Ten years ago, while living in Europe, I made all of my food from scratch and spent much time in my kitchen preparing food I would dream that I would have food already half prepared and only need to put in the microwave, press a button, and eat a wonderfully prepared meal in a matter of minutes. In March of 2000, I was boarding a plane to go to this beautiful country. The all you can eat buffets were absolutely bewildering to me, as I could not figure out how an establishment could possibly profit by allowing people to eat until they dropped. I have attempted the experiment myself on multiple occasions, which had immediately resulted in exponential growth of my thighs. The need to buy new clothing was soon looming on the horizon, as I was unable to fit into any of the garments that I had brought with me from home. In order to battle the rapid expansion program that my body had seemed to embark upon all by itself, I had signed up for a gym membership. Alas, my jogging and cycling rituals did not seem to bring about any sort of buttock reduction despite the fact that I started to monitor my portion sizes.
| Bed & Breakfasts around the World.|
Bed and breakfast, also known as B&B, is a term, originating in the United Kingdom, but now also used in the USA and Canada, for an establishment that offers
bed accommodation, and breakfast in return for payment, but usually does not offer other meals. Typically, bed and breakfasts are private homes with only one or
two bedrooms available for commercial use.
A boarding house is different from and has a longer history than a bed and breakfast facility. The boarding house is for longer term stays, whereas bed and
breakfast is for people travelling through the area on short stays.
Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have
private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with another guest or sometimes more than one other guest. Breakfast is served in the morning – in the
bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen.
B&Bs and guest houses may be operated either as a secondary source of income or a primary occupation. Staff can consist of the home's owners and family
members, or you may find some bed and breakfasts where the home's owners have hired cleaning, cooking and other staff. A property which hires professional
management is no longer a bed and breakfast, but enters the category of Inn, Guest House or Small Hotel. B&B's are a form of a tertiary business.
Despite the cultural similarities, there are far fewer B&B's in the whole continent of Australia than there are in just the South Island of New Zealand despite the
resident population being more than twenty times greater.
Since 1879 the average per capita disposable income of Australians has been greater than that of New Zealanders and this has mitigated the powerful incentive to
let out rooms in their homes to travelers. Another factor may be that Australia has, apart from City States such as Singapore, the greatest concentration of city
dwellers anywhere on the globe and these cities are amply supplied with budget hotels and motels.
In Belgium bed and breakfasts generally offer better value than hotels, and provide the opportunity to sample the local food and meet new people. Bed and
breakfast accommodations often have a very relaxing, homey feel to them.
Britain and Ireland
B&Bs, and frequently guest houses, are a budget option where owners often take pride in the high service levels, local knowledge and personal touch that they
are able to offer.
There tend to be concentrations of B&Bs in the seaside towns where, historically, the working classes holidayed such as Newcastle in Ireland and Blackpool in
England, in isolated rural areas such as the Highlands of Scotland and Connemara where there is not a year-round concentration of travellers sufficient to sustain
an hotel, and are present in most towns and cities in numbers dependent upon factors such as the level of tourism, York in England and Edinburgh in Scotland, for
example, both have several hundred establishments known as either B&B's or guest houses.
Breakfast is usually cooked on demand for the guest and usually features bacon, eggs, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms and baked beans, but some offer a
In recent years some bed and breakfast businesses in the UK have struggled against budget hotel chains such as Premier Travel Inn and Travelodge.
Traditionally, business travellers used B&Bs but many of these clients now tend to stay in budget hotel chains. However, in holiday areas the B&B and guest
house still prevails. Unlike the 'chain' accommodation providers these provide a more comprehensive service and breakfast is included in the price.
In Cuba, which opened up to tourism in the 1990s after the financial support of the Soviet Union ended, a form of B&B called casa particular ("private home")
became the main form of accommodation outside the tourist resorts.
The Israeli B&B is known as a zimmer (German for room). All over the country, but especially in the north of the country and the Galilee, zimmers have become a
popular alternative to hotels for romantic weekends or family vacations.
A Centre of New Zealand Bed and Breakfast
As in the USA, Bed and Breakfasts in New Zealand tend to be more expensive than Motels and often feature historic homes and lovingly furnished bedrooms at a
commensurate price. The historic city of Nelson has an unusually high concentration of both of these accommodations and alternatives because it was
historically the place where kiwis holidayed.
Many B&Bs in North America try to create a historical ambiance, with old properties turned into guesthouses decorated with antique furniture. For example, the
Holladay House in Orange, Virginia is an 1830s Federal-style brick building that has been converted into a bed and breakfast. Recently, B&B and Inn owners have
been launching upscale amenities to improve business and move "up-market." It is not uncommon now to find free wireless Internet access, free parking, spa
services, or nightly wine and cheese hours. Due to the need to stay competitive with the rest of the lodging industry, larger bed and breakfast inns have expanded
to offer wedding services, business conference facilities, and meeting spaces as well as many other services a large hotel might offer.
Regulations and laws vary considerably in each national jurisdiction both in content and extent and in enforcement.
The most common regulations B&Bs must follow pertain to safety. They are usually required by local and national ordinances to have fire resistance, a sufficient
fire escape plan in place, and smoke detectors in each guest room. Kitchens and equipment used to serve meals are also often required to be monitored for
hygienic operation, but there are significant national and local differences.
Most B&Bs are generally compliant with their jurisdiction's laws.
In Hawaii, it is illegal to open an new bed & breakfast on Oahu as of 1989.The reason for the moratorium is to force home owners with extra room to rent out their
extra space to low income residents who otherwise cannot afford housing on crowded Oahu.
In the patio of a guest house in Tamchy, Kyrgyzstan
While various local governments have regulations and inspect for health issues and fire safety code, membership in a state/provincial/national bed and breakfast
association can indicate a higher standard of hospitality. Associations sometimes review their members' properties and tend to have additional standards of care.
These associations also facilitate marketing of the individual B&Bs and provide a stamp of approval that the business in question is reputable. This "stamp of
approval", however, may be just an indication that membership dues have been paid.
Two for-profit professional innkeeper associations that operate in the United States are the Professional Association of Innkeepers International and Select
Registry. Most states also have state associations. These associations are usually non-profit organizations.
The Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) is a national for-profit organization with members in the U.S., Canada, and other countries. PAII
currently holds annual trade conferences for education of innkeepers and prospective innkeepers. Attendance to these conferences is open and well advertised
to all. PAII also provides an industry study to all of its members at low cost that details operations and finance of the industry.
Select Registry is a national organization that inspects its member properties on a regular basis, beyond routine inspections that may be carried out by the local
The Caucus of American Innkeepers (or CAIK) is a social and professional networking organization for owners of B&Bs, country inns, and similar properties.
The Bettina Network, is a national network of private homes which accept bed and breakfast guests. All homes are thoroughly checked out by someone from the
Network spending the night in the home. The network handles all aspects of the room (pricing, advertising, reservations, payment collection etc). Questionnaires
are sent to each guest to insure the satisfaction of all who use the service.
In the US, states also have innkeeping associations that are usually non-profit and exist to promote the industry and state tourism. However, many state
associations, such as the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV) have rigorous inspection criteria that often exceed government requirements for
safety and cleanliness.
Bed and Breakfast is a comprehensive worldwide listing of bed and breakfasts, B&B home stays, country inns, urban bed and breakfasts, guest houses, lodges,
cabins, historic hotels, small resorts, guest ranches, farmhouse accomodations, and working farm and ranch vacations. B&B database searches allow you to find
the ideal bed and breakfast inn, whether you are looking by location, amenities, online bookings, recipes, special packages, last-minute availability, or Bed and
Breakfast gift certificate acceptance.
Bed and Breakfast offers a wide variety of additional information to enhance your inn travel experience. Inngoers can post reviews on their favorite B&Bs on Bed
and Breakfast message boards. Bed and Breakfasts and inns personally recommended by Alla. Aspiring innkeepers can browse the bed and breakfasts listed for
sale in the Inns for Sale section. Active innkeepers enjoy the monthly Innkeeper News, filled with vital information for owners of bed and breakfast inns. The
Innkeeper Services section of the website also contains marketing information essential for operating a successful bed & breakfast inn.
Alla's Historical Bed & Breakfast
415 Hustead St.
Duncanville Texas 75116
(South West Dallas)