Archive for April, 2008

Washington State Wine Country

April 29th, 2008 by Mariah

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation’s second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world’s top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region’s unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions. The Yakima Valley was Washington State’s first appellation and includes more than 40 wineries and 11,000 vineyard acres Walla Walla has more than 65 wineries with predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Syrah. Growing season of 190 to 220 days, with annual rainfall averaging 12.5 inches per year.The Columbia Valley is Washington’s largest viticultural region, covering almost 11 million acres representing a full third of Washington State’s land mass. There are approximately 45 wineries in the Puget Sound region, which has a temperate climate – rarely suffering from prolonged freezes in winter and enjoying mild and dry summers.Red Mountain has a 180 day growing season with just 6-8 inches of rain. Widely planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Sangiovese.Marine influences from the Columbia River meet dry air from eastern Washington in the Columbia Gorge. Warm days and cool nights provide full, ripe flavor profiles and good acid levels.This region has steep, south-facing slopes for optimum vineyard locations, and quick-draining silty loam soils.The 81,000 acre region features approximately 5,200 acres of vineyards – Merlot, Syrah, Cab, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Chenin Blanc. Wahluke Slope has one of the driest, warmest climates in the state.Encompassing hills, running east to west along the northern point of the Yakima River. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Riesling.

Tripadvisor Reviews for Bed and Breakfasts

April 27th, 2008 by Mariah

TheInnkeeper.com Bed and Breakfast Guide is pleased to see many of our Members getting reviewed on our site as well as on Tripadvisor. Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns have become a huge part of Travel and we have seen so much positive feedback from everyone. If anyone has any questions about how to leave a review for any of our properties listed on the on TheInnkeeper.com please let us know. We greatly, appreciate your opinions. Most Sincerely, Mariah Morris CEO

Paradise Gateway Bed Breakfast Review

April 27th, 2008 by Mariah

A review from Mike & Stephanie who stayed at the Paradise Gateway Bed & Breakfast and Guest Log Cabins in Emigrant, Montana, Please read below for their wonderful experience.

We have stayed with Carol and Pete several times over the years. Paradise Gateway is, without a doubt, our favorite vacation destination. The Reed’s treat you like family and are very concerned that you enjoy your stay. Steph and I stay in frequent contact with Carol and Pete and consider them dear friends. Their property is beautiful and the view of Emigrant Peak is a wonderful thing to wake up to. The Reed’s know their area inside and out and can direct the unfamiliar visitor to the best “off track” areas. Ask them to take you to the Tom Miner Basin. If you can keep Carol from diving out of the truck after flowers; you will see an area that I find more interesting than Yellowstone. The Reeds Rock! Mike & Stephanie Wright Leeds, AL

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Featured Review for Today

April 24th, 2008 by Mariah

TheInnkeeper.com is featuring a great review left for the Burlington’s Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast Inn

…From the Professional Website to the Moment you Pull in the Driveway you know this B&B is Something Special…The Innkeepers and Staff are Spectacular and Cater to your Every Need and Want BEFORE You ask because everything is available at your Fingertips. Whether your looking for a quick stay on a Business Trip that feels like home with home cooking and country hospitality, Planning a Romantic Getaway complete with Flowers and Chocolate Covered Strawberries, or just passing through the area with friends for a stay in the Log Cabin its PERFECT and you should look no further!!! Its right outside of Florence, KY/Cincinnati, OH where all the Shopping, Dining, and Attractions are including the Turfway Horse Raceway and Antique Shopping plus its only a few minutes from the CVG Airport. Our Visit was last minute and there were Special Discounted Rates in Place along with Romance Packages that the staff flawlessly pulled together that included, Popcorn and a Movie, Dinner Reservations, Bouquet of Flowers, Roses on our Four Poster Canopy Bed, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Cheese Fruit and Cracker Tray, and Chocolates for our Pillow at night including Complimentary Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies. Our 3 Room Suite had everything to offer from the IPod Docking Station with a CD Player to the Beautiful Antique Decor, Huge Windows with Privacy Blinds to let the Sun in, and an Amazing Bathroom complete with a Two Person High Tech Massage Jacuzzi and Steamshower. Double doors open to a Marble Bathroom with a Tri Fold Mirror and posh Tolitries including Bubble Bath. Most lighting has dimmer switches and the Tub even has a light to reflect from the bubbles. Everywhere you look there are Books, DVDs, Photo Albums of the Inns Transformation, History, and Friendly Staff on Hand. Enjoy cuddeling up by the InRoom Fireplace with your comfy quilt on the Gorgeous Rug or laying down on the couch while watching TV with oversize pillows. We were very well rested thanks to the comfortable mattress because it had Triple Sheeting with a Down Comforter and various styles of pillows. In the closet there were Boardgames and Plush Robes, along with a fan and a place for your luggage. No expense was spared when revamping this beautiful location and they continue to improve Perfection. Our Breakfast choices were endless-We enjoyed Fresh Coffee on the Back Porch, then came inside for a Bowl of Fresh Fruit and Homemade Granola. Our Main Course consisted of a selection of specialties such as the Creme Brulee French Toast, Bacon and Sausage Cassarole with Juices to drink. It was a quaint setting in the Dining area where all the guests could mingle and the place settings were fantastic. It was a delicious Breakfast and great speaking with the InnKeepers. We were relaxed for our entire stay and never left the Room or the Inn because there was so much to do and see-We stayed in the “Mr and Mrs Graves Suite” that had its own Private Entrance and it was like having our own personal assistant included in the Package Deal. Nancy, Bob and the Staff were First Class and made sure music was playing all around the house that the place was tidy, and that we felt safe. Its like joining a family that you want to visit again and again. Get out of the City and Enjoy the Country by Stopping and Smelling the Outdoors, Company of Pets & New Friends, along with Clean Linen on the Lines and a Breathtaking Landscape with Flowers and Lounge Areas. When you think Bed & Breakfast Think Burlington’s Willis Graves in Burlington, KY.

