Friday, November 21, 2008

Welcome Carriers Farm Bed and Breakfast welcomes Carriers Farm Bed and Breakfast in the beautiful Cotswolds, England region. This B&B offers
en-suite double rooms in their beautiful English farm dating from the 19th Century. Set on the egde of the Cotswolds, this B&B offers great walking and exploring.

Carriers is located just 1 mile from the world famous National arboretum at Westonburt, 3 miles from Badminton, 15 mins from Bath, historic Georgian City and World Heritage Site home of the Roman Baths; 25 mins from Bristols Historic waterfront and great shopping. While visiting, enjoy the wonderful countryside with many places to visit including Tetbury (10 mins) home of Prince Charles Highgrove shop; Malmesbury, Castle Combe, known as the prettiest village in England also the National Trust village of Lacock,The pre-historic stones at Stonehenge, Bourton-on-the-Water to mention a few.

You will be spoiled with a choice of Pubs and restaurants no matter if you are looking for a quiet country pint of beer and relaxing meal or dining out in style. Even if you are just passing through, the 13th century parish church and the eclectic mix of architecture in our village of Sherston shouldn't be missed.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Welcome Lonesome Dove Bed and Breakfast in Lisbon Connecticut welcomes Lonesome Dove Bed and Breakfast in Lisbon Connecticut. This friendly Mystic area Bed and Breakfast welcomes you to a country setting to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Lonesome Dove is a Connecticut Bed and Breakfast located near Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos. A short trip takes you to Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium, and Mystic shopping. We are surrounded by history: visit the Nautilus, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and many other fun-filled activities.

This Connecticut Bed and Breakfast offers three beautifully decorated rooms with fireplaces and private baths. Enjoy the gazebo where you can sip your wine by the pond and watch the indigenous birds and wildlife (Lonesome Dove is a certified National Wildlife Backyard Habitat).

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Welcome Le Mas d'Azur on the French Riviera Welcome's its newest member, Le Mas d'Azur. The B&B is located Between sea and mountains,

- 2 km from Carros in the hinterland, a charming old village, ideally situated in the Nice area,
- 15 mn from the beaches, from Nice or from the artistic villages of Vence and St Paul,
- 30mn from Monaco or Cannes,
- 60mn from the Southern Alps ski resorts,
- at the entrance of the famous Mercantour park,

the "Mas d'Azur" was built on a 2.500m² property planted with olive trees and succulent plants. Around the pool many terraces offer a beautiful view on the Southern Alps - Car park inside.

The French Riviera region is located in South of France and includes the stretch of coastline from Toulon to the Italian border. This exclusive resort area has always been a popular tourist destination offering visitors spectacular coastline, sunshine, and upscale twons and village. Area cities worth a look include the glamorous towns of Antibes, Juan-Les-Pines, Saint Tropez, Nice and Monaco. While here enjoy beach combing, world class dining and shopping, museums and other historical sites, and more.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Welcome Amsterdam at Home welcome's Amsterdam at Home as our newest member. Amsterdam at Home is located in an old house in the historical and medieval part of the city center. A unique spot to visit the city; this where anyone looking to be a part of Amsterdam and its culture would would visit and be carried away by the ambience and energetic vibes that reside here.

Amsterdam is an exciting, unique city that provides bed and breakfast visitors with historic 17th century architecture, the famous canals, lively nightlife and countless charming bed and breakfasts, all packed into a relatively small area. The city's compact size lends itself to touring on foot, boat or bike to the many tourist sites. While visiting, bed and breakfast travelers should include these Amsterdam "must-see" attractions: the Van Gogh Museum, the 250-room Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House, the Artis Zoo, the Stedelijk Museum, the Royal Palace, the Dam Square, the Begijnhof, or take in local theater, fine and ethnic dining or explore the ecclectic selection of shopping in the Jordaan neighborhood or the Albert Cuyp Market, fleamarket. This exciting city has something for bed and breakfast travelers of many tastes.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Welcome Artefes Hotel welcomes Artefes Hotel located in Istanbul, Turkey.

Istanbul, a metropolis of 15 million people, is often described as "the crossroads of Europe and Asia" - a heaving bazaar-city of carpets and caravanserais with an imperial history stretching back for more than 1,500 years. The city center, including the areas referred to as 'the old city' and 'the new city', which are separated by the estuary of the Golden Horn, is located on the European side of Istanbul, on the Western side of the Bosphorus Strait. Its varied history is mirrored by the stunning Ottoman mosques, classical columns, Byzantine structures, ancient city walls and fine churches. A fine example of this is Haghia Sophia, or Church of Divine Wisdom and Topkapi Palace is another Istanbul must-see. Famous for its markets and bazaars, bed and breakfast travelers should also check out the Covered or Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market. Get away to Yildiz Park with its woodland and landscaped gardens or take in culture pure at the Archaeological Museums or the Istanbul Modern Museum. Whatever your pleasure, let IBBP help you to find the ideal accommodation for your unforgettable visit to Istanbul.

Artefes is a boutique hotel located at the heart of Istanbul's historical peninsula. It is in the center of the Old City,within walking distance of most of the major sites.

The hotel offers a daily four-course menu of regional Turkish specialties and Ottoman classics either inside or out on the terrace, with a magical view of the Marmara Sea.

A choice of Turkish wines and local / imported drinks are served in our roof top bar and Lobby.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Welcome Caballero San Juan in Barcelona, Spain welcomes its newest memberCaballero San Juan located in Barcelona, Spain.

The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona sits at the northeast end of the Costa Brava, Spain's gateway to the Mediterranean. Barcelona has managed to combine the best in innovative contemporary culture with a rich history and tradition. It is filled with landmark buildings and world-class museums. These include the famed Church of the Sacred Family, the Picasso Museum, Las Ramblas, the famous tree-lined promenade cutting through the heart of the old quarter, the Casa Batllo and the National Museum of Catalonia. A half-hour flight east will land you on any of the Balearic Islands--fast-paced Majorca, rowdy Ibiza, or sleepy Minorca. Explore the Gothic Quarter, take part in the lively night life or visit the harbor of Port Vell. The possibilities are endless. So make sure your trip to Spain includes a visit to Barcelona where we offer a variety of bed and breakfasts for every taste and budget.

Caballero San Juan is ideally placed in the heart of the city, with Las Ramblas, the Cathedral, the bohemian Gothic Quarter, the vibrant Born area and Barceloneta beaches, all on your doorstep. Not forgetting the plethora of fine restaurants, bars and clubs which can all be easily reached on foot from the guesthouse.

Guests can enjoy the use of a spacious, elegantly furnished living/dining room, which provides the ideal place for relaxing and taking a break from the bustling city life. Also, for those that enjoy the independence of self catering accommodation there is a fully equipped kitchen at your disposal.

With our friendly staff on hand to answer any of your questions and share their knowledge of the city, Caballero San Juan makes a wonderful home from home.

The décor throughout is stylish and cosy and rooms come with all the necessary amenities for a comfortable stay at a reduced price.

There are four types of rooms available:
Double or triple rooms with private bathroom: ideal for those who desire comfort at a very competitive rate. The rooms are spacious and brightly lit with either a Queen Size bed or three individual beds, and a complete bathroom with shower. The bathroom is located in the room next door but is for their exclusive use.

Double or triple rooms with shared bathroom: bright and airy rooms, most with a balcony or terrace. The bathroom is shared, at most with one or two other rooms, depending on occupation. Daily cleaning services guarantee that you will always find the bathroom in perfect condition.

Linen and towels are provided.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Welcome Le Prieuré du Château de Biron would like to welcome our newest member, Le Prieuré du Château de Biron in Dordogne Valley, France.

The historic village of Biron is located in southwestern France in the beautiful Aquitaine region and is dominated by the vast, medieval Chateau de Biron. Bed and breakfast travelers will enjoy the scenic, unspoiled countryside with outdoor activities ranging from canoeing, swimming and biking to hiking, horseback riding, golfing and tennis. There are numerous historic villages and countless other castles in the area. Other tourist attractions include wine tours and tasting, ancient caves, colorful markets, selling anything from delicious, homegrown foods to jewelry, pottery and antiques, balloon rides and a number of art exhibits, concerts and theater productions.

Le Prieuré at Château de Biron is a luxury Bed & Breakfast, located in a hilltop village in the beautiful Dordogne region of southwest France. The area is known for its medieval towns, bastides and villages, its ancient caves of earliest mankind, its beautiful, unspoiled countryside and its temperate climate, with abundant sunshine, making it one of the world's foremost wine-producing regions. Its 5 large bedrooms and 1 apartment are both beautiful and luxurious, with ancient fireplaces, ensuite elegant bathrooms and breathtaking panoramic views from every window. The building is historically significant, dating back 500 years. The ancient bread oven the monks used from the 1500 into the 1700s to bake bread for the villagers remains at the property. Sunsets are breathtaking. Le Prieuré's French and American owners offer guests a warm welcome. Every effort is made to accommodate guests' needs, with elegance and attention to detail making this a place one can never forget.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Welcome Williams House Inn in Hot Springs Arkansas welcomes Williams House Inn in Hot Springs Arkansas. Williams House Inn in Hot Springs Arkansas, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Williams House is masterfully constructed and this historic-district jewel showcases beautiful woodwork and architectural detail. Dr. A. U. Williams a prominent physician and businessman built this grand Arkansas mansion where four generations of family lived until the mid 70's.

Hot Springs, Arkansas is major vacation getaway offering visitors family attractions, lakes for fishing, swimming and boating, dining, the famed thermal waters, history, art galleries, music shows, hiking and walking, and more. Whether your tastes run to theme park thrills or dining delights, Hot Springs has an activity to meet your needs.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Welcome Our Newest Member - Selmunett Luxury Bed and Breakfast in Malta welcomes Selmunett Luxury Bed and Breakfast in Malta to our guide.

'Selmunett' is a charming family run luxury bed and breakfast located on the edge of the village of Naxxar, which is more or less in the centre of the island. We have two en suite bedrooms and a lovely swimming pool and garden for the use of guests. The sea at St Paul's bay is a ten minute car drive. The capital of Valetta is 15 minutes away by car; the airport and golf course are 20 minutes away. If Golf is your fancy, we can lend you one set of clubs. We strongly recommend that you hire a car for your time in Malta, and this can be arranged through us, Maria and Roger Strickland. Other forms of transportation can also be used, such as bicycles, quad bikes and mopeds - The latter modes not recommended in high summer due to the heat. Whilst we do not provide evening meals, we have a full list of restaurants, pubs and bars that we recommend listed here on our site.

The island republic of Malta, a European microstate, situated 93 km off the coast of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea awaits visitors with superbly sunny weather, expansive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history. The capital city of Valletta host to regular plays and concerts, as well as scores of exhibitions and street events and is home to The Museum of Archaeology. The War Museum, the Grand Master's Palace and St. John's cathedral. For fanciful fun, highlights are the passionate carnival and open-air concerts. Not to be missed is the Nadur carnival in Gozo and the parade in Valletta. Children will enjoy activity and fun parks, which include the old film set of Popeye Village. For those who love the water, scuba diving is an avid sport on the Islands. A harbor cruise, swimming at Blue Grotto in Comino and St Peters Pool in Marsascala are just some of the options available. The rural side of the Islands is fascinating, with charming villages, captivating folklore and 365 spectacular churches.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Welcome Red Tree House in Mexico City welcomes our newest member, Red Tree House in Mexico City. The Red Tree House consists of a beautiful, two-story house; a stylish roof-top penthouse; and the four room garden house. There are eight guest quarters, all featuring comfortable beds, high quality bedding, cable TV and wireless internet. Visitors to The Red Tree House enjoy the friendly, social atmosphere and the opportunity to meet fellow travelers.

Mexico City, the Capital of Mexico, is a large international city with museums, galleries, and world famous cuisine. Area attractions worth a closer look in include museums of Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky, and the Plaza with its weekend market and wide range of cafes and restaurants. Within the city the range of attractions are endless with the National Palace, the Zocalo, Chapultepec Park, the world famous Anthropology Museum, the canals of Xochimilco, and the weekend markets in San Angel, Coyoacan and Tlalpan being top of the list. Also any visit to Mexico City should include a trip to see the incredible Aztec pyramids at Teotihuacan, just an hours drive from the city center. Yearly festivals include Independence Day in September, and Day of the Dead in November.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Welcome Gallery 111 Bed and Breakfast in New Mexico welcome's Gallery 111 Bed and Breakfast in Tucumcar, New Mexico. This historic estate is a favorite for travelers seeking an "Off the Beaten Path" relaxing destination. Located deep in the heart of Historic Route 66, just a stroll down memory lane. Enjoy an early morning cup of coffee in the parlor, join other guests on the porch for friendly conversation, or participate with local artists in the studio. Gallery 111 Bed & Breakfast has old world charm rooms with antique furnishings and unique artwork. The property also has a working art gallery and studio.

Tucumcari is a small town located in eastern New Mexico, most known as a stop on famed Route 66. The town offers visitors a trip down memory lane with true Americana flavor. Stop by the Tucumcari Historical Museum with its Route 66 exhibit. Get your picture taken in front of the Route 66 Roadside Attraction or the world's largest mural devoted to Route 66 in the United States. Tour the town during the day to see the other wonderful murals and at night to see those famous Route 66 Neon signs. Don't miss the Mesalands Community College Dinosaur Museum, a first-class museum housing the world's largest collection of spectacular full-scale bronze dinosaur skeletons. Take a trip to nearby Ute Lake or Conchas Lake State Parks and go picnicking, hiking, boating, water skiing, scuba diving, swimming, sailing, wind surfing and fishing. For a true American experience stay at one of IBBP's unique bed and breakfasts for an unforgettable memory.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Welcome Philip W. Smith Bed and Breakfast in Richmond Indiana

Welcome's newest member, Philip W. Smith Bed and Breakfast in Richmond Indiana.

The city of Richmond is located near the border to the State of Ohio, about 1.5 hours East of Indianapolis, Indiana. Bed and breakfast travelers will encounter a place, rich with history and heritage of the early pioneers along the Old National Road, the Underground Railroad, the Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History, Richmond Art Museum and Indiana' s Famous Antique Alley, a haven for those who enjoy antiquing. The great outdoors comes alive with wandering nature trails, tranquil golf courses and adventurous expeditions. Boating, fishing, and biking are other well-loved ways to explore the area.

Philip W. Smith Bed and Breakfast is an 1890 Queen Anne inn specializing in Honeymoons, Girlfriends' Getaways, Family Reunions, Weddings, Receptions, Scrapbook Retreats Church Retreats, and Theater and Symphony Packages. This elegant Queen Anne Free Classic Victorian home is located in the East Main Street-Glen Miller Park Historic District of Richmond, right on the Indiana-Ohio border off I-70. Built in 1890 by Philip W. Smith, the 2 1/2 story brick has Romanesque details and features 11 stained glass windows and ornate carved wood. Unwind in the evening with homemade snacks, coffee or tea. Awaken in the morning to a complimentary full breakfast served on fine china and linens in the dining room. All five rooms are individually decorated and include private bathrooms with either a shower or a shower/tub combination, 300 thread count sheets, cable TV, writing surface, and high speed wireless internet service.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Welcome La Piccola Maison in Rome Italy

Welcome's newest member, La Piccola Maison, in Rome Italy.

Style and elegance define the Piccola Maison and offer an ideal location for an exclusive stay in the capital.

La Piccola Maison is located in the most elegant area of Rome, the famous "Via Veneto".

It is placed on a historical building of the eight hundred, in a refined and
exclusive atmosphere few steps away from major tourist sights and main sites of
interest (the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Villa Borghese, etc.).
Our chic town house is a brand new place with renovated private rooms equipped
with all conforts (a/c, flat TV, minifridge and welcome kit).

The modern style and the fresh design make the place the best choice for all of them
that want to be in a prestigious atmosphere with convenient prices.
La Piccola Maison is very well located, near the exit of the metro "Barberini" and
10 minutes from the railway station "Termini".

It offers a private and refined atmosphere, which represent the simplicity and elegance of guests who wish to experience the city in a privileged way, but at a reasonable price.

The rooms, which have recently been renovated, have flat screen TVs, mini refrigerators, hair dryers and air conditioning. The warm colors and wood floors accentuate the welcoming and warm atmosphere the hotel has to offer.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Welcome Le Bourg 7 in Vaud Switzerland

Our newest member Le Bourg 7 in Nyon, Vaud Switzerland offers short term
apartment rentals. The attractive port town of Nyon is situated in the canton of Vaud, only 25 km from downtown Geneva on the beautiful shores of famous Lake Geneva. Visitors will be delighted by the nearby Chateau Prangins and a number of museums, surrounding vineyards, the atmospheric Eglise Notre-Dame, the hidden Roman amphitheatre as well as plenty of outdoor activities including hiking, biking and water sports. Nyon's biggest celebration is also one of Europe's biggest, the giant Paleo Rock Festival which takes place over a week in late July in a field outside town, with a consistently excellent line-up of musicians attracting hundreds of thousands of revelers.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Welcome Buttonwood Inn in North Conway, New Hampshire

Please welcome our newest member, Buttonwood Inn in North Conway, New Hampshire.

The Buttonwood Inn is situated on more than five acres of field and forest on Mt. Surprise just minutes from the villages of North Conway and Jackson. Nationally recognized for our quality of innkeeping, providing the best in service, hospitality and attention to detail.

North Conway is located in the White Mountains Region of New Hampshire in the East Central part of the state. This resort town offer visitors a quaint village with shops, restaurants, antiquing, and more. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking in the summer and all winter activities at nearby White Mountain National Forest and Mt. Washington Valley.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Welcome Les Hauts de Vallieres

Welcome Les Hauts de Vallieres located in the heart of sweet Touraine, sung by its poets and described by many a dreamer, with the castles of Chenonceaux, Chaumont, Chambord, Villandry, Cheverny, Azay-le-Rideau, Amboise, Ussé, nearby, and the gardens flooded with a very particular light, there is a haven of peace, in the middle of meadows and woods.

The village of Vallieres Les Grandes is situated in the famous Loire Valley region, about 2 hours from Paris and near many of the area's main tourist attractions. These include Chenonceaux and its bridge over the Cher, Chaumont and its garden festival, Amboise and the world of Leonard de Vinci, Chambord and its elegant architecture, Azay le Rideau and the song of waterfalls, Blois and the tragic history of the castle, Chinon and Loches. Outdoor recreation offers bed and breakfast travelers a variety such as swimming, biking, horseback riding, tennis, golfing and hiking. The area is also well known for its excellent restaurants, wines and local festivals including the International Music Festival and the International Garden Festival. Visit IBBP's choice of inviting bed and breakfasts for an unforgettable vacation experience.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Meet our New Innkeeper from Montreal Quebec

I'd like to welcome Monique Martel our newest innkeeper for L'Etoile Verte B & B from Montreal, Quebec.

Welcome Monique! We are happy to welcome you to the innkeeper comminity. In order for guests to get to know you can you answer a few questions?

Why did you decide to open a B&B?

A: Having finished my university degree and being faced with having to find work, I decided to do a skills assessment and to make those skills fit a type of work that would make me want to get up in the morning instead of dreading Monday to Friday mornings. I have always been an entrepreneur, I put a lot of emphasis on the conservation of the environment and lived on an organic farm for 10 years. I love to entertain, love to cook, have training in Interior Design, am an avid reader, adore traveling and am fascinated with different cultures and their way of doing things. I also desperately wanted to write.

I'm sure you can already the pattern forming. I found a home in the Plateau Mont-Royal last May, the most vibrantly multi-cultural center of Montreal, as well as being close to the Parc du Mont-Royal and the Parc Lafontaine, and being within walking distance of Vieux-Montreal (25-30 minutes), downtown (35-40), and the Quartier Latin (15 minutes). We are also 3 minutes to St.Denis St. which has numerous terraces, Quebec designers, and big name stores. And 5 minutes to The Main, which is the Boulevard St-Laurent, where the cultural beat is as powerful as the nightime one. As if all of this isn't enough, we sit on a quiet, treed street, one house from the renowned restaurant filled Duluth St.. Not only is the food amazing in these restaurants, but in most of them, you bring your own wine!

Can you tell me about your B&B?

A: The house itself was an old triplex that the previous owner had turned into a duplex: with an apartment on the 3rd floor. With the geothermic heating/cooling on the first 2 floors, and the terrace, deck and backyard in the back, as well as 2 balconies at the front, the house seemed perfect. It also has lots of wood and lots of brick. We renovated the whole 3rd floor, insulating everything, putting in a new bathroom, fixing the one already there, organized a sitting area, and put an antique window between the smaller bedroom and the sitting area (the bedroom also has a window to the outside).

WoW! Sorry, got away with all that. I think you can sense my enthusiasm.

As far as more particular questions, I have not had any paying customers yet, only friends and relatives have stayed, since I have only had my sign up about 1 month and you were the first online organization that I joined, apart from a placement agency.

What advice would you give to would be innkeepers?

A: What advice would I give? With my limited experience, I'd say give yourself time to get things ready before having guests come. Also, depending on your area, you will need a lot of time to get all the paperwork, etc. done up. Have patience and persist.

Do you have a favorite place to recommend travelers visiting Montreal?

A: Everyone should spend at least a few days in the Plateau. This is where you can see, feel, taste and enjoy life that is Montreal: St.Denis St., Avenue Mont-Royal, St-Laurent Blvd., Carre St-Louis, these are all incredible places to get a sense of what Montrealers are about.

If you would like to contact Monique for additional information, please visit:

L'Etoile Verte B & B
PHONE / RESERVATIONS: 514-842-7943

Meet our New Innkeeper from Capitola, California

I'd like to welcome our newest member, Tina Distad, innkeeper for The Jewel Box Bed and Breakfast in beautiful Capitola, California.

Tina, welcome to Can you tell me why you decided to open a bed and breakfast?

A: My personal travel experiences along with working as an Innkeeper helped guide me along the path to becoming a B&B owner and operator. I have tailored the Jewel Box B&B to reflect these experiences and to provide a relaxing environment for my guests.

Capitola is located on California's northern coast. Can you tell me what you like best about your city?

A: Capitola and the greater Santa Cruz area holds many outdoor activities from its beautiful sunny beaches to the amazing redwood groves and a vibrant historic downtown.

What is the best experience you have had as an innkeeper?

A: The best experiences are simply noticing someone enjoying the little things you have created.

It seems like a lot of people would like to try their hand at innkeeping. Do you have an advice for would be innkeepers?

A: If you love your home, and want to share it with others, it is a treat. (with alot of rewarding work).

What is the one place you always tell guests to visit when they stay with you?

A: The Shadowbrook Restaurant. They have a cable car that takes you down to the restaurant.

Thanks Tina. And welcome to our community.

If you would like to learn more about this bed and breakfast, please see:

The Jewel Box Bed and Breakfast
Tel. 011-1-831-295-9035

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Meet our New Innkeeper from Haarlem Noord Holland Netherlands

I'd like to welcome Barbara Ferri to Barbara is the innkeeper for Il Limone in Haarlem Noord Holland Netherlands. Haarlem is located in the center of Holland, just 10 miles from Amsterdam and is best known as the historical capital of the Holland earldom, the countytown of North Holland province, and the birthplace of Frans Hals.

Welcome to International Bed and Breakfast Barbara. Why did you decide to open your home to visitors?

I decided to open a bed and breakfast as I like to be in contact with people from all over the world. I speak four languages and I like the idea of running a business from home.

What is your favorite thing about being an innkeeper?

My favorite thing about being an innkeeper is the (relative) freedom I have while running an enjoyable business.

A lot of folks imagine themselves in your job. What advise would you give to would be innkeepers?

I usually recommend a channel boat tour, the Teyler´s Museums and the Frans Hals Museum.

Can you tell us a little about Haarlem?

I live in Haarlem, one of the most ancient towns in Holland. Beautiful buildings and ideal location. Haarlem is situated close to the north sea beaches, close to Amsterdam and the Schiphol airport.

Do you have a favorite spot or spots that you recommend to your visitors?

I usually recommend a channel boat tour, the Teyler´s Museums and the Frans Hals Museum

If you would like more information on IL LIMONE, please contact:

Il Limone
Haarlem Noord Holland Netherlands
Tel. 0031612139932

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Meet Our New Innkeeper from Ireland

Meet Michael and Nuala our newest innkeepers. Their B&B is located in Curraghlea, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Ireland. Before opening their B&B in Ireland they ran a B&B in America 14 years. It was called The Shamrock House. After returning to Ireland they named their B&B the Pennsylvania House B&B.

Hi Nuala and welcome to So after all of your experience in innkeeping can you tell me why you chose to run a bed and breakfast?

I enjoy meeting interesting people and what better way than with a B&B.

What is the one thing you enjoy most about living in your bed & breakfast in Curraghlea?

It's my own design and decor and I enjoy the spacious rooms. I also love the majestic panoramic views of the countryside, the privacy, and peacefullness.

I know a lot of people dream about owning a b&b. What would you say is your favorite thing about being an innkeeper?

I think my favorite would be being my own boss and sharing my home comforts with the people who enjoy the added extras that my home has to offer and making our guests feel at home.

Have you had an interesting experience with guests sharing your home?

We had two couples from Canada who had never met each other before. While they were having breakfast together and during the course of discussion one of the guests was doing family research discovered that they and the other guest were related. What a small world we live in!

What is the most memorable experience to date?

We were asked to make our B&B totally available to an English family who's daughter was marrying an Irish man. It was always the bride's dream to get married in Ireland so I agreed. What excitement I had in preparing for a bride. It was an early spring wedding, so I gathered wild flowers to make the front door entrance and all around the house nice for the bridal pictures and decorated a garden bench for the bridal groupe to take advantage of the panoramic views. This was my best experience to date.

Do you have any advise for someone looking to start a B&B?

My advice to anyone who was thinking of running a B&B is to make sure you enjoy meeting new people and are willing to share your home and time with total strangers many of which become good friends and return time and time again its very rewarding.

Do you have a spot that you think anyone visiting Donegal should see while staying with you?

If they like castles and gardens, one of Donegal's most mentioned and visited places is Glenveagh National Park which is only 10 miles away from our B&B. I also recommend a drive around Inishowen route 100 for breathtaking scenery.

If you would like to learn more about the Pennsylvania House or check on a reservation, you can contact them at:

Pennsylvania House
Curraghlea, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Ireland.
WEBSITE: www.accommodationdonegal. com
074 9126808, Int Code: +00353 74
FAX: 074 9128905

Monday, March 10, 2008

Meet Our New Innkeeper from Wayland Orchard

Today's blog introduces David Wayland, innkeeper of Wayland Orchard Bed and Breakfast in Crozet Virginia. We welcome this new
bed and breakfast to our guide.

So David, what made you decide to open a bed and breakfast?

There were several reasons we began the B&B. We always wanted to do something like that, we had the mother-in-law suite which was perfect for a B&B, and we enjoy people and getting to make friends out of strangers. Also, we have a wonderful site with mountains and lakes around us and we are close to Monticello and University of Virginia.

What is the best part about living in Crozet?

We live in my childhood home with wonderful memories and are close to the amazing small city of Charlottesville, ranked the best in the nation!

If you had to name one reason, why would you say you like being an innkeeper?

Our favorite thing about B&Bing is meeting wonderful guests and it is a great way to add to our income!

Do you have a memorable moment while running your bed & breakfast?

I'd say having guest drive up for the night and us not realizing there was a reservation for that date; we sent them to a winery while we made up the bed, cleaning the room, and got food. They had a great time tasting wine and we were forgiven.

Do you have any advice for others thinking of becoming an innkeeper?

Stay in at least six B&B's and take notes. Operate it to reflect your own tastes, not someone else's. Read a good book on the subject, such as How to Open and Operate a Bed and Breakfast. Get as much advertising as you can afford.

Thanks David and welcome International Bed and Breakfast Pages.

You can contact David at:

Wayland Orchard Bed and Breakfast
6474 Apple Green Lane
Crozet Virginia United States 22932-2510

Visiting the Original Starbucks in Seattle

I was recently in Seattle for a few days. I wondered down by the waterfront and visited the original Starbucks. It was interesting in that they still have their original logo and you can get a feel for their humble origins. It is located on Pikes Place across from the famous Pike Street Market. The market is also worth a look. If Starbucks isn't enough caffeine, try the Turkish coffee at the Turkish Cafe.

And of course if you need a place to stay, check out our Seattle and Seattle area inns.

Have fun!


Meet and Innkeeper from Paris, France

Lisa Quin is the innkeeper for Dormouse House Garden Bed and Breakfast located just outside of Paris, France. She shares how she became an innkeeper.

As most people know about Paris or what they want to see here, I will share a few funny stories...

I moved to France nearly 10 years ago just to have a change(!!!) in my life. I was unmarried, no longer teaching high school (English, French, and Spanish) due to some health problems and had just lost my mom. I just decided to 'up stakes' and move here, taking all my stuff (enormous!). This included three animals and even a car. Eventually I found an apartment not too far from Paris. I did not want to live in Paris as it can be noisy, expensive, crowded, and difficult for an elderly dog to negotiate. Plus, it would be impossible to park and no private gardens! Ao i was happy to be NEAR paris instead.

Eventually I met my Scottish husband, got married in 2000, and we built Dormouse house two years later. In 2003 we started offering B&B accommodations so we could share our lovely house and garden and meet interesting people from all over! We love being hosts!

I have had many women guests exchange emails with me and say, you could be my twin!! - as we have so much in common. Ironically, I HAVE a twin (fraternal) and we are totally different!

Here are a few funny stories. We had one nice couple from Texas recently, and as most of you know,Texans can be big people. Don was telling us how he had broken several office chairs in India on his recent trip to his company's office there... He then sat down to dinner at our table...and broke through the seat!!

We had another big American male guest dine here - he ate very well and was very full but did NOT break the chair, but then went to sit on the folding chair outside and broke through THAT, ending up on the ground. no one was hurt and we all laughed! of course, we have replaced all these seats!

Recently we got an email from a woman in California who had seen our site on and she booked for June...later she read her Lowell High School alumni magazine (San Francisco) and saw...ME! With an update telling everyone where I was and what I was doing! This woman, linda, is a teacher (as am i) and decided to bring another woman friend to stay at dormouse house, who ALSO is an alumni! small world!

The first thing I ask myself when a potential guest writes is, what do we have in common? this is always a good opener and way to become friendly, and it is one of the things we love about having 'new friends' in our home!

Lisa Quinn

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

New Orleans Hard To Find Places, Food, and More

Mary Ramsey's innkeeper from 1870 Banana Courtyard Bed and Breakfast located in The French Quarter of New Orleans is back today for more tips on traveling New Orleans. Todays Tips: Hard to find locations, food, restaurants and more in New Orleans.

WHERE DO I FIND this lists both THE BEST, most ECONOMICAL, and sometimes THE ONLY place you can find items . . . . . .?


Alligator: Finding alligator MEAT, is a challenge, but Margaritaville usually has alligator. Dry Dock Café has alligator SAUSAGE, as does Praline Connection, or try Gumbo Shop, Redfish Grill, or Cajun Cabin (more expensive). Usually available year round.
BBQ (barbeque): N’Awlins isn’t ‘big’ on BBQ, but you can find good pulled pork sandwich at 13 Monaghan, and better yet, a pulled pork sandwich & ribs to die for at Zydeque Barbeque on St. Charles Ave.. (BBQ shirmp, see shrimp)
Baked Alaska: Signature dish at Antoine’s, but the restaurant is very pricey.
Bananas Foster (Flaming dessert): You don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy this wonderful, flamed dessert (The expensive Brennan's and Antoine’s restaurants are not the only venues serving this delightful New Orleans specialty dessert). Redfish Grill is a lively restaurant that serves it. Go at lunch.
Beignets and Chicory Coffee: (Café du Monde)
• Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce: Dessert, but locals eat it for breakfast, as well. Praline Connection, Dizzy’s Café (4 blocks from main B&B on Esplanade Ave. Toward the lake), Gumbo Shop, Deanies Café (warehouse district)
Calas: Creole fried rice fritter. Emerils, Brennans, and most lod line N’Awlins restaurants. Or for the cheapest, try Elizabeth’s (it’s worth the long walk or taxicab to go. See RESTAURANT LIST for details).
Cooking Schools: There are a number of options for cooking classes or demonstrations that many of our guests have enjoyed. The most popular is The New Orleans School of Cooking +.
Crab: Season is March through November. Most paces with boiled crab are in the ‘burbs, but you will see some with vats in the restaurant window
Crawfish: Crawfish Etouffée, steamed/boiled Crawfish, or Crawfish Pie (Fiorelli’s on Decatur St.)
Crawfish, Boiled: Season usually runs from November through July. Best bet, go to King Rogers , a block down N. Rampart from B&B (@St. Claude) boils crawfish daily, in season, take out. In the French Quarter, take out from Matassa’s (Fridays, but call 1st) and Royal St. Grocery. Eat in = Acme Oyster House, The Alpine, French Market Restaurant, but they ain’t cheap! Ship:,
Crawfish Monica: You may be out of luck finding this one! JazzFest enthusiasts have made this dish famous. The bad news is that about the only time you can get it, is at JazzFest. The spicy-creamy Rotini pasta dish, is a product of the locally based Kajun Kettle Foods company who only does catering for large events.
Crawfish Pie: Post Katrina, I only know of one place in French Quarter to find them: Fiorella’s (Hugh makes them for family Christmas dinner).
Creole Food: Arnauds, Galatoire’s, Oliviers
Crepes: Petunias (they are rather pricey, maybe not worth it in our city) . 817 St. Louis St. 504-522-6440.
Deep Fried Turkey: your guess is as good as mine. You have to fry it for a large group , to be served immediately, so I doubt that you’ll find it in a traditional restaurant. If you do, please tell me so I can add to this list (much of our info is gleaned from guest feedback)
Dirty Rice: Popeyes Fried Chicken on St. Charles Avenue.
Fried Green Tomatoes: Liuzza’s+in Mid-City or Café Atchafalaya+ in Uptown.
Grillades and Grits: Galatoires: Or for the cheapest, try Elizabeth’s (it’s worth the long walk or taxicab to go. 


Gumbo: Gumbo Shop on St. Peter or Praline Connection on Frenchman
Jambalaya: Gumbo Shop
Lobster: That’s NOT a New Orleans specialty, so you’ll probably pay dearly for it. If you ‘gotta have it’, try Andrew Jaeger’s. At least it’s less expensive there, but it’s in the ‘burbs, so you’ll need a car.
Oysters: 3-ways Rockefeller, Casino and Bienville, in a po boy, or raw oysters, shucked at the bar.
Po-boy Sandwich: (Yep. Anywhere else this would be called submarine sandwich, but ours are on French Bread): shrimp, oyster, or Softshell Crab are most popular, but roast beef with gravy is a favorite in any language). It’s worth the drive or streetcar ride to go to Liuzza’s in Mid City or Parkway Tavern in Faubourg St. John near City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Lots of tourists go to Johnny’s Poboys and Mothers.
Pralines: Loretta’s.
Praline Cured Bacon: Elizabeth’s, (it’s worth the long walk or taxicab to go.
Red Beans and Rice (with or without smoked sausage). sausage: Andouille or Boudin.
Shrimp: Shrimp Creole, Shrimp Remoulade, Shrimp Etouffée, fried or boiled/steamed shrimp
Southern Fried Chicken: Fiorelli’s
Tasso (local, highly seasoned, intensely flavored smoked pork): Adds a wonderful flavor to a variety of dishes, from soups to jambalaya to pastas and seafood. You’ll also find it in grits. Try Coop’s Place
Malt Milkshakes: Clover Grill 
Muffuletta: In 900 block of Decatur Street, Central Grocery (Napoleon House, if raining)
Oysters, raw, on the half shell: BEST are in Uptown @Pascal Manale’s + Acme Oyster > (good prices, but LOTS of tourists) 522-5973 @724 Iberville, or best surroundings @ Redfish Grill’s oyster bar (gorgeous bar), Bourbon @Iberville. Best season is mostly ‘R’ months, but they are usually available year round.
Pralines: Loretta’s in the French Market or on N. Rampart St..
Seafood/fish/shellfish/crustaceans: You’ll find seafood at almost any good restaurant in New Orleans, here are a few of our favorites:
Creole style seafood, oh la la, oysters in Brochette: Feelings + wide variety: Deanie’s > Worth the drive to Crabby Jacks in Jefferson (yum, yum). Owner also owns Jaques Imo in Uptown. And a seafood distribution serve, so you know it’s fresh!
Liuzza’s in Mid City
Seafood, packed to ship: Big Fisherman (Garden District) or P&J Oysters (French Quarter).
Wide variety and HUGE portions. Ain’t cheap, though. French Quarter
Shrimp, BBQ: go to Pascal’s Manale (by car, taxi, or streetcar)
Shrimp Po-boy Sandwich: Fiorella’s on Decatur, Verti Marte on Royal ,or King Rogers on N. Rampart Street. Season February through October.
Soul Food: Praline Connection+ or Dizzy’s Cafe

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Must Do Sights to See in New Orleans

Let me introduce Mary Ramsey, Innkeeper of 1870 Banana Courtyard Bed and Breakfast located in The French Quarter of New Orleans. Mary and her husband Hugh have been running a B&B since the 90s and enjoy hosting guests from all over the world. Here is her "must do" list for a weekend of fun in New Orleans. To learn more about Mary and her B&B, visit: To see a list of all's New Orleans B&Bs, see: New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts

• Eat beignets and drink chicory coffee @ Café du Monde located on Decatur St. across from Jackson Square & St. Louis Cathedral
• If you drink alcoholic beverages: At Pat O’Briens try a world-famous Hurricane cocktail or Mint Julep: 718 St. Peter St, 525-4823. At Port of Call, try the Monsoon (it’s lethal). Dauphine @ Esplanade.
• Listen to Jazz at Preservation Hall
• See the historic, above ground cemeteries (St. Louis #1 near the French quarter or Lafayette Cemetery in the Garden District)
• Go on a swamp tour
• See the Louisiana swamp section at the Audubon Zoo
• Eat some bread pudding with whiskey sauce
• Eat a Muffuletta sandwich made on special sesame seed round bread, with olive salad (green olives, celery, carrots, onions, garlic, and olive oil), salami, cheese. Central Grocery on Decatur St. (if raining, Napoleon House).
• Go to the WWI ( D-Day) Museum
• Shop for collectibles, antiques, art or crafts on lower end of Decatur St., Royal St. Or Magazine St.
• Take the free pedestrian ferry shuttle to the 2nd oldest neighborhood in New Orleans: Algiers Pointe
• Ride the historic St. Charles or Canal Streetcars
• Eat some boiled crawfish, red beans and rice, or dirty rice The best (and cheapest) red beans and rice and dirty rice are at Popeye’s Fried Chicken. You can buy crawfish from a local market rather than at a restaurant.
• Try a seafood or roast beef “po-boy” sandwich. For true local color, and a good shrimp po-boy, there is a seafood market close to the main B&B. It’s frequented mostly by African Americans (and me): King Rogers Seafood: A po-boy or platter is about $6. While you are waiting for it to be prepared, go into the market to see the live cowan (turtles) in the tank, lots of fish, shrimp, raccoons, rabbits and o’possum (Yep, some locals do eat them), in addition to great boiled crawfish and shrimp. The crawfish are VERY SPICY, boiled with new potatoes, garlic and corn on the cob, which you can purchase separately or with your crawfish. Bring back some crawfish and we’ll set you up, in the courtyard and show you how to eat them New Orleans style with newspapers as place mats and paper towels as napkins.
• Learn about Mardi Gras @ Mardi Gras World or the one of LA State museums, the Presbytere.
• Go to a gospel mass Sundays.
• Visit the historic French Market and the flea market at the end (N. Peters St. @ Esplanade Ave.)
• Have a Lucky Dog from a street cart vendor (personally, we don’t think they are much to write home about, but they ARE a New Orleans tradition)
• Have a “2nd line” umbrella custom made to display at home.
• Like generations of New Orleaneans, eat some hand pulled taffy by the Roman Candy Man in his mule drawn cart in Audubon Zoo.
• Since 1902, locals have enjoyed eating Italian ices or ice cream at Angelo Brocato’s Ice Cream Parlour on N. Carrollton Ave, near Canal St.

Mary Ramsey
1870 Banana Courtyard
French Quarter/New Orleans B&B
Tel. 504-947-4475

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Fortune Cookie Factory in San Francisco

Just a quick note today. If you are taking a weekend in San Francisco, here is a hidden site. The Fortune Cookie Factory is in Ross Alley near Stockton and Jackson. See how fortune cookies are made on original equipment. You can buy a bag of fortune cookies to take with you.

If you are looking for a place to stay while visiting the city, check out San Francisco Bed and Breakfasts.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

A Weekend Trip Along the Coast of Maine

I'd like to introduce innkeepers Scott and Ruth Thomas. They have owned and operated Brewster House in Freeport, Maine for almost two years. Previously Scott was an attorney turned software consultant, and Ruth a law office administrator and homemaker. They have been in love with the Maine coast since 2001. Next to exploring the many beautiful locations in Maine, one of their favorite things to do is to help plan itineraries and activities to help share their discoveries with their guests.

Scott is our guest blogger today and will introduce you to some spectacular spots along Maine's Coast.

Yvonne's posts have gone from East (Florida) to West (California), so I'll take another extreme and talk about a long weekend trip along the coast of Maine, from Portland to Bar Harbor (and beyond). Of course, there is so much to do in Maine you can hardly do justice to any area in such a short time, but we'll do our best. Maybe we'll try longer stays in one area at a time in a future post.

For many on the East Coast Maine consists of the Kittery outlet centers (just across the border from Portsmouth, NH), Old Orchard Beach (for summer beaches and theater), and maybe a ski trip to Sunday River. But to a Mainer (some say Mainiac), Maine begins above Portland, so we'll start there and go north.

If you're driving, Portland is about two hours north of Boston, five or so from greater New York, on I-95. Otherwise, Portland's Jetport (PWM) is easily reached by several major and discount carriers, or by Amtrak's Downeaster from Boston. Since we're planning to cover the Maine coast in a short time, we'll just make a quick stop in Portland before moving on to our first night's lodging, in Freeport.

Maine's coast is among the most scenic areas in the world. Grab your camera and fasten your seat belt. Ready? Let's go!

In Portland, we'll get off I-95 at the I-295 interchange, and make our way through the stately old homes of Cape Elizabeth, on our way to the Portland Head Lighthouse. This lighthouse, commissioned by President George Washington, is one of the most picturesque and photographed lighthouses in the world. It's park setting is perfect for a picnic, a stroll, and maybe dipping your feet in Casco Bay.

From Cape Elizabeth, you can easily take a quick trip down Commercial Street in Portland, seeing the old Port, with it shops, art galleries, restaurants and boats. If you had time, you could take a cruise on an antique schooner, or ride the ferry to one of the outlying islands. But we want to get to Freeport, so we'll return to I-295 for the 20-plus minute drive.

Freeport. Home of L.L. Bean and the Maine Hunting Shoe. Rated best in the US in customer service by the National Retail Federation, L.L. Bean's five stores top the list of the over 160 shops and restaurants in Freeport. There are several B&B's in Freeport, many within walking distance of the shops and restaurants. Ask your Innkeepers to make reservations at Azure Cafe or Jameson Tavern for dinner, and then walk to the shops, and on the way back, stop in for your dinner. Remember, L.L. Bean's stores are open 24x7, so you can always go check out their Factory Store, or go back one more time, any time, night or day, every day of the year.

After next morning's B&B breakfast, we'll want to get a relatively early start (so you better plan time to run back to L.L. Bean for that sweater you almost bought last night!). We'll take US-1, which stretches from Key West in Florida to the Canadian border with Maine. In Freeport it is also known as Main Street. We're heading for Bar Harbor for our second night (lots of B&B's there!). This is normally about a three- or three-and-a-half hour drive. The way we'll do it, however, it will take more like eight hours.

Heading north out of Freeport, we'll pass through Brunswick, then Bath. Just across the river from Bath, we'll make a hard right turn and follow the sign for Georgetown and Reid State Park. Crossing the bridge, we're on Georgetown Island. Its largest town, Georgetown, is the home of Georgetown Pottery, and well worth a visit. Continuing East (well, because of the shape of Maine,
this is really South, but that's another story...), we come to Reid State Park. Reid, and its sister park, Popham Beach State Park, both provide something unusual in Maine - sandy beaches. Reid's beauty comes from the stark contrast between a half-mile long sandy beach and the rocky crags at the end, guarding the entrance to the adjoining river.

When we've finished admiring the spectacular Maine coastline at Reid State Park, we'll go the last mile down the road to Five Islands. This little, but beautiful, village is home to Five Islands Lobster Company, where you can find very reasonably priced lobster (and other seafood) fresh from the day's catch.

Returning to US-1 in Bath, we turn north again, where our next quick stop is Wiscasset (which claims to be "the prettiest village in Maine"). This lovely little town is filled with antique shops and cute eateries, not to mention Red's Eats, a Maine institution, and rated by many as the home of the best lobster roll anywhere.

As we continue northward, we'll bypass the turn to Boothbay Harbor, saving it for another trip when we have more time to explore. Just a bit farther up US-1, we'll take the exit for Damariscotta. As you descend on the ramp, look to your right, for when the trees break, there is the quintessential New England village on the banks of the river, complete with the steeple of a
little white church. Passing through the picturesque village, we'll take Route 130 to Pemaquid Point lighthouse and its majestic perch, high up on a rocky point overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Returning from Pemaquid Point, we'll turn onto Route 32 at New Harbor, where we'll wander along the coastline, then rejoining US-1 at Waldoboro. Just a bit north is a wonderful place for a late lunch, at Moody's Diner (you can't miss its orange and white sign on the right. Moody's has been a family-owned institution for about a century, and they are decorated with photos of their guests wearing Moody's T-shirts in exotic locations around the world. The food is great, as is the atmosphere!

Back on US-1, we'll pass Route 90 on our left (Taking this would save about 30 minutes, but we'd miss our next stops. We'll take it on the way south.). Next we come to Thomaston, home of General Henry Knox, George Washington's Secretary of War. Thomaston also houses the Maine State Prison Store, where you can find incredible bargains on hand made woodcrafts and other items. Continuing through Thomaston, turn right at Route 131, and follow it to Port Clyde, where well see the Marshall Point Lighthouse. The keepers house is a museum, and the setting is amazing! Returning via Route 131 turn right at Route 73, to come to Owls Head, home of the Owls Head Transportation Museum and Owls Head Lighthouse. From the lighthouse you get a fantastic view of Penobscot Bay.

From Owls Head we'll pass through Rockland and the incredibly beautiful town of Camden, with its classic harbor views and boutique shops. The road rises out of town, passing several wonderful old homes (some of which are Bed & Breakfasts), and you pass through the antiquing venues of Searsport and Bucksport, before coming to Ellsworth. At Ellsworth we'll make a right on Route 3 toward Bar Harbor, where we cross the short bridge to Mount Desert Island. As we wind around the island toward Bar Harbor we pass the entrance to Acadia National Park - one of the most visited in the US National Parksystem.

If we've arrived before sunset, be sure to go into the park and drive up Cadillac Mountain (it can be chilly up there, even if it is hot at sea level). You can see for miles along the coast, and even the cruise ships docked at Bar Harbor look tiny. And you've found the best place to watch the sunset!

On Mount Desert Island you can choose from B&B's in Bar Harbor (walking distance to the shops and restaurants), or in one of the other towns on the island, Southwest Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Bass Harbor, etc. Another option is to get a short distance away from the crowds and stay in Blue Hill (just south of Mount Desert Island) or Winter Harbor (just north).

After getting a good night's sleep (that was a long day yesterday!) and another wonderful B&B breakfast, we'll continue up the (much) less populated coast. We'll head north again, past Machias to Quoddy Head State Park, where we'll visit West Quoddy lighthouse. This distinctive red-and-white striped lighthouse is easily recognized, as it is frequently seen in calendars and on postcards.

Turning south, we'll stay on US-1, passing the now familiar towns of Machias, Ellsworth, Bucksport and Searsport, making our way back down the coast to Camden, where we'll stop for the night. Again there is the opportunity for a trip on an old schooner, and plenty of shops and great restaurants, not far from your B&B.

After our last breakfast at a B&B for the weekend, we'll resume the trek southward and home. Just south of Camden, we'll take Route 90 to cut off some distance and save a bit of time, then on down US-1 to Portland (anybody want to stop at L.L. Bean in Freeport one more time?), where we'll say a wistful "goodbye" to the Maine coast.

Each of the areas we've seen on this quick dash up and down the coast has enough to do to keep us busy for several days, but this is at least a sampling of what is there. Much more remains for our next visit.

Scott Thomas
Brewster House Bed & Breakfast
Freeport, Maine USA

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Davenport to Half Moon Bay California

I've given you a few ideas for excursions in Florida. Now, I thought I'd hop to the other coast for weekend ideas in the San Francisco Bay Area. Today's trip: Driving US1 from Davenport to Half Moon Bay.

Let's base ourselves in Santa Cruz for today's trip. It is a town full of restaurants, has a boardwalk and a funky feel to it. Of course I have to let you know about a few of our bed and breakfast that would be perfect for this stay. If you would like be in the downtown area, check out Adobe on Green Street B&B. If you want more of a country setting, try Freedom Rose House Bed and Breakfast I'll leave you to explore Santa Cruz on your own and we will head out on a day trip.

Now that you are set, let's start out on our day trip. We will be going North on US 1 for about 9 miles until reaching Davenport. Davenport is a small beach town of about 200 and offers spectacular cliff views of the ocean. You can also hike down to the beach from the bluffs. I like stopping at the Davenport Road House and Cash Store to start the day with an outstanding breakfast. No matter what you order, get a cinnamon roll to share. After or before breakfast, browse the shop for locally made crafts. I also like walking over to the Lundberg Studios Contemporary Art Glass.

When you are ready to move on, I suggest making Ano Nuevo State Park your next destination. The main reason for this stop is to see the elephant seals that take up residence here. You can take a tour December through March. I've been there in the off season and have explored by myself. While there aren't as many seals in the off season, you will still see some. During breeding season, you must take a guided tour. Allow about and hour for this stop.

Next, I would make Pescadero your stopping place. This small town is fun to walk through and wonder in an out of local shops. If you are ready for a meal, I always enjoy Duarte's Tavern and Restaurant.

Our final stop for the day is Half Moon Bay and Moss Beach. The town of Half Moon Bay is fun to wonder through. It is lined with cafes and shops. You can also take a stroll or play along four miles of broad, sandy beaches. When dinner time rolls around, I would suggest The Moss Beach Distillery in Moss Beach, just a short drive norths from Half Moon Bay. 650.728.5595.
It is set along a bluff, has wonderful food, history, and a ghost.

That is it for today. Next up, a walking food tour of San Francisco.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Spanish Treasure and Manatees

As Promised, today I am going to take everyone on a leisurely trip along the coast to learn a little more Spanish history at the McLarty Treasure Museum, then we will go onward to the Sebastian Inlet State Park.  This is an easy day trip that can be done in one morning and followed by a lunch on the river.  

I'm going to base our trip out of Melbourne Florida.  This is a central location from which to base explorations of the Space Coast as well as the Treasure Coast.   We currently do not have any bed and breakfast listings in Melbourne, but I'd suggest Crane Creek Inn, 721-768-6416 or The Old Pineapple Inn, 888-776-9864.

The McLarty Treasure Museum is located on State Road A1A, two miles south of the Sebastian Inlet Bridge.  The entrance fee is $1.00.  The museum hosts treasure and is the site of the survivor's camp from a 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet.  Eleven ships loaded with gold and silver went down in a hurricane.  The treasure was forgotten for 250 years until treasure hunters relocated it.  For background, take a look at:

After leaving the museum head up the coast until your see the sign's for the Sebastian Inlet State Park.  Take the second park entrance.  There is a parking fee of $5.00.  Take a walk on the pier to view Manatees, dolphins, and other fish.  I like the second pier as it is less crowded.  Take a walk on the beach and see pelicans and other tropical birds.  If your are more adventurous, you can also rent kayaks from the Inlet Marina 1-800-952-1196.

I would be looking for lunch next.  We usually stop at Mike's Hula Grill on 806 Indian River Drive.  It is casual dining and offers seating with views of the river.  To get there from the inlet, continue south on Indian River Drive until you see the signs for US 1.  Take this exit, and turn north on US1.  Turn right on Coolidge St.  The restaurant will be on your left.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Plan a Bed and Breakfast Escape in Florida

As I sit and relax in the warm spot of the US today, I thought I'd share some local tips for travel to the Sunshine state. When most people think of Florida, they automatically think about all of the Orlando Parks. When I first moved to Florida, I was under the same perception. However, Florida has a great deal more to offer visitors.

We had guests in town this past weekend with no interest in doing the parks or going to the beach. They are both history enthusiasts, so we decided to make the trek to the St. Augustine area. We were coming from central Florida, so this entailed a drive. We got up bright and early and started our trek. Our first stop was Fort Mantanzas, which is located about thirty minutes South of St. Augustine on SR A1-A. Admission is free. Fort Mantanzas was originally built in 1742 as a way to hold off the British from St. Augustine. You have to take a 10 minute boat ride to get to the fort, but the ride is pleasant and we have often seen dolphins and in the spring large amounts of jelly fish. A guide accompanies you and always provides some historical background on the fort and Spanish history. If you want to do a little background research, check out

After stopping at the fort, we continued on SR A1-A and followed the signs to the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Admission is is $8.00 for adults. We climbed 218 steps to the top and learned a lot about about the lighthouse keepers lives and families. It took about an hour to see everything. Then we were on to St. Augustine.

Our first stop here was the Castillo de San Marcos or the Star Fort. Again, admission is free. The construction of the fort began in 1642 and includes 20.5 acres. There are guides and tours to provide background on the fort's history. You can also take a look at Castillo de San Marcos From the fort, we could see the town and structures of St. Augustine. We spent about an hour looking through the exhibits of the fort and then headed through the original gates of the city to explore the historic city area. We took a walking tour of the city viewing all of the historic buildings and wandering in and out of shops. The city is interesting as it has gone through many renovations. First it is the oldest European settlement in the United States. It changed hands from Spanish, to British, to Spanish, and finally to the US. The architecture reflects the change of hands in that you can see both Spanish and British influences. In 1883, the Oil Tycoon Henry Flagler invested large amounts of money towards making St. Augustine a resort town. He added a number of impressive buildings. A great place for background on the city is St Augustine History.

We decided to head back to our home in Central Florida. However, you could easily make this area a 3 day stay. The city is known for its restaurants and night life. You can spend a day playing on the beach, go on an evening ghost tour, or take in a play. St. Augustine has a number of boutique hotels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts. If you want to be in the mix of it all, choose lodging in the historic square. Our guide offers five inns and bed and breakfasts to get you on your way. Check out: St Augustine Oh, yes. Can you tell them that we guided you to them?

Next up, Sebastian Inlet and 1715 Spanish Fleet McLarty Treasure.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Traveling To Bed and Breakfasts

Hello B&B Travelers -

I've been thinking about putting a blog up on for awhile. I started ibbp back in 1995 because I love staying at bed and breakfasts and traveling. Hotels are great, but I have found that B&Bs offer visitors a unique view of the location that they are exploring. When traveling to England, I found great pubs and historical sites that were not posted in the travel books. When traveling locally in the US, I have found the great local eateries and activities that may not be posted anywhere else. How about you? I'd love to hear your bed and breakfast experiences and any travel tips for locations that you have visited. Did you stumble upon a castle that many people would not know about? Did you visit a city that we might overlook? Let us know. I'll also post places I've visited and interesting sites that we all may overlook. Happy travels.