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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.
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.
Cottonwood Cottage Bed and Breakfast
An interview with the former innkeepers of the now-closed Cottonwood Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Salem, Oregon.
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.
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.
How To Name Your Bed and Breakfast
Things that new innkeepers should consider before deciding on a name for their bed and breakfast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9 Sky-High Treehouse Hotels
A look at treehouse accommodations, including some which are more than 50 feet off the ground.
Five Things Guests Do That Drive Innkeepers...
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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!
18 Castles You Can Stay In
Bed and breakfasts set in castles in the eastern United States and Canada.
Have You Heard About This Underwater Hotel in...
A look at Jules' Undersea Lodge, underwater accommodations you have to scuba dive to get into.
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.
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).
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.
Zoning Issues for Bed and Breakfasts
A worksheet for aspiring innkeepers, designed to help you understand issues related to zoning for bed and breakfasts.
Lighthouse Bed and Breakfasts - East Coast...
A look at bed and breakfasts in converted lighthouses on the east coast of the United States.
Being a Good Bed and Breakfast Host
Thoughts on how to be a good bed and breakfast innkeeper, written specifically for aspiring innkeepers.
Five Things Guests Do That Drive Innkeepers Crazy
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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.
Top 10 Myths About Bed and Breakfasts
A look at the top 10 myths about bed and breakfasts.
Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast - Haunted Inn
Information about the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast in Fall River, Massachusetts, a haunted bed and breakfast.
Tori Spelling Becomes an Innkeeper
Information about actress Tori Spelling's bed and breakfast, Chateau La Rue, in southern California.
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.
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.
Marketing Your Bed and Breakfast
Tips for current and aspiring innkeepers on how to market your bed and breakfast effectively.
Meet The Innkeepers: Barbara and Jim Smith
Any innkeeper will tell you that breakfast table conversations are the most fascinating and rewarding aspect of doing business. If you stay with Jim and Barbara Hearn at the Holly Tree Manor Bed & Breakfast in Trenton, Tennessee, the conversation will be very entertaining, indeed. Why? Because Jim was in the CIA and, back in 1956, Barbara was dating an up and coming singer. His name was Elvis Presley.
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.
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.
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.
Before You Buy a Bed and Breakfast
Things you should consider before buying a bed and breakfast.
What Every Aspiring Innkeeper Should Know
Advice and tips for aspiring innkeepers, stright from the mouths of professional innkeepers.
Reservation Software Reviewed by Innkeepers
We hear from three innkeepers about which reservation systems keep business buzzing along.
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.
Boat and Breakfasts - U.S. East Coast
Information about boat and breakfasts in Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.
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.
Baked Oatmeal
A recipe for baked oatmeal, submitted by a professional innkeeper.
Haunted Bed and Breakfasts
Some of the most haunted bed and breakfast inns around the world.
Innsitting - Becoming a Substitute Innkeeper
A look at the life of a professional innsitter -- what they do and how they do it.
Treehouse Cottages - Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Staying in the Treehouse Cottages in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, makes for a unique getaway.
6 Tips For Choosing The Right Reservations...
Good reservation software is as critical to the success of a B&B as comfy beds and scrumptious muffins. Here we take a look at six things you should look out for as you choose the system that will keep track of your bookings and guest data.
Goose N Berry Inn Baked French Toast
A baked French toast recipe submitted by a professional innkeeper.
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.
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.
Belgian Waffles
A recipe for Belgian waffles, submitted by innkeepers Betsy and Karol Paterman of the Glynn House Inn in Ashland, New Hampshire.
Sleeping in Former Slave Quarters
Bed and breakfasts at which you can sleep in former slave quarters in Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina.
Do Innkeepers Make a Profit?
Professional innkeepers discuss whether or not you can make a good profit running a bed and breakfast.
Virginia City, NV: A B&B Kinda Town
Virginia City’s bed and breakfasts are housed in historic buildings, where you will experience the warmth of the Old West in an elegant and relaxing atmosphere.
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.
Historic French Quarter Homes You Can Stay In
Bed and breakfasts located in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
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.
Thornewood Castle - Haunted Bed and Breakfast
A profile of Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, Washington, a haunted bed and breakfast.
A Day In The Life Of The Innkeeper
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Family Considerations in Running a Bed and...
A look at some of the family considerations which arise when running a bed and breakfast.
Boat and Breakfasts - Yachts and Houseboats
Information about boats and yachts offering overnight accommodations, similar to bed and breakfasts.
Manhattan Bed and Breakfasts
Bed and breakfasts in Manhattan, including Chelsea, Gramercy Park, and Greenwich Village.
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.
Best Bed and Breakfast Amenities
A look at some of the fabulous amenities offered at bed and breakfasts.
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.
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.
Lousiville, Kentucky, Bed and Breakfasts
Tips for travelers making a trip to Louisville, Kentucky, especially those who enjoy staying in bed and breakfasts.
Boat and Breakfasts - U.S. West Coast
A look at boat and breakfasts in California, Oregon and Washington.
Before You Buy Bed and Breakfast Gift...
Things you should consider before buying a bed and breakfast gift certificate.
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.
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Castle Bed and Breakfasts in Europe
Bed and breakfasts set in European castles, both historic and modern.
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.
The Texas White House - Haunted Bed and Breakfast
A profile of The Texas White House in Ft. Worth, Texas, a haunted bed and breakfast.
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.
Setting House Rules for Your Bed and Breakfast
Setting the house rules is an important step in preparing to open your bed and breakfast.
Bed and Breakfasts in Manhattan
Bed and breakfasts in Manhattan, including Midtown, the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side and Harlem. Page 2.
Pineapple Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe
A delicious pineapple sour cream coffee cake recipe submitted by a professional innkeeper.
Casa de las Flores
A profile of Casa de las Flores, a bed and breakfast in Ajijic, Mexico, including an interview with the innkeeper.
Race Point Lighthouse
A profile of Race Point Lighthouse, a bed and breakfast in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Keeper's House Inn - Lighthouse Bed and...
A profile of Keeper's House Inn, a lighthouse bed and breakfast in Isle au Haut, Maine.
Becky's Raspberry Muffins
A raspberry muffins breakfast recipe submitted by innkeepers Becky and Charlie Mallar of The 1785 Inn in North Conway, New Hampshire.
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.
Quick Tips For Weaving A Practical B&B Website
In a few short years, printed brochures have given way to websites that have given even the smallest bed and breakfast worldwide exposure. But how do you get started on a design that separates a good website from a great one?
Sleep in a Train Car
Bed and breakfast-style accommodations inside train cars in Pennsylvania and Texas. Page 3.
B&B Blog Central: October 27 Update
An inn’s website tells only part of the story. Visit this site to find connections to blogs created and maintained by innkeepers everywhere.
Bed and Breakfasts in Faubourg Marigny of New...
A look at bed and breakfasts in the Faubourg Marigny, a neighborhood in New Orleans.
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.
To Every Inn, A Season
If you're thinking about opening a bed and breakfast, one of the things you'll want to keep in mind is seasonality. My inn was located in an area of the country
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.
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.
Bed and Breakfasts - Frequently Asked Questions
A FAQ all about bed and breakfasts, answering frequently asked questions about B&Bs.
Herreshoff Castle Bed and Breakfast
A profile of Herreshoff Castle Bed and Breakfast in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
Out 'n' About Treehouse Treesort - Takilma,...
A profile of Out 'n' About Treehouse Treesort, treehouse accommodations in Takilma, Oregon.
Bed and Breakfasts for Sale - Best Listings
A list of the best online listings of bed and breakfasts for sale.
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.
Pepper Kakar - Swedish Cardamom Cookies
A pepper kakar (Swedish cardamom cookies) recipe submitted by a professional innkeeper.
Simple Ways To Impress Your Guests
Five small gestures that can make a difference.
Lighthouse Bed and Breakfasts - Michigan
A look at bed and breakfasts in converted lighthouses in the state of Michigan.
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.
Meet The Innkeepers: Daniel and JoAnna Jimenez
Innkeepers Daniel and JoAnna Jimenez approached their search for a bed and breakfast a little differently than most. They didn’t know they were looking for a bed and breakfast. But when they found a home with the right zoning in a residential neighborhood, JoAnna realized it was time to work from home and start a family. A year later, everything fell into place.
Saugerties Lighthouse
A profile of the Saugerties Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast in Saugerties, New York.
Thayer's Historic Bed and Breakfast - Haunted Inn
A profile of Thayer's Historic Bed and Breakfast in Annandale, Minnesota, a haunted bed and breakfast.
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.
Lighthouse Bed and Breakfasts - West Coast...
A look at bed and breakfasts located in lighthouses on the west coast of the United States.
Ten Tips For Quicker Cleaning
A bed and breakfast is one of the few professions where the owner is usually the custodian. Keeping a clean house is a must, but cleaning must be done quickly to prepare for the next arrivals. Here are a few suggestions for keeping things tidy – and timely.
Oatmeal / Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
An oatmeal apple cinnamon pancakes breakfast 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.
The Inn at Merridun - Haunted Bed and Breakfast
A profile of The Inn at Merridun in Union, South Carolina, is a haunted bed and breakfast.
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.
The Castle Inn Riverside in Wichita, Kansas
A profile of The Castle Inn Riverside, a bed and breakfast in Wichita, Kansas.
Meet The Innkeepers: Donald Jones
Innkeeper Donald Jones and partner Andrew Kohn fulfilled a dream by purchasing an inn in March 2011. Like veteran innkeepers, they’ve already learned the realities of running an inn. From the unique perspective of a fledgling innkeeper, Jones discusses the surprises and successes of the Orchard House Inn.
Stand Out: Bring Attention To Your B&B
Create A Degree Of Difference. Bed & Breakfasts.
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.
Questions Answered I
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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.
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.
Rose Island Lighthouse
A profile of Rose Island Lighthouse, a bed and breakfast in Newport, Rhode Island.
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.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
A peanut butter oatmeal cookies recipe submitted by a professional innkeeper.
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?
Why Do Guests Cancel?
For innkeepers, a deposit is insurance that a guest will arrive. But sometimes you have to make a judgment call on whether a guest’s excuse for cancelling is worth a refund. Based on an open question that asked ‘Why do guests cancel?’, innkeepers offered their takes on the art and science of cancellations.
1822 Bougainvillea House
A profile of the 1822 Bougainvillea House, a bed and breakfast in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
The Inn at Mt. Hope
A look at the Inn at Mt. Hope, located close to the home of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
Interview: Winding Way
The Winding Way Bed and Breakfast in Rockland Maine, might be small with only two bedrooms, but it’s big on history and character. For starters, its half inn and half art gallery with a selection of watercolors on display (and for sale) from the owner Anne McMath and other local artists. And back in the 1880’s it used to be an ice cream parlor -- and guests can still be treated to ice cold creamy treats by the innkeepers. The inn just opened in January of this year, so I checked in with Anne to see how Winding Way came to be.
A Gracious Meander
I recently had the opportunity to stay at the Inn At Meander Plantation in Virginia. It was a peaceful and restorative getaway that I highly recommend.
Adding Streams of Income
How can you make more money while keeping your room rates at a price that won’t drive away guests? As innkeepers across America have found, there are multiple ways to pair your talents with the resources of your bed and breakfast to generate additional income.
Swedish Scones Recipe
A recipe for Swedish scones submitted by a professional bed and breakfast innkeeper.
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.
Tips for Your Bed and Breakfast Bathroom
Tips for making your bed and breakfast bathroom as appealing as possible to your guests. Page 2.
Top 5 Unique Bed and Breakfast Getaways
A look at the top 5 unique bed and breakfast getaways.
Visiting Williamsburg, Virginia
Bed and breakfasts near the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Page 2.
Thurston House - Orlando Area Bed and Breakfast
An interview with the innkeeper of Thurston House, a bed and breakfast near Orlando, Florida, and attractions such as Disney World.
Twin Farms
A look at Twin Farms, a luxury bed and breakfast resort in Barnard, Vermont.
A B&B In A What?!
It’s easy to think that all B&Bs are simply old houses that have been restored and reconfigured to take overnight guests. But guess again! B&Bs are turning up in unusual, inventive places that offer travelers adventure, history and memory-making experiences. Here are four unique lodging options that have been cleverly and beautifully re-imagined and repurposed into stylish bed & breakfast inns.
Bed and Breakfasts in Maui, Hawaii
Information about bed and breakfasts in Maui, Hawaii.
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 Haight-Ashbury and Western Addition. Page 3.
Best Beach B&Bs
BedandBreakfast.com has just released its 2013 list of the ten best beach bed and breakfasts in the world and not only am I jealous of all those innkeepers who have inns in such stunning locations, I’m already dreaming up ways I can get to a few of them for my own getaway this winter! Here are five of my favorites from their list (which you can see in full here).
Simple Inn Recipes
If you’ve spent years stuck on your list of standard recipes, consider a few simple selections that may earn a place on your short list.
Charles Street Inn in Boston, Massachusetts
A profile of the Charles Street Inn, a bed and breakfast in Boston, Massachusetts.
Questions Answered II
A follow-up question from Bonnie Maravilla in which I address the issue of having family come to stay at an inn you own.
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.
Denver Bed and Breakfasts
A look at bed and breakfasts in and around Denver, Colorado.
Words of 100: An e-Book Offers Advice for...
In your quest to own a bed and breakfast, you can take a lot of classes and ask a lot of questions – or you could have someone else do the work for you. ‘Words of 100’ is an e-book that offers the advice from 100 innkeepers across the nation – advice that can offer a shortcut to fulfilling your dream of owning an inn. And if you already do, there’s advice for you as well!
The White House of Wilmington - Haunted Bed and...
A profile of The White House of Wilmington, Vermont, a haunted bed and breakfast.
Colonial Innkeepers Pie Recipe - Funny Cake
A recipe for Colonial Innkeepers Pie, also known as Funny Cake, submitted by a professional innkeeper.
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.
Inn on Main Street - Haunted Bed and Breakfast
A profile of The Inn on Main Street in Weaverville, North Carolina, a haunted bed and breakfast.
Million Dollar Bed and Breakfasts
An article about bed and breakfasts listed on the real estate market for more than $1 million.
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.
When is breakfast served?
An answer to the question, When is breakfast served? Part of a FAQ for bed and breakfasts.
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