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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Orange PeelOrange Peel

It’s widely known that NYC, Austin, and Nashville are among some of America’s best live music cities, but you don’t have to travel to some of the biggest (or seemingly more popular) cities to see some killer live shows. Emerging smaller cities with pools of musical talent are popping up left and right – Asheville, North Carolina being one of them. Nurtured by a spirit of independence and the muse of the mountain landscape, this lively city has a music scene born from old traditions and a full spectrum of innovative artists. Intimate music halls, mountain-view amphitheaters, iconic concert venues and even the downtown streets set the stage for Asheville’s vivacious music scene, playing host to the best of both local and touring artists. The nationally renowned Orange Peel, which has hosted everyone from Blondie to Bob Dylan to Skrillex, is a live venue staple, bringing in music lovers from all over the US. Regardless of if you’re hoping to catch a live performance at top venues or wander the city streets listening to street artists, Asheville offers a lively, perhaps unexpected, experience for the musically minded traveler. We’ve rounded up a couple of B&Bs for enjoying the ideal experience in this Southern music city.

Just minutes away from downtown and the Biltmore Estate, North Lodge on Oakland is central to everything Asheville has to offer. This 1904 bed and breakfast, nestled on an acre of gardens, offers both relaxation and convenience. From the plush cotton bathrobes found in each of the inn’s six rooms to the hearty breakfast served, this B&B exemplifies luxury in every detail. Enjoy fresh baked cookies and pastries each afternoon, a 200-title DVD library, in-room flat screen TVs, peaceful gardens, and even in-room massages.

Bed and Breakfast on Tiffany HillBed and Breakfast on Tiffany Hill

Looking to stay just outside of Asheville’s bustling music, food and beer scene? Bed and Breakfast on Tiffany Hill offers guests casual elegance filled with Southern hospitality. Nestled in the foothills of Western North Carolina, the Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill is conveniently situated in what is known as the “Playground of the South.” Just 10 minutes to the Asheville Regional Airport and the Sierra Nevada Brewery, 25 minutes to the Biltmore House and 15 minutes to either Hendersonville or Brevard make this an ideal destination for scoping out the downtown music scene.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Inn Kitchen + Bar at Squam Lake InnThe Inn Kitchen + Bar at Squam Lake Inn

Now that Labor Day is behind us, autumn is headed here fast! That’s why we need to make one last toast to summer with a cocktail ideal for warm weather and plenty of palate-pleasing fun. Our friends at Squam Lake Inn in Holderness, NH have the exact recipe for this request…their signature Squam-a-rita.

Squam Lake Inn, a charming 1895 farmhouse featuring nine guestrooms uniquely furnished with private baths, is conveniently situated in the heart of the New Hampshire Lakes Region, near all of the best lakes, including Lake Winnipesaukee. The White Mountains are also located nearby, offering visitors exquisite mountain vistas. In the morning, guests enjoy a delectable breakfast prepared with fresh local and seasonal ingredients. For lunch and dinner, they can opt to indulge in the highest quality food and drinks at the award-winning and always enticing Inn Kitchen + Bar onsite. This casual restaurant offers craft cocktails and innovative entrees that include ingredients often sourced from gardens found throughout the property, which provide a range of fresh herbs and flowers.


2 oz. Casamigos Blanco Tequila
3/4 oz. Triple Sec
2 oz. Sour Mix
Patrón Citrónge Floater

Pour all ingredients into glass. Add ice. Shake and pour into glass with salted rim. Garnish with lime!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

DeSoto Falls, image courtesy of Mountain Laurel Inn B&BDeSoto Falls, image courtesy of Mountain Laurel Inn B&B

With temperatures falling and the final days of the summer sun winding down their shine, there is no time like the present to get outdoors and explore. Whether it’s golfing or kayaking, hiking or horseback riding, there are plenty of activities travelers will find at inns all across North America. From Alaska to Colorado, and Florida to Maine, the opportunities are endless and bound to put a spring in your step (even though it’s almost autumn) no matter what you choose to do.

Outdoor enthusiasts can opt for the Hiker’s Delight or Waterfall Tours at Mountain Laurel Inn B&B in Mentone, AL or the Maine Kayaking Adventure Package at Pilgrim’s Inn in Deer Isle, ME – to name a few.

Just remember to book early and save your space because if you snooze there is no doubt you’ll lose!

To find out which package you prefer, click here now.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Image courtesy of Shady Oaks Country Inn in Saint Helena, CAImage courtesy of Shady Oaks Country Inn in Saint Helena, CA

September is the ultimate month for wine with not one but FOUR states celebrating, including California, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina. That means with so many options to please your palate, there is no excuse not to start sipping. With numerous special events and tastings taking place in each state, it’s easy to find your ideal experience. Now, where to stay…. Have no fear – that’s why we’re here!

Below are some links to inns in all of the aforementioned areas, which you can search by region to find the B&B that offers everything you need. So start searching, get booking, and begin enjoying your wine country escape today!

To find California inns in wine country, click here.

To find Illinois inns in wine country, click here.

To find Missouri inns in wine country, click here.

To find North Carolina inns in wine country, click here.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Black Dolphin InnBlack Dolphin Inn

What’s one of the coolest activities you can do in the summer to beat the heat? Hit the waves and start surfing of course. There’s still plenty of time to do so at one of the premier places to enjoy it on the East Coast – New Smyrna Beach, FL. Chosen by National Geographic as one of the Top 20 Beach Towns worldwide, this coastal city features one of the best surf breaks on the Eastern Seaboard and also one of our favorite luxury B&B’s – The Black Dolphin! Making the most of their idyllic location, the inn offers guests a Surfing Safari Lifestyle Package (ideal for all ages and skill levels) complete with a top-notch personal guide.

“As a professional surfer who’s travelled all around the world, I can tell you that there’s a reason that New Smyrna Beach (NSB) is a special diaspora for pro surfers,” reveals certified instructor Jeremy Johnston. “Unlike most places, NSB has a constant wave, which not only attracts the best surfers in the world, but it also provides a rideable break that makes beginners feel comfortable and confident. I love giving surf lessons to the guests at Black Dolphin Inn because it provides them with an authentic, adventurous, and memorable experience of the real NSB.”

The Surfing Lifestyle Package includes a one-hour surf lesson with Jeremy (all gear provided including surfboard, leashes, and wet suits/rash guards – as appropriate); a bar of Sticky Fingers Surf Wax or Drew’s Organic Homemade Surf Wax; a Black Dolphin baseball cap; (1) six-pack of Kona Brewing Longboard Island Lager; an instructional surf DVD in your room upon arrival; and copy of Surfing in New Smyrna Beach Book, autographed by local author. This special offering (accommodations not included) is priced at just $199.00 (based on double occupancy net of applicable 6.5% Florida Sales Tax) and is effective January 1 to December 31, 2016. For additional details and information on rooms and booking, check out the inn’s new website by clicking here.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What’s the food you think of when someone says Maine? For us, it’s luscious lobster. The Pine State’s signature specialty is one to savor, and those who crave the crustacean will be thrilled to read about this month’s Foodie Tuesday fave – Lobster Lover’s Weekend with our friends at York Harbor Inn in York Harbor, ME. Here the info you need to know about this culinary experience.

York Harbor InnYork Harbor Inn

“Our Lobster Lover’s Weekend came about a couple of years ago when we were trying to create a fun weekend event during our slower time in November,” reveals innkeeper Garry Dominguez. “It has worked quite well, and we are continuing it this year during the weekend of the 12th. The event consists of lodging for one or two nights (package rates including dinner at our 1637 or Ships Cellar Pub and two tickets to the show, Lobster Laughs, are available), continental breakfast, and a comedy show featuring a local comedian from Kittery – Tom Clark. Tom puts on a great show that is a blend of traditional stand-up comedy with audience interaction and Maine humor via a Maine Character Tom has created named ‘C.L. Thomas.’ His show has been very well received, and show-only tickets are available this year for a reasonable $12 price. We also encourage show-only attendees to dine with us either in our Cellar Pub or our Main Dining Room. In addition to our regular offerings, the menu for this special weekend features numerous creative lobster dishes prepared especially for the event by Chef Bonsey, so true lobster lovers will have a plethora of lobster items to choose!” And guess what? Guests will get to devour lobster at all meals – including Sunday brunch.

