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October 2012

Bed and Breakfast News

 Inn at Harbor Hill Marina
Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, Niantic, CT


Nominate Your Favorite B&B for a Guest Favorite Award

Had a memorable stay at a bed and breakfast recently? Have any stories about some of the innkeeper’s special touches you experienced during your getaway? If so, you and the B&B could both end up in the winner’s circle!

 Guest Favorite Award

We know you often leave inns with a feeling of wanting to do something nice for the innkeeper because you had such a wonderful stay; and, you can. Let the inn and everyone else know about why you like a particular bed & breakfast by leaving a review on their BnBFinder.com listing. Not only will others get to know what you thought about your stay, but you’ll get to share the little things the innkeeper did to make your getaway worthwhile. Plus, you’ll automatically be entered to win a $500 Travel Gift Certificate towards your next getaway!

Leaving a review will also automatically nominate the inn for a 2012 Guest Favorite Award. It recognizes the outstanding service provided by innkeepers and is based on reviews left by you.

Here’s how you can leave a review:

1. Visit www.BnBFinder.com and on the inn’s “Listing” page click “Write a Review”

2. Visit BnBFinder-Mobile on your smartphone, search for the inn’s listing and click the “Write a Review” button

3. Visit the “Rate Your Stay” page on BnBFinder.com and leave a review

4. Visit the inn’s website, look for the GFA Badge and click on it. You’ll be taken to their review page on BnBFinder.com

Guest Favorite Award and Travel Gift Certificate winners will be announced in upcoming newsletters. Good luck!



Win a $500 Travel Gift Certificate to a B&B Like Cindy from Peru, IL!

A big “Congratulations!” goes out to Cindy from Peru, IL, who was this month’s winner of a $500 BnBFinder Travel Gift Certificate. She had her wedding at the Chestnut Street Inn located in Sheffield, IL, and had some nice words about the outstanding service and attention she received.

 Chestnut Street Inn
Chestnut Street Inn, Sheffield, IL

Here’s Cindy’s winning review about her wedding at the Chestnut Street Inn:

Choosing to have our wedding at the Chestnut Street Inn was the best decision we ever made. The owners Jeff and Monika were very accommodating with all of our needs and wants. It was a small affair but very elegant. The food was amazing! The service was excellent! We were able to have part of our reception outside on their patio and it was perfect for music and dancing. There isn't a thing we would change about our special day and we would recommend The Chestnut Street Inn to anyone and all our friends and family for dinner or any special occasion.

Want to win a $500 BnBFinder Travel Gift Certificate? After your next visit to a B&B, make sure to visit the "Rate Your Stay" page on BnBFinder.com and leave a review. You’ll automatically be entered into the next drawing.

Did you know that you can share reviews of your favorite inns on Facebook? If you’re logged into your Facebook account when you leave a 4-star or higher review, you’ll automatically be prompted to post it on your Facebook wall.

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October Hot Spot: Nashville, TN

There’s a reason why Nashville, TN, was given the nickname “Music City.” Whether you’re joining the masses at one of the numerous live music venues or taking your seat for a show at the legendary Grand Ole Opry, the city will have your ears buzzing and your toes tapping. It truly is a music lover’s paradise.

 The Big Bungalow
The Big Bungalow Bed & Breakfast, Nashville, TN

What to Do. One of the best ways to get acquainted with Nashville (and at your own pace) is to purchase a ticket for the Music City Trolley Hop. You can get on and off this charming street car at will as it takes you on a tour of the downtown area, and introduces you to some of the city’s great landmarks including the 19-acre Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park which features a sprawling grass “mall,” a Farmer’s Market and several erupting geyser fountains each representing a Tennessee river. You also can hop off at Centennial Park and point your camera towards the Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original structure from ancient Greece including the 42-foot Athena statue housed inside.

Of course, music is the heart and soul of the capital city, so no trip would be complete without a walk along Nashville’s Music Mile, a stretch of road that connects downtown to Music Row (home to the city’s entertainment industry). There you’ll discover the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Music City Walk of Fame, a “star-and-guitar” sidewalk honoring those who have contributed to the city’s musical heritage including Roy Orbison, Reba McEntire and Jimi Hendrix. Have you heard about “The Show That Made Country Music Famous?” You might know it better as the world-renown Grand Ole Opry. Since 1925, the weekly show has showcased some of the biggest country stars. Each week features a dynamic line-up of artists and is a must-see stop for a show or a backstage tour.

With fall firmly in place, why not spend some of your getaway celebrating the season? At the 55-acre Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, a privately-funded Georgian-style mansion built by the Maxwell House Coffee fortune, they’re hosting the Cheekwood Harvest until the end of the October. You can admire the nearly 5,000 chrysanthemums on a guided tour of the estate, listen to blue grass music in the Herb Garden, watch a tree-climbing competition or dabble in some arts and crafts.

If your plans include spending Halloween in Nashville, you’ll surely find some spooktacular activities to choose from including a Nashville Ghost Tour. As you make stops at the Tennessee State Capital, President Polk’s Tomb, the Ryman Auditorium and Printer’s Alley, a lantern-bearing guide in period dress will tell ghastly tales of supernatural occurrences. While you’re in town, raise a glass to the city’s Oktoberfest celebration taking place on October 13. Now in its 33rd year, it’s the longest running cultural event in Nashville’s history and features live German music, food and, of course, plenty of beer.

 The Brentwood
The Brentwood, Brentwood, TN

Where to Stay. Whether you prefer to experience the city’s culture up close or from a distance, a Nashville bed and breakfast in or near the city has it covered. The Big Bungalow Bed & Breakfast is just east of downtown Nashville and located in the vibrant and historic community of Edgefield. This early 1900s 3-room home provides guests with intimate and cozy accommodations, along with an on-site massage therapist who also happens to be your innkeeper. Traditional Southern hospitality is always on display at The Brentwood located nine miles outside of Nashville in Brentwood. Along with a greeting and formal parlor, the inn offers six spacious suites (some with a private deck) and a breakfast room that leads out to a sun-drenched patio.

Thinking about a trip to Music City, USA? Then, make sure to visit our “Next Stop: Nashville” Pinterest board for more B&Bs in the Middle Region and places to see.



Spotlight on Specials: Salute Our Heroes

A soldier’s story is one of courage and sacrifice. The uniformed men and women of the military put themselves in harm’s way and endure time away from their loved ones each and every day. For them, it’s all part of the job. Our freedom is championed and defended by these gallant soldiers, most of whom we will never get to thank in person.

 The Munro House
The Munro House Bed and Breakfast and Spa, Jonesville, MI

Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada, both observed on November 12, give us time to reflect and honor those men and women who put on their uniforms to protect and serve. Bed and breakfasts across the country and in Canada are taking it a step further and offering free stays to retired and active duty personnel (with military I.D.) in commemoration. Some inns also provide military discounts all year long.

For soldiers, a chance to sit back, relax and spend some much-deserved time with their loved ones may seem out of reach. These inns and hundreds more are doing their part to make it a reality:

Munro House—Jonesville, MI

Military veterans of any era plus active duty and reserves will be honored with a free room at the inn on November 11 and at the Veterans Day celebration in the city of Jonesville the next day. A delicious homemade breakfast will be served before the town’s celebrations begin.

Prospect Hill B&B—Mountain City, TN

Although Veterans Day is only observed once a year, Prospect Hill B&B is extending their show of appreciation from November 1, 2012 through March 28, 2013. Active duty military personnel will be offered one free room at the inn on any Sunday through Thursday. If the family wants to plan a getaway together, they can be accommodated for two nights at the inn’s cottage in the woods with a one night on the house.

Blessings on State Bed and Breakfast—Jacksonville, IL

From November 11 – 15, new military guests will receive a free one-night stay and a beautiful bouquet of celebration roses upon arrival as a “thank you.” A gourmet dinner at a local restaurant along with a scrumptious breakfast in the morning are also included.

 Holladay House Bed and Breakfast
Holladay House Bed and Breakfast, Orange, VA

Holladay House—Orange, VA

To honor the men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces, free rooms will be provided to them on November 11. If they decide to prolong their stay, they’ll receive 15% off the second night and 30% off the third.

Copper Lane Bed & Breakfast—Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

On November 12, Copper Lane Bed & Breakfast will be offering a complimentary night in their Cocoa Bean Room for any active duty or veteran service member. Guests can bask in the glow of the room’s fireplace and wake up to a candlelit breakfast for two!

Military appreciation packages book quickly so advance reservations are required.

