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Take a stand for HIV/AIDS activism!

September 4th, 2010 by Mariah

Greetings from Dean Clark at Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast in Ashland Oregon!Take a stand for HIV/AIDS activism!On October 3rd, more than 11,000 people from all walks of life will come together in downtown Portland; our goal is to raise $400,000 for services provided by Cascade AIDS Project (CAP). With your help, CAP works to prevent HIV infections, support and empower people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, and eliminate HIV/AIDS-related stigma.I’m writing today to ask for your support as TY and I walk the 2.5 mile route to raise much-needed funds for HIV/AIDS prevention, education, advocacy and support services in Oregon and Southwest Washington.Your donation will help CAP continue their important work in our community:Please help me reach my goal of $2,500.00 by making a donation today; any amount helps! Donate to me online at www.aidswalkportland.org or by clicking the link below. You can also mail in donations with a copy of the off-line donation form found on my personal website. Your donation will make a difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by HIV and AIDS. Thank you so much for your support!Warmest Regards,Dean Clark

TheInnkeeper.com On Location: Gulfport, Fl

June 28th, 2010 by Mariah

TheInnkeeper.com On Location…

The City: Gulfport, Fl

The quaint City of Gulfport was established in 1910 and is located on the Boca Ciega Bay in central west coast of Florida. With a population of 13,000 residents, Gulfport is home to 1,500 licensed businesses, services, entrepenuers, inns, artisans, boutiques, restaurants and shops.

Gulfport is home to a wide array of eclectic shops and dining experiences from formal to flip flop fare. Lively downtown pubs provide nightly entertainment and weekends are always bustling. The First Friday and Third Saturday of each month there is an ArtWalk. Shops are open late and there are a large number of interesting and unique street-side vendors who set up just for the events. You’re likely to find a diverse mix of live musical entertainment and other performers that is distinctly “Gulfport Bohemian” in nature. It’s a unique experience that’s hard to find anywhere else. Large crowds stroll the streets, enjoy cocktails and diner at one of the local eateries and special artsy treasurers.


Hands down our favorite place in Gulfport is O’Maddy’s. Judging by the turnout there, day and night, the locals feel the same way. We went to O’Maddy’s for lunch on Lori’s recommendation. Very impressed! James had the special of the day, which was Meatball and Mozzarella on Kaiser Roll. In one word: Fabulous. I had the Buffalo Shrimp Appetizer which was also wonderful. The shrimp were the biggest I have eaten, no lie. Prices were great as well! Lunches average $7 to $10, and worth every penny. Drink specials were even better. $2 bottles of Bud Light Lime and ocean front views… we were in heaven. We even returned for dinner that night. When you find something you like you have to stick with it:) For dinner James had the Vegas Hot Chicken Tenders, and I had a House Salad with Blue Cheese. Again, biggest salad I have ever seen. I think they are going for some sort of record. By the way, their hottest hot sauce is called “Vegas” because no one can handle it! Karaoke starts at 10… and was well worth waiting up for. Even on a Wednesday Night the place was packed. You can’t beat O’Maddy’s for value, taste, and entertainment!


Gulfport is a hidden Gem, with a personality like no other. Best of all… NO OIL! There is something for everyone and we can’t wait to return.


Luxury Bed and Breakfasts

November 18th, 2009 by Mariah

TheInnkeeper.com 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. TheInnkeeper.com 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.

Follow our Blog to continue to explore more of our Featured Luxury Bed and Breakfasts around the world with TheInnkeeper.com

Nominated-The Inn of the Month

February 16th, 2009 by Mariah

The Stonewall Jackson Inn has been nominated as the Inn of the Month by Mariah Morris CEO of TheInnkeeper.com Bed and Breakfast Guide. Please read below some history of the Inn, its Owner and other people’s opinion as too why this Inn should be noticed and appreciated….The Stonewall Jackson Inn, as a (circa 1870) Queen Ann mansion, sits on “Nob Hill” overlooking the Historic District of downtown Harrisonburg. Historically called Rocktown, the city played a central role in the Civil War as it was the supply stand distribution depot for General Lee’s major campaigns. General Stonewall Jackson was on the faculty of the famous Virginia Military Institute, knew the Valley well, and was General Lee’s first choice to be the “Valley’s Defender”. There were 11 assaults on the City, but it was never taken until he was killed. His Headquarters for his brilliant 1863 summer campaign was just outside the city at Elkton. Review’s for The Stonewall Jackson Inn

Rated 5.0: Staying at the Stonewall Jackson Inn is like being at home and being treated like royalty. Wayne Engel, owner, welcomes each guest and goes out of his way to personalize their B & B experience with warmth, humor, good service, and delicious food. Rooms are clean, comfortable, spacious with individual bathrooms, and the sheets are heavenly. We highly recommend the Stonewall Jackson in Harrisonburg, VA. Goodmans Roanoke, VA
Date: 2/14/09
By: brgrdg@cox.net
Rated 5.0: We’ve stayed at many of Va.’s B&B’s and this was one of our favorites. Just came to the area for snow tubing at nearby Massanutten. We also visited the historic area, which consisted of shops and great restaurants. The Stonewall Jackson was extremely clean(which is a must for me) and the breakfasts were delicious and filling enough to hold us through lunch. We’d highly recommend this to anyone!
Date: 1-30-31-09
By: Anonymous
Rated 5.0: Enjoyed a two night stay celebrating our anniversary and New Year’s Eve. Breakfast was great both days. Looking forward to returning when the weather is warmer and the grounds are green and flowering.
Date: dec 2008
By: midgendave@yahoo.com
Rated 5.0: Our recent stay at the Stonewall Jackson Inn located in Harrisonburg, Virginia could not have been better. The Inn was immaculate and our hosts were gracious, helpful, accommodating and in every way eager to please. The breakfast was, indeed, one to remember, but that can be truthfully said of all aspects of our time at the Inn. We highly recommend the Stonewall Jackson Inn and plan to stay there on future overnight visits to Harrisonburg.
Date: November 2008
By: Anonymous
Rated 5.0: Our first B&B experience. We were very happy with all aspects of our stay. Good foood, good surroundings and a great staff. Will return soon.
Date: 18 October 2008
By: trauma_junkies@yahoo.com
Rated 4.5: Absolutely delightful in every way! My college roommate and I were in Harrisonburg for a college reunion and wanted to stay in a charming location. The Stonewall Jackson Inn exceeded our expectations and Innkeepers Wayne and Debbie could not be more welcoming. Wayne is a fabulous cook and we loved the breakfasts both mornings. The Belle Boyd room was perfect for us with beautiful antique furniture and two marvelously comfortable beds. It was convenient to both James Madison University and the nearby shops and restaurants of downtown Harrisonburg. I would go back in a minute!
Date: Sept 19-21, 2008
By: peklein@execpc.com

Meet your host and innkeeper! The Owner/Innkeeper, Dr. Wayne Engel, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology from James Madison University, and is well known in the Valley and community for his story-telling, hospitality, & generosity. Wayne contributes to the arts, historic museums, and the preservation of battlefields and civil historic civil war sites….Mariah Morris and CEO of TheInnkeeper.com Bed and Breakfast Guide… is very proud to present this property and its owners on her site. Excellent work and dedication, Thank you! So if you are looking for the perfect Bed and Breakfast or Country Inn or just traveling through Virginia be sure to stop and enjoy a wonderful experience!

Happy Hearts V-Day

January 21st, 2009 by Mariah

Just grab your toothbrush and steal away to the…Inn at Harbour Ridge…in Osage Beach Missouri….Our in-room fireplaces in each guestroom are flickering, the rubber duckies are perched by our twosome tubbies, the private starlit hot tubs are steamy and waiting just for the two of you. Guest room amenities innclude soft robes, slippies, pillow chocolates, candles, lotions and potions, and wine glasses. Our king size beds offer cozy featherbeds and luxury linens. Each morning we’ll deliver an early morning coffee tray to your door before serving a fun and fabulous breakfast in our solarium dining room. So be a Prince Charming or a Lady of the Evening and kidnap your honey for a romantic getaway at our award winning B & B. Come where your hearts will surely be happy! Happy Hearts! Stop By TheInnkeeper.com Bed and Breakfast Guide to find your perfect Valentine’s Day Getaway

Amore by the Sea V-day

January 21st, 2009 by Mariah

Victoria’s BEST oceanfront B&B is offering Great Rates…Amore by the Sea is a luxury, romantic, oceanfront getaway known for its high quality and fantastic location, the very finest of Victoria Bed and Breakfasts! You’ll love our spectacular ocean views where you can often see,whales, seals and otters…Relax in elegant rooms with jetted tubs and fireplaces, sound-proof suites and enjoy the privacy and quiet ambience ofAmoré by the Sea.Voted “Most Romantic Hideaway 2006″, Amoré is located on a pristine stretch of sand and pebble beach, an easy 20 minutes from the heart of downtown Victoria. With miles of seascape to gaze at and the fresh salt air to breathe, you’ll fall in love with Amoré – our guests agree – So when visiting Victoria BC – it is the best location in the city and only an island away from the Olympic Winter Games!Come see why ‘Everyone LOVES Amore by the Sea!’

