What is a Bed and Breakfast?

What is a Bed and BreakfastAs you’re planning your next vacation, perhaps you should consider a more personalized getaway. Sure, hotels can provide adequate lodging, but they bring the potential for you to feel “lost” or one of many during your stay.

To feel as if your choice of residence matters and to feel especially pampered on your next trip, weigh all of your options. You can start by gaining a better understanding of exactly what is a bed and breakfast.

A bed and breakfast is a relatively small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodations, as well as breakfast. They typically do not offer other meals, but many have their own restaurant on site. Most bed and breakfasts are private homes that have around 10 rooms.

Accommodations usually include private bedrooms and bathrooms or they could be in a suite of rooms. You can usually expect breakfast to be delivered to your room or it will be served in a dining room.

Some owners choose to run their B&B as their primary business, while others use it as a secondary source of income or means of retirement. Often the owners live on site, but they may also choose to live even hours away. This is where the Innkeeper comes in. The Innkeeper will serve as a point of contact at the bed and breakfast, running the day to day operations of the inn. There may also be chefs and other professional staff members, but the addition of management would move the establishment more into the categorization of hotel.

Many inns and bed and breakfasts are members of professional associations as well. Whether it’s a local, regional, national or international organization, the goal of the association is usually to help the bed and breakfasts and the traveling public. For example, the Professional Association of Innkeepers International helps provide guests with stays that are rewarding and memorable. PAII provides a wealth of information and education on finance, management, marketing, technology, cooking, decorating, cleaning, safety, customer service and staffing. Additionally, Select Registry (Distinguished Inns of North America) inspects its nearly 400 inns and bed and breakfasts. Inspectors help evaluate the accommodations to ensure a stay at the inn or bed and breakfast will be in a class all its own. It is associations like these that help bed and breakfasts earn their reputation in the travel industry.

There are also innkeeping associations in each state that help promote the industry and tourism. Within the state, city and regional associations typically have inspection criteria for safety and cleanliness. It’s all about accountability and making sure the inns are operating to their fullest extent and capacity.

With all of this in mind, hopefully you are getting a better understanding of what is a bed and breakfast. After much research, experts have determined it’s the homey or wholesome atmosphere, homestyle meals, ability to converse with other guests and the ability to learn about local attractions that make bed and breakfasts so appealing. They have also found that pampering and personalized service play important roles.

Here at the Governor’s House Inn Bed and Breakfast, our accommodations reflect the classic style and allure of the south’s most mannered and picturesque city. Slow your pace and rediscover a genteel lifestyle. Our Inn offers the rare pleasures, aristocratic comforts and romantic grandeur of a pre-revolutionary National Landmark combined with legendary southern hospitality. Click here to view our rooms and suites.

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