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Why You Need a Vacation Guide On Your Website

"traveling is everything" poster with camera and journal

Consider putting together a local vacation guide on your website for guests. It is so vital to promote your local area, so others will know exactly what they can do and see during their stay. Often innkeepers will have a list of places, brochures, and even menus available on-site for their guests to look at. Your local area guide can and should be put on your website for potential guests to easily download AND join your email list!

Activities and Entertainment

  • Galleries
  • Historic Monuments and Sites
  • Museums
  • Shopping
  • Spas (if you have your own spa, then just promote that one)
  • Sports Arenas
  • Theaters and Shows
  • University Campuses
  • Wildlife Areas and Zoos

Annual Events

  • Concert Series
  • Conferences
  • Cultural Celebrations
  • Festivals
  • Holiday Festivities
  • Marathons
  • Parades
  • Restaurant Weeks
  • Tournaments

Food and Drink

  • Bakeries and Cafes
  • Breweries
  • Casual Eateries
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Deli and Sandwich Shops
  • Dessert
  • Fine Dining
  • Food Trucks
  • Quick Bites
  • Restaurants
  • Wineries

Outdoor Recreation

  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing (or kayaking)
  • Fishing
  • Golf (or miniature golf)
  • Hiking and Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Sailing
  • Skiing (snow and/or water)
  • Tennis
  • Zip lining

For each place you are featuring, be sure to link to its website as well as to Google directions. By making it easy for guests to learn about your local area, you make it more likely that they will choose to stay at your accommodations.

Think about what activities, restaurants, and sites your guests rave about. Those should definitely be included in your guide. Of course, what you put in your local guide will depend upon what is in your local area (so not everything listed will apply to your inn).

Customize packages that guests can buy ahead of time. By making it easy for them to get local tickets and restaurant reservations (among other options), guests are willing to pay more to have this already done for them. Think of a creative and catchy name for your package.

Partner with other local places to exclusively promote each other. For example, if there are two horseback riding places in your area, you can make a deal with one to exclusively promote them in exchange for your guests getting a discount (or by making some other fair arrangement).

Regularly email those now on your list (because they requested your vacation guide). You can update them with the latest news related to your inn or local area. Emails are also a great place to share links to your most recent blog posts.

By staying in regular communication with guests (with the required unsubscribe link at the bottom of each email), they will be reminded of their desire to come for the first time or return for another visit. Thus, I recommend having a vacation guide on your website.

You may know where your guests like to go, but you may have no interest or desire to put together a local vacation guide. Contact Kristi Dement for a free consultation about putting a local vacation guide on your own website (and getting guests to opt into your email list).

 

Wine Lovers Love Wonderful Vineyards and Tastings

Flowers, two wine goblets, with Youngberg Hill wine bottle with open window overlooking winery

 

Is your bed and breakfast located in wine country?  If so, do you invite wine lovers to your bed and breakfast for private wine tastings and tours of vineyards? Perhaps offer a Wine Lovers Package and assist your guests in arranging their wine-tasting itinerary depending on the date and the time of year they visit.

 

Recommend some wine-related activities (such as picnics) that you think your guests will love. Seasons play a role in the events that are offered, but there may be something ‘wine-related’ that is always happening nearby your inn.  Your guests could experience an exceptional wine tasting at some of your region’s premium, award winning wineries.

Whether your guest is a wine aficionado or just wants to try a new experience, he or she will discover the complexities of the vineyard, the artistry that takes place in the cellar, as well as the joys of tasting the result: elegant wines for every palate!

If guests are leaving your bed and breakfast for their wine tasting, consider providing them with a tour guide (and/or chauffeur) to help them experience some of the premium wines your local area has to offer.

Now, more than ever, wineries are eager for guests to stop by. Perhaps you could coordinate hosting an event with at least one local vineyard. If possible, give your guests the option of a half or whole day trip to arranging a multi-day tour.

Alternatively, you can host your own wine tastings right from your inn. This is very convenient for your overnight guests (yet you have the option of adding even more wine tasters to your gathering).

Wine is commonly paired with cheese, fruit, and chocolate so you have several options for your menu. Your tasting could provide a full meal or just one course (like appetizers or desserts).

It is perfectly acceptable to invite a local wine aficionado (or sommelier) to educate your guests. Your expert may offer this as a complimentary service to you if he or she may bring bottles for your guests to purchase.  Whether your guests are going on a tour (or staying “inn”) you can give your wine lovers the best wine tasting experience possible!

 

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

12 Exciting Ways Your Guests Can Have Fun With Board Games

Scrabble board game with two red wine glasses and wine bottle in the background

 

Are you looking to offer more exciting indoor activities for your guests? Why not provide board games in a common room so your bed and breakfast guests can play and have fun with board games?  This works well when guests want to spend a quiet day inside or when the weather does not permit outdoor time. The following are some of the bestselling games of all time.

 

a wooden chess set game

 

Chess is a 2-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered game board with 64 squares arranged in an 8-by-8 grid. It is one of the world’s most popular games, played by millions of people. This Chess Set features felt-bottomed & wooden pieces handcrafted in Poland. The chessmen are gently weighted so they won’t tip. The board is made from beech and birch wood.

the board game Clue

 

The object of the game Clue is for players to strategically move around the game board (representing the rooms of a mansion), as one of the game’s six characters. Players collect clues so they can deduct (by process of elimination) who committed the murder in the mansion, with which weapon, and in what room.

Trivial Pursuit board game

In 1979, two Canadian journalists wanted to play Scrabble but had to ditch their plans because some of the pieces were missing. Being media people, both were extremely knowledgeable with general information and popular culture. So, Chris Haney and Scott Abbott decided to create a game out of it. They enlisted the help of John Haney and Ed Werner to create Trivial Pursuit. Questions were divided into different categories. In 1984, the game sold over 20 million copies.

deluxe Scrabble board game

Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by placing tiles, bearing a single letter, onto a game board which is divided into a 15×15 grid of squares. The tiles must form words in crossword fashion, that flow left to right in rows or downwards in columns. The words must be defined in a standard dictionary. I personally own this particular Deluxe Scrabble edition game that is so easy to use. It conveniently folds into a carrying case with handle and two slide-and-store trays (one to hold the 100 wooden letter tiles in a black velvet drawstring bag and the other tray to hold the 4 deluxe curved tile racks).

Monopoly board game

Monopoly is an American-originated board game subtitled “The Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game,” the game is named after the economic concept of monopoly — the domination of a market by a single entity.  Players move around the game board buying or trading properties, developing their properties with houses and hotels, and collecting rent from their opponents, the ultimate goal being to drive them into bankruptcy.

checkers board game

The game Checkers, (known internationally as draughts) is for two players, in which they make diagonal moves with the aim of capturing the opponent’s pieces by jumping over them. When the pieces make it all the way to the other side of the board, they are “kinged” (another checker piece put on top) so they can move in any direction. The object of the game is to not be the player left with just one piece!

Rummikub board game

More than 50 million Rummikub units sold, Rummikub is one of the world’s bestselling and most played games. Players take turns placing numbered tiles in runs or groups and the first player to use all of their tiles wins! For 2 to 4 players.

 

 

Scattergories board game

Scattergories is an exciting game which has players see if they can think of different words in various categories that starts with a specific letter (chosen with the roll of a 20-sided letter die). Be different to win points. More than 3,500 category combinations.  Includes six folder-covered answer pads and a total of 48 category cards. It includes specific instructions on how the game is played. This is one of my favorite games to play!

Taboo board game

Taboo is a fun and challenging game in which players are not allowed to say certain words (they are taboo and you lose a point for each taboo word spoken) in trying to get other players to guess the word they need them to speak. The fun is in trying to describe something without using the most common words people use to explain them!

 

Sequence board game

Sequence is a board made up of playing cards. Play a card from your hand and place a chip on a corresponding space on the game board and when you have five chips in a row, you have a sequence! You are competing to see who can come up with the required number of 5-card sequences first.

 

Buzz Word board game

With over 1 million games sold, in Buzz Word teams (this game is for 4 or more players) are racing to solve a set of 10 clues before the sand timer runs out. The “Buzzword” (which is found in the top right corner of each card) is contained in the answer to each clue. For example, on the card with the buzzword “Sugar” the first two clues are:

  • “This makes the medicine go down.” (Answer: “A Spoon Full of Sugar“)
  • “American college football game played in Louisiana.” (Answer: “Sugar Bowl”)

Apples to Apples board game

Apples to Apples is a game of hilarious comparisons for 4 to 10 players. It’s as easy as comparing “apples to apples.” Select the card from your hand that you think the most like the card played by the judge. If the judge picks your card, you win that round. And everyone gets a chance to be the judge!

 

Your bed and breakfast guests will appreciate the break from technology to play fun board games together.  In order to keep all of the pieces together, so that many different guests will enjoy playing the games over the years, one tip is to put the pieces in various plastic baggies: keeping like pieces and cards and pawns together.

If guests give you permission, you can take a picture of them playing in a common area of your bed and breakfast to put on your website or share in social media.  Guests have fun with board games.

Top Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography