Archive for November, 2009

Luxury Bed and Breakfasts

November 18th, 2009 by Mariah Presents: The Luxury Collection

If you find yourself looking for an above-average experience on your next weekend getaway, a luxury Bed and Breakfast or Country Inn may be just the thing you need. will be featuring a new collection of Luxury Bed and Breakfasts each month, starting with The Florida Collection. To be sure that our Luxury Collection meets our guest’s expectations, our selections are based on the following inspections and standards:

Select Registry “Select Registry’s mission is to promote and elevate niche, specialty accommodations into a universal, recurring pursuit. We empower like-minded travelers and properties to find one another through authentic and comfortable lodging experiences.”

Select Registry carries out a quality assurance inspection for each of its nearly 400 inns. This program involves independent inspectors-not employees of Select Registry-with years of experience in the hospitality industry.

AAA Diamond Standard To be considered for approval and rating by AAA, Bed and Breakfasts and Inns must first apply for an evaluation to determine if they meet requirements for comfort, cleanliness, and hospitality. If the application is approved by AAA, one of AAA’s 65 full-time, highly trained, professional evaluators will visit the establishment for evaluation.

Four-Diamond Rated Standard: Properties are upscale in all areas. Accommodations are progressively more refined and stylish. The physical attributes reflect an obvious enhanced level of quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.

The Florida Collection.

Amelia Island, Fl.

All three of our listed properties in Amelia Island are registered with Select Registry. The serene island paradise of Amelia Island can make you feel as though you have traveled to some far away land. The friendly residents, championship golf courses, and 13 miles of calm beaches are just a few of the qualities that you will encounter.


Amelia Island Williams House

The elegant southern charm of the Williams House Estate surrounds our guests with a look back in time to a more relaxing era. Ten bedrooms w/ private bath, some w/whirlpools and fireplaces, and spacious verandahs. The perfect place to come and enjoy the charm of the herb gardens, the rose pergola, sit by the patio and koi pond. Come renew your soul.



Elizabeth Pointe Lodge

Sometimes you have to be a little adventurous just to find Amelia Island…it’s not on all the maps. And our bright lights have names like the “Big Dipper.” It is getting away. Our main attractions include sleeping late, breakfast on the porch overlooking the ocean, cuddling by the fireplace, sandpiper chasing on the beach, curio shopping by bike, kite flying, rocker reading on the porch, wine hour at any hour, barefoot beach walks.


Fairbanks House

Selected as one of the “”Top 10 Luxury Inns”” by Country Inns Magazine (2/97) THE FAIRBANKS HOUSE is an upscale Bed and Breakfast listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located in the Historic District of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. The house is a beautiful Italianate villa built in 1885 with piazzas, swimming pool, and beautiful gardens.

Key West, Fl.

There are literally hundreds of lodging options in the tourist attraction the is Key West. Only a select few however can truly be called a luxury experience.

Heron House – 4-Diamond AAA and Select Registry

Located in the heart of the historic district, Heron House offers Key West lodging with all the intimacy and hospitality of a small southern guesthouse. Heron House Key West is like no other bed and breakfast – from the moment guests step on the grounds they are surrounded by colorful orchids and lush, tropical plants. We invite you to wander through our exotic gardens, featuring more than 1,000 rare plants collected from around the world, take a dip in the pool or get lost in a book while relaxing on the second story sundeck or simply relish the tranquil serenity of the courtyard.


Marquesa Key West Hotel

Welcome to Key West’s finest small hotel and vacation rental, set in the center of the historic district. A compound of four buildings set around a lush interior garden and two swimming pools, the Marquesa Key West Hotel offers a quiet retreat for those wanting luxury and privacy. Our Key West condo rental is a place where guests can truly feel at home amid the subtropical splendor of Key West, Florida.

Melbourne Beach, Fl.

Port d’Hiver Bed and Breakfast Inn is old Florida luxury at its finest. The only four diamond AAA bed and Breakfast in Brevard County, Port d’Hiver is a member of Select Reigstry Distinguished Inns of North American and was awarded Top Ten Most Romantic Inn for 2009.

Mount Dora, Fl.

Heron Cay Lakeview Bed and Breakfast - 4-Diamond AAA

Mount Dora evokes that quiet and comfortable “Southern” charm and hospitality of a lakefront community nestled amongst the gentle hills and orange groves of Central Florida.

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Specials to be THANKFUL for

November 9th, 2009 by Mariah

Thanksgiving is a great time to get away to one of our fabulous Bed and Breakfasts and let one of our Innkeepers do the cooking for you this year. We promise you will be Thankful you didn’t have to do the dishes and enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.

The Team at has personally selected a few choice places to consider when looking for a Bed and Breakfast experience over this lovely Holiday.



His Rest Bed and Breakfast

Freeburg, Ill.


Cozy up together for a weekend in the private cabin or upper room honeymoon suite in the main cabin which comes with an antique clawfoot tub. Real wood-burning fireplaces and a redwood cedar hot tub on the back patio add a touch of the past to this country experience.

Colonial Days Celebration – Every third Saturday in October from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Artisans, crafts, music, log cabin tours, homemade baked goods and harvest celebration foods. Come celebrate the harvest with us as we explore our American heritage. Open to the public ~ No charge to attend.

Colonial Candlelight Dinners – Come celebrate the First Thanksgiving with us! “Foods of our Forefathers” served in period clothing every Thursday in November at 6:30 p.m., with the exception of Thanksgiving. Come experience America’s past heritage as we remember those who have gone before us on a voyage to the New World. $35.00/person Reservations required.

Country Inn Bed & Breakfast

Fort Bragg, CA.

The Country Inn Bed and Breakfast located in Fort Bragg on the Mendocino coast invites you to “be our guests” for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving at the Country Inn:

Three nights at the Inn

Thanksgiving Dinner (home made with all the trimmings) for two

Two passes to the Mendocino Botanical Gardens

$300 rooms without fireplace

$405 rooms with fireplace

The Mountain Top Inn & Resort

Chittenden, VT.

Thanksgiving Escape to the Country

Leave the hectic life of the city and the hassle of cooking the holiday turkey and come to the peace and relaxation of the Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vermont, just a short drive from Killington. Escape to the splendor and spectacular views of the mountains and lake with our 3 night package valid from November 24-28, 2009, with rates starting at $670 for three nights based on double occupancy.

Our Thanksgiving Escape Package includes:

• 3 nights in a Classic Lodge Room for Two

• Vermont Country Breakfast each morning

• Traditional Vermont Thanksgiving Dinner for 2

• Use of the Resort’s Facilities – xc ski trails, sledding hill

• & ice skating rink (weather permitting)

• Tax and Resort Charges

Chalet Home Thanksgiving Special

Start a Thanksgiving tradition by spending the holiday with your entire family at The Mountain Top Inn & Resortin Chittenden, Vermont, just a short drive from Killington. Reserve one of our fully equipped, tastefully decorated, spacious chalet homes and we will deliver Thanksgiving dinner to your door. All chalet home rentals include full breakfast each morning at the Resort’s main lodge, use of the resort’s facilities and afternoon refreshments served in the lobby.

Special Chalet discount rates during Thanksgiving – must include Thanksgiving, November 26th.

3 night stay — 10% off chalet home rate

4 night stay — 20% off chalet home rate

5 nights or more — 30% off chalet home rate

The Arlington Inn

Arlington, VT.

Revel in the Victorian splendor of The Arlington Inn in Arlington, Vermont. This inn is decorated with beautiful antiques. Many of the guest rooms feature four-poster, canopy, or sleigh beds and clawfoot tubs. The inn also has a full-service tavern and extensive wine list. On Thanksgiving, decide between the Traditional Roasted Turkey, Roast Leg of Lamb and Grilled Sea Scallops and try the other entrees on a different night (like New England Lobster Pie). The Thanksgiving package includes two nights’ accommodation, Thanksgiving dinner, and a country breakfast each morning. The package price varies according to the room you select.

The Beazley House

Napa, CA

The Beazley House, offers elegant lodgings even more affordable than usual: during the entire month of November, rates are discounted up to 1/3rd off last year’s rack rates! Just check the availability calendar to see each days discounted rate. After wine tasting, enjoy top-of-the-line amenities in every room, lush gardens and grounds. Jim and Carol Beazley and staff will direct you to fabulous local restaurants and wineries for your stay in the Napa Valley!

Guest Ranch Getaways

November 4th, 2009 by Mariah

Howdy Cowboy…


If you love horses or are enthralled by Westerns, experience a Guest Ranch Getaway… it may be just perfect for you and your family this Fall. Even if you have no intentions of wearing cowboy boots and yodeling around the campfire, if blue jeans and flannel shirts are your kind of dress code, a week on a ranch may surprise you.


Today’s guest ranch offers a variety of activities for all ages, including hiking, tennis, golf, fishing, swimming, white-water rafting, or just lazing by the pool with a good book.

While rates at guest ranches may seem high, remember that they generally include all your meals and activities.


Here’s a few of our top picks to help you get started:


The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch in Shell, WY


At The Hideout Guest Ranch ”we strive to offer excellence in hospitality, lodging and culinary pampering. Usually we accommodate 15 to 25 guests a week, which allows us to keep it personal and authentic, almost customized.”


Drowsy Water Ranch in Granby, CO


For over 70 years this 600 acre family guest ranch, nestled in its own private mountain valley, has provided folks from around the world with authentic western ranch vacations.


Broken Arrow Lodge in Alder, MT


Broken Arrow Lodge ”is one of the best great family vacations spots in Montana. Our summer dude ranch has it all: comfortable lodging, horseback riding (of course!), hiking, fly fishing, float trips, scenic rides, basketball, horseshoes, late night campfires, and more!”


Seven Lazy P Guest Ranch in Choteau, MT


Sharon and Chuck have owned and operated the ranch since 1958. “With room for around 20 guests, you can expect a very family-oriented atmosphere where everyone is made to feel perfectly at home.


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