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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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Afternoon tea is a British tradition that is still enjoyed to this day. Whether it’s a cause for celebration or just a chance to get together with friends, tea times at BnBFinder inns present an elegant affair complete with fine china, delicious hors d’oeuvres and delectable desserts.

 inn Miss Spenser’s Longview Farms

Nestled on a 140-acre farm in New Virginia, Iowa is Miss Spenser’s Longview Farms, a B&B that offers authentic British tea luncheons. For over eight years, this farmhouse has hosted English-Cottage tea parties for guests in their mahogany tea room. Displayed on three-tiered trays are delicious home-baked goods paired with a variety of gourmet teas. Ladies who wish to turn their luncheon into a weekend farm-stay will find two comfortable private rooms with views of the pastures and the lush secret garden.

 inn Hoyt House

The Hoyt House in Fernandina Beach, FL continues its historic Victorian tradition with an English Tea experience. Eight selections of authentic teas from around the world are served in your own tea pot paired with imported clotted cream from England. Guests can choose to have tea in one of the mansion’s parlors or in The Amelia Lounge while nibbling on an assortment of tea sandwiches, smoked salmon canapés, truffle mushroom tartlets and scones. After tea, guests can head back to their luxury guestrooms for some private relaxation, or lounge in the sun by the inns heated pool.

 inn Fleur-de-Lys Mansion

Guests will find the grandeur of The Fleur-de-Lys Mansion, Luxury Inn at the Park a wonderful setting for a tea party. Every second Sunday of the month, the inn partners with Queen Cuisine to offer guests a three-course afternoon tea luncheon. This traditional English tea includes finger sandwiches, English scones with clotted cream, small desserts, and pastries. After tea, explore the city of St. Louis and visit the famous arch or marvel at the artwork in the city’s renowned museums.

Experience this English tradition and relax at these B&B tea time affairs.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BnBFinder inns are located in some of America’s great small(er) towns offering an array of summer activities before the season ends. Beat the heat and plan a last minute getaway in time to celebrate summer’s end this Labor Day weekend.

 inn Adobe Hacienda Bed & Breakfast

Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ is overflowing with culture, history and beauty. Situated on a golf-course, the Adobe Hacienda Bed & Breakfast is an authentic Mexican-styled adobe with charming guest rooms decorated in Native American furnishings. The inn offers stunning views of the surrounding red rock canyons. With a variety of activities, guests have the option to play a round of golf at the Sedona Golf Resort, tour the Grand Canyon or enjoy the areas wineries and spas. As the day winds down, the town of Sedona offers delicious dining and shopping attractions. The Tlaquepaque art-gallery, Chapel of the Holy Cross and the Church of the Red Rocks are all a must-see when visiting.

 inn Beachfront Bed & Breakfast

St. Augustine, FL
The city of St. Augustine, FL was settled over 500 years ago and its Spanish-European influence can still be seen woven into the town’s architecture. Rich in history and culture, a Labor Day getaway here is filled with pristine beaches, historical sites and great shopping. Take a carriage ride through the old town, explore the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum or try an alligator entrée at Salt Water Cowboy’s. The Beachfront Bed & Breakfast is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean with charming guestrooms decorated in tropical décor and ocean views. The B&B features an outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi, on-site massage services and beach necessities for guests.

 inn Woods Hole Inn

Woods Hole, MA
Marine life is what makes Woods Hole, MA thrive and attract visitors year-round. This small town is a science-center, a beach-town and a whaling village all in one. Spend an afternoon visiting the nation’s first aquarium – the Woods Hole Science Aquarium – for interactive animal exhibits. This Cape Cod town is also home to the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Aquatic-life enthusiasts can tour the facilities and learn interesting facts about New England’s clam chowder or how the Titanic was discovered. Situated on the edge of Woods Hole Harbor is the luxury Woods Hole Inn. Guest rooms are nautically inspired and views overlook the beautiful waterway. Guests can take a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard, relax at one of the area beaches or bike the 10.7 mile Shining Sea Bikeway for their last summer hoorah.

End summer on a high-note and plan a last minute getaway to these small town B&Bs.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The summer season is near its end and now is the perfect time to take one last family getaway. A number of BnBFinder’s inns have put together unique packages that will ensure your summer ends on the right foot. Here are few options for some family fun.

Chateau Inn
Chateau Inn

Summer Midweek Getaway
Enjoy a three-night stay at the Chateau Inn located in Spring Lake, NJ.  Arrive Sunday thru Tuesday and enjoy the inn’s continental breakfast before heading out to explore the area. Nearby attractions include state parks, Jenkins Aquarium and even Six Flags Great Adventure. Wind-down during the evening by enjoying one of the areas esteemed restaurants. This package also includes access passes to any of Spring Lake’s beaches or private pools.

Blue Rock Bed and Breakfast
Blue Rock Bed and Breakfast

Family or Friends Together
The Blue Rock Bed and Breakfast in Millersville, PA is a spacious B&B perfect for getting your family together for one last summer getaway. Choose from any of their comfortable suites that can accommodate up to seven people. Their “Family Suite” is a private cabin-like setting complete with a kitchenette perfect for preparing home-style meals or enjoying the mornings complimentary breakfast. Upon request, the innkeepers can arrange a visit with a traditional Amish family for a unique peek into Amish culture.

Tradewinds CarmelTradewinds Carmel

Surf & Turf
Guests of the Tradewinds Carmel bed and breakfast in Carmel, CA will get to tour one of the greatest aquariums on the west coast while staying at this ocean-side inn. Their Surf and Turf package offers guests a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a gourmet meal at one of the areas premier restaurants. Choose any of the inns luxurious rooms providing expansive views of the Pacific Ocean.

Wherever you decide to spend the last days of summer, make sure it’s a family trip that the kids won’t forget!

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