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Finding A Great Bed & Breakfast

Apr 15, 2008
Since I was a child I have loved to travel, and thankfully I have a job that is flexible enough for me to continue doing so. I am often limited by my budget though so the reality of that is I look for the best possible deals I can. Even though I want to travel cheap, I want to have quality accommodations. I also want to dine on foods that I am going to remember as I savor each bite.

I used to stay in various hotels, but quickly got tired of the atmosphere. They just don't seem to care to give their guests personal attention. That is unless you are staying in a four star hotel that costs you hundreds of dollars a night. I would rather stay at a lovely bed and breakfast found online for a decent price that does offer such personal service.

That is why I decided to give up hotels and pursue quality bed & breakfast locations. Many of them are among the best kept secrets in the world. Of course you will find some that are poorly managed, but anyone that wants to have a good business in this area needs to take care of the customers. I enjoy being greeted when I arrive, getting information on events and attractions in the area, and feeling like I can approach the staff with any questions I may have.

You can really tell the bed & breakfast places where the owner's love to cook. I have eaten some of the best meals of my life in these various locations. Nothing is better than delicious food that I don't have to prepare myself. The company is usually very interesting as well. I love to find out where people are from and why they choose to stay at that bed & breakfast.

Sometimes I feel sorry for the people that operate such businesses though. They don't seem to be having too much fun. It makes you want to ask them why they got into the business in the first place. I always enjoy a bed & breakfast more if I get the impression that they owner loves what they do and they are proud of their establishment.

I used to just take my chances with a bed & breakfast, but now I am picky about where I make my reservations. I think this has to do with me being spoiled - I have had so many pleasant experiences in these places that I don't want any bad memories. There are a few that I have stayed at more than once just because I absolutely loved it.

For me, the best way to find out about the bed & breakfasts I want to stay at is to go online. I bypass the prices and the advertisements initially as I want all the juicy details. People write about everything online, including the bed & breakfast locations they have visited. Make yourself a list of the ones you definitely want to experience some day and those you really want to avoid.

I am fair in my selection of bed & breakfasts though. I mean, if I only find one or two reviews then I don't think that is enough to base a realistic evaluation on. However, if there are at least five then I am willing to accept that information. You may find one or two bad reviews in pages of them and I don't give that much thought. You will also come across some bed & breakfast locations that are in desperate trouble because you can't find anything good written about them online. You will definitely come across plenty of my reviews while you are looking. I love being able to share my experiences with others.
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Patti Rob - Bed & Breakfast writer, entrepreneur and enthusiast. Visit Bed and Breakfast Profits to read more before you make an offer on a B and B for sale.
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