Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What You Should Look For in a Bed & Breakfast

Bed and breakfasts are the new way to travel. There’s endless comfort, themed rooms, award-winning home cooked meals, travel guides, and so much more. If you’ve never stayed at a bed and breakfast, you’re missing out. They’re usually cheaper than conventional hotel stays, provide a unique experience, and typically come with less expensive or free amenities. If you’re looking to book a bed and breakfast, here the items you should look at for a perfect stay:

1.       Does the bed and breakfast provide convenient accommodations? Most bed and breakfasts will accommodate guests based on location, for example: on a beach, you should be provided with beach chairs and towels. Most will do this for their guests’ convenience and comfort. They know you’re traveling, and usually trying to travel light.
2.       Are the rooms spacious? Bed and breakfasts can be cramped, while others are large houses that sit on boundless acres of an open ranch. Depending on the house, you should inquire about room sizes. Bed and breakfasts are known to have spacious rooms for comfort, especially if you’re looking for a “staycation” and don’t want to feel confined to a tiny room.
3.       Is it pet friendly? This may not pertain to most guests, but some guests wish to bring their small dog or cat with them on their travels. Check with the bed and breakfast to see if they accommodate pets before booking.
4.       Is there air conditioning? It’s an honest question. Most popular bed and breakfasts are located in warmer climates, and travel peaks during the summer months. Look for a place to stay with AC so you’re not sweaty profusely throughout your entire stay.
5.       What kind of breakfast do they serve? Another honest question, but certainly the most important. The entire point of staying at a bed and breakfast for some people is the food. Do they serve a full breakfast or simply a continental breakfast, or both? Most bed and breakfasts will serve homemade breakfast, brunch, lunch, and even dinner, meaning it’s more than a typically bagel and cream cheese spread in the morning you can get at any ordinary hotel.

Bed and breakfasts are usually all inclusive, so before booking, take a look at what’s included in the price of your stay.

About the Author: Abigail is a guest contributor from Victorian Inns by the Sea, providing Block Island Bed and Breakfast Inns, Cottages and Suites right on the beach of Block Island, Rhode Island.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Catalan Cuisine: Why Barcelona Has the Best Dishes

It’s no doubt that Spain offers the best mouth-watering cuisine out of all the Spanish-speaking countries. In fact, you don’t even have to be Spanish to find something that’s close to home for you. Barcelona is a melting pot of people and that means dishes spread wide and far across many cultures. For all those culture-junkies, one of Spain’s largest cities offers a variety of unique cuisines from Catalan to Italian to French and Asian dishes.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Five Maine Festivals You Won't Want to Miss This Summer

You probably didn't know that the most northeastern state of the U.S. was so diverse in its summer festivals. Well, it's true. Maine is home to several unique festivals during the warmer months and it's no wonder Mainers have so much fun. Here are five unique festivals you won't want to miss out east this summer.

Maine Fare
June 26 - 27
Beginning late June, this two day festival is all about good food. It is located on the waterfront in Belfast and brings in many vendors, including farmers, fishermen, foodies, food businesses, eaters and more! While some tastings and classes require tickets, the general admission to the festival is free. Watch chef demos, take classes and try new recipes right on the east coast of Maine.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Teeth: America vs. Britain

 A longtime stereotype has been that British people have horrible, crooked teeth, while Americans are known for their straight, pearly whites. However, where did this cliche come from and is it really true that American teeth beat out British teeth in both looks and health?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Five Of The World's Most Remote Destinations

Planes, trains, and automobiles, and even some sea travel is involved when it comes to these super remote vacation destinations. Each spot has a long, convoluted set of travel instructions but are totally worth it when you arrive!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Things to Do in Napa This Spring and Summer

Despite its reputation as one of the finest wine destinations in the world, there are lots of awesome things to do in Napa that doesn’t involve a glass of wine. If you’ve crossed off drinking for the rest of your life or traveling as a family with kids, you can still find a lot of great wine-free activities to enjoy Napa Valley. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What to Do in Niagara Falls

While naturally the main reason to visit Niagara Falls is to see the falls, there are plenty of other sights and attractions in the area that are definitely worth your time while you visit as well. Whether you choose to stay on the American side or the Canada side, Niagara Falls offers visitors with breathtaking views and plenty of things to do.