If you have never stayed in a bed and breakfast you are missing out! Before you go, read these tips to ensure that everyone has a lovely time–and so you know what to expect.
Every bed and breakfast is different. You might have full run of the home or you may have specific lounging areas. Just listen to the rules of the host and you are almost guaranteed a great time!
Tips for a Bed and Breakfast Stay
1. Get Comfortable But Not TOO Comfortable. Remember, this is somebody else’s home. Get relaxed, get cozy, just keep your feet off the Indiana antique coffee table and try to resist jumping on the puffy beds.
2. The Honor System. Some places charge for things like soft drinks and forgotten toiletry items like disposable razors or toothpaste (I don’t think I have ever remembered everything I have needed!). If there is a plate set out for that, pay up.
3. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Not only are there possibly other guests, but there could be other people in whatever rooms surround yours, so don‘t turn up the radio to full blast and try not to stomp around. Treat everyone and everything with respect and you can expect the same in return.
4. Take It Outside! Smoke? Just don’t do it inside. Amazing antiques and fragile laces just don’t mix well with cigarette smoke. From what I’ve seen, most Indiana bed and breakfasts won’t allow it inside anyway.
5. The Art of Conversation. The great thing about bed and breakfasts is that you have the chance to connect with other guests. Don’t force your opinion on others and try not to tick everyone off. Remember, everyone is there for one thing: relaxation!
6. Must Love Dogs. Not every bed and breakfast is going to embrace the thought of having dogs or cats in their rooms. Find out the pet policy for the place you are thinking of staying in so you can make other plans for Fido or Fluffy if need be. Ask the innkeeper. They may have an idea of a nice kennel in the area where your pooch will be safe and happy.
7. Alcohol. Bed and breakfasts have their own policies about alcoholic beverages, so make sure to know the rules of the house. So before you tote in your favorite bottle of Indiana wine, find out in advance if it’s allowed. Many, however, do offer sparkling juices as a fun replacement…for a price.
8. How about that flaky pastry! Bed and breakfasts are famous for putting out their own cookbooks. Pick up a copy and recreate a meal to remember at home! Otherwise it doesn’t hurt to ask if they wouldn’t mind sharing the recipe for your own private use.
9. The Real Deal. Many bed and breakfasts have special themed packages which can range from romantic weekend packages with sparkling cider and flowers to special deals at area attractions that all serve to make your stay more than memorable! Don’t be afraid to ask about current specials!
Staying in an Indiana Bed and Breakfast
There you have it. Nine whole tips to keep in mind when venturing into the comfortable world of the B & B! Enjoy your stay!
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