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Thursday, February 11, 2016

New Year, new developments! This month’s Cocktails We Crave column is especially exciting. Not only do we have a cool concoction to share, but it also hails from a delectable development at one of our most celebrated inns – the luxurious L’Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast in White Post, VA.

Le BarLe Bar

The inn is excited to announce the much-anticipated opening of its bar & lounge Le Bar, which features a new look, menu, and concept to accompany La Table Provencale – its farm-to-table restaurant renowned for its award-winning cuisine and wine list. Guests can now indulge in savory snacks, a sexy and chic Parisian atmosphere, and seasonal brasserie fare created with the freshest seasonal ingredients from a modern state-of-the-art kitchen. The innkeepers are thrilled to introduce an assortment of hand-crafted trendy cocktails, herb-infused drinks made from the inn’s gardens, and craft beer on tap. The bar & lounge will be operating every day except Tuesdays, from 11 AM–10 PM (brasserie fare beginning at 1PM).

To view a copy of the enticing new bar menu, click here. And to prepare yourself for the experience to come, check out this recipe for one of the sumptuous signature cocktails – the fabulous “Kentucky Fruit Bread.”

Kentucky Fruit BreadKentucky Fruit Bread

Ingredients:
1.5 oz of Bernheim Wheat Whiskey
.5 oz. Simple Syrup
2 Strawberries
.25 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
2 dashes Bittermens Orange Bitters
Fever Tree Ginger Beer

Directions:
Muddle strawberries with all ingredients except ginger beer. Shake vigorously with ice, strain into Collins glass with ice. Top with ginger beer and a strawberry on the rim.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Let’s hear it for leap years because 2016 is one, with February 29th designated as an official Leap Day. Occurring every four years, leap years were created to help synchronize the calendar year with the solar year (the amount of time it takes the Earth to finish orbiting the Sun). So instead of our usual 365 days on the calendar, we get to enjoy an extra one. A great way to spend those additional 24 hours is (obviously!) staying at a bed and breakfast, especially if it’s The Bottger Mansion nestled in the heart of historic Old Town Albuquerque, NM.

To commemorate the big occasion, this inn is offering a unique “Leap Over Leap Day” special. Guests who make any reservation of three nights or more that includes Leap Day will relish that day free of charge!

The Bottger MansionThe Bottger Mansion

The Bottger Mansion features cozy accommodations, modern amenities, and original architectural details at the 1910 home. The room rate includes a delectable full breakfast, free parking and Wi-Fi, private baths, phones, cable TV, individual heat and A/C, and complimentary snacks and beverages. There is a shady yard full of trees, birds, and fountains where relaxation and natural beauty beckons. The B&B is within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, galleries, museums, and parks. It is less than a mile from the Albuquerque Botanic Garden, Zoo, downtown Convention Center, theaters, and nightlife on Central Avenue – Old Route 66. It’s also situated just 10 minutes from the airport.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Valentine’s Day is just 10 days away, and of course, BnBFinder wants to spread some love during this wintry season. That’s why starting today up until February 14th, we’ll be offering 10% off travel gift certificate purchases when you use the promo code LOVE10. A B&B getaway is great way to thaw out from the cold and enjoy a heart-warming experience for you and a loved one since inns throughout the US and Canada offer plenty of special packages to indulge in – and even some discounts. So take advantage of this sweet treat today!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February is bound to be a pretty tasty! Since it’s National Chocolate Month, we can’t find any reason not to indulge. Plus, inns are getting in on all the action with some sumptuous specials bound to inspire desire.

At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast InnAt Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn

Guests can dive into decadence with a Rich Coffee & Luscious Chocolate Weekend at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge in exhilarating Downtown Asheville, NC. With a stay At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn, chocolate enthusiasts enjoy an afternoon presentation of numerous fine artisan chocolates paired to perfection with richly flavored roasted coffees. A local chocolatier will briefly explain their origin and production, which utilizes cocoa from around the world. After, a coffee sommelier will present each of the select coffees’ backgrounds, which originated in the same locations as their accompanying chocolates. Guests can test their taste buds and attempt to distinguish how the local climate, soil, and preparation impact these natural products. Package valid through February 11, 2016. Call for the next date for this event: (828) 253-4085/(888) 743-2557.

1785 Inn1785 Inn

Chocoholics headed to 1785 Inn in North Conway, NH can enjoy treats on the trails at the 27th Annual Chocolate Festival taking place on Sunday, February 28 with a package that makes their trip a pretty sweet deal. With the inn’s XC Chocolate Festival Package, guests receive complimentary XC Trail Passes and Chocolate Festival Tickets with 2 or more night stays ($100 value!). Attendees can cross country ski or snowshoe the trails and taste chocolate prepared in plenty of delectable ways at several trailside stops (1785 Inn included), which will be offering these sweet specialties from 11AM to 4PM. Top-notch hospitality and breathtaking scenery make the experience unforgettable. Package valid through March 3, 2016.

