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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Now that the weather is starting to get warmer, our thoughts are turning towards dreamy destinations ideal for spring and summer. One of our favorites is Newagen Seaside Inn in Southport, ME, located on the tip of Cape Newagen. Nestled in the heart of Maine’s celebrated Boothbay Harbor region, this luxurious inn resides in a picture-perfect setting that features the spectacular open sea, rocky cliffs, thick forest, and breathtaking views. Whether guests head there for a romantic getaway or family gathering, this historic yet newly restored property caters to all ages.

Away from the crowds and close to the sea, Newagen Seaside Inn is home to top-notch hospitality, gorgeous accommodations, and exceptional coastal casual dining at the oceanfront restaurant onsite, which serves complimentary breakfast each morning in the sun-drenched, oceanview dining room, as well as lunch and dinner. The enticing farm-to-table, authentic Maine dishes featured on the menu are locally sourced, seasonal, and perfectly seasoned. Freshly caught seafood and lobster, plus farmstand produce, are the ingredients that showcase both the traditional and new recipes inspired by the uniqueness of the region.

Food and drink enthusiasts will also savor some seriously delectable cocktails. At the inn, guests can enjoy them in the red brick and wood-paneled Pub, which overlooks lush lawns that expand to the sea, on the outdoor deck under the stars, or near the cozy outdoor fireplace on the evenings when temperatures turn cooler. Live local music is also on tap Thursdays and Sundays. While a visit to the inn must be part of your B&B bucket list, you can also indulge in the Newagen experience right at home with one of the inn’s signature cocktail specialties, Newagen’s Last Word. This refreshing drink is sure to become your go-to for the season. It’s shaken not stirred and is traditionally served straight up. Super spy James Bond would definitely approve, and so do we – enjoy!

Newagen’s Last Word

Ingredients:

1 part Alchemy Gin
1/2 part Green Chartreuse
1 1/2 parts Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1 part Key Lime Juice

Method:

Fill shaker with all of the ingredients. Shake and pour into rocks glass filled with ice. Add cucumber sliced on a mandoline and lime wedge for garnish and light refreshing flavor.

All images are courtesy of Newagen Seaside Inn.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Spring is almost here (less than three weeks away!), and we’d like to get a head start by showcasing some of the sprawling, gorgeous porches that our inns have to offer. Time to grab a cool drink, kick back, and enjoy the view at one of these 9 B&Bs in the U.S. From Florida to South Carolina, there’s a comfortable chair with your name on it. Check out our slideshow below.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Photo courtesy of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Photo courtesy of the National Cherry Blossom Festival


Known as the country’s “Greatest Springtime Celebration,” the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC is a yearly event that’s a visual feast for the senses. Honoring the friendship gift of the cherry blossom trees from Japan to the US, travelers to the region enjoy numerous daily events that feature traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and foster community spirit. This year the festival runs from March 15 through April 16. There are several inns in the region where guests can stay during the experience, and some of them also have insider secrets to share for making the most of it!

Adam's InnAdam’s Inn

A Victorian B&B made up of three 100-year-old buildings in historic Adams Morgan, the European-style Adam’s Inn is situated on a quiet residential street that borders a lively, multicultural entertainment district. It features over 100 of the area’s most popular restaurants, shops, and music clubs. Guest rooms feature unique, home-style decor. Some include a private bath and 55″ televisions, and many can accommodate up to four guests. All accommodations include air conditioning, breakfast, and WiFi. The inn is easily accessible from Baltimore, Annapolis, and North Virginia by public mass transit. To help guests navigate the festivities, sales manager Kevin Corrigan suggests that they save themselves the hassle of DC traffic by taking public transportation. He also says that those who want an alternative view of the beautiful blooms should opt for a paddle boat on the tidal basin!

Swann House Bed & Breakfast InnSwann House Bed & Breakfast

Situated on a gorgeous tree-lined street in DC’s vibrant DuPont Circle, Swann House Bed & Breakfast Inn is convenient to numerous local outdoor cafes, a short walk to museums, and historical sites including The White House, presidential monuments, and Washington National Cathedral, among others. Guests can relax on the inn’s assortment of decks, porches, patios, as well as a slate courtyard with a swimming pool and gardens. The spacious accommodations include private bath, cable TV and VCR’s, phones with voicemail and data ports, and Jacuzzi tubs.

On March 1 the National Park Service predicted that the peak bloom of the cherry trees will be March 14-17 this year, so there’s no time like the present to head down to DC!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Chatfield Hollow Bed and BreakfastChatfield Hollow Bed and Breakfast

There are several exciting things happening at BnBFinder right now, and I am so thrilled to share them with you! Not only are we launching a new website soon, which will include a Plan a Road Trip feature just in time for summer, but we also have several B&B’s who just joined the fold. At the beginning of each month we will feature these properties here on our blog, so be sure to check them out along with our city guides, recipes, and slideshows (among many other things!).

Hobble InnHobble Inn

I’d like to introduce you to two of our newest New England properties – Hobble Inn in Stowe, VT and Chatfield Hollow Bed and Breakfast in Killingworth, CT. Both offer guests cozy accommodations and locations close to area attractions, while also being quiet retreats ideal for a midweek or weekend escape. These properties and their regions are perfect for year-round getaways, and there’s no time like the present to start planning.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Q: What differentiates your inn from others in your area/region?

A: Shelter Island House exudes a luxurious modern beach flair with unmatchable accommodations and service on the island. We are rated #1 on TripAdvisor, and we are an intimate boutique-style hotel with oversized rooms and bathrooms, complimentary bicycles, petanque courts and outdoor games, picturesque pool, and an onsite restaurant, bar, and outdoor pool bar. Having been operating as a hotel since 1866, we are one of the longest-running hotels on Shelter Island. We also differ in that we are family-owned and operated, upscale but unpretentious, and we are a pet-friendly property.

Q: What makes Shelter Island so special as an alternative to the Hamptons?

A: Shelter Island has been rated as one of the best laid-back beach towns in the Northeast by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Being so close to the Hamptons makes the region popular, but the physicality of being an island and only being accessible by ferry allows for a bit more magic and a lot less hype – often called the “the un-Hamptons” of Long Island.

Innkeeper/owner Janet Rogler of Shelter Island HouseInnkeeper/owner Janet Rogler of Shelter Island House

Q: What kind of hospitality experience do you offer your guests?

A: We encourage our staff to welcome guests as if they were welcoming a friend into their own home, and they are instructed to go above and beyond whenever possible for guests with any special needs. Seasonally, our complimentary offerings change from a glass of local wine upon arrival, to fireside wine and cheese, or coffee and tea at the bar. All rooms are stocked with complimentary bottled water and our favorite North Fork Potato chips. We offer fruit-infused water in our hotel lobby or poolside, and of course, our daily continental breakfast with our specialty fresh baked, all butter croissants! Guests love that we have complimentary beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas for their use, our on-site pool & gardens, and the complimentary bicycles.

Q: Which type of traveler do you cater to most often? (Solo travelers, honeymooners, girlfriend getaways, etc.) Why do you think this is?

A: Shelter Island House has had the pleasure of hosting many guests from different demographics. The majority of the guests are couples and honeymooners, however, our excellent accommodations for family vacations, reunions, and bachelorette getaways have drawn a strong following. The onsite Tavern makes it easy for families and groups to relax and not feel the need to rush around the island looking for large group dining. Our demographics are mostly New York City and New England, but we have a solid number of European travelers.

Q: What makes you stand out from a traditional B&B?

A: We offer additional amenities that we know our guests enjoy such as the restaurant, bar, pool and poolside bar, petanque courts, and soon to be shuttle service. We also offer daily housekeeping service.

Q: What has been your favorite “guest story”?

A: There have been so many memorable stories that we have enjoyed and smiled about since we have opened. The candle-lit engagement in our gazebo with rose petals strewn and the fire pit crackling nearby under the stars was certainly a favorite. However, the couple celebrating their 60th-year wedding anniversary who came back to Shelter Island House to celebrate at the same location where they spent their honeymoon was unforgettable.

Q: What do you love most about being an innkeeper?

A: My favorite part about being an innkeeper is meeting so many wonderful people from all over the world and continuously challenging myself to make their visit at Shelter Island House the best possible experience. Going that extra step for my guests puts a smile on their face, and it is mutually rewarding.

Q: Last spring, actress Jessica Chastain stayed at your boutique B&B. Do you regularly cater to celebrities?

A: Shelter Island is becoming more of a hotspot for celebrities like Jessica Chastain. We have had the pleasure of hosting different celebrities at both the hotel and the restaurant.

Q: What would be your #1 piece of advice for aspiring innkeepers?

A: My #1 piece of advice for aspiring innkeepers is to always take the extra step to make your guests feel at home and welcome. It goes a long way for everyone!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Fat Tuesday is just around the corner and for many that means indulging in great Cajun dishes, extra strong cocktails, and some beads (of course). Every year, thousands of people are drawn to the Big Easy, flooding the streets as they celebrate Mardi Gras. Make it a celebration to remember by planning a trip to one of these NOLA B&Bs for some fancy-free partying, New Orleans style.

Find yourself directly on the parade route while enjoying your Mardi Gras stay at the Sully Mansion. Built in 1890 by architect Thomas Sully, this 9-room Queen Anne with 14-foot ceilings and original stained-glass windows is located in the Garden District steps from fashionable Magazine Street. The B&B has fourteen-foot ceilings with original plaster medallions, wide pine plank flooring, a large wraparound porch, antiques and many special touches which embody the grace and charm of a bygone era yet with all the modern-day conveniences.

Catch some of the best parade sights as you watch from the doorstep and balcony at the Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast located in the Garden District. Nestled under the shady oaks of majestic St. Charles Avenue, the renovated 7,600 square foot historic mansion is the picture of New Orleans, decorated with period furnishing to emulate the original style. Each room features a private bath, personal central air and heat controls, telephone, cable TV and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Take in the natural beauty of majestic oak trees and enjoy the convenience of great local shops and restaurants, convenient public transportation, and so much more, when staying at the Chimes Bed and Breakfast. Located in the Uptown/Garden District area provides plenty of opportunity to explore all that NOLA has to offer. The inns features five unique guests rooms, all of which have their own private entrance, and breakfast, parking, and Wi-Fi are all included.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We all know the nagging feeling of needing to tackle a large cleaning project: the articles of clothes stuffed away in the back of our closets that haven’t been worn in a decade, piles of paperwork crammed in desk drawers that would be better suited filed electronically, and that garage full of unmarked boxes. Thanks to innkeeper Debbie of the Black Sheep Inn & Spa in Hammondsport, NY, we’ve got some helpful tips to help you de-clutter your home (and maybe even your mind in the process).

When Debbie and her husband, Marc, made the move from a 2,500 square foot home in Cleveland to a property over double the size (5,600 square feet), she realized she had much more to do beyond the typical pack-up. Sorting, organizing, boxing, and choosing what to take with her became a necessary process. “We began with things that were more external and not used all the time or rarely”, says Debbie. Her advice? Make piles according to things you’d like to 1) Keep, 2) Sell, 3) Donate, 4) Recycle or reuse in a new way that adds purpose to your home.

The best way to tackle the decluttering of your home, overall living space, and your life is to take small steps that ultimately lead to bigger lifestyle changes. Combined, these seemingly tiny changes lead to large improvements which you can easily maintain in the long-run.

“Many of our goals in cleaning out our homes also helps to clean out our lives, mentally, physically and spiritually…and it helps others too”.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

You don’t have to dish out hundreds of Benjamin’s to enjoy a relaxing President’s Day getaway. This year, the holiday falls on a Monday, which means that most people will be enjoying a three-day weekend. Why not take advantage and book a trip that will leave you both refreshed and informed? Lovingly revived or preserved, these three B&Bs located in long-established hot spots are filled with historic charm.

Hillbrook InnHillbrook Inn

While the first president of the United States, George Washington, may not have slept here, the Hillbrook Inn in Charles Town, WV sits directly on the president’s first land purchase which he made in 1752. At the young age of 18, George Washington invested his earnings as a surveyor in 550 acres of farmland on Bullskin Run, two miles southwest of Charles Town, with Hillbrook Inn’s 18 acres being a part of the original purchase.

Holladay House Bed and BreakfastHolladay House Bed and Breakfast

Before, during, and after the American Civil War, James Madison’s nephew, John Madison Chapman, owned the property that is now Holladay House Bed and Breakfast in Orange, VA. Today, guests can travel back in time alongside period pieces (opera glasses from the era, a top hat, map of the country, etc.) and stay in the John Madison Suite, appropriately named after John Madison’s nephew (also an owner of the property). The inn also offers history and heritage packages where visitors can tour picturesque landscapes and estates along “Constitution Highway” (Route 20), complete with a full itinerary, map, picnic basket lunch, and a complete breakfast each morning for $549 for two guests, plus tax.

Aldrich Guest HouseAldrich Guest House

The Aldrich Guest House in Galena, IL has more than one connection to powerful people (and presidents) in history. The second owner of the property, Congressman J. Russell Jones, was a friend of Abraham Lincoln, who often stayed on the property after making one of his many speeches in Galena. The third owner/builder of the property, Mr. R.H. McClellan (also a congressman), was friends with Ulysses S. Grant. It is said that when Grant was training his troops for the Civil War, he used the yard in order to train his troops from Galena.

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.

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