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Thursday, March 5, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day originated as a commemoration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as Saint Patrick himself. Today, the holiday is often recognized through parades, dancing, special foods, and plenty of green, which have all become signs of the time. With so much activity, you’ll definitely want to be well rested to enjoy it. That way you can participate in every event to the fullest. So why not grab your green wardrobe, then check out and check into one of these Irish B&Bs? There you can learn about the culture we celebrate, while you prepare to partake in all of the fun-filled festivities.

The Shamrock Thistle & Crown The Shamrock Thistle & Crown

Stay Among the Irish at The Shamrock Thistle & Crown

Settle in with someone who has firsthand experience with Irish culture at the Shamrock Thistle & Crown (www.BnBFinder.com/ShamrockThistle) in Weirsdale, FL, where innkeeper Anne Overcash is the last of eight children who grew up in County Antrim, Ireland. As you stay with Anne and learn about the Irish culture, you’ll be able to enjoy the swimming pool, porches with gorgeous views of the gardens, and Jacuzzi tub in your room. With these amenities and more, it seems the luck of the Irish is truly on your side.

Auberge McGee’s Inn Auberge McGee’s Inn

Walk Where the Irish Have Walked at the Auberge McGee’s Inn

St. Patrick’s Day is an international holiday, and short of visiting Ireland, crossing the border into Canada is a great way to get out of the States and observe this Irish tradition. Head to Ottawa where the Auberge McGee’s Inn (www.BnBFinder.com/AubergeMcGees) resides and reminisce like a true Irishman. The house was originally built by John McGee of Wexford, Ireland in 1886, and you can roam the same halls that he used to stroll to take in all of the inn’s Victorian charm. Today it is run by innkeepers Ken and Judy Armstrong as well as their son Jason and his wife Sarah, and they will help direct you to all the major tourist attractions, sights, businesses, convention centers, and meeting locations that surround the property. But before you leave, enjoy the full breakfast each morning by the bay windows in the Parlor or the vaulted ceiling of the dining room, which will have you feeling happier than a four-leaf clover back home on the Emerald Isle.

 The Old Irish Bed & Breakfast The Old Irish Bed & Breakfast

Learn about Old Irish History at the Old Irish Bed & Breakfast at Patricks’ Pastures Alpaca Ranch

Settled under 100-year-old Pecan and Oak trees along the Trinity River, guests will encounter The Old Irish Bed & Breakfast at Patricks’ Pastures Alpaca Ranch (www.BnBFinder.com/OldIrish) in Denton, TX. Join innkeepers Jim & Rita Patrick, who are descendants of the Scottish-Irish clan Lamont, for a true Irish St. Patrick’s Day. Guests may get up close and personal with their alpacas, llamas, and over 30 different species of birds. From hot tubs and massages to the local nature preserves and fine dining, you’ll feel like you’ve found your own pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March marks National Peanut Month, so that means we’re ready to get our goober on in a delicious new way. This recipe from our friends at Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn in Colorado Springs, CO takes our favorite food into a tasty territory of sweet decadence – and it does not disappoint. Make sure to check out this recipe and plenty of others on our ever-expanding recipe page.

Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn

Holden House Chocolate Peanut Truffles

Ingredients:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs, finely crushed
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine (softened)
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (room temperature)
1 tsp brandy or brandy flavoring

Chocolate Candy Melts or Chocolate Almond Bark (either dark chocolate or white chocolate)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients well until soft consistency. Roll mixture into 2 inch balls and refrigerate for 1 hour. Melt chocolate candy coating in microwave or double boiler. Use a toothpick and dip the balls into warm chocolate until covered on both sides. Set each on wax paper and refrigerate for 1 hour to set chocolate coating. Serve on an attractive plate. These do not need to be refrigerated

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Saturday is the day to celebrate scrumptious silver dollars, and what better way to cash in then with a recipe that brings the heat to hotcakes in a whole new way? This delicious dish from our friends at 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast in Eureka Springs, AK is not only gluten- and milk-free, but it also combines sugar and spice really nicely with a hint of cinnamon and caramelized apples. Make sure to check out this recipe and plenty of others on our ever-expanding recipe page.

5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast


Cinnamon Pancakes – Gluten/Milk Free with Maple Caramelized Apples

Ingredients:

—– Dry Ingredients —–
5/8 cup gluten free flour; I used Bob’s Red Mill
2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

—– Wet Ingredients —-
5/8 cup almond milk
1/4 cup applesauce; unsweetened

—– Caramelized Apples —–
1 cup apples; cored, peeled, sliced
1/8 cup maple syrup; we use pure Vermont syrup
2 teaspoon apple juice
3/8 cup sugar

Directions:

PANCAKES

1) Combine all dry ingredients and mix well.
2) Combine all wet ingredients.
3) Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. Let sit for 5-10
minutes.
4) Heat non-stick griddle to 350°F (if using a non-stick griddle, lightly
coat it with vegetable oil).
5) Ladle 1 ounce of batter onto the griddle for each pancake.
6) Cook until bubbles start to form on the edges and flip over, cooking the
second side until golden brown. We also lift up the pancake to test for
doneness as sometimes it’s browned before the bubbles form.

CARAMELIZED APPLES

1) Toss the apples with the maple syrup.
2) In a small saucepan, warm the apple juice and add 3/8 cup of sugar. Stir
until just combined.
3) Add the apples and stir to cook.
4) Cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens and just begins to turn
brown.
5) Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

NOTES:
- I use half of a medium apple for each person. Usually I use Granny Smith.
- I used the xanthan gum to help replace the leavening that the egg would
have provided.
- The applesauce was a replacement for the egg.

Yield: 2 servings

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Did you know that Idaho is responsible for one-third of the potatoes grown in the United States? Since February is Potato Lover’s Month, what better way to celebrate than to highlight a handful of Idaho’s best B&Bs? Yet there is so much more to this state than just the splendid spud. To move past all that is mashed, baked, and boiled, check out these three inns that have more amenities than taters do tots.

 Ida-Home Bed and Breakfast Ida-Home Bed and Breakfast

Make Yourself at Ida-Home

At the Ida-Home Bed and Breakfast (www.BnBFinder.com/IdaHome) in Post Falls, ID, there are plenty of activities to immerse yourself in for the perfect getaway. From summertime swimming and boating on Lake Coeur d’Alene, to river-rafting on the Spokane River in fall, to golfing, hiking, or rock climbing during the spring, you can get active anytime in the pristine surrounding wilderness. Winter activities include snowmobiling and skiing, making this a go-to B&B during all seasons. Come back to relax in one of their four elegant rooms and take advantage of the outdoor hot tub, fire pit, and private baths.

 Log Spirit Bed & Breakfast Log Spirit Bed & Breakfast

Get in the Traveling Spirit

Stop by the Log Spirit Bed & Breakfast (www.BnBFinder.com/LogSpirit) in Athol, ID and surround yourself with the scenic forest and mountains that provide picturesque views sure to appeal to any nature lover. If you have a do-it-yourself attitude, local brew pubs, wineries, and quilt shops are all available for you to explore and see firsthand how their goods are made. If culture and entertainment are more to your liking, art galleries, museums, casinos, and antique shops are all within the region and waiting for you to visit. Cozy up to the fireplace in the common area, Jacuzzi in your room or on your private balcony, and make the most out of your serene stay here.

 The Roosevelt Inn The Roosevelt Inn

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Stay Inn Style, The Roosevelt Way

The grand five-story bed and breakfast that is The Roosevelt Inn (www.BnBFinder.com/RooseveltInn) in Coeur d’Alene, ID is one of the most elegant and fascinating B&Bs around. Originally a four-room school house from 1905-1972 that innkeeper John Hough attended from first to fourth grade, it was converted in 1994 into the luxurious 14-room inn that it is now. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Roosevelt Inn is located only a few blocks from the famous Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course and the Centennial Trail; but before you enjoy any of these activities make sure to savor the full gourmet breakfast served each morning.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Since the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show took place this week, and today is National Love Your Pet Day, it’s the perfect time to think about pampering your furry best friends in the best way possible. Because although travel for two-legged people can be a breeze, the road for four-legged companions can be a bit rocky at times. By heading to destinations that cater to their needs with care, animals are able to enjoy the trip sans the stress. There are numerous B&B’s that welcome pets with open arms, so it’s easy for them to feel right at home. (Note: Additional fees may apply.)

The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel'sThe Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s

Life is twice as nice for pets traveling to The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s. Located on the tip of Cape Cod, MA, this inn is situated in the center of its namesake town just steps away from bustling Commercial Street in close proximity to numerous activities and attractions. This garden oasis also offers total seclusion and a wide array of accommodations ranging from guest rooms and suites to spacious apartments. Here pups receive the royal treatment that includes a box of yummy gourmet dog biscuits; a courtesy walk; bowls for food and water; dog beds; organic dog treats; complimentary pickup bags; leash loners; and a Fido-friendly magazine free of charge. For ultimate canine convenience, next door to the property is the Pilgrim Monument Park where you can take your pooch for daily playtime on the lawn and pathways.

Chesterfield InnChesterfield Inn

Felines and canines may never see eye to eye, but both species are treated in the same special way at the Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield, NH. This romantic B&B resides in the southern part of the state on the Vermont border between Brattleboro, Vermont and Keene, New Hampshire. It offers guests luxurious four-poster beds in its rooms; Adirondack chairs in the backyard; a cozy fireplace in the parlor; and a porch dining room, the ideal place to enjoy the inn’s delicious cuisine. Local villages and the exquisite countryside setting make for a picture-perfect retreat. Here cats and dogs indulge in a selection of locally made North Woods Animal Treats; fresh water and food bowls; and plenty of new toys to keep them happily occupied.

The Village Inn of Blowing RockThe Village Inn of Blowing Rock

Your dog’s tail will be wagging in the wind with a visit to The Village Inn of Blowing Rock in Blowing Rock, NC. This upscale bed and breakfast is conveniently situated on two well-manicured acres at the intersection of Highway 321 Bypass and Sunset Drive. From there, it’s a short walk to popular Main Street shops and restaurants. King-bed rooms include 30-inch, flat-screen TV’s; remote-controlled heating and air conditioning; refrigerators; microwaves; and private decks. Guests also enjoy morning continental breakfast and an afternoon wine reception hour. The Pet Peeve Packages, designed with dogs in mind, offers treats and your pet’s name on a registration card upon check-in; a pet-friendly map of the area; and a day pass to the Boone Dog Park. Plus, 5% of the room revenue will be donated to the Watauga County Human Society on your behalf.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It’s that time of year again, National Drink Wine Day. Not that we need an excuse to toast everything we love about the grape’s goodness, but this time we’re doing it a bit differently. We thought riding the vino wave would be even more fun if we fished for a cool recipe and released to you. This one from Fuquay Mineral Spring Inn and Garden in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, is definitely quite the catch. Make sure to check out this recipe and plenty of others on our ever-expanding recipe page.

Fuquay Mineral Spring Inn and GardenFuquay Mineral Spring Inn and Garden

Shrimp, Radicchio and Red Wine Risotto
Ingredients:

1 pound of Medium peeled & de-veined shrimp
3 ½ cups chicken broth
3 ½ cups water
1 cup finely chopped onion
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 bay leaf
½ teaspoon salt
½ pound radicchio, quartered and cut crosswise into ½ inch slices
1 ½ cups Arborio rice
1 ½ cups dry red wine
1 ½ oz. finely grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
Bring broth and water to a simmer in a 3 quart saucepan and maintain simmer. Cook onion in butter with bay leaf and salt in a heavy pot over medium heat, stirring until onion is pale golden, about 10 minutes. While onion is cooking, cook the radicchio in boiling salt water until just tender, about 3 minutes. Drain in a colander and transfer to a bowl of ice and cold water to stop the cooking. Drain and squeeze dry. Add rice to the onions and cook, stirring for about 2 minutes. Add the wine and boil stirring until most of the wine is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Stir in ½ cup simmering broth mixture and cook, stirring constantly until most of the broth is absorbed. Continue cooking risotto and adding broth about ½ cup at a time until rice is tender and creamy-looking, about 15 minutes. Discard the bay leaf and add the radicchio and cheese and cook until heated through. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

