Monday, March 30, 2009
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.
La Casa del Colibri quietly nestled in the heart of Mexico City, an area that was once an old hacienda, this colonial structure has the latest modern conveniences coupled with old world charm. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience a family ambiance filled with warmth.
The B&B offers suites and rooms. All suites have a full-size bed, private bath, and a fully equipped kitchenette. All rooms have a full size bed, private bath, and a frigbar/servbar.
La Casa del Colibri combines the best of three worlds: German organization, American efficiency, and Mexican hospitality.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
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.
Inn Old Amsterdam is located in an historical monument full of character (1645) on the Nieuwmarkt, a vibrant residential quarter with bars, restaurants and outdoor cafes. The house looks out onto the most important gate of the city of Amsterdam (1488), the Sint Anthonispoort, now known as De Waag.
Guests enjoy a comfortable room with a kitchenette on the first floor, and a large studio with private bathroom, toilet and kitchen on the second floor.
Just as in the past, the city gate is a good base from which to visit the historic centre, the many attractions, festivals, festivities and shows in Amsterdam. Nearly all at walking distance.
If you would like to book a stay with this accommodation, contact:
Daan van Delft and Inigo Baten
Tel. 039 (0)20 7717835 or 0039(0)633766492
Friday, March 27, 2009
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.
Ana´s Guest House II is located in the hearth of Eixample. The bed and breakfast was built in 1915 and has a typical Modernist Catalan style, keeping its original architecture. Because of its excellent location guests can walk to Sagrada Familia, Plaza Catalunya, and the well-known Ramblas.
With Ana’s as a starting point, you will be able to walk its streets, elegant stores, bars and restaurants, antique dealers,and museums. Learn Barcelona's history, share in its daily life, see the contrasts between old and new, and enjoy a city, climate and beaches.
Ana´s Guest House II offers spacious and sunny ambiance with original parquet floors and bow-windows in the living room. Enjoy comfortable, cozy and tastefully decorated guest rooms with balconies.
To book with Ana's Guest house, Contact:
Ana and Natalie
Tel. +34 934591843
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The historic town of Lodeve, situated in the scenic Languedoc Roussillon region of southern France and only 30 minutes from the cosmopolitan city of Montpellier, offers bed and breakfast travelers cultural attractions such as the Cathedral of St. Fulcran and the Musee Fleury, markets and numerous events, such as Bastille Day. The natural scenery around Lodeve offers much to see and do whether by car, on foot, bicycle or horseback. The beaches are half an hour away. The Lac du Salagou offers water sports of all kinds and there are several amazing caves and delightful vineyards. Nearby bed and breakfast travelers can explore many picturesque villages including St Guilhem le Desert, Lacoste and Soubes, and historic sites like the fortified village of La Couvertoirade, Le Prieure Saint-Michel de Grandmont, a monastery and Le Pont du Diable, the oldest medieval bridge in France.
Larkfield is a beautiful Chambres d'hôte built in the early nineties, just off of the main A75 toll free, motorway from Clermont Ferrand to Bezier (there is now a small toll for the viaduct at Millau but this is worth paying just for the experience let alone the time saved, it can be bypassed). The hotel is then very easy to find being between Soubes & the A75, less than a kilometre from the autoroute junction 52. The village is also under an hours drive from Montpellier International Airport with cheap flights from both Ryan Air (Stanstead) and FlyBe(Gatwick). Larkfield is only 2 motorway hours from the Spanish border where there is cheap shopping, just off the motorway. Larkfield is a good stop off point on a road trip to Spain. The same autoroute makes transit to the coast much quicker, the nearest beach is now just 35 minutes away.
For better amenities the historic town of Lodève is only 5 km away with supermarkets and petrol stations. The local area has much to offer and the nearby coast is one of the best anywhere. The innkeepers are happy to give advice when we know your interests. The accommodation is modern and comfortable.
The accommodation has a mix of twin and double rooms, if you have a preference please ask in advance. All bedrooms have wardrobes, dressing tables and bedside cabinets with reading lights. Toilet facilities are en suite, modern and comfortable. Some rooms are large enough for a third bed, if this is of interest please ask for triple occupancy price.
Complimentary tea, coffee & cold drinks are available in the downstairs kitchenette. In the winter gas central heating ensures your comfort.
Guide books are available to give further suggestions for your stay if you are not just passing through.
To respect other's comfort, smokers are requested to use the outside areas. There are suitable covered areas in case the weather is poor.
French television is provided in the TV lounge. Linen and towels are provided. Washing machines are available in the outside utility room, much quieter.
Being a Mediterranean climate bad days are not common but we do supply games, jigsaws and books just in case.
Optional English breakfasts, evening meals and packed lunches can be provided. In summer Larkfield can offer a barbecue either by the house or the pool.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The small town of Hyde Park, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Hudson Valley, known for its spectacular fall foliage, is conveniently located only 90 minutes from New York City and 84 miles from Albany. Hyde Park and surrounding area boast a great diversity of attractions, such as the renowned Culinary Institute of America, the Franklin Roosevelt Home, Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site, the Mansion of Fredrick Vanderbilt, the Great Estates region and much more. You will also find plenty of places to go antique shopping, hiking, biking, kayaking, golfing and cross-country skiing. Other attractions include pick-your-own orchards, wineries, gardens and river cruising.
Le Petit Chateau Inn is located one-half mile from the Culinary Institute of America in lovely Hyde Park, nestled in the country, le Petit Chateau Inn is convenient to major cities, historic villages, the train station and airports. Culinary Institute of America Chefs do all the cooking and baking. They also welcome and greet the guests!
Guests experience impromptu cooking lessons during breakfast from our morning Chef. Our evening chefs give a casual food demonstration in the afternoon while they prepare fresh baked goods for the breakfast. The inn serves Artisinal Cheese Plates from Hudson Valley purveyors and Afternoon Refreshments. The innkeepers can make restaurant reservations for you.
Disappointed that the CIA is closed when you want to visit? Don’t be! Hyde Park and it’s nearby villages Rhinebeck and New Paltz boasts at least ten CIA owned and staffed restaurants. Our Culinary Getaways offer one-hour Gourmand classes any day of the week.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The village of Montemagno Quarrata is nestled into the pastoral countryside of the Tuscany region, just a 30 minute drive from Florence and also within easy reach of many other Tuscan destinations, such as Lucca, Siena, Pistoia, Vinci and Montecatini. Bed and breakfast travelers looking for a serene location that offers outdoor activities including hiking, biking and horseback riding, but close proximity to an abundance of art, architecture, fine dining and famous wineries, then this is an ideal location for your visit to beautiful Tuscany.
Abbonbri is a typical country house on the hills of Montemagno, which is the best region for producing olive oil. The B&B is an oil producer and guests can even come and help pick olives. The Bed and breakfasts also provides full reakfasts and dinner. While visiting, enjoy long walks in the country or ask the innkeepers to help arrange mountain bike trips or tours of other Tuscan cities.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Our wonderful Rome bed and breakfasts and inns are ready to offer you their warm hospitality and welcome to Rome, the "Eternal city". Placed between Italy's North and South in the Lazio region, it is hard to describe Rome in a few words. It is a city so vast and rich in art, monuments and exquisite views, a historic city, which has preserved its charm and independence throughout the centuries. Must see tourist attractions for bed and breakfast visitors include the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, the Imperial Forums and the Circus Maximus, the Villa Borghese, Villa Glori and Villa Ada. Bed and breakfast visitors should also schedule plenty of time for the Travestere district, the old and characteristic district in the Heart of the Rome Historic Center, between Roman Forum, Campo di Fiori and S Peter Church and, of course, Vatican City including the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's. No trip to Rome would be complete without sampling the local cuisine and doing some shopping at one of the upscale boutiques and shops, such as in the Via Condotti.
Vale and Vale Bed and Breakfast is located in the Vatican area of Rome. The bed and breakfast is a friendly, affordable, family-run accommodation in the heart of the Eternal City. Located just a stone's throw from St Peter's and the Vatican, Vale and Vale is named after the mother and daughter team who run the bed and breakfast. Stylish, relaxed, friendly and elegant, the Rome house has two large bedrooms, one of which can be used for as many as four people. The rooms are well lit, air-conditioning, quiet and, as with the rest of the Rome bed and breakfast, always spick-and-span, with a touch of freshness and originality,
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Hillcrest Guest House is one of the oldest romantic and established small hotels, bed and breakfast on St. John. The land was bought in 1940's and the vacation rental accommodation was built in 1966 by the Hall Family. Overlooking pristine Cruz Bay, St. John, also known as Love City, and its Harbor. Boats, yachts, sunsets and sunrises can be seen from here.
Similar to a bed and breakfast, in that the complimentary menu, includes breakfast items, snacks, drinks and liquor. Complimentary St. John Magazine is available for you to take home to remember St. John by and complimentary DVD movies.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Scott Thomas, innkeeper of Brewster House Bed and Breakfast in Freeport, Maine shares his experience on touring the Scottish Highlands.
Driving north on the M6 from England's Lake District, we entered Scotland, and drove to Glasgow, then drove east, toward Stirling, where we saw Doane Castle, made famous in the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Unfortunately, due to GPS issues, we were disappointed that we did not find our way to Stirling Castle, but we simply did not have enough time.
We continued north from Stirling and, before long, began to see the highlands in the distance. The rugged beauty of the highlands is difficult to explain to one who has never encountered it. Let's simply say that is it both majestic and awe-inspiring.
We left the motorway behind and followed the A roads (for those not familiar with the UK road system, A roads are two lane roads, usually 60 mph when not in a town and either 40 or 30 mph in or near towns), winding along the banks of rivers and lochs, and through the hills. We passed along the side of Loch Lomond, then up into the highlands. The terrain was mountainous, and snow covered peaks were everywhere (at least they were in March). We stopped for pictures from time to time, and also shot some photos through the windows, hoping they would be presentable.
Before long we had come to Loch Ness, and drove along its entire length, as well. It was just getting to be dusk when we came to Urqhart Castle, on the banks of Loch Ness. We were able to take a couple of photos, but by the time we arrived the castle access was closed.
We proceeded into Inverness to our B&B, Ardconnel House, where we checked into our lovely room on the second floor (by the way, since in the UK they don't count the ground floor, that is the third floor in US English).
After a good night's rest, we enjoyed a full Scottish breakfast and, after chatting with the innkeepers, a sampling of haggis and black pudding. They were interesting and definitely different than anything we've had before. I doubt we'll be serving them at Brewster House, however.
To maximize our time we decided to take a tour called "Over the Sea to Skye" from Puffin Express Tours. We walked down the multitude of stairs from our bed and breakfast to the street below, around the corner to the tourist office where the Puffin Express van was waiting. We loaded up and were soon on our way across the highlands.
The tour drove us through the Highlands, sometimes among Scots pines and other times across the barren moors. After about an hour we stopped at Achnasheen, which is, for the Highlands, a busy crossroads. By other standards, it is actually a very small village. We enjoyed a very strong, hot cup of coffee and some very picturesque views of the snow covered mountains. Then we continued across the moors to the mountains near Strome Ferry. In the past, the only way across the salt water loch was the ferry, operated by a family. Apparently, when they decided it was time to finish work for the day, the ferry was closed, and any waiting cars and trucks would have to find a place to spend the night, as the next ferry would be in the morning. There is now a new bridge to Skye.
At Strome, we stopped for photos of Loch Carron, a large, salt water Loch, from high in the mountains above. The sun glistened off the snow and made for a beautiful panorama. We descended to the little town below and crossed the Skye Bridge to the Isle of Skye.
Most of the time on Skye we were either on narrow 2-lane roads or "single track" roads as we zig-zagged through the moors, often sharing the road with the local sheep. Our next stop was at the Clan Donald Centre. This is the home of the MacDonald clan museum and 13th Century family castle, Armadale. We walked through the grounds, admiring the castle ruins, and gardens. Then we toured the museum, learning much about Scottish history and the "risings" of the early 1700's. After a quick bite for lunch in the Clan Donald Centre, we returned to our tour van and continued to the Gaelic University and then turned on to another single track road and climbed up into the hills.
We wound around among the sheep and Highland cattle, and even saw a small herd of Scottish red deer grazing nearby. We turned one corner and were confronted by an entire herd of Highland cows and their new born calves grazing in and around the road. We stopped for photos, being cautioned, by our guide, to watch where we stepped. We were able to take a number of photos of Highland cows and their calves "up close and personal." The only near-incident came when one of us got between a mother and her calf, and Mama started to look a bit agressive. However, the calf found its way home and all was soon well.
