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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.

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.”

Nebraska tourism director to help promote newly recognized Underground Railroad sites

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Nebraska tourism director to help promote newly recognized Underground Railroad sites


LINCOLN, NEB. (May 2, 2012)—Three Nebraska City sites and one program will be recognized Thursday for their inclusion in the National Park Service’s national Underground Railroad program.


Kathy McKillip, director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s Travel and Tourism Division, will be on hand for a 12:30 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony at the Old Freighters Museum, 407 N. 14th St., Nebraska City.


The ceremony, sponsored by the Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce office, will commemorate the new Network to Freedom listings in Nebraska. The National Park Service’s Network to Freedom program coordinates preservation and education efforts of Underground Railroad sites nationwide.


Last year, Arlington High School teacher Barry Jurgensen and his students conducted research on sites related to the Underground Railroad. Three of the Nebraska City sites, along with one program, Dr. Sara Crook’s portrayal of Barbara Mayhew, were added to the Network to Freedom program last August. The sites are:


  • The Nuckolls Residence, where two slaves, Eliza Grayson and Celia, owned by Stephen F. Nuckolls escaped on Nov. 26, 1958.
  • The Majors Residence, the site of the escape of six slaves, owned by Alexander Majors, in 1860.
  • Camp Creek Cemetery, where Barbara (Kagy) Mahew Bradway is buried. She and her husband lived in Mayhew Cabin when it was part of the Underground Railroad.


The new listings will complement the Mayhew Cabin, which is already part of the Network to Freedom.


The Mayhew Cabin Foundation recently received funding from the Nelson Family Foundation of Nebraska City to install outdoor markers recognizing the history of the new Network to Freedom sites and creating a driving tour.

NABB Member Writes Articles About B&B Industry

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Cher Maybee is co-owner with her husband of Barn Anew Bed and Breakfast in Mitchell, Nebraska–near Scottsbluff and Gering. Please add her first and last name to the end of this link in order to read these articles. There are about 5 so far…

NETA Brochure Swap

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

The Lexington Chamber of Commerce invites you to save the date for the 2012 Nebraska Travel Association (NETA) Brochure Swap on May 17, 2012.  The event will be held at the Dawson County Fairgrounds in Lexington.  Event details and a registration form is attached to this email.  Event details are also available at


The Brochure Swap is divided into two segments…

c – This portion of the swap is coordinated by State Tourism and the Vacation Guide staff for the I-80 Welcome Centers.  If you have not participated in the Swap before please contact Micheal Collins at 402-471-3795 or email to find out what quantities of brochures to bring for each of the Interstate Welcome Centers.


Community  Swap – This portion of the swap is coordinated by NETA and allows participants to swap brochures with other communities, attractions and events.  Please bundle your brochures in packets of 25 and 50 and have business cards available.  If you are asking people to pick-up brochures you must take brochures back to your community.  If you represent any entity that does not have display capabilities, please distribute travel literature to area businesses with display racks.


DO NOT send any materials to the Dawson County  Fairgrounds or the Lexington Chamber of Commerce prior to the swap.  Questions about the community swap can be directed to Julie Harris at 308-324-5504 or


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The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Grant Proposals

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) recently sent out a news release seeking grant proposals from organizations or groups of individuals interested in enhancing the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crop industry.  If you are aware of any organization interested in applying, please send them the link listed in the below paragraph.  Specialty crops are defined by USDA as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops, including floriculture.


NDA will administer a two-phase competitive grant application process.  Phase I will involve the submission of concept proposals, which will allow applicants to explain the main points of their project.  The concept proposals will be competitively scored.  Projects with the highest combined scores will serve as recommendations to the Director of Agriculture as to which applicants should be invited to complete the Phase II of the application process.  Grant proposal guidelines and application information are available on the NDA web site at  Concept proposals are due by April 13th


If you have any questions, please contact:

Casey Foster

Ag Promotion Coordinator – Value Added

Nebraska Department of Agriculture

P.O. Box 94947

Lincoln, NE 68509

(402) 471-4876

Brochure Swap

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

This purpose of this NEBTOUR notice is to help you drop off your travel literature at the Interstate 80 visitor information centers during the 2012 Nebraska Travel Association (NETA) Brochure Swap at the Dawson County Fairgrounds (100 Plum Creek Parkway) in Lexington on May 17, 2012.


Vacation guides from the staffed Nebraska Tourism Division information centers will be on hand to take your brochures for distribution during the 2012 travel season.


Please keep the following guidelines and hints in mind to have a successful drop off:


1.      Keep track of how many brochures you give to each information center at this year’s Brochure Swap. This will give you a good idea of how many to bring at next year’s swap.


2.      If you’ve never previously attended a Brochure Swap, and are unsure how many brochures to drop off, a good range to begin with is 50-100. If the vacation guides need more throughout the season, give them a contact person to call to request additional supplies.


3.      Storage space at the information centers is limited. Vacation guides can decline to accept the number of brochures you want to drop off if they have no room to store large quantities of them, or if they feel their center will not go through as many brochures as you’re dropping off.


4.       When choosing which information centers to give your literature to, give it only to those centers heading in your direction, not to those past your location. For example, if your attraction is in Omaha, give your literature to the eastbound information centers, not the westbound ones.


5.      Newsprint literature must be boxed and brochures/magazines must be either boxed or bundled together.


For more information about the Interstate 80 information center brochure drop off: Micheal Collins (402.471.3795,


For more information and to register for the 2012 NETA Brochure Swap, visit the Nebraska Travel Association’s Web site:


Micheal Collins

Tel: 402.471.3795


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Learn to develop a thriving business on shoestring budget

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Learn to develop a thriving business on shoestring budget

Pre-workshop session to offer tour of agri-tourism business


LINCOLN, NEB. (Jan. 5, 2012) — If you’ve ever considered entering the agri/eco-tourism field, don’t miss the 2012 Nebraska Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop or the pre-workshop bonus session.


The Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop, hosted by the Department of Economic Development’s Travel & Tourism Division, will be Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte.


This year, attendees can participate in a pre-workshop bonus tour to Heavenly Creations in Stapleton that will focus on developing a successful agri-tourism business on a shoestring budget.


Heavenly Creations owner Katrina Frey grew up helping her mother and grandmother pick chokecherries. Carrying on a family tradition of passion for wholesome products, Frey started an in-home business creating all-natural gourmet jams and jellies. She nurtured her company, eventually growing it into a store-front venture. During the tour, Frey will share information about best practices in marketing and social media as well as her partnerships with producers and GROW Nebraska.


Free transportation will be provided for the tour, and vans will leave the Quality Inn & Suites/Sandhills Convention Center at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 31. Participants must reserve a spot to participate in the tour.


To register or learn more about the 2012 Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop, go to Be sure to check the box that says, “I would like to attend the Pre-Workshop Bonus Session Tour at Heavenly Creations.” Registration before Jan. 20 is just $75. Late registration will be $90.


A special conference hotel rate is available until Jan. 16.  Reservations can be made by calling 308-532-9090. Be sure to mention you are attending the Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop when making reservations.

It’s All About Delivering the Experience!

Monday, December 12th, 2011

It’s All About Delivering the Experience!

Customers want what they want when they want it. The idea is to bundle it all together and get them to pay for access to experiences they’d never have otherwise without your help.

Most Bed and Breakfast owners are experts in delivering that experience. Go to and get some advice from other B&B innkