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Thursday, March 17, 2016

By now you know that B&B’s throughout the US and Canada offer a lot more than just a bed and breakfast. In fact, innkeepers continue to up the ante on local experiences for guests by partnering with other area businesses that are big draws for tourism, including arts and entertainment. One great example of this is the Stay and See a Play Package from our friends at Phipps Inn Bed & Breakfast in Hudson, WI.

Phipps Inn Bed & BreakfastPhipps Inn Bed & Breakfast

When visitors stay a night – or two – at the inn, they can save 25% on tickets to a play at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The Phipps Center, located in downtown Hudson, is an intimate 234-seat theater and features several productions throughout the year on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. “The Phipps Center has several plays a year to which the special can apply,” says innkeeper Mary Ellen Cox. “Our guests appreciate the discount and enjoy the plays, oftentimes providing reviews to other guests at breakfast.”

Note: This special applies only to multiple performance plays. It does not apply to concerts or special events. You must mention this special when making your reservation with the Phipps Inn, and you will then be provided with a promo code for purchasing your play tickets. Play tickets must be purchased in advance and are subject to availability. The schedule for upcoming performances can be found at www.ThePhipps.org.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Get ready for April showers followed by lots of May flowers because the groundhog was right – it appears spring is doing its thing! The temperatures are rising while travelers are getting excited at the prospect of seasonal getaways – and the timing couldn’t be better. Numerous inns across the country are ready to lend a helping hand when it comes to planning your escapes, so have no fear, you can have a Spring Fling this year (at least when it comes to travel).

From the Spring Awakening Package at Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden, ME and the BnBFinder Spring Special from Nobnocket Boutique Inn in Vineyard Haven, MA, to the Spring Romance Package from Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Spa in Sautee Nacoochee, GA, and the Spring Forward Special from Iron Mountain Inn B&B in Butler, TN, there is something for everyone including plenty of special amenities and discounts.

To find your ideal experience for the season, head to our Spring Fling Getaways by clicking here.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Since St. Patrick’s Day is a big part of March, of course we had to make this month’s Cocktails We Crave relate to the festivities in a fun way. That’s where our friends at Azalea Inn & Villas in Savannah, GA come in. They told us the holiday is HUGE in their city – the second largest celebration in the United States. All of the fountains go green, there’s a big parade, and at their property, there are a few recipes that are very popular with their guests during the season of green. Some favorites include the Basil Lemonade cocktail (seen in all its glory below right) as well as (no surprise here!) Green Eggs & Ham.

Basil LemonadeBasil Lemonade

1 ½ oz Vodka (or Gin)
2 oz. Basil Simple Syrup *(see instructions below)
2 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
2-4 oz. Club Soda
Basil Leaf for Garnish

Fill rocks glass with ice. Add Vodka, Basil Simple Syrup, Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice and Club Soda. Stir. Add Basil Leaf for garnish.

*Basil Simple Syrup
¾ cup Sugar
¾ cup Water
¾ cup (Packed) Basil Leaves

Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan. Heat over medium high heat, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain out basil leaves. Pour into a covered container and store in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

What’s old is news again when it comes to cool cultural finds. Take for example, drive-in movies. Back in their heyday of the 1950s and ’60s, this form of outdoor entertainment was all the rage – and it’s easy to see why. Viewing your favorite movies on the big screen from the comfort of your car with loved ones and friends is a super fun experience. While there aren’t that many of these retro gems left across the U.S., you can still find a few that are well worth the search. Take for example, the Mansfield Drive-in Theatre & Marketplace in Mansfield, CT, the only drive-in theater left in Eastern Connecticut, and it just happens to be conveniently located a mere three miles from The Daniel Rust House in Coventry, CT.

The Daniel Rust HouseThe Daniel Rust House

Movie enthusiasts can rejoice in the fact that the innkeepers of this B&B understand your dedication and excitement for the drive-in. So much so that they offer a special package to help guests make the most of it! The Dinner & a Movie Special includes $25 coupon for dinner for two at Coventry’s historic Bidwell Tavern, known for its vast array of beers on tap along with a complete dinner menu; two tickets to the drive-in movie and a snack bag; plus, a full country breakfast that will be waiting for guests after they spend a comfortable night in one of the inn’s historic rooms. After check-out the next day, guests can travel back to the drive-in grounds for the Sunday morning flea market (entrance fee not included).

This package is a hot ticket with guests, so be sure to get yours soon. “We have had guests who have returned monthly to enjoy a night at the movies every time the show changes,” reveals innkeeper Cathy Mitchell, “and some of our guests really enjoyed themselves by putting two lawn chairs in the back of their pickup truck and watching the movie, truly, al fresco!”

Package price is based on one night, double occupancy, and is available from April 1st to the last weekend in September only. Note: Please add $45.00 to room rate for this offer.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Happy #ThirstyThursday! Since this day on Twitter is all about the best in beverages, including events, we think it’s apropos to share something we know you’ll want to know about. Because we can safely predict a good time is in the future for guests headed to Scranton Seahorse Inn in Madison, CT.

With the inn’s Cocktails and Tarot Cards package, guests can spend great night away with a bunch of friends or loved ones where they will meet the inn’s favorite celebrity tarot card reader and psychic Leslie Singer. A lifelong student of the famous psychic Frank Andrews, Leslie does not tell fortunes nor does she speak ethereally. Instead, she offers real time guidance for everyday dilemmas allowing guests to navigate their world with peace of mind. Attendees sit by candlelight sipping martinis and drawing cards while Leslie tells them about each one’s special meaning.  After, guests have the option of a 30-minute private reading, or they can simply retreat to the parlor and sit by the fire with those refreshing martinis in hand and indulge in some light snacks too. This all-inclusive, unforgettable experience includes the group activities (private reading is extra), two martinis per guest, snacks, and a full breakfast on Sunday, from only $340 per room based on double occupancy.

Scranton Seahorse InnScranton Seahorse Inn

Scranton Seahorse Inn features seven beautifully decorated and spacious guestrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests can relax in one of numerous common areas, including a library and sitting room, and enjoy the serene ambience of the inn and its surroundings on its porches, gazebo, and gardens. In the morning, innkeeper Michael Hafford – who is also a pastry chef – will serve up a fresh, locally-sourced breakfast. As an added bonus, cooking classes and in-room massages are available. Area attractions include fine dining and boutique shopping in the Main Street area, plus Meigs Point Nature Center for bird watching in Hammonasset Beach State Park.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

St. Patrick’s Day is on the way, and if you want a true Irish experience stateside, head to By the Side of the Road Bed & Breakfast in Harrisonburg, VA and enjoy yourself as a Fitzgerald family guest. At this historic B&B, nestled in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, you will experience some of the innkeepers’ favorite Irish indulgences with the Luck of the Irish Package. It includes two Irish beers chilling in your en-suite fridge on arrival; the B&B’s signature gourmet breakfast delivered to your door each morning; silk rose petals covering your bed upon arrival; a complimentary tasting for two at Old Hill Cider; and $25 to spend toward lunch or dinner at Corgan’s Irish Publick House.

By the Side of the Road Bed & BreakfastBy the Side of the Road Bed & Breakfast

The 5,000 square-foot Manor House, constructed in 1789, offers four elegant and distinctly different guestrooms, each with private luxury bath and all separated by thick interior walls to insure quiet and privacy. Accommodations feature the ultimate amenities of comfort, including featherbeds atop firm mattresses and fireplaces (either gas-log or candle-lit), microwaves, refrigerators, flat-panel TV’s and more. There are also five private cottages onsite, designed with intimacy in mind and maximum relaxation, which have heated whirlpool tubs or shower rooms and seasonal fireplaces.

By the Side of the Road Bed & Breakfast is located is within minutes of numerous regional amenities and entertainment.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Washington is renowned for producing plenty of fabulous fruits, such as apples, pears and red raspberries, as well as some exceptional wine. Known as the Evergreen State, most travelers head here for its breathtaking scenic landscapes and natural beauty since they make the perfect photo op for any occasion.

