May 2007  
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Mother's Day is May 13.  Show Mom how much she means to you with a personal and unique gift from the heart.  Treat her to a Bed & Breakfast Getaway so she can relax and unwind.  She's always been there for you, so let her wake up someplace special.  It's never too late...order a Travel Gift Certificate now and send an instant E-card.

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Treat Your Mom on Mother's Day

 
From a grand Victorian on the beach to a cozy cottage in the mountains, a bed and breakfast getaway is sure to be exactly what Mom is looking for this Mother's Day.  Let her choose when and where to go away with a BnBFinder.com Travel Gift Certificate. It's the perfect Mother's Day gift idea. With over 1,000 US bed and breakfast inns to choose from, Mom can design her dream getaway. To order gift certificates for Mom and all the special women in your life, visit www.BnBFinder.com or call toll free (888) 469-6663. Denominations start at $20.00, plus a $4.99 handling fee. FedEx options and instant E-Cards are available for the last minute shopper.

Or, surprise Mom with breakfast in bed. Cook up something special with delicious bed and breakfast recipes from the breakfast experts - B&B innkeepers.  Here is a list of breakfast recipes that will make Mom's day.  You can also choose from Mother's Day getaway packages and specials at www.BnBFinder.com/MothersDay, leave the cooking to the professionals and let her wake up someplace special.

Find these and hundreds of other Bed & Breakfast Recipes at www.BnBFinder.com/Recipes.

Vanilla French Toast
 
 Vanilla French Toast

Inn at Stockbridge, Stockbridge, MA
www.BnBFinder.com/Stockbridge

Ingredients:
8 eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbs. triple sec
1/2 tsp. grated orange zest
8 thick slices good-quality brioche bread
4 Tbs. unsalted butter
Confectioner’s sugar
Pure maple syrup
Fresh fruit for garnish

Directions:
In a large shallow bowl beat eggs until lightly frothy. Stir in the cream, vanilla, orange zest and triple sec.
Place the bread pieces in the bowl. Turn gently until evenly soaked.
In a large frying pan or griddle, over medium heat, melt 1 Tbs. of the butter. Add half of the bread pieces and fry until the undersides are golden, about 2 minutes.
Cut 1 Tbs. of the butter into several pieces and add to the pan. Flip the bread with a spatula and fry until the second sides are brown about 2 minutes longer. Repeat with remaining bread and butter.
Place on warmed individual plates. Dust the top with confectioners’ sugar. Serve hot with maple syrup.
Garnish with fresh fruit and mint.

Bulgarian Potatoes
 
 Bulgarian Potatoes

Greenock House, Orange, VA
www.BnBFinder.com/GreenockHouse

Ingredients:
1 medium potato per person (red skin Yukon potatoes work well)
Dash olive oil
1/2 Tbs. butter
Seasoning to taste. (A favorite of the inn is Szegeo Brand Chicken Rub or Steak Rub. When in season, fresh chopped herbs are wonderful.)

Directions:
Wash potatoes.
Cut into 1/2 to 3/4 inch cubes.
Heat a high sided skillet with a dash of olive oil.
Add the potatoes and toss to coat with oil.
When coated, add water to fill about halfway up the potatoes and put on the lid to steam. Check the pan often to make sure the water has not cooked away completely and add more if needed.
Potatoes are done steaming when you can slide a fork in easily. (There should be very little, if any, water left at this point.) Remove the lid and add the butter, tossing to coat the potatoes.
Add the seasoning of your choice now and toss a little more to distribute it.
Cook without stirring for a few minutes until the bottom of the potatoes start to get golden and crisp.
Toss every few minutes until the potatoes reach the crispness you prefer.

Holladay Family Buttermilk Biscuits
 
 Holladay Family Buttermilk Biscuits

Holladay House Bed and Breakfast, Orange, VA
www.BnBFinder.com/HolladayHouse

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbs. baking powder
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 stick of butter, chilled
1/2 stick butter, melted
3/4 cup buttermilk

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
Cut in the 1 stick of chilled butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Make a well in the center of flour mixture; add buttermilk all at once and stir just until dough clings together.
Gently knead together dough about 10-12 times on a floured surface.
Pat dough out to 1/2-inch thick. Cut dough with a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter.
Dredge biscuits in 1/2 stick melted butter.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden.

Triple Chocolate Muffins
 
 Triple Chocolate Muffins

Glynn House Inn, Ashland, NH
www.BnBFinder.com/GlynnHouseInn

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup Dutch cocoa
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:
Stir together flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa in a large bowl and make a well in the center.
In another bowl, beat butter, sugar and egg together well. Mix in milk and vanilla.
Pour wet mixture into the dry mixture well and stir to moisten.
Fold in the two types of chocolate chips. Do not over mix.
Bake in 400 degree oven for 15 to 18 minutes.
Use a wooden skewer to test the center of the muffin to ensure they are done.

Makes 6-8 muffins.

Mexican Egg Cups
 
 Mexican Egg Cups

White Lace Inn, Sturgeon Bay, WI
www.BnBFinder.com/WhiteLaceInn

Ingredients:
6" corn tortilla
1 egg
1/2 cup half and half
1 tsp. salsa
1/3 cup shredded Mexican cheese

Directions:
Spray a 4" ramekin or large muffin pan with non-stick spray.
Microwave tortilla until soft and form in ramekin or muffin pan.
Beat egg with half and half.
Pour into tortilla and spoon in salsa.
Sprinkle with cheese on top.
Bake (place ramekin on a cookie sheet) at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. Serve with salsa.

Makes 1 egg cup.



A Getaway For Mothers of the Bride and Groom

With Mother's Day approaching, now is the perfect time to thank your Moms and Step-Moms for all the help they've devoted to your wedding plans. Whether it's a generous financial contribution for your dream wedding, a kind-hearted offer to make your wedding favors, or the nurturing emotional support you need during this stressful time, the Moms have been there for you in a big way.

Don't wait until after the wedding to say thank you and give a thoughtful gift! Mother's Day is the ideal time, no matter where it falls in your wedding planning timeframe, to show your gratitude with an unforgettable gift. Sure, flowers are pretty, but they wilt in a day or two. And chocolates probably don't fit with Mom's pre-wedding diet. This occasion calls for something special, so give her the gift of a bed and breakfast getaway.

Give the gift of a BnBFinder.com gift certificate, which allows your mothers to select from literally thousands of bed and breakfasts around the country. It'll be her own pre-wedding recharging weekend, your gift to her as the gracious bride and groom you are.

So pick up a BnBFinder.com gift certificate for your Mom...to show your wish that she has the relaxing and enjoyable getaway she deserves as the wonderful mother she is.

BnBFinder has all the information you need for a Bed & Breakfast Wedding at www.BnBFinder.com/Weddings.

   

 The Mother of
the Bride Book

 Mother of the Groom




Filler' Up - Gas Giveaways for Summer Travel

Don’t let the price of gas tank your summer getaway plans. Find great savings for your summer vacation at BnBFinder.com.

It’s only May and already the average cost of gas is hitting record highs and exceeding $3 per gallon. This doesn’t mean that a great summer vacation is out of reach. BnBFinder.com is helping you once again with our Gas Giveaway Promotion and One Tank Trips suggestions. Inns across the US are offering special discounts and packages that won’t leave you with an empty wallet or an empty gas tank.

Visit www.BnBFinder.com/FreeGas for all participating inns or choose from our favorites:

One Tank Trip from Boston and New York
1897 Hampton Terrace, Lenox, Massachusetts
www.BnBFinder.com/HamptonTerrace
Get here and back home on One Tank of Gas! Lenox is located approximately 130 miles from Boston and 160 miles from New York City. Stay 2 nights and receive $30 towards the cost of gas to get there. You must mention BnBFinder and One Tank Trips when making your reservation to receive this special offer. (Through 08/22/2007)

Gas Relief
Columbian Bed & Breakfast, Columbia, Pennsylvania
www.BnBFinder.com/Columbian

Let us pay your gas here. Receive a $25 coupon towards any one night’s stay when you visit www.columbianinn.com. (Through 12/03/2007)

$25 Gas Credit
Pearls, Newport, Rhode Island
www.BnBFinder.com/Pearls

Receive a $25 gas credit per night when you stay Sunday through Thursday. You must mention BnBFinder and when making your reservation to receive this special offer. (Through 08/24/2007)

