Tips for B&B Travel with Kids

August 12th, 2010 by Mariah

Tips for B&B Travel with Kids

Bed and Breakfast travel with children can be tricky, as vacationing at an Inn can be a very different kind of family experience. But have no fear! With a little planning ahead, you can have an enjoyable family getaway at a B&B with kids in tow. Here are a few tips from About.com to help you prepare for your B&B getaway:

Some bed and breakfasts prohibit children under a certain age, so always ask about an inn’s policy before making reservations.

Ask the innkeepers what on-site activities, if any, they have which would be appropriate and entertaining for children the age of yours. But always be sure to bring along plenty of your own games and activities.

Make a list of two or three B&Bs that seem like good candidates and let your children help make the final selection. They’ll look forward to arriving at the inn that much more.

Let your children help pack their suitcases, again giving them a sense of being involved in trip planning.

If you’re driving a long distance, be sure to plan short pit stops on the way.

When you get to the bed and breakfast, let the children see their room first. They’ll feel special and can start exploring while you get things organized in your room.

Be sure your children get a tour of the bed and breakfast and surrounding property, either from you or the innkeeper. They should know right from the start what they can and can’t do.

Work with the innkeeper regarding breakfast, especially if your children are picky eaters. Many inns aren’t equipped for same-morning menu changes, so plan at least a day ahead.

Tips:

Encourage your children to rate the bed and breakfast at the end of the trip. Ask what they liked and didn’t like — and why. This will help you plan the next trip.

If you have a child who really likes to camp out, ask the innkeepers if you can bring a small pup tent for the yard. Some innkeepers might even consider reducing your rate, since that child won’t be sleeping in a room.

What You Need: A child-friendly trip agenda, Games, Books, Toys, and a plan for other activities to keep your child occupied if he or she gets bored.