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To AirBNB or not AirBNB, That is the Question.

Bumble Bee showing the buzzThe buzz in the Bed and Breakfast world lately seems to be whether or not one should consider using a short term rental service for your stay while traveling. While each traveler stay is different,  it’s all a matter of individual preference. I wouldhowever like to suggest some reasons why staying at a “Real BNB” is the better choice.

Although every Bed and Breakfast is unique, a RealBNB is usually a family owned and operated small business. It is not a part time job and the Innkeepers are professionals who know the hospitality business and put the customer first. Many Innkeeepers also have years of experience in the corporate world and understand the needs and wants of the business traveler, because after all we’ve “been there, done that”.Laptop at workspace with Ash Street Inn coffee mug and scones We  know what life as a road warrior consists of and how to address those concerns whether you are traveling for business or for pleasure. Innkeepers also know the local area and provide concierge services to let you enjoy sites off the beaten path,

RealBNBs are also insured, regulated and have fire safety codes that are above and beyond typical residential requirements. Many have mandatory fire safety equipment installed such as sprinklers or Fire Department connected smoke alarms. You can sleep restfully knowing that these systems are in place in case there was an emergency. Real BNBs also contribute to the local economy by paying local and state taxes.

And speaking of sleeping. A real Bed and Breakfast  is truly that.

Ash Street Inn coffee mug and plate of cookiesWhen you arrive, you may be greeted by fresh baked goods, you and are always provided with a comfortable room and bed , In many cases (ours included) the Bed and Breakfast  is in a historic building. (circa 1885 more on that in a future post) But in addition to the comfortable bed, upon awakening, you are treated to a wonderful, hot breakfast which is often prepared by a trained culinary professional.  

Let’s look at these two points individually. When you check into a RealBNB you will not find a sleeper couch nor Air mattress. Room 205 showing antique poster bed and stained glass windowYou will find a well appointed bedroom and comfortable bed and most, such as The Ash Street Inn, also have private en suite bathrooms. We also offer Queen sizes beds with triple sheeting and plush pillows. Many also have common areas outside the bedroom where you can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and perhaps an outside sitting area too. Many of our guests sit on  our wrap around porch and often enjoy an adult beverage outside after a busy day of work, after visiting family or site seeing.

Then there is breakfast

Pancakes, maple syrup and fruit saladA RealBNB will of course have coffee, tea and juice available but also different hot and cold  options as well. Some may offer one main entree while others such as The Ash Street Inn offer cooked to order items ranging from pancakes to omelettes to weekend specials.  Most also offer dietary options such as Gluten Free or Vegan. I can speak from experience that my vegan banana walnut pancakes have made for some very happy guests! And BTW, we can also have vegan or gluten free snacks waiting if you tell us ahead of time.

With these reasons in mind, if you enjoy comfort, delicious breakfasts and taking the path less traveled. Consider a RealBNB, and as ShakespeareCartoon image of Shakespeare singing wrote in The Two Gentlemen from Verona enjoy “One Feast, One House, One Mutual Happiness.” or to paraphrase “One Breakfast, One Bedroom, and One Happy Time”

A Happy Marriage and a Perfect Match

Innkeepers Blog
March 2016

Just Married sticker on newlywed's carAs we are receiving our first bookings of the year for weddings to be held in summer and fall, Rob and I are thinking of all the brides-to-be who stayed with us last year. They allowed us to be part of the preparations and excitement of getting ready for the “big event”.

We had wedding parties who booked the entire Inn and creatively took advantage of each unique room to become the perfect stage for fun pre-wedding photos with bride and bridesmaids. (I particularly enjoyed a photo of all the bridesmaids in their morning robes toasting to the bride…). The stained glass windows, the original brass door handles and the fireplaces all added a touch of beauty and elegance to the photo shoot.We have been told that the location of the Ash Street Inn to downtown and the closeness to the Currier Art Museum as well as several churches in the area makes it an ideal “home base” for all things pre-wedding related!

Last spring we had a wonderful couple staying here who not only fully enjoyed the Victorian architecture of the Inn, but the bride and bridesmaids also went in style to church in 1930’s era classic cars, which came to pick them up. What a beautiful sight that was!

Spa Water on Front PorchIn summer another bride transformed our porch into an impromptu beauty salon, where all the women got their make-up professionally done. Lots of laughter, colors, spa water and snacks (provided by the Inn) and of course – beautiful women everywhere.

It is always an honor and a wonderful experience for us to see happy women arrive at the Inn and turn into the most amazing looking brides. The smiles we see all around are infectious and stay with us long after the bride and groom have left for their honeymoon!

If you are planning a wedding and would like to use our Inn as part of the festivities, we provide several different packages. From a getaway wedding night before the honeymoon, to booking all five rooms, we can offer an option to suit your needs.

I’m not always in the kitchen

View of kitchen showing stovetop and stained glass windowA couple of weeks ago, we had the pleasure of hosting three recent graduates from Southern New Hampshire University class of 2015 (including one who had received her Master’s.) They were in town to attend the commencement celebration, as they were part of the online learning program and wanted to walk with the class.

This was a special weekend because although the guests did not know each other previously, they shared completing their degrees as adults and therefore shared a common bond.
This bond was evident by the time they spent sharing cabs, going out to dinner and of course breakfast talk. Margit and I could not help but be caught up with this special weekend and found ourselves joining in conversations more than usual, joking and sharing what the Bavarians (and Germans in general) call “Gemütlichkeit” which literally translates to coziness.

Although this weekend was special in many ways, the day to day operations was relatively the same as any other weekend.

Baked goods had to be ready for afternoon snacks, evening prep work had to be done for weekend breakfast specials and then the normal shopping and cleaning that also takes place behind the scenes.
This weekend seemed a little different since every time our guests returned from one event or the other, they found me in the kitchen.

This turned into a running joke until finally when several guests were returning from a celebration dinner (I think they were coming into the dining room for a late night snack) they saw me once again, and I finally had to tell them “I’m not always in the kitchen!”

This was indeed true as we then retreated to the porch for some late night conversation and a nightcap. Fun was be had by all and once more the saying came true: “Come as stranger, leave as friends”