Category Archives: Bed and Breakfast

The Best Hospitality is Personalized to Guests

Rookwood Inn, guest room, innkeeper, bath tub

 

The best hospitality is personalized to guests. Owner and Innkeeper Amy Lindner-Lesser, of The Rookwood Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts, attributes the longevity of her hospitality business (22 years) to her continually adapting to the needs and wishes of her guests. Part of her B&B logo says, “Where memories are made.”

 

She says it is the responsibility of both the guests and the inn’s staff to be sure that wonderful memories are made. “We have guests, a couple who came the first fall we owned The Rookwood Inn and they have stayed more than thirty-seven times since then.” She has many repeat guests.

As both a MA licensed Justice of the Peace and a Universal Life Church (ULC) Minister, Amy performs interfaith and intercultural weddings. She takes the time to learn about the couples’ individuality, how they met, what they share, their ideas for their special day, family traditions, and wedding likes and dislikes. She strives to make this the dream wedding for every couple. She also enjoys working with more mature couples for whom this is their second or third wedding. “These are the type of couples who prefer our more intimate and unique setting for their wedding.”

I like that she features a room comparison chart, on her website so guests can easily make choices among the inn’s twenty rooms on three floors. It lists the type of fireplace (11 guest rooms), type of bath (all have showers; some have separate clawfoot tubs or a shower combination with tub), MP3 dock (8 guest rooms), porch or deck (4 guest rooms), TV (10 guest rooms), bed size(s), sleeper (4 guest rooms), location (3 floor levels), and maximum occupancy (2, 3, or 4 guests per room). Since the price varies by season, she does not list that in the chart.

Guest compliments include:

  • Attention to detail
  • Best hospitality around
  • Cleanliness
  • Location (in the heart of the Berkshires on a residential street half a block for the center of town)
  • Walking distance to shopping, restaurants, museum theater; close to Boston symphony

The Rookwood Inn guests come for the culture as well as to celebrate special occasions and for romance. The summer and fall are the busiest times of the year. She also hosts retreats throughout the year. She recently hosted a two-day retreat for entrepreneurs called, “Awakening the Shaman Within” to help them become new people for the new year (she graciously had furniture moved around at their request). She also hosted a retreat for Inn Partners for prospective B&B owners (she provided the needed equipment for them). Amy is accommodating to whatever the needs are and her guests appreciate that.

Amy tells guests, “The only cookie cutters we have are in the kitchen.” Everything they do is customized to best suit the wishes of each of their guests. Guests say Amy and The Rookwood Inn go above and beyond with their extra touches. They offer an individualized experience that hotels lack. The best hospitality is personalized to guests.

The Only Historic Bed and Breakfast in a Beautiful Georgia Town

Simmons Bond Inn outside, historic plaque, downtown Toccoa, dining table, breakfast, stained glass windows

The Simmons-Bond Inn is the only historic bed and breakfast in a beautiful Georgia town. The name of this town is Toccoa which literally means “beautiful” in the Cherokee language. People love their 115-year old Victorian Queen Anne with ornate woodwork especially the stairs (built by a furniture maker who owned a lumber yard). Guests love the stained-glass windows.

Amenities include flat screen televisions with free premium cable and free coffee service in every guest room, free wi-fi throughout the house, antique and modern books, numerous games and other entertainment. Their wrap-around porch has an exquisite view of an historic courthouse that offers public tours.

They are within walking distance from antiques, art galleries, museums, and restaurants. They are close to a hospital (they host doctors) and to Toccoa Falls College (they also host visiting professors and prospective college students). A train station is only two blocks away and an airport is just four miles away.

The Simmons-Bond Inn is centrally located on Main Street of Downtown Toccoa (part of Northeast Georgia) with more than two-dozen places with fun things to do located within thirty or forty minutes. Less than a two-hour drive from Atlanta.

They are now hosting private events:

  • Baby Showers
  • Business Gatherings
  • Chamber of Commerce Meetings
  • Church Groups
  • Family Reunions
  • Holiday Parties
  • Luncheons
  • Weddings
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Wedding Showers

The Simmons-Bond Inn can host up to 25 people in the common areas of their downstairs. The B&B can accommodate 13 overnight guests (this will book the entire house) for occasions like family reunions and weddings.

The Simmons-Bond Inn accepts guests of all ages, but no pets. They receive rave reviews for their delicious three-course breakfasts. Guests tell them they appreciate their warm hospitality and they love being treated like family.

Call friendly Innkeepers Dan and Tanya directly at 706-282-5183 and they will be happy to plan your event with you. They have access to local bakers, catering companies, and florists to make your meeting or celebration even more special. The Simmons-Bond Inn customizes events to meet the desires of their clients in their beautiful Georgia town.

Why You Need To Feature Your Local Community

C.W. Worth House outside, large room with fireplace, and two guest rooms

Do you feature your local community? Margi and Doug Erickson, innkeepers of the historic C. W. Worth House, the longest running B&B in Wilmington, North Carolina (open since 1985), do an excellent job promoting their historic town of Wilmington. Their 7-room B&B (each with private bathroom) was first constructed in 1893 by Charles W. Worth, a wholesale grocery merchant and a commission merchant in cotton and naval stores at the turn of the 20th century.

On their website, they provide a sample itinerary to let people know all that is available in their local area. Innkeepers can promote their community in many different places: on their websites, blog posts, and social media. Margi & Doug feature:

  • Activities (like golfing, kayaking, and shopping)
  • Airport (Wilmington International Airport)
  • Antiques (like Cape Fear Antique Center and Antiques of Old Wilmington)
  • Aquarium (NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher)
  • Arboretum (New Hanover County Arboretum)
  • Architecture (19th century urban architecture)
  • Attractions (including historic sites, gardens, parks, and trails)
  • Battleship North Carolina (open daily to visitors)
  • Beaches (they are midway between Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach)
  • Bicycle Rental (City Bicycle Company)
  • Craft Breweries (Waterline Brewing Company and Edward Teach Brewery)
  • Chocolate (Mon Ame Chocolate and Wine Bar)
  • Colleges (Cape Fear Community College)
  • Convention center (Wilmington Convention Center)
  • Dining (including Pilot House, Manna, and Pinpoint)
  • Downtown (one of the largest historic districts in NC covering 200 blocks)
  • Entertainment (various live entertainment)
  • Event Venues (including The Loft on Front and Bakery 105)
  • Festivals (Azalea Festival; Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival)
  • Film Locations (Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, Iron Man 3, Safe Haven, etc.)
  • Food Tours (Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours)
  • Galleries (like the New Elements Gallery and Art in Bloom)
  • Gardens (Airlie Gardens by the Sea)
  • Ghost Walks (Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington)
  • Golf Courses (Magnolia Greens and Coastal Golf)
  • Historic Sites and Tours (3 Historic Mansions Open to The Public)
  • Holiday Events (holiday parades, Christmas by the Sea, Island of Lights)
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours (Historic District)
  • Museums (Cape Fear Museum of History and Science; Cameron Art Museum; Wilmington Railroad Museum)
  • Music (including jazz and blues)
  • Nightlife (Satellite Bar & Lounge and Tavern Law)
  • Parks (Greenfield Lake Park and Hugh MacRae Park)
  • Performing Arts Center (The Wilson Center and Thalian Hall)
  • Plantation (Poplar Grove Historic Plantation)
  • Ports (a Coast Guard City that is home to USCGC Diligence)
  • Real Estate (they have 2 local realtor links)
  • Restaurants (like NeMa Lounge & Eatery, Elijah’s Seafood, and Caprice Bistro)
  • Running Trail (lots of trails to choose from)
  • Segway Tour (Historic Wilmington Segway Tours)
  • Shopping (The Cotton Exchange, Cape Fear Spice Merchants, Candles Etc.)
  • Theater (5 local theater groups performing year-round)
  • Trolley Tour (Wilmington Trolley Tours)
  • Universities (University of North Carolina-Wilmington)
  • Walks (Cape Fear River Walk)
  • Water Taxi and Water Tours (Wilmington Water Tours)
  • Wine Tastings (Fortunate Glass Wine Bar and Mon Ame)

Like many innkeepers do, Margi and Doug think of themselves as ambassadors to their city. They stay active in their community and welcome guests to visit them. They are open all year long. They set a great example for other innkeepers on how to feature your local community.

Why Big Mill Bed and Breakfast Is So Special

Big Mill Bed and Breakfast, canoe in lake, fisherman in boat, blueberries, barn, innkeeper Chloe Tuttle

 

Big Mill Bed and Breakfast is more than a bed and breakfast. It is the original farmstead in Williamston, North Carolina that has been in the family since 1922. In fact, Innkeeper Chloe Tuttle was born here! With over 200 acres of grounds, guests are free to roam the original farm buildings and explore the expansive woodlands.

All five of her guest rooms and suites have private entrances and magnificent views of the lake. Guests are welcome to fish from a row boat on this lake.

Chloe continues to update and redecorate this special inn to keep it fresh. It is hard to believe that the Pack House, now a spacious suite, was once used to grade the tobacco for market.

Guests enjoy jams and preserves in season (blackberries, blueberries, figs, and grapes) from the farm orchard. Chloe’s menu uses many locally grown foods. She is happy to share her delicious recipes (including homemade granolas) with her guests and many of her recipes can be found on her Chloe’s Blog. She also is a talented photographer that captures not only her food, but outdoor nature photography.

Chloe Tuttle, and Big Mill Bed and Breakfast, is no stranger to media attention:

  • Our State Magazine has featured Chloe & Big Mill both in print and online
  • Scott Simon from NPR’s Weekend Edition interviewed Chloe about her “Snow Cream” recipe
  • ABC News featured Big Mill as one of the “10 Eco-Friendly Inns for Earth Day”

Here on the farm, they have been “earth friendly” for generations. Big Mill Bed and Breakfast has been honored with the highest award NC Green Travel gives and Chloe is part of Trip Advisor’s Green Leaders program.

  • Laundry is hung to dry on a long, sturdy clothesline
  • Everything that can be gets recycled or reused
  • Low-voltage lighting used wherever possible
  • Air-circulating ceiling fans are in most of the rooms throughout the inn
  • Water is drawn from the inn’s well
  • Plants are grown in a “rain gutter garden”
  • On the North Carolina Birding Trail

In addition, Big Mill Bed and Breakfast hosts weddings. Chloe’s website says, “Tuxedos to blue jeans–this is your day.” More than one bride has been pictured in her wedding dress alongside her groom on a motorcycle! Ask Chloe about her all-inclusive elopement or vow-renewal package.

Chloe Tuttle is a friendly and talented innkeeper, gardener, chef, blogger, photographer, historian, and so much more. Just ask Chloe if you want to have an extended stay at Big Mill B&B. She loves to have the traveling nurses and doctors.

Guests will love staying at Big Mill Bed and Breakfast in Williamston, a member of the prestigious North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inns. Conveniently located just two hours from Raleigh, North Carolina and two hours from Norfolk, Virginia yet a stay at Big Mill B&B can be a fun vacation away from your cares!

Can Your Guests Get To Know You Before They Arrive?

Blessings on State Bed and Breakfast outside, logo, and innkeeping staff

Looking for an excellent example of an inn with a detailed “About Us” section (where guests get to know you), I found Blessings on State’s “Meet Your Innkeepers” page! Gwenn, Glenn, and Valerie along with Mary and Kelly are the talented team of people making Blessings a friendly and elegant choice for accommodations in Jacksonsville, Illinois. Celebrating their 10th anniversary, Blessings at State loves hosting guests!

Here’s what I like about their “Meet Your Innkeepers” page that other innkeepers who do not yet have a detailed “About Us” section can emulate:

  • Enthusiasm about sharing their historic home and gardens with their guests
  • Welcoming guests to explore their local area including its shops and restaurants
  • Serving as local experts to share recommendations & develop travel itineraries
  • Developing strategic partnerships (their recommended restaurant offers guests of Blessings a complimentary appetizer or dessert)
  • Showing it serves a variety of guests including couples and business travelers
  • Pictures, names, and a specific description of what each person likes to do (Gwenn recommends that this is regularly updated)
  • Positive quotes and advice from the innkeepers to their guests (guests notice)
  • Life challenges overcome, talents used, and achievements made
  • If relevant, featuring pets and their amount of interaction with guests
  • True appreciation for how each person contributes to making the inn run well
  • Including participation in annual and community events
  • Membership in hospitality associations, Convention & Visitors Bureaus and Chambers of Commerce
  • Credentials like hospitality education or culinary expertise

Other things included in the Blessings “About Us” section of their website:

  • Awards (including TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence and Glorious Garden)
  • Press Attention (the Red Chair even made a visit)
  • Top 10 Reasons to stay at their bed and breakfast
  • Discussion of history with long list of modern amenities (best of both worlds)
  • Breakfast options (formal dining, breakfast to go, sleep in with delivery)
  • Discussion of gracious living (grand entry, woodwork, chandeliers, baby grand)
  • Invitation to enjoy their porch and gardens
  • Policies (check in/out, parking, early/late night arrival, food allergies, smoking)
  • Contact Us page

Other details innkeepers can include:

  • Contests and Other Awards (recipe contest, green leader, etc.)
  • Participation at Hospitality Conferences and Culinary Events
  • Hobbies (such as photography or sports)
  • Favorites (favorite food, favorite recipe, favorite movie, favorite quote, etc.)

