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Why Stay in a Bed and Breakfast?

A primer on the attraction to bed and breakfasts


Captain Lord Mansion - Exterior

Captain Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport , Maine.

Photo courtesy of Captain Lord Mansion and photographer Warren Jagger
The bed and breakfast industry began to blossom in the U.S. during the 1980s, and B&Bs thrive today in large part because they provide an atmosphere of warmth and coziness that traditional hotels simply can't match -- although many are now trying.

Most bed and breakfasts are owned by the innkeepers, who usually live on the premises. It's natural to expect that innkeepers who live in their own inns will bring a different perspective to the job than someone who works a shift behind a hotel reception desk and then goes home and forgets about the customers left behind.

At good B&Bs, "customers" are truly guests, and it shows. Innkeepers will gladly help you find the best restaurant in town, point you to the most romantic spot in the nearby park, and much more.

Most bed and breakfasts generate a substantial portion of their income from repeat business. Many also depend on word-of-mouth recommendations. Combine those two factors and it's easy to see why most innkeepers go out of their way to make sure your stay provides some great memories.

This site is designed to help you find just what you're looking for. For starters, there are a list of Recommended Inns.

You'll also find organized lists of inns that fit special categories, such as those offering murder mystery weekends, historic inns and bed and breakfasts which truly rate as unique getaways.

You can also consider an adventurous vacation in a haunted inn, and don't miss our collection of romantic escapes.

If you already know where you want to go and just need to find a B&B in a specific area, browse our B&Bs by location section.

The best way to find what you're looking for may be the simplest: Just use the search tool found near the top of every page at this site. Enter a few keywords (such as the name of a city), click "search" and you're on your way.

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