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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Hello summer! We are thrilled that the season’s finally in full swing since beaches and beverages are two things we love indulging in during warmer, longer days. One of our favorite drinks to sip and savor is no doubt a bubbly Bellini, and the Mad Batter Restaurant & Bar at Carroll Villa Hotel in Cape May, NJ is an ideal place to enjoy one.

Mad Batter Restaurant & BarMad Batter Restaurant & Bar

In 2001, after nearly 30 years of being a BYOB restaurant, the Mad Batter acquired what was at the time New Jersey’s most expensive liquor license. The headline in the local papers screamed: The Mad Batter buys liquor license for record 800k in Cape May! While that record has since been broken, it was big news for the town and huge news for proprietor and bar visionary Mark Kulkowitz. “As I told the reporters at the time, only God had more money than what it took to buy a liquor license in the state of New Jersey at that time, but we got it and have been open for Happy Hour from 3-6PM, seven days a week ever since.”

Through the years, the bar grew in size, moved out of the small corner of the room, and became a more prominent part of the restaurant. Close to 15 years later, it’s thriving while now also doubling as a live music venue with performances every evening. Featuring local and regional musicians, the Mad Batter music scene has been steadily expanding and shows no sign of slowing down.

“We love the fact that the Batter has become a place where people can look across the bar and talk to their fellow guests, whether they know each other or not,” said Kulkowitz. “Every night is fun and upbeat, with great music, food, and people. It was tough at the beginning, but that liquor license turned out to be a great business move.”

Mad Batter BelliniMad Batter Bellini

Mad Batter Bellini
¾ oz Deep Eddys Peach Vodka
1 oz peach puree
Orange slice

Pour peach puree and peach vodka into champagne flute. Top with Prosecco. Stir gently. Serve straight up – no ice. Garnish with orange slice. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Known as the Land of Enchantment, it’s easy to see why travelers fall for New Mexico. It’s filled with landscapes so inspiring, even famed artist Georgia O’Keefe became captivated by capturing them! Though photographically you may not be able to produce images on par with her masterpieces, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to get as many shareable shots as possible. Your social streams are waiting….

Casa EscondidaCasa Escondida

Situated in historic Chimayo, NM, 35 minutes north of Santa Fe and just off of the scenic “High Road to Taos,” the centrally located Casa Escondida offers its guests an authentic New Mexico experience that’s the best of both worlds. While offering easy access to historic Santa Fe, picturesque Taos, the ancient ruins of Bandelier National Park, stunning Georgia O’Keeffe Country (Abiquiu), and soothing hot springs, among other amazing day trips, this inn is also surrounded by a secluded country setting on six acres that feature stunning views of the awe-inspiring Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Guests will enjoy nine intimate and comfortable rooms that include private baths, cozy robes, handpicked antiques and rustic Southwest style; an enticing full hot breakfast each morning of their stay; and complimentary Wi-Fi, parking and daily newspapers. Five of the nine guest rooms are also pet-friendly. Casa Escondida is a TV-free environment, so serenity, relaxation, and revitalization are simple to achieve all throughout your stay.

Adobe & Stars Bed & BreakfastAdobe & Stars Bed & Breakfast

For those seeking panoramic mountain views, breathtaking blazing sunsets, and a gorgeous glowing Milky Way, the spacious and contemporary Adobe & Stars Bed & Breakfast in Taos is the perfect place for your New Mexico getaway. This B&B features lavish accommodations in harmony with the natural beauty of the region. Designed with the views in mind, there are large windows, decks and patios for stargazing, sunset viewing, and the space to sit back and take it all in. This traditional Pueblo-style property showcases warm, Southwestern ambiance through its high viga beamed ceilings and kiva fireplaces nestled in the corners of accommodations, as well as the outdoor portals to shade guests from the strength of the sun. There are eight large, luxurious guest rooms that have kiva fireplaces and light-filled private baths with either Jacuzzi tubs or double showers, heat floors and expansive windows. The day starts with complimentary fresh brewed coffee and a full country breakfast of homemade muffins and biscuits, fresh fruit, juice and a hot entree with Southwestern touches, which can be indulged in on the patio in the summertime or by the dining room fireplace during ski season.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Guests can enjoy the new moonlight canoe ride at Lodge at Moosehead Lake in Greenville, ME.Guests can enjoy the new moonlight canoe ride at Lodge at Moosehead Lake in Greenville, ME.