Many guests want to already “meet” the innkeepers BEFORE they arrive and the “About Us” and “Meet Your Innkeeper” sections really do help. So how well can guests get to know you before they arrive? Readers, if there something else about you (or your inn) that you share on your website, feel free to comment below.

Also, enjoy this video tour of Blessings on State Bed and Breakfast:

Wonderful Wing’s Castle 48+ Years In The Making

Wing's Castle (Bed and Breakfast) Millbrook, New York

In 1969, on a hill in Millbrook, New York, Peter and Toni Ann Wing began a strange construction project using salvage and recyclable materials. In fact, over 80% of this four-story stone, timber, and stucco structure is made of recycled materials. The result was the wonderful Wing’s Castle, which is now a bed and breakfast.

 

The Area

Settlement in this region dates back to the eighteenth century. Today it features horse farms and vineyards along this rich heritage and beautiful countryside. This is an ideal setting for a castle. The main street of Millbrook features antique shops and historic architecture in a downtown that has not changed in one-hundred years.

Only a nineteen-minute drive from Manhattan, but in some ways a world apart. Many New York celebrities choose this quaint, peaceful village as their second home.

Wing’s Castle is considered one of New York’s great treasures. It sprang to life from the imagination and determination of one man born in the Hudson River Valley. Peter inherited the land that sits on a hill overlooking the Millbrook Winery. When he proposed to Toni Ann, he said that if she would marry him, that he would build her a castle.

The Dream

Together that put in long hours to make their dream a reality. In fact, for three years they lived in the basement. According to Toni, they didn’t need extra comforts because they were always working.

The hard-working couple had no money and no architectural plans, but lots of ideas and energy. Peter always has his sketch pad and marker to draw his next big idea. They could afford the things things people were discarding. They dismantled eleven barns for their beams, floor boards, and anything else they could salvage and use.

This was in the seventies (before re-using materials was considered practical and environmentally friendly). Toni recalls that they definitely were not seen as normal. People were scratching their heads. According to a local historian (who is thankful for the incredible attraction Wing’s Castle brings to their tranquil area with only 1500 residents), depending upon their age, people either think Peter’s crazy or brilliant, odd or imaginative.

The Inspiration

Inspired by the philosophy and work of architect Antonio Gaudi, Peter designed the outline of Wing’s Castle to resembles some of Gaudi’s famous structures in Barcelona, Spain. Like Gaudi, Peter used broken tile to add color to his castle in what he calls the “Gaudi Dragons Garden”. Visitors marvel at how “you feel like you could be in Europe”.

Peter also appreciates the thousand-year history of the Tower of London. Stone structures withstand time and elements. It took twenty-two years (and 500,000 stones) for Peter to “finish” putting the stones around the castle. One close neighbor friend, fondly refers to the wonderful Wing’s Castle as “The Lemony Snicket House.”

At Wing’s Castle, there is always something to look at. It is full of artifacts and everything there has a story. Peter says the work remains unfinished. After more than forty-eight years, he is still creating and working on it.

The Bed and Breakfast

Today, the wonderful Wing’s Castle (see the aerial YouTube video below) serves as a bed and breakfast with five unique places to stay that are all equipped with wi-fi internet access. All B&B guests receive a free, 45-minute guided tour of the castle.

  • The Annex Suite: queen size bed for up to 2 people, 2 levels with balcony and courtyard, kitchen stocked everyday with breakfast, dining room, full private bath, sitting area near fireplace
  • The Dungeon: queen size bed for up to 2 people, full private bath, private entrance near parking area, free continental breakfast set up in the Great Room of the castle every morning, connects to The Annex
  • The Chamber Room: queen size bed for up to 2 people, private bath, private entrance near parking area, free continental breakfast set up in the Great Room of the castle each morning
  • The Tower Room: queen size bed for up to 2 people, private bathroom, free continental breakfast set up in the Great Room of the castle every morning
  • The Cottage: located across the street from Wing’s Castle with 3 bedrooms for up to 5 people (breakfast is stocked in the Cottage Kitchen and guests have full access to the castle grounds and pool)

The Yellow House in Waynesville, NC

Bedroom at The Yellow House in Waynesville, North Carolina

As soon as we met Owners and Innkeepers Ken and Kelli Todtenhagen, we felt very welcome at The Yellow House in Waynesville, North Carolina. We were in town to tour Western Carolina University in nearby Cullowhee.

We stayed in the Rockwell Suite (pictured above), named in honor of the famous 20th-century American author and prolific artist Norman Rockwell, who produced more than 4,000 works in his lifetime.  Rockwell is most famous for the color illustrations of everyday life he created for the Saturday Evening Post for nearly five decades.

In the suite, some of Mr. Rockwell’s pictures are on the walls and there are art supplies (including sketch pads and adult coloring books) available for guests who like to draw.  Ken and Kelli are amazed at some of their talented guests who have left pictures for them.

There are many reasons why guests love to visit The Yellow House, including:

  • Luxurious guest rooms and suites in their Main House and Pond House
  • All ten guest areas include their own gas fireplaces
  • Two dog-friendly rooms in the Pond House
  • Guest amenities including complimentary wine & hors d’oeuvres, 24-hour access to drinks & snacks, comfy robes, and private baths (some with jetted tubs)
  • Gorgeous mountain views
  • “Rest and Relaxation” and “Playing Hooky” specials
  • “Gone Fishing”, “Girls Getaway”, and “Honeymoon/Anniversary Picnic” packages
  • Extras including balloons, chocolate, picnic lunches, wine & cheese tray, flowers
  • Delicious fresh complimentary gourmet breakfasts each morning

There are many special occasions guests celebrate at The Yellow House, including:

  • Memorable anniversaries
  • Unforgettable birthdays
  • Joyous graduation parties
  • Festive holidays
  • Elegant weddings

The Yellow House is close to so many noteworthy and scenic places, such as:

  • Biltmore Estate
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Brevard Music Center
  • Cherokee Indian Reservation
  • Folkmoot
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Pisgah National Forest

Guests of The Yellow House enjoy activities and adventures, like:

  • Flyfishing
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Mountain and road biking
  • Rock and ice climbing
  • Skiing
  • White water rafting

Some favorite restaurants where guests like to dine are:

  • Bourbon Barrel Beef and Ale
  • Boojum Brewing Company
  • Frogs Leap Public House
  • The Chef’s Table
  • Trailhead Cafe and Bakery

Ken and Kelli have done some major renovating to the house (built in the late 1800s) to restore its grand historic appeal.  They have added antique furniture and some of their delightful decor changes throughout the year to reflect the seasons and holidays.  We highly recommend a visit to The Yellow House and we look forward to many return visits.

Shatter the Disastrous Myths About Bed and Breakfasts

outdoor pool with picnic basket on umbrella table with a red rose in a vase

It is time to shatter the disastrous myths about bed and breakfasts. There are a handful of reporters recently who have published stories that seem to be more about their own awkward hang-ups than about having real issues with where they stayed. Also, most of their disappointments could have been prevented through simple actions like looking at the accommodations’ website and reading guest reviews before their booking rooms.

Most bed and breakfasts are NOT about staying at grandma’s house with doilies. While some bed and breakfasts are located in historic mansions, that does not mean they have thin walls, squeaky bed frames, and creaky floors. Many of those inns have been painstakingly returned to their original glory with added insulation (if needed), restored or new furniture, and repaired or refinished flooring.

99% of bed and breakfasts offer private, connected bathrooms for their guests to use. Bed and breakfasts with good websites always show pictures of their guest rooms and bathrooms and even specify which amenities come with each of their rooms. Hotels are not the only ones with private balconies, sitting areas, gardens, pools, restaurants, and gift shops. There are plenty of inns offering these same luxuries.

Bed and breakfasts are always unique. Every inn is different and offers its own special personality and experiences. Guests choose bed and breakfasts based on its location, style, local attractions, and personal preferences. Bed and breakfast inns can come in a wide variety of types to choose from, including:

  • scenic mountain bed and breakfasts
  • modern boutique inns
  • bed and breakfast farms
  • pet-friendly inns
  • B&B retreats for authors or artists
  • bed and breakfasts on the water
  • environmentally friendly inns
  • bed and breakfasts in secluded locations
  • kid-friendly inns

There is a reason why they are called bed and breakfasts. Hotels often offer “continental” breakfasts that leave much to be desired. Innkeepers often have culinary training as well as a natural talent and passion for cooking. Many bed and breakfasts accommodate guests on restricted diets.

