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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Land of the free. Home of the brave. Let freedom reign. These catchy all-American slogans weaved into the fabric of our country’s everyday culture wouldn’t mean very much without those brave men and women who serve us. National Military Appreciation Month, remembers, recognizes, and honors all military personnel; those men and women who have served throughout our history, all who currently serve in uniform, as well as those Americans who have given their lives in defense of our freedom. With well over 90 million Americans serving throughout more than 230 years of the nation’s history, this national awareness month, as designated by Congress, has been celebrated across the country for 18 years. In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, BnBFinder has rounded up some wonderful inns owned by folks who have served our country in the armed forces. These inns offer a salute to our military with discounts to active and former service members. From our teachers to our firefighters and our military, BnBFinder innkeepers salute our everyday heroes year-round.  Visit our Salute our Heroes page for special offerings.

Fitch Hill Inn, Hyde Park, VT

Offering sweeping views of the Green Mountains in Vermont, the Fitch Hill Inn is a 1700s farmhouse turned B&B on 100 acres of bucolic paradise. Nestled on the quiet dead-end Fitch Hill Road, the inn offers easy access from Vermont Routes 15 and 100. With four guest rooms and two one-room suites, the inn is equipped with modern amenities.  Innkeeper John Rohleder spent his career in the Air Force, traveling for two decades in and out of the country from Southern California to southwestern Germany. Several years before John retired, he and his wife Julie journeyed through New England, falling in love with Vermont, and spent John’s remaining few years of service figuring out a way to settle there. And so, the Fitch Hill Inn was born. Fourteen years later the Rohleders continue to welcome guests to their lovely bed and breakfast. The Fitch Hill Inn extends a 10% discount to all active duty and retired military.

The Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast, Gatlinburg, TN

Tucked in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee, The Foxtrot Bed and Breakfast offers four well-appointed guest rooms, each with a private bath, coveted views of Mt. Leconte and the Great Smoky Mountains, and sumptuous three-course breakfasts every morning. With its chalet-style cedar and stone façade, the inn blends seamlessly with its rustic surroundings, sited high above the noise and traffic offering a hilltop mountain retreat. From whitewater rafting and horseback riding to outlet shopping and arts and crafts, the Foxtrot offers plenty for visitors of all ages. Pack a picnic and take a hike along the Great Smoky Mountain National Park’s more than 800 miles of trails.  Visit the inn’s favorite clubhouse Tryolea where the aerial tram skirts the tree tops alongside the tennis courts and swimming pool. Check out the North Club House or the Alpine Club House for a quick dip in the pool. Foxtrot innkeeper Bob Price served as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era from 1971-1975. After retiring, he and his wife looked for something they could do together. Between learning from his mother coupled with his years spent in the military, Bob knew how to make beds and clean baths. The Foxtrot offers a 10% discount to active duty and veterans and offers a free room to a veteran on Veterans Day.

Wolf Cove Inn, Poland, ME

Perfectly sited on the eastern shore of Tripp Lake in the Sebago Lakes Region of Maine, the Wolf Cove Inn offers 560 feet of private lakefront property, scenic gardens, and expansive pine groves. Explore Tripp Lake with complementary canoes, kayaks, or rowboats, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, jump right in from their private dock.The nineteenth-century inn was purchased in 2013 by current Innkeepers Sue and Roy Forsberg. The Wolf Cove Inn features 11 well-appointed rooms, most with a private en suite bath, and authentic Down East breakfast. (Think blueberry baked stuffed french toast and eggs over sweet potato hash browns and baby spinach with a southwest salsa.) Innkeeper Roy Forsberg served as an active duty officer in the US Navy from May of 1982 to May through 1986 and in the Naval Reserve until 1989. Stationed on a cruiser, USS Dale – CG19, in Mayport, Florida, Roy was deployed multiple times to the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, and Indian Ocean. The Wolf Cove Inn showcases “Trusty Shellback” and “Suez Safari” diplomas in their reception area, which offers great conversation starters for those who have been indoctrinated into the Royal Order of Neptunus Rex. The Wolf Cove Inn offers a 10% discount for active duty military.

