aspiring and experienced innkeepers, and get practical tools (workbooks and personalized consultations) to guide you through the process. Click here to find some of the upcoming events featured on our B&B Association Calendar.

Last but not least, instead of scouring the internet to find the perfect property, make it easy on yourself and instead head to our Bed & Breakfast Inns For Sale page. It features inns for sale throughout North America and Canada, listed by state and/or province, as well as links to additional useful resources.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Emerald City is the only place where you’ll be able to find a musical history as rich as its world famous coffee. But there’s more to the city than murky garage bands with moody lyrics, flannel shirts, and DIY ethos. It certainly doesn’t come as a surprise that the very city that gave us musical icons such as Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix rocks out to the beat of some amazing music. Grunge fans, rest assured that the city of Seattle fully embraces its rock music scene spawned in the early ’90s. Yet despite their grunge legacy, its venues leave no musical stone unturned to travelers. We’ve put together the top music venues the city has to offer and the best bed and breakfasts that certainly won’t leave you “sleepless in Seattle”.

Where to go:

1) Located just across the street from picture-perfect Pike Place Market sits the Seattle legend: The Showbox at The Market. From 1939 when the venue first opened, everyone from Muddy Waters to Pearl Jam has taken the stage. While they host both national and international touring bands and artists, it’s the local bands that everyone comes to check out.

2) Columbia City Theater is the oldest vaudeville theater in the state of Washington and has hosted some of the most iconic jazz musicians: Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, just to name a few. In the 1980’s, it was home to the burgeoning DIY punk movement and transitioned into an art commune and underground rave house in the ’90s.

3) At Tractor Tavern you’ll find some of the hippest local and national folk, bluegrass, alt-country and indie bands grace the stage. With cowboy boots hanging from the ceiling, a cow skull adoring the stage, and some pretty stiff pours of bourbon from the bartender, this venue is the best mix of country and rock’n’roll.

Where to stay:

Three Tree Point Bed and BreakfastThree Tree Point Bed and Breakfast

Views of greenery and rolling hillsides. Stunning panoramas of the glimmering high-rises of downtown. Snow-dusted mountaintops. The space-needle skyline. Seattle has them all (and more). Three Tree Point Bed and Breakfast, located just 15 minutes from downtown, is the perfect place for some R&R after a day of touring this hip musicians’ haven. Bright, spacious, and serene, guests are provided with all the comforts of home, plus stunning salt water and mountain views. Choose from one of the inn’s two private independent accommodations, the suite or cottage, both of which include a living room with a fireplace, full kitchen and dining area, a bedroom with a view, bathroom, laundry facility, and a private outdoor patio where guests can soak in all of the sights.

Located just east of the International District in the quiet Jackson Place neighborhood, you’ll find the modern, yet cozy Sleeping Bulldog Bed and Breakfast. The central location is perfect for those looking to explore the city’s scene, with both the light rail and bus tunnel just a short, leisurely walk away. And don’t worry about getting lost while navigating the city, innkeeper Korby, a retired transit operator, will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about how to get around town as you scope out all the hottest music venues.

Sleeping Bulldog Bed and BreakfastSleeping Bulldog Bed and Breakfast

Guests will feel right at home with the inn’s modern amenities which include flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffee machines, high-quality towels and bed linens, iHome radios, and even a microwave with free popcorn to snack on. Sit back and soak in the stunning panoramic views of downtown, Puget Sound, Qwest Field, and the Olympic Mountains.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Known as the Bay State, Massachusetts is celebrated for its breathtaking water vistas that are in particularly high demand from photographers and Instagram enthusiasts during the summer season. Whether it’s catching a morning wave, spectacular sunsets, or everything in between, opportunities abound for capturing unforgettable images that will make all of your family, friends, and followers full of envy.

Inn at The MoorsInn at The Moors

For guests searching for the buzz of Provincetown coupled with the beauty of Mother Nature, Inn at The Moors is the ideal B&B for the best of both! There are 30 rooms onsite, ranging from the Lighthouse room with a four-poster deluxe bed, sofa, wide-screen TV, large refrigerator, CD player, walk-in closet, and extra floor space; Upper Deck rooms with balconies featuring higher views of the moor and king, queen, or two double beds; and Sea Level rooms with easy access to the pool, barbecue area, and ever-evolving views of the moor. All accommodations offer uninterrupted views of the spectacular surroundings, comfortable beds, ceiling fans, free Wi-Fi, private tiled baths with hairdryers, individual temperature controls, and more. Additional amenities include the heated pool, complimentary at-your-door parking, a huge roaring fireplace in the lobby, barbecue and picnic tables, and expert housekeeping service. The location is perfect for easy access to the coastal towns for fine dining, galleries, and shopping. At night guests will also enjoy dancing, theater, and numerous local bars.

