Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tips for Choosing the Right Bed and Breakfast

Perhaps the greatest fear of staying at a bed and breakfast is a fear of the unknown. There are many good reasons for choosing a bed and breakfast for your vacation stay. Typically, bed and breakfast stays offer personalized service, security, safety, and great accommodations.  Most B& B hosts offer good food and conversation, along with valuable touring information.  As owners of  the Millersburg, Ohio,  Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast we hope to dispel fears and provide tips for choosing the right bed and breakfast for your special date.
Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

Fear of "Sharing a bathroom"  is rampant among travelers. The Professional Association of Innkeepers International reports that 94% of Bed and Breakfasts have private, en-suite bathrooms. Even though  many innkeepers live in the same building out of which they run their business, their living areas are usually separate from guest areas.

Gathering Area

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is a licensed hotel, offering private guest room entrances; each with a private en-suite bathroom.   Each bathroom features either a tub/shower combination, or a separate shower and a jacuzzi or whirlpool tub.

Family or buffet style breakfasts, often hand-made each morning, are part of the nature of a Bed and Breakfast.  Family-style breakfasts provide an opportunity to socialize with the other guests, which is somewhat the norm with bed and breakfasts, and many people go to bed and breakfasts for such socialization; however, many innkeepers are happy to make accommodations for private tables upon request. Here at the Barn Inn, we break the ice by introducing guests to each other. For guests wanting a table for two, we have several available.  Please ask in advance for private seating.

Dining Room

Not all bed and breakfasts are the same.  Asking the right questions is important to finding the accommodations that will best serve your needs. Consider too, that not everyone is a perfect fit for each property.  So, here are some keys to finding that bed and breakfast that will meet your expectations.
  •   Check review sites such as TripAdvisor and Google Reviews.
  •   Check if a bed and breakfast is inspected such as properties with Select Registry.
  •   Is the bathroom down the hallway or en-suite (part of the guest room)?
  •   Is the breakfast continental or a hot country breakfast?
  •   Is the breakfast served in-house or do they provide a voucher to a local restaurant?
  •   Does the inn have a common area for relaxation, table games, reading, etc.?
  •   Do you provide free WiFi, parking, complimentary evening snacks?
  •   Do you provide TV programming?
  •   Do you provide individual climate control?

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast offers a hot, full country breakfast every day of the week.  With 10 or few guests we serve family style, or with more guests, buffet style, either way, we can seat you privately if requested.  We also cook for dietary restrictions.  Please let us know if you have allergies, restrictions, or simply don't like something and/or don't want to see it on your plate.

We Bake Homemade Bread at The Barn Inn

 Here are some other good things to know about The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast. We provide:
  • WiFi
  • large common area for fellowship and relaxation
  • Private balcony entrances and inside corridor entrances
  • Satellite TV with 40 channels available
  • Full country breakfast
  • Daily informational about area, shared at breakfast time
  • Resident innkeeper/owners are on site for customer service
  • Children under age 10 are permitted only at the farmhouse or Apple Hill location
  • Keys or keyless entry codes for rooms.
  • Video surveillance of exterior parking lot and interior hallways and dining room.  (While we here in Amish Country do not have a security problem, we provide this for added security).
Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
September 14, 2014

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