Our July newsletter just hits the airwaves. Yay! This edition features the palate-pleasing Grilled Balsamic Honey & Feta Peaches recipe from our friends at 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn, recently featured on the popular food site Think Tasty. It’s the ideal dessert when you want a thrill for the grill. There is also info on the latest inn-ovations at some of our B&B’s across the country, including the luxurious new Forbes Cupola Suite at The Captain’s Manor Inn in Falmouth, MA; the Ultimate Romance Dinner at Wolf Cove Inn in Poland, ME; and the new moonlight canoe ride experience at Lodge at Moosehead Lake in Greenville, ME. You’ll also find info on Summer Getaways, insights from our CEO Mary White, and the latest media stories our inns are featured in. There’s plenty to pique any B&B lover’s interest!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Black Sheep Inn & SpaBlack Sheep Inn & Spa

Foodies in the know recognize that farm to table is the way to go. Nothing beats local purveyors when it comes to immersing yourself in a culinary experience unique to the destination you’ve traveled to. Innkeepers Deb Meritsky and Marc Rotman of Black Sheep Inn & Spa in Hammondsport, NY recognize how important this is and often create specific packages designed with that in mind. Their Finger Lakes Farm to Table package, available June through October, is the ideal example. The inn itself is committed to this movement and utilizes the freshest and healthiest ingredients when preparing delicious breakfasts for their guests. In their pursuit of local, organic and seasonal, the innkeepers are proud to source more than 90% of their ingredients from within 50 miles of their property.

As your Finger Lakes Farm to Table Tour guides, Deb & Marc will accompany you while you explore two of their regional organic farms and a distinctive estate winery to learn all about the process and philosophy of the local, organic movement and how easy and beneficial it is to work directly with your local food sources. You’ll tour their locations, meet the farmers and growers, head into the fields full of beautiful, organic vegetables and select some ingredients to use in your Farm to Table cooking class. Once you arrive back at the inn, you will participate in a 90-minute class that illustrates just how fun and easy it is to implement the process of farm to table. Your Finger Lakes Farm to Table tour culminates with the bounty provided through your travels of the day. You will also learn about methods to help you locate farm to table resources in your own backyard.

The response? Five stars so far! “We’re having great success with this event/getaway, and guests love that they are able to visit working farms, meet farmers, purchase items if they like and eat local all along the trail,” reveals Deb. “Marc and I created this getaway event because we see so many travelers looking for reasons to eat local certainly at home, but they want the experience of this while away. It’s another method for seeing a region other than the obvious, and we want our guests to feel special when they walk into one of many partners to taste, see and experience the Finger Lakes – the way we get to live it every day and enjoy the bounty we’re lucky enough to have available all year long.”

Package pricing is $199.00 per person, separate from your room selection, and based on double occupancy; all taxes and gratuities are included. When reserving your room, be sure to add the Finger Lakes Farm to Table package to your itinerary. Also included in your stay is your very own exclusive Black Sheep Guild card, which offers special perks with the inn’s many Guild Partners.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Music lovers, rejoice! The summer is still heating up and festival season has only just begun. While there are dozens to choose from all over the U.S., Virginia’s Lockn’ Music Festival has a preliminarily lineup that you don’t want to miss. Held at Oak Ridge Farm, the fourth annual event will go down over the weekend of August 25-28. The headliners and jam veterans, Phish, will be taking the stage and playing over four different sets over two nights. Reunited band, Ween, will also be playing two nights, while My Morning Jacket serves as the final headliner.