Ski Utah Vacation

January 21st, 2009 by Mariah

We Love to Ski and Stay at Unique Bed & Breakfasts! We found a great B&B Inn, the Willow Glen Inn located Cedar City Utah conveniently located near Brian Head Ski Area, a great place to ski!The Willow Glen offers wide open spaces, quiet, clean, very reasonable accommodations, and best of all, Violet, the owner is just delightfully, warm and friendly! There is just so much to see and do, throughout the year in Southern Utah and the Willow Glen Inn is so wonderfully and centrally located, it is just a great place to stay and explore all that this part of America has to offer! From skiing, to hiking, to National Park visits with breathtaking views of Zion, Bryce, Cedar Breaks and Capitol Reef, there is just too much to do here! And, there is the world famous Shakespeare Festival to add culture to your stay!We’re from the Pasadena area of Southern California and yes, we ski Mammoth and Tahoe, but for a change of scene, for amazing value for the dollar, for Las Vegas on the way in, Brian Head and Willow Glen have the big ski areas beat! Two day’s skiing for two, plus three nights accommodations were equal to two day lift tickets for two at Mammoth. It’s like we stayed for free!What’s best of all . . . the Willow Glen Inn and Violet took very good care of us, yet left us, as seasoned travelers, to enjoy the beauty and serenity of her ranch property!Thank you Violet! And thank you Willow Glen Inn in Cedar City Utah ! Sincerely,Ken & Tammy… This review has been posted on TheInnkeeper.com Bed and Breakfast Guide…. CEO Mariah Morris

How Do You Read User Reviews

September 17th, 2008 by Mariah

Here is an article written in the Washington Post about websites designed just for posting Reviews. I thought it to be very interesting and mentioned a few good points to consider when thinking about leaving a comment. Sincerely, Mariah Morris TheInnkeeper.com Bed and Breakfast Guide. “If you’re going someplace where you don’t live and know few people, you’ll have to rely on the opinion of strangers. Simple enough — but which strangers?

This is something I’ve been mulling over since getting back from last week’s vacation. More so than on any earlier trip, I relied on the Web instead of guidebooks for advice on where to stay and eat. And not just when planning our trek to Portland, Ore., and its beach/mountain surroundings, but during it. Between my own smartphone and the review iPhone (not due back to Apple’s PR department for another week), I could look up advice on the go — subject, of course, to the limits of Sprint and AT&T’s networks.

But as anybody who’s lost too many hours to reading over conflicting hotel reviews on TripAdvisor can attest, more information can get in the way of making a decision. Everybody seems to like that cute little bed-and-breakfast in the countryside, but what about the minority of negative reviews that raise specific complaints?”

Any feedback in regards to this would be very much appreciated. TheInnkeeper.com Bed and Breakfast Guide

Online Marketing is the Future

March 13th, 2008 by Mariah

To all my members,

As we all know online advertising networks such as our online community at TheInnkeeper.com Bed and Breakfast Guide has proven to be very effective in building brand awareness and generating demand for online Travel.

The most interesting part about this is that spending on Internet marketing is expected to grow 13.4% in 2008, but, that will only add up to 7.2% of the total amount spent on all U.S. advertising, which is expected to hit $153.7 billion.

This means that of all the advertising platforms, the Internet is one of the few on an upward trend. So, I am thinking that we are going to see a lot of growth and that the advertising landscape will be undergoing a major transformation.

New media is growing at a fast pace, and other digital technology to reach our viewers to bring you the reservations.

So, we here at TheInnkeeper.com will be working hard to make sure that all of you Bed and Breakfast owners and Innkeepers we be part of this online Growth.

Sincerely,

Mariah Morris CEO

www.theinnkeeper.com

Bed and Breakfast Blog – TheInnkeeper.com

October 5th, 2007 by Mariah

News for Bed and Breakfast Travelers and Innkeepers.

Would you like to share your experience about a stay at one of our many fine Bed and Breakfasts or Country Inns with all our viewers at TheInnkeeper.com Bed and Breakfast Guide?

If so, that would be great. All you need to do is post it in our new Bed and Breakfast Blog. With our many fine accommodations, I’m sure your stay would enlighten many Bed and Breakfast travelers.

Thank you for your time,

Mariah Morris

www.theinnkeeper.com

Bed and Breakfast Getaways at TheInnkeeper.com

September 6th, 2007 by Mariah

Fall Foliage is on its way and there is nothing more wonderful than to experience this by staying at a Bed and Breakfast or Country Inn.

TheInnkeeper.com offers special deals, personal reviews, local attractions, peak foliage times, best driving routes and other packages to help you plan your Fall Getaway.

Experience the most out of autumn’s beauty by starting your vacation plans at www.theinnkeeper.com