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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Green Mountain InnGreen Mountain Inn

Conveniently located in the center of historic Stowe Village, Green Mountain Inn in Stowe has been hosting guests since 1833 and offers them the ultimate New England regional experience. This gorgeously restored inn seamlessly blends classic elegance with contemporary comfort and modern amenities. In addition to 103 unique guest rooms, lavish suites, and village townhouses, the property features The Whip Bar & Grill, offering fine dining in casual surroundings, and The Main Street Dining Room, which focuses on quality food and fare in a cozy atmosphere complete with fireplace, hardwood floors, a display of an original Walton Blodgett watercolor landscape, and more. Travelers to the inn enjoy plenty of outdoor activities (including the award-winning Stowe Recreation Path), numerous local attractions, and events year-round. They can also indulge in exceptional cocktails such as The Whip, a signature specialty served at its namesake establishment.

The WhipThe Whip

The Whip

Ingredients:
1 Orange Slice
1 Maraschino Cherry
A Splash of Seltzer
3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
2 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
A Teaspoon of Maple Syrup
Ice

Directions:
In an old fashioned glass, muddle an orange slice and maraschino cherry with a splash of seltzer and 3 dashes of Angostura bitters. Fill with ice, add 2 oz. Maker’s Mark bourbon, a teaspoon of maple syrup, and stir.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Inn at RiverbendInn at Riverbend

For chocolate lovers, Valentine’s Day is one of the best days of the year. And what could honestly be better than a holiday where you’re pretty much expected to give, receive, and eat chocolate everything? We’re featuring a delicious recipe courtesy of Inn at Riverbend in Pearisburg, VA that will have you head-over-heels in love. Whether you’re making them for someone special, friends, or solely for yourself, these Chocolate Raspberry Truffles deserve to be enjoyed.

Raspberry Truffles

Ingredients:
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam

Directions:
1. Cook semi-sweet chocolate, heavy cream, butter over low heat
2. Stir in the seedless raspberry jam
3. Wrap bowl in plastic wrap, freeze 20 minutes
4. Drop by teaspoon on foil, freeze 15 minutes
5. Remove from freezer and roll in cocoa

Yields one dozen. Serve at room temperature on decorative plate.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Making Waves BoatelMaking Waves Boatel

In June of 2004 Diane Greene and her husband, Ted, stepped off the corporate treadmill and bought a boat. Their dreams of living on the sea came to life and today the innkeepers are owners of Toronto’s only boat, bed, and breakfast, Making Waves Boatel. This month we caught up with Diane for an interview. Read the Q&A session below!

Q: What’s one thing that you wish potential guests knew about B&B’s?

A: There are two things actually! One: Breakfast at the Captain’s table is the highlight of every day. Good coffee, good conversation, and a great breakfast. It’s something that only happens at a B&B. You don’t get that at a hotel or restaurant. Two: Our boat B&B is an opportunity for people to experience marina life and living on a boat, even if for just a few nights. Let’s face it, there aren’t many places in the world you can go on vacation and stay on a yacht that you don’t own.

Q: What has been your strangest guest request?

A: We have a sign on the door that reads, “No Tell Boatel. What happens on the Boatel, stays on the Boatel,” so my lips are sealed. However, I can tell you about a business traveler who was staying with us and realized he forgot his cuff links for his shirt. He was checking out and heading to a meeting before flying home. He came up to the kitchen and asked me what time the men’s clothing stores opened to buy some. He was trying to figure out if he had time to go to the store and get to his appointment on time. I left him pondering, quickly went downstairs, grabbed a nice pair of my husband’s cuff links, and handed them to him. The look on his face was priceless. He couldn’t believe it. He promised to return them by courier when he got home, which he did with a note that read: “Thanks – you wouldn’t get that service in a hotel!”

Q: When you’re not busy hosting guests, what are some of the things you like to do in your free time?

A: We summer in Toronto. In the fall when our season is done, we cruise our boat to the Bahamas for the winter. We are avid beach combers, and in particular, we collect sea glass. If we are not on the beach then we are in the water spearfishing for lobster, snorkeling, or scuba diving. I enjoy making sterling silver jewelry with the sea glass, and whenever I can fit a jewelry class into my schedule, I take one at a local metal studio.

Q: Do you have a favorite movie or TV show based on hospitality/travel?

