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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

So life got in the way of preparing for Mom’s Big Day. Stay calm and breathe easy – we got you covered. Last-minute slackers can still show their mother lots of love with the benefits of a BnBFinder Travel Gift Certificate. With it, she can indulge in a spa day, a food & wine getaway, classes & courses, special events and more. Accepted at inns all across North America, it includes benefits that are Mom-approved:

  • No expiration or blackout dates;
  • Your choice of any denomination;
  • Fed Ex options and instant e-cards that are available to accommodate last-minute shoppers;
  • Recipients can save any remaining balance to put towards a future stay at participating properties;
  • Guests can filter options by location using our website’s easy search feature, which provides links to each individual property.

Click here to buy yours today!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Addison on AmeliaAddison on Amelia

Situated right off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island features 13 miles of breathtaking beaches, a wealth of native wildlife, and fresh, pure waters. As their tourism website says it’s “easy to reach, but hard to forget.” This destination is a nature lover’s paradise and a perfect outdoor playground with its four major State Parks, a National Park, miles of pristine beaches, and hiking trails. Beloved by both guests and residents alike, it’s easy to immerse yourself in your surroundings – especially when you stay at Addison on Amelia.

With the Amelia Island Outdoor Adventure package, guests enjoy a private two-hour eco-tour with Captain Carol of On The Water Adventures in her 32′ Tanga speedboat.

Travelers will experience the wild horses of Cumberland Island grazing on marsh grasses, and closely observe dolphins, alligators, egrets, herons, and other local fauna in their natural element. They will also revel in a three-hour guided tour with Kayak Amelia. This is an amazing opportunity to get an up-close look at the birds and critters of the inland rivers and salt marshes of the Talbot Islands. The Addison’s bicycles are available for exploring the local neighborhoods, Fort Clinch Park, and the local by-ways. The inn’s beach chairs and beach towels are also ready for use for those who just want to relax on the beach. The package adds $310 to the room cost, and a three-night minimum is requested to allow time for all of the activities.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Guests can experience the genuine Southwest when they stay at the Adobe Rose Inn. Originally constructed in 1933, this unique B&B is located in the historic Sam Hughes neighborhood in Central Tucson, just two blocks east of the University of Arizona (UA) and only four blocks from the new Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. Nestled in this architecturally diverse neighborhood, the Adobe Rose Inn is constructed of authentic adobe brick. Its many outdoor spaces provide an opportunity to enjoy the city’s amazing weather and equally amazing plants. There are a wealth of activities to enjoy in the area, or guests can sit back and relax by the pool. Foodies will relish the opportunity to participate in a cooking class that features the inn’s often requested Ranchos Huevos, one of the innkeepers many Southwestern breakfast specialties – but that’s not all.

Adobe Rose InnAdobe Rose Inn

“The ‘Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food’ north of the border is to be found in Tucson, according to Visit Tucson’s international marketing campaign,” reveals innkeeper Marion Hook, “and we couldn’t agree more – especially since Tucson has been recognized as the first city in the United States to be designated as a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy.” Travelers to the region can take the only tour in Tucson that features family owned eateries that are truly eager to share their passion. Tour participants will ride aboard one of Gray Line Tucson’s luxury vehicles through Tucson’s Barrio while getting an insider’s look at each location and their recipe for success. With tastings ranging from handmade pastries/tortillas to carne asada and Sonoran hot dogs to chicken quesadillas, no one will return to the Adobe Rose Inn hungry. The tour guide and driver will meet guests at the inn and drop them back off at the end of the tour. The experience requires a minimum of six participants. For additional information click here.

As an added bonus, a 10% discount will be offered to all who reserve rooms at the Adobe Rose Inn along with reserving seats on the Best of the Barrio Tour, and the exclusive cooking class is complimentary when guests complete the double reservations! Book five other guests for rooms and a tour and receive 15% off those rooms at the inn.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

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Tomorrow is Earth Day, and what better way to celebrate than with an environmentally friendly getaway? Across the US and Canada there are plenty of inns that fit the bill – and not just on April 22.

All year long, there are bed and breakfasts that do their part in reducing their carbon footprint to ensure their surroundings are cared for in the best ways possible. From no car properties, to water and energy conservation, to learning about the green experience, mindful guests will find much to enjoy with Going Green Specials.

To find which package you prefer, head here.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Just a few weeks away is Mom’s big day, and we can’t think of anyone more deserving of something special. Instead of just flowers, candy, or a card, why not give Mom the gift of travel? A BnBFinder Gift Certificate lets Mom choose her own adventure, from spa getaways and cooking classes to hiking, biking, and everything in between.

Up until April 27, we’re offering 10% off its face value when you use the promo code MOM10. And don’t forget, it’s accepted inns all across the US and Canada and offers benefits that are Mom-approved, including:

  • No expiration or blackout dates;
  • Your choice of any denomination;
  • Fed Ex options and instant e-cards that are available to accommodate last-minute shoppers;
  • Recipients can save any remaining balance to put towards a future stay at participating properties;
  • Guests can filter options by location using our website’s easy search feature, which provides links to each individual property.

Click here to order yours today!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Innkeepers never cease to amaze us with their creativity, appreciation, and support of the arts – in all its forms. Quilting is a pastime that’s never been out of style. Many of the designs it inspires are (quite simply) impressive works of art, and The Mercersburg Inn in Mercersburg, PA is one property that’s sewing plenty of opportunities for crafters to find some serious stitching success!

The Mercersburg InnThe Mercersburg Inn

With the inn’s Quilting Weekdays package, guests bring their enthusiasm and supplies to a one-of-kind quilt retreat where they can get to work in a well-lit room with plenty of space and the ideal instructor, Judy Barnard. Judy has been sewing since she was seven years old and quilting for over a decade. Her specialties range from t-shirt and memory quilts to traditional and curved piecing to machine appliqué.

The experience begins Monday with a 5PM social hour and show and tell. Guests meet Judy and Jim and Lisa McCoy, owners of the inn, and indulge in a glass of wine, beverages, and snacks. At 7PM, dinner takes place in Byron’s Dining Room where there is a full bar with a selection of wine, beer, and liquor. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the day starts with a delicious breakfast served at 8AM as the Great Room is prepped for the classes. From 9AM to 12PM, the work session gets underway. Lunch is served at 12:30PM, followed by another work session from 2PM-5PM. Dinner is served at 7PM. Optional “work alone time” is available until 11:30PM. Guests who decide to relax for the rest of the night may have fun in the game room with a pool table, air-hockey, and other games and puzzles. On Thursday, another delectable breakfast is served at 8AM, followed by a work session from 9AM-12PM. Lunch is again served at 12:30PM, followed by the final work session from 2PM-3:30PM. Beverages are served during all sessions.

Feedback from attendees has been resoundingly positive. “When any guest enters the lobby the reaction is usually ‘wow,’” says innkeeper Lisa McCoy. “For the quilter, the thrill is that we turn our Great Room into a quilting shop. All the furniture goes out, all the tables, chairs, and lighting go in.”

Lobby ViewLobby View

The package price is $480 per person and worth every penny! It includes accommodations for 3 nights single occupancy; 3 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners; beverages, and gratuities (excluding taxes, wines, beer, and spirits). For a second quilter in the room with meals, the price is $375; for a non-quilter in the room with meals, the price is just $275. For this event only, all rooms will be sold at the same discounted price on first-come, first-pick basis. The inn provides the tables, ironing boards, and irons. Quilters bring their sewing machines and the rest of their tools. Judy will email a list of required materials. There must be at least one person per room participating in the quilting class retreats. Full regular room rates will apply if there is not at least one person per room participating in the quilting class. (Note: The class and dining package are not available unless there is one participant per room.) There are also several wonderful quilt shops in the area providing discounts.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

It’s time for this month’s edition of Cool Classes Alert! These are educational experiences our inns offer that you need to know about now. This month we’re baiting the hook (so to speak) and reeling you in with a package for fishing enthusiasts at Spencer House Bed & Breakfast in Erie, PA.

Spencer House Bed & BreakfastSpencer House Bed & Breakfast

Lake Erie / Presque Isle Bay is considered Pennsylvania’s premier bass destination and is known as “world class” for trophy smallmouth bass. Lake Erie was rated one of the best bass lakes in the country by BassMaster magazine, and during PA’s Trophy Season (mid April – mid June), catching a 4 or 5 pound smallie is a common occurrence.

