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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fall’s changing colors will be illuminating national parks throughout North America. Visitors will get an up close and personal view of the fall foliage while enjoying the crisp autumn breeze. Rediscover nature whilst exploring these iconic parks.

Primrose Inn Primrose Inn

Acadia National Park

The national park located in Bar Harbor, Maine is along the state’s coast providing astonishing views of crimson, gold and copper. The park’s 47,000-acre landscape includes mountains, lakes and woodlands that are enhanced by the colorful backdrop. While exploring the park, visitors can do so by foot, bike or even horseback for a peaceful moment with nature before heading to the Primrose Inn, a romantic bed and breakfast just one mile away from Acadia National Park. The inn is also within walking distance of the downtown area, where guests will get a panoramic view of the fall foliage while touring the shops restaurants and museums.

Stanley Park

Stanley Park is Vancouver’s first and largest urban park where visitors can explore over 900 acres of mountains, beaches and more. Within the park, visitors will come across over 500 species of wildlife as they explore the 27km of forest trails available. Throughout Stanley Park, there are many restaurants that offer exciting menus and an even more exciting view of the ocean and fall foliage. Offering luxury suites complemented by a hearty breakfast each morning, the nearby Granville House Bed & Breakfast is located in Vancouver’s popular Granville Island where visitors will enjoy the fresh dining options and family activities available.

Granville House Bed and BreakfastGranville House Bed and Breakfast

Where will you go to view this season’s best fall foliage?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tis the season for pumpkin! Now that fall has arrived it’s the perfect time to snack on your favorite pumpkin-flavored dishes. Here are a few recipes you can make at home to share with friends and family.

    Harvest Pumpkin CheesecakeHarvest Pumpkin Cheesecake

    Harvest Pumpkin Cheesecake from Pine River Ranch Bed and Breakfast

    Ingredients:

    Crust:

    • 1 1/2 Cups Ginger Snaps Cookie Crumbs
    • 6 Tbsp butter melted
    • 1/4 Cup Sugar

    Filling:

    • 2 qty 8oz. Cream Cheese
    • 1 Cup Sugar-Mix until smooth
    • 2 Eggs
    • 1 qty. 15oz. Can Pumpkin
    • 2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
    • 2/3 Cup Sour Cream

    Directions:

    1. Mix Ginger Snap Cookie Crumbs, melted butter and sugar in Food Processor or blender
    2. Press crust into greased 9″ cake pan. Chill crust for 10 minutes in freezer until set or bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees
    3. Cool before filling (OR you can use a ready made graham cracker crust)
    4. Mix Cream Cheese and Sugar until smooth then add Eggs, Canned Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice and mix until smooth
    5. Fold in 2/3 Cup Sour Cream then pour over ginger snap or graham cracker crust
    6. Bake @ 250 for 1 1/2 hours until set
    7. Cool, cut & serve
    8. Store in refrigerator for up to one week or you can freeze and serve in smaller portions.

    Pumpkin BrowniesPumpkin Brownies

    Pumpkin Brownies from Stonewall Jackson Inn – Bed and Breakfast

    Ingredients:

    • 1 15-ounce can of pumpkin
    • 1 ¼ cups vegetable oil
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1 cup granulated white sugar
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • ½ teaspoon allspice
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 container whipped topping or cream cheese frosting (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together eggs, oil, pumpkin, and sugars
    2. Stir in remaining ingredients until evenly mixed. Pour into a greased and floured 9-by-13 inch baking dish
    3. Bake for 30 minutes, or until center springs back when touched
    4. Top with whipped topping or cream cheese frosting! Great way to use those left over pumpkins!
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    Oktoberfest in the United States, is an exciting celebration where Americans can experience traditional German and Bavarian culture. Bratwurst, beer and fun are always on the menu during these cultural celebrations. Visit these cities for an Oktoberfest to remember.

    Mansion at Maples Heights Mansion at Maples Heights

    Pittsburgh, PA
    Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh is the first authentic beer hall in the city, modeled after the notable 400-year-old Hofbrauhaus in Munich, Germany. Each room, is traditionally decorated and full of delicious German fare. During October 26 & 27, the hofbrauhaus is transformed into an event space filled with a haus band, balloon animals and Bavarian bratwursts. The nearby Mansion at Maple Heights is a quiet getaway where guests can relax in one of their luxury bedroom suites following the day’s excitement.

