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Bed & Breakfasts: Most Popular Articles

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How to Make Money Running a Bed and Breakfast:...
How much money can you make running a bed and breakfast in your home? This article, written for aspiring B&B innkeepers, will help you understand the financial considerations.
Want to Open a Bed and Breakfast? What to Think...
These important decisions need to be made before you open the doors to your bed and breakfast.
9 Sky-High Treehouse Hotels
A look at treehouse accommodations, including some which are more than 50 feet off the ground.
Find Out if You're Ready to Open Your Own Bed...
A collection of checklists for aspiring bed and breakfast innkeepers. Links to information on startup costs, family considerations, zoning issues, etc.
Want to Start a Bed and Breakfast? First, Learn...
Bed and breakfast owners need to be aware of many laws and regulations. This page introduces you to some of the most common.
Have You Heard About This Underwater Hotel in...
A look at Jules' Undersea Lodge, underwater accommodations you have to scuba dive to get into.
Your Guide to Monastic Guest Rooms in the US...
Staying in a monastery makes for a unique, quiet vacation. Plan your monastic getaway with these resources.
Estimate the Startup Costs for Running a Bed...
A simple worksheet designed to help aspiring B&B innkeepers identify the costs of starting a bed and breakfast.
Do You Have the Skills to Be an Innkeeper?
A self-administered quiz designed to help you understand if your strengths and weaknesses are suited to being a bed and breakfast innkeeper.
How To Name Your Bed and Breakfast
Things that new innkeepers should consider before deciding on a name for their bed and breakfast.
Writing a Business Plan for a Bed and Breakfast
Developing a detailed plan for your bed and breakfast will help assure that you turn a profit. This worksheet will help you write a good business plan.
The Tax Advantages of Owning A B&B
Owning a B&B not only brings many lifestyle benefits, it can deliver significant tax advantages as well. Here are several areas where you might be able to realize an advantage.
Lighthouse Bed and Breakfasts - East Coast...
A look at bed and breakfasts in converted lighthouses on the east coast of the United States.
Five Things Guests Do That Drive Innkeepers...
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18 Castles You Can Stay In
Bed and breakfasts set in castles in the eastern United States and Canada.
Top 10 Myths About Bed and Breakfasts
A look at the top 10 myths about bed and breakfasts.
Treehouse Cottages - Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Staying in the Treehouse Cottages in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, makes for a unique getaway.
What is a Bed and Breakfast?
Some basic information on what constitutes a bed and breakfast, part of a series of worksheets for aspiring innkeepers.
Tree Houses of Hana, Maui in Hawaii
A profile of Tree Houses of Hana, Maui, a unique bed and breakfast located in Hawaii.
Smart, Fast Ways to use Facebook to Increase...
You surely agree that Facebook is a great tool to keep in touch with friends, past guests and guests-to-be. Here are a few not-to-be-missed tips on how to use Facebook cleverly -- and without spending a penny -- to increase your guest contact and occupancy.
More Tips for Being a Good Bed and Breakfast Host
Page 2 of a feature packed with tips for being a good bed and breakfast host, written specifically for aspiring innkeepers.
Being a Good Bed and Breakfast Host
Thoughts on how to be a good bed and breakfast innkeeper, written specifically for aspiring innkeepers.
Before You Buy a Bed and Breakfast
Things you should consider before buying a bed and breakfast.
Top 5 Unique B&Bs in the Midwest United States
A look at the top 5 unique bed and breakfasts in the midwest United States.
Zoning Issues for Bed and Breakfasts
A worksheet for aspiring innkeepers, designed to help you understand issues related to zoning for bed and breakfasts.
The Reality of Starting a Bed and Breakfast
A look at the reality of starting a bed and breakfast, from the eyes of a professional innkeeper.
Family Considerations in Running a Bed and...
A look at some of the family considerations which arise when running a bed and breakfast.
Marketing Your Bed and Breakfast
Tips for current and aspiring innkeepers on how to market your bed and breakfast effectively.
Do Innkeepers Make a Profit?
Professional innkeepers discuss whether or not you can make a good profit running a bed and breakfast.
Treehouse Cabins at River of Life Farm in the...
A profile of The Treehouse Cabins at the River of Life Farm in Dora, Missouri, overlooking the North Fork River.
Five Things Guests Do That Drive Innkeepers Crazy
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Lousiville, Kentucky, Bed and Breakfasts
Tips for travelers making a trip to Louisville, Kentucky, especially those who enjoy staying in bed and breakfasts.
Out 'n' About Treehouse Treesort - Takilma,...
A profile of Out 'n' About Treehouse Treesort, treehouse accommodations in Takilma, Oregon.
Setting House Rules for Your Bed and Breakfast
Setting the house rules is an important step in preparing to open your bed and breakfast.
How To Write A Successful Welcome Letter As An...
Writing a successful welcome letter is a great way to make every guest's visit more enjoyable both for them and you as an innkeeper!
Historic French Quarter Homes You Can Stay In
Small hotels and guest apartments in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Page 3.
What is a bed and breakfast?
An answer to the question: what is a bed and breakfast? Part of a FAQ about bed and breakfasts.
Cedar Creek Treehouse in Ashford, Washington -...
A profile of Cedar Creek Treehouse, a treehouse bed and breakfast in Ashford, Washington, not far from Mount Rainier.
Top 5 Unique B&Bs in the Northeast United States
A look at the top 5 unique bed and breakfasts in the northeast United States.
Belgian Waffles
A recipe for Belgian waffles, submitted by innkeepers Betsy and Karol Paterman of the Glynn House Inn in Ashland, New Hampshire.
Whose Job Is It? - Assigning Duties at a Bed...
A list of common jobs at a bed and breakfast in a worksheet format to help you assign family members to the tasks.
Goose N Berry Inn Baked French Toast
A baked French toast recipe submitted by a professional innkeeper.
The Good Side of Being an Innkeeper
Page two of an article about the reality of starting a bed and breakfast, written by a professional innkeeper. Page 2.
Personal Advice from Innkeeper Sallie Clark
Page three of an article about the reality of starting a bed and breakfast, written by a professional innkeeper. Page 3.
Keeper's House Inn - Lighthouse Bed and...
A profile of Keeper's House Inn, a lighthouse bed and breakfast in Isle au Haut, Maine.
Lighthouse Bed and Breakfasts - West Coast...
A look at bed and breakfasts located in lighthouses on the west coast of the United States.
Manhattan Bed and Breakfasts
Bed and breakfasts in Manhattan, including Chelsea, Gramercy Park, and Greenwich Village.
Baked Oatmeal
A recipe for baked oatmeal, submitted by a professional innkeeper.
How To Pamper Your Guests at a Bed and Breakfast
Tips for innkeepers who want to pamper the guests who stay at their bed and breakfast.
Food Service Requirements in a Bed and Breakfast
A look at the issues innkeepers need to consider when serving food in a bed and breakfast.
A Five-Day Treehouse Stay in Anchorage, Alaska
A profile of the Five-Day Treehouse Stay, a unique getaway in Anchorage, Alaska.
Sleep in a Train Car
Bed and breakfast-style accommodations inside train cars in Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Canada, England and Australia. Page 4.
Boat and Breakfasts - U.S. East Coast
Information about boat and breakfasts in Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.
Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast - Haunted Inn
Information about the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast in Fall River, Massachusetts, a haunted bed and breakfast.
Rose Island Lighthouse
A profile of Rose Island Lighthouse, a bed and breakfast in Newport, Rhode Island.
Author Nora Roberts' Bed and Breakfast in...
Author Nora Roberts (aka J.D. Robb) has opened Inn BoonsBoro, a bed and breakfast in Boonsboro, Maryland.
Sleeping in Former Slave Quarters
Bed and breakfasts at which you can sleep in former slave quarters in Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina.
Top 6 Books for Aspiring Bed and Breakfast...
A look at the best books written for aspiring innkeepers, to help understand what goes into opening and running a successful bed and breakfast.
Cedar House Inn & Yurts
Cedar House Inn & Yurts in Dahlonega, Georgia, is a unique bed and breakfast. In this interview, the innkeepers explain why they decided to offer yurts as guest accommodations.
Innsitting - Becoming a Substitute Innkeeper
A look at the life of a professional innsitter -- what they do and how they do it.
What Every Aspiring Innkeeper Should Know
Advice and tips for aspiring innkeepers, stright from the mouths of professional innkeepers.
Heceta Head Lighthouse in Yachats, Oregon
A profile of Heceta Head Lighthouse, a bed and breakfast in Yachats, Oregon.
Lighthouse Bed and Breakfasts - Michigan
A look at bed and breakfasts in converted lighthouses in the state of Michigan.
Top 10 Pet Peeves at Bed and Breakfasts
My top 10 pet peeves at bed and breakfasts, compiled by a traveler who loves B&Bs and always prefers them to motels.
So You'd Like To Own A B&B?
Want to know what you'll be getting into when you own a B&B? Learn the main obstacles you'll encounter and the attitude you'll need as you begin your quest.
Bed and Breakfasts in Manhattan
Bed and breakfasts in Manhattan, including Midtown, the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side and Harlem. Page 2.
East Brother Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast
A profile of East Brother Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast in Point Richmond, California.
Bed and Breakfasts - Frequently Asked Questions
A FAQ all about bed and breakfasts, answering frequently asked questions about B&Bs.
Making a Good Impression on Your Guests
How a bed and breakfast innkeeper can make a good impression on his or her guests.
I want to open a bed and breakfast. Where do I...
An answer to the question: I want to open a bed and breakfast. Where do I start? Part of a FAQ about bed and breakfasts.
Best Bed and Breakfast Amenities
A look at some of the fabulous amenities offered at bed and breakfasts.
Casa de las Flores
A profile of Casa de las Flores, a bed and breakfast in Ajijic, Mexico, including an interview with the innkeeper.
Strawberry Bread Recipe from Big Mill B&B
An ultra-yummy recipe from our friends at the Big Mill B&B in Williamston, North Carolina.
Tori Spelling Becomes an Innkeeper
Information about actress Tori Spelling's bed and breakfast, Chateau La Rue, in southern California.
Herreshoff Castle Bed and Breakfast
A profile of Herreshoff Castle Bed and Breakfast in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
Boat and Breakfasts - U.S. West Coast
A look at boat and breakfasts in California, Oregon and Washington.
Bed and Breakfasts with a UFO Connection
A look at bed and breakfasts with a connection to UFOs, including some located in and near Roswell, New Mexico.
Groupon vs Living Social
How do the social media discount sites work for B&Bs? Some innkeepers wouldn’t touch the deals with a ten-foot pole, but others swear by them. See what innkeepers had to say about the cost – and the return.
The World's Most Unique Bed and Breakfasts
A look at some of the most unique and unusual bed and breakfasts around the world. The list includes an enhanced treehouse, accomodations in a cave and much more.
The Seven Steps Of Writing A Business Plan
Before you can become an innkeeper, you have to buy an inn. As with any business, you’ll need a business plan to make sure that your dreams can become a reality.
Boat and Breakfasts - Yachts and Houseboats
Information about boats and yachts offering overnight accommodations, similar to bed and breakfasts.
Top 5 Unique Bed and Breakfast Getaways
A look at the top 5 unique bed and breakfast getaways.
Pepper Kakar - Swedish Cardamom Cookies
A pepper kakar (Swedish cardamom cookies) recipe submitted by a professional innkeeper.
Casa de la Paz - Haunted Bed and Breakfast
A profile of Casa De La Paz Bayfront in St. Augustine, Florida, a haunted bed and breakfast.
Before You Buy Bed and Breakfast Gift...
Things you should consider before buying a bed and breakfast gift certificate.
Riding the Rails: Train-Related Bed and...
Bed and Breakfasts with a connection to the railroad across the U.S. and Canda, with some international destinations.
Castle Bed and Breakfasts in Europe
Bed and breakfasts set in European castles, both historic and modern.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
A peanut butter oatmeal cookies recipe submitted by a professional innkeeper.
Norumbega Inn - Maine Bed and Breakfast
A profile of the Norumbega Inn, a castle bed and breakfast in Camden, Maine.
Bed and Breakfasts for Sale - Best Listings
A list of the best online listings of bed and breakfasts for sale.
Bed and Breakfasts in Faubourg Marigny of New...
A look at bed and breakfasts in the Faubourg Marigny, a neighborhood in New Orleans.
Will we have our own bathroom?
An answer to the question: will we have our own bathroom at a bed and breakfast? Part of a FAQ about bed and breakfasts.
Amoré by the Sea Bed and Breakfast
A profile of Amoré by the Sea Bed and Breakfast in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, including an interview with the innkeepers.
In The Zone: Is Your Dream Home Allowed To Be A...
For all hopeful innkeepers who think it’ll be a snap to convert a residential home into an inn: Do your homework.
Why Stay in a Bed and Breakfast?
If you've never stayed at a B&B and wonder why they appeal so much to some people, here are the answers.
The White House of Wilmington - Haunted Bed and...
A profile of The White House of Wilmington, Vermont, a haunted bed and breakfast.
Cregg Castle in Carrandulla, Ireland
A profile of Cregg Castle in Carrandulla, Co. Galway, Ireland, a castle bed and breakfast which was originally built in 1648.
The Texas White House - Haunted Bed and Breakfast
A profile of The Texas White House in Ft. Worth, Texas, a haunted bed and breakfast.
Bed and Breakfasts in Maui, Hawaii
Information about bed and breakfasts in Maui, Hawaii.
Castle Unicorn in Glenwood, Iowa
A profile of Castle Unicorn, a bed and breakfast in Glenwood, Iowa, near Omaha.
Top 5 Unique B&Bs in the Southeast United States
A look at the top 5 unique bed and breakfasts in the southeast United States.
Bermuda Bed and Breakfasts
A look at bed and breakfasts in Bermuda, a subtropical jewel a short journey from the east coast of the United States.
1822 Bougainvillea House
A profile of the 1822 Bougainvillea House, a bed and breakfast in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Top 5 Cookie Recipes from Bed and Breakfast...
Links to some great cookie recipes submitted by professional bed and breakfast innkeepers.
Tips for Your Bed and Breakfast Bathroom
Tips for making your bed and breakfast bathroom as appealing as possible to your guests. Page 2.
B&Bs North and South of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
A look at bed and breakfasts located north and south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
JailHouse Inn Bed and Breakfast in Preston,...
A look at the JailHouse Inn Bed and Breakfast in Preston, Minnesota.
Buying a Bed and Breakfast in a Bad Economy
Things aspiring innkeepers should know before buying a bed and breakfast in a bad economy, including interviews with two industry experts.
Luxury Bed and Breakfast Resorts - Luxury Inns
Here's a look at some luxury bed and breakfast resorts which offer three meals a day. They're great for getaways when price doesn't matter -- or just to dream about.
Bed and Breakfast Associations - To Join or Not...
Innkeepers share their thoughts regarding the value of joining bed and breakfast associations.
The Carriage House B&B's Chocolate Waffles
Traditional waffles are given a turbo-boost of flavor with the addition of chocolate in this recipe from the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast in Lynchburg, VA.
Susan Poole: B&B Coach
The dream of owning a bed and breakfast can be overwhelming and hard to resist – even if it doesn’t make sense financially. Helping hopeful B&B owners analyze the realities of innkeeping is Susan Poole, ‘The B&B Coach’. Using skills honed as a not-for-profit change manager, she has prospective innkeepers face facts and decide if the dream is worth pursuing.
Bedford Post Inn in Bedford, New York
A profile of the Bedford Post Inn, a bed and breakfast in Bedford, New York, owned by Richard Gere and his wife Carey Lowell.
Haunted Bed and Breakfasts
Some of the most haunted bed and breakfast inns around the world.
The Castle Inn Riverside in Wichita, Kansas
A profile of The Castle Inn Riverside, a bed and breakfast in Wichita, Kansas.
It’s About Time
Basil Fawltey, John Cleese’s fictional innkeeper would’ve enjoyed his profession if he didn’t have to deal with guests. But guests are the reasons many innkeepers get into the business. But there’s a fine line between spending time with your own guests and knowing when you should give them some space – and give yourself a breather.
Top 3 Bed and Breakfasts for Guests with...
A look at some of the very best bed and breakfasts for guests with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS).
Villa Maria Petit Hotel in New Zealand
A review of the Villa Maria Petit Hotel, a New Zealand bed and breakfast in Kerikeri.
Swedish Scones Recipe
A recipe for Swedish scones submitted by a professional bed and breakfast innkeeper.
Underground Bed and Breakfasts
These bed and breakfasts are literally underground -- dug out of the earth in and around Coober Pedy, Australia.
Bed and Breakfasts in the Garden District of...
A look at bed and breakfasts in the Garden District of New Orleans.
Stay At A B&B For Free!
There’s no trick here, you really can stay for free in many inns from Miami to Virginia, from Brazil to Austria, from Tuscany to Provence. When you participate in “voluntary travel” you don’t pay money for your accommodation, instead you spend a few hours working in the garden, assisting with farm duties or in the Inn’s household, or helping the hosts with whatever their current needs dictate.
Interview with Jean Hager
An interview with mystery writer Jean Hager, author of the Iris House Bed and Breakfast series.
Saugerties Lighthouse
A profile of the Saugerties Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast in Saugerties, New York.
Dealing with Problem Guests
Not every guest is as concerned about your inn as you are. How do you handle it when guests treat your B&B like their private resort?
A Murder Mystery Weekend Experience
A murder mystery weekend at the Harry Packer Mansion in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, turns out to be a lot of fun for me, my husband, and our friends.
Luxury Bed and Breakfasts
Luxury bed and breakfasts for those times when price doesn't matter -- or just to dream about.
San Francisco Bed and Breakfasts
Bed and breakfasts near the beach, the bay, the bridge and the bustling streets of San Francisco. This page focuses on the Inner Sunset and Richmond Districts. Page 4.
AirBnB: Friend or Foe?
One of our recent articles generated quite a bit of buzz regarding AirBnB. In response, we have this article, contributed by Peter Scherman and Rick Wolf of The B&B Team that looks at how regulation should be incorporated into the sharing economy as it continues to grow.
What type of breakfast is served?
An answer to the question, what type of breakfast is served at a bed and breakfast?
The Most Wanted Guest
A nice guest at a bed and breakfast turns out not to be quite what he appears.
Kauai: A B&B Kinda Island
On an island where the hotel prices can often be as extravagant as some of the vegetation you’ll see blooming in the jungle, Kauai offers those of us on a more medium-sized budget the chance to stay at a B&B for much less.
Spring Cleaning For Innkepers
Innkeepers are no strangers to cleaning; most of us do some degree of it every single day. But as we emerge from the dark days of winter in the light of spring, it's a great time to get everything refreshed and a little extra sparkling. Here are a few tips to help.
Stand Out: Bring Attention To Your B&B
Create A Degree Of Difference. Bed & Breakfasts.
Most Unusual Items Left in a Bed and Breakfast...
Innkeepers talk about the most unusual items guests have left behind in their bed and breakfast rooms.
Race Point Lighthouse
A profile of Race Point Lighthouse, a bed and breakfast in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Pineapple Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe
A delicious pineapple sour cream coffee cake recipe submitted by a professional innkeeper.
Running a Bed and Breakfast for Dummies
An interview with Mary White, author of Running a Bed and Breakfast for Dummies, and a brief review of the book.
Touching Innkeeper Stories
A collection of touching and sometimes humorous stories from bed and breakfast innkeepers.
Simple Ways To Impress Your Guests
Five small gestures that can make a difference.
The Naturals
A true story about bed and breakfast guests who don't mind being seen... a lot.
The Wheeler Mansion, a Bed and Breakfast in...
A profile of The Wheeler Mansion, a bed and breakfast in Chicago, Illinois.
Top 10 Popular Bed and Breakfast Destinations
Wonderful bed and breakfasts can be found all over the world, adding extra charm to your getaways. These are the most popular bed and breakfast destinations covered at this site.
Designing A Dream B&B (Part I)
One in a series of articles in which innkeepers discuss what they would incorporate into the design if they were building a bed and breakfast from scratch.
Abingdon Guest House in New York City's...
A profile of Abingdon Guest House, a bed and breakfast in New York City's Greenwich Village.
Visiting Williamsburg, Virginia
Bed and breakfasts near the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Page 2.
Top 5 Bed and Breakfast Cookbooks
One of the best reasons to stay in a bed and breakfast is the delicious and unique breakfasts you get to eat. These cookbooks include recipes from professional innkeepers so you can recreate their magic touch right in your own home.
How does a bed and breakfast compare to a hotel?
An answer to the question: how does a bed and breakfast compare to a hotel? Part of a FAQ about bed and breakfasts.
The Evolution Of An Inn
A look at how the Inn at Blue Moon Farm near Nashville, TN evolved into a getaway for famous guests and those looking for a custom-made escape.
Bed and Breakfasts in Esplanade Ridge and...
A look at bed and breakfasts in the Esplanade Ridge and Mid-City neighborhoods of New Orleans.

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