Camellia InnCamellia Inn

You might have heard about Wine Wednesdays as a celebratory time for wine lovers, but Camellia Inn in Healdsburg, CA has chocolate enthusiasts covered as well with an incredible chocolate experience that makes for a sweet escape to Wine Country. The Chocolate Covered Wednesday Package, which is actually available all year long (!), features mid-week lodging at the inn and fabulous breakfast fare of chocolate cherry clafouti or chocolate croissants. In the afternoon and evening, assorted treats such as freshly baked brownies and chocolate port can also be enjoyed in the parlor – and it doesn’t end there. Accommodations also expand the experience through the opportunity to savor chocolate with all of your senses in the privacy of your room which features chocolate soap, a chocolate candle, and gourmet chocolate. Package valid through May 15, 2016.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Virginia, also known also as the Old Dominion, offers numerous new opportunities for professional and amateur photographers to shoot and score some inspiring images. From its scenic countryside to its breathtaking oceanfront views, you can capture plenty of photos perfect for sharing on your Instagram account that are also ideal for framing.

B&B NameBeliveau Estate Bed and Breakfast and Winery

Set on 165 gorgeous acres in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains of scenic Blacksburg, VA, Beliveau Estate Bed and Breakfast and Winery is a French country inn that features luxurious accommodations complete with private baths, fireplaces, TV’s, and mini-fridges. Guests also enjoy air jet baths and private outside decks in the Chocolat, Fleur de Lis, and Whimsical rooms. The property offers onsite hiking trails, spring-fed ponds, a hilltop pavilion with lavender garden, a tasting room, covered outdoor veranda, Tiki bar, back patio, numerous picnic spots (both covered and open air), and an event building with a reception hall. The onsite winery is an extra special perk for wine and food lovers. The inn is also a prominent destination for special occasions, ranging from weddings and corporate retreats to afternoon teas, wine and tapas events, live music, and wine pairing dinners. It is conveniently located between Roanoke and Blacksburg, approximately 12 miles from downtown.

Beach Spa Bed and BreakfastBeach Spa Bed and Breakfast

Located in beautiful Virginia Beach, VA, Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast is just two blocks from the oceanfront. With its majestic porches, butterfly bushes, and a cascading waterfall, guests enjoy peaceful surroundings and top-notch hospitality at this enchanting and relaxing retreat. All accommodations feature a private bathroom which may include Hydro Body massage, steamer, or rainfall shower, as well as extra lavish amenities such as travertine tile and jetted tubs. Wi-Fi is available throughout the inn, and there is a third-floor spa tower aim at revitalizing your senses. Guests revel in the warm ocean sunrises and the heated outdoor spa pool that rejuvenates the body and soul. In the morning, they can indulge in a delicious gourmet breakfast and a relaxing massage, or walk on the beach and ride bikes. The boardwalk, historical Lifeguard Station Museum, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, 24th Street Performing Arts stage, and other area attractions are within walking distance from the inn.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Lititz Fire & Ice Festival in Lititz, PA. What’s cool (so to speak) about this event is that it’s run, maintained, and overseen by a local youth group, the Lititz Leo Club, and the funds raised from the big weekend, slated for February 12-15, are donated to community and blind-related organizations. Activities range from a Block Party and Party in Lititz Springs Park, where there will be over 50 ice sculptures, live entertainment, and food; a Chili Cook-off; a Winter Wonderland Carnival with food, activities, coloring/crafting stations, inflatables, games and contests; a local Vendor Fair; the Dodgeball Tournament; and Community Movie Night including snacks, crafts, and plenty of other surprises.

Swiss Woods Bed and BreakfastSwiss Woods Bed and Breakfast

Where to Stay, In Town
Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast, an idyllic inn nestled in the heart of Lancaster County, provides guests with gracious hospitality, comfy accommodations, and a scrumptious full breakfast each morning in its unique European atmosphere. The property features gorgeous gardens, an inviting dining room, and luxurious amenities such as plush robes, 300+ thread count sheets, down comforters, Swiss chocolate on your bedside table, and more.

Hammer Creek Hideaway Bed & BreakfastHammer Creek Hideaway Bed & Breakfast

Guests at Hammer Creek Hideaway Bed & Breakfast will enjoy seamless service, a filling, country-style breakfast every morning, and cozy suites, complete with central air conditioning; deck and screened-in sun porch; satellite/cable TV; and high-speed wireless internet. Relaxing on the deck or in the sun room overlooking Hammer Creek, guests can take in the natural surroundings or head downtown for the festivities and area attractions. Both are easy to do here based on the inn’s location that’s away from it all – yet close to everything.

Speedwell Forge B&BSpeedwell Forge B&B

Where to Stay,
Just Outside of Town

Speedwell Forge B&B offers three cozy cottages as well as three rooms in the historic Colonial stone mansion dated to 1760 and listed on the National Register of Historic places. Restored in 2006 to its original beauty, this rustic getaway is located on a 120-acre farm, mere minutes from Pennsylvania Dutch Country. During their stay, guests can have the unique experience of hearing and seeing nature as it would have been hundreds of years ago. From a pristine wetland area to beautiful nearby forests and fields, this location is perfect for any nature lover. Rooms and cottages are designed with relaxation in mind, and provide such lavish amenities as fireplaces, private baths, whirlpool tubs, king beds, and in some cases even a full kitchen. Guests will also enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast prepared by the owner and head chef!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Valentine’s Day is less than one month away, so there is no time like the present to get your sweetheart the perfect present. The best kind, of course, is one that you can savor and share together. That’s where a BnBFinder gift certificate comes in very handy. Accepted at participating inns across the US and Canada, you can plan a romantic getaway for two that is a dream come true – complete with cozy accommodations, scenic locations, and even in some places, extra special romantic amenities such as hot tubs, featherbeds, and fireplaces. So do not delay buy and book today!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

What’s better than enjoying baked goods you just bought? Learning how to make them at home, of course, because that means you can eat them anytime you like. Considering it’s National Baking Month, we thought it was the ideal time to let you know about some B&B’s where you can “batter up” in honor of the big occasion.

Amanda's Bequest - A Heritage Farmstay Bed & BreakfastAmanda’s Bequest – A Heritage Farmstay Bed & Breakfast

At Amanda’s Bequest – A Heritage Farmstay Bed & Breakfast in Montague, MI, guests can indulge in classes range from regular baking, sourdough bread artistry, jam/jelly making, and cooking from whole foods to pressure and water bath canning, fermenting, cheese making, soap making, and more. The inn’s website serves a dual purpose. “Upon arriving, people have a choice to go to the cooking part (Bygone Basics) or click on the bed and breakfast,” says innkeeper/Chef Valerie Hanson, Kitchenaire. Named in November 2014 as one of Michigan’s Best Pie Makers by MLive, the Bygone Basics Culinary School is quite unique helping foodies and aspiring chefs discover the simple pleasure of earlier American kitchens and rural farm life. “The classes are very memorable, and we have attendees who keep returning for more. Guests from 30 countries have stayed here and enjoyed these classes. We focus on artisan and heirloom dishes. We also hold group bonding cooking sessions – bridal showers making scones, companies canning jam, etc.”

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Located in Gagetown, New Brunswick (Canada), Lang House BandB is combining efforts with another B&B to offer Home Craft seminars including baking and gourmet chutney making. “The classes are to be offered in historic homes and range from baking Scottish oatmeal bread and jelly making to how to set a formal dining table,” reveals innkeeper Marian Langhus. These B&B owners are responding to a need for the enrichment of home crafts aiming at Baby Boomers who simply didn’t spend time in the kitchen learning how to bake or do any home crafts. “The idea took off when a village resident offered the opportunity to learn how to make rolls,” adds Marian. “She was so orchestrated and efficient in her wood-stove heated kitchen that it could have been taped for a winning TV cooking show.” Six Home Craft weekends are planned throughout the year. The topics will vary, but the initial list (aside from what Marian mentions above) also includes scarf knitting, wine kits how to, jewelry making, and quilt piecing.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

January is National Hot Tea Month, and it couldn’t come at a better time. As the temperatures drop we need plenty of ways to keep warmer, and indulging in tea is one of our favorites. B&B’s across the country offer a range of options to choose from, as well as events and tastings.

At The Inn at Locke House in Lockeford, CA, they offer a “Tea for Two” special that’s ideal for the season. “Guests staying at the inn may book a private tea to enjoy one afternoon during their stay – it’s often requested for arrival day for a relaxing beginning,” says innkeeper Lani Eklund. A Tea and Tour of the historic inn event may also be arranged for small groups as a celebration or meeting venue. The teas feature three generous courses of tea sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and fruit preserves, sorbet, a selection of confections, and pots of tea set up for attendees in the parlor, dining room, carriageway, garden or porch.

The Inn at Locke HouseThe Inn at Locke House

For more information on The Inn at Locke House, click here.

For additional inns that host exceptional tea experiences, check out our latest article on The Huffington Post here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The season of amore is almost upon us, and what better way to spend the big day then with a romantic B&B getaway? Whether it’s intimate dining for two, a room with a view, quality spa time or simply indulging in decadence with champagne and strawberries, there is something for everyone looking to celebrate the season with their sweetie. From East Coast to West, New York to California, inns across the country are going all out to make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one for all. There are plenty of special packages, and even some discounts, that B&B lovers can choose from, so finding “the one” is both easier said and done.

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