We at BnBFinder would like to thank the men and women of the armed services and their families for all they do in service to our country. Your indomitable spirit is inspiring and heroism unmatched. We salute you!



Spine-Tingling Stays at a Haunted B&B

If only walls could talk. And, in some historic, centuries-old homes, they just might.

 Beechwood Inn Cape Cod
Beechwood Inn Cape Cod, Barnstable, MA

You can blame past residents who have a fondness for their old stomping grounds and can’t seem to let go. They spend their days pacing the creaky floor above you, moving objects in mid-air and sending chills up your spine with an icy brush-by just to let you know they’re still there. They may not be the best communicators but they sure are mischievous!

If you want to connect with these rabble-rousers, a stay at a haunted bed and breakfast might do the trick. It’ll give you a chance to get up close and personal with them…if you dare.

Don’t be surprised if you feel like you’re being watched while staying at the Beechwood Inn Cape Cod located in Barnstable, MA. You can thank the “Mischievous Lady,” whose eerie footsteps and door-shutting antics have been reported by guests. Innkeepers Ken and Debra Traugot also have witnessed a ghostly figure roaming the halls and have heard a mysterious voice. Dr. Charles Hancock, a descendant of John Hancock, is said to have never left The Old Bridge Inn located in Jeffersonville, IN. This stately neo-classical building is rich in history and paranormal activity. Guests have reported seeing tea cups floating across the room and candles being raised up on their own. Two guests were sure they saw a bearded gentleman gesturing them to join him in the dining room.

 Prince Solms Inn
Prince Solms Inn Bed & Breakfast, New Braunfels, TX

Located in Joplin, MO, the Prosperity School Bed & Breakfast was built as a school house in 1907; and, it seems some of its teachers and students are still attending class. Innkeepers Richard and Janet Roberts along with some of their guests have all witnessed ghastly events including footsteps in empty hallways and ghostly figures caught on video wandering around the inn. At the Prince Solms Inn Bed & Breakfast, located in New Braunfels, TX, a young woman waited for her husband to arrive on their wedding day back in the early 1900s. When he never came, she vowed to stay at the inn until he returned. After working there for the next twenty years, she passed away from natural causes. A few years later, a man arrived on horseback and was seen walking up the inn’s stairs and greeting a woman wearing a wedding dress. The staff searched every corner of the inn for signs of the couple with no luck, although his horse was found.

By most accounts, these ghosts only mean to haunt and not harm. So, when your toasty room suddenly turns ice cold or you hear footsteps and nobody is there, don’t be afraid. They’re just enjoying their stay and hoping you join them. Unlike you, they plan to stay forever.



Recipe: Pork Loin Filled with Apricot/Cranberry Stuffing; Leek, Orange, and Rosemary Pan Sauce

Looking for a hearty dinner dish to serve up this fall? Here's a delicious recipe for Pork Loin filled with Apricot/Cranberry Stuffing; Leek, Orange, and Rosemary Pan Sauce courtesy of Castle in the Country located in Allegan, MI.

 Pork Loin
Pork Loin filled with Apricot/Cranberry Stuffing; Leek, Orange, and Rosemary Pan Sauce

INGREDIENTS

  • 2C diced dried apricots and dried cranberries
  • 1C orange juice
  • 1C chicken stock
  • ½ C (approx) breadcrumbs
  • ¼ C chopped hazelnuts (optional)
  • 4 boneless pork loin vhops
  • 2 leeks
  • 2/3 C orange Juice
  • 2/3 C chicken stock
  • Chopped fresh rosemary
  • Zest of one rrange
  • 2T butter
  • Chopped parsley

DIRECTIONS

1. Put apricots, cranberries, orange juice, and stock in a saucepan, bring to a boil and reduce to a thick syrup. Add breadcrumbs to soak up liquid and nuts

2. Stab and sweep pork loin chops to make a pocket and fill with about ¼ C stuffing

3. Brown in sauté pan with olive oil and remove to oven dish

4. Bake until internal temperature reaches 165

5. Meanwhile, thinly slice leeks and sauté in the pan with about 1T reserved cooking fat

6. Add 2/3 C orange juice and cook to loosen any brown bits

7. Add 2/3 C stock, rosemary, and orange zest. Reduce to about half and keep warm

8. Swirl in 2T butter and chopped parsley

Serves: 8









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