By: Shelby – Social Media/Marketing Coordinator
When going on vacation where is the first place you think of staying? Red Roof Inn, Super 8, Great Wolf Lodge, or Days Inn….a hotel. Right? Well, instead of thinking hotel or resort consider a bed and breakfast. Now, this might be hard to believe. But, there are plenty of reasons why bed and breakfasts are a better option for lodging. For example, there may be better food, service and other amenities you might not even have considered. In this week’s blog, we are going over five major reasons you should consider staying at a bed and breakfast at least once in your lifetime.
1. Breakfast is Homemade
Bed and breakfasts give you the option to have your own personal homemade breakfast. This might mean skipping out on the buffets of continental breakfasts hotels offer, but it’s worth it. Most B&Bs offer healthier or protein packed options for guests to choose from, which may come in handy throughout your day of sight-seeing. Some places even allow guests to create their own breakfast served up by a personal in-house chef. You might like eating that questionable “egg” substance at the hotel, but eating a homemade breakfast is almost too good to pass up.
2. Location, location, location!
One of the better things about a B&B is that it can be as local or as far away as you wish. A local bed and breakfast can be great for those who want to getaway without breaking the bank. These days you can book a hotel with a lovely view of the high way just outside your window. On the other hand, bed and breakfasts usually come with custom scenery that’s hard to find anywhere else. Take time to visit a bed and breakfast near a lake, in a larger city, or just in the southern hills of Ohio. Believe it or not, staying at a B&B can make you feel as if you’re in another country, when really you’re 30 minutes from home.
3. Amenities are better
Hotels and Resorts typically offer guests average amenities such as, a swimming pool, a gym, free WiFi, and occasionally a water park filled with screaming children. Although MOST of those sound appealing, the average traveler/vacationer might not be aware that most b&bs offer those amenities and more! In today’s world, most B&Bs offer free WiFi and have add-on activities such as horseback riding, fishing/boating, dinner and entertainment, holiday events and then some. Having more amenities to chose from is great because it lets guests stay on location while paying less for entertainment. So if you want to do more than just lay out by the pool or check Facebook on the free WiFi in your room, consider taking a ‘stay-cation’ at a bed and breakfast.
4. Get personal
Rather than seeing you as a customer, much like hotel chains, B&Bs treat you as a guest. One huge difference between hotels and a B&B, is that a bed and breakfast will tend to be more personal, right down to the location. Often times located in a remote or isolated area, B&Bs are run by their own owners. Since most owners have a passion for their business, they treat guests better and tend to go out of their way to make sure you are provided with magnificent comfort. After all, you are technically a guest in their home. Who wouldn’t want to be pampered like this?
5. The price is right
Recent studies have shown that B&Bs have cheaper room rates than most hotels. Even though this sounds surprising, check out this infographic featured by BedandBreakfast.com, that breaks down the cost of staying at a B&B vs. a hotel in various states. Overall, you will be spending less staying at B&B than you would be at a hotel with better amenities and food. If that is not reason enough why you should consider staying at a B&B then frankly, we don’t know what is!
Staying at a bed and breakfast is great and should be done at least once in your lifetime! Though we have shown you five great reasons you should consider staying at a B&B, there are many more. From the location, to amenities, to pricing, bed and breakfasts are arguably one of your best options when it comes to lodging. You can get a piece of mind and better entertainment for almost half the price. Comment below reasons you love staying at a bed and breakfast! We want to hear what makes frequent guests happy. OR comment what you would most look forward too if you got the chance to stay at a B&B for the weekend.
[To avoid confusion, Pine Lakes Lodge no longer offers horseback riding or hunting activities and appreciate your understanding about this change.]
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