How to Choose a Bed and Breakfast Inn

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An easy guide teaching the steps on how to choose a bed and breakfast inn for your next trip.

1. Consider location. Proximity to the "center of action" is often a plus for many travelers; however, it sometimes comes with a drawback: noise. An inn stay is also highlighted by walking accessibility to nearby shops, restaurants, and watering holes.

2. Decide whether to stay at an inn or cottage. The cottage may give you a tad more privacy than an inn which may contain up to 10 different rooms. No need to have another noisy guest keep you up all night if you have a cottage as an option.

3. Think about decor. The quality of the furniture, sheets, bathroom, and room should be high on your checklist. Make sure the inn owner keeps strict tabs on the decor of the inn, as it will make your stay much more pleasant.

4. Use the power of the internet, and search engines, to perform your overall research.


Decide what amenities are important to you, especially if you will spend much of your time at the B & B. Search with those amenities in mind. AAA now lists Bed and Breakfasts along with their hotel listings in their tour books.

If possible, visit the Inn and look at each room before you decide.
Ask about the breakfast they'll be serving. Make sure they can accomodate any special dietary needs- vegetarian, low sodium, etc.

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