Author Archives: Brandie Sigler

5 Bed and Breakfast Myths: Fact and Fiction

PortD-Hiver-Carriage House (4)-XLAs my previous posts have touched on, sitcoms generally portray bed and breakfasts in a less than positive light. In a 2011 episode of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, the cast seeks refuge from a horrible camping trip at The Quiet Corn B&B. The inn is creepy and run by an unwelcoming and inflexible innkeeper who seems to prefer the company of cats over people and thinks guests are more of a nuisance than privilege.

This portrayal of bed and breakfasts as unwelcoming and impersonal places with grumpy and weird innkeepers has led to some unfounded myths in the minds of the average North American resident. Debunking these myths is the goal of this post.

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Resolve to Try Something New in 2014

At this time of year, many people’s thoughts turn to New Year’s Resolutions. This year we encourage you to resolve to try new things in 2014. Here are a few things we recommend if they are new to you.

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Select Registry Inns Partner with Lionel Trains for Holiday Promotion

InnatWarnerHall_LionelTrain_Tree Sheldon Cooper from CBS’s Big Bang Theory loves trains. His love of trains has been the topic of several episodes of the hit television series. If your passion for trains outshines Sheldon’s then you will be excited to learn that several Select Registry inns are partnering with Lionel Trains for a Holiday promotion.

When visiting any of the participating inns, you will find a special Lionel Train under their tree, as well as Lionel Train ornaments on their tree. Once you see these delightful trains, you may decide you would like to have one in your home. All of the participating inns will have order forms available.

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Select Registry Inns Celebrated for Their Holiday Décor and Festivities

Irish Hollow Exterior Dusk_9-LMy family has spent many evenings driving through various neighborhoods admiring Christmas decorations and holiday light displays at homes and businesses. We listen to holiday music and ooh and ahh at the lights and displays. It is easily one of my favorite family traditions.

We stay on the lookout for great displays and decorations. So I was very excited to see that several Select Registry Inns have been recognized for their efforts. Many innkeepers and their staffs put in many hours in the cold to put up elaborate light displays on the exteriors of their inns, while others spend hours planning and decorating their interior spaces.

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Select Registry Inns Located in Some of America’s Top Towns

It should come as no surprise to loyal Select Registry travelers that there are Select Registry properties in 13 of the top 20 towns selected by readers of Travel and Leisure. We suspect there are inns in the majority of the 744 towns that were nominated via social media as well.

Editors at T+L found that the majority of the top towns have a history dating back at least a century. Other aspects of the towns make them unique and attractive to guests and residents.

Which cities made the top 20 and have Select Registry inns in town or nearby? Read on to find out.

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Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Farm Recognized by National Trust for Historic Preservation

Select Registry is pleased to share that Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Farm was recently presented with a Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Farm“Los Poblanos is a true gem for the community and for visitors from across the globe,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Its natural beauty and comfort — combined with its fascinating history and character — make it one of the most magnificent historic properties in the Southwest.”

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Hot Springs, Arkansas Beckons to Travelers from Cooler Climates

This time of the year in the northern part of the United States and most of Canada, temperatures are dropping. By the first week of November, most residents of these areas have seen at least some snowfall and are digging out their winter clothing.

Enjoy the experience in Hot Springs ArkansasFor the residents of these areas who are not ready to give up warmer temperatures, afternoons on the porch with a good book, the sun warming faces, and the carefree feelings of summer, we recommend taking a last minute getaway to a warmer climate. Hot Springs, Arkansas is clinging to the last bits of summer and invites visitors to take in all the city has to offer.

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Take Advantage of the Select Registry Difference

TableeSimply put, the Select Registry Difference is a guarantee that you will enjoy top-notch service, quality accommodations and uncommon luxury whenever you stay at one of our inns.

We’ve all seen on television, or experienced ourselves, the stereotypical and disappointing bed and breakfast experience. There was an episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond” that centered on Ray and his wife Debra’s unpleasant stay at a bed and breakfast where they had to share a bathroom with other guests, their room was disappointing to say the least, and modern amenities were lacking.

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Select Registry Inns Salute Veterans with B&Bs for Vets

Each year for the past four years, Bed and Breakfast inns across North America have celebrated the sacrifices of service men and women by participating in the Professional Association of Innkeepers International’s B&B for Vets promotion. This year is set to be just as successful with more than 250 inns. You can check the availability of rooms visiting the promotion’s webpage.

Settlers Inn Free Room for VetsSelect Registry fully supports the efforts of the promotion and its member inns to honor active duty and retired military personal by offering a free night’s stay on or around Veteran’s Day.

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Virginia’s Best Chefs Paired with the State’s Best Wines in Virginia Wine and Oyster Classic

Select Registry’s Hope and Glory Inn is pairing some of Virginia’s top ten oyster chefs with fifteen of Virginia’s finest winemakers to create a not-to-be-missed event: the Virginia Wine and Oyster Classic. The event will be held November 2, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hope and Glory Inn’s The Dog and Oyster Vineyard in Irvington, Virginia.

Hope and Glory Vineyard“It would be difficult to find a better pairing than that of two of life’s most sought after delicacies – oysters and wine”, according to organizer Dudley Patteson, owner of  the Hope and Glory Inn and The Dog and Oyster Winery.  “Classic guests will savor local oysters prepared by Virginia’s best chefs and relish Governor’s Cup Gold Medal winning wine in an authentic Chesapeake Bay vineyard setting”.

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