April 2007  
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Sunrise view from the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, Niantic, CT
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Eco-Friendly Inns

From solar powered and wind turbine energy to locally and organically grown food, B&Bs are taking action against global warming.  Enjoy a Green Getaway and take home energy saving ideas. 

With recent reports that tourism is contributing to global warming, travelers are thinking green.  Learn what B&Bs are doing to save our resources and get ideas to implement at home. Find a Green Getaway and see what innkeepers are doing to protect and save the environment, one guest at a time at www.BnBFinder.com/EcoFriendly or read more about our featured inns below.

BnBFinder.com picks:

Melitta Station Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
Melitta Station Inn is a great example of an environmental friendly business operation. The inn is totally powered by solar generated electricity, thus preserving natural resources and reducing emissions from heating, cooling and laundry equipment.

If you are interested in learning how Melitta Station implemented these practices and how you can implement them at your home, visit the inn during one of its Environmental Weekends. These two-night, one-day seminars will serve to inform and equip residential and small business owners with the information required to fully inform a move to energy efficiency.

A'alani Volcano Heart Hawaii B&B, Volcano, HI
A'alani Volcano Heart Hawaii was built with conservation in mind. The site was left with the natural landscaping of native Ohia trees and tree ferns. Compact florescent lighting, natural cedar walls and a water catchment were also installed at the inn and lots of beautiful recycled furniture decorates the inn. The inn is near the active Volcano National Park (within 5 miles) for ranger led hikes.

Graycote Inn, Bar Harbor, ME
Graycote Inn is the first Bar Harbor lodging provider to receive the Environmental Leader Certification from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The inn institutes a long list of environmental policies including using non-polluting cleaning products, composting, recycling paper, glass, plastic, and metal. Water use is reduced with water-conserving fixtures in sinks, toilets, and showers. Energy use has also been reduced by installing high efficiency furnaces and air conditioning units and energy-efficient lighting. Additionally, the inn supports Maine farmers and food producers.

Maple Hill Farm Inn, Augusta, ME
Maple Hill Farm Inn has Maine's largest solar energy system (both electricity and hot water). It supplements the existing wind turbine which also generates about half of the inn's power. The Inn is certified by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection as Maine's First "Environmental Leader" Certified Green Lodging Inn and is also a recipient of the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence for renewable power generation and other sustainable environmental practices.

The Mast Farm Inn, Valle Crucis, NC
The Mast Farm Inn is aware that the use of chemicals on agriculture is damaging both to human populations as well as to all other life. With the use of organic practices, including raised beds and companion plantings, the inn has created a mini ecosystem in the garden that is full of animal and plant diversity. Organic gardens of flowers, herbs and vegetables grow without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. The inn grows a wide variety of heirloom and open-pollinated plants including such staples as lettuce, spinach, carrots, peas, beets, basil and other herbs, raspberries, tomatoes, beans, squash, and potatoes.

Montfair Resort Farm, Crozet, VA
"One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to reduce energy costs and green house emissions is to replace the regular incandescent light bulbs with super-efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)," says Leora Sheridan, innkeeper at Montfair Resort Farm. The inn uses compact florescent light bulbs in its office, lodge and all guest cottages. According to Leora, they "give off the same warm light, but are much more energy efficient." The inn also had their brochure printed by Greenerprinter.com which uses a non-toxic UV coating, 100% recycled and non-chlorine bleached paper, and soy ink.

Garden Getaways

 Glen-Ella Springs Inn, Clarkesville, GA
Whether you are an avid garden or a beginner looking for inspiration for your own garden or just love to take in the sights and smells, a Garden Getaway is perfect for relaxing and discovering nature’s beauty. Bed and breakfasts boast many different kinds of gardens. From full working farms to small backyard English gardens, B&Bs will offer a true garden escape.

To find an inn with a garden for your next getaway, visit www.BnBFinder.com/Gardens or select from BnBFinder's favorites:

Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast
Tucson, Arizona

Nestled on four acres in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains, Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast is a true desert garden. Wildflowers and cacti grow wild over the entire property. A "living fence" of Ocotillo cactus surrounds the inn's beautifully maintained sitting gardens. Radiant during the winter months, the Bird Garden boasts several kinds of flowers and cacti and is ideal for welcoming birds of many types.

Mill Rose Inn
 Mill Rose Inn, Half Moon Bay, CA

Half Moon Bay, California

Raved about as an ideal English garden, Mill Rose Inn is the perfect garden setting by the sea. Set in almost an acre of spectacular gardens bursting with color all year, this fragrant oasis features hundreds of perennials, annuals and more than two hundred rose bushes. A tropical flower filled gazebo shelters an intimate spa, ideal for relaxing any time of the year.

