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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Working with over 1500 inns across North America means the team at BnBFinder has a lot of ground to cover. Whether it’s B&B’s in the media, those offering new amenities, unique recipes or trends in the industry, we’ve got the goods. Our monthly Guest Newsletter provides all of those insights and more.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Francis Malbone HouseFrancis Malbone House

Summer is upon us, which means festival-goers all across state lines are gearing up with superfluous amounts of flower crowns and bohemian attire. But don’t worry, you don’t have to dress in crochet and fringe to fit into the festival crowd. There are plenty of options for those who are looking to experience something a bit more age appropriate and laid back. Take the Newport Folk Festival, for instance, which began in 1959 as a counterpart to the previously established Newport Jazz Festival.

This July, music lovers will be flocking to Fort Adams State Park in the gorgeous beach town of Newport, Rhode Island to catch performances by artists such as Norah Jones, Elvis Costello, Flight of the Conchords, and even rock and roll hall-of-famer Graham Nash. Set on four different stages, ticketholders can enjoy over three dozen artists, food, and crafts, all while soaking in panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage from Friday July 22nd to Sunday the 24th.

Between all of the dancing and singing, festival goers will be looking for a place to get a little shuteye, grab a bite to eat, and recharge. Located along Newport’s downtown harbor front and just a rock-skip away from the festival, The Francis Malbone House offers guests a luxurious experience to return to. With spacious suites, private gardens and patios, double jacuzzis, and Queen Anne period furnishings, this elegantly restored colonial bed and breakfast is the perfect place to relax after a tiring day at the park.

Pilgrim House InnPilgrim House Inn

Sing along all weekend to live performances from Ray LaMontagne, then experience the rich history of Newport at The Pilgrim House Inn, a bed and breakfast widely known as a part of the fabric of the city. This Victorian-style inn offers quaint lodging while bringing the elegance and sophistication of Newport to your feet. Relax in spacious guestrooms, take in the stunning views of Newport Harbor, and watch surfers at play on Second Beach.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

North Lodge On Oakland Bed & BreakfastNorth Lodge On Oakland Bed & Breakfast

Asheville, NC is on fire right now! Not only it is a top destination for travelers with its range of activities for cultural and outdoor enthusiasts, but it’s also a hot location for foodies, wine lovers, and of course, craft beer devotees. That’s why it’s no surprise our inns are getting in on all of the action.

At the centrally located North Lodge On Oakland Bed & Breakfast, guests can experience all that Foodtopia (what the locals affectionately call their food scene) has to offer. With the Popular Asheville Food Tour, foodies will enjoy a 2 to 2.5 hour walking tour of the city’s finest restaurants and indulge in delicacies available from some of the most unique spots in historic Downtown or Biltmore Village. Tours include an array of extraordinary food and beverage tastings, plenty of food to satisfy any appetite, and a return trip discount “Passport” to any participating eatery or shop. Plus, each excursion is distinctively different.

“We highly recommend advanced reservations because the tours fill up very fast, especially around the holidays and on Fridays,” reveals innkeeper Gary Broaddus. “Our guests really love the Food Tour and we have developed a good relationship with the proprietor of the Asheville Food Tour. We have sent our guests to other tours, but they seem to prefer this one for its variety and coupon offerings.”

The tours are available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and begin each day at 2PM, rain or shine. With a minimum of 24 hours notice, North Lodge on Oakland will be happy to arrange your tour (subject to availability). Please specify which tour you prefer – Biltmore Village or Downtown Asheville – and leave the rest to the innkeepers. Comfortable footwear and clothing is strongly encouraged. Rate is $48 per person.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dad’s special day is just one month away. Do you know how you’re going to show your pop that you appreciate him? Believe it or not, an inn adventure is an ideal idea. Because B&B’s across North America offer plenty of fun things for fathers, such as brewery and winery tours and tastings, golf getaways, fishing specials and outdoor activities ranging from sailing and biking to horseback riding and hiking.

Mancations, staycations, romantic getaways or family escapes, dad can easily decide what he wants to do with a travel gift certificate. Accepted at participating inns, it includes benefits that are Dad-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.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Curated local travel excursions are all the rage these days, and why not? If you are taking the time (and expense) to go somewhere special, you want to experience something unforgettable. When you think about Alaska, the sky is the limit (literally!) when it comes to the excitement you’ll find with explorers in mind. The Last Frontier is a first-rate spot for every outdoor enthusiast.

Eagle eye view! A photo taken by one of Maryann’s recent guests on the Tracy Arm Glacier Cruise.

At Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn and Adventure Spa in Juneau, innkeeper Maryann Ray helps visitors make the most of their trips with Custom Alaska Itineraries. Most guests stay at least two weeks to truly enjoy an authentic experience in the capital city, which features everything the state has to offer: glaciers, whales, bears, eagles, dog mushing, fishing, sightseeing, hiking, culture and the most spectacular scenery anywhere – and all of it is within minutes of this luxury inn.

