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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hamanassett Bed & BreakfastHamanassett Bed & Breakfast

With the season of love upon us, many couples will be traveling to a B&B for a romantic getaway (and maybe even hoping their loved one pops the big question). In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve asked our innkeepers about some of the most memorable proposal stories that took place during a couple’s getaway. They range from sweet, funny, and even a bit shocking. We’re getting started with two stories from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast and Gillum House.

“My favorite proposal is one in which I helped a young man on Christmas of 2013. He wanted to do something special. We decided to wrap his girlfriend’s engagement ring like an ornament and hang it on the Christmas tree. All she knew was that there was a special ornament for her on the tree, which she had to find. We stood back as she searched and her boyfriend would say to her “hot” or “cold” as she looked. When she eventually found and opened her package, he got down on one knee and formally proposed. The happy couple now comes back to Hamanassett each Christmas season to celebrate the occasion.” – Ashley Mon, innkeeper at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast in Chester Heights, PA

“I had donated an inn-to-inn package to a BMW Rally. The winner was a young man who was in the military. When he made the reservation, he told me he was planning to propose to his lady and asked for ideas on how it could be done. On arrival, he slipped the ring to me. Part of the package was a dinner. I tied the ring with a ribbon to the clapper of a little silver bell she was to ring when they were ready for the next course. When she picked the bell up, the ring would drop down. My thoughts were, I hope she says yes or it will be a very uncomfortable next few days…All went according to schedule except I forgot that the bell would be ringing for that and I went in to serve. He looked up and asked if they could have a few minutes. I felt so stupid! They sent me a photo of their son when he was born and about four years after the proposal, they returned accompanied by his aunt and uncle on their way home from another rally. He was just back from a tour in Iraq at that time.” – Kathleen Panek, innkeeper at Gillum House in Shinnston, WV

Thursday, January 12, 2017

After being partnered for over 16 years and sharing a passion for hospitality and hosting friends and family, Tony Gangloff and Santo Aloisi created POSH Palm Springs Inn, a chic 1930′s B&B. POSH is defined as “personable service and hospitality”, exemplifying the vibrant and personable experience the inn offers. If you are looking for a hot, homemade breakfast every morning, an afternoon happy hour featuring a signature martini and top-of-the-line amenities ranging from plush robes to sumptuous bedding, this chic Palm Springs B&B is your home-away-from-home. Take a moment and check out their Q&A responses to see what makes the POSH experience so memorable.

POSH Palm Springs InnPOSH Palm Springs Inn

Q: Where did the two of you meet?

A: I met Santo Aloisi at a motorcycle awards event in San Francisco in 1999. Santo was with a club brother when he saw me across a crowded room and commented, “Now there’s a handsome man!” His club brother replied, “Oh, you mean Tony? Let me introduce you!” We’ve been together ever since and were married in 2013 back in San Francisco.

Q: What is one thing you wish that potential guests knew about bed and breakfasts?

A: Most of my guests know what the “breakfast” part of a B&B is about, but I do have guests who book through OTA’s and have no idea they reserved a room at a B&B. They are most confused about breakfast, how they just have a seat in our dining area and we serve them a hot, homemade breakfast. After the first breakfast, they start to understand and rave about dishes they never knew existed.

Q: When you’re not busy hosting guests, what are some of the things you like to do in your free time?

A: Free time? What’s that? We keep joking that one day we’ll have “staff” so we can get some time to ourselves! I do enjoy motorcycling and also reading.

Q: What would you say is the most difficult part about owning a B&B?

A: The most difficult part of owning a B&B is the constant marketing. Having to put yourself out in front of potential guests in unique ways on an ongoing basis is challenging. One thing that has helped, though, is time. As more satisfied guests refer their friends, and so on, we are now beginning to see the results of referrals after nearly 3 years in business.

Stay tuned for more next month in our Innkeeper Interview series on our blog and in our Guest Newsletter!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Frisco, the hidden gem of Summit County, may have a small-town atmosphere, but it is filled with great dining and unique shops, nightlife options, adventure activities such as hiking or biking, and more. Surrounded by the bustling areas of Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Vail, this quaint Colorado town has something for everyone. Those traveling to Frisco have the unique ability to go skiing, sailing and mountain biking all in one day, making it one of the most diverse (and fun!) U.S. towns.

What to Do

1. Frisco Adventure Park: This year-round park has endless opportunities for adventure enthusiasts. Take up one of the many hiking and biking trails, Peak One Disc Golf Course, picnic facilities, baseball fields, horse stables, and campgrounds.
2. Frisco’s Historic Park & Museum: Put your hands on history and get the chance to imagine life in the mountains across past centuries.
3. Backcountry Brewery: Indulge in a diverse array of ales, lagers and American pub fare. With over 25 medals earned at local, national and international festivals and competitions, you won’t want to miss out on this Frisco attraction.

”FriscoFrisco Lodge

Where to Stay

The Frisco Lodge, located on historic Main Street in the heart of Summit County, boasts exceptional hospitality, richly appointed guest rooms, gourmet culinary delights, and an incomparable historical ambiance. After a day spent enjoying all of Frisco’s many activities or events, guests can return to the inn and imbibe in a complimentary glass of wine along with a selection of seasonal hors d’oeuvres. Their award-winning courtyard also serves as a great place to unwind. Relax by the fountains, decks, or lush gardens. Soak in the outdoor hot tub and cozy up in front of the fireplace after a long day exploring.

”Frisco Inn on GalenaFrisco Inn on Galena

Tucked away in the beauty of the mountains, Frisco Inn on Galena serves as the perfect place for guests to reconnect and rejuvenate. Their 15 elegant guest rooms feature flat screen TV’s, private bathrooms, and tranquil Rocky Mountain scenery, with some rooms boasting private balconies for an even greater view and the opportunity to take in the fresh Colorado air. Guests also have access to spa treatments, yoga & pilates, as well as complimentary access to Peak One, the B&B’s state-of-the-art fitness center. Wake up to a scrumptious gourmet breakfast and take advantage of the private dining experience available Thursday – Sunday evenings available as an add-on amenity.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Casa Bella Bed and BreakfastCasa Bella Bed and Breakfast

Happy New Year! We’re starting 2017 off in a colorful way with the latest edition of Cocktails We Crave. This month’s concoction – Pretty in Pink – comes from innkeeper Patty Gironda of Casa Bella Bed and Breakfast in Newnan, GA. Just 35 minutes from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, this beautiful B&B is perfectly situated to the coasts of Georgia and Florida, New Orleans, and many other celebrated vacation destinations.

Pretty in PinkPretty in Pink

“The cocktail was inspired by my television show, ‘Home At Last!’,” enthuses Patty, which features her favorite travel memories and a passion for the good life through recipes. “The show content included a trip to New Orleans where I was a bartender for ten years before attending design school. The episode included a stuffed artichoke and this flavorful cocktail!”

Guests to the inn can enjoy this delicious drink among several other enticing culinary creations from Patty (inspired by the show) with a stay at Casa Bella Bed and Breakfast, including a gourmet breakfast each morning featuring two leisurely courses of house specialties prepared from fresh, local ingredients served with hot coffee or tea.

Pretty in Pink
Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1 1/2 oz. Prickly Pear Juice
2 scoops HOLA Fruta Margarita Sherbet

Directions:
Place ingredients in a cocktail shaker and mix thoroughly until sherbet melts. Pour into your prettiest martini glass and enjoy!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017 and our January Guest Newsletter. It’s a new edition for a new year, packed with several things to get excited about. Along with information on the ideal gift for Valentine’s Day (yes, you heard us right – it will be here before you know it!), we will also feature some insights on enticing specials; the latest installment of Innkeeper Interviews with hospitality expert Erika Hall of Abbey’s Lantern Inn in Ledyard, CT; and an amazing recipe from our friends at Inn at Riverbend in Pearisburg, VA – Gingerbread Pancakes with Pears and Yogurt. Yum!

You will also read about 5 Luxury B&B’s You Need to See to Believe; 6 Things to do with Fruit and Veggie Scraps, with insights from Chef Caitie Maharg of Iris Inn in Waynesboro, VA; The Essential Willamette Valley Itinerary & Guide, featuring Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Newburg, OH; and more. There is something for everyone!

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

So you’ve had one too many glasses of champagne on New Year’s Eve and now your head and stomach are a mess. We suggest stocking up your kitchen in preparation so you can roll out of bed ready to face the morning (or, ahem, afternoon) with a comforting hangover recipe that is sure to battle the dreaded headache and next-day nausea. Here are two tried-and-true recipes from innkeepers that swear by these meals after a night of indulgence.

Hangover Quesadilla from Chef Caitie Maharg at Iris Inn Bed and Breakfast

Innkeeper tip: “The main thing in the quesadilla that helps with a hangover is the eggs. They are chock-full of amino acids including the main one which helps break down the headache-causing chemical left in your body causing the hangover.” – Chef Caitie Maharg

Ingredients:
Two 6-inch flour tortillas
1 large egg
1 to 2 ounces of pork or turkey cooked sausage
Colby and Monterey Jack Cheese
1 slice of bacon, cooked
1 tbsp chopped jalapeno, cooked
Sour cream
Chopped chives
Salsa for dipping

Directions:
1. Spray a non-stick pan with cooking spray. Let the pan heat up a bit until it’s warm over medium-high heat.
2. Whisk the eggs in the bowl with a fork and some chopped chives. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Cook the eggs until they’re scrambled.
3. Place one flour tortilla on the pan, then the cheese, sausage, diced bacon and scrambled egg. Add some more cheese on top until it’s golden brown on the bottom. Flip it over and cook the other side until everything in the middle is warmed throughout.
4. Garnish with sour cream and serve with your favorite salsa.

Orange Blueberry French Toast Souffle from Tony at POSH Palm Springs Inn

POSH Palm Springs InnPOSH Palm Springs Inn

Innkeeper tip: “The high vitamin C content plus the natural sugars found in both the oranges and blueberries help to clear your head and give you some extra energy.” – Tony

Ingredients:
3 croissants
Cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup blueberries
1 whole orange, cut into quarters
1 cup orange juice
12 eggs

Directions:
1. In a rectangular cake pan, spray oil and break up 3 croissants into small pieces, spreading them in the bottom of the pan.
2. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the croissants, followed by the brown sugar and blueberries (you can also use peaches or other fruit)
3. Cut a whole orange into quarters, remove seeds and place in blender with orange juice. Blend on “whole juice” setting until completely smooth.
4. Break eggs into blender and mix on low speed for 20 seconds. Pour over croissants in baking pan.
5. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Cut into 8 portions.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

This year why not steer clear of the obvious? It takes a lot more than a sparkly ball or a large crowd to make for a great New Year’s Eve celebration. We’ve rounded up some equally exciting celebrations to ring in the New Year. The night will come to an end eventually, and after partying 2016 away, and drinking a few too many glasses of champagne, you’ll likely need a restful night of sleep. Here are three great inns that provide plenty of fun and relaxation this New Year’s Eve.

Cocktails, Cookies and Cocoa. Live music and dancing, a gourmet five-course dinner, New Year’s Day buffet brunch, and even a special “welcome gift”, makes York Harbor Inn in York Harbor, ME the place to be to ring in 2017. This historic inn’s New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration package includes two nights lodging in one of their historic inns and comes complete with a continental “plus” breakfast each morning, an innkeepers’ cocktail reception, as well as a cookies and cocoa reception.

Burlesque and Boozy Brunch. For the first time ever, if you book a two-night stay for New Year’s weekend at the Woods Hole Inn in Woods Hole, MA, guests will receive two complimentary tickets to the Brazen Belles’ 5th Annual Winter Spectacular on New Year’s Eve, a Cape Cod-based Burlesque Troupe. The following morning, the inn hosts a New Year’s Day brunch, complete with bubbly mimosas, in their sunny breakfast room.

2017 On the Horizon. Cincinnati’s sparkling horizon provides a spectacular backdrop as you cruise into the New Year with the BB Riverboats package from Christopher’s Bed and Breakfast in Bellevue, KY. This magical experience includes a special three-entree buffet, entertainment, a split champagne at midnight, late-night snack, and even a party favor to take home. Afterward, spend the remainder of your romantic evening at the award-winning inn, conveniently located just 1.8 miles from the venue.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

It happens every year. The sudden stress that pops up every December takes over and before you know it, you’re lost in the holiday shuffle and the need for that perfect gift comes, inevitably, at the 11th hour. But no need to panic! BnBFinder travel gift certificates are here to solve all of your last-minute woes. Whether you’re trying to tackle buying gifts for those hard-to-shop-for people on your list, or you’ve been scrambling for some inspiration, BnBFinder Gift Certificates are the perfect solution. Easy-to-give and awesome-to-get, certificates can be accepted at participating inns and start at just $20. Plus, there’s no need to worry about shrinking shipping times, with instant e-cards available to let the recipient know their gift is on the way. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

1. Choose the Amount

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Add on a personal message or holiday greeting along with shipping information (for you or for your recipient).

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us. Do you know what you’ll be serving your guests this year? Whether you want to impress friends and family with decedent Poached Pears with Raspberry Coulis, or keep it simple and delicious with some homemade marshmallows, we have something that loved ones are sure to rave about. Check out our slideshow below featuring four great holiday recipes from our B&Bs that are sure to be crowd-pleasers this holiday season.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Abbey's Lantern Hill InnAbbey’s Lantern Hill Inn

Innkeeper Erika from Abbey’s Lantern Inn in Ledyard, CT has successfully created a cozy, carefree and convenient getaway for every type of traveler in a prime location that tends to both millennials and baby boomers. This month we featured an interview with the innkeeper in our January Guest Newsletter to find out more about her and the B&B she operates. Looking for a sneak preview? We’ve included a few responses from the Q&A session for our blog readers to enjoy.

Q: What is the best compliment you’ve received from a guest?

A: Some of the best compliments I receive from guests are those that have said that this is “the best bed and breakfast they have ever stayed in.” One lady recently remarked, “This isn’t the fanciest bed and breakfast I have ever stayed in, but it’s definitely the best.” The other compliment, which I consider a great honor, are from those guests who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast before – and after staying with us – say they will only stay in bed and breakfasts from now on and wish they had started going to bed and breakfasts sooner.

Q: Do you have an inspiring song that you frequently listen to? Or do you have a song that starts your day on a good note?

A: This sounds incredibly silly (and it is), but sometimes I need a little adrenaline pumping song to reinvigorate me. The Mystic, CT area has a highly competitive boutique lodging market with many properties owned by millionaires who have thrown tons of money and resources at their business. My goal is always to be the best property in my area, but sometimes I feel like a David among the Goliaths. So I might listen to something like Katy Perry’s “Roar” or Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.

Q: What has been your strangest guest request or experience as an innkeeper?

A: I haven’t had many (thankfully) and none come to mind at the moment.

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