With “The Walking Dead” back to life in full force on the small screen, it got us thinking about the best ways to reenergize and revitalize during the long dark days of winter. Not that this season equates to a zombie apocalypse mind you, but the bitter cold can leave you feeling pretty lifeless. Heading to the home state of where the hit TV show takes place is one great way to escape, especially since the B&B’s there offer plenty of R&R. If you’re feeling lackluster, these inns will definitely restore your body and soul as they help you take a bite out of Jack Frost’s fury.

Horse Creek Stable Bed and BreakfastHorse Creek Stable Bed and Breakfast

If the undead did come back to life, Mineral Bluff sounds like the perfect place to strategize your survival plan because an elevated area rich with things to see and do is always appealing. Horse Creek Stable Bed and Breakfast, situated just minutes away from Blue Ridge, is full of life – and living it to the fullest. The inn doubles as a rescue horse farm, as well as a llama and alpaca rescue foster. Nestled on 36 secluded acres, it’s detached one-room suite features a king-size bed, queen-size sleeper sofa, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, a gas fireplace, and a view overlooking a pasture full of majestic horses. There are also wonderful walking nature trails through the private woods that surround the accommodations.

Surf Song Bed & BreakfastSurf Song Bed & Breakfast

Although no man is an island, it’s certainly a safe spot to stay if the world as we know it ends. Until then, it’s still an amazing option for stunning surroundings that provide a refreshing sense of serenity, and Tybee Island is an ideal example of what we’re talking about. It’s also where you’ll find Surf Song Bed & Breakfast, a historical home constructed circa 1898 and remodeled in 2013. Located one block from the beach, it’s in tune with the tide and features a private pool, formal gardens, and wraparound porches with exhilarating ocean breezes. Popular local sites and museums are within walking distance from the inn, as are several shops and restaurants. Beach chairs and beach towels are provided for guest use.

The University Inn at EmoryThe University Inn at Emory

Getting schooled in self defense is vital for escaping a zombie attack intact. Luckily, if you stay at Atlanta-based The University Inn at Emory access to education is so close your brain will easily absorb all you need to know. Residing at the center of and across the street from Emory University’s academic and medical community, you’re just 15 miles northeast of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. This family-owned and operated inn is a low-key environment that promotes rest and renewal. All of the fully furnished accommodations have TV’s, telephones, and linens. Many of the rooms are newly renovated and equipped with high-speed wireless internet (where available). Some also include microwave/refrigerator combinations or fully equipped kitchens.

The Olde Savannah Inn Bed and Breakfast HotelThe Olde Savannah Inn Bed and Breakfast Hotel

What’s old is new when it comes resuscitation, and while zombies can’t really reap the benefits of Southern hospitality, those with pulse have no excuse not to indulge. The Olde Savannah Inn Bed and Breakfast Hotel is an exquisitely refurbished private home found in the heart of its historic namesake city. It caters to couples wanting to get lost in plenty of pampering and outstanding service and boasts gorgeous French Renaissance decor, tranquil gardens, and a sumptuous gourmet breakfast. Each room is filled with luxury amenities such as pristine 800-count ironed sheet, luscious linens, Bose radios, slippers, bathrobes, and plush towels. As of March 7th, the inn will also be having live entertainment on the piano with Miss Diana Rogers.

Monday, February 9, 2015

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Music’s biggest night is set to take center stage on Sunday, February 8, in Los Angeles. For those who haven’t scored a seat at the Staples Center (meaning the majority of America), you can still enjoy a bit of behind-the-scenes action with a visit to the hometowns of a handful of the industry’s best. Here are a few places where some famous recording artists got their start in the world. You can experience them for yourself, sans the sound check, while staying in the cozy confines of one of these beautiful B&B’s.