Blue Lake Ranch
Hesperus, Colorado

This Colorado retreat sits on 100 acres and is surrounded by 10,000 irises, 25,000 peonies, a sea of daffodils and tulips and a private spring-fed lake. Heirloom flowers bloom in every direction the eye can see. Take home a packet of lavender, wildflower or petunia heirloom seeds that the innkeepers harvest themselves. With thousands of flowers in full bloom at all times, there’s always something to see and smell.

Glen-Ella Springs Inn
Clarkesville, Georgia

Fabulous peonies that pop up each spring and a row of hosta along the inn’s front porch are a magnificent sight to see. The brilliant old holly tree that graces the garden’s entrance and a creation of perennial and herb gardens accompany the formal garden area at the back of the inn. A pavilion for outdoor gatherings and the formal garden area are popular spots for weddings and gatherings.

Oliver Inn Bed & Breakfast
South Bend, Indiana
Escape to this B&B’s “secret garden.” Walk through the garden gate and you’ll be surrounded by brilliant plants and flowers. The expansive yard is full of lawn chairs and a hammock for watching the bubbling bird bath or listening to the garden’s stone fountain. Relax on the swinging chair in the vine covered gazebo and feel a world away from it all.

Inn at Bowman's Hill, New Hope, PA
The Inn at Bowman’s Hill
New Hope, Pennsylvania

Visit this luxurious Bucks County bed & breakfast inn and totally unwind. The inn is situated on a beautifully landscaped estate adjacent to Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. Enjoy a peaceful oasis of shade under the vine terrace or spend an afternoon in the Orchid Room conservatory. Five acres of rolling English gardens tempt guests to stroll through the grounds for hours or sit and take in the magnificent sights and smells.

Stone Hill Inn
Stowe, Vermont
Enjoy elegant floral views from hammocks, Adirondack chairs or benches that dot the inn's garden filled landscape. Perennial flower gardens wrap around the entire inn. Wind your way through the wooded walking trail of the inn's nine and a half acres and stop for lunch at the picnic table secluded among the trees. Guest will feel a sense of serene relaxation from the trickling sounds of the garden waterfall, which is the centerpiece of the grounds.

Lazy Cloud Lodge B&B
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Situated on 3 picturesque acres, this is a true English cottage garden. In the spring more than two thousand tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus bulbs flower and beckon hummingbirds and other beautiful songbirds. Set in the middle of the garden is a gazebo, where guests can sit and enjoy the perennial garden. Lay back in several double hammocks placed throughout the grounds and watch the world go by.

April Showers

April Showers Bring...B&B Getaways
Quilting Retreat at Waldo Emerson Inn Bed and Breakfast, Kennebunkport, ME

Don't let April showers get you down.  Rain or shine, there are tons of fun indoor activities at bed and breakfast inns.  Scrapbooking, quilting, cooking classes, photography workshops and more are all available at a B&B near you.

Get out of the rain and into a bed and breakfast.  Check out all the classes, courses and workshops at our B&Bs at www.BnBFinder.com/Classes.

B&B Reality TV

While it’s unfair to classify B&Bs as “cluttered with needlepoint pillows, ceramic figurines and garden gnomes,” the
opening of Chateau La Rue and Tori Spelling’s new reality show Tori & Dean: Inn Love dispels the myth that B&Bs are just for older travelers.

As a whole, innkeepers think the show will be funny and are optimistic that it will make younger travelers aware of a trend that is already started. “I am sure Tori Spelling’s B & B will have luxury amenities and I think it will show B & B’s in a good light; and encourage even more young hip people to stay at B & B’s and not hotels!! We have a young clientele at our B & B and we love the young people - they don’t seem to complain as much as the older ones” says Ellen Cook of At Journey’s End Bed and Breakfast in St. Augustine, FL.

Luxury amenities, free wireless internet and unique surroundings are standard fare at many of today’s B&Bs. “The wonderful thing about B&Bs is their individual personality.” says Mary White, President of BnBFinder.com, “No two are the same; you’ll find the traditional homey B&B feel, those with a Victorian ambiance, others with an upscale, modern and chick presence and those that combine all of the above and more! I hope the show shatters any stereotype about a typical B&B and encourages more travelers to try them.”

Reality vs. Entertainment? For up to date information, facts, and guest and innkeeper reactions after each episode and to add your comments, visit www.bnbfinder.com/blog.

Innkeeper Tales – “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”...

Interesting people and compelling conversation are features of the B&B experience that keep patrons coming back time and again. The legendary Abacrombie Bed & Breakfast, located in the heart of Baltimore, Maryland's Cultural District is no exception, attracting a wide diversity of guests from all walks of life.

Modeled loosely on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, innkeeper and owner of the Abacrombie, John L. Herman Jr., imparts the emotional stories of fourteen people who became stranded at the Inn during a blizzard, in his inspiring book The Innkeeper Tales: Modern-Day Canterbury Tales to Entertain, Enlighten & Empower. Click Here to read more.

If you’ve read the book, share your comments in our Bed & Breakfast Blog.

For questions, concerns or comments, please contact us at info@bnbfinder.com.