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Bed and Breakfast Tea Rooms

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There are several bed and breakfast tea rooms in America.  Tea rooms can be open to the public or limited to their own bed and breakfast guests.  Tea rooms are great for small gatherings and often they serve brunch and lunch. Each tea room has their own hours or they serve “by reservation only.”

 

 

Menu options can include:

  • Croissants
  • Quiche
  • Salads
  • Sandwiches
  • Scones
  • Soups
  • Sweets (like cookies and cakes)
  • Tea (bottomless usually costs extra)

Hours:

  • Regular year round hours
  • Reservation only
  • Seasonal hours
  • Sunday brunch

Events:

  • Baby shower
  • Birthday party
  • Bridal shower
  • Club meeting
  • Girls’ get together
  • Group meeting
  • Private parties

Some sell items such as:

  • Antiques
  • Jewelry
  • Tea
  • Tea cups
  • Tea pots

Marketing opportunities:

  • Blog: great fresh content for your website
  • E-mail marketing: send out information to those on your e-mail list
  • Photos of your bed and breakfast, tea room, food, and guests (with their permission)
  • Social media: Facebook fan page, Pinterest pins, Twitter updates, etc.
  • Website: you can have one of your main headings labeled “Tea Room”

When thinking of ways to increase your business, if you do not already have a tea room, bed and breakfast tea rooms could be a great idea. For those who do have tea rooms, are you promoting them online? Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging is happy to help you with this.

 

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Healthy Breakfast Foods: Bananas

 

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Creamy, rich, and sweet, bananas are a favorite food for everyone from infants to elders. Sports enthusiasts appreciate the potassium-packed power delivered by this high energy fruit. Your breakfasts will be extra healthy if you give your bed and breakfast guests bananas–in a fruit salad, smoothie, or banana muffins.

 

Bananas are one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. The effectiveness of potassium-rich foods such as bananas in lowering blood pressure has been demonstrated by a number of studies. Men who ate diets higher in potassium-rich foods, as well as foods high in magnesium and cereal fiber, had a substantially reduced risk of stroke.

Build better bones by eating bananas? Yes, enjoying bananas frequently as part of your healthy way of eating can help improve your body’s ability to absorb calcium via several mechanisms.The potassium found in bananas may also help to promote bone health. Potassium may counteract the increased urinary calcium loss caused by the high-salt diets typical of most Americans, thus helping to prevent bones from thinning out at a fast rate.

Since bananas are picked off the tree while they’re still green, it’s not unusual to see them this color in the store. Base your choice of bananas depending upon when you want to consume them. Bananas with more green coloration will take longer to ripen than those more yellow in hue and/or with brown spots.

Bananas should be firm, but not too hard, bright in appearance, and free from bruises or other injuries. Their stems and tips should be intact. The size of the banana does not affect its quality, so simply choose the size that best meets your needs.

While bananas look resilient, they’re actually very fragile and care should be taken in their storage. They should be left to ripen at room temperature and should not be subjected to overly hot or cold temperatures. Unripe bananas should not be placed in the refrigerator as this will interrupt the ripening process to such an extent that it will not be able to resume even if the bananas are returned to room temperature.

If you need to hasten the ripening process, you can place bananas in a paper bag or wrap them in newspaper, adding an apple to accelerate the process. Ripe bananas that will not be consumed for a few days can be placed in the refrigerator. While their peel may darken, the flesh will not be affected. For maximum flavor when consuming refrigerated bananas, remove them from the refrigerator and allow them to come back to room temperature. For the most antioxidants, eat fully ripened fruit.

I highly recommend reading a related blog post called 35 Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas For Busy People (Most Take Less Than Five Minutes To Prepare).  Helen Sanders is the Chief Editor of this blog called Health Ambition.  They believe in empowering people with knowledge to make smarter, healthier choices in their lives. I will end with a banana muffin recipe from AllRecipes.com:

 
Banana Muffins II
 
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Submitted By: ABI_GODFREY
Photo By: Dianne
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Ready In: 35 Minutes
Servings: 12
INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup butter, melted
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat muffin pans with non-stick spray, or use paper liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
2. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Scoop into muffin pans.
3. Bake in preheated oven. Bake mini muffins for 10 to 15 minutes, and large muffins for 25 to 30 minutes. Muffins will spring back when lightly tapped.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2014 Allrecipes.com Printed from Allrecipes.com 1/11/2014

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Why Bed and Breakfasts are Better Than Hotels

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Staying at a bed and breakfast can be better than staying at a hotel. Your B&B could be located in a restored old home or even a mansion with antique furnishings.  Your gardens may be lush and offer comfortable seating, and your rooms range from cozy to luxurious. Staying in your B&B can be a really unique travel experience and not one to be missed. Here are the top 10 benefits you can emphasize to your bed and breakfast guests.

