I went online to BnB Finder to search for bed and breakfasts and to my pleasant surprise, I found some fun bed and breakfast retreats. These retreats include a board game tournament, a night walk, private art classes, and a literary weekend. Typically, most bed and breakfasts do not offer these kinds of special retreats which makes these bed and breakfasts all the more attractive. Read on for more retreat ideas that you can apply to grow your own B&B business.
In Saugatuck, Michigan (near where I grew up in Holland, Michigan) at Sherwood Forest Bed and Breakfast they offer a Monopoly Tournament from November through April. If the entire B&B is booked, they promise to organize the “hippest” Monopoly Tournament ever played! The winner receives a complete set of Sherwood Forest Gear. Lunch will be catered. This offer may expire at the end of this year. Call for details at 800-838-1246. This reminds me of my Pinterest Board called Bed and Breakfast Games which features different board games and game rooms at various bed and breakfasts.
In the Saratoga Region of New York at Mariaville Lake Bed and Breakfast, they offer a Night Walk for a small extra fee. This B&B invites guests to take a walk, guided by the innkeeper, to experience the full night sky. Guests will use a night vision scope and will be amazed at what they can see such as beavers working hard at their famous beaver pond. Advance notice is required and subject to availability and weather conditions. The offer may expire at the end of this year. Contact the innkeeper for more details.
In the Hudson Valley Region of New York, at the Pine Bush House, they offer Stay and Paint private art classes with local artist Lana Privitera. Originally from Spain, Lana graduated from the Fine Arts School of Zaragoza, where she majored in Fashion Design and Art History. Lana has won numerous art awards. She is the current Art Curator for the Pine Bush Public Library. A sampling of her work can be found on her website.
Currently, there are one day and two day Watercolor Workshops (four hours each) available and all tailored to suit individual needs, taste, and ability. Supplies loaned by the instructor, but guests have the opportunity to purchase. Guests receive one FREE double white mat and backing piece (plus an acetate sleeve to protect their “masterpiece”). A list of art material suppliers as well as recommended art books will be provided.
Contact Lana Privitera at firstname.lastname@example.org or Barbara at email@example.com for detailed pricing! Discounts available if staying two or more nights. This opportunity is available at least through June 20, 2015.
In lovely Vermont, The Governor’s House in Hyde Park offers Jane Austen Weekends full of literary-inspired diversions. Quietly slip back into Regency England in a beautiful historic mansion. Take afternoon tea. Share your thoughts at a book discussion. Attend an informal talk over desserts. Test your knowledge at the quiz brunch and possibly take home a prize.
Take a carriage ride or sleigh ride (depending upon the season). Join every activity or simply spend the weekend watching the movies. Try English country dancing. Dress in whichever century suits you. Jane Austen fans unite!
Examples of bed and breakfast retreats, special packages, and events include:
- Adventurers Package
- Art and Drama Lovers Package
- Girlfriend Getaways Retreat
- History Buffs Excusions
- Hobby Lovers Retreat
- Honeymooners Package
- Murder Mysteries
- Parents of College Students Package
- Spa Retreats
- Sports Spectators Retreat
- Wine Lovers
- Yoga Retreats
Innkeepers are only limited by their imagination. So get creative and think about what you have passion for. What interests, skills, experience, and talents do you have? Innkeepers do not have to be the instructors. In the Stay and Paint retreat example, the innkeeper has a professional artist and art curator coming to her inn. Arrangements can be made with the experts hosting the event if they are not the bed and breakfast owners or innkeepers.
If you are a bed and breakfast owner or innkeeper and have been successful with a particular retreat, package, excursion, or other event at your B&B, I would love to know about it. Write about your successes to Kristi Dement below. I promise to read every comment and reply when appropriate.
Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography