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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Photograph courtesy of Harbour Cottage Inn Bed and BreakfastPhotograph courtesy of Harbour Cottage Inn Bed and Breakfast

The holidays are headed our way, so there is no better time to buy your BnBFinder Gift Certificates. By now you know all of the amazing benefits they offer: Accepted at participating properties, our certificates have no expiration or blackout dates; include free shipping, or you can download and print instant e-Cards; and they can be sent with a personalized message.

Over the next few months on the blog, we will take a look at what these goodies will get you – and/or the people you love enough to bestow this holiday blessing on. We will start with Great Outdoors experiences. From hiking and waterfall tours in Alabama at Mountain Laurel Inn B&B in Mentone to Build Your Own Custom Alaskan Adventure Package at Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn in Juneau, outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of packages to satisfy their wanderlust.

Ever dream of Sailing the Waters of Acadia? Set a course to Harbour Cottage Inn Bed and Breakfast in Southwest Harbor, ME. Looking to shoot and score a picture-perfect Photo Safari? Woods Hole Inn in Woods Hole, MA can give you that exposure. Is Biking the Whites how you want to cycle through the Granite State? The Inn At Crystal Lake in Eaton, NH will put you on the path.

There are too many awesome options to mention here, so see them all for yourself with these quick links we have provided to get you started:

Click here to buy your BnBFinder Gift Certificates.

Click here to find participating inns.

Click here for The Great Outdoors Packages.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa in Wakefield, QCWakefield Mill Hotel & Spa in Wakefield, QC

Now more than ever, The Great White North is a terrific travel opportunity for U.S. guests who value getting the best experiences for their money. With the current exchange rate, 1 Canadian dollar is the equivalent of approximately 75 U.S. cents*. That means you’ll get plenty of bang for your buck, and you can enjoy luxurious stays that won’t cost you too many loonies (that’s the Canadian nickname for money, fun eh?).

All across the country, from Alberta and British Columbia to Manitoba and Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, there are inns for every type of traveler from nature lovers and spa goers to foodies and culture enthusiasts.

Of course finding your dream stay isn’t always easy, so at BnBFinder we’ve made the process a bit easier for you. Just click on the link below and head to our Canadian Bed & Breakfast Inns. There you’ll find a map of the entire country and you can pick and choose your destination based on the region that intrigues you the most. And as a side note: Several of these inns also accept BnBFinder gift certificates, so seize the day for your Canadian getaway!

Grab your Great White North adventure now:
Canadian Bed & Breakfast Inns

*Conversion rate according to X-Rates

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Now that fall is officially upon us, you know what that means: must-see TV is back on the screen. What used to be a visit with NBC’s Friends on Thursdays is now #TGIT (Thank God It’s Thursday) with plenty of drama and suspense on ABC. We’re talking of course about Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder – the Shondaland shows viewers just can’t get enough of. While you’ll be happy to know that at our B&B’s scandalous affairs, suspicious disappearances, and life or death situations don’t take place, you can still enjoy plenty of fun at an inn located in the real-life cities these fictional shows call home.

Greenlake Guest HouseGreenlake Guest House

Greenlake Guest House in Seattle, WA
While the doctors of Grey’s Anatomy may live in Seattle, they spend so much time at the hospital that a B&B retreat should be a prescription they fill for themselves. Greenlake Guest House, centrally situated in the northern part of the city, is a 1920 craftsman-style bed and breakfast that would be a perfect dose of relaxation. Residing across the street from Green Lake in a pretty residential neighborhood, the inn has five comfortable rooms with private baths and TV/DVD. Most accommodations also feature lovely views of the lake and park, jetted tubs, and gas fireplaces. Each morning menu-based gourmet breakfasts are served on the house along with Seattle coffee, tea, soda, bottled water, fruit, and fresh-baked cookies. Guests enjoy a complimentary wine and beer hour Monday-Friday too. There are numerous shops and restaurants nearby, and the innkeepers are always happy to offer warm and personal service during any stay.

Cornerstone Bed & BreakfastCornerstone Bed & Breakfast

Cornerstone Bed & Breakfast in Philadelphia, PA
How to Get Away with Murder has put its legal team in some seriously antagonistic situations, but they all take place in the City of Brotherly Love. Guests will find the opposite experience to be true at Cornerstone Bed & Breakfast, a comfy inn ideally located in Philadelphia’s University City District. This beautiful B&B is a 1865 Victorian stone mansion that features exquisite architectural beauty along with modern amenities. There are six rooms and suites, each with private bath, flat-screen TV, and wireless internet. Here guests are in walking distance to several historic sites, shops, restaurants, and popular attractions including the University of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Zoo, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They also have the option of enjoying the peace and quiet this piece of paradise offers right outside of the thriving downtown scene.

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Akwaaba DC in Washington, DC
The power players of Scandal are always struggling to stay on top amid all of the political agendas playing out in our nation’s capital. The only agenda on tap for guests at the elegant Akwaaba DC, conveniently located in DC’s lively and lovely Dupont Circle, is enjoyment (which suits us just fine). This historic Victorian townhouse has seven uniquely decorated rooms dedicated to African-American authors and literary genres. All accommodations feature private baths with Jacuzzi bathtubs, quality linens, antiques, and modern amenities such as wireless internet, personal refrigerators, and cable TV. Guests also have the option to rent out The Writer’s Retreat apartment, which can accommodate up to six people and includes a full kitchen, two bathrooms, and a private entrance. Each morning, a hot and hearty breakfast is served family-style. The inn offers easy access to public transportation, and guests are also in walking distance to many restaurants, boutique shops, celebrated bookstores, cozy cafes, and coffeehouses.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Beaver State is a beauty! With breathtaking landscapes featuring majestic mountains and forests, plus beautiful beaches and lakes, Oregon appeals to every type of traveler – especially the image conscious (we’re talking about photography, of course). Here are two inns where you can snap exquisite shots and give all of your followers Instagram envy.

Arch Cape Inn & RetreatArch Cape Inn & Retreat

Top-Notch Hospitality Extends to Guests at Arch Cape Inn & Retreat
Arch Cape Inn & Retreat is located in Arch Cape, OR, a small residential community nestled between Hug Point State Park and Oswald West State Park. The inn is what travel dreams are made of – a storybook French Chateau with exquisite ocean views, stylish European antiques, original artwork, impeccably manicured grounds, and flower gardens coupled with warm, first-rate hospitality. Constructed in 1994 and designed specifically to be a premier inn, Arch Cape features 10 large guestrooms and suites, each individually appointed. All accommodations include private tiled bathrooms with stall showers, gas fireplaces, cable TV, and refrigerators. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. This area of the Oregon Coast offers guests a wealth of opportunity for miles of walking and exploring the beach and a wide range of recreational activities to enjoy. The inn is also just 10 minutes south of Cannon Beach, a charming town celebrated for its artist galleries and communities, upscale shops, restaurants, and cafes.

Chehalem Ridge Bed and BreakfastChehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast

Elevating Travel Experiences Are Yours at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast
Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast is located in Newberg, OR and features spectacular views of the state’s wine country – the wondrous Willamette Valley. More than 60 wineries are within a 20-minute drive of the inn, which is a gorgeous 5-bedroom B&B. Each room comes complete with memory foam mattresses, bath robes, individual room thermostats, irons and ironing boards, and free Wi-Fi. Select accommodations include private balconies, jetted bathtubs, and fireplaces. During their stay, guests can indulge in plenty of peaceful relaxation among their surroundings as well as the common area’s high-definition satellite TV, the guest mini-fridge, and microwave. A full gourmet breakfast, which can accommodate food allergies, is served every morning. There are also numerous fine dining restaurants nearby, along with recreational opportunities including hot air ballooning, golfing, and of course, wine tasting!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Don’t just sit there dreaming of a vacation…get off the bench and start booking! Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy weekend getaways. Whether you’re a fan of fall foliage, a foodie who favors seasonal farmers markets (apples, anyone?), or a wine lover hoping to see a harvest firsthand, there are numerous B&B’s throughout the US that can offer an ideal experience. Here are three ways savvy shoppers can save money and savor an inn-credible stay for themselves.

1) Fall Specials! We have rounded up the best of the best here. You can search by state to find your special place or choose all locations if want to consider every option available to you. From California to Maine seasonable hues are in bloom, as Instagram users anxiously await all of your images. Suggested hashtags: #photooftheday #fallfoliage #autumnisawesome #welovebnbfinder

2) Last Minute Spontaneous Bed & Breakfast Specials! Carpe diem. Seizing the day is a surefire way to find adventure and fun under the sun all while enjoying some serious savings. With some inns offering rates of 20 to 60% savings on last minute bookings, there’s never been a better time for eleventh hour indulgence.

3) BnBFinder Gift Certificates! Accepted at participating properties, our certificates have no expiration or blackout dates; include free shipping, or you can download and print instant e-Cards; and they can be sent with a personalized message. To give and to get, they are a sure bet that someone will be waking up someplace special very soon!

*Seasonal offer for our friends this fall: You’ll receive 10% off your purchase of a BnBFinder Gift Certificate when you use the promo code FALL10 from September 23-October 3.*

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

“Shaken, not stirred.” By now we all know how James Bond believes the best martinis are made. However, for those of us who aren’t spies with strict definitions on bar service, there is always room for creativity and fun when it comes to cocktails – especially when it comes to new twists on the classics!

