Wrap up stories about B&Bs always catch my eye. The minute I see the word “inn” or “B&B” in the headline, I’m compelled to read on to see whether the story will bless or bash the concept of B&B lodging. That’s why the story I read today on the Cheapism.com blog entitled “Bed, Breakfast and Beyond” was particularly intriguing. It sounded like it might offer a positive view on B&Bs and inns.
While overall the story was positive, offering up 20 examples of inns and B&Bs that went outside the mold of the popularly conceived B&B, the opening paragraph once again went south on the B&B concept. It suggested that all-too-popular belief that B&Bs are places filled with lace, antiques where guests unfamiliar with one another are forced to eat breakfast and be cordial to one another. As the blog reads…”Bed and breakfast. The mere mention of those three words usually elicits one of two responses. Enthusiasm from those who genuinely love sharing their morning with complete strangers after sleeping on a bed of dubious quality. And eye-rolling from those who don’t.” The story goes on to describe 20 inns that break the “tired old mold” of B&Bs.
What about the response from those who genuinely know, love and respect the value, hospitality, and total relaxation an inn or B&B offers? It seems bloggers and writers are too quick to take a snarky approach to B&Bs just to draw in the naysayers.
We at Distinctive Inns of New England embody what is distinctive, refined, elegant and lovely about independently owned lodging properties. Our 11 member inns bust just about every myth that bloggers and nay-sayers can throw out about inns and B&Bs. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
No beds of dubious quality here
When was the last time you went to a chain hotel or motel and found triple sheeted high thread-count sheets on beds? Not only are the beds among the most comfortable you’ll find (I actually went to the manufacturer of the beds I slept on at Captain Jefferds Inn – Portland Mattress Makers – and bought the exact same mattress because it was so comfortable) but you’ll want to go home with the sheets and pillows you’ve slept on too (and I did…purchasing the amazing Comphy Co sheets from the Captain’s House Inn’s gift shop and the phenomenal pillows I found at the Rabbit Hill Inn). You’ll sleep in queen or king beds with everything from four-posters to lacquer headboards, and you just might fall asleep to a flickering fire in your room or views of the lakes, oceans or mountains nearby from your balcony or window. At the 11 DINE inns, we promise you will not once compare your room to Grandma’s House or roll your eyes either.
Private tables, where you can be friendly but don’t have to be
Yes, you’ll be treated to a fabulous, fresh and home cooked breakfast each morning at all of the DINE inns, but no you do not have to be pleasant, nice or even sit with others unless you wish to. Each of the 11 DINE inns offer private tables for their guests to enjoy breakfast. While a few offer the option to eat with others, most of the inns offer ONLY the private table option.
No tired old mold in DINE country
Every single DINE inn breaks that ill-conceived notion that B&Bs are old fashioned. The 11 member inns have earned their “distinctive” status with beautifully and uniquely decorated inns, over-the-top amenities and inclusions, and value beyond what any other lodging type can offer. You don’t find eye-rollers at DINE inns. You find smiling guests leaving five-star reviews because of the kind of hospitality and beyond-expectations service, surroundings and superfluities they received. Out with the old myths and “inn” with the notion that travelers can expect contemporary, elegant surrounds from inns and B&Bs – especially in DINE country.
See for yourself. If you’re an eye-roller at the notion of B&Bs, give DINE inns a chance. Stay once and you’ll receive a $50 DINE bucks bonus to try another DINE inn. Remember, when you come be sure to book direct with your favorite DINE inn.
In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic.