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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017 and our January Guest Newsletter. It’s a new edition for a new year, packed with several things to get excited about. Along with information on the ideal gift for Valentine’s Day (yes, you heard us right – it will be here before you know it!), we will also feature some insights on enticing specials; the latest installment of Innkeeper Interviews with hospitality expert Erika Hall of Abbey’s Lantern Inn in Ledyard, CT; and an amazing recipe from our friends at Inn at Riverbend in Pearisburg, VA – Gingerbread Pancakes with Pears and Yogurt. Yum!

You will also read about 5 Luxury B&B’s You Need to See to Believe; 6 Things to do with Fruit and Veggie Scraps, with insights from Chef Caitie Maharg of Iris Inn in Waynesboro, VA; The Essential Willamette Valley Itinerary & Guide, featuring Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Newburg, OH; and more. There is something for everyone!

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

So you’ve had one too many glasses of champagne on New Year’s Eve and now your head and stomach are a mess. We suggest stocking up your kitchen in preparation so you can roll out of bed ready to face the morning (or, ahem, afternoon) with a comforting hangover recipe that is sure to battle the dreaded headache and next-day nausea. Here are two tried-and-true recipes from innkeepers that swear by these meals after a night of indulgence.

Hangover Quesadilla from Chef Caitie Maharg at Iris Inn Bed and Breakfast

Innkeeper tip: “The main thing in the quesadilla that helps with a hangover is the eggs. They are chock-full of amino acids including the main one which helps break down the headache-causing chemical left in your body causing the hangover.” – Chef Caitie Maharg

Two 6-inch flour tortillas
1 large egg
1 to 2 ounces of pork or turkey cooked sausage
Colby and Monterey Jack Cheese
1 slice of bacon, cooked
1 tbsp chopped jalapeno, cooked
Sour cream
Chopped chives
Salsa for dipping

1. Spray a non-stick pan with cooking spray. Let the pan heat up a bit until it’s warm over medium-high heat.
2. Whisk the eggs in the bowl with a fork and some chopped chives. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Cook the eggs until they’re scrambled.
3. Place one flour tortilla on the pan, then the cheese, sausage, diced bacon and scrambled egg. Add some more cheese on top until it’s golden brown on the bottom. Flip it over and cook the other side until everything in the middle is warmed throughout.
4. Garnish with sour cream and serve with your favorite salsa.

Orange Blueberry French Toast Souffle from Tony at POSH Palm Springs Inn

POSH Palm Springs InnPOSH Palm Springs Inn

Innkeeper tip: “The high vitamin C content plus the natural sugars found in both the oranges and blueberries help to clear your head and give you some extra energy.” – Tony

3 croissants
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup blueberries
1 whole orange, cut into quarters
1 cup orange juice
12 eggs

1. In a rectangular cake pan, spray oil and break up 3 croissants into small pieces, spreading them in the bottom of the pan.
2. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the croissants, followed by the brown sugar and blueberries (you can also use peaches or other fruit)
3. Cut a whole orange into quarters, remove seeds and place in blender with orange juice. Blend on “whole juice” setting until completely smooth.
4. Break eggs into blender and mix on low speed for 20 seconds. Pour over croissants in baking pan.
5. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Cut into 8 portions.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

This year why not steer clear of the obvious? It takes a lot more than a sparkly ball or a large crowd to make for a great New Year’s Eve celebration. We’ve rounded up some equally exciting celebrations to ring in the New Year. The night will come to an end eventually, and after partying 2016 away, and drinking a few too many glasses of champagne, you’ll likely need a restful night of sleep. Here are three great inns that provide plenty of fun and relaxation this New Year’s Eve.

Cocktails, Cookies and Cocoa. Live music and dancing, a gourmet five-course dinner, New Year’s Day buffet brunch, and even a special “welcome gift”, makes York Harbor Inn in York Harbor, ME the place to be to ring in 2017. This historic inn’s New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration package includes two nights lodging in one of their historic inns and comes complete with a continental “plus” breakfast each morning, an innkeepers’ cocktail reception, as well as a cookies and cocoa reception.

Burlesque and Boozy Brunch. For the first time ever, if you book a two-night stay for New Year’s weekend at the Woods Hole Inn in Woods Hole, MA, guests will receive two complimentary tickets to the Brazen Belles’ 5th Annual Winter Spectacular on New Year’s Eve, a Cape Cod-based Burlesque Troupe. The following morning, the inn hosts a New Year’s Day brunch, complete with bubbly mimosas, in their sunny breakfast room.

2017 On the Horizon. Cincinnati’s sparkling horizon provides a spectacular backdrop as you cruise into the New Year with the BB Riverboats package from Christopher’s Bed and Breakfast in Bellevue, KY. This magical experience includes a special three-entree buffet, entertainment, a split champagne at midnight, late-night snack, and even a party favor to take home. Afterward, spend the remainder of your romantic evening at the award-winning inn, conveniently located just 1.8 miles from the venue.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

It happens every year. The sudden stress that pops up every December takes over and before you know it, you’re lost in the holiday shuffle and the need for that perfect gift comes, inevitably, at the 11th hour. But no need to panic! BnBFinder travel gift certificates are here to solve all of your last-minute woes. Whether you’re trying to tackle buying gifts for those hard-to-shop-for people on your list, or you’ve been scrambling for some inspiration, BnBFinder Gift Certificates are the perfect solution. Easy-to-give and awesome-to-get, certificates can be accepted at participating inns and start at just $20. Plus, there’s no need to worry about shrinking shipping times, with instant e-cards available to let the recipient know their gift is on the way. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

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Add on a personal message or holiday greeting along with shipping information (for you or for your recipient).

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us. Do you know what you’ll be serving your guests this year? Whether you want to impress friends and family with decedent Poached Pears with Raspberry Coulis, or keep it simple and delicious with some homemade marshmallows, we have something that loved ones are sure to rave about. Check out our slideshow below featuring four great holiday recipes from our B&Bs that are sure to be crowd-pleasers this holiday season.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Abbey's Lantern Hill InnAbbey’s Lantern Hill Inn

Innkeeper Erika from Abbey’s Lantern Inn in Ledyard, CT has successfully created a cozy, carefree and convenient getaway for every type of traveler in a prime location that tends to both millennials and baby boomers. This month we featured an interview with the innkeeper in our January Guest Newsletter to find out more about her and the B&B she operates. Looking for a sneak preview? We’ve included a few responses from the Q&A session for our blog readers to enjoy.

Q: What is the best compliment you’ve received from a guest?

A: Some of the best compliments I receive from guests are those that have said that this is “the best bed and breakfast they have ever stayed in.” One lady recently remarked, “This isn’t the fanciest bed and breakfast I have ever stayed in, but it’s definitely the best.” The other compliment, which I consider a great honor, are from those guests who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast before – and after staying with us – say they will only stay in bed and breakfasts from now on and wish they had started going to bed and breakfasts sooner.

Q: Do you have an inspiring song that you frequently listen to? Or do you have a song that starts your day on a good note?

A: This sounds incredibly silly (and it is), but sometimes I need a little adrenaline pumping song to reinvigorate me. The Mystic, CT area has a highly competitive boutique lodging market with many properties owned by millionaires who have thrown tons of money and resources at their business. My goal is always to be the best property in my area, but sometimes I feel like a David among the Goliaths. So I might listen to something like Katy Perry’s “Roar” or Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.

Q: What has been your strangest guest request or experience as an innkeeper?

A: I haven’t had many (thankfully) and none come to mind at the moment.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Baby, it’s cold outside! With the temperatures dropping, travelers will be looking for a cozy place to relax at the end of the day. From rustic to modern, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite B&B fireplaces that bring on the warmth and provide the ideal setting.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

BnBFinderTwo Meeting Street Inn

Have a soft spot for Southern hospitality, sweet tea, and maybe some oysters? Then make sure you add Charleston, SC to the top of your travel bucket list. This beautiful city has triumphed over various natural disasters as well as wars, revolutions, and even pirate encounters. Pretty impressive, right? See and hear these stories come to life as you stroll down the cobbled stone streets visiting the well-preserved plantations, historic homes, vast steeples, high-end restaurants, rustic outdoor cafes, lavish shops and boutiques.

What to Do

  1. A Hole In One: The first place to play golf in America was Charleston, SC, which means playing on their courses will be an experience of a lifetime. Visit Coosaw Creek Golf Course, a member-owned course, where you can enjoy yourself on challenging greens that have numerous trees and wetland obstacles.
  2. Our Story Starts Here: See America’s first museum, The Charleston Museum, where you can learn about the South Carolina Lowcountry through their notable exhibitions, collections, and educational events.
  3. Charleston White Oysters: You can’t pass up Charleston’s fresh and delectable seafood dishes, especially their oysters, which have been the talk of the town for about 300 years. Sit back and enjoy the fresh air at the Oyster House on Market as you sample oysters from across the country and savor some cold refreshing drinks.
  4. The Heart of Charleston’s Artistic Life: America’s first theater, The Dock Street Theater, is said to be one of the most haunted places in the city. Today, you can enjoy live performances at the renovated Charleston Stage at the Dock.

Where to Stay

Two Meeting Street Inn is an eloquent Queen Anne mansion with an ideal street name, making it perfect for a romantic escape or even a memorable honeymoon getaway. The inn offers an exceptional location in walking distance to various local attractions including the Battery waterfront, fine dining, and historic museums. Guestrooms feature cozy four-poster canopy beds, elegant ornamental fireplaces, 12-foot ceilings, and classic furnishings. Personalized service, continental breakfast, a Lowcountry afternoon tea, and lavish surroundings round out the amenities.

Thomas Lamboll House Bed & BreakfastThomas Lamboll House Bed & Breakfast

Thomas Lamboll House Bed & Breakfast is located downtown in the heart of the historic district just off the Battery, allowing guests to take in a mixture of nearby attractions including waterfront views, numerous restaurants, and chic shops. There are two guestrooms onsite featuring private baths, comfortable queen-size beds, and French doors that open onto the third-floor piazza. Additional amenities range from a delicious hearty breakfast each morning to original wood floors and doors, antique furniture, and Old World-style architecture.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Willough Vale Inn & RestaurantWillough Vale Inn & Restaurant

The season of giving is officially under way in all its glory! That means there will be plenty of parties and exciting events to attend to. If you end up hosting one yourself, you’ll need a few classic cocktail recipes that are easy to concoct. That’s where our friends at Willough Vale Inn & Restaurant in Westmore, VT come in handy as your holiday helpers.

Their simple recipe for Gil’s Manhattan is completely manageable – and mouth watering. It’s one of the many drinks guests can indulge in at Gil’s Bar & Grill onsite, coupled with a menu that includes enticing appetizers, salads and pub fare specialties. This four-season inn, a hidden gem in the Green Mountain State, also features warm hospitality, lakeside accommodations, and breathtaking mountain views in an exquisite natural setting on the stunning shores of Lake Willoughby.

Gil's ManhattanGil’s Manhattan

Gil’s Manhattan
1/4 oz. Sweet vermouth
2 oz. Makers Mark Kentucky Bourbon
1 dash Angostura bitters

Chill a cocktail glass or fill a rocks glass with ice. Add all ingredients together and stir until cold. Garnish with a cherry on top.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hofsas House HotelHofsas House Hotel

Want to be more festive this holiday season? Then the art of creating holiday gingerbread houses is where it’s at. You know you want an excuse for the sweet smell of crisp gingerbread and vanilla icing dancing from room to room in your home. So sit back and take a stroll down memory lane as you adventure out into a land of colorful gumdrop shingles, candy cane doors, and peppermint windows. Doesn’t this sound like the perfect holiday treat for you and your loved ones? Well, you’re in luck because Carrie Theis, owner and general manager of Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel, CA, is an expert on holiday spirit and designing the perfect gingerbread house!

For five years, Hofsas House Hotel has held their Gingerbread Decorating Charity Event for the Carmel Public Library. All of the donations from the festivities go to the Carmel Library Foundation, which raises funds to provide free library services for the Carmel Public Library. With donations ranging from $5 to $10 and to even $25, they provide hot crisp cider, homemade baked cookies, a gingerbread house making kit with all the fixings, as well as wine and cheese for the adults. Don’t worry, it’s not too late to join them for this year’s Gingerbread Decorating Charity Event which is on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016. Check out some of Carrie’s helpful holiday tips below.

Holiday Tips to A Stress-Free Gingerbread House:

Tip 1: Carrie’s big secret to the perfect gingerbread house is plain and simple: get a gingerbread house kit. Yes, you heard it right. If you really think about it, a holiday event like this isn’t supposed to be about stressing over how your walls are falling or if your roof is burnt. It’s supposed to be stress-free, creative, and of course, lots and lots of fun! Carrie feels the “fun is in the decorating, not the building”, so go to your nearest food store and pick yourself up a gingerbread house kit and let the fun begin.
Tip 2: More sweets are always a great idea during the holiday season, so make sure you have plenty to get those creative juices going. Even though the gingerbread kits come with sweets and goodies, Carrie personally supplies MORE to allow everyone to get as creative as possible. She enjoys using treats like pretzels, shredded coconut, fruit loops, and even Frosted Mini-Wheats. See how festive that roof looks above!
Tip 3: To get creative, you have to feed your mind. Literally feeding your mind and having munchies around is a great idea. It’s always good to encourage everyone, even yourself, with a treat. Any delicacy would do the trick like a homemade cookie, a cup of hot cocoa, or even a mimosa.

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