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First Time at A B&B? How to Get the Most Out of Your B&B Experience.

April 29th, 2013 by abedofroses

Oregano in bunny pot

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.

Dining room table

Dining Room Table Set for Breakfast

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.

The LAAFF Festival on Lexington Avenue

Shopping in Asheville

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:

  1. First Time at a Bed & Breakfast?
  2. First Time at a Bed and Breakfast? What Can I Expect at Breakfast-time?
  3. First Time at a Bed and Breakfast? What are the amenities like at a B&B?
  4. First Time at A B&B – Bed and Breakfast Etiquette: Reservations and Cancellations
  5. First Time at A B&B – Bed and Breakfast Etiquette: Should I leave a tip at a B&B?
  6. First Time at A B&B – Bed and Breakfast Etiquette: Breakfast Etiquette.
  7. First Time at A B&B – Bed and Breakfast Etiquette: Whispering and Tiptoeing around the Museum!
  8. First Time at a B&B Series: Giving up Control

First Time at a Bed and Breakfast? What Can I Expect at Breakfast-time?

April 21st, 2011 by abedofroses

Spring Breakfast Tarte

Asparagus Tarte- Tell us if you don't like asparagus!

As promised in our April 10th blog, First Time at a Bed and Breakfast?, here is the Breakfast Edition!

A B&B is not a hotel and it is also NOT a restaurant. We think that’s a very good thing. At a bed and breakfast the morning meal is the main event! We pride ourselves on providing a gourmet start to your day. Every B&B is different in how they approach breakfast so don’t be afraid to ask your innkeeper what they provide. Most provide a full meal rather than a continental breakfast. Some serve buffet style where you come down during a certain time range and help yourself. Some serve family style at a set time with one table and plates are passed around. Others, like A Bed of Roses, provide a plated, multi-course breakfast served to you at the table at a set time. Depending upon the size of the inn and their staffing, there may be multiple “seatings” or a single set time for breakfast. We prefer a single seating at 9AM so that all the guests eat together and we can give them our full attention. Some inns have several small tables that feel more restaurant style and provide you with privacy at breakfast. Most will seat all the guests together at one large table like we do here. For us, at A Bed of Roses, that’s where the magic happens! People of all different ages come from all over the country with all different backgrounds and they sit down at the breakfast table together and it just comes alive with conversation and laughter. Watching the breakfast table is definitely our favorite part of being innkeepers!

“But what if I have plans and can’t eat at the set time?” Check with your innkeeper about what they are able to provide. Some may be willing to provide you with an earlier continental breakfast or may be able to give you coffee and a muffin “to go”. You will most certainly see on the website when breakfast is served so you can plan accordingly. As a point of etiquette, please do tell your innkeeper as far in advance as possible if you will not be joining them for breakfast. They plan their meals well in advance, shopping for what they need for a certain number of people and may even start preparing your meal the day before.

What about the food? What can you expect, if it’s not a restaurant? You can almost always count on a wonderful breakfast. That’s what we’re known for! Some B&Bs do give you a choice of breakfast entrée, but most are not equipped to cook individual meals for each guest. We try to vary our menus to appeal to most people, but communication is the key! On most websites, when you make your reservation they will ask you if you have any food allergies or special needs. This is very important information for the innkeeper to have when planning the week’s menus! Most inns are glad to prepare food that complies with special diets. Don’t be afraid to put down things you just don’t care for either. You don’t have to have a medical condition for your innkeeper to prepare a breakfast you will be able to enjoy! We are here to give you a memorable culinary experience and will be more than glad to plan our menus around your likes and dislikes. Again, planning is the key and it can be tricky planning a menu around multiple food allergies or preferences, so please let us know as early as possible if you have a special food preference or need. The night before is probably not going to be early enough for your innkeeper to accommodate your special diet.

What will the amenities be like at a Bed and Breakfast? Stay tuned for the Amenities Edition!

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