The Quarterdeck Inn By The SeaThe Quarterdeck Inn By The Sea

Guests can find plenty of romance and fun year-round at The Quarterdeck Inn By The Sea in Rockport. This beachfront, Colonial-style Cape Ann B&B is ideal for couples craving a relaxing getaway to a New England coastal hideaway, as well as families seeking a serene vacation by the ocean and businesses searching for a perfect retreat. It features spacious accommodations with its seven guestrooms, complete with king- or queen-sized beds and plush bedding, private baths and jetted tubs, contemporary furnishings, private decks or entrances, and large windows offering stunning views of the rocky coastline or the inn’s beautiful gardens. Its central location provides guests with access to the best of the Rockport, Cape Ann, and Gloucester region, including numerous recreational options ranging from biking, hiking, and golfing, to fishing and whale watching. Gorgeous beaches, scenic walking trails, and a visit to Motif #1 on Bearskin Neck, in addition to other historic attractions, round out the experience of this historic area.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

What better way to get the lay of the land then by experiencing it all firsthand? At Farm by the River B&B with Stables in North Conway, NH it’s easy to do and comes complete with spectacular views. Surrounded by the breathtaking White Mountains, this B&B is located on 70 acres and offers guests a number of Stay and Ride packages, as well as year-round horseback riding, carriage, pony, wagon, and sleigh rides, where they can take in the sights from new heights!

“We do trail rides 4-5 times per day. Lessons are more one on one where as trail rides we can take 5-6 people at a time,” reveals innkeeper Charlene Browne. “We have the Family Fun Package that includes two horseback rides or they can substitute a wagon ride, or we have an Easy Adventure Package for couples, which includes a carriage ride for two or two horseback rides. We even have an elopement package with a carriage ride for two included either as part of the ceremony or afterwards. My husband is a Justice of the Peace and has performed over 450 ceremonies so far!”

Situated just two miles from North Conway Village, Farm by the River B&B with Stables provides guests with numerous opportunities to enjoy recreational activities, tax-free shopping, fine dining, and more. Seamlessly combining modern conveniences with old fashion charm, all accommodations feature private bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, and more. Some rooms also have two-person Jacuzzis and fireplaces.

For additional information about the B&B and its packages, click here.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

So you still haven’t booked a summer escape? Really? Well, those vacation days are getting numbered, so there’s no time like the present to start booking a last-minute spontaneous bed & breakfast special. This is especially true because many of our inns across the country are offering deals that are quite a steal!

Procrastinators’ specials abound at B&B’s that offer significant savings from Prospect Hill Plantation Inn in Charlottesville, VA to Inn On Columbia in Ithaca, NY. We can’t forget our friends in Ontario, Canada either since John’s Gate Gourmet Bed and Breakfast in Niagara on the Lake offers a last-minute hot deal to help guests stay calm, cool, and collected during this sizzling season.

So carpe diem travelers, and click here to find the last-minute getaway that’s good for you!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Hamanassett Bed & BreakfastHamanassett Bed & Breakfast

Since it’s now August and we’ve officially hit the height of summer heat, we think it’s the ideal time to wind down our column with a drink that will keep you calm, cool, and collected during this sizzling season. We turned to our friends at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast in Chester Heights, PA, the only B&B in the Brandywine Valley which offers hands-on cooking classes taught by professional chefs, so that we could find something to help us handle the high temps while still tantalizing our taste buds.

“I made this up myself, and it is my favorite summertime evening drink,” reveals Ashley Mon, innkeeper and your official concierge for a great escape to the region. “And as always,” she adds, “we have our cooking classes. Our last class for 2016 is our Game Most Faire, where we will instruct on how to prepare game dishes such as Venison Risotto as well as pheasant. This is an abbreviated class with cooking only in the afternoon (which means there will be plenty of time to enjoy this cocktail later on in the evening). The session will begin with a reception Friday night where craft beers and appetizers will be enjoyed.” Class is priced at $170.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Cost of room is additional.

