Recently a story appeared on the Capital One blog about six reasons to stay at a B&B on your next trip. The author, Rachel Hartman, did a great job of explaining some of the top reasons people stay at B&Bs. As she explained, the chance to meet other travelers, the unique setting and décor, the food and extras, not to mention the chance to support a small business are top reasons to stay at a B&B. We at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) agree, but thought we might expound a little on some of the more subtle and understated reasons that the B&B or inn choice is the best one for lodging on your next getaway.
Best place for Intimate and romantic getaways
If you’re considering a celebration vacation for anniversaries, or simply seeking the ideal lodging for a romantic getaway, one of the 11 DINE inns are ideal choices. It’s all in the amenities when it comes to romance. You’ll find guest rooms with fabulous king beds, puffy comforters, amazing pillows and satiny sheets. Beyond that, because so many inns and B&Bs are found in beautifully restored homes, you’ll find rooms with private fireplaces that you wouldn’t be likely to find at chain hotels. Yet restored doesn’t mean old-fashioned. Ask for a room with a deep soaking or whirlpool tub for that total relaxation you seek with the one you love at so many of the Distinctive Inns of New England and other inns and B&Bs. When it comes to all the romantic amenities in one special place, choose an inn or B&B for your intimate getaway because you simply won’t find this combination of extras at hotels or vacation rentals without paying through the nose.
Friendly Innkeepers with a sense of humor
Recently, the Captain’s House Inn sent out an email to their followers proving that innkeepers not only care about their guests’ entertainment, but can be playful too. The subject line of the email read “Get Your Pumpkin Muffins Away from my Margarita”. The gist of the email was to poke light-hearted fun at the fact that while retailers may be rushing into Halloween, the Captain’s House Inn staff are still holding on to the best months of the summer season on Cape Cod. The great thing about inns and B&Bs, especially DINE inns, is that the innkeepers are amazingly caring, entertaining, fun, and personable. You won’t leave a hotel as a friend of the person who checked you in, but you will quickly and easily establish a friendship with innkeepers. In fact, this sentiment was just posted by an innkeeper on Facebook, “99% of the guests who stay at the inn are people you not only want to serve again but want to list as friends. Sometimes I can’t believe I get paid to do this job. Heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the 99%.”
Amazing local advice
Innkeepers are not only fun and amazing cooks, they are also a bastion for local knowledge. Looking for anything from the best watering holes to the best waterfalls? Your innkeeper will not only know where they are, but they’ll have the menus and/or the best places to take a photo. Right down to the nitty gritty, guests at inns and B&Bs are treated to much more in-depth knowledge than those who choose to stay at an unhosted vacation rental where there’s no one to even ask. You’ll never find the depth of insight about the destination you’re visiting from a busy front desk person at a hotel or motel either.
With breakfast included your stay at an inn or B&B will always mean great value. Then add in the fabulous afternoon teas like you’ll find at Manor on Golden Pond, Deerfield Inn, Rabbit Hill Inn, or Captain’s House Inn or afternoon refreshments, evening receptions and stocked guest pantries, and you know you’ll never go hungry. Then consider that wi-fi access and parking are also included in the stay at all the Distinctive Inns of New England and about 99-percent of the inns and B&Bs across the country. Now you’ve got about $150 in added value over what you’d pay for at a hotel or resort.
On top of that, Distinctive Inns of New England guests are treated to a very special DINE Dollars referral program. Each time you stay at a DINE inn for the standard rate, you’ll leave with a $50 DINE Dollars coupon to visit another DINE inn. When was the last time a Marriott or Hilton offered up a $50 coupon for your next stay?
Considering the amenities, the amazing innkeepers, and all the added value, there are plenty more than six reasons to choose an inn or B&B for your next getaway. When booking your DINE escape, be sure to book direct for the best price on your stay.
In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic.