This Veteran’s Day we have reserved our two most luxurious rooms for active or retired military and their spouses as part of the B&B for Vets program. In an effort to thank you for your service B&Bs across the country are donating free rooms for the night of November 11th. We are proud to participate in this program along with all the other members of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association. Area restaurants have also added free or discounted meals to the veterans who stay in our rooms that evening. Once all of the 52 rooms that have been donated by ABBA are booked you can add your name to a wait list. You can find more information on the program and book your free room at The Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association website.
Posts Tagged ‘A Better Way to Stay’
April 29th, 2013 by abedofroses
You’ve decided that maybe a B&B really is a “better way to stay” than an anonymous hotel with cookie cutter rooms. Now how do you make sure that you’re really getting all the benefits of a bed and breakfast when you’ve never been to one before? Here are some tips on how to maximize your stay and make it really memorable.
First of all, at a bed and breakfast be sure to stay for breakfast! This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s natural to want to pack the most into your vacation or weekend stay in a new place. You want to see it all and do it all! But breakfast at a bed and breakfast is the main event. It’s integral to the whole experience of an inn versus a hotel. Of course there’s the food. One of the reasons people become innkeepers is because they love to cook and they love to present their guests with a beautiful plate that will make their inn stand out in the crowd. Most likely it is home cooked from scratch, many times from fresh local ingredients or even from the innkeeper’s own garden. It’s not at all unusual for an innkeeper to have culinary training in gourmet cooking or catering. You won’t be getting short order eggs and bacon! It’s going to be special.
Beyond just the delicious food is the experience of sharing your breakfast with the other guests. Depending upon how the individual inn handles breakfast, you will meet all or many of the other guests staying at the inn at the breakfast table. I’ve always felt that this is where the magic happens! People from all different regions of the country or the world, with totally different backgrounds, ages and in different stages of their lives come together over a good meal. Connections are made, discoveries are shared and conversation flourishes. It’s definitely worth scheduling that tour a little later in the day. Most B&Bs will post the time(s) they serve breakfast on the website. If not be sure to ask!
Another thing that helps to make your breakfast a wonderful experience is to share any dietary restrictions or things you don’t eat for breakfast with your innkeeper well in advance of your arrival. That way you’re sure to get a breakfast that will be enjoyable for you. There’s no need to feel uncomfortable about not eating when everyone around you is enjoying the meal. Innkeepers want to prepare a meal you’ll relish, so don’t be afraid to ask them to leave out the onions or bacon on yours. Some restrictions, like not being able to eat dairy or eggs take time to prepare for or may involve buying special ingredients so be sure to let your hosts know well in advance. If they aren’t able to accommodate you they will let you know, but most innkeepers are adept at special meals.
Pick your innkeeper’s brain about things to do, places to eat and must see attractions in their area. The Internet is great about advertising these things, but the locals know what’s really good or what’s all hype. They can help you find what you will like, not just what’s popular. An innkeeper is also used to being a concierge. They can get you a reservation, schedule a tour, and sometimes get you a little extra special care at places they know well. Plus they know the shortcuts that your GPS won’t tell you!
Be sure to make use of the common areas. There usually are menus available for area restaurants and brochures on things to do and see. It’s also a great opportunity to socialize with other guests and find out what they’ve enjoyed doing in the area.
Pick your room carefully. This isn’t going to be like a hotel, where the rooms are basically the same with different prices for different size beds. Each room in a B&B is unique, just like those in any home. Each has its own décor, some frilly and filled with antiques and others more masculine or modern. Some are large suites and some are cozy nooks. You may have a shower but no bath or a jetted tub with no shower. Pick what you like and what is important to you. Don’t judge a room just by its price. A less expensive room may not be a value if it doesn’t have the amenities you want. Photos will make the room look as good as possible so don’t be afraid to ask how large the room is, how many windows it has or where in the house it’s located. Having expectations that are based on as much information as possible will help you avoid disappointment. Staying at a B&B should be a delight!
For more tips on your first stay at a B&B see our whole series:
- First Time at a Bed & Breakfast?
- First Time at a Bed and Breakfast? What Can I Expect at Breakfast-time?
- First Time at a Bed and Breakfast? What are the amenities like at a B&B?
- First Time at A B&B – Bed and Breakfast Etiquette: Reservations and Cancellations
- First Time at A B&B – Bed and Breakfast Etiquette: Should I leave a tip at a B&B?
- First Time at A B&B – Bed and Breakfast Etiquette: Breakfast Etiquette.
- First Time at A B&B – Bed and Breakfast Etiquette: Whispering and Tiptoeing around the Museum!
- First Time at a B&B Series: Giving up Control
May 6th, 2012 by abedofroses
On May 8th The Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association (ABBA) is unveiling a brand new look with a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate our exciting new Interactive Kiosk at the Asheville Visitor’s Center. A Bed of Roses is a proud member of ABBA and we’re excited about this event! Now you can walk up to a beautiful touch screen animation of our new logo and request information on any of our member inns, search for inns by location or amenities and even book a room right there! We’ve been busy creating a brand new website with a new logo that we’re unveiling at the same time and we at A Bed of Roses are so proud of all the people in this great organization that have worked hard to get this project off the ground.
The Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association consists of 16 member inns that come together to encourage visitors to experience Asheville from the welcoming home base of a B&B. It’s truly a “better way to stay” as the Professional Association of Innkeepers International has been saying with their campaign to educated the public to the exceptional experience that staying at a B&B affords.
Each and every inn in our organization has something different and exceptional to offer. An ABBA Inn may be a Queen Anne Victorian like ours, or an Arts & Crafts style home or a cabin nestled in the mountains. You can totally tailor your visit to Asheville to fit your style, your budget and your imagination by choosing an ABBA inn. You can call any of our inns or the ABBA main number and be assured that if they don’t have what you’re looking for they will help find an inn that does. We, as an organization make sure that all of our inns are of the highest quality so we can feel good about referring our guests to them.
ABBA, by operating as a group, can also offer special experiences and discounts for Asheville area activities. When you go to our new website you can visit our “Specials” page for opportunities available to ABBA inn guests only.
If you can’t join us at the Asheville Visitors Center, be sure to check out all the changes on our new website at http://ashevillebba.com!
February 6th, 2012 by abedofroses
Staying at B&Bs over the years was a key factor in our deciding to become innkeepers, but we also love going to the Caribbean for a winter break. Hotels and time-shares are the norm on island vacations and something a little different takes time and a little research to discover. We just returned from a relaxing, idyllic trip to St. Martin and we found a place this year that offered the more personal touch we look forward to in our B&B stays. Françoise and Yves Hamel-Camaïeu live on the French side of the island in the Cul de Sac, a remote corner of the island. After winding your way up and down hills and around corners, with glimpses of mountains plunging to the ocean between roofs, you come to their home at the end of the road.
They rent only one studio out of their house and you are greeted at the gate by their dog “Moose” and Moses the cat. Françoise leads you to around the side of the house to your private little deck surrounded by a white picket fence and dripping with Bougainvillea. The newly renovated apartment is ultra modern inside and dotted with bright, bold island oil paintings. The couple frame art and run a gallery in Marigot. Although breakfast is not included, like it is at a bed and breakfast, Françoise did leave us a fresh baguette, with little ramequins of apple butter and jam, 2 eggs and some slices of watermelon for our first breakfast on the island. Breakfast on the deck every morning was a delight. A little pot of sugar hanging from a tree drew bright yellow sugar birds to our breakfast nook every day. The little birds were busy constructing a nest of island cotton and twigs in the Bougainvillea above the clothes line. Only the beach could lure us away from our little retreat! That, and the wonderful French restaurants. Next year we hope to spend more time with our charming hosts!
*A Better Way to Stay is the Professional Association of Innkeepers International campaign to educate the public about the benefits of staying at B&Bs and inns when traveling for pleasure or for business.