The Inn at Mallard CoveThe Inn at Mallard Cove

Located just a twenty-minute drive from the state capital of Olympia, The Inn at Mallard Cove is the ideal waterfront getaway. It features 14 protected acres of pristine forest, a beautiful beach, and plenty of amazing wildlife common to the region. Whether indoors or out, guests can take in awe-inspiring views of snow-capped mountains, the wide expanse of Puget Sound, and nearby islands. Each morning, you can savor freshly cooked gourmet breakfasts that are often made with local organic ingredients. They are served in the English Country dining room, which showcases an impressive view of the Nisqually Estuary nestled between Mount Rainier and The Olympic Mountains. Accommodations include comfy queen-sized, pillow-top beds and private fireplaces. Free 4G, LTE high-speed Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the house. Area activities range from walks down the inn’s nature trail to the beach, kayaking, driving to the nearby Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, fine dining and shopping.

9 Cranes Inn9 Cranes Inn

Situated in Phinney Ridge, a north Seattle neighborhood within walking distance to the city’s top attractions, 9 Cranes Inn is two blocks from the Woodland Park Zoo in a quiet area near numerous restaurants, shops, and nature. Nearby neighborhoods include Ballard, Greenwood, Fremont, Wallingford, and Green Lake. The distinct accommodations are Seattle-style: historic, eclectic, and a little fun. Guest rooms have their own distinct personalities, span three floors, feature private baths and modern amenities such as free wireless Internet access, flat-screen TVs, cozy beds, and quality bath products. Each has its own unique amenities too. For example, the top-floor Ballard View room includes a rooftop deck facing the Olympic Mountains, a giant jetted tub, and a king-sized bed. Along with the main living room that showcases an inviting fireplace, guests also enjoy a second-floor lounge with a computer, refrigerator with complimentary soft drinks, and lending library.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Foodies friends have no doubt dabbled in culinary experiences at home and away, so it would be no surprise if at some point they came across Pyrex and its many products designed to help us get a delicious job done. Developed by Corning Glass Works, the history of this housewares brand dates back to 1915. To commemorate the occasion of more than a 100 years of service, the Corning Museum of Glass is exhibiting “America’s Favorite Dish: Celebrating a Century of Pyrex” through March 2016, which features advertisements, ephemera, and glassware from the combined collections of the Library and Museum to trace the tantalizing evolution of this modern American tradition. During your visit, you can also see the museum’s new, state-of-the-art exhibition wing that showcases some fantastic contemporary art glass, along with all of the other exciting collections and demonstrations.

Black Sheep Inn & SpaBlack Sheep Inn & Spa

At Black Sheep Inn & Spa, a historic Finger Lakes bed and breakfast in Hammondsport, NY, innkeepers Debbie Meritsky & Marc Rotman are in on all of the action – and offering guests a package that’s a four-star culinary adventure. The “Pyrex Celebration Experience” includes a ticket to the Corning Museum of Glass to learn all about the history of Pyrex; a fun and informative 30-minute Pie Crust Making Class with Inn Chef Debbie, during which she will demonstrate several techniques to consider when making your own pie crust; two of your very own special 100th Anniversary Pyrex pieces to help get you started on making the perfect pie; and an exclusive Black Sheep Guild Card, which offers special perks with the inn’s many Guild Partners.

Package pricing is $65.00 per person and includes all items in bold above, but it is separate from any accommodations, all taxes, and gratuities. If you find that there’s just too much to see and do, consider extending your stay beyond two nights and you will receive a $25.00 per night discount on any additional nights.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

We think the term “cabin fever” shouldn’t be synonymous with horror movies (sorry Eli Roth!) or the irritability some people feel when being confined to the indoors during winter. In fact, we believe cabins are pretty cool, and any fever being induced is probably because they are becoming a hot spot for hospitality. Case in point is Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins located in Carson, WA.

