Bed and Breakfasts: Room and Board on the Road
According to the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, there were more than 20,000 bed and breakfasts operating in the United States in 2006. So you're hardly alone in thinking that a bed and breakfast might be a nice alternative to a bland hotel or roadside tourist trap. Whether you're planning a couples getaway, a family vacation, a trip for your boss, or a quick stop en route to a final destination, the Web sites we've found will help you discover the possibilities.
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Bed and breakfasts have European roots, but are found all over the world. Peruse the sites in this section to find a B&B in almost any country, even remote locales like Greenland and the Pacific Islands.
- Consider booking a "package deal" when traveling internationally. Although this is easier to do with hotels, some Web sites offer bed and breakfast accommodations combined with plane travel and car rental. Not only will you save money on the package, but chances are the B&B will be cheaper than the hotels in the same area.
- Remember that B&Bs will vary from country to country. Australia will have different traditions than the United Kingdom, and the United States will be a different experience than Germany.
- As you search for accommodations, keep in mind that B&Bs are most popular in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Other countries may offer boarding houses or hostels but these are not the same as a bed and breakfast. Clarify with the lodging manager before making a reservation.
- If you've found the perfect international bed and breakfast but need to figure out how to get to your destination, the findingDulcinea Travel Guide can help.
Pillows and Pancakes
is a great way to search for B&Bs in top destination countries. Check out their list in the upper lefthand corner of the main page to find B&Bs in Canada, Ireland, England, Scotland, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand, or search the "All Countries" link to find your destination. Pillows and Pancakes has plenty of pictures and links to each B&B's actual Web site. However, one of the best features on this site is the collection of Google Earth maps that show you satellite footage of your B&B's location.
At B&B Info Canada
, travelers can search for bed and breakfast inns by selecting from a list of provinces or by clicking on the large map of Canada on the main page. B&B Info Canada also lets you compare and review Canadian B&Bs.
International Bed and Breakfast Pages
is another comprehensive site for hot destinations in international travel. This site is best used to find inn lodging in Europe, South Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Make sure to read IBBP's bed and breakfast reviews, recipes, and travel tips, as well as search for discounts.
Bed and Breakfast Inns of North America
not only catalogs B&Bs in the United States, but also has an impressive listing of Mexican, Canadian, and Caribbean accommodations. On the main page, click on the Mexican flag to find B&Bs in 13 states in Mexico, including Cuernavaca, Acapulco, and Oaxaca.
For bed and breakfasts in Europe ...
is an Italy-based site with nearly 400,000 worldwide listings for lodging and a concentration on hotels and B&Bs in Europe. Go straight for the interactive map to make the most of Venere's site. Once you pick a destination, you can narrow your search for B&Bs.
appears to list mostly hotels but a closer look at this site is worth it. Based in Ireland, PlacesToStay is useful for finding B&Bs in the top destinations in Europe. Look for the "3 Vs Quality Mark" to find rooms that have been visited by the site's inspectors.
is a bit overwhelming to look at but if you have patience, this site can track down B&Bs in nearly any corner of the United Kingdom. Pick a county then click on the map to see local lodging. This is a popular site with the Brits.
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