Getting Uncomfortable
Mar31

Getting Uncomfortable

The time has come – we’re stepping out on the limb and going public with Better Way to Stay with our “B&Bs Kick Gas” promotion.  While this is not the point of my column, I will now insert my short pitch to participate…come up with your most creative promotion/special/package that plays off the rising gas price phenomenon, and upload it at www.betterwaytostay.com.  The campaign team will subsequently...

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Checking In at your B&B – Is it Even Possible?
Feb15

Checking In at your B&B – Is it Even Possible?

On Facebook, is what I mean.  I encountered an example of how an inn is simply not “with it” when it comes to social media.  They’re missing the boat, and I wanted to share with PAII members about the missed opportunity at the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia. Recently I attended the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia meeting in Charlottesville.  I arrived by train and took a cab to the Boar’s Head Inn – a...

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Improvement to Tourism Pages on TripAdvisor Helpful for B&Bs, Add Value to Business Listings for Innkeepers
Apr22

Improvement to Tourism Pages on TripAdvisor Helpful for B&Bs, Add Value to Business Listings for Innkeepers

Recently some changes were being tested on TripAdvisor’s “Tourism Pages” and it seemed there was a threat that B&Bs would be obscured on these all-important pages.  Tourism Pages (or city pages, as I like to call them) are where many travelers go to learn about a destination – many times before even thinking about where they’re going to stay.  I had a recent fantasy of taking my wife to Cinque Terre, Italy, (after a great...

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Spending $16 at McDonald’s
Mar05

Spending $16 at McDonald’s

I’ll admit it. My family has recently been patronizing the Golden Arches more than we probably should. When you are in my situation (two kids under 4, a kitchen that is operational, but still a construction zone, and a financial ground that has shifted under me), sometimes the path of least resistance is taken. Of course, being the fiscal conservative I am, the concept of cheap food can also be appealing. But it just occurred to me on...

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Insanity

Someone once said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. We know the economy turned south many months ago, but many innkeepers in our industry report that 2008 was their best year ever. I also know many innkeepers are down in actual and advanced bookings. Yet I fear that many innkeepers are doing the same thing they did last year and the year before and crossing their fingers...

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