POSH Palm SpringsPOSH Palm Springs

That’s why for this month’s Cocktails We Crave we’re excited to introduce the POSH Martini from our friends at POSH Palm Springs in Palm Springs, CA. This fruity concoction combines citrus and sweet with some of our favorite spirits, which makes for a tantalizing treat to enjoy indoors or out as we savor the last few days of summer stateside.

Banana Syrup
Orange Juice

Fill a blender pitcher with ice and add 1 shot of Banana Syrup, 5 shots each of Rum, Tequila and Vodka and top off with Orange Juice. Blend on “Smoothie” setting for the best consistency. Pour into martini glasses (sugar rim optional). Makes 6 servings.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Immersive experiences are popular packages among travelers today. Guests really want to get to know where they go – and our inns are answering the call. At Hartzell House Bed and Breakfast in Addison, PA, the Work Away Your Stay Discount is the ideal example.

Hartzell House Bed and BreakfastHartzell House Bed and Breakfast

“We came up with the Work Away Your Stay vacation because we have several guests who have become friends over the years, and whose skill sets match our projects,” reveals innkeeper Kitty Stemac. “Two couples have come up multiple times to work with us. One has skills laying brick and has helped us complete our courtyard, and the others are garden lovers and are helping us with creating our organic fruit and vegetable beds.”

“They love being a part of making their ‘home away from home’ a more complete experience and being able to enjoy time in our resource-packed, tri-state area, without the expense of lodging,” adds Kitty. “Our favorite part is getting to know our guests and call them friends, as well as having more hands to complete the projects!”

Here’s how it works: Sunday through Thursday nights, for one day’s work, guests stay two nights; for 2 day’s work, 5 nights. The work days must precede the free days. On the work days, the inn will provide two meals; on the free days, just breakfast and snacks. Work days are up to 8 hours. This year’s projects include: siding and finishing the exterior of the garden shed; completing the organic raised-bed gardens; building garden arbors, fences, and gates; planting and maintenance of the landscape; exterior stone and tile work; exterior painting; website design and computer maintenance (must have references and experience); SEO marketing advice and strategy. The work is whatever is necessary at the time of your visit.

For additional information and to book this inn-sightful experience for yourself, click here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September is California Wine Month, and if a visit to wine country isn’t on your bucket list – it should be! There are hundreds of wineries to be found in the Golden State, and they will be marking this treasured occasion with special tastings, immersion experiences, concerts, tours, festivals, and much more.

Travelers who flock to the region will not only enjoy touring and tasting, but they will also find plenty of other activities that pique their interests. From cooking classes and spa services to outdoor adventures including hot air ballooning, hiking, and cycling (to name a few), there are plenty of ways to “play.” The question remains: Now, where to stay? Take heart dear readers because we have the answer.

If you know where you are going, but not where you will be sleeping, click on the link below to California Wine Country Inns and just scroll down the list to find the inn closest to your destination:


If you are searching for inns that offer food and wine getaways, which may include winery tours and tasting packages, you’ll find this link enticing:


And for an updated list of all the California Wine Month activities travel here:


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Whether it’s Cobra, Warrior, or Downward Dog, get ready to strike a pose. September is National Yoga Month, which means it’s the ideal time to make the most of the mat. If you’re looking to position yourself for bliss, a getaway to the Inn at Westwood Farm in Orange, VA will definitely do the trick.

Inn at Westwood FarmInn at Westwood Farm

With the Yoga in the Barn special, guests can breathe and stretch away stress, enhance flexibility, and calm their minds during a two-day yoga retreat. This package includes luxury accommodations for two (guests select the nights and all rooms are double occupancy); two yoga sessions per day in the barn with the inn’s guest instructor Casey Sagers; early morning coffee and tea service outside your door; a sumptuous and healthy two-course breakfast each morning; late afternoon appetizers featuring Virginia wine; evening turn down service with chocolates; concierge service to help you navigate the local area; and the award-winning Inn at Westwood Farm pampering. The morning and candlelit evening yoga sessions run from 8:00AM-9:15AM and 5:30PM-6:45PM, respectively. Both are taught in a multilevel approach with modifications for everybody. They also feature a creative mix of several styles.

Orange, VA is close to many celebrated historical sites, galleries, shops, wineries, and restaurants. Guests can enjoy nature walks on James Madison’s Montpelier estate, massages, dining, and kayaking down the Rapidan River, or just rest and relaxation at the farm.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September is National Chicken Month! That means it’s time to take flight with a recipe that’s not only apropos for the occasion, but in this case, also does double duty. We’re talking about Black Bean and Chicken Chili from our friends at Queen Anne Guest House in Galena, IL. Not only does this delicious dish feature the bird of the season, it’s also handy for sport of it as well. Whether you are tailgating outside the stadium or parked in front of the TV, this recipe pairs to perfection with one of America’s favorite pastimes so football and food fans feel free to rejoice!

Queen Anne Guest HouseQueen Anne Guest House

Black Bean and Chicken Chili

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

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

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