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Must Read For First Time Bed and Breakfast Guests

June 14th, 2010 by Mariah

Guests that have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast really don’t have any idea what they are missing out on. Americans especially have a wide array of lodgings to choose from when they take a vacation: high-rise hotels, rustic resorts, motels by the bay. Yet more and more people are flocking to bed-and-breakfast inns, the most old-fashioned homes away from home. Just 20 years ago, there were only 1,000 B&B’s scattered throughout the USA. Today there are more than 28,000 serving more than 50 million guests each year.


Satisfaction ratings for B&B’s are much higher then that of most hotel/motel experiences. Customers were for the most part satisfied with their most recent B&B experience, with 80 percent giving the experience an “excellent” rating and another 17 percent calling it “good.” Over 90 percent would both consider a return visit and recommend the B&B to friends and family.


If you are FINALLY planning on booking your first…of many, were sure… Bed and Breakfast Vacations, below is 10 great tips on how to make the most of this amazing experience. Make sure you email us at and tell us how wonderful your first stay was!




1. Ask Questions: B&Bs are different from cookie cutter hotels, every inn is unique, and this is what makes them special. Some are historic and others are modern, some are quaint and rustic and others are elegant and gourmet. Be sure you are selecting a B&B tailored to your taste & needs.

2. Mention Dietary Needs: Since breakfast is a highlight of most B&B stays, mention any special dietary need when booking an inn. Just keep in mind that “allergies” – things which will kill you — and “diets” – things you can’t eat to loose weight – are very different. Guests should be careful not to confuse the two as it is unfair to the Innkeepers, who work very hard to provide a memorable dinning experience. Don’t forget… Innkeepers are usually happy to share their signature recipes with you to make at home.

3. Private Baths: Although most inns offer private baths, verify with the innkeepers if the bathroom is shared or private. A private bath is usually in your room, however sometimes it is in the hall exclusively for your use (innkeepers often provide robes if the bathroom is outside your room).

4. Personalized Reservations: Take advantage of the personal service B&Bs want to offer you and ask about amenities, the inn and the area when making your reservation. B&Bs do not have 24-hour reservation offices. If you are making your reservation by phone, call during hours that you wouldn’t mind being called yourself and be mindful of time zone differences.

5. Inquire About Handicapped Accessibility: If you or anyone in your party requires an inn that’s fully handicapped accessible, check with the Innkeeper beforehand.

6. Ask About Policies Before You Book: Smoking, Children and Pet Polices are different at each inn, so verify them by phone before you make your reservation. Policies not only vary between inns but even at the same inn there may be some rooms that are appropriate for children while the rest of the inn is not child friendly. For all policies, don’t assume – ASK.

7. Deposits and Cancellations: Ask about deposit and cancellation policies before you book. Your deposit means you are committing to the inn and they are committing to have your room for you. Since cancellations affect a small inn greatly, they will often result in a forfeiture of your deposit if the room cannot be re-rented.

8. Check In /Check Out Times: Ask about check in and check out times and try and arrive within them. Innkeepers can usually be flexible if you need special arrangements. Since innkeepers are expecting you and want to be there to greet you, be courteous and let them know if your arrival time changes.

9. Reserve Early: Although some inns welcome “walk-ins,” all inns prefer an advance reservation and deposit. Since most B&Bs are small, rooms might not be available when you want to visit. If the inn is booked, innkeepers usually will suggest alternate dates or suggest other inns in the area.

10. Make Your Self At Home: Innkeepers are hospitality experts so relax and enjoy your stay! Treat your room with the care you would your own home. You’ll know you’ve picked the right B&B if you feel like a treasured guest and long to return. The greatest compliment you can give an innkeeper is to refer them to a friend.

Expand Your Business With Catering

May 3rd, 2010 by Mariah

Many Innkeepers have expanded their businesses and revenue by adding additional food services to their Bed and Breakfasts. This may include anything from a small restaurant that serves lunch and dinner, to filling common areas with luncheons and tea parties during down time. Whether you bring in an outside catering team, or do it yourself, always remember that the food and service will reflect directly on you as an Innkeeper. Here are a few great examples of Inns that have very successfully expanded their food service horizons:

The Inn At Fox Hollow Hotel in Woodbury, NY.

Exceptional Long Island Banquet and Catering Services…The Inn At Fox Hollow has five distinct meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 65 guests. Each room is equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities. Four of the five rooms can be set up in an array of configurations to meet one’s specific needs. The Stratford Room is a permanent executive boardroom and is perfect for intimate corporate events. The Fox Hunt Room is the largest room available and is perfect for both corporate and social events. The Inn offers a variety of menu options to choose from. All of the Inn’s banquet and catering services are served buffet-style. Scotto Brothers award-winning Chefs prepare all of the food and the Inn’s professional banquet staff attends to every event to ensure its success.

  • Five elegantly appointed banquet rooms for Long Island weddings and special events
  • Adjacent to the Fox Hollow Restaurant and Caterers
  • Distinguished menus to choose from or to make customized selections
  • Professional catering staff to attend to your needs & exceed your expectations
  • Centralized location providing travel convenience to all guests

Fox Hollow’s Restaurant and Lounge…

The Rose Hunt Restaurant and Lounge at Fox Hollow provides guests with an extraordinary dining experience. Enjoy award-winning cuisine in the timeless setting of an English Country Estate in the heart of Long Island’s magnificent Gold Coast.

The Rose Hunt Restaurant and Lounge offers unparalleled service and exceptional fare in a relaxing and tasteful atmosphere. The Restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday starting at 11:30 AM. The Rose Hunt serves dinner Monday through Friday from 5:00 PM – 10:00PM and Saturday 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM. It is closed on Sundays.

The Rose Hunt Restaurant and Lounge has a wide array of items on their menu, plus a variety of daily Chef Specials. In addition the Restaurant will gladly customize an entree to meet one’s specific preferences and/or dietary needs. The Rose Hunt has an extensive bar, which includes a vast wine list to select from.

The Restaurant is conveniently located adjacent to the Hotel on the same estate. One may take advantage of various packages the Hotel offers in combination with the Restaurant for an experience that is A World Apart® from the ordinary.


Glasbern Inn in Fogelsville, PA.

Glasbern Evening Dining…

Join us at Glasbern for an evening to remember at our on site restaurant near Allentown, PA. Savor contemporary American cuisine under the vaulted rafters of our one-of-a-kind dining room. The exposed original post and beam barn structure and rock wall create a lofty “country elegant” atmosphere for dinner. Many of the dishes feature pasture raised meat from on the farm. Our seasonal menus offer the freshest of local meats and produce, and our luscious desserts will tempt you to linger! An Allentown Restaurant like no other!

Glasbern Pub…

Casual and intimate, our full-service pub invites you to relax with a cocktail, beer or wine before or after your meal. Located adjacent to the dining room in the barn, the pub was created exclusively for guests of the inn. Offering a great place to unwind after a day of exploring Allentown, Bethlehem and the surrounding areas, this elegantly rustic bar features an impressive wine list and drinks of all flavors. Savor a libation in this unique lounge and enjoy the whimsy of the pub’s original oil paintings. Commissioned for Glasbern, the paintings — developed in a folk art style — depict the many farm animals that stroll across the Inn’s rambling acreage.

Chateau Coralini Retreat and Spa in Salinas, CA.

Chateau Coralini Retreat and Spa is the perfect private destination for intimate Corporate Retreats, Team Building events, Incentive programs, Weddings, and Social gatherings. Our dedicated management team will ensure your meeting or event is creatively produced, professionally executed, and will provide personalized attention to every detail.

When only the best will do….. Chateau Coralini is proud to offer a gracious European retreat environment, day spa facilities, two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens set amidst Steinbeck’s Pastures of Heaven, a park like setting with a Victorian Gazebo, angelic tiered stone fountains, exquisitely decorated parlors , state of the art meeting facilities, and a rustic wine cellar dining venue for those specialty wine country celebrations.

Allow us to create a meeting that will rejuvenate your spirit and celebrate your success, an event that will be cherished, and a celebration that will be unforgettable.

Our Chateau Coralini Creations team members will provide personalized event and conference assistance, gourmet cuisine and theme decor planning, and local tour, activity and destination management.