The phrase “Bed & Breakfast” often brings to mind a very specific idea – and not something everyone is excited about. If you’re thinking busy floral bedspreads, moth-ball smelling lace curtains and your hosts hovering (and casting looks of disapproval at your late hours) – you could be wrong. If you tend to gravitate towards hotels for an escape and some peace and quiet, re-consider the idea of a B&B. You can actually get the same solitude while being able to enjoy some beautiful scenery.
While many B&Bs can be a little “old school”, there are plenty that have adapted to fit the modern sensibility of today’s population. Equipped with self check-in and high-speed internet in addition to a gourmet breakfast, you can find all the comforts of a 5-star boutique hotel – without the view of a parking lot or highway. In these B&Bs, the idea of a doting grandmother monitoring every move you make and describing each and every last knick-knack in your room has been banished. There you will find innkeepers that are gracious and welcoming, but not over bearing. Not to mention, they may be pretty cool!
If you are looking to get away and not be disturbed, don’t let your pre-conceived ideas of a Bed and Breakfast deter you. That’s not to say don’t do your research! You can get a good idea from their website and reviews on Tripadvisor. Most B&Bs will also have a section on their website about the owners. Check it out, and also look at their B&Bs Facebook page. The Facebook page will often have more personal anecdotes so you can get a feel for the owners.
Whether you’re looking for a week vacation, a weekend get-away, or just need a place to stay on your road trip, don’t forget about B&Bs! It is possible to get all the modern conveniences and comfort of a hotel while enjoying beautiful views and a gourmet breakfast!