  1. Their bed and breakfast is included.  While this may seem obvious, it’s actually a wonderful amenity in terms of convenience and cost savings. B&B’s offer anything from a continental spread to a hot gourmet meal. As a special touch, you can even bring guests their breakfast in bed.
  2. You can give them the privacy and peace and quiet they desire.  As a B&B, you can be more exclusive with fewer guests. You often have guests looking for a place to spend a quiet weekend.
  3. They’ll get more personal service.  With fewer guests than a hotel, you can give your guests a much more personal experience. Wanting guests to return, you are invested in making sure you have a great stay.
  4. Your bed and breakfast may be located in a less traveled area.  Unlike hotels, your B&B could be located off the beaten path. This provides your guests with a great opportunity to see less traveled parts of your community that they would otherwise miss.
  5. It is the perfect romantic getaway.  In fact, B&B’s have become so popular for couples that you may cater to this romantic angle, offering special romantic packages. These may include events planned ahead or excursions that are included in their stay.
  6. Your bed and breakfast is more secure.  At a B&B, there are fewer people coming and going. With less going on, as a B&B owner, you can keep a much better eye on their property than a typical hotel staff can on a hotel.
  7. Your guests can get a taste of the local culture and style.  Your B&B has its own character. Even better, you have lots of advice for your guests concerning the best things to do and see in the local area.
  8. You can offer extra activities.  You may be one of the many B&B’s that offer additional recreational activities in your regular packages. Depending on the location, your guests may be able to enjoy biking, hiking, canoeing, golfing, or skiing.
  9. Your guests will encounter unexpected luxuries.  B&B’s tend to offer all those extra special touches that can make your guests’ stay pampering and luxurious. Luxury bed linens and bathrobes, organic food, and locally roasted coffee are only some of the many perks that you may offer. You may even stock snacks and drinks in the common areas and rooms in case your guests get hungry.
  10. You provide a great value.  Although B&B rooms tend to be priced higher than hotels, usually your place offers a better value overall than hotel rooms. More amenities are included such as free phone calls and Internet, you get much better service, and the experience tends to be much more unique than an average hotel stay.

So, as the bed and breakfast owner, be sure to emphasize (on your website, blog, and your other marketing) the unique benefits that guests will receive when they stay at your bed and breakfast and why staying with you will give them a better experience than if they were to go to a local hotel.  You can focus on how your B&B gives that extra special personal touch.

 

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Healthy Breakfast Foods: Oats

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Bed and breakfast owners and innkeepers, do you ever feel like you cook the same dozen different breakfasts over and over?  From time to time, we are going to feature various healthy breakfast foods.  This blog post is about the health benefits of oats and then we will give you a link to a delicious recipe for a steaming bowl of freshly cooked apricot honey oatmeal.

  • Oats can lower high cholesterol levels (which reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke)
  • Oats are high in fiber from its whole grains (which lowers the risk of cancer)
  • Oats can stabilize blood sugar (which is great for diabetics or to prevent Type II diabetes)
  • Oats have unique anti-oxidant compounds (that help prevent free radicals from damaging the good kind of cholesterol)
  • Oats can be a well-tolerated wheat alternative (for those with celiac disease)
  • Oats can be made into oatmeal, cookies, muffins, bread, granola, and more

The best place to store your oats in an airtight container in a cool, dry, and dark place like your kitchen pantry. You can add nuts and fruits for even more flavor.  At the bottom is the link to the delicious oatmeal recipe we promised.  Note that you can substitute the apricots with any dried fruit you like. You can also use half milk and half water for creamier oatmeal.

By cooking new recipes, this makes your daily breakfast cooking time more fun. Plus it lets you enjoy the rave reviews from your guests!