Fishing with FletcherFishing with Fletcher

To help in this endeavor is innkeeper Fletcher Coleman and the “Fishing with Fletcher” special. When you stay at the Spencer House mid-week during the season, Fletcher will  take you out in his boat to fish with him for a 4-6 hour trip @$25 per hour for one or two people. Compared to local guiding fees, this deal is a steal! Fletcher can provide rods and the baits you will need for the afternoon. All you need to bring is snacks, drinks, sunscreen, and your enthusiasm the sport. Then just have a great time. According to Fletcher, even a “bad” day on Lake Erie is considered a good day anywhere else, and all of his fishing guests in the past three seasons have caught at least one 5 pounder.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Now that winter is on its way out, it’s time for spring to swing in and bring with it bright colors and fabulous flavors that will inspire new cocktails for the season. We couldn’t be more excited about this prospect, or this month’s installment of our delectable column.

The 1859 Historic National Hotel in Jamestown, CA has been hosting travelers for over 130 years. Today, the staff continues a tradition of exceptional hospitality through its luxurious accommodations, enviable amenities, and the acclaimed onsite restaurant & saloon, which features an award-winning wine list, a full-service bar, and sensational specialty drinks such as the mouthwatering National Hotel Purple Haze Martini. Marketing manager and events coordinator GG Gruel revealed that this cocktail is one of the favorites from the Specialty Martini Menu! So here it is in all its hue-filled glory for you to enjoy as well.

National Hotel Purple Haze MartiniNational Hotel Purple Haze Martini

National Hotel Purple Haze Martini

Ingredients:
2 oz top shelf vodka
1 oz Chambord liqueur
Dash of sweet-n-sour

Directions:
Shake all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker until well chilled. Pour into sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish with a cherry. Delicious!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New Hampshire, also known as the Granite State, definitely offers Instagram devotees and professional photographers alike spectacular surroundings to get some picture-perfect shots to share. Its breathtaking mountains and fabulous foliage offer plenty to entice unforgettable images from practically every angle.

Mt. Washington Bed & BreakfastMt. Washington Bed & Breakfast

Nestled in the Androscoggin River Valley on a hill overlooking the Androscoggin River,  Mt. Washington Bed & Breakfast in Shelburne is an 1800′s farmhouse built by the Philbrook family. Situated at the entrance to the magnificent Mt. Washington Valley, this B&B showcases exquisite sunset views of Mt. Washington, Mt. Madison, and Mt. Adams, which guests can take in from the comfort of the relaxing rocking chairs on its front porch. The inn features seven guestrooms that offer a blend of antique and modern decor, each named for several birds unique to the region. Accommodations also include private baths – two with whirlpool tubs. Each morning, guests enjoy a different hearty hot breakfast made by innkeeper Mary Ann with the option of hot & cold cereals or homemade granola as well. Daily area activities include biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dogsled riding, shopping, antiquing, and more. Complimentary afternoon home-baked treats help make the most of every day guests stay.

The Darby Field Inn and RestaurantThe Darby Field Inn and Restaurant

Located in Albany just six miles from North Conway, The Darby Field Inn and Restaurant resides on a country hillside surrounded by wooded trails (perfect for walking, biking, snowshoeing, and more), flower gardens, and an awe-inspiring view of South Moat, Whitehorse Ledge, and Mt. Washington. The inn has 13 unique rooms and suites. Classic rooms are smaller accommodations ideal for active guests who will be on the go during their stay, while deluxe rooms and suites are larger and feature additional amenities such as two-person Jacuzzi tubs, TV’s, and gas fireplaces. Complimentary Wi-Fi and full breakfast is included with all rooms. The Darby Field Inn is ideally situated near both North Conway attractions and the White Mountain National Forest, so there are plenty of activities for everyone. When it comes to dining, guests can indulge in the inn’s seasonal menu either in the romantic mountain-view dining room or cozy Littlefield’s Tavern…both are sure to satisfy! The inn also offers a variety of packages, ranging from romance and elopement to spa services and golfing.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Granda Marnier French Toast, 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic InnGranda Marnier French Toast, 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn

Foodie friends! Have no fear because innkeepers are here. One of the most important parts of owning a bed and breakfast is making sure the guest experience is enticing. Food plays a critical role in this endeavor from the morning meal to a leisurely lunch to mid-afternoon snacks and dinner at day’s end. And while not every inn offers all of these options, each B&B does provide at least one delectable dish and a mouth-watering memory to savor.

So many guests have been impressed by these offerings that they often ask for their favorite recipes. That’s where BnBFinder comes in handy. We have a dedicated section on our website that features recipes that rock from innkeepers across the country divvied up by category including breakfast, brunch, gluten free, cookies, soups, salads, beverages, muffins and more. And new ones are being added each and every day. Getting hungry? Then the start searching and start relishing these recipes today.

To fulfill your cravings, or to get your chef on, click here now.

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