$30 Gas Credit
Gingerbread Cottages Bed & Breakfast, Nice, California
www.BnBFinder.com/GingerbreadCottages
Take a short trip to beautiful Clear Lake from the San Francisco Bay area on a single tank of gas! Approximately 120 miles north to Lake County is this lakefront estate with panoramic lake and mountain views. Hear a variety of singing birds while watching breath taking sunsets from private cottages. You will enjoy the sounds of the lake as it splashes on a private beach front. Stay two nights and receive $30 towards your fuel expense. You must mention BnBFinder and One Tank Trips upon reservation. (Excludes major holiday weekends. This may not be combined with other specials.) (Through 05/19/2007)

Gas Relief
Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast, Valparaiso, Indiana
www.BnBFinder.com/SongbirdPrairie

Songbird Prairie wants to say “tanks a lot” for staying by gifting you a $20 gas card when you stay Sunday through Thursday. This is a wheely good deal whether traveling from near or far. Let us provide this spring/summer's gas relief for your getaway. The inn will help you "fill 'er up" to ease the pain at the pump. Rates start from just $155 per night. This special cannot be combined with any other discount, special or holiday. (Through 06/10/2007)

High Gas Prices Bring Heat Wave to Southern Michigan
Munro House Bed & Breakfast and Spa, Jonesville, Michigan
www.BnBFinder.com/Munro
Have no fear of high gas prices during the hottest part of the Summer. Couples that book any 2 night package valued at $300 (and up) for arrival between July 15 and August 15 with 30 days notice will receive a $25 gas card upon check out at no charge. Just tell us the secret word is “Heat Wave” and we’ll send you a voucher that will get you a gas card worth about 10 gallons of gas (at current prices). Limit 1 card per couple. 30 days notice required. (07/15/2007 through 08/15/2007)

One Tank Special
Gingerbread House, Cape May, New Jersey
www.BnBFinder.com/GingerbreadHouse

Get here and back home on One Tank of Gas! We are located approximately 160 miles from New York City and 90 miles from Philadelphia. Stay Monday thru Thursday and receive up to 50% off our in-season rates (2 night minimum may apply and subject to availability). You must mention BnBFinder and One Tank Trips when making your reservation to receive this special offer. (Through 12/28/2007)

Tanks a lot
Country Life B&B, Greenwich, New York
www.BnBFinder.com/CountryLife
Book with us from over 100 miles away and receive a $20 refund on your room rate. (Through 12/31/2007)

One Tank Trip from Houston
The Garden Inn, Galveston, Texas
www.BnBFinder.com/TheGardenInn

Get here and back home on One Tank of Gas! Galveston is located approximately 50 miles from Houston. Stay at The Garden Inn for 2 nights and receive $20 off for the cost of gas to get there. You must mention BnBFinder and One Tank Trips when making your reservation to receive this special offer. (Through 09/01/2007)

One Tank Trip from Chicago
Roses Bed & Breakfast, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
www.BnBFinder.com/Roses
Get there and back home on One Tank of Gas! Roses Bed & Breakfast is located approximately 83 miles from Chicago. Stay any mid-week night (Monday - Thursday) and receive 10% off your entire stay. You must mention BnBFinder and One Tank Trips when making your reservation to receive this special offer. (Through 08/22/2007)



Babymoons - The Latest Travel Trend Among Parents-to-Be

It's called the Babymoon -- a way for couples to get away for romance and relaxation before their little bundle of joy arrives. The latest travel trend among expectant parents is becoming just as popular as the honeymoon and we've got Babymoon packages to spoil and pamper...before "pamper" is just a diaper.

Getaway one last time before your duo becomes a trio and find the perfect Babymoon Getaway at www.BnBFinder.com/Babymoon or choose from the fantastic packages featured below:

Expecting? Getaway While You Can!
 