Hopkins House Farm Bed & Breakfast, Salem, NY

Nestled on 15 acres in rural Washington County, New York, Hopkins House Farm Bed & Breakfast offers a good night’s sleep and a sumptuous breakfast. When creating their B&B, Aggy and Charlie Duveen had three priorities in mind: a comfortable bed for a good night’s sleep; a healthy country breakfast with great coffee, delicious tea, and local farm fresh products; and a relaxing atmosphere, where guests feel at home. Intent on preserving the historical integrity of the house, the Duveens have stayed true to the original footprint of the eighteenth century home, with five double occupancy guest rooms that share two communal baths. Guests enjoy the comfort of handmade Aireloom mattresses at night and awake to the smell of coffee, freshly ground and roasted that morning. A navy veteran himself, Charlie Duveen says he enjoys accommodating military guests at the B&B as they reminisce about duty stations, share tales of boot camp, and compare dates of service. Hopkins House Farm Bed & Breakfast offers a special 10% discount to active duty and retired veterans.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Bar Harbor, the coastal town on Maine’s Mount Desert Island has changed a lot since it was the official summer home to the wealthy families of the Vanderbilts and Astors. After the great fire of 1947 destroyed most of the village homes the downtown area has survived (and thrived). Ever since, Bar Harbor has flourished as one of the top summer travel destinations, thanks to loads of lobster, warm temperatures, and festivals.

Walking the line between a lively tourist spot and a whimsical escape, Bar Harbor garners the attention of everyone from traveling families to nature enthusiasts. Deliciously frozen in time, you won’t find any Starbucks or fast food joints here. Both then and now, Mount Desert has served as a adored hub for outdoor activities: hiking, biking, and boating. At day’s end, travelers can sit back and relax with a blueberry beer (Bar Harbor’s specialty) and a lobster roll. Those wandering during the evening have the ability to watch sailboats drop anchor and magnificent sunsets plunge over the rocky horizons Just in time for summer, we’ve rounded up the best things to do and see, and the top places to stay.

What to Do:

Witness Mount Desert Island, the largest island off the coast of Maine and the second largest on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. Embedded with a rich history and culture, the island population swells in the summer and is a can’t-miss for tourists. You might even spot celebrities such as Martha Stewart or Rockefeller heirs who have summer cottages on the island.

Looking to learn about Bar Harbor’s rich history? The museums are both small and focused, and travelers can learn about everything from the towns “Gilded Age”, the Gulf of Maine’s unique ecosystems and species, and the natural wonders of Acadia National Park. At the Abbe Museum, visitors can explore the history and culture of Maine’s native people, the Wabanaki tribe.

The spectacular Acadia National Park is a national treasure that you’d be remiss not to explore when visiting Bar Harbor. The 47,000-acre park features rocky beaches, pristine views, lush woodlands, and glacier-capped granite peaks. Enjoy everything from hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, bird watching, climbing, and so much more.

Head to the water and experience one of Bar Harbor’s many cruises. Catch a glimpse of humpback, Minke, and finback whales on a whale-watching tour, enjoy breathtaking views of Frenchman’s Bay on a sunset cruise, awe over the beautiful lighthouses of Somes Sound and Great Duck Island, and catch a ride on a lobster boat.

Where to Stay:

Bass Cottage Inn, 14 The Field

Bar Harbor’s oldest continuously operating inn, the Bass Cottage Inn located on a quiet lane, is both a central and serene private retreat located in the heart of the city. Built in 1885 during Bar Harbor’s Golden Age, the inn was extensively renovated and preserved to meet the needs of today’s discerning traveler. Fresh, vibrant, and clean, the rooms are uniquely named and decorated after spices and herbs. Cinnamon, a rich and bright room features wood floors, a cozy fireplace, and cottage charm. If you’re looking for something feminine, floral, and crisp, the Verbena room is one of the largest and features broad, sunny windows, a jetted tub for two, and a pillow-top king bed with canopy. Breakfast is also a highlight when staying at the Bass Cottage. Their food philosophy is simple: they showcase ingredients from local farms, season with inspiration from regional cuisines, and serve Maine-roasted coffee. In the morning, guests can enjoy a delicious three-course breakfast – one sweet, one savory and a healthy choice option.

Aysgarth Station, 20 Roberts Avenue

The breathtaking Bar Harbor vista views seen from the third-floor deck and front porch of the Aysgarth Station can’t be beat. This historic property offers six spacious, uniquely decorated rooms perfect for a romantic getaway, all of which offer plush beds and private baths – some with jetted tubs. The waterfront is just a stroll away from the inn, allowing guests to enjoy all of the benefits of a Bar Harbor summer getaway: fantastic dining options, water activities such as sunset cruises, kayaking, and more.

Atlantean Cottage, 11 Atlantic Avenue

Atlantean Cottage, a Tudor-style property built by famed architect Frederick L. Savage, provides modern amenities while still honoring it’s historic past. Accommodations are diverse, with six carefully appointed guestrooms and two spacious suites featuring private, ensuite bathrooms perfect for long, quiet getaways.

Saltair Inn, 121 West St.

There’s a reason that the Saltair Inn has been voted by editors of Yankee Magazine as the “Best Oceanfront B&B in Maine” and praised by The Boston Globe. This romantic, four-season waterfront property on the shores of Frenchman Bay provides the perfect Bar Harbor vacation setting with eight well-appointed guestrooms fit for both the budget and luxury traveler. Soak up fabulous views, a delicious breakfast, luxury waterfront suites, and more.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Our innkeepers are some of the wittiest around, and we love how they put their humor to good use when displaying some of their silliest novelty signs. Check out the slideshow below for some good laughs.

Monday, May 1, 2017

When it comes to serving up something quick, easy, and delicious for breakfast (or anytime for that matter), eggs are always the answer. They’re the major player in everything from crème brûlée to frittatas and soufflés. An egg recipe we’re loving lately? The delicious Baked Eggs and Asparagus Gratin dish courtesy of Kristin Fintel, innkeeper at Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Newberg, OR.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon butter, melted
20 each asparagus spears, trimmed
1/2 cup half and half, or heavy cream
1 each garlic clove, smashed
salt and pepper
8 eggs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. Prep work:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a pie plate, toss the breadcrumbs with the melted butter. Bake for 6 minutes, until golden. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

2. Put cream, garlic, salt and pepper in a microwave-proof bowl. Heat on high until just simmering. Let steep a few minutes. Strain and store in the refrigerator.

3. Morning Work:
Place trimmed asparagus in a damp paper towel. Par-cook the asparagus in the microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, until crisp-tender.

4. Spray gratin dishes with non-stick spray.

5. Divide the asparagus spears (4-5 per dish) into the gratin dishes. Crack 2 eggs on top of the asparagus. Pour 2 tablespoons of garlic cream on top of the eggs. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and then parmesan cheese.

6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the whites are nearly firm and the yolks are still runny (12 minutes for 2-4 dishes, 15 or more minutes for 6-8 dishes). Let sit for 2 minutes before serving, but not more than 5.

Serves: 4

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ah, spring cocktails. Warmer days call for cooler drinks, and while most bars are well-stocked with an array of fresh fruits: lemons, limes, and watermelon, they certainly shouldn’t have all of the fun. One important vegetable is a must-add: the cucumber (aka the unsung hero of spring cocktails). Since it’s naturally cooling and has a light and fresh sweetness, the cucumber is a staple when it comes to creating one of the most fabulously refreshing boozy beverage. For the mixologist, it serves as a unique flavor base that works well when blending with stronger notes such as mint or melon. The talented mixologist at the chic La Table Provencale Bar & Lounge at L’Auberge Provencale in White Post, VA introduced us to their newest cocktail for the spring (and summer) season: Cool as a Cucumber. Here, we’ve featured the mouth-watering, fresh cocktail. Drink up!

Recipe:

4 round cucumber slices

2.5 oz. vodka

2 oz. lime juice

3/4 oz. agave nectar

3 dashes bitters

2 sprigs mint

Directions:

Muddle all ingredients together and serve over ice with a lime twist or cucumber ribbon.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Whether you’re a new mom, expecting your first little one, or currently enjoying the empty-nest life, you have something in common with many other moms: not nearly enough time for yourself.

…That’s where we come in

From a luxurious spa retreat on the coast of Lake Erie to a wine country weekend in the Sierra Foothills of California to an adventurous escape in Hawaii, the experiences are endless. And with Mother’s Day right around the corner, now is the perfect time for some travel inspiration so you can get to booking and celebrate a little “me time”. We’ve rounded up 6 great mom-friendly getaways that will give you the R&R you so greatly deserve (at a B&B).

For the Thrill-Seeking Mom:


Limitless adventure awaits at the Holualoa Inn in Holualoa, HI. With the Big Island Adventure Package, the experience is almost too good to be true. Snorkel with Manta Rays in the crystal waters of Keauhou Bay, explore by flight and foot (yes, your Paradise helicopter pilot will fly you over the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in search of live lava flow!), enjoy a full aerial canopy tour on Kohala Zipline, stroll through a private nature reserve ending with a swim under a cascading waterfall, and experience mind-blowing new heights at the 14,000-foot summit of Mauna Kea for a picnic lunch while you enjoy a magnificent sunset, listen to the past tales of Hawaiian travelers, and sip hot cocoa during your star-show with an 11” Celestron telescope.

For the Mom Who Loves to be Pampered:


When a weekend getaway involves warm, jetted tubs, fireside massages, being scrubbed down with a deliciously aromatic salt scrub, and strategically placed hot stones, there’s nothing cliche about indulging in some much-needed relaxation time. The Hood River Spa at the Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins in Carson, WA offers a truly blissful spa experience catered to your specific needs, leaving you inevitably relaxed, rejuvenated, and can we just say…ready to take on the world.

For the Mom Who is Basically an Oenophile:


Set in the Sierra Foothills Wine Region of California, the Eden Vale Inn offers a godsend of a wine-loving moms dream package; Where you can sip on local winery favorites while being chauffeured around. Talk about luxury. All you have to do is sit back, relax, fill up your glass, and let your personal driver whisk you away for a day of tasting adventure.

For the Mom Who Could Rival Gordon Ramsay:


Ok… Or maybe for the mom who sometimes burns her toast but *thinks* she could one day rival Gordon. The Brandywine Cooking School at Hamanasset Bed & Breakfast in Chester Field, PA offers themed classes that allow students to dive into an immersive global, culinary experience; uncover the secrets to preparing a romantic meal, learn how to whip up a French dish (Mangez Bien!), and even take a culinary escape to the times of the Titanic where you’ll be guided through preparing an Escoffier-inspired, multi-course “final dinner” that was served in the first class salon on the maiden voyage.

For the Mom Looking to Find Her Inner Zen:


Here at BnBFinder, we don’t expect you to take on the world while juggling all of the amazing, difficult, sometimes stressful things moms inherit in their lives. If you’re looking to re-center and de-compress, you can’t get much closer to wellness nirvana than The Stanford Inn by the Sea‘s Mendocino Center for Living Well. The premier eco-resort takes their integrative and uniquely holistic approach to wellness pretty seriously: They combine their principle of “living well” as a state of mine with real-life, practical instruction with physical, mental, and spiritual guidance. It’s a one-stop-shop for restoration. Get your yoga or tai chi on with inspiring and dedicated instructors, experience a healing herb-derived  Ayurvedic treatment, become mindful with the help of meditation and breathwork sessions, participate in nutrition classes, art therapy, and so much more.