Preferably while booking your room, be sure to indicate any food allergies or dietary guidelines. Whether you are on a gluten-free, dairy-free, low cholesterol, reduced fat, no sugar added, vegan, or vegetarian diet, bed and breakfast chefs can make something you will enjoy eating that does not compromise those standards.

You do NOT have to have conversations with other guests if you feel like keeping to yourself. There is no “dreaded obligation” to have small talk with strangers. At breakfast time, many inns offer tables for two or even in-room dining. It is less common for there to be one common breakfast table for all the guests to sit at. This is a win-win for shy and outgoing guests as well as perky and not-so-perky guests. You can seek interaction or keep to yourself. It is completely up to you!

Innkeepers want to provide their guests with the best hospitality experience possible. Bed and breakfast staff do not try to “hover” over their guests. They remain attentive (they are there if you need them) yet not intrusive (they give you space and privacy). They respect their guests’ wishes for peace and quiet. Some places offer private entrances, separate cottages or guest houses.

Bed and breakfasts are a great value. They offer free breakfast, free parking, and complimentary refreshments. Most offer free wireless internet and some have free DVD libraries and even provide free streaming video services like Netflix. Hotels charge extra for these things. There is no such thing as “free room service” at hotels.

If you like impersonal and stuffy hotel chains, then maybe bed and breakfast inns are not for you. However, many of you (if you have not already) will visit a bed and breakfast inn and never go back to staying at hotels!

Owners and innkeepers, are you looking to improve your online marketing results?  Want to educate potential guests about what makes your inn more appealing than your local competition? Bed and breakfast blogging offers professional services including blogging, e-mail marketing, social media, and reputation management.  Don’t have time or don’t know where to start? Contact Kristi today for a free consultation!

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

Early Inn at the Grove in Rocky Mount, VA

Early Inn

 

The Early Inn at The Grove in Rocky Mount, Virginia offers luxurious accommodations for its guests.  The house, known as “the Grove” to all of the locals, was built and finished in 1854. There have been 3 families that have resided in this house until it was purchased in December of 2013 with the intent to turn it into a bed and breakfast.

 

The house is a Greek Revival Style house. It rests on 10 plus acres full of beautiful trees including ancient oaks, some of which were planted by the second owner in 1900.

 

Innkeeper Keri Jackson loves welcoming guests to this delightful inn.  Famous guests who have stayed at the Early Inn include comedienne Paula Poundstone and The Bacon Brothers band (and Keri did serve bacon to Kevin Bacon)!

 

Early Inn Innkeeper Keri

 

The Early Inn offers five elegantly decorated rooms:

 

Early Inn General Early Suite

General Early Suite

At one time, Jubal Early slept here.  He had his Law office at the foot of the property.  The General Early Suite celebrates the confederate soldier who served as a general.  His sister was married to the first wife of the original owner of the house.  Decorated in browns and burgundy, this room has a private connecting bathroom with shower.  The only downstairs bedroom. Be first in line for coffee and stay in the General’s suite. This is a very cozy, comfortable room.

 

Early Inn Wanderlust Room

The Wanderlust Room

 

Luxuriously decorated, you will feel pampered during your stay here in this room. Decorated in grays and blues, this room looks out over into the side yard.  The beautiful landscape will keep you wanting to stay forever.  The new King mattress, Comphy bedding and blankets, bluetooth radios and your own climate controlled ceiling fan will leave you feeling pampered and refreshed.

 

Early Inn Harvester Suite

The Harvester Suite

This room, decorated with the colors of a harvest, remind you of fall.  The oranges and browns bring you a peacefulness and such a sense of tranquility that you will not want to leave.  This room has 2 Queen beds. The view out the window not only shows you the walkway from a time back in history, you can actually see the Harvester Performance Center doors.  Definitely within walking distance, you will be able to walk right over to see a show.

 

Early Inn Magnolia Suite

The Magnolia Suite

 

When you think of romance, think of Magnolias and ruffles.  This room is beautiful!  With original floral wallpaper from the 1980’s, you feel like you have taken a walk back into a simpler time.  You will not need to leave your room.  The bathroom hosts a soaking tub as well as a double shower.  The King size bed boasts comfort and beauty. You will definitely want to try out this room.

