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Some Guidelines for Staying in a Bed and Brekfast or Inn

Monday, June 13th, 2016

by Linda Burchell Ard

Although staying in a bed or breakfast while traveling in Europe is pretty common, many American have never stayed in this type of lodging facility. During breakfast recently, I asked some guests from England and Germany what they would want to tell Americans about staying in a Bed & Breakfast or Inn.
They said B&Bs are a great way to travel and really learn about areas. The locals always know, among other things, the best places to eat, and the cheapest places to buy gas, and the highway construction areas to avoid. They can also recommend interesting local activities, historic sites and even fun shopping. The properties are well loved and so clean—and the breakfasts are freshly made and delicious. The innkeepers are usually very friendly and welcoming so it is like staying with family.
Then I asked, “How is this different from staying in hotels or motels?”
They said that sometimes, when you are in a hurry and are just looking for a convenient bed for the night, a motel might work better. But many hotel rooms look just the same and some are noisy or brightly lighted. The guestrooms are not relaxing and lack charm.
Feeling on a roll, I continued with, “Some people who haven’t stayed in Bed and Breakfasts are concerned that they might not know the right way to act in a B&B.”
The couple laughed at this question and the wife explained that her husband still didn’t know the right way to act. He just shook his head and agreed. Then, combining their wealth of experience, they clicked off a few simple suggestions:
• Remember that you are staying in someone’s home so you’ll want to be respectful.
• Ring the doorbell, unless directed otherwise, before walking in.
• If you arrived before check-in (usually 4 to 6 p.m.), your room might not be ready. Also, if you are going to be later than you had planned, just contact the innkeeper in case she/he has made plans for the evening or needs to run to the store.
• Every Bed and Breakfast is unique and has different policies so ask the innkeeper. There are often rules about children, pets, parking, smoking, use of alcohol, forms of payment, or cancellation.
• In most Bed and Breakfasts, there are “common areas” for the guests to use and enjoy as well as private areas reserved for the innkeepers, their staff and families. Such areas may be used for storage, office work, meal preparation or just relaxing. It is important to respect the innkeepers’ need for privacy.
I thought their advice might be helpful for other folks who have always thought it would be fun to stay in a Bed and Breakfast but never had the experience.
As I cleaned up the breakfast table, they were getting ready to pack up and hit the road again. Before they left, I got hugs from both of them and I wished them safe travels. They stopped to pat Buster, our friendly farm dog, and take a picture of the Inn. I bet that departing ritual doesn’t happen often at most motels or hotels!
Linda Burchell Ard and her husband Bob are Innkeepers and owners of at Burchell’s White Hill Farmhouse Inn, historical bed and breakfast located in the middle of a family owned working farm in Minden, NE. To learn more, visit “” or Burchell’s White Hill Farmhouse Inn on Facebook or email You can also check out wonderful Nebraska B&B locations at and enjoy the better way to stay.

Small Business Week: June 17- June 21

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

June 17th- June 21st is the nationwide Small Business Week!

Constant Contact is offering great online educational tools, including Marketing Minute articles, weekly Webinars, and Seminars near you.  Check out their great tips on managing your small business’ Facebook page, Using YouTube and Video marketing, and learn how to register for great conferences near you!  These marketing tips and other resources are perfect for Bed and Breakfast owners and innkeepers.

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TripAdvisor is “Rolling out the green carpet”

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Recently, TripAdvisor hosted a free webinar to educate people on their new GreenLeaders program.   TripAdvisor created this program for two main purposes: to help lodging properties get recognized for their environmentally sustainable efforts and to make it easier for travelers to plan and book green trips. There is currently a big movement in environmental practices in hotels but unfortunately over 75% of hotels don’t communicate their green practices to guests outside their hotel premises.

The GreenLeaders program was launched on April 22, 2013, which was also Earth Day.  The program highlights hotels and B&Bs with green practices by determining their “GreenLeader level” and then advertising that directly on their TripAdvisor listing.  GreenLeader levels include bronze, silver, gold and platinum.  Each level requires different elements of green practices and a hotel or B&B can list all of their green practices for travelers to view.  A traveler can also search on the TripAdvisor website specifically for green hotels and B&Bs and hotels with specific green practices.

If you would like to view the entire webinar, please visit our NABB Facebook page at

Or go to to find out more about the program, take a survey, or apply!

Multigenerational vacations a growing travel trend

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

I found this interesting article on a Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) Weekly News email.  Large family groups on vacations may need multiple rooms and even living spaces, which a Bed and Breakfast can offer.  At a B&B you can even eat breakfast together in a nice homey  environment before starting your day of adventure.  Many NABB member inns can accommodate families looking for a place to gather.


Multigenerational vacations a growing travel trend

By: Tracy Frank, INFORUM

FARGO – The family vacation has taken on a whole new meaning for several Fargo-Moorhead area families.

They not only travel with the members of their own household, but with parents, siblings and their families as well.

More families are taking multigenerational vacations by bringing grandma and grandpa along. Preferred Hotel Group, which represents independent luxury hotels and resorts, calls it one of the hottest trends in travel and hospitality.

A few months ago, Shauna Vistad of West Fargo took a weeklong Caribbean cruise with her husband, kids, brother and parents.

She said it was an important trip because her dad had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer the previous March and given three to six months to live.

“To give him something to look forward to, we planned this cruise outside of that six-month time period,” Vistad said. “It was an opportunity for him to take his grandkids on a special trip. He wanted to take his grandkids swimming with dolphins.”

Vistad said it was essential for her kids to have that time with their grandpa, who is still fighting his disease. One of her favorite memories is of her dad swimming with dolphins. When he flew out of the water, perched on the dolphins’ noses, he had the same joyful expression on his face that her children had, she said.

“You have the opportunity to create memories together,” Vistad said. “Rather than just coming back and telling people about that experience, you get to share it with the ones you love the most.”

According to a Preferred Hotel Group poll, 40 percent of families went on a multigenerational vacation in the past year. About 77 percent planned it around a milestone event like a birthday, anniversary, family reunion or wedding.

Michael Gustafson of Moorhead went to Disney World with his family of five, his sister’s family of four and his parents for his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary in the fall of 2011.

“It’s just something we’ve done for years,” he said. “We find it’s a very nice way to do things. My parents might not go on some of these trips if they wouldn’t do it with us to help them get around.”

Taking a multigenerational trip also gave Gustafson, his wife, his sister and her husband a chance to go out on their own while their kids stayed with their grandparents, Gustafson said.

Holly Leistikow of Fargo said almost all of their family vacations include at least one set of their kids’ grandparents.

“We all love to travel and it’s sometimes a little easier to have a set of grandparents along to help entertain or let them watch the kids for a night while we go out,” Leistikow said.

Planning is more difficult with more people, but Grandma and Grandpa can help alleviate children’s tantrums and help parents put the situation into perspective, Leistikow said.

“It’s good for our kids to have those extra sets of influences in their lives,” she said.

There are several reasons multigenerational vacations have become so popular in recent years, according to the study:

• Evenings and weekends are no longer untouchable family time, creating a greater need for escape through travel.

• Baby boomers are “trading briefcases for roller bags” and want to take their kids and grandkids with them.

• Families are living farther apart than at any time in history and a multigenerational trip is often the best way for them to gather in one place.

Heather Johnson of Fargo and her brother don’t talk frequently, but a recent multigenerational family vacation gave them bonding time and helped her get to know his kids better, she said.

They took a trip to Mount Rushmore with their families and their parents last summer for their parents’ 45th wedding anniversary. All 13 people shared a large log house for a week, she said.

“This was the best vacation we had been on as a family and I would absolutely want to do it again,” Johnson said.

Though the trip included things like waterslides, goldmine tours, museums, and of course, visiting Mount Rushmore, Johnson said the best part was bonding over family games at the rental house.

“It really builds a relationship,” she said.

With seven children, ages 8 to 16, they worried there would be bickering and drama, but it went much better than expected, she said.

“That was our biggest worry,” she said.

She said the key was planning days where families could go do their own thing in between the days where everyone stayed together.

“It gave us and the kids a break,” Johnson said. “That really cut down on the frustration level that could happen.”

Communication is key to making multigenerational vacations work.

Family members need to be clear about their expectations, both scheduling and financial, Vistad said. It’s also crucial to understand you can’t please everyone and you’re going to have to make compromises, she said.

Vistad recommends letting one person organize the trip.

“I’m like a cowboy trying to heard water,” she said. “It gets to be a bit of a challenge.”

2010 Nebraska Travel Industry Award Winners Announced

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

2010 Nebraska Travel Industry Award Winners Announced

LINCOLN, NEB. (Oct. 14, 2010)—More than 150 tourism professionals were on hand to honor their peers at the annual travel awards banquet Thursday evening at The Cornhusker, A Mariott Hotel, in Lincoln. The event capped the 35th Annual Nebraska Travel and Tourism Conference organized by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s Travel and Tourism Division and hosted by the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Lieutenant Gov. Rick Sheehy announced the following 2010 Nebraska Travel Industry award winners.

The 2010 Henry Fonda Award – the state’s highest tourism award representing leadership, vision and dedication to the tourism industry – went to Chard Hirsch of Broken Bow, who has been an avid spokesperson and supporter for her community, county and the Sandhills Region for most of her life. Through the year’s she’s won Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year, Elks Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Junior Chamber of Commerce Boss of the Year, Outstanding Nebraska Retailer, Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, and the KOLN/KGIN “People You Can Count On” Award.

For the past six years, Hirsch has been active in promoting and developing tourism along the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway. She was active in bringing the scenic byway interpretive center to Broken Bow and regularly volunteers her time there to share the byway’s history with visitors.

The Friend of Tourism Award went to the Nebraska Humanities Council. The council showcased Omaha’s artistic and cultural sides by hosting the Federation of State Humanities Council’s 2009 National Humanities Conference. More than 300 attendees representing every state spent two fun-filled days in Nebraska’s largest city. Conference attendees represented the cultural leadership of the U.S., and the time they spent in Nebraska changed their views about our state; so much so that many pledged to return later and vacation here.

The Outstanding Event Award for communities with populations up to 10,000, went to Nebraska’s Big Rodeo in Burwell. Since 1921, this town of 1,100 people has hosted one of the biggest events in central Nebraska. This year, every motel, hotel, bed & breakfast, RV park and campground from Burwell to Ord and surrounding counties was booked solid to accommodate the more than 20,000 rodeo visitors.

The Outstanding Event Award for communities with populations greater than 10,000 was given to Kool-Aid Days in Hastings. When Edwin Perkins invented Kool-Aid in 1927, he couldn’t have imagined it would one day lead to an annual festival. What began in 1998 as a way for the Hastings Museum to celebrate its new Kool-Aid exhibit has since grown into a three-day, community-wide celebration that attracted 40,000 people in 2010.

The Outstanding Tourism Association Award was won by Beatrice 20/20 Vision. This grassroots organization uses creative and forward thinking ideas to promote and develop the Big Blue River watershed as a recreational destination. What began as a project to clean up the river quickly turned into a campaign to increase the river’s economic, social and tourism potential.

The Outstanding Tourism Campaign Award went to Scotts Bluff County Tourism. “Nebraska’s Landmark Country,” the new marketing brand for Scott Bluff County, takes advantage of two scenic wonders unique to the region, Scotts Bluff National Monument and Chimney Rock National Historic Site. “Nebraska like you’ve never seen it” is the brand’s tag line and it promotes the area as a place that will inspire and surprise visitors with its stunning natural land formations and wild beauty.

The Outstanding Tourism Publication Award was won by the Lexington Visitors Guide. Published by the Lexington Clipper-Herald Newspaper, the guides’s 35 pages are packed with everything there is to know about the city. Colorful photographs show visitors how much fun they can expect to have in Lexington, whether exploring the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles, fishing or bird watching, hunting, or visiting the Antique Extravaganza or the Dawson County Fair.

The Outstanding Website Award went to the Nebraska Association of Bed and Breakfasts. Members of the association are continually working to increase membership, promote the state’s many B&B’s and stay current with the latest marketing trends and ideas. In 2009, the site was completely redesigned, including a new address (, an interactive map and the latest technology. Members can update and edit content, upload photographs and information, and promote their B&B to particular target markets.

The Outstanding Tourism Attraction Award was given to the Cedar Run ATV Trail. The trail – on exposed sections of the lake bed – began as a way to bring outside tourism revenue to Harlan County Lake when water levels dropped due to a multi-year drought. When water levels rebounded, an innovative partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Harlan County Tourism, Harlan County Community Foundation and the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission garnered the support and funds to create the Cedar Run ATV Trail. Local lodging tax revenue more than doubled during the past two years, due in part to its promotion as a haven for ATV riders.

The Outstanding Nature-Tourism Entity Award celebrates the state’s many outdoor recreational pastimes and activities. This year’s winner was Calamus Outfitters/Switzer Ranch. The ranch is a 12,000-acre operation located in Loup County near Calamus Reservoir. Since 2000, the ranch has become an outdoor recreational paradise offering lodging, hunting, trail rides, bird and wildlife viewing, and canoeing, tanking, and tubing trips, and unique Sandhills Safari Tours. The ranch also has become a haven for bird watchers, with participation in its bird watching tours increasing from 50 in 2005 to more than 500 in 2009.

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