Back in our van we returned to the "slighly" larger roads and stopped at Castle Eilean Donan. This castle was destroyed years ago, and was rebuilt with faithful attention to detail, so that it appears to be of medieval construction. We stretched our legs a bit, and took pictures of the castle. Then it was time to bid good-bye to the Isle of Skye and we again crossed the Highlands, but by a different route. We stopped at one of the Thomas Telford bridges built in the early 1800's. Our driver dropped us off, allowing us to hike across the very picturesque bridge, take pictures and hike the few yards back to town.
Driving back to Inverness we drove many miles along the shores of Loch Ness, however, never catching a glimpse of "Nessie" (unless you count the plastic ones at the shops, designed to lure tourists).
Our guide returned us to the centre of town and provided a restaurant recommendation, which we took. We enjoyed some of the most flavorful, tender lamb chops we've ever eaten.
Next morning, after another full Scottish breakfast, we enjoyed a crisp, but sunny, morning walk to the centre of town, where we took photos of the River Ness, Inverness Castle, and some of the other lovely old buildings in town. Then we packed our bags and bid farewell to our hosts, and we were back on the highways again.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The quaint, fishing village of Moss Landing is located in the scenic Monterey Bay area within easy reach of well-known destinations like Monterey, Carmel and Santa Cruz. Travelers who enjoy the outdoors will enjoy the Moss Landing Harbor and can choose from countless activities like fishing, boating, swimming and surfing or simply taking a walk on the beach and enjoying scenic views of the sand dunes and marshes. Other activities include antique shopping, wine tasting, wildlife tours and whale watching. There are events for every taste, ranging from the Artichoke Festival, Whalefest and Big Sur Marathon to the Scottish Games and the Begonia Festival.
IBBP.com's Captain's Inn at Moss Landing offers wonderful waterfront views and wildlife watching including birds and seals. Many travelers just come to relax and enjoy the view from their rooms. All rooms have a coastal, nautical décor. A unique feature of this fine inn is the boathouse beds. Each room has a bit of nautical whimsy with each bed set having been created from an actual boat. You may sail away to a calm weekend on a racing boat with a sail canopy, enjoy tranquil days upon a wooden fishing vessel complete with wheelhouse, or peacefully drift with a canoe along the river.
All beds are either queen or king with quilts or comforters and feather pillows. A Home cooked breakfast is offered every morning. Walk to ocean beaches, harbor, antique shopping, wetlands, music at local venues, art studios, wildlife tours, whale watching, kayaking, hiking trails, bird watching and delightful dining. Rent our bikes for a peddle around the small town. Central Monterey Bay close to Santa Cruz and Monterey/Carmel and a short distance to Laguna Seca, Pebble Beach, and wine tasting.
Many critically acclaimed restaurants, including seafood, Italian, Mexican, American are within walking distance and without getting back on the highway.
Special packages are offered for romance, birders, whale watching, beach going, massages, Steinbeck Center, Mazda raceway, ballet, and more!!
The inn has been featured in AAA magazine VIA; "Highly Reccomended Inn" according to Wine and Country magazine; "Best Sleep" as selected by locals.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The small town of Los Corrales is situated about 1 hour and 20 minutes from Sevilla in Andalusia in Southern Spain. Unspoiled by tourism, the olive groves sweep up to the edge of the town and goat herds still graze on its perimeters and the old traditions of rural Spain. This rural town in a tranquil setting offers friendly people, bars, restaurants and shops. It is a place waiting to be discovered. Either sit back and relax and enjoy it, or use it's central location as a base from which to explore the surrounding area.
The famous beaches of the Costa del Sol are easily reached within one hour. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Lake Fuenta de Piedra, fishing, bird watching, horseback riding and golfing.
Villa Cabreros Bed and Breakfast is situated on the edge of Los Corrales in the heart of Andalucia. The Bed and Breakfast has two floors with four spacious double rooms and ensuite bathrooms. Hostal Guest area includes a large comfortable salon/dining room with European Satelite TV and Wireless Internet connection available. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in this area . All rooms offer air/heat conditioning and Spanish T.V.