 

Early Inn Conspiracy Suite

The Conspiracy Suite

Was it a conspiracy?  If you want to know, check into this room and settle in with a copy of previous owner Keister Greer’s book, “The Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935.”  This room gives you spectacular views of the front and side yards.  Decorated in blues and browns, this room hosts a connected bathroom with a shower.  This room has a king size bed, two chairs and a small table.  Individual temperature controls along with a ceiling fan ensure that you are comfortable at all times.

 

My husband and I loved our stay at Early Inn at the Grove in Rocky Mount, Virginia. This historic estate has maintained all of its charm yet is equipped with modern day technology including free Wi-Fi for its guests and flat screen televisions in each of their five bedrooms.

 

Whether you want to get married inside the inn (perhaps in their elegant library) or outside (near the large tent with its own dance floor), the Early Inn hosts weddings. The Early Inn also host private parties such as luncheons for class reunions, baby showers, and anniversaries.

 

While Innkeeper Keri Jackson was attending Floydfest, we enjoyed her delicious French Toast casserole. Nacasha took care of us during our stay.  She has a friendly, easygoing personality and she makes guests feel right at home.  Guests rave about Keri’s hospitality and so much more on TripAdvisor.

 

The town of Rocky Mount offers antiques, artwork, and awesome entertainment at the Harvester (which is right across the street from the inn). We recommend that guests also visit the nearby Kupkakery Bakery & Kafe as well as the relaxing Vintage Spa.

 

We look forward to coming again soon to the Early Inn at the Grove in Rocky Mount, Virginia.  Would you like your inn featured in this blog?  Please contact Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging.

3 Chocolate Bed and Breakfasts

If you have never heard of 3 chocolate bed and breakfasts, these 3 American B&B’s (from New Mexico, Texas, and Maine) have the word “chocolate” somewhere in their name.  They sound so delicious, that it is “sweet” to feature them!

chocolate bed and breakfasts

Located in Corrales, New Mexico, their serene mountain location does not let on that they are near the two largest cities in their state: Albequerque and Rio Rancho.  With four lovely Southwestern-decorated bedrooms, guests of the Chocolate Turtle Bed and Breakfast all receive fresh flowers and, of course, chocolate turtles!  Their hot chocolate is also complimentary.

 

chocolate bed and breakfasts

The Chocolate Turtle Bed and Breakfast can provide intimate ceremonies and memorable receptions for up to 50 people at their beautiful, unique New Mexico wedding location.  If your wedding is too large for this B&B, they suggest reserving the Chocolate Turtle for your special guests coming from out of town. The Turtle will provide a fantastic venue for family members who don’t get to see each other very often to gather, catch up, and relax during your wedding weekend.

chocolate bed and breakfasts

Loaded with Hill Country charm hosting complimentary chilled Champagne from the famous local Beckard Vineyards and fresh fruit and pastries as well as scrumptious chocolate treats left on their King size bed with luxurious linens, Chocolate Diamond Bed and Breakfast is one of the more popular B&B’s in the heart of Fredericksburg, Texas!

 

 

chocolate bed and breakfasts

 

Guests get this 1930’s Bungalow style cottage all to themselves to celebrate their special occasion while enjoying a romantic evening sitting in the new jacuzzi hot tub.  Ultimate elegance within walking distance to Main Street. This charming cottage with it’s own private hot tub is to die for!

 

 

chocolate bed and breakfasts

This peaceful inn, named Chocolate Chip Bed and Breakfast, is located on six acres with a scenic pond in Lamoine, Maine.  The original house was built in 1850, but in 2011 this B&B was renovated and it expanded. A full gourmet breakfast is served each morning in Breakfast room or in our Library. Books and board games are for all their guests to enjoy. Sunny porch with plenty of rockers and adirondack chairs to relax with a book and cup of coffee.

chocolate bed and breakfasts

 

All four rooms, at the Chocolate Chip Bed and Breakfast, have private bathrooms with shower, thermostats in rooms for radiant heat in floors, cable TV and wifi. Guests savor delicious home-baked cookies each evening, along with turndown service. They are within walking distance to Lamoine Beach and Lamoine State Park.

 

Guests do not have to love chocolate to want to visit these three inns: Chocolate Turtle Bed and Breakfast, Chocolate Diamond Bed and Breakfast, and Chocolate Chip Bed and Breakfast.  However, if you are a chocolate lover, consider it a bonus!

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