For additional details about the inn and this package, check out the website. Be sure to tell them BnBFinder sent you!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

With the popularity of sharing economy in full swing, more and more people are becoming intrigued with the idea of becoming an innkeeper. The perks of owning your own business are obvious – freedom and flexibility (to name a few!) – but the logistics of what it takes to balance everything entailed in doing so can be overwhelming (just ask anyone involved in the job now).

To get the 411 on how to manage the business of a B&B, check out Running a Bed and Breakfast For Dummies (full disclosure: the author is our very own CEO Mary White). It’s chockfull of everything you need to know including how to choose a location and make it your own; creating a profitable business plan; insights on decorating and renovating your property and ways to market it for maximum occupancy. It’s a practical guide to making your dream a reality.

And speaking of the real world, meeting people who are already experienced in the industry can also help you determine if the innkeeper’s life is right for you. At conferences, seminars, and comprehensive workshops all over the country, you can get face time with instructors, fellow aspiring and experienced innkeepers, and get practical tools (workbooks and personalized consultations) to guide you through the process. Click here to find some of the upcoming events featured on our B&B Association Calendar.

Last but not least, instead of scouring the internet to find the perfect property, make it easy on yourself and instead head to our Bed & Breakfast Inns For Sale page. It features inns for sale throughout North America and Canada, listed by state and/or province, as well as links to additional useful resources.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Emerald City is the only place where you’ll be able to find a musical history as rich as its world famous coffee. But there’s more to the city than murky garage bands with moody lyrics, flannel shirts, and DIY ethos. It certainly doesn’t come as a surprise that the very city that gave us musical icons such as Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix rocks out to the beat of some amazing music. Grunge fans, rest assured that the city of Seattle fully embraces its rock music scene spawned in the early ’90s. Yet despite their grunge legacy, its venues leave no musical stone unturned to travelers. We’ve put together the top music venues the city has to offer and the best bed and breakfasts that certainly won’t leave you “sleepless in Seattle”.

Where to go:

1) Located just across the street from picture-perfect Pike Place Market sits the Seattle legend: The Showbox at The Market. From 1939 when the venue first opened, everyone from Muddy Waters to Pearl Jam has taken the stage. While they host both national and international touring bands and artists, it’s the local bands that everyone comes to check out.

2) Columbia City Theater is the oldest vaudeville theater in the state of Washington and has hosted some of the most iconic jazz musicians: Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, just to name a few. In the 1980’s, it was home to the burgeoning DIY punk movement and transitioned into an art commune and underground rave house in the ’90s.

3) At Tractor Tavern you’ll find some of the hippest local and national folk, bluegrass, alt-country and indie bands grace the stage. With cowboy boots hanging from the ceiling, a cow skull adoring the stage, and some pretty stiff pours of bourbon from the bartender, this venue is the best mix of country and rock’n’roll.

Where to stay:

Three Tree Point Bed and BreakfastThree Tree Point Bed and Breakfast

Views of greenery and rolling hillsides. Stunning panoramas of the glimmering high-rises of downtown. Snow-dusted mountaintops. The space-needle skyline. Seattle has them all (and more). Three Tree Point Bed and Breakfast, located just 15 minutes from downtown, is the perfect place for some R&R after a day of touring this hip musicians’ haven. Bright, spacious, and serene, guests are provided with all the comforts of home, plus stunning salt water and mountain views. Choose from one of the inn’s two private independent accommodations, the suite or cottage, both of which include a living room with a fireplace, full kitchen and dining area, a bedroom with a view, bathroom, laundry facility, and a private outdoor patio where guests can soak in all of the sights.

Located just east of the International District in the quiet Jackson Place neighborhood, you’ll find the modern, yet cozy Sleeping Bulldog Bed and Breakfast. The central location is perfect for those looking to explore the city’s scene, with both the light rail and bus tunnel just a short, leisurely walk away. And don’t worry about getting lost while navigating the city, innkeeper Korby, a retired transit operator, will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about how to get around town as you scope out all the hottest music venues.

Sleeping Bulldog Bed and BreakfastSleeping Bulldog Bed and Breakfast

Guests will feel right at home with the inn’s modern amenities which include flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffee machines, high-quality towels and bed linens, iHome radios, and even a microwave with free popcorn to snack on. Sit back and soak in the stunning panoramic views of downtown, Puget Sound, Qwest Field, and the Olympic Mountains.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Known as the Bay State, Massachusetts is celebrated for its breathtaking water vistas that are in particularly high demand from photographers and Instagram enthusiasts during the summer season. Whether it’s catching a morning wave, spectacular sunsets, or everything in between, opportunities abound for capturing unforgettable images that will make all of your family, friends, and followers full of envy.

Inn at The MoorsInn at The Moors

For guests searching for the buzz of Provincetown coupled with the beauty of Mother Nature, Inn at The Moors is the ideal B&B for the best of both! There are 30 rooms onsite, ranging from the Lighthouse room with a four-poster deluxe bed, sofa, wide-screen TV, large refrigerator, CD player, walk-in closet, and extra floor space; Upper Deck rooms with balconies featuring higher views of the moor and king, queen, or two double beds; and Sea Level rooms with easy access to the pool, barbecue area, and ever-evolving views of the moor. All accommodations offer uninterrupted views of the spectacular surroundings, comfortable beds, ceiling fans, free Wi-Fi, private tiled baths with hairdryers, individual temperature controls, and more. Additional amenities include the heated pool, complimentary at-your-door parking, a huge roaring fireplace in the lobby, barbecue and picnic tables, and expert housekeeping service. The location is perfect for easy access to the coastal towns for fine dining, galleries, and shopping. At night guests will also enjoy dancing, theater, and numerous local bars.

The Quarterdeck Inn By The SeaThe Quarterdeck Inn By The Sea

Guests can find plenty of romance and fun year-round at The Quarterdeck Inn By The Sea in Rockport. This beachfront, Colonial-style Cape Ann B&B is ideal for couples craving a relaxing getaway to a New England coastal hideaway, as well as families seeking a serene vacation by the ocean and businesses searching for a perfect retreat. It features spacious accommodations with its seven guestrooms, complete with king- or queen-sized beds and plush bedding, private baths and jetted tubs, contemporary furnishings, private decks or entrances, and large windows offering stunning views of the rocky coastline or the inn’s beautiful gardens. Its central location provides guests with access to the best of the Rockport, Cape Ann, and Gloucester region, including numerous recreational options ranging from biking, hiking, and golfing, to fishing and whale watching. Gorgeous beaches, scenic walking trails, and a visit to Motif #1 on Bearskin Neck, in addition to other historic attractions, round out the experience of this historic area.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

What better way to get the lay of the land then by experiencing it all firsthand? At Farm by the River B&B with Stables in North Conway, NH it’s easy to do and comes complete with spectacular views. Surrounded by the breathtaking White Mountains, this B&B is located on 70 acres and offers guests a number of Stay and Ride packages, as well as year-round horseback riding, carriage, pony, wagon, and sleigh rides, where they can take in the sights from new heights!

“We do trail rides 4-5 times per day. Lessons are more one on one where as trail rides we can take 5-6 people at a time,” reveals innkeeper Charlene Browne. “We have the Family Fun Package that includes two horseback rides or they can substitute a wagon ride, or we have an Easy Adventure Package for couples, which includes a carriage ride for two or two horseback rides. We even have an elopement package with a carriage ride for two included either as part of the ceremony or afterwards. My husband is a Justice of the Peace and has performed over 450 ceremonies so far!”

Situated just two miles from North Conway Village, Farm by the River B&B with Stables provides guests with numerous opportunities to enjoy recreational activities, tax-free shopping, fine dining, and more. Seamlessly combining modern conveniences with old fashion charm, all accommodations feature private bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, and more. Some rooms also have two-person Jacuzzis and fireplaces.

For additional information about the B&B and its packages, click here.

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