Carson Ridge Luxury CabinsCarson Ridge Luxury Cabins

Located just 45 minutes from the Portland airport, these private cabins provide a romantic oasis for two where guests can take in breathtaking views of the Pacific Northwest mountains and indulge in a stunning sanctuary that offers amazing full breakfasts in the morning and home baked goods and fresh fruits in the afternoon. Pampering you is what this B&B takes pride in by offering amenities including the Gilchrist and Soames spa collection, lavender sea salts, soft cotton robes, plush towels, welcome snack baskets and the endless supply of coffee, teas, hot chocolate and soft drinks.

Each cabin features a hand-carved log bed, luxurious linens, leather chairs to curl up in front of the fireplace, hydrotherapy spa tubs for two or jetted tubs, covered porches with log swings and bistro tables, candles, iPod docking stations, satellite TV, DVD’s…and more. In addition to the cabins, the grounds include three acres of beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking the spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorges and ridges surrounding the foothills of Mount St. Helens. There are several spa options available including a salt polish and pamper followed by a massage, or a couple’s in-cabin hot stone or therapeutic massage, so relaxation and revitalization comes easy.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Due to the endless desire of travelers heading to destinations based on gourmet goodness, we’re starting a new monthly column on the blog – Foodie Tuesday! – to tell you about some of the most enticing events taking place at our inns all across the country. First up is the fabulous The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn in West Harwich, MA. In addition to being amazing accommodations on Cape Cod, they also offer Culinary Tours to help guests immerse themselves in a pretty appetizing local experience.

The Platinum Pebble Boutique InnThe Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn

The two days of Culinary Tours are designed to give you the best Cape Cod has to offer, including authentic food and great people – and you may be surprised to learn it’s a lot more than seafood. Innkeepers Mike and Stefanie Hogan will guide you through everything, from locally roasted coffee plant tours to a craft chocolate shop to a Portuguese bakery.

Here are the details of what you can expect:

Culinary Tours, Day One:

  • Wake up with a gourmet breakfast delivered to your door or poolside.
  • Tour and sample at the local coffee roasting plant…and prepare yourself for the smell of heaven. (Bonus! You’ll receive a free cup of coffee with The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn’s Culinary Tours. Thursday 11:00 am only. Alternative tour: Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory Tour. Monday through Friday 9-5.)
  • Lunch at the best pizza place on the Cape. This is not your typical pizza, you will be blown away by pizza cooked in a genuine Neapolitan-style, wood-fire oven. When you taste the vegetables grown in their rooftop garden and amazing dishes such as Roasted Brussels Sprouts or Roasted Beet Salad you will know this is about more than the average pie.(Bonus! You’ll save 10% with The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn’s Culinary Tours.)
  • Tour and sample at the local brewery! Find out what it means to have a “Vacation in every pint.”
  • Dinner at a nearby tapas bar (full menu also available). Five minutes from the Inn and full of flavor! Two must-try’s are the Duck-Infused Sliders and Mussels Dijonnaise. (Bonus! Free dessert with The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn’s Culinary Tours.)

Culinary Tours, Day Two:

  • Enjoy another delicious gourmet breakfast in the comfort of your room or poolside.
  • Sample delicious, local, handcrafted chocolate and learn how chocolate is made. (Bonus! Receive free hot chocolate with The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn’s Culinary Tours.)
  • Visit a Portuguese bakery in Provincetown and honor the town’s ancestry with delicious sweets and treats. Fried dough with sugar?! Yes, please.
  • Lunch where the innkeepers have found the best warm Lobster Roll on Cape Cod, period. It is delicious. Add some Bloody Mary Oysters or Mexican Style Grilled Corn, and you will see why this is Provincetown’s foodie heaven.
  • Dinner at the spot for great culinary creations. Have you ever had Devil’s on Horseback? They involve Pecan Smoked Bacon. A lively scene, refreshingly creative food, and a great host will ensure this is one of your favorites on Cape Cod. (Bonus! Save 10% with The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn’s Culinary Tours.)

Your cost for Culinary Tours Day One and Two: $20 per person. (Bonus! It comes with a free Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn Goodie Bag.) The Culinary Tours will take you from Hyannis to Provincetown and enable you to see the best parts of Cape Cod in one easy tour. There is plenty to see and lots to eat, book now and the innkeepers promise ”an incrEDIBLE experience.”

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