Arsenic & Old Lace B&B - Eureka Springs, AR
www.BnBFinder.com/ArsenicLace

Enjoy 2 nights in the Monet or Chantilly Rose room with a bottle of sparkling cider and 2 Arsenic & Old Lace flutes. Relax and take in the scenery with a romantic Horse Drawn Carriage Ride through Historic Eureka Springs. $399.  (Through 12/31/2007)

R and R Before Labor and Delivery!
Deer Crossing Inn - Castro Valley, CA
www.BnBFinder.com/DeerCrossing
Enjoy peace and quiet one last time in one of our fabulous Waterbed Suites! It’s the ideal sleep surface for pregnancy! We will upgrade you at no charge when you make a reservation to stay with us for any time during your final 3 months of pregnancy! Just request your BABYMOON upgrade when you make your reservation!  (Through 12/30/2007)

Babymoon Celebrations
All Aboard Inn - Georgetown, CO
www.BnBFinder.com/AllAboard

Celebrate this wonderful event with us in a luxurious room and get pampered by a certified pregnancy masseuse for a 30 minute mom-to-be massage. Enjoy a fruit, cheese and cracker platter with sparkling cider and a lovely baby journal to mark down all those wonderful "firsts".  (Through 12/31/2007)

Just Inn Time Babymoon Package
Inn at Harbor Hill Marina - Niantic, CT
www.BnBFinder.com/HarborHill

Are you expecting a very special delivery or call from the adoption agency? Take a break from all the planning, organizing and deep-breathing exercises and spend some time together enjoying one another’s company. You’ll receive 2 nights accommodations, a $50 dining gift certificate, “Romancing the Sax” CD of music to gently soothe you and your baby, a bottle of sparkling cider and a special treat of chocolates, our classic breakfast buffet and complimentary refreshments, and discount coupons to Premium Shopping Outlets. Lodging tax included. Rates are $395 - $645 depending on room selection.  (Through 01/31/2009)

Babymoon Spa Package
Captain Lord Mansion - Kennebunkport, ME
www.BnBFinder.com/CaptainLord
The Captain Lord Mansion specializes in pampering and spoiling our guests so it should be no surprise that we are a natural choice for your Babymoon! Your visit will include the 60 minute "Balancing Act", an on-premises spa treatment. It is the ultimate in balancing body, mind and spirit and includes a facial massage, clarifying facial mask and foot massage. We also include these complimentary extras: fresh flowers, non-alcoholic bubbly, chocolates, and a small "Bibliot" (a small ceramic baby's keepsake box). Package rates start at $284 per night in the "Serenity Season".  (Through 12/31/2007)

Babymoon Romantic Getaway
Inn on Crescent Lake - Excelsior Springs, MO
www.BnBFinder.com/CrescentLake
Are you "expectant" parents-to-be? Enjoy a romantic getaway for just the two of you now. This package includes a one-night stay in a romantic suite, a bouquet of flowers and chilled sparkling cider with 2 keepsake flutes by the whirlpool tub, chocolate covered strawberries, and a special surprise gift for baby. Package Price: $265.  (Through 10/25/2007)

Babymoon ~ PreBaby Getaway
Inn at Ellis River - Jackson, NH
www.BnBFinder.com/EllisRiver

You deserve romance, relaxation, and a special time just for the two of you before the new family member arrives. Our getaway includes sparkling non-alcoholic cider and chocolates (pickles and ice cream substituted upon request), one candlelight dinner for two OR a gourmet picnic packed in an insulated cooler bag that is yours to keep, a special one hour prenatal massage for Mom-to-be, and a baby rubber duckie gift for the new arrival. May be added to any reservation for $149 including tax. (Through 12/31/2007)

Decadence Before Your Delivery!
10 Fitch - Auburn, NY
www.BnBFinder.com/10Fitch

Let us spoil you in this special time in your life of starting a family. Our package includes: 2 nights accommodations, an in-suite massage for the Mother-to-be, fresh flowers in your suite upon arrival from dad and new baby, breakfast in bed each morning of your stay, a relaxing bath drawn for you and a woodburning fire in your suite after you return from dinner at night. Valid on new reservations only and expecting parents only. $599. Taxes and gratuities additional.  (Through 10/24/2007)



April 2007 Contest Winner

Congratulations to Jim from Chicago who won a $100 BnBFinder.com gift certificate for sharing his comments about a
 
 Sully Mansion, New Orleans, Louisiana
recent stay at the Sully Mansion in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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