Bed & Breakfasts: Most Popular Articles
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.
These important decisions need to be made before you open the doors to your bed and breakfast.
Bed and breakfast owners need to be aware of many laws and regulations. This page introduces you to some of the most common.
An interview with the former innkeepers of the now-closed Cottonwood Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Salem, Oregon.
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.
A simple worksheet designed to help aspiring B&B innkeepers identify the costs of starting a bed and breakfast.
Things that new innkeepers should consider before deciding on a name for their bed and breakfast.
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.
A collection of checklists for aspiring bed and breakfast innkeepers. Links to information on startup costs, family considerations, zoning issues, etc.
Staying in a monastery makes for a unique, quiet vacation. Plan your monastic getaway with these resources.
A self-administered quiz designed to help you understand if your strengths and weaknesses are suited to being a bed and breakfast innkeeper.
A look at treehouse accommodations, including some which are more than 50 feet off the ground.
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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!
Bed and breakfasts set in castles in the eastern United States and Canada.
A look at Jules' Undersea Lodge, underwater accommodations you have to scuba dive to get into.
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.
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.
A look at some of the very best bed and breakfasts for guests with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS).
A look at the reality of starting a bed and breakfast, from the eyes of a professional innkeeper.
A worksheet for aspiring innkeepers, designed to help you understand issues related to zoning for bed and breakfasts.
A look at bed and breakfasts in converted lighthouses on the east coast of the United States.
Thoughts on how to be a good bed and breakfast innkeeper, written specifically for aspiring innkeepers.
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Some basic information on what constitutes a bed and breakfast, part of a series of worksheets for aspiring innkeepers.
A look at the top 10 myths about bed and breakfasts.
Information about the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast in Fall River, Massachusetts, a haunted bed and breakfast.
Information about actress Tori Spelling's bed and breakfast, Chateau La Rue, in southern California.
Page 2 of a feature packed with tips for being a good bed and breakfast host, written specifically for aspiring innkeepers.
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.
Tips for current and aspiring innkeepers on how to market your bed and breakfast effectively.
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.
A look at the issues innkeepers need to consider when serving food in a bed and breakfast.
For all hopeful innkeepers who think it’ll be a snap to convert a residential home into an inn: Do your homework.
A look at the top 5 unique bed and breakfasts in the midwest United States.
Things you should consider before buying a bed and breakfast.
Advice and tips for aspiring innkeepers, stright from the mouths of professional innkeepers.
We hear from three innkeepers about which reservation systems keep business buzzing along.
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Information about boat and breakfasts in Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.
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.
A recipe for baked oatmeal, submitted by a professional innkeeper.
Some of the most haunted bed and breakfast inns around the world.
A look at the life of a professional innsitter -- what they do and how they do it.
Staying in the Treehouse Cottages in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, makes for a unique getaway.
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.
A baked French toast recipe submitted by a professional innkeeper.
If you've never stayed at a B&B and wonder why they appeal so much to some people, here are the answers.
My top 10 pet peeves at bed and breakfasts, compiled by a traveler who loves B&Bs and always prefers them to motels.
A recipe for Belgian waffles, submitted by innkeepers Betsy and Karol Paterman of the Glynn House Inn in Ashland, New Hampshire.
Bed and breakfasts at which you can sleep in former slave quarters in Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina.
Professional innkeepers discuss whether or not you can make a good profit running a bed and breakfast.
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.
A look at the top 5 unique bed and breakfasts in the northeast United States.
Bed and breakfasts located in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Author Nora Roberts (aka J.D. Robb) has opened Inn BoonsBoro, a bed and breakfast in Boonsboro, Maryland.
A profile of Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, Washington, a haunted bed and breakfast.
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A look at some of the family considerations which arise when running a bed and breakfast.
Information about boats and yachts offering overnight accommodations, similar to bed and breakfasts.
Bed and breakfasts in Manhattan, including Chelsea, Gramercy Park, and Greenwich Village.
An ultra-yummy recipe from our friends at the Big Mill B&B in Williamston, North Carolina.
A look at some of the fabulous amenities offered at bed and breakfasts.
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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.
Tips for travelers making a trip to Louisville, Kentucky, especially those who enjoy staying in bed and breakfasts.
A look at boat and breakfasts in California, Oregon and Washington.
Things you should consider before buying a bed and breakfast gift certificate.
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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Bed and breakfasts set in European castles, both historic and modern.
An answer to the question: what is a bed and breakfast? Part of a FAQ about bed and breakfasts.
A profile of The Texas White House in Ft. Worth, Texas, a haunted bed and breakfast.
Bed and Breakfasts with a connection to the railroad across the U.S. and Canda, with some international destinations.
Setting the house rules is an important step in preparing to open your bed and breakfast.
Bed and breakfasts in Manhattan, including Midtown, the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side and Harlem. Page 2.
A delicious pineapple sour cream coffee cake recipe submitted by a professional innkeeper.
A profile of Casa de las Flores, a bed and breakfast in Ajijic, Mexico, including an interview with the innkeeper.
A profile of Race Point Lighthouse, a bed and breakfast in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
A profile of Keeper's House Inn, a lighthouse bed and breakfast in Isle au Haut, Maine.
A raspberry muffins breakfast recipe submitted by innkeepers Becky and Charlie Mallar of The 1785 Inn in North Conway, New Hampshire.
Tips for innkeepers who want to pamper the guests who stay at their bed and breakfast.
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?
Bed and breakfast-style accommodations inside train cars in Pennsylvania and Texas. Page 3.
An inn’s website tells only part of the story. Visit this site to find connections to blogs created and maintained by innkeepers everywhere.
A look at bed and breakfasts in the Faubourg Marigny, a neighborhood in New Orleans.
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.
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
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 in Dahlonega, Georgia, is a unique bed and breakfast. In this interview, the innkeepers explain why they decided to offer yurts as guest accommodations.
A FAQ all about bed and breakfasts, answering frequently asked questions about B&Bs.
A profile of Herreshoff Castle Bed and Breakfast in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
A profile of Out 'n' About Treehouse Treesort, treehouse accommodations in Takilma, Oregon.
A list of the best online listings of bed and breakfasts for sale.
A list of common jobs at a bed and breakfast in a worksheet format to help you assign family members to the tasks.
A pepper kakar (Swedish cardamom cookies) recipe submitted by a professional innkeeper.
Five small gestures that can make a difference.
A look at bed and breakfasts in converted lighthouses in the state of Michigan.
A profile of Cedar Creek Treehouse, a treehouse bed and breakfast in Ashford, Washington, not far from Mount Rainier.
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.
A profile of the Saugerties Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast in Saugerties, New York.
A profile of Thayer's Historic Bed and Breakfast in Annandale, Minnesota, a haunted bed and breakfast.
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.
A look at bed and breakfasts located in lighthouses on the west coast of the United States.
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.
An oatmeal apple cinnamon pancakes breakfast recipe submitted by a professional innkeeper.
A profile of the Norumbega Inn, a castle bed and breakfast in Camden, Maine.
A profile of The Inn at Merridun in Union, South Carolina, is a haunted bed and breakfast.
An answer to the question: will we have our own bathroom at a bed and breakfast? Part of a FAQ about bed and breakfasts.
A profile of The Castle Inn Riverside, a bed and breakfast in Wichita, Kansas.
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.
Create A Degree Of Difference. Bed & 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.
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A look at the top 5 unique bed and breakfasts in the southeast United States.
An interview with Mary White, author of Running a Bed and Breakfast for Dummies, and a brief review of the book.
A profile of Rose Island Lighthouse, a bed and breakfast in Newport, Rhode Island.
A profile of The Treehouse Cabins at the River of Life Farm in Dora, Missouri, overlooking the North Fork River.
A peanut butter oatmeal cookies recipe submitted by a professional innkeeper.
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?
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.
A profile of the 1822 Bougainvillea House, a bed and breakfast in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
A look at the Inn at Mt. Hope, located close to the home of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
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.
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.
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.
A recipe for Swedish scones submitted by a professional bed and breakfast innkeeper.
Things aspiring innkeepers should know before buying a bed and breakfast in a bad economy, including interviews with two industry experts.
Tips for making your bed and breakfast bathroom as appealing as possible to your guests. Page 2.
A look at the top 5 unique bed and breakfast getaways.
Bed and breakfasts near the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Page 2.
An interview with the innkeeper of Thurston House, a bed and breakfast near Orlando, Florida, and attractions such as Disney World.
A look at Twin Farms, a luxury bed and breakfast resort in Barnard, Vermont.
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.
Information about bed and breakfasts in Maui, Hawaii.
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.
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).
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.
A profile of the Charles Street Inn, a bed and breakfast in Boston, Massachusetts.
A follow-up question from Bonnie Maravilla in which I address the issue of having family come to stay at an inn you own.
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.
A look at bed and breakfasts in and around Denver, Colorado.
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!
A profile of The White House of Wilmington, Vermont, a haunted bed and breakfast.
A recipe for Colonial Innkeepers Pie, also known as Funny Cake, submitted by a professional innkeeper.
An answer to the question: how does a bed and breakfast compare to a hotel? Part of a FAQ about bed and breakfasts.
A profile of The Inn on Main Street in Weaverville, North Carolina, a haunted bed and breakfast.
An article about bed and breakfasts listed on the real estate market for more than $1 million.
A profile of Cregg Castle in Carrandulla, Co. Galway, Ireland, a castle bed and breakfast which was originally built in 1648.
An answer to the question, When is breakfast served? Part of a FAQ for bed and breakfasts.