A: A favorite movie is called Eye of the Dolphin, which was filmed in the Bahamas and closely resembles the real Bahamian Out Islands that we know and love. Another one is the comedy called Captain Ron starring Kurt Russell and Martin Short. It is always a regular on movie night when we cruise through the New York Canal with our crew on our way south.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Iris InnIris Inn

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

With National Carrot Cake Day this Friday, we figured we’d switch things up a bit and share a recipe that puts a little extra zing to the popular desert choice. And since innkeepers are the pros when it comes to all things breakfast, we asked Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast in Manitou Springs, CO to share their recipe which takes the traditional carrot cake and merges it with one of our favorite morning dishes: waffles. Enjoy!

Carrot Cake Waffles courtesy of Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast in Manitou Springs, CO

Avenue Hotel Bed & BreakfastAvenue Hotel Bed & Breakfast

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
2 eggs, separated
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 1/2 cup finely grated carrots

Maple Nut Cream Cheese Spread:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:

Heat 4 tablespoons butter in skillet over medium heat until melted. Continue to cook, swirling pan constantly, until butter is brown and has a faint nutty aroma, 2-4 minutes. Add spices and continue to cook, stirring constantly, 15 seconds; remove from heat and allow to cool about 30 minutes. Sift together flour, salt, sugar baking soda. Mix together the buttermilk and the egg yolks. Stir in the spiced butter and vanilla. Spray the waffle iron well with non-stick cooking spray and preheat it. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry. Beat the egg white in a separate clean bowl with an electric mixer until they hold peaks. Stir them gently into the batter. Add pineapple, raisins, walnuts, and carrots. Stir gently to combine.

Spread batter onto the waffle iron and bake until the waffle is done, usually 4 to 5 minutes, depending on your iron. Spray iron with cooking spray between waffles as needed.

To make the cream cheese spread, simply combine nuts, syrup, cinnamon, and cream cheese and mix well. Serve waffles immediately with spread or keep waffles warm for a few minutes in the oven then spread with cream cheese between the waffles. Pour maple syrup over the top and top with a dollop of whipped cream.

Yields: 6-8 waffles.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

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

Savannah, Georgia is known best for its historic charm, antebellum architecture, and having the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the U.S. This coastal city is brimming with beautiful scenery and architecture, and great places to eat, drink, and shop. With its pedestrian-friendly layout and innovative urban design, Savannah is a city easy to navigate and explore. From music and food festivals, architectural tours, art exhibits and Civil War re-enactments, the “Hostess City” brims with exciting events to entertain travelers.

What to Do

1. Do a honey tasting: Get a taste of something sweet at the Savannah Bee Company where you can get up close and personal with honey bees, learn about swarming behavior, beekeeping, royal jelly, propolis, and beeswax production, taste all of the different honey offered, and participate in a discussion about origins, flavor profiles, etc.

2. Take a historical trolley tour: Take a journey back in time to the old South aboard an old-fashioned trolley and marvel over the amazing architecture and culture that Savannah has to offer.

3. Sip, shop, and stroll along Broughton Street: Spend the day walking along one of the most famous streets in all of Savannah. And since the city allows to-go cup cocktails on the streets, bring one with you and sip as you stroll.

Where to Stay

Located in the heart of historic Savannah and surrounded by an oasis on antebellum homes, this elegantly designed, one-of-a-kind inn features 5 unique guestrooms. Glamourous yet comfortable, The Olde Savannah Inn Bed and Breakfast Hotel offers luxurious amenities including a complimentary gourmet breakfast, afternoon refreshments, evening wine complete with cheese and crackers, room service, maid services, BOSE CD players, gas line fireplaces, 800 thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, and more. At the end of the day, relax under a pure down feather comforter, luxury linens and custom bath accessories.

Green Palm InnGreen Palm Inn

Green Palm Inn is situated just steps away from tranquil Greene Square, one of historic Savannah’s most famous public garden parks, and just a short stroll to bustling River Street and the vibrant history and culture of spectacular Savannah. With four impeccable guest rooms, expect some of the best personal service and hospitality. Enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast featuring both light and hearty Southern cuisine, indulge in the dessert bar, and relax as you savor daily wine hours complete with hors d’oeuvres. “Savannah offers an evergreen landscape year around. Yet, on Friday, March 17 – and for the long weekend through March 19, 2017 – expect the color green wherever you roam! Forsyth Park and all City of Savannah fountains in the downtown area run with green water. Revelers wear green, Irish green, and every green shade in hats, shirts, beads, hair, ribbons, ties, jackets, pants…everything imaginable!” says innkeeper Diane McCray Crews.

