February 2013  
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 The Inn at English Meadows
The Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunk, ME, courtesy of Christian Giannelli
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Mary's Mention

The carnival of roses, teddy bears and yummy chocolate hearts I’ve been seeing in store windows everywhere is a clear sign that Valentine’s Day is almost here. It’s traditionally a day for lovers to whisper sweet nothings into each other’s ears and make romantic promises for tomorrow. So, where does that leave everyone else?

Singles, those newly single, girlfriends and even families are finding inventive ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The Avenue Inn Bed & Breakfast located in New Orleans, LA, has a really fun cure for any woman whose heart has been recently broken called “Breaking Up is So Hard to Do, But I’ll Get Over Him” and it deserves a Mary’s Mention. The package includes a copy of the book He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo; two pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream including 5 flavors to choose from and a large spoon; a one-hour massage; three days of unlimited riding on the city’s famous streetcars; and a Voodoo doll with pins to help ease your pain!

 Avenue Inn
Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast, New Orleans, LA

I want to hear from you and invite you to click here and share your stories with me about what made a recent B&B stay an extraordinary getaway experience for you and worthy of your mention.

Mary White is the founder of BnBFinder and author of "Running a Bed and Breakfast For Dummies." Read more about running a B&B on her blog and follow her updates on LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest.

Dreaminn of Owning a B&B?

Do you have aspirations of one day becoming an innkeeper and owning your own B&B? At the 6th Annual Mid-Atlantic Innkeeping Conference & Tradeshow in Hunt Valley, MD (near Baltimore), you can join Mary White, founder of BnBFinder.com and author of Running a Bed & Breakfast For Dummies, and other industry experts for a one-day intensive on the “inns” and outs of owning your own bed and breakfast.

Running a Bed & Breakfast for Dummies
Running a Bed & Breakfast For Dummies

The Aspiring and New Innkeeper Inntensives will acquaint aspiring innkeepers with the business of innkeeping and what it takes to start and run a B&B. You will learn aspects of defining, researching, measuring and understanding how inns operate; see what the numbers look like and examine other aspects to help you make the right decisions; and discover how to market your inn and get the media to cover it.

Along with Mary, you will spend the day with industry experts including Heide Bredfeldt, who has been assisting current and future Innkeepers for over 30 years, and Bill Oates, who has provided education, operation and marketing services to inns and innkeepers for more than 30 years.

Mark your calendars and be ready to learn a lot and have your questions answered on Sunday, March 10, from 8am-4:30pm. The registration fee ($175 for first attendee, $100 for second attendee) includes seminar handouts and materials and a luncheon. As a bonus, materials for attendees also include Running a Bed & Breakfast For Dummies by Mary White and Netiquette by Holly Stiel! Click here to register for the conference and sign up for the session.

February Hot Spot: New Orleans, LA

From lively jazz clubs oozing sensual sounds to hidden courtyards made for stealing a forbidden kiss, New Orleans, LA, has been known to cast a spell on couples searching for an amorous adventure. Blending French culture, sumptuous regional cuisine and architectural eye candy, The Big Easy exudes a romantic aura all its own.

Terrell House
Terrell House

What to Do: Are you looking to set the mood? Try settling in for a leisurely, romantic ride along one of the famous New Orleans streetcar lines. A trip on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar will give you a chance to rub shoulders while admiring the most spectacular collection of 19th century mansions in the U.S. Step off the streetcar at a stop near the French Quarter and walk hand-in-hand over centuries-old cobblestone streets to Jackson Square where the towering St. Louis Cathedral, one of the city’s most famous landmarks, is located. Explore the area’s shops, boutiques, bars and live music venues (which can sometimes mean a sidewalk or street corner) not to mention the architectural wonder of the historic homes in the area. Cap off the night with a horse-drawn carriage ride under the stars.

Known as one of the most haunted cities in the U.S., New Orleans is ripe with supernatural activity. You can scare up some fun and hold each other tightly on one of the many ghost tours such as Bloody Mary’s Tours and Ghost & Spirits Walking Tour. You can also get your hearts racing on The Old River Road Plantation Adventure Swamp Tour. Get up close and personal with alligators and take a trip back to a world of mystery and secrets deep within the swamps of Louisiana.

Of course, a trip to NOLA in February must include Mardi Gras, the free carnival celebration in New Orleans, beginning on the 12th or Fat Tuesday. Costumed revelers join seemingly endless parades through the city’s streets throwing beads and savoring King Cake, a Cinnamon roll-type cake with a plastic baby inside. Whoever finds the baby is responsible for hosting the next King Cake affair!

Marigny Manor House B&B
Marigny Manor House B&B

Where to Stay: The 5-room Chimes Bed and Breakfast is located in the picturesque Garden District near the boutiques and eateries along fashionable Magazine Street and the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line. Each of the rooms is dressed out plush linens and decorated with antique furnishings. Lovely French doors will lead you to a tropical courtyard where you can sit and get lost in your favorite novel or sip a glass of wine. Originally built as a private residence in 1848, the Marigny Manor House Bed and Breakfast boasts four spacious rooms with original detailing including ornate plaster molding and hardwood floors and additional features such as fireplaces, chandeliers, four-poster beds and antique furnishings. A traditional Southern breakfast made from local ingredients is served each morning in this beautiful Greek Revival.

Not convinced yet that The Big Easy has big appeal? Be sure to visit our “No Place Like New Orleans” Pinterest board for must-see sites and New Orleans bed and breakfast inns.

Contest: What's Your B&B Number?

Are you a loyal kind of traveler, returning time and again to the same historic Victorian by the coast or chic urban escape? Or, do you get around, hopping from one pillow-topped bed to another and enjoying a gourmet breakfast the morning after? Tell us your “B&B number” and you could win a $25 BnBFinder Travel Gift Certificate towards your next stay!

BnBFinder Travel Gift Certificate
BnBFinder Travel Gift Certificate

Your “B&B number” is the number of B&Bs you’ve stayed at, whether it’s one or many more. Send an email to press@bnbfinder.com with your B&B number and a short paragraph about what made a few of them different from each other, or what special touches kept you going back to the same B&B over and over again, and you will be entered into the drawing.

Deadline for entries is Wednesday, February 6, at 5pm and the winner will be announced in the March newsletter. Don’t be shy. Tell us your B&B number!

Spotlight on Specials: Romantic Getaways

A flurry of candied hearts, colorful balloons and greeting cards filled with love poems is on its way. Credit Cupid. The winged cherub is up to his old tricks for Valentine’s Day, lighting candles, lavishing dinners and preparing bubble baths to set the mood for love. When his arrow strikes, love blooms.

Abigail's Hotel, Victoria, BC
Abigail's Hotel, Victoria, BC

Whether you’re young sweethearts, newly married or longtime loves, Valentine’s Day gives you a chance to put one another first on a romantic getaway. Getting back to basics isn’t easy, which is why these B&Bs are here to help.

The Lodge at Sedona—Sedona, AZ

Do you feel as though you’re walking on air every time you’re with your sweetheart? Love is in the air, and you will be, too, when you soar above Sedona’s beautiful landscape in a hot air balloon. When you come down from the exhilarating ride, enjoy a relaxing massage on the terrace, followed by a romantic evening in front of your in-room fireplace. Take time to meditate in the Lodge’s serene labyrinth the next morning before enjoying a gourmet breakfast in your luxury suite with gorgeous views of the Red Rock Mountains.

Abigail’s Hotel—Victoria, BC

Surrounded by English gardens, this 1930’s Tudor mansion inspires steamy interludes with its soaking tubs for two, cozy robes, and real wood-burning fireplaces. If you decide to leave your room, there are romantic horse-drawn carriage rides and fine dining offered in town. Upon your return, hang the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door and enjoy a complimentary “Sexy Amenity Kit” waiting in your room.

The Garver House—Strasburg, OH

Hold each other’s hands as you visit four of Tuscarawas County’s best B&Bs on an inn-to-inn tour. Along the way you will get to savor delicious meals while admiring the beautifully dressed halls and enjoying stories from the innkeepers. Upon return to the inn, you can toast one another while soaking in a relaxing bubble bath.

 Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon Bed and Breakfast, New Holland, PA

Harvest Moon Bed and Breakfast—New Holland, PA

Chocolate is said to be an aphrodisiac. You can put that theory to the ultimate test during this chocolate-themed getaway. Indulge in a chocolate covered massage for two before enjoying a chocolate-inspired cooking demonstration. If that’s not enough, you and your sweetheart will receive a gift card to the Chocolate Café courtesy of the inn and enjoy a breakfast each morning made from, you guessed it, chocolate.

A.G. Thomson House—Duluth, MN

Got kids? If so, finding time to romance your partner when a child is climbing into your bed at night isn’t easy. Escape to the natural beauty of Minnesota to recharge and reconnect with your mate. Snuggle in a hammock, unwind in front of your private fireplace, lounge on the veranda overlooking Lake Superior, or hide under luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets all day long. Use the $50 gift certificate to one of Duluth’s finest restaurants to fuel up for cross-country skiing activities or sightseeing trips.

Maybe getting away this Valentine’s Day isn’t possible. Want to surprise your loved one with the promise of a future getaway? Let the anticipation build with a BnBFinder Travel Gift Certificate. It’s accepted at over 1,500 bed and breakfast inns and never expires. Problem solved.

A Guys’ Guide to Valentine’s Day

Slam-dunk. Knockout. Throw in the towel. Play ball. Guys, ever notice how much you love to use sports jargon with just about any topic of conversation? Can you guess which saying you most want to stay away from on February 14th? Drop the ball.

Amelia Island Williams House, Amelia Island, FL
Amelia Island Williams House, Amelia Island, FL

Don’t worry, you’re not down for the count yet, fellas. If you’re looking for some ideas on how to sweep your loved ones off their feet and not out the door, here are a few tips:

Create Ambiance. Looking to unplug and unwind together? At the Amelia Island Williams House located on Amelia Island in Florida, enjoy a private carriage ride through the streets of the Fernandina Beach Historic District. Then adjourn to your suite for some R&R (romance and rapture) in front of a roaring fireplace.

Uncork an Amorous Evening. At 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn located in Auburn, NY, celebrating Valentine’s Day with your true love has never been sweeter. Raise a glass of wine to toast new beginnings or lasting love during a romantic candlelit dinner at a premiere eatery in town. Later, you can have fun feeding each other spoonfuls of a delicious sweetheart brownie ice cream dessert.

Surprise with a Gift. The Inn at Craig Place, a San Antonio, TX, bed and breakfast inn, plays Cupid to couples ready to reconnect and recommit to one another. Surprise your loved one with flowers and champagne along with a Murano glass heart pendant presented with a single rose and touching Italian love poem.

Carson Ridge Private Luxury Cabins, Carson, WA
Carson Ridge Private Luxury Cabins, Carson, WA

Try Being Sexy En Suite. “Wanna play?” will take on a whole new meaning at Carson Ridge Private Luxury Cabins. At this intimate sanctuary nestled in the Pacific Northwest Mountains of Carson, WA, feel free to tease, flirt, and seduce your lover after choosing a card from a satin pouch. After a night of fun, you will appreciate the hearty breakfast served to you in your room the next day.

Offer A Heartfelt Promise. Forgot to get a Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone in your life or did you want to relive your romantic escapades? Don’t hit the panic button yet. The BnBFinder Travel Gift Certificate never expires and is accepted at over 1,500 bed and breakfast inns. You can include a personalized note and present it in a shiny envelope while serving your love breakfast in bed.

There’s nothing wrong with asking for a little help in the romance department, especially when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Sometimes a little guidance goes a long way in love.

Recipe: Sex in the City Chocolate Martini

The Sex and the City ladies loved their New York City cosmos, but we all know from watching their many exploits that they also liked to mix things up. Whatever city you decide to have your romantic rendezvous in, make sure you indulge with this Sex in the City Chocolate Martini from Hideaway Country Inn located in Bucyrus, Ohio.

 Sex in the City Chocolate Martini
Sex in the City Chocolate Martini

  • 1 shot of Godiva dark chocolate liquor
  • 1 shot of Godiva white chocolate liquor
  • 1 shot of vodka
  • Heavy cream
  • Decorate martini glass with Hershey syrup
  • Ice and shaker

Decorate the edges of a martini glass with Hershey syrup. In shaker place Ice and all the liquid items

Shake well and enjoy!

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