    Apples Bed and BreakfastApples Bed and Breakfast

    Big Bear Lake, CA
    Celebrating one of the country’s most anticipated Oktoberfests, Big Bear Lake in California will be hosting its 44th annual event. Held every weekend from mid-September through October, the fun-filled family event will include log sawing and stein holding contests as well as outdoor game booths for all ages. Inside Big Bear Lake Convention Center, there will be plenty of beer on tap to complement the generous offerings of German meats, Bavarian dumplings and apple strudel. Just five minute from the venue, Apples Bed and Breakfast Inn is a four season resort offering breathtaking views of San Benardino National Forest.

    Victorian Ladies InnVictorian Ladies Inn

    Newport, RI
    Newport’s International Oktoberfest will be held October 11-12, with events and activities taking place on the waterfront. As an official summer sendoff, patrons will get to experience Bavarian culture complete with seasonal brews and savory meals. For entertainment, two local favorite performers, Spitze! and die Schlauberger will return with a special performance. A quick stroll admiring the fall foliage will lead visitors straight to the Victorian Ladies Inn. This intimate yet inviting bed and breakfast is not only within walking distance to the event but it is also close to numerous other attractions including beaches, the Colonial town of Newport and harbor front dining.

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    The days are growing shorter and the weather is turning crisper; iced tea is giving way to warm apple cider and nature is taking its cue to bring on the reds and golds of fall foliage. BnBFinder inns are located in some of the best towns for leaf-peeping (and fall festivals). So get away for the weekend and enjoy a relaxing getaway to one of these destinations this fall.

    Lodge at SedonaLodge at Sedona

    Sedona, AZ
    Sedona is primarily known for the reds of its canyons, but every fall visitors descend on Oak Creek Canyon just north of Sedona, for the crimson hues of the maple and oaks. Whether driving the length of the canyon or hiking the 3-mile trail beside Oak Creek, any way you tackle it there will be vibrant colors for you to enjoy. Located in the heart of Sedona Rock Country is The Lodge At Sedona. This award-winning sanctuary offers luxury accommodations, artistic cuisine and two-acres of beautiful southwestern serenity.

    Wildwood InnWildwood Inn

    Estes Park, CO
    In Estes Park, CO, otherwise known as “the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park”, you know foliage season has arrived when the aspens start turning golden in hue and the sound of bugling bull elk radiate through the land. It is also during this time of year that the long-running Autumn Gold Festival takes place. Autumn Gold is a “festival of Bands, Brats & Beer,” and is scheduled this year for September 20 & 21. Nearby, the Wildwood Inn offers guests an escape from the festivities with seven-acres of private wooded land adjoining the Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy the foliage from your balcony or from the lavishness of your private outdoor hot tub.

    Stone Hill InnStone Hill Inn

    Stowe, VT
    The best time to catch the intensity of the sugar maple leaves is at the end of September through mid-October. Also taking place in peak leaf-peeping season is the Stowe Oktoberfest, which is celebrating its 18th year this October 3 – 5. So whether you are hiking the trails to admire the foliage of the Green and Worcester mountain ranges or listening to the world class music at Oktoberfest (or doing both), rest your head at the Stone Hill Inn located 5 minutes from town. This luxury, nine-acre retreat offers guests peaceful surroundings and a romantic ambiance. Be sure to take advantage of the gourmet breakfast served in the inns beautiful sunlit dining room.

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    When watching your favorite shows, we’re sure that a few questions always come to mind. Find the answers to your questions and more by visiting the cities your favorite shows are set in. Many of BnBFinder’s inns are located in these cinematic locations that popular television shows are filmed in.

    Downtown Historic Bed & Breakfast of Albuquerque

    Breaking Bad – Albuquerque, NM
    New Mexico is known for the variety of colors that highlight the clouds and provide a beautiful contrast to Sandia Mountains. While going on a self-guided tour of Albuquerque, tourists can visit the filming locations of Los Pollos Hermanos and the car wash in which Walt and Skylar owned. Many local businesses have benefited from the show and offer themed cocktails, treats and tours for fans of the show to enjoy including a Breaking Blue cocktail and a white glazed donut sprinkled with blue rock candy. After exploring New Mexican culture, settle in at the Downtown Historic Bed & Breakfast of Albuquerque. The home which was built in 1907 is surrounded by numerous local attractions one of which includes the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, which happens to be another filming location for Breaking Bad.

    What’s next? While the series has ended, fans of the show will soon get to watch Saul Goodman in action. Walter White’s lawyer and sometimes accomplice will now manage clients that aren’t exactly law-abiding citizens. Better Call Saul is set to premiere in February 2015.

    Inn of Twin Gables Bed and Breakfast

    Grey’s Anatomy – Seattle, WA
    Set in Seattle, the filming locations for Grey’s Anatomy alternate between Los Angeles and Seattle, WA. Fans of the program can visit some of the show’s filming locations including where Meredith Grey and the other surgical interns settle down after a hectic day at the hospital. Fisher Plaza, serves as the filming location for the helipad in which exterior shots of Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital are shown. It is just a quick drive away from the Inn of Twin Gables Bed and Breakfast, a true Craftsman style home with various Seattle landmarks including Mount Rainier in its background. Both the interns’ home and the Inn at Twin Gables are in the historic Queen Anne District, one of Seattle’s most scenic neighborhoods filled with shops, restaurants and classic coffee houses.

    What’s next? Season 11 of Grey’s Anatomy will premiere on September 25, 2014

    Make sure you are all caught up when these shows and more premiere!

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    With the recent passing of Labor Day and the “unofficial end of summer” come and gone, now is the perfect time to get away while the weather is still nice but the crowds (and costs) have lessened. It’s called shoulder season, and it is the time between high and low season in the travel market.

    East Hampton, NY – The Baker House 1650

    The Baker House 1650The Baker House 1650

    East Hampton is located at the eastern end of the South Shore of Long Island. From beautiful mansions to pristine beaches, designer shops to jaw-dropping nurseries, the Hamptons are exquisitely picturesque. But from Memorial Day through Labor Day not only can finding a room be difficult, the throngs of people traversing the main highways to get out there can be paralyzing (literally and figuratively). So why fight the crowds? Take advantage of the shoulder season and make a trip during September & October. The Baker House 1650, located on Main Street in East Hampton is an award-winning inn offering beautiful accommodations and top-of-line services and amenities.

    Missoula, MT – Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast

    Blue Mountain Bed and BreakfastBlue Mountain Bed and Breakfast

    Montana is beautiful all year round, but the months of September and October offer visitors sunny days, drier air and less crowds. Traveling during the shoulder season not only offers cheaper airfare but great rates on accommodations, state parks and other activities can also be found. At the Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast located in Missoula, MT, guests enjoy the National Bison Range, visiting neighboring Garnet Ghost Town and visiting Travelers Rest State Park for hiking and bird-watching during this time of year. Situated mountainside, this rustically-chic B&B offers tranquility and serenity only minutes away from Missoula’s business, sporting and cultural centers.

    So if you’re looking for great deals, fewer crowds and near-perfect weather, take advantage of the shoulder season getaways this fall!

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    September is National Chicken Month; an ode to all great meals that use the ingredient to make the delicious meals we all know and love. Here are a few BnBFinder recipes containing chicken for each important meal of the day.

    Breakfast Enchiladas with Chicken and Green Chile
    Breakfast Enchiladas with Chicken and Green Chile

    Breakfast: Breakfast Enchiladas with Chicken and Green Chile from El Farolito Bed & Breakfast

    Ingredients:

    • 6 corn tortillas
    • 8-10 eggs, beaten
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 cups cheddar or pepper jack cheese
    • 1 cup chicken, pre-cooked, sliced
    • 1/2 cup green chile, chopped
    • Red pepper flakes
    • Salt and pepper

    Directions:

    1. Grease a deep, round dish and set aside
    2. In a pan, sauté onion in butter then add beaten eggs
    3. Before eggs are scrambled, mix in 1/2 cup of cheese and spices
    4. Layer 2 corn tortillas on bottom of the prepared dish
    5. Top with 1/2 cup of cheese and 1/2 of the eggs
    6. Repeat for a second layer
    7. Top with remaining tortillas, cheese, and green chile. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes

    Black Bean and Chicken ChiliBlack Bean and Chicken Chili

    Lunch: Black Bean and Chicken Chili from Queen Anne Guest House

    Ingredients:

    • 2 T olive oil
    • 1 T Riley’s (all purpose) seasoning
    • 2 pounds cubed Chicken breast
    • 3 14 1/2 oz. cans of chicken broth
    • 1 14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes
    • 1 14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies
    • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
    • 1 16oz. can refried beans
    • 3 15 oz. cans black beans (rinse somewhat)
    • 1 large diced red pepper
    • 1 large diced onion
    • 1-2 cloves crushed garlic
    • 1 T Amish all purpose (herb) seasoning
    • 1/2 t. cumin
    • 1/2 t. chili powder
    • 12-24 drops hot sauce
    • 1/2 t. crushed red pepper
    • 1/2 t. cayenne pepper
    • 1/3 cup chopped mild banana peppers
    • 1/2 t. Liquid smoke
    • 2/3 cup fresh Spinach, chopped
    • 1/4 cup fresh Cilantro

    Directions:

    1. Saute chicken, onion, red pepper and garlic together in large skillet with 1 T Riley’s seasonings and 2 T olive oil
    2. Add all other ingredients in large pot and place sauted items in pot
    3. Bring to boil then simmer 20-30 minutes.

    Chicken BryanChicken Bryan

    Dinner: Chicken Bryan from Whitestone Country Inn

    Ingredients:

    • 8oz chicken breast
    • 2 Pounds of Butter (Room Temperature)
    • 3 Tbsp of Dried Basil
    • Juice of 2 Lemons
    • Goat Cheese
    • Salt and Pepper to Taste
    • Sundried Tomato and Garlic Char Crust
    • Fresh Parsley or Fresh Basil for Garnish

    Directions:

    1. Mix butter, basil, salt, pepper, goat cheese, and lemon juice in a mixer until well combined
    2. Store in refrigerator in an air tight container
    3. Dredge chicken in sundried tomato and garlic char crust and grill until done

    Plating:

    1. Place grilled chicken breast on the plate and top with one scoop of butter and goat cheese mixture
    2. Garnish with fresh parsley or fresh basil

    For more recipes containing chicken, please visit BnBFinder.com’s recipe page.

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

    Visiting Lancaster County provides guests a peek into a simpler time. Touring the towns of this area is ideal when the greens of summer slowly begin to turn into the reds and yellows of fall. September is an ideal time to visit Lancaster County, not only for the foliage, but for the Fall County Fairs that take place throughout the month.

    Furnace Hills Bed & Breakfast Furnace Hills Bed & Breakfast

    September 9 – 13: Denver Fair

    The Denver Fair is located on Main Street in Denver, PA. In September 1982, the first Denver Community Fair was held after a group of volunteers rallied together to discuss the possibility of an ongoing community fair. The fair showcases professional musical groups, an exotic animal petting zoo, fireworks, rides, contests, local agriculture and artisan craft exhibits. The fair also crowns the Denver Fair Queen each year, an event that is always a crowd favorite. Nearby, visitors can find tranquility at the Furnace Hills Bed & Breakfast. This relaxing retreat is located in the lush hills of Northern Lancaster County. With four spacious guest rooms, gourmet Pennsylvania Dutch breakfasts and hiking trails surrounding, the Furnace Hills B&B is the perfect serene escape.

    Historic Smithton Inn Bed & BreakfastHistoric Smithton Inn Bed & Breakfast

    September 23 – 27: 96th Annual Ephrata Fair

    The Ephrata Fair, “The Largest Street Fair in Pennsylvania” is celebrating its 96th year this September. The annual street fair began in 1919, when local businessmen planned and sponsored a one-day celebration honoring the veterans of World War I. In 1932, a parade was added to the annual celebration, now held every year on Wednesday evenings. Throughout its prolific history, many additions to the fair have been incorporated over time, including: a baby parade, more entertainment rides, a beauty pageant and the annual pig chase. If you are looking for accommodations close to the festivities, look no further than the Historic Smithton Inn Bed and Breakfast. Located on Main Street in the heart of Ephrata, PA, is this beautiful and historic B&B. With seven spacious guest rooms and carefully manicured gardens, this 246-year old stone mansion consistently sets the standard for charm, warmth and hospitality.