For the Mom Who is Almost a Mom:


A babymoon is all about relaxation, and if the southern shore of Lake Erie wasn’t already serene or dreamy enough, the Lakehouse Inn & Winery offers moms-to-be a babymoon getaway package that ups the “wow” factor. It’s widely known that these pre-baby weekend trips both reconnect and de-stress, and this boutique resort allows for just that. Life is about to become busy, so treat yourself to some cozy accommodations,  magnificent Northeastern Ohio sunsets, full breakfasts in the morning, and, of course, a pre-natal massage, seasonal pedicure, and, of course, some non-alcoholic sparkling wine.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

One of the most obvious signs of spring in the Brandywine Valley is a visit to the Longwood Gardens. This year marks a particularly special occasion since it is the reopening of the world famous fountain garden. Dubbed the “Summer of Spectacle,” the Main Fountain Garden showcase premieres on May 27 and runs through September 30. As part of the most significant fountain collection in the country, and they are quite a sight to see! Inspired by the great fountains of Europe, this five-acre masterpiece was created in the early 20th century by Longwood Gardens’ founder, Pierre S. du Pont. It has been closed for a two-year revitalization project, but will now once again thrill guests with its grand allées, hand-carved Italian limestone, undulating boxwood, and more than 1,700 fountain jets and streams. It also now includes dynamic new spinning and spiraling fountain features, jets propelling water as high as 175 feet, new fountain lighting, plus a more inviting and immersive garden experience. Because this event will be in high demand, only timed tickets will be sold. However, our friends at Pennsbury Inn in Chadds Ford, PA can provide you with unlimited discounted and untimed tickets when you book with them!


Located just minutes from Longwood Gardens, Delaware, and Philadelphia, Pennsbury Inn seamlessly blends Colonial heritage with country sophistication. This cozy inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features eight acres of sculptured grounds (complete with four acres of its own lush gardens), which are bordered by woodland trails. In addition to comfy accommodations and private baths, Pennsbury Inn has a large living room with big open fireplace, a library, a music room, and a private conference room. Guests who love antiquing will be overjoyed with the selection of shops in the region, while art enthusiasts will be thrilled to find the Barnes Foundation with its stunning collection of art just 50 minutes away. Amish farmlands are within a 40-minute scenic drive, while horseback riding, canoeing, and golfing are located nearby for sports lovers looking to get outdoors and get active.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

From fresh goat cheese salads to tropical breakfast sorbets, we’ve rounded up our top 8 spring recipes to help celebrate the season. Check out the slideshow below!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Cosmos were the calling card drink of the “Sex in the City” girls during the iconic TV show’s heyday, and just like fashion, everything comes back in style eventually (including drinks!) – especially when they’re upgraded. That’s why we’re so excited about our latest cocktail on the blog, the Springpolitan from our friends at the family-owned Shelter Island House in Shelter Island Heights, NY.

You already know this gorgeous inn has played host to some high-level celebs (hello, Jessica Chastain!) from our recent interview with innkeeper Janet Rogler last month, but did you also know the top-rated Tavern Restaurant onsite serves an amazing New American-style menu, complemented by handcrafted cocktails, world beers, and an expertly curated wine list? The result is an exceptional dining experience you won’t soon forget. Menus are seasonally driven, and guests can dine alfresco or fireside (depending on the weather) within the inn’s stylish surroundings.

