Historic Cider Mill House is 'hidden treasure' in West Virginia
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West Virginia bed & breakfast owners Ed and Kat Cimaglio describe their 18th century stone farmhouse as a hidden treasure. For about the price of a single night in a typical corporate hotel, the Cider Mill House Bed & Breakfast at Willow Run Farm offers a cozy experience in an 18th century stone farmhouse that remains the heart of the 200 year-old working farm. More
Gov. Perdue proclaims Bed and Breakfast Week in North Carolina
North Carolina Bed & Breakfasts and Inns Share
Recognizing the "down home" character of a visit to North Carolina, Gov. Beverly Perdue has proclaimed the week of May 22-28 as Bed and Breakfast Week statewide. The proclamation comes as the North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inns Association celebrates its 25th anniversary as a non-profit organization promoting bed and breakfast inns as a better way to stay in North Carolina.
North Carolina has long been home to quality bed and breakfast inns in the many cities and towns across the state, hosting tourists and visitors to many attractions. Visitors staying at bed and breakfast inns experience comfortable, clean and friendly places that offer unique perspectives of the Old North State's cultural heritage, often providing guests with "inside information" about the seldom visited and experienced opportunities available around the area.
Gov. Purdue cordially invites all North Carolina visitors to come, "sit a spell" on one of the many inviting porches of North Carolina's bed and breakfast inns.
Many hotels take 'bath' out of bathrooms
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Want to take a long hot bath the next time you're on the road? Good luck finding a tub. Bathtubs are disappearing from many hotels across the USA, going the way of a mint on the pillow, as chains use the freed-up space to install ever more luxurious showers. More
Weak economy has B&B owners depending on the weather
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With opening day approaching, Linda Foy, owner of Ashling Cottage in Spring Lake, dismissed the buzz about the slow job market, high gasoline prices and the rising cost of coffee and turned her attention to the skies. The forecast was for 60 degrees and sunny. Foy was relieved. "I'd say we're holding our own right now," she said. "It looks promising, if the weather holds up." More
Officials mull transforming Tennessee jail into B&B
The current lease is up for the 105-year-old Scott County Jail in Huntsville, Tenn.,and official are hoping to attract a new business to occupy the historic building, possibly a bed and breakfast. Currently, work is underway to sweep and scour the three-floor building. They'll have to clean up the 46 beds and get ready for tours for future tenants. More
Illinois town's B&B feeling effects of tourism dip after flooding
The Rose Hotel Bed and Breakfast in Elizabethtown, Ill., has overlooked the Ohio River for 199 years. Manager Sandy Vinyard was worried this spring's flooding might be the end. "It just kept coming up and getting higher and higher," said Vinyard, "I was really concerned with the building." Vinyard says tourism is the biggest moneymaker in town. But it has dropped off in recent weeks due to flooding. More
Tourism trend: Year off to a good start for restaurants, lodging in Colorado county
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Sales tax revenue numbers from across Summit County, Colo., continue to indicate an increasingly strong and sure-footed local tourism economy based on first quarter data. The restaurant and short-term lodging industries in Breckenridge and Frisco are leading the recovery, with significant increases in sales tax revenue generated in the first three months of the year from the same time frame in 2009 and 2010. More
Maine B&B named 'Best of New England'
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Yankee Magazine bestowed the "Best of New England—Editors' Choice" award on Angel of the Berwicks in North Berwick, Maine, for its architectural significance. "Inside and out, the 25-room [Angel of the Berwicks] is a gem, showcasing hand-painted 11-foot ceilings, detailed friezes, elaborate woodwork, and plentiful antiques," the Yankee editors wrote. More
Arizona's Coyote Trail B&B offers 'true desert experience'
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When Mary Lopez retired to Arizona after a 30-year career in public service in West Virginia, she knew exactly how she wanted to spend her golden years: operating a bed and breakfast. Coyote Trail Bed and Breakfast in Hidden Valley, Ariz., offers hiking, biking, driving quads, horseback riding, stargazing and spa treatments. More
Follow these 5 marketing tips to generate repeat business
Business Insider Share
A traditional small business, such as a bed and breakfast, generally has to rely on word of mouth to grow the customer base; but the rules have changed, thanks to the Internet and Internet marketing. If you aren't already generating revenue via your web presence, it's time you adapted to take advantage. More
Hospitality businesses need to leverage social media, manage risks
Social media is here to stay, and every business in the hospitality industry must pay attention. Social media tools are constantly changing and allow for an instantaneous, continuous dialog that, in many cases, is visible to the entire world. With social media playing such a key role in the way our prospects, customers, and employees obtain, organize, and distribute information, businesses need to embrace this change and capitalize on it. More
Huevos rancheros: Add south-of-the-border spice to breakfast, brunch
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Rebecca Underly says a favorite dish in her house is huevos rancheros. The nearly limitless variations — whole wheat flour tortillas, different types of cheeses, sour cream, fresh tomatoes, various meats like bacon and sausage, lettuce, black beans and grilled onions — make the dish a winner. More
Receive one entry to win the Pamela Lanier B&B Collection by Simmons set for each $5 donated to the Better Way to Stay campaign in May.
Hats off to Lanier Publishing for generously donating The Bed and Breakfast Collection Mattress by Pamela Lanier and Simmons Beautyrest to be awarded to one lucky winner. An entry will be placed in a drawing for the mattress set for each $5 donated to the Better Way To Stay campaign during May. Donate $50 and your name will be entered 10 times to win the mattress. Donate $100 and you’ll receive 20 entries for the prize.
The Queen Mattress set is valued at $1,049 and includes free shipping to anywhere in the continental U.S. The drawing will be held on June 1, and the winner will be notified. Click here to donate to the Better Way To Stay campaign. Hat’s off to Lanier Publishing for this generous donation. Best of luck to those donors who enter! More
Lunchtime Learning Webinar
Social Buying: Worthy Craze or Just Crazy? 2 p.m. EDT, May 31
What is social buying anyway? Does it make sense for your inn? What are the differences among sites like LivingSocial, Groupon, Yuupon, SniqueAway, etc? Can an innkeeper actually make money on a deal? Join us as PAII CEO Jay Karen and a panel of innkeepers who have used social buying dive deep into the successes, challenges and everything in between. Free to Platinum and Gold members, $49 to Silver members, $69 for non-members. For more information or to register, visit inkeeping.org.