    For a listing of all of our inns located in this area, please visit our BnBFinder Lancaster Region page.

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is a series of global fashion shows and events held bi-annually in cities across the world. The long-anticipated New York Fashion Week will once again take-over the “Big Apple” on September 4 – 11. This year, take a stylish getaway and visit one of BnBFinder’s New York City inns for this fall’s hottest fashion parties, events and celebrity sightings.

    Located in between the iconic 5th and Madison Avenues, Stay the Night is a bed and breakfast inside one of New York’s signature brownstone buildings. There are four large Victorian suites that can fit guests’ entire wardrobe for the week’s most fashionable events. After painting the town red in their best pair of heels, guests can soak in one the hot tubs within the en suite private bathrooms. The tree-lined streets will lead guests to the most popular stores and restaurants where guests will rub shoulders with the fashion kings and queens.

    A Garden in ChelseaA Garden in Chelsea

    A Garden in Chelsea is centrally located to many of the neighborhood’s most popular attractions. Guests won’t have to travel far to explore The High Line, picnic in Hudson River Park or visit many of the city’s iconic buildings. For visitors looking for a more quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of Fashion Week, this 1859 Italianate brownstone is a perfect setting for a private and secluded evening.

    Ivy TerraceIvy Terrace

    Experience the blend of old-world elegance and modern charm while staying at the Ivy Terrace Bed and Breakfast located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. This spacious inn is just steps away from Central Park, the Museum of Modern Art, and the shops on Madison Avenue. There are six studio apartments to choose from with large windows providing captivating views of the tree-lined streets of 58th Street. Two of the studios offer private terraces to enjoy breakfast, tea or evening cocktails. All rooms come equipped with kitchens that are stocked with breakfast essentials, for guests to fuel-up before hitting the pavement and heading to the shows.

    These inns and more will place you front row at all of the city’s most exciting fashion events. For a complete list of inns near multiple NYFW venues, please visit our New York City page.

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    Take advantage of the long holiday weekend this Labor Day and check out some of these city events that are easy to get to from our BnBFinder inns.

    Inman Park Bed and BreakfastInman Park Bed and Breakfast

    Dragon*Con
    Celebrating its 27th year this August 31 – September 3 in Atlanta, GA, is the largest multi-media pop culture convention, Dragon*Con. This year’s highlights include celebrity photo-ops and the return of Comic & Pop-Artist Alley, who will be paying tribute to over 120 Marvel & DC comic artists. Located just two blocks off the MARTA rapid transit station and listed on the National Register of Historic Places is the Inman Park Bed and Breakfast. This beautifully restored home features three cozy bedrooms, each equipped with their own private bathroom, and a perfect place to rest your head after a long day at this multi-media event.

    Bed and Breakfast on BroadwayBed and Breakfast on Broadway

    Bumbershoot
    Seattle’s annual arts and music festival, Bumbershoot is a three-day event highlighting the contributions of over 2,500 musicians and artists. This year, the event will be taking place August 30 – September 1. For those on a budget, there will be free events on Friday, 8/29 to kickoff the festivities including a visual arts public preview, film festival and art awards. Musicians scheduled to perform this year include Foster the People, Elvis Costello and Bootsy Collins. For accommodations, festival attendees are recommended to stay at the Bed and Breakfast on Broadway, located only 10-minutes away from the Seattle Center. Situated in the heart of the Capital Hill neighborhood, this inn provides guests with chic decor, fine art and all the essential amenities for an urban weekend retreat.

    Welcome Inn ManorWelcome Inn Manor

    Chicago Jazz Festival
    The 36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival will be taking place August 28 -31 and will be showcasing a full-line up of established musicians. The free event began as a way to promote awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz music. This year, the lineup will feature Kevin Eubanks, Tom Harrell and Ernest Dawkins, who will share one of his newest pieces, “Homage to Nelson Mandela”. The Welcome Inn Manor is not only a short distance from Millennial Park in Chicago, but it also provides bikes and complimentary shuttle-rides for guests to get around the city.

    For more activities this Labor Day weekend, please visit our Summer Getaways specials page for a spectacular end to your summer season

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