Special thanks to Sharon Tillman, a fellow Innkeeper, Georges on York, in Taneytown, Maryland, for sharing this excerpt from her website. Web-link is underlined above.
The nature of Inns and B&B's is that they're unique, as unique as the architecture, layout, location and history and as unique as the Innkeepers that own and operate them.
As artisans, we share our virtual tapestry, each, in our unique style and palette of colour. Pride of purpose, love of people and a belief that anything worth doing is worth doing well, are all among the attributes we strive to accomplish.
You may have observed that B&B Innkeepers are a bit of a fraternity or sorority helping one another, help you, as a hospitable thing we do. Sometimes we reach far beyond our borders; other times we celebrate this common expression closer to home. The Cooper's Inn B&B is member of long standing with Inns of Nova Scotia. It, as well as other respected Innkeepers and accommodations, permit the ability to share confidently.
A common shared value is our respect for our patrons. You'll be treated as we would hope to be treated if we were Guests in your homes. ~ Innkeepers: Pat and David Chute
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There are more lodging choices than ever now. And access to booking is completely different than even 10 years ago. Pick up your favorite device and ask, “Find lodging near me.” Whoa.
With so many choices and so much information being sent to the palm of your hand, how does today’s traveler decide when to click ‘Book Now?’
With all there is to consider, it usually comes down to one thing for me – why am I going where I am going.
Is this a quick business trip and all I will do is check-in, work, and check-out? Then a hotel is fine. Give me the anonymity of a chain hotel in a well-lit, safe neighborhood and I am good to go, especially when traveling solo. It’s a bonus if there is a bar/restaurant right there.
Am I traveling with my entire brood, heading to the beach or mountains for a fun-filled vacation? I love a house or condo rental where we can spread out and (maybe) cook a few meals in. Multiple bedrooms and bathrooms with space for kids to hang out and parents to relax. I am so there.
But, when the occasion is special, the lodging should be, too. This is when I prefer a traditional Bed & Breakfast over anything else. Whether it’s a romantic get-away, special event, or time away with my best buds, I want to stay someplace that offers excellent service, a unique experience, and the comforts of home, only better.
I love a space where I can sit and unwind with my husband/friends. That’s not a cookie-cutter lobby or a double bed with a plastic cup of warm white balanced on my knee. Give me a beautifully decorated living room or a private patio.
A bonus is getting a taste of the local culture and the innkeeper’s personality just by looking at the décor. Local art, handmade crafts and personal items can often be found in inns. And because inns have fewer rooms – and fewer guests -- you are not competing for seating in the common areas.
Since the other B is for Breakfast I know I’ll be sitting down to my morning coffee without the U14 travel soccer team wandering around in sleep pants. It’s grown-up time. And, depending on the inn, maybe I’m in sleep pants and it’s ok! Even though some hotels offer breakfast, nothing beats being served a well-prepared meal on real plates with great conversation.
What else does the real B&B stay offer that a hotel or a rental can’t? Highly personalized service and a unique experience.
Traveling to celebrate a milestone – birthday, anniversary, engagement, or other big life event? Let the innkeeper know. They will often help you make your stay even more special by planning or booking excursions, securing dinner reservations, and even helping you surprise your partner with flowers and candy. Going above and beyond is what the hospitality business is all about, and professional innkeepers have this market cornered.
Looking for a unique experience? For example, when you stay at Georges on York, you are staying in the home of a Civil War surgeon. Staying in a B&B is an immersive experience that you take with you when you leave. It’s unique and memorable and adds to the journey. Your innkeeper will be a fount of knowledge about the area, too. It’s the ultimate in traveling like a local.
You, me, we all have lots of choices when we travel. Just open your favorite device and the world is there. I like to look past the obvious and find the unique, the one-of-a-kind. For me staying in a bed & breakfast is part of my life’s journey. ........" ~ Sharon Tillman