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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 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.


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.

Travel Industry Catering To Families This Summer

June 16th, 2010 by Mariah

Travel Industry Catering To Families This Summer

Below is a great article taken from the USA Today regarding the efforts by hotels to cater to families this summer season. Innkeepers can get some great ideas from this article, such as making kid goody bags, kid-friendly dining options, and offering gaming systems. Parents may be reluctant to bring their youngsters to a B&B, so if you have anything that caters to kids make sure you ADVERTISE it.

“Hotels try harder to woo travelers on vacation with kids.”
By Roger Yu, USA TODAY

Hotels are stepping up their efforts to woo vacationers and families.
They’re introducing leisure and kid-friendly amenities to deal with a new industry reality that leisure travelers are more important than ever.

Leisure travelers — which include vacationers, honeymooners and wedding attendants — surpassed business travelers as the primary hotel customer segment in the U.S. in 2004. By 2009, leisure traveler volume had risen to 476 million, or 54% of the total, from 399 million in 2000, says D.K. Shifflet & Associates, a travel research and consulting firm. The nights business travelers filled rooms fell during the nine-year period to 411 million.

“Business travel has been slowly declining, says Douglas Shifflet of D.K. Shifflet. And, he says, “It’s not going back.”

Travelers have also gotten younger. Gen X travelers — in their late 20s to early 40s — are replacing Baby Boomers. Gen Xers are more reluctant to travel for business but are showing greater willingness to go on vacations with their families, Shifflet says. “They’re having kids now,” he says. “They try to balance their lives more.”

Among the new leisure traveler enticements:

Family. More kid-friendly programs are offered. Marriott International has started distributing toddler care items, such as fitted slip covers for cribs, squirting bath toys, baby lotion and shampoo and nightlights, at 2,500 hotels throughout most of its brands. “Things people might forget. We’re making sure hotels have these items,” says Peggy Fang Roe of Marriott, adding that the effort is partly to help change its reputation as a business hotel company.

In July, Marriott-operated hotels will begin distributing free activity books and silicone bracelets featuring Nickelodeon characters. For $10, customers can buy a SpongeBob backpack containing a splash ball, paper doll and sunglasses. Customers at full-service hotels — Marriott and JW Marriott brands — can pay $20 for the backpack and a SpongeBob book and pillow cases. Marriott’s partnership with Nickelodeon also features costumed characters and live shows at some of its resorts.

Omni Hotels gives away free bags of goodies for kids (with Twizzlers, flashlight, cup, mini-drum and bookmark), as well as milk and cookies.

Value. With budgets tight, families are looking for deals. Homewood Suites by Hilton says its revamped free meal program has helped draw more leisure travelers in the last year.

Beach Getaway Checklist

June 13th, 2010 by Mariah

Monday June 21 marks the offical first day of summer. In many places however, the summer heat is already very much upon us. Chances are no matter where you live, you will be hitting the beach at some point this summer season. We have put together a few lists of the must-have’s for your beach getaway. Don’t forget that many of our B&B properties are beach front and are the perfect way to extended your summer vacation.

Beach Vacation Must Have’s

The Basics:

Sarong/ Pareo
Flip Flops/ Sandals/ Crocs
Beach Bag/ Dry Bag
Lots of swimsuits
Waterproof hair accessories
Quick Dry Shorts
Anklets/ Toe Rings

Essential Beach Bag Booty:

A sheet/ Beach blanket/ Large towel
Cover-ups/ Loose, light weight shirts
Wide brimmed hats
Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen
Small amount of cash
Disposable waterproof camera
Small spray bottle of white vinegar

Extra Beach Bag Booty:

Mask and snorkel (fins optional)
Bug spray (depending on the area)
Inflatable or pop-up playthings
Picnic lunch
Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool
Folding lightweight beach chairs
Boogie board or similar
Aqua shoes
Umbrella or portable pop-up cabana

Beach Bag Booty For The Kids:

A pail and shovel
Beach ball, water wings, other inflatable toys
Snacks like fresh or dried fruit
Portable kid sized tents

Share Your Favorite Beach With Other Beach Lovers

Of all the beaches you’ve visited which do you think is the Best Beach in the World? Tell us where it is and what you love about it. Is it a great walking or tanning beach? Has something special happened to you on YOUR beach? A proposal, a wedding, maybe you met a special person. Write to us and tell us all about, and make sure to include you favorite Bed and Breakfast near your beach!

Memorial Day Specials

May 13th, 2010 by Mariah

Memorial Day Weekend Specials

Summer spells B-B-Q! Ok, so it really doesn’t, but who doesn’t love a good cookout! Our Inns love treating their guests like family. See what fun Summer Specials are available now!


Foley House Inn in Savannah, GA

Paula Deen’s Food Extravaganza

This includes lunch at Paula Deen’s brother’s restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s, a copy of Paula Deen’s cookbook, two tickets to Savannah Walks Ghost Tour, two tickets to Owens Thomas House Museum/Telfair Museum/Jepson Art Center, and a $50 Lady & Sons Gift Certificate. Package is $240 Plus Lodging.


Lost Creek in Chandler, OK

Dinner & Entertainment with Cabin for Weekday

This summer if you are thinking Entertainment on Dinner…..Lost Creek is bringing in Live Entertainment and having chuck wagon (Cookout) dinners for folks looking for something fun during the Week. Stay a night in a Country Cabin right here at Lost Creek.


Gracehill in Townsend, TN


Packed in coolers, backpacks, or packages to go if eating on the road home, $20 each or $30 for two. In most cases we need to know ahead of time so we can have your choices like fruit and lunch meat, (turkey, beef, or ham) bought fresh. We always have a choice of several different kinds of cheeses on hand.