Diane McCray Crews, innkeeper of Green Palm InnDiane McCray Crews, innkeeper of Green Palm Inn

Parade Tips:

  • The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Friday, March 17, 2017 from 10:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To make sure you get a great seat, bring your own folding chair and be in place by 8:00 a.m.

  • Eat breakfast early and pack and picnic lunch. Eateries in the downtown area will be packed!

  • Follow these St. Patrick’s Day resources online: City of Savannah’s web page (with links to party-zone wristband fees for those wanting to use to-go alcoholic beverage cups, use of squares, places and ways to recycle, parade route, and street closure information), the official Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Twitter, @savstpat, and the Facebook page.

Green Palm Inn provides off street parking to guests. However, if you do not have off-street parking, purchase St. Patrick’s weekend parking garage tickets early! Beginning Monday, February 27 at 8 a.m. Mobility & Parking Services will offer a pre-sale of parking spaces for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration (Thursday, March 16; Friday, March 17; Saturday, March 18; and Sunday, March 19). Here’s the link.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Snug Hollow Farm Bed and BreakfastSnug Hollow Farm Bed and Breakfast

For some innkeepers, National Pie Day is every day (even though it was actually yesterday!), but can we blame them? Pies are single-handedly one of the most versatile, comforting, and satisfying desserts of all time. This year, ditch the store-bought pies, roll up those sleeves and opt for a simple recipe for Fresh Strawberry Pie courtesy of Snug Hollow Farm Bed and Breakfast in Irvine, KY. It will truly make you wish National Pie Day came more than just once a year.

Ingredients:

Shortcrust:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup salt
7 T butter
Water

Filling:
2 T melted butter
1 T sugar
9-inch shortcrust pie shell, baked
Fresh and whole strawberries, enough to fill the crust

Strawberry Glaze:
1 cup sugar or honey
1 T cornstarch
1 T red wine vinegar
1 T butter
1/2 cup water
2 cups strawberries (measure before crushing)

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in food processor. Pulse and add enough water until it begins to stick together. With floured hands, press into a 9-inch pie pan with removable bottom. Bake at 375 degrees F, approximately 7-10 minutes until lightly browned. While crust is hot from the oven, sprinkle it with melted butter and sugar. Set aside to cool. Crush berries in a food processor. Mix with remaining ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until clear, about 5 minutes. Let cool. Fill crust with whole berries and pour glaze over fruit. Chill and serve.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & SpaCrowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa

For those that love a bit of indulgence, a stay at a gorgeous bed and breakfast isn’t complete until you’ve received some much-needed pampering. With fabulous on-site spas that offer a selection of treatments, equipped with knowledgeable staff, and a cozy room at the end of the day, these three B&Bs give a whole new definition to the term “beauty sleep”.

Take the Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa in Provincetown, MA, for instance, with an on-site exclusive Kiehl’s spa. The Shui Spa offers an elegant tranquil experience featuring full-service treatment rooms (all of which utilize Kiehl’s Skin Care products), staffed with highly skilled, licensed therapists. Find tranquility at the center of the spa, where you can soak in a warm mineral therapy tub set in a relaxing and meditative environment. Energy work including detoxifying reflexology and Reiki Chakra Balancing is also available and the perfect way to conclude your getaway.

Stanford Inn by the SeaStanford Inn by the Sea

Experience an integrative and unique approach to wellness at The Mendocino Center for Living Well at the Stanford Inn by the Sea in Mendocino, CA, whose principle is based on “living well” as a state of mind. Among some of the amenities and services include a saline heated swimming pool and hot tub, massages in the forest, vegan cooking classes, Ayurveda treatments (an ancient Indian tradition that uses diet, herbs, exercise, and body therapies), acupuncture, and yoga.

Black Sheep Inn & SpaBlack Sheep Inn & Spa

With a primary focus on comfort, guests can relax, heal, and be soothed at the Black Sheep Inn & Spa in Hammondsport, NY. Emphasizing the importance of utilizing local and seasonal organic ingredients and handcrafted soaps and spa products, Black Sheep Inn provides a calming, natural atmosphere (with the opportunity to even receive a massage outdoors, weather permitting). The on-site Keuka Lake Spa services encompass traditional Swedish, hot stone or deep tissue massages for both individuals and couples. Additional healing spa services are also available, including herbal facial massages which utilize freshly cut herbs from the inn’s garden.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hamanassett Bed & BreakfastHamanassett Bed & Breakfast

With the season of love upon us, many couples will be traveling to a B&B for a romantic getaway (and maybe even hoping their loved one pops the big question). In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve asked our innkeepers about some of the most memorable proposal stories that took place during a couple’s getaway. They range from sweet, funny, and even a bit shocking. We’re getting started with two stories from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast and Gillum House.

“My favorite proposal is one in which I helped a young man on Christmas of 2013. He wanted to do something special. We decided to wrap his girlfriend’s engagement ring like an ornament and hang it on the Christmas tree. All she knew was that there was a special ornament for her on the tree, which she had to find. We stood back as she searched and her boyfriend would say to her “hot” or “cold” as she looked. When she eventually found and opened her package, he got down on one knee and formally proposed. The happy couple now comes back to Hamanassett each Christmas season to celebrate the occasion.” – Ashley Mon, innkeeper at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast in Chester Heights, PA

“I had donated an inn-to-inn package to a BMW Rally. The winner was a young man who was in the military. When he made the reservation, he told me he was planning to propose to his lady and asked for ideas on how it could be done. On arrival, he slipped the ring to me. Part of the package was a dinner. I tied the ring with a ribbon to the clapper of a little silver bell she was to ring when they were ready for the next course. When she picked the bell up, the ring would drop down. My thoughts were, I hope she says yes or it will be a very uncomfortable next few days…All went according to schedule except I forgot that the bell would be ringing for that and I went in to serve. He looked up and asked if they could have a few minutes. I felt so stupid! They sent me a photo of their son when he was born and about four years after the proposal, they returned accompanied by his aunt and uncle on their way home from another rally. He was just back from a tour in Iraq at that time.” – Kathleen Panek, innkeeper at Gillum House in Shinnston, WV

Thursday, January 12, 2017

After being partnered for over 16 years and sharing a passion for hospitality and hosting friends and family, Tony Gangloff and Santo Aloisi created POSH Palm Springs Inn, a chic 1930′s B&B. POSH is defined as “personable service and hospitality”, exemplifying the vibrant and personable experience the inn offers. If you are looking for a hot, homemade breakfast every morning, an afternoon happy hour featuring a signature martini and top-of-the-line amenities ranging from plush robes to sumptuous bedding, this chic Palm Springs B&B is your home-away-from-home. Take a moment and check out their Q&A responses to see what makes the POSH experience so memorable.

POSH Palm Springs InnPOSH Palm Springs Inn

Q: Where did the two of you meet?

A: I met Santo Aloisi at a motorcycle awards event in San Francisco in 1999. Santo was with a club brother when he saw me across a crowded room and commented, “Now there’s a handsome man!” His club brother replied, “Oh, you mean Tony? Let me introduce you!” We’ve been together ever since and were married in 2013 back in San Francisco.

Q: What is one thing you wish that potential guests knew about bed and breakfasts?

A: Most of my guests know what the “breakfast” part of a B&B is about, but I do have guests who book through OTA’s and have no idea they reserved a room at a B&B. They are most confused about breakfast, how they just have a seat in our dining area and we serve them a hot, homemade breakfast. After the first breakfast, they start to understand and rave about dishes they never knew existed.

Q: When you’re not busy hosting guests, what are some of the things you like to do in your free time?

A: Free time? What’s that? We keep joking that one day we’ll have “staff” so we can get some time to ourselves! I do enjoy motorcycling and also reading.

Q: What would you say is the most difficult part about owning a B&B?

A: The most difficult part of owning a B&B is the constant marketing. Having to put yourself out in front of potential guests in unique ways on an ongoing basis is challenging. One thing that has helped, though, is time. As more satisfied guests refer their friends, and so on, we are now beginning to see the results of referrals after nearly 3 years in business.

Stay tuned for more next month in our Innkeeper Interview series on our blog and in our Guest Newsletter!

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