Inn the news July 24, 2012

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European bed and breakfasts provide a place to call home
Chicago Tribune
Staying at a European bed-and-breakfast is a bit like having your own temporary mother while you travel. In the morning, your hostess might help plan your day, tipping you off to the best places for lunch and about the live folk music in the village pub that ...
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Easels amid barns: Art event on Montana ranchland
Fox News
LODGING: Helena has a variety of hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast inns. Mid-August rates, double occupancy, start at $147/night at the Great Northern Hotel and $135/night at The Carolina Bed and Breakfast, two upper-end establishments.
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Proposal to turn AJ Banks home into bed and breakfast moves forward
Greenfield Daily Reporter
New life: The Queen Anne-style home at 22 N. Pennsylvania St., Greenfield, is on its way to becoming a bed and breakfast after the board of zoning appeals gave preliminary approval last week. GREENFIELD — Overnight guests may soon have a new ...
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Great ideas for mother and daughter getaways (blog)
Start the pampering by checking into a luxurious bed and breakfast. Savor a bountiful breakfast in a formal dining room and let someone else clean up the kitchen. Then head to a nearby spa for facials, massages, pedicures, manicures or other services, and ...
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Man riding bike across continent for Leader Dogs
Port Huron Times Herald
Mark Mansell, a member of the La Center Lions Club in La Center, Wash., poses with his bicycle in front of the Heather House Bed and Breakfast sign Monday into Marine City. Mansell is cycling a 3500-mile transcontinental tour from Portland, Ore., ...
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Bunny-theft tale takes happy hop
Daily News - Galveston County
Galveston police on Friday released video surveillance of two men seen walking into the backyard of A Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn, 511 17th St., after the $400 rabbits were reported missing July 14. Innkeeper Marcy Hanson said Gee Gee and Muffin ...
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What Whiskey Will Do to a Town
The Faster Times
I walked up and down the street, and with the exception of a bed-and-breakfast and another pub, the entirety of the village was nothing more than a bunch of false advertising. What the hell? Was I in Northern Ireland or a set on the backlot of Universal Studios ...
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Penn State penalties threatens to rock local economy
Chicago Tribune
Nancy Noll, the innkeeper of The Queen, a Victorian-style bed and breakfast in nearby Bellefonte, said the impact on area businesses, including hotels, would be "devastating." On game weekends, hotel rates can go up by as much as five times and ...
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Our house
Paso Robles Press
“Our mom, Erna Toevs Brown, was actually born in the house now known as Emily's Bed and Breakfast,” said Matsumoto, adding that her uncle Otto was also born there. Matsumoto said she and her sister enjoyed spending her summers visiting relatives in ...
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Station Inn caters to those with a passion for trains
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The Station Inn has been drawing rail enthusiasts like a moth to a flame ever since it opened as a bed and breakfast in 1993. What makes the inn a magnet for train buffs is the fact that it sits 150 feet off Conrail's triple track, Pittsburgh line, which can see as ...
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I got ticked off about the European article reference to US B & Bs being frilly - And unlike American bed-and-breakfasts, which are usually frilly, fancy places that cost just as much as hotels, B and Bs in Europe are generally cheaper than comparable hotels.

So I commented. I actually got an e-mail reply today.

Hello Kathleen,


Thank you for your email.


I will forward your comments to Rick, who is currently traveling in Europe doing research on our guidebooks, for his consideration.  Rick’s business and his syndicated columns are focused on travel in Europe, so his article does focus on the experience of staying in a bed and breakfast in Europe.  It is not his intent to disparage American B&Bs (or others around the world) or imply that they do not offer similar benefits to staying in European B&Bs, including helpful and informed owners.  We are sorry for any misunderstanding.  Rick does travel in the US and I am sure he will read your comments about Shinnston with interest.


Thanks again for taking the time to write to us.


Happy Travels,


ETBD Travel Team and Kathryn

Travel Advisor



Rick Steves'

Europe Through the Back Door

PO Box 2009

130 4th Ave North

Edmonds, WA 98020



From: Gillum House []
Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:38 PM
Subject: American B & Bs


Mr. Steves,


In response to your article, European Bed & Breakfasts Provide a Place to Call Home – So do B & Bs in the USA and all over the world! Might I suggest that you stay at few small B & Bs in the United States.  They are NOT all frilly fru-fru with few amenities.


I just happen to own a small bed & breakfast in Shinnston, West Virginia. I provide a full breakfast served at the time my guests tell me they wish breakfast with coffee I roasted the night before, chosen by the guest for the country of origin. As in Europe, I have one room with ensuite bath and two that share a bathroom. Each room has TV (with cable and all the sports channels AND the Travel channel), radio/CD/alarm clocks, robes in the closet (not cheap ones either), a basket of fruit and a bowl of chocolates on either the dresser or mantle, free WiFi, comfortable beds, and as my guests tell me – a family atmosphere, it feels like home. My rates are from $99 to 149 and I do not consider that exorbitant for what I offer guests. I also know what is happening in my area – I even post it on my web site and talk about it in my blog. If you ever heard of the B & Bs For Vets Program, it started here. As involved as I am in my City (pop 2300), Region, and State, I consider myself knowledgeable about my area and my State.


I am not unusual. B & Bs are all different – we each have the personality of the innkeeper, in décor, atmosphere, and food. We give our guests routings, directions, suggestions about where to go and what to do. Some of us even give guests routings of what to see on the way to the inn and things to see on the way to their next destination.


So I guess what I am saying is that as nice as it is to travel around Europe (I was given that opportunity in 2011 and enjoyed it immensely) and urge the improvement of their economy, please do not disparage the B & B industry in the US – we are small business also and have much to offer. Since you like adventure, I invite you to come to the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast in Shinnston, West Virginia. I can route you to covered bridges, mountains, history, wineries and distillery, scenery, and even have a rail-trail less than 50 feet from my house. I can take you to feed carrots to a camel or show you the only Chapel of Perpetual Adoration in the State of West Virginia – in about its 14th year of being open to everyone 24/7 with the vigil kept by Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans, and Presbyterians and that is just the ones I know of! Except for an ocean – we have it. Come see for yourself.


Kathleen Panek


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