Archive for July, 2012

Doily Decision 2012

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

We were delighted to meet Liz – the winner in our Doily Decision 2012 drawing – and award this basket to her. (Liz is the petite one; Kris Ullmer / WBBA Admn. is on the right.) A smiling Liz told us: “I’m most excited about the Gift Certificate to any WBBA member B&B – and so is my husband. It will be a great way to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary!”

What’s in the gift basket? Two WBBA logo mugs – hand-thrown by Deneen Pottery, a fluffy terry spa robe, a MyPillow (available at many B&Bs – the unique interlocking foam keeps its shape), an Ipod (!!), and the $150 Gift Certificate redeemable at any WBBA member B&B.

Thanks to all of you who weighed in on our Doily Decision 2012 – and ‘you got it’ – it’s not necessarily about the doilies, but rather, guest comfort and warm hospitality!

We look forward to hearing from Liz after her B&B stay!

Fun Facts to Know and Tell about B&Bs

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Guests are pampered with luxurious in-room amenities such as wi-fi, fireplace, whirlpool, premuim bath products, and television at the Honeybee Inn, Horicon. Innkeeper Barb Ruka says: "Guests will peruse our extensive & up-to-date movie library, get cozy in their room for hours, catching up on the latest films that they can't fit into their busy lives at home." A relaxing end to a day of touring or cruising the Horicon Marsh, within walking distance of the inn.

We’re a member of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII for short) and each year they release a research report that provides a snapshot of what’s what in B&B travel.  Thought you might be interested in a few tidbits: The average age of the oldest part of a B&B building is 111; 35% of inns have achieved an “historical designation” by a local, state or national historic preservation organization; 72% of B&Bs are run by couples; and most inns provide internet, television, luxury bed/linens, premium branded toiletries, robes, fireplaces, magazines and jetted tubs in the guest rooms.  Here’s more from Jay Karen, PAII president and CEO, “One interesting statistic we noticed from the study is that there was a slight decrease in the offering of common-area services and amenities, and a slight increase in offering in-room services and amenities. It seems more guests are asking to enjoy services privately in their rooms, and innkeepers are happy to oblige. That’s the nice thing about B&Bs – as a guest, you can make the experience as social or as private as you like.”  Well said!