I’ve been helping a friend plan to convert her home in the northwest to a bed and breakfast for the past year-and-a-half. She wanted to use her small 4 bedroom cottage as a getaway for family friendly pet lovers. Not only providing a beautiful retreat for parents and their children; but also for their dogs and cats too. Offering a continental breakfast and a limited menu for lunch and dinner. Travel accommodations for tours and major attractions within two hours of the accommodation; like hiking, rock climbing, beach getaways, national monument tours and cityscapes. A true home away from home that would function with a very small staff of only two or three people that clean the property, perform maintenance work, prepare food, drive guests to their desired escapes and perform tours, and look after their furry travel buddies while they’re out enjoying a leisurely adventure.
I’ve truly never heard of a getaway spot that offered such an experience. It seemed like quite a bit of work for such a small staff. Apparently, this isn’t as uncommon as I thought it might be. Now there are various Bed and Breakfast spots across the country that are even larger that allow pets and offer accommodations to help visitors easily experience nearby adventures who are supplied with plenty of staff that are available during operating hours and for emergencies. Bed and Breakfast spots are often found off the beaten path and in areas that are beautiful examples of the local architecture and culture, as well as history of the lay of the land. Perhaps even grow their own produce and raise their own chickens to help provide for the food offered. With the change in economy over the past decade, options for travel and vacationing have drastically changed and people are traveling far less for leisure.
Maybe not so surprisingly, Bed and Breakfast locations have managed to thrive through the great recessions obstacles. People look for the hassle free travel options and since Bed and Breakfast accommodations are the oldest of traditions when it comes to traveling in luxury and style. The idea of B&B’s are similar to hosting of guests before hotel accommodations and cruise liners were ever fathomed. People from all around the world would open their homes up to travelers, feed them, entertain them and host them for the sake of providing warmth, shelter, safety and camaraderie. The practice is still common today in locations that are not often visited by tourists and littered with resorts and the hospitality industry.
Bed and Breakfast spots can be found in countries like China, Cuba, India, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, most parts of Europe, Pakistan, Romania, and the United States. They all follow different customs and regulations for hosting guests and they all are called something different based on the country you’re visiting: casa particular, panzio, zimmer, pensiune and more. It’s amazing to see how they are all unique in their style and beauty; what they offer for their area; and what unravels in the quaint pleasantries that thrive there.