The Mark Addy Bed and BreakfastThe Mark Addy Bed and Breakfast

And since you’ll be spending all weekend jammin’ out, there’s no better place to catch some post-festival R&R than at The Mark Addy Bed and Breakfast in Nellysford, VA. Located near Charlottesville, this beautifully restored, romantic bed and breakfast is surrounded by wineries and breweries. It’s perfect excuse to make this festival weekend filled with both beverages and fun, but don’t forget to fuel up with the inn’s delectable three-course breakfast! Lovingly appointed, The Mark Addy beckons with the romance and richness of a bygone era. The luxurious rooms offer elegant comfort, serene privacy and incredible views. Sing and dance the day away and then return to the bed and breakfast’s gorgeous veranda, where you can watch the sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains – the perfect ending to any weekend!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Now that the Summer Solstice has marked the official onset of summer, there is no time to lose when it comes to booking your B&B getaway. Accommodations fill up quickly, and with so many great specials and packages, time is of the essence for planning the ultimate sun-filled escape.

Whether it’s exploring Alabama’s coastal waterways by boat with Magnolia Springs Bed and Breakfast; horseback riding at Howard Creek Ranch Inn in Westport, CA; going “fore” golf packages from The LODGE at Spirit Hollow in Burlington, IA; or budget-friendly Midweek specials near surf and sand, activities abound for everyone seeking a little adventure or well-deserved downtime.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Antlers on the CreekAntlers on the Creek

Colorado is celebrated as a popular destination for beer drinkers. Brew enthusiasts from around the globe come to the state to experience all of the frothy goodness they can find. Durango, CO features several excellent breweries for guests to experience, and our friends at Antlers on the Creek — located just outside the city — have created a perfect new package for those looking to sip safely.

With the Durango Brews Cruise, guests sample some of the best brews Durango has to offer without having to worry about all of the driving. The afternoon begins with a driver picking up tour attendees from the inn at 2:30pm, followed by a private tour of the city’s finest breweries. The first stop is to sample beer at Brew Pub & Kitchen and get the behind-the-scenes scoop directly from one of the owners. Next it’s on to Animas Brewery, the newest kid on the block that is piquing plenty of interest. After, guests grab a pint at Steamworks Brewing, a popular spot with locals and visitors alike. And for the grand finale, tour attendees ahead to Ska Brewing, where they can taste some of the award-winning ales and enjoy some munchies before listening to some live music. Once the experience is complete, the driver will return guests at an agreed-upon time back to Antlers.

The first tour will take place on June 29. The cost is just $180 per duo (available Thursdays only) and includes 4-ounce tasters at three breweries, a pint at Steamworks, bartender gratuities and a snack at one of the breweries. Attendees must be 21 years old, and reservations need to be made 72 hours in advance.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

With Father’s Day less than one week away, there’s still time for all of you slackers to find something special for Dear Old Dad. No matter what you’re papa prefers, BnBFinder works with inns all across the US and Canada who offer special packages and amenities for every type of interest. Whether he’s a fisherman or a foodie, a beer lover or a biking enthusiast, Dad can choose his ideal adventure when you give him the gift of a travel certificate. And from now until his big day – Sunday June 19 – you’ll receive 10% off of your purchase when you use the code DAD10.

Accepted at participating inns, the travel gift certificate includes benefits that are Pop-approved:

  • No expiration or blackout dates;
  • Your choice of any denomination;
  • Fed Ex options and instant e-cards that are available to accommodate last-minute shoppers;
  • Recipients can save any remaining balance to put towards a future stay at participating properties;
  • Guests can filter options by location using our website’s easy search feature, which provides links to each individual property.

Click here to purchase yours today!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Ready for summer? Now that Memorial Day has passed, it’s time to start celebrating the season of sun. Of course one of the best ways to prepare is indulging in some cool cocktails and classic seasonal foods – like seafood! At Pointe Restaurant and Wine Bar, an enticing on-site amenity of Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa in Provincetown, MA, visitors and locals alike enjoy the ocean to grill and garden to table goodness that provides them with a relaxing and rejuvenating fine dining experience.

