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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bacon, Sweet Potato and Cheddar Soup from West Mountain InnBacon, Sweet Potato and Cheddar Soup from West Mountain Inn

Our October Guest Newsletter has hit the airwaves. This edition features a recipe apropos for autumn – Bacon, Sweet Potato and Cheddar Soup – from our friends at West Mountain Inn in Arlington, VT, which was recently featured on the popular food site Think Tasty. It’s the ideal dish for when we are catering to the cooler weather. There is also info on the latest inn-ovations at some of our B&B’s across the country, including eco-friendly inns who have added Tesla charging stations: Maple Hill Farm B&B Inn & Conference Center in Hallowell, ME and Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Missoula, MT (the latter of which was just accepted into Select Registry).

You’ll also hear about great Holiday Specials for the season, find insights from our CEO Mary White, and the latest media stories our inns are featured in, including “Surf’s Up on Luxury! Amazing B&B’s Located by the Beach,” “West Coast Fall Foliage BnB Memory Making Escapes,” “Marketing Pairings: Your Brand & the Right Event,” among others. There’s plenty to pique every B&B lover’s interest!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The demand for ethnic cuisine is exploding in the U.S. Between now and 2017 sales of ethnic foods in grocery stores will grow more than 20 percent, according to market research firm The Mintel Group. For travelers looking to globalize their palates, bed and breakfasts here in the States are offering culinary classes that allow foodies to leave their passports at home. No matter where your taste buds want to travel, these inns will transport them half way across the world without ever having to leave the country.

As a certified culinary professional with a Masters Degree in Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis on food and culture, Chef Monika of Chestnut Street Inn always intends on offering guests a hands-on culinary education with her popular cooking classes. Students get to select from a preparation menu featuring French, Moroccan, Italian, Greek, and Hungarian cuisines. Offered Sunday through Thursday, classes can accommodate up to six people and includes instruction on basic skills as well as a discussion about spices, pantry, technique and more as applicable.

The Brandywine Cooking School at Hamanasset Bed & Breakfast offers themed classes that include everything from romantic dining, French Country cooking, Dining on the Orient Express, and Ole Espana featuring Spanish and tapas cuisine. Their most requested class, “Last Dinner on the Titanic,” allows students to return to the Edwardian Era through the creation and consumption of the Escoffier-inspired, multi-course dinner served in the first-class salon on the fateful maiden voyage of RMS Titanic.

The Cucina Culinary Classes held at The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard give students a global taste with their lessons featuring Asian (Chinese and Japanese), Italian (Sicily, Naples, Tuscany) and Mexican cuisine. All classes are hands-on and feature classically trained, world-class instructors from all over the world. Learn the art of artisanal bread making with Chef Kathy Lehr, an educator mentored by Julia Child’s bread consultant, or learn how to make the most authentic Mexican recipes while guided by Chef Carla Snyder, celebrated food writer/blogger and co-author of five cookbooks.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Maine is celebrated for its coastal beauty, and of course, outstanding seafood cuisine. While many travelers to the state choose a number of ways to experience the landscape, at Blue Harbor House Inn in Camden, the innkeepers offer their guests something truly innovative!

With A Real Maine Underwater Adventure, visitors to this charming antique inn – ideally situated just a few blocks from scenic Camden Harbor – can discover scuba diving with a “PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Try Dive” beginner lesson. This 2-hour plus experience begins with a short pool session, then heads off to either Beauchamp Point or Megunticook Lake where divers will breathe underwater, experience weightlessness, and enjoy the serenity of an underwater environment. There they can view lobsters in their natural habitat or spy Toby the trout patrolling the lake. Judging by the feedback thus far, these journeys have produced plenty of joy.

“Guest reaction has been really enthusiastic. Most people are surprised that there is diving in Maine, but for the adventurous, a try dive in Maine is a unique and very cool experience,” reveals innkeeper Annette Hazzard. “My husband Terry is our resident dive instructor, and he thought it would be fun to offer a dive experience in a location not normally associated with scuba diving. ”

All equipment is provided, along with instruction, and the special is available from June through October. Price is just $130.00, in addition to accommodation charge. There are 11 well-appointed guestrooms and suites onsite, which include private en-suite bath. Some rooms feature a private entrance, gas fireplace, and whirlpool tub. A complimentary two-course gourmet breakfast starts each day of the guests’ stay, while a traditional English tea with cakes is served in the afternoon. Evening appetizers and cocktails can also be indulged in, upon request.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Big Island offers limitless excitement for adventure seekers. From ocean to rainforest, volcano to desert, lush green valleys to vast black sand beaches, there is no better place than Hawaii if you’re looking for the ultimate (and thrilling) local experience.