Apricot Honey Oatmeal Recipe

 

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Breakfast Recipes

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Delicious breakfast recipes are the key to making a breakfast so tasty and memorable that your guests are sure to return! These websites are full of wonderful breakfast and brunch recipes you can make for your guests.

 

All Recipes.com

Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

BnBFinder.com

Bed and Breakfast Recipes

Better Homes & Gardens: Heart Healthy Living

Breakfast Recipes

Food Network

Breakfast: Recipes and Cooking

 

Be sure to find out before your guests arrive if they have any dietary restrictions or preferences. That way you have advance notice so you can accommodate your guests during breakfast. Innkeepers can attest to the various dietary needs that guests may have: gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, low cholesterol, diabetic friendly, etc.

Consider keeping track of the different food holidays. For example, on National Pancakes Day, you could offer your guests a variety of types of pancakes. You can take pictures and post them on social media with the hashtag representing that particular #FoodHoliday.

You may have a breakfast dish that your B&B is famous for, but there is always room to add another new recipe to the table.  That way you can “spice it up” a bit! Palate-pleasing breakfast recipes are the key to winning over the hearts (and tummies) of your bed and breakfast guests.

 

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Your Breakfast Menu

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Do your bed and breakfast guests give you feedback on your cooking?  It is important to pay attention to a comment if you have heard it many times.  If ten guests rave that you have awesome blueberry pancakes, then you must have awesome blueberry pancakes.  If there is something you make that does not normally get finished on people’s plates, that may mean that you are not preparing it in a way that most people like.

Variety is the key to “spicing” up life.  If you make the same breakfast menu over and over, you are bound to not enjoy cooking as much.  Try implementing some new recipes as well as adjusting recipes with great guest feedback.  For example, maybe you can offer strawberry pancakes next time you make pancakes.

If you would like feedback on your cooking, but do not want to make it awkward for you or your guests, then offer them an opportunity to provide you feedback on their stay by answering a short survey.  Some of the questions can focus on the food they had at your B&B.

  • What breakfast items were on your plate?
  • Which ones were your favorite?
  • Were there any items you disliked?
  • Do you have any suggestions for us?

This way guests have an opportunity to say something about your breakfast menu without feeling like they are judging you and your cooking. Most people like to give helpful feedback.  For any unkind comments, take them with a grain of salt!  You will likely receive some very useful advice for planning future breakfasts.

 

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California B&B Recipes

The California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) is the largest and most influential bed & breakfast inn association in the nation.  Check out their California Bed and Breakfast Cookbook.

You will find all the delectable flavors of California cuisine from quality-certified California bed and breakfast inns. Entertain with confidence and praise thanks to the owners and chefs who have shared their award-winning recipes.

Delight your guests, family, and friends with tasty recipes like: California Poachies, Occidental Eggs Benedict, Persimmon Orange Nut Bread, Old Yacht Club Inn Beer Bread, Best Friends Chocolate Cake, Rainbow Beet Salad, Mexican Soufflé and more!

Each recipe was carefully selected to tell the story of the inn from where it is served. Some recipes are house specialties, others are family traditions. Some dishes include locally-grown ingredients from an inn’s region, while other dishes are the reason guests return time and again.

The bed and breakfast inn was born of sharing food with friends. Regardless of where your B&B is located, enjoy these CABBI favorites with your own guests.

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Do You Have Enough Recipes For Your Own Cookbook?

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If you have had your own Bed and Breakfast for a while now, you have probably collected enough recipes for your own cookbook.  You can check out other recipes posted online and tested by other inn keepers across the country.

 

Some bed and breakfast cookbooks are collections of recipes from their own state.  The Michigan Bed and Breakfast Cookbook and the California Bed and Breakfast Cookbook are two examples.  Find out if your state has a Bed and Breakfast Association with a published cookbook.

Some bed and breakfasts sell their very own cookbook to their guests.  Then the guests have a reminder of their stay and can try to cook some of the same foods that had when they stayed at your bed and breakfast.

Feel free to post some of your recipes in your blog. You may actually get some web traffic from people searching for a recipe. They can serendipitously come to your website and instantly think about the possibility of staying at your bed and breakfast.

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