Enjoy The Change of Scenery at a Bed and Breakfast

By: Jody Smith

If you'd like a change from the sameness of hotel and restaurant chains, if you'd like to feel like you've really been somewhere else rather than another version of where you live, consider a bed and breakfast break.

Centuries ago, in Europe, long before the advent of the motor inn, travelers would head for houses offering a bed and a meal. Europeans have continued to enjoy bed and breakfast respites. The B and B tended to be less expensive than a hotel, as proprietors would rent out rooms in their houses, and bid farewell with a good breakfast.

North America has been catching the B and B itch over the last few decades. A B and B was a slice of another life that could be tasted for a short time. A visitor at a bed and breakfast could spend time with the host and/or hostess, and possibly their family. Meals would not automatically be pizza or a burger. Perhaps the proprietors might serve local specialties or their own family favorites.

Deciding where to stay is a bit more involved than it would be if you were just staying at a hotel chain you've used in the past. In those situations, one place is pretty much interchangeable with the hotel in another city. But not so with bed and breakfasts.

Think about location. Is the B and B in question near anything you want to go see? Make sure, because you could otherwise find yourself out in the country -- possibly a beautiful spot but not where you planned on being.

What's to eat? Will they make pancakes with strawberries, bacon and eggs, or scones with clotted cream, laid out on cloth napkins, and a tea cozy? Or will they line up boxes of cereal, and bunches of bananas to snag on your way out?

What's the bedroom like? Do you want a king-size or queen-size bed, or would you rather have a single bed, or maybe two? Find out if your room has a closet or drawer space. This is not a given, so ask.

Don't want to stand in line for the bathroom? You'll want to know whether you will have a private bath, and if so, what do they mean by a private bath? It may not mean that your bathroom is connected to your bedroom. You may have to go out in a public hallway to use your bathroom.

Each bed and breakfast is unique. The one you stayed at which provided a phone and TV in your room, was very different from the one that had neither. The nurturing and fancy meal afforded by one host will be remembered with longing while you're at the b and b that leaves you to yourselves and provided toast and a scrambled egg to see you on your way.

Jody Smith is a freelance writer forEmpowHER.com.

Sources:

Bed and Breakfast Inns: A Relaxing Alternative

http://seniortravel.about.com/od/accommodations/a/bedandbreakfast.htm

Before You Make a Bed and Breakfast Reservation

http://bandb.about.com/cs/beforeyoubuy/bb/byb-reservation.htm

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