What Bed and Breakfasts Are Really Like

What Bed and Breakfasts Are Really Like

Bed and Breakfast Select Registry – November 19, 2015

Ever wonder why some advertisers and movie producers depict B&Bs as dark, creepy, and haunted?

Unkempt grounds, dark rooms, and zombie innkeepers do make for great TV and film, but you certainly won't find them in real life. If you've ever vacationed at a bed and breakfast or inn, you know the experience is anything but scary (unless the chef runs out of your favorite homemade breakfast rolls.... then run for the hills)!


Here's a list of what you'll actually find when you stay at a bed and breakfast or inn:

1. Welcoming atmospheres that will make you happy.

Bed and breakfasts provide guests with luxurious, personalized lodging experiences. Owners and innkeepers of B&Bs are incredibly detail-oriented. After all, it is their job to make sure every minute of your stay is outstanding, and the atmosphere of a bed and breakfast is no exception.

Your lodging experience begins the moment you enter the door. The welcoming committee at B&Bs always features bright smiles. There may also be a few wagging tails but never any zombie innkeepers!

This adorable golden retriever is one of three sweet animals who greet you when you stay at Brierley Hill Bed & Breakfast in Lexington, VA. With a friendly smile like that, being scared is the last thing you'll feel here!


The warm and welcoming atmospheres of bed and breakfasts don't scare people away! Instead, they turn many first time guests into good friends who return year after year for another exceptional stay.


2. Food so delicious you'll never want to leave.

Bed and breakfasts pride themselves of offering guests exceptional dining. You'll find both traditional and unique dishes, all with the inn's own personality baked in.

One great thing about staying at a bed and breakfast is that the dining options are personalized to your preferences. If you have any dietary restrictions, let the innkeepers know when you book your stay so they have time to make special preparations.

Bed and breakfasts are also famous for serving dishes unique to their region. Many B&Bs and inns use fresh, local ingredients found at the farmer's market or in their own backyard!

During Maine's apple season (August to late October), guests at the Hawthorn Inn in Camden, ME dine on sweet, decorative treats like apple roses on the terrace and decks if the weather permits. When the temperature drops, guests enjoy meals in the sunny dining room or the cozy library.


Photo by Jumping Rocks Photography.

As you can see, the meals served at bed and breakfasts are delicious, works of art. It's highly unlikely you'll be served anything scary; rather, your dining experience is much more likely to wow you and earn a spot on your Instagram feed!


3. Scenic surroundings more beautiful than the pictures.

From exquisite gardens to breathtaking mountain views, many bed and breakfasts are located in beautiful surroundings. Views like these create the perfect setting for a romantic getaway or a pampered weekend away with the girls! Sometimes, all you need is a glass of wine and a look across miles of vineyards (or mountains) to forget your troubles.

Located in the heart of Oregon's beautiful wine country is Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn Bed & Breakfast in McMinnville. If the place seems quiet to you, it's not because it's scary or haunted; it's because Youngberg Hill sits on a 50-acre hilltop surrounded by an organic vineyard. No noises from neighbors, traffic, or ghosts, just peace and tranquility here!


The views are so incredible, you might just have to see them for yourself!


4. Linens you'll want to bring home.

Luxurious bed and breakfasts provide guests with beds of their dreams, if only for a few nights. Imagine the softest sheets and coziest pillows you've ever laid on! Bed and breakfasts spare no expense to make sure their travelers enjoy the best sleep they've ever had each night of their stay.

A great example of luxurious bedding is this bed at Chatham Gables Inn in Chatham, MA. You'll find spa influences in all of this inn's amenities from its soft bath wraps and plush bath towels to its aromatherapy bath products.


This bed won't give you a bed and breakfast nightmare, but you should be prepared for the best sleep you've ever had.


5. Modern amenities with the environment in mind.

Many Select Registry bed and breakfasts now offer Tesla destination charging stations at no cost for their guests. Like you, B&B owners care about reducing their carbon footprint.

This is true for the owners at the Sandaway Waterfront Lodging Bed & Breakfast in Oxford, MD.

Innkeeper Ben Gibson says, "It is very important for us to support the green lifestyle. Without a clean Chesapeake Bay, our business and earth would surely suffer."

This Chesapeake bed and breakfast continually makes an effort to support a greener planet like installing geothermal heating and cooling systems, switching to LED bulbs, establishing a cleaning water conservation program, and recycling every day.


You won't find any dark, creepy rooms at the Sandaway Waterfront Lodging Bed & Breakfast, only rooms lit with environment-friendly LED bulbs and natural sunlight! It's a cozy B&B with beautiful views that operates with both your and the earth's satisfaction in mind.



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Select Registry is a portfolio of more than 300 quality-assured premier bed and breakfasts, inns, and hotels throughout North America. Each of our member bed and breakfasts, inns, and hotels has passed an unannounced, rigorous, 200-point quality assurance inspection to earn and maintain its Select Registry membership, and to ensure it provides travelers with guaranteed quality, exceptional service, and an unforgettable lodging experience.