“Most people call about it, and then have us build a custom itinerary for them that takes into consideration how much time they have and what things they especially want to do and see,” reveals Maryann, “We only use the top tour operators, so our feedback on the excursions is always great! I want my guests and travel clients to be happy, so I am very careful to be sure they understand what each trip is about and can make an informed decision on which activities are for them.” The excursion website – www.alaskaadventuresjuneau.com – has a wealth of information on activities, trails, packages and weddings.

High-flying fun! A photo of one of Maryann’s guests who did a helicopter flightseeing and glacier ice climbing tour last year.

And if the images in this blog post don’t inspire some serious envy, check out this video taken by a guest on a whale watch last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-mSELmsRzc. If for some reason Alaska wasn’t on your Bucket List before, we’re pretty sure you’ll want to add it right after you’re done reading this.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

From Queen Elizabeth and her royal Corgis, to Key and Peele and the super cute Keanu, pets are the perfect companions for humanity no matter where you live or what you rule. Seeing as how May is National Pet Month in the US, we thought it the purr-fect time to celebrate our furry best friends.

If you have a dog or cat you could just get them a new toy or splurge on some special food, but if you really want to take it up a notch, you opt for a weekend getaway designed with them in mind. There are pet-friendly inns all across the country, whether you’re in Arkansas or Virginia, Massachusetts or Maine.

To find which package you prefer, head here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

With the temperatures rising and the sun finally shining, it’s time 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 no matter what you choose to do. Just remember to book early and save your space because if you snooze there’s no doubt you lose!

To find which package you prefer, head here.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! We can’t think of a more appropriate way to celebrate the day than with our latest edition of Cocktails We Crave. Instead of opting for tequila and margaritas, we’re savoring some sumptuous sangria instead, courtesy of our friends at Bayfront Marin House in Saint Augustine, FL.

Located directly across from the Matanzas Bay in the heart of the historic district, this elegant and award-winning B&B offers the best views anywhere in the ancient city – from the spectacular Bridge of Lions and the romantic St. Augustine lighthouse, to the playful dolphins in the Intracoastal Waterway. Guests indulge in a full breakfast each morning, a daily happy hour, and other awesome amenities such as free parking, free Wi-Fi, free bikes, beach chairs, umbrellas, and the breathtaking water views. Bayfront Marin House has the style of the past with the conveniences of today including double Jacuzzi tubs, body jet showers, flat-screen televisions, fireplaces, private decks with water views, and much more.

The Maringria is the inn’s signature sangria specialty for happy hour that can be made with either red or white wine, and visitors to the inn can’t seem to get enough of either. “We make them separately,” reveals innkeeper Mike Wieber, “but many guests mix them for a nice pink sangria!”

Bayfront Marin House The MaringriaBayfront Marin House The Maringria

For the Marin House Red Sangria
Cabernet wine
Orange juice
Fruits (We use fresh oranges and pineapple chunks in May, but canned works as well if the produce doesn’t look good that day!)

For the Marin House White Sangria
Apple juice
Fruits (We use peaches and pineapples, but apples and grapes work as well.)

For the Marin House Red Sangria
Pick a jar of any size (the bigger the better).Then mix everything together with these proportions: 3/4 of the jar should be filled with Cabernet, 1/8 jar of orange juice, 1/8 jar of fresca, 1 or 2 cups of fruit (enough to fill the bottom of the jar). Then add sugar to taste.

For the Marin House White Sangria
Use the same proportions as the Red Sangria – 3/4 full of Chardonnay, 1/8 apple juice, 1/8 jar fresca, 1 cup of fruit. Add sugar to taste.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

So life got in the way of preparing for Mom’s Big Day. Stay calm and breathe easy – we got you covered. Last-minute slackers can still show their mother lots of love with the benefits of a BnBFinder Travel Gift Certificate. With it, she can indulge in a spa day, a food & wine getaway, classes & courses, special events and more. Accepted at inns all across North America, it includes benefits that are Mom-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 buy yours today!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Addison on AmeliaAddison on Amelia

Situated right off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island features 13 miles of breathtaking beaches, a wealth of native wildlife, and fresh, pure waters. As their tourism website says it’s “easy to reach, but hard to forget.” This destination is a nature lover’s paradise and a perfect outdoor playground with its four major State Parks, a National Park, miles of pristine beaches, and hiking trails. Beloved by both guests and residents alike, it’s easy to immerse yourself in your surroundings – especially when you stay at Addison on Amelia.

With the Amelia Island Outdoor Adventure package, guests enjoy a private two-hour eco-tour with Captain Carol of On The Water Adventures in her 32′ Tanga speedboat.

Travelers will experience the wild horses of Cumberland Island grazing on marsh grasses, and closely observe dolphins, alligators, egrets, herons, and other local fauna in their natural element. They will also revel in a three-hour guided tour with Kayak Amelia. This is an amazing opportunity to get an up-close look at the birds and critters of the inland rivers and salt marshes of the Talbot Islands. The Addison’s bicycles are available for exploring the local neighborhoods, Fort Clinch Park, and the local by-ways. The inn’s beach chairs and beach towels are also ready for use for those who just want to relax on the beach. The package adds $310 to the room cost, and a three-night minimum is requested to allow time for all of the activities.

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