Bed and Breakfast Travel Deals

April 17th, 2008 by Mariah

I know all of us are starting to plan our Spring and Summer travels so we at TheInnkeeper.com Bed and Breakfast Guide would like to bring to everyones attention to some Great Deals our members are offering.

Summer Fling in Sedona-2008 Best Deal Special Lodge at Sedona – A Luxury Bed & Breakfast Inn Available June 1 to August 28, 2008 25 % OFF Regular Rates.

Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn and Adventure Spa’s Specials featuring a Spring Romance

April Specials at The Victoria in Bethel Maine

3 Liberty Green Bed & Breakfast c.1734’s Special features a Canoe or Kayak Package

The Dutch Iris Inn’s Specials include a Dinner for Two and One Magical Evening

Rock Village Bed and Breakfast Special features Spring is in the Air

Buckhorn Inn starts the warm weather off right with an Iced Tea SpecialSherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast Special features Melt your Stress Away as winter leaves us and the warm weather approaches

The Baird House Specials features their 4th Annual Spring Special

Spring Midweek Getaway offered by the Chateau Inn and Suites

Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast Special is a 10% Off-Season Discount

Midweek Reality Break-Save$$ at the Windham Hill Inn

Travel Web Sites Get Personal

April 10th, 2008 by Mariah

As the hint of summer vacation emerges on the horizon, wanna-be travelers begin sifting through travel guides, both real and online, to plan just the right vacation getaway.The influence of social networking and community services is growing significantly for online travel. Seeking information and looking for perspective – like-minded experience and judgments – are currently trumping the straightforward hunt for the best price and experience.This means that before vacationers ,plunk down thousands on a trip, they are craving Real Reviews and Recommendations from others who have stayed there. TheInnkeeper.com Bed and Breakfast Guide is snapping to attention this very important part of online travel. So, we greatly appreciate all reviews that are being left by fellow travelers and after all, traveling should be a social experience.

More Great Reviews for Innkeepers

April 9th, 2008 by Mariah

More and more reviews are being left for our members on TheInnkeeper.com Bed and Breakfast Guide. Our viewers are very pleased with their vacations and will be returning. Below we have posted a just a few from last week.

The Trois Estate at Enchanted Rock located in Fredericksburg Texas

Abacrombie Fine Food and Accommodations located in Baltimore MD

Gabriel’s at the Ashbrooke Inn located in Provincetown Massachusetts

Woodstock Country Inn located in Woodstock New York

The Bent Creek Lodge located in Asheville North Carolina

The Pilot Knob Inn located in Pilot Mountain North Carolina

Wheeler on the Bay Lodge & Marina located in Wheeler Oregon

Thank you all your great work and we look forward to seeing more happy travelors using TheInnkeeper.com Bed and Breakfast

Gas prices to increase online shopping

April 8th, 2008 by Mariah

TheInnkeeper.com would like to share with all our members in the Bed and Breakfast Industry, about a predicted trend for online purchases. This is great news for all of you who are promoting and selling Gift Certificates, Special Deals, Last minute Getaways and Package Deals. Senior Retail analyst, Heather Dougherty of Nielsen//NetRatings said “Online sales should see robust growth this holiday season, partially aided by rising gas and heating prices, as consumers seek to maximize their holiday budgets,” This predicts for a solid cyber-selling season.