The Holualoa Inn has teamed up with three of Hawaii Island’s leading outdoor activity specialists to create an adventure package perfect for guests seeking an adrenaline rush while offering experienced guides to some of the most beautiful and historic locations. As the owner, Cassandra Hazen has worked for years helping guests create custom itineraries while offering her very own Hawaii “insider” tips. Today, the inn is a one-stop-shop for adventure and excitement, and the Big Island Adventure Package does not disappoint.

“The focus of the inn has always been about service, and our exciting, new Big Island Adventure Package fulfills a convenience need of the busy traveler,” said Hazen in an official statement. “We’ve done our homework and structured the itineraries so that guests can enjoy adventure treks to Big Island locales and still have time to make it back to the inn for a relaxing soak in the hot tub or an evening cocktail.”

Witness the wonders of Hawaii by air, land and sea. From swimming with manta rays and exploring volcanoes by air and land, to zip lining through the forest and taking a dip under cascading waterfalls and stargazing atop a 14,000 summit, the Big Island Adventure Package is perfect for anyone looking to fully immerse themselves in Big Island life.

Before guests begin their day of adventure treks, a farm-fresh breakfast is served in the inn’s dining room, where awe-inspiring views of the Kona coastline can be seen through the panoramic picture windows. After a short drive, you’ll be ready to get a glimpse of Hawaii from above as a helicopter pilot takes you over five separate volcanoes, lush waterfalls cascading down 2,000-foot valley walls, and even 11 different climate zones. Once on the ground, explore the park’s craters, steam vents and trails before heading to Punalu’u Beach for a relaxing, remote swim, and picnic lunch on the black sand.

Guests are taken from sea level to the 14,000-foot summit of Mauna Kea for a sunset and stargazing adventure. Witness the majesty of the Hawaiian night sky while enjoying a picnic dinner as an expert guide shares stories of Hawaiian celestial navigation before you search for planets and stars through a telescope.

Dance with the gentle giants of the sea and share the crystal waters of Keauhou Bay with manta rays during an award-winning evening snorkeling adventure. Looking for more adventure on land? Zip and dip while enjoying a full aerial canopy tour on Kohala Zipline, then explore the private nature reserve and swim under a waterfall.

*Standard room package pricing starts at $3,975. Upgrade to a Suite or the Darrell Hill Cottage starting at $4,300.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Image courtesy of Eden Vale InnImage courtesy of Eden Vale Inn

Known as the Golden State, California is rich in photo opportunities. From breathtaking beaches and exhilarating desert landscapes to unforgettable forest trees and majestic mountains, enticing images abound in this desirable West Coast destination. Amateurs and professionals alike find inspiration within the vast expanse of 900 miles that stretches from the Mexican border to Oregon and features some of the most famous landmarks in the U.S., including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Hollywood, the Mojave Desert, the Redwood National and State Parks, and much more.

Nestled in the breathtaking Sierra Foothills, the elegant Eden Vale Inn in Placerville is located in the heart of California Gold Country. The inn provides guests with a choice of 7 exclusive rooms that are uniquely decorated, offer plenty of privacy, and are custom-built to current luxury standard. The property features extensive grounds complete with gorgeous gardens and a pond, both great spots for reading, relaxation, and reflection. Area attractions range from fine dining, shopping, and wine tasting at over 100 wineries within an hour’s drive of the inn, to white water rafting on the American River, the California Gold Discovery Site, ballooning, hiking, biking, skiing and more.

Image courtesy of Turtle Rocks Oceanfront InnImage courtesy of Turtle Rocks Oceanfront Inn

Located in Trinidad on California’s North Coast, Turtle Rocks Oceanfront Inn resides on three acres and offers guests spectacular views of the water, the offshore Turtle Rocks and sea lion colony. The spacious accommodations feature king-size beds; private glass-paneled decks overlooking the Pacific; private baths with oversize tubs/showers; cable stereo TV with remote; phone with private line and number; an eclectic blend of contemporary furniture and antiques; and high-speed  Wi-Fi. A hearty full breakfast buffet is served each morning at 9AM, while fresh organic French roast coffee and coffee cake are available for early risers starting at 7AM. The inn is 15 minutes south of Redwood National Park and a 25-minute drive north to Eureka.

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.

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