“At the restaurant, lobster is one of our specialties. If you visit, you can’t miss the tank full of them in the restaurant lobby,” reveals Sean Orsmond for Pointe Restaurant and Wine Bar. “Needless to say, we don’t mess around. In fact, we are one of two spots in Provincetown where you can get freshly steamed local lobster – and the only place where you can enjoy it along with our award-winning wine list designed to complement the dish. For guests looking for a taste of this Cape Cod specialty, they have come to the right place.”

The bar also provides an inspired fusion of Old World hotel elegance with a unique contemporary energy, making it an ideal spot for special cocktails and great conversations. Though this recipe for the Blackberry Mojito is best enjoyed there amid the breathtaking views of the Provincetown Monument and Provincetown Harbor, we’ve included it here for those who want to create this yummy concoction at home.

Blackberry Mojito
Freshly muddled blackberries
1/2 Fresh squeezed lime juice
Drop of honey
1 1/2 oz. Bacardi rum
Mint leaves
Soda water

In a tall glass, muddle together a handful of blackberries, mint leaves and lime. Add a drop of honey and fill the glass with ice. Add  1 1/2 ounces Bacardi rum, top with club and stir well. Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Plenty of great things hail from the Bluegrass State – including bourbon, the Derby, fried chicken, college basketball and actress Jennifer Lawrence (among others) – but did you also know that it’s an amazing destination for photographers (pro and amateur) as well as the Instagram obsessed? There are so many sights to see it’s difficult to decide where to begin. Here are two unique inns and their amazing animals to get you started!

Equestrian enthusiasts are in horse heaven at First Farm Inn.Equestrian enthusiasts are in horse heaven at First Farm Inn.

A renovated farmhouse set on 20 spectacular acres, First Farm Inn in Petersburg, KY is the best of both worlds. Located right off the Cincinnati belt line, the inn provides guests with the ideal amenities for country living while still offer easy access to a major city center. Surrounded by a beautiful pasture populated with a colorful assortment of friendly horses, this historic farmhouse B&B offers guests spacious accommodations with queen-sized beds featuring pillowtop mattresses, private baths, Wi-Fi, and more. Each morning a bountiful homemade breakfast is provided as the ideal way to start the day. Horse lovers are in heaven here since they have the opportunity to ride, groom, tack up, and really learn to communicate with these exquisite creatures. Other leisure opportunities include paddling or rowing in the pond for active guests, as well as a dip in the outdoor hot tub for those who want to just sit back, relax, and take in their surroundings. Speaking of relaxation, there are also nine fabulous felines residing on the property – seven of which are overfed “barn” cats who lounge on the antique doctor’s buggy, the porch rockers, the swings, and the hay bales inside.

Guests adore the assortment of alpacas and llamas at 1851 Historic Maple Hill Manor Bed & Breakfast.Guests adore the assortment of alpacas and llamas at 1851 Historic Maple Hill Manor Bed & Breakfast.

Located only minutes from Bardstown and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1851 Historic Maple Hill Manor Bed & Breakfast, Alpaca & Llama Farm, and Handcrafted Gift Gallery, has been designated a Kentucky Landmark Home. Here guests discover historical elegance from an era of refined romance and Southern charm within its spacious guest accommodations that are antique-appointed. They also feature large extra padded beds, designer linens, and private baths. Premium rooms have a double Jacuzzi and/or fireplace. This inn’s peaceful, park-like setting features double rockers on the front porch, garden benches, and a large patio area with tables and comfortable seating set among ancient maple trees. There are gorgeous flower gardens with a gazebo, multiple fountains and fish ponds, a nature reserve, and orchard. Depending on harvest time, guests are welcome to pick from the 50+ orchard of apples, peaches, pears, cherries, and plums. Grapes, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and an herb garden are also grown for guest indulgence during breakfast.

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