Godiva MochatiniGodiva Mochatini

Godiva Mochatini
Ingredients:
1 ounce vodka
1 ounce Godiva chocolate liqueur
4-6 ounces of Starbucks Mocha Frappachino

Directions:
Combine vodka, Godiva chocolate liqueur, and Starbucks Mocha Frappachino in an 8 ounce glass filled with ice. Kick back, relax, and enjoy!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

August is National Golf Month! Get a Handle on Your Handicap with The Best B&B PackagesAugust is National Golf Month! Get a Handle on Your Handicap with The Best B&B Packages

Our August Guest Newsletter just hits the airwaves. Yay! This edition features the seafood specialty – the Shrimp, Radicchio and Red Wine Risotto recipe – from our friends at Fuquay Mineral Spring Inn and Garden in Fuquay Varina, NC, which was recently featured on the popular food site Think Tasty. It’s the perfect dish for the summer season. There is also info on the latest inn-ovations at some of our B&B’s across the country, including the new Wine and Dine Rooms at the beautiful Beliveau Estate Bed and Breakfast and Winery in Blacksburg, VA and the Guided Green Mountain Hikes Packages at West Hill House B&B in Warren, VT. You’ll also find info on the best Golf Getaways, insights from our CEO Mary White, and the latest media stories our inns are featured in, including Unique Sandwiches, Charming Lighthouses, The B&B Summer Bucket List, and more. There’s plenty to pique any B&B lover’s interest!

Click here to check out our newest edition.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

What’s the first rule of foodie club? Diversify the decadence because you don’t want every meal to be the same. Heaven forbid your Instagram feed gets bland and starved for enticing images. That’s why many culinary enthusiasts opt to try and channel their culinary talents through cooking classes. Not only do you get behind-the-scenes access to the kitchen, but you also experience the pride and joy of creating the feast-worthy finished product. Then you can stage and shoot your food to your heart’s content before you begin enjoying some serious indulgence. Here’s where our friend/innkeeper Chef Monika Sudakov of Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield, IL comes in very handy!

Chestnut Street InnChestnut Street Inn

As a certified culinary professional, who also has a Masters Degree in Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis on Food and Culture, Chef Monika was always intent on teaching cooking/culture – and specifically to promote cultures people aren’t accustomed to like Moroccan/Greek – since she and her husband Jeff opened the inn. In addition to her experience and knowledge, Chef Monika also has a background in theater so she is very comfortable with the presentation aspect of educating others. It’s apparent as well by the feedback from students that this offering has been a huge success.

“My classes have been wildly popular and have a very high return rate,” reveals Chef Monika. “People like to try different cultures, and what makes my classes unique to most other culinary schools or classes is that it is completely hands-on. Everyone is involved in preparing every course of a four-course meal. My job is to guide them, give them cooking technique suggestions, educate them about spices, expand their knowledge about the culture, and show them a good time! I had a repeat group just today with a 16-year-old who loves to cook. I can tailor each class to any cooking expertise level.”

Gourmet Mediterranean Cuisine from Chef MonikaGourmet Mediterranean Cuisine from Chef Monika

Classes are offered Sunday through Thursday and will accommodate up to 6 people per class. The group decides the menu they would like to prepare, then they get copies of the recipes, about 2-3 hours of class time, and after, they get to enjoy the full dinner while the staff cleans up. The experience is priced at $50 per person, plus tax. Two sample menus include:

1) Moroccan-Harira Soup; Roasted Pepper and Tomato Salad; Carrot Salad; Moroccan Relish; Tagine of Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Olives; and Honey Citrus Cake

2) Italian-Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms; Caprese Salad; Roast Pork Tenderloin with Pesto and Herb Roasted Potatoes; and Tiramisu Creme Brulee

As for the future? “Depending upon interest I may branch off into offering an Indian class, Asian of some ilk, and possibly Brazilian or Cuban,” adds Chef Monika. “And I plan to offer more options to our Mediterranean fare.”

For more information or to set up a cooking class, you can contact Chef Monika at 800-537-1304 or email her at monikaandjeff@chestnut-inn.com.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

We’ve hit the high season for taking time off! That means if you haven’t already made some getaway plans, it’s time to get going. Whether you opt for a full week or just an extended weekend, there are plenty of amazing B&B’s all across North America that will no doubt definitely fit the bill.

Additionally, these inns offer options for families, gay & lesbian couples, girlfriends, guy friends, and even your furry best friends, so there is no excuse for not booking. It’s not just amazing breakfasts, in-the-know innkeepers, and exciting destinations you can look forward too. There are also numerous packages and specials designed with every demographic in mind. So click on the links below to find the experience that is ideal for you.

Family Vacations:
http://www.bnbfinder.com/?action=specialsSearch&specialTypeId=24

Gay & Lesbian Friendly Accommodations:
http://www.bnbfinder.com/gayAndLesbianTravel.php

Girlfriends’ Getaways:
http://www.bnbfinder.com/?action=specialsSearch&specialTypeId=19

Mancations:
http://www.bnbfinder.com/?action=specialsSearch&specialTypeId=56

Pets Welcome:
http://www.bnbfinder.com/?action=specialsSearch&specialTypeId=61

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