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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If you can't leave home without your dog, cat, oxygen tank, or three screaming children, don't panic. You are entitled to a vacation. Take at look at Dulcinea's selections for travelers with special needs, whatever they may be.
- Use these sites as jumping-off points for finding bed and breakfasts that accommodate your particular needs.
- If a B&B promises an amenity on their Web site, call or e-mail to double check. You don't want to arrive to find no wheelchair access or a missing dog run.
- Most bed and breakfasts are designed to cater to an individual's needs. E-mail the innkeeper with your requests and don't be surprised if they grant your every wish.
- Many B&Bs have separate cottages or back rooms for families. If you're in the market for an overnight stay with a family of four, look for pictures or virtual tours that reveal extra space.
For travelers with physical disabilities ...
Access-Able Travel Source
prides itself on listing hundreds of accommodations for travelers with special needs. Although it takes a few minutes to navigate through this site, visitors can find listings for bed and breakfasts worldwide. Select "World Destinations" to get started.
is a search engine directory that takes some patience but the filter search feature allows you to search for lodging with wheelchair access. Type in your area of interest in the "Quick Search" section. This leads you to a more detailed search that can be filtered.
For pet owners ...
is the go-to site for travelers who can't bear to part with their pet dogs, cats, birds, or fish. Click on the "Lodging Listings" link to search for bed and breakfasts that allow Fluffy through the front door.
Pets on the Go
invites pet owners to read independently written reviews and professional advice on pet-friendly lodging. Be sure to visit their handy "Pet Travel Resources" section.
For families ...
The Independent Traveler
is actually quite helpful for families looking to book at a B&B. From the main page, search under "Family Travel" or "Hotel & B&B" to find a good fit for the whole family.
helps families find their ideal B&B. Pass your mouse over "Search" at the top of the main page, then select "Detailed Search" from the drop-down menu. Click the "Family Travel" button and choose your destination. The site narrows its list of worldwide B&Bs to those who can accommodate moms, dads, and kids in your desired location.
For vegetarians ...
's vegetarian-friendly travel site includes a "Global Guide to Vegetarian B&Bs." This simplistic site might surprise you with its comprehensive collection of destinations around the world.
Green Earth Travel
is a site devoted to finding destinations that are vegetarian and environmentally friendly. Veg heads will be happy: one of this site's best features is its "Vegetarian Bed and Breakfasts" link which offers dozens of veg-friendly B&Bs.
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