La Maison in MidtownLa Maison in Midtown

If you’re “Crazy in Love” with Beyonce, the most Grammy-nominated woman of all time, then head Houston, Texas and check into La Maison in Midtown. This urban bed and breakfast is just as cosmopolitan as the Queen B, who was born in Space City. As a slice of European flavor in the heart of Houston, La Maison is located in walking distance to the area’s top restaurants – and of course – its most vivacious entertainment venues.

Church Point ManorChurch Point Manor

You’ll be “Happy” to discover where Grammy nominee Pharrell Williams may have found some inspiration for his celebrated anthem of 2014. We’d like to think it’s based partly on how he feels about his stunning hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia. A stay at the Church Point Manor, an exquisitely restored farmhouse from the 1860′s (which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places), features elegant art and antiques, property-wide WiFi Access, a chef’s garden, plus the acclaimed onsite restaurant, The Cellars.

The Artist's Inn and GalleryThe Artist’s Inn and Gallery

It’s easy to “Shake It Off” when you are a multimillion-dollar megastar like Taylor Swift because she’s confident as can be. But even pop princesses need some pampering from time to time, and not far from her hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania, The Artist’s Inn and Gallery, has just what you need. Located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the inn offers a bounty of tranquil amenities guests can indulge in, including whirlpool tubs, gourmet breakfasts, and in-room massages.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

With Presidents’ Day weekend in sight, many of you might be looking forward to some travel during your extra time off. Why not make it a relaxing trip with historical value? You can see the faces of the presidents, learn where they grew up, and visit the buildings they worked in when you stay at an inn located near one of these celebrated sites.

 Coyote Blues Village B&B Coyote Blues Village B&B

See Past Presidents Up Close and Personal

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Mt. Rushmore is the ideal go-to spot for Presidents’ Day. Look into the famous faces of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson and see history become larger than life. There are several tours available to learn about the details of each man’s biography, which will bring you face-to-face with this astonishing sculpture.

Where to stay: The Coyote Blues Village B&B (www.BnBFinder.com/CoyoteBlues) is situated on 30 acres in the woods of the Black Hills in Rapid City, SD, just 30 minutes from Mt. Rushmore. You can enjoy hiking and biking in this secluded and romantic inn during the day, while the outdoor Jacuzzi awaits in the evening to ease you into a good night’s sleep.

Stone Manor Stone Manor

Follow the Leader of the Free World’s Footsteps

Seeing where the current president lives is a great way to celebrate Presidents’ Day. You can take a tour of the White House and learn about our nation’s capital and what the Commander in Chiefs have accomplished while in office. After your tour is complete, you can visit monuments such as the Washington Memorial to wind up the perfect presidential weekend.

Where to stay: The natural beauty of Stone Manor (www.BnBFinder.com/StoneManor) is an ideal environment for relaxing on an extended getaway. The expansive windows overlook the many gardens and terraces, as well as the lily pond. You can enjoy the continental breakfast served daily as you dine by the two-story fireplace, a highlight of the inn’s serene historic setting.

Inn at Deep Canyon Inn at Deep Canyon

Learn About One of the Most Controversial Presidents

With the Watergate Scandal, Richard Nixon became one of America’s most divisive presidents. You can learn about his time in office, which is sure to interest history buffs and novices alike, by visiting the Richard Nixon Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, CA. Touchscreen tech gives the history and timeline of Nixon, who is buried on-site. You can also get a glimpse of the gorgeous English country gardens, as well as the house where he was born in 1913.

Where to stay: An “oasis in the desert,” Inn at Deep Canyon (www.BnBFinder.com/DeepCanyon) is a splendid spot to enjoy a long weekend. With the surrounding scenic beauty, nearby shopping and casino, and on-site swimming pool and hot tub, there is no shortage of ways to make the most out of your vacation. This eco-friendly inn can be your own little slice of paradise as you educate yourself on the history of American politics.

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