Shelter Island House features lavish modern beach flair throughout; luxurious accommodations with spa bathrooms, chic décor, and local art; and a wealth of exceptional complimentary amenities (in addition to the restaurant) including continental breakfast, Wi-Fi, a pool, a bar, and a bakery. This boutique hotel also boasts architecture that seamlessly combines historic details with chic elegance and sophistication, plus a location close to area attractions with the beach just one block away. And of course, after a day at the beach, nothing beats a cocktail – especially the Springpolitan!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s time to think about spring and enjoying the great outdoors. One thing that pairs perfectly with the season is brewery tours. From New Hampshire to Minnesota, there are plenty of inns offering awesome packages for beer enthusiasts who want to enjoy a sip and stay getaway. Here is a handful of some of our faves to help inspire your upcoming travels based on imbibing good brews…

Woodstock Inn Station & BreweryWoodstock Inn Station & Brewery

At Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery in North Woodstock, NH, guests can indulge in an enticing educational journey with brewery tours that take them behind the scenes of one of the two breweries onsite. From now through Columbus Day, the once-daily tours take place at 12PM, with an additional option of 4PM on Saturdays. During these famously fun excursions, attendees learn about the history of the facility, starting from a small, seven-barrel brewery in the mid 90′s to present day – that finds them as a highly successful regional brewery with sales spanning throughout New England. During the tour, the brewer explains the process and ingredients for crafting their delectable ales, and he answers any beer-related inquiries. If you’re lucky, he might also reveal a few insider local secrets! The tour concludes with a tasting of five selected samples. The price is just $9, which includes the tasting and a pint glass.

Brewery tours are a popular activity in Duluth, MN, and The Duluth Experience is a celebrated specialty that the innkeepers Tim and Angie Allen at A G Thomson House Bed and Breakfast coordinate for their beer-loving guests. It includes a choice of four different behind-the-scenes brewery tours where attendees meet the brewers, learn about how their systems work, sample their beer, and establish a personal connection to the North Shore Craft Beer Scene. All of the driving takes place via The Duluth Experience’s chauffeured 14-passenger bus, and guests also get to chow down on an amazing meal at a locally owned restaurant! Tim and Angie will arrange for spots on the tour via online booking or phone. Be sure to allow two weeks’ advanced notice to secure a reservation.

Topside InnTopside Inn

Boothbay, ME is the destination for one of the state’s top local breweries, Boothbay Craft Brewery. With a getaway to Topside Inn, beer lovers can indulge in the enticing VIP Local Brewery Tour, which includes sampling a wide range of craft beers and much more. With it, guests receive more than $70 of value for a price of $50. The palate-pleasing package for two includes the Boothbay Craft Brewery VIP Brewery Tour, a beer tasting, lunch or dinner at the adjoining restaurant, Watershed Tavern (via $50 gift certificate), and $10 worth of wooden coins to spend on brewery merchandise. Innkeepers Mark Osborn and Buzz Makarewicz also have suggestions for two other facilities in the region beer lovers might want to seek out as well: Monhegan Brewing Company and Oxbow Brewing Company.

Bed & Breakfast at Oliver Phelps in Canandaigua, NY is situated in the heart of the Finger Lakes. Although the region is synonymous with wine, it’s celebrated for beer as well. With nearly 80 craft breweries and brew pubs in the area, enthusiasts have plenty to discover, and at the inn, they don’t have to drive themselves to do it either! Partnering with Crush on Canandaigua Wine & Beer Tours, guests have the option of planned routes or do-it-yourself (DYI) itineraries. For planned routes, innkeepers Lynne and Bill Keiper will put them in touch with Russell, an experienced local guide, to schedule their experience. All tasting fees are included. For those who opt to DYI, a limousine pickup can be arranged at the inn following breakfast, and Lynne and Bill (who “force” themselves to survey local offerings regularly during downtime) will offer recommendations based on guests’ tastes and experiences. “If guests prefer to stroll the historic city of Canandaigua, there are three craft breweries within two miles of the inn,” says Bill. “With settings varying from a lakefront cottage to a vintage train depot, the ambiance enhances the flavor of some great beer.” Area breweries include Peacemaker Brewing, Twisted Rail, Three Huskies, and a fourth coming this fall: War Horse Brewing.

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