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The Perfect Bed and Breakfast Books For Your Happy Guests

bed and breakfast books

 

Offer the perfect bed and breakfast books for your happy guests who love to read. Your bed and breakfast may house a small library or even a parlor or study with a large selection of books on your shelves.  If you are wondering what kind of books to make available, the following are some great suggestions:

 

  • Architecture: for readers interested in building and architectural styles

 

  • Arts and Photography: people love to look at art and photography, including books from your local museum

 

  • Biographies: especially of any legends about the people who live in your town or former tenants of your home or anyone famous in your area

 

  • Business: business travelers will appreciate books on business topics such as leadership

 

  • Computers and Technology:  including books about social media

 

  • Cooking: people may be looking for a new recipe–especially if it is your cookbook (that you have for sale)!

 

  • Crafts and Hobbies: scrapbooking enthusiasts as well as those who have other hobbies will like these types of books

 

  • Fiction: particularly if the setting in the book is in your local area or at a bed and breakfast inn, novels may really be attractive to your guests

 

  • Flora and fauna: for the garden lovers, horticultural experts, biologists, and green thumbs

 

  • Guidebooks: for guests who want to get to know your area and its attractions

 

  • Health and fitness: this could include books about eating and exercising

 

  • History books: many people love to read about history (especially the history of your location)

 

  • Home decorating: people who stay in bed and breakfasts usually appreciate home decor, art, and antiques

 

  • Humor and entertainment: these include humorous books by comedy professionals

 

  • Literature: classic literature lovers will be delighted to see books by Shakespeare or Jane Austen

 

  • Mystery, thriller, and suspense: Mary Daheim has a series of bed and breakfast mysteries that could interest your guests

 

  • Relationships: such as improving communication skills

 

  • Romance: keys to keeping the romance alive

 

  • Science fiction and fantasy: including time travel and virtual worlds

 

  • Sports and outdoors: books based on what guests can do at your inn such as fishing, hunting, golfing, skiing, and more

 

  • Success books: people love reading about having success, achieving more, and reaching their dreams

 

  • Travel:  books specific to your local area or your state will help guests make choices on what to do during their stay

 

You need not spend a lot of money if you do not already have a wide collection of books.There are plenty of good used bookstores and even yard sales that sell them.

Having good reading material for your guest helps them remember their stay at your bed and breakfast even more fondly.  See the B&B Books listed for a great selection of Bed and Breakfast related books!

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

 

Promote Your Local Area to Guests

promote your local area

 

Since your guests decide to stay with you in large part due to where you are located, it is in your best interest to promote your local area. You can do this with website links, menus, guidebooks, maps, and more to tell your guests about your area’s attractions, events, and concerts. Remind them why bed and breakfasts are better than hotels.

 

Start by having a links web page on your website that refers your guests to local places of interest.

  • Art & Cultural Activities: theater, museum, symphony, ballet, etc.
  • Area History: historical sites, battlefields, visitors center
  • Fine Dining: you can emphasize your own restaurant if you have one and/or recommend local restaurants
  • Recommended Guide & Recreational Services: tours, biking, fishing, hiking, river guides, etc.
  • Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife Activities, & Gardens: birding, golf courses, gardens, parks, recreation, wildlife sanctuary
  • Specialty Stores & Services: bakery, brewery, tea, herbs, landscaping, food stores, gift shops, spa, etc.
  • Sports Events, Family Activities, & Concerts: concert venues, concert tickets, sports arenas, sports tickets, arts and drama

Of course, depending upon your location, you may have different categories.  For example, your bed and breakfast may be on the beach and/or have its own spa.  Emphasize the places you know that your visitors like to see and activities they like to do.  You can also offer specific packages based upon the special occasion your guest is celebrating or their particular interests.

When your guests arrive at your bed and breakfast, direct them to a welcome table that features brochures from local attractions and restaurants.  Think about having a guidebook or a basket full of local maps, fliers, and more.  Local Chambers of Commerce and Visitors Centers will have various information for you to display.

You may even arrange with some of these local places (such as local restaurants) to offer your guests a discount if they mention that they are staying with you.  This is great for a number of reasons:

  • You look good for having this arranged ahead of time for your guests
  • The local business owner benefits from the referral
  • Your guests benefit from the discount
  • It is a win-win-win situation!

Thus, you can use your website to post local links, your inn to provide brochures for guests when they arrive, and your connections with local restaurants and other businesses to have deals in place for your guests.

Do not forget the power of video to highlight local attractions near your bed and breakfast and the power of social media to spread your message.

By following this advice, you will take attract more guests to your bed and breakfast as well as position yourself as an expert on your local area.

 

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

The B & B Boom in the United States

The B&B Boom in the United States

 

 

The B&B boom in the United States was influenced by several factors:

  • Enjoyment of the B&B experience by millions of Americans who traveled in Europe–especially starting in the 1970’s.

 

  • The U.S. Bicentennial in 1976 sparked a renewed interest in preserving America’s architectural heritage, and accompanying federal and state legislation provided tax credits for the preservation of historic properties. Many such buildings were on fairly busy roads, making them undesirable for private residences but ideal for conversion into bed and breakfasts.
  • Similarly, the large size of thousands of Victorian-era homes made them inappropriate for single families, but perfect for B&B’s.
  • The 1980’s saw a rapid growth in the numbers of B&B’s in the U.S., but despite considerable media coverage, advertising was expensive, and getting listed in the many B&B guidebooks took a year or more.
  • The growth of the Internet provided the biggest boost to the B&B industry, and leveled the playing field so that a bed and breakfast could afford to compete with area hotels, by listing in directories like BedandBreakfast.com, establishing a first-rate website with pictures and virtual tours as well as offering a safe, secure online booking option.
  • Bed and breakfast owners can hire professionals to give them an online presence in social media as well as to write professional search-engine optimized content in a blog.

With so many different ways to market their business online, it is the innkeepers that keep up with technology who will really thrive in this economy. For American citizens, it all started with the B&B boom in the United States.

 

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

For Guests Who Love To Read

For guests who love to read, your bed and breakfast can house a small library or even a parlor or study with a large selection of books on your shelves.  If you are wondering what kind of books to have on the shelves, the following are some great suggestions:

  • Architecture–for those interested in construction and architectural styles
  • Biographies–of any legends about the people who live in your town or former tenants of your home or anyone famous in your area
  • Cooking–people may be looking for a new recipe–especially if it is your cookbook (that you have for sale)!
  • Fiction–if the setting in the book is in your local area it may really be attractive to your guests
  • Flora and fauna–for the garden lovers, horticultural experts, biologists, and green thumbs
  • Guidebooks–for people who want to get to know your area and its attractions
  • History books–many people love to read about history (especially the history of your location)
  • Home decorating–people who stay in bed and breakfasts usually appreciate home decor
  • Success books–people love reading about how to have success, achieve more, and reach their dreams

You need not spend a lot of money if you do not already have a wide collection of books. There are plenty of good used bookstores and even yard sales that sell them.  Having good reading material for your guests who love to read. This helps them remember their stay at your bed and breakfast even more fondly.  See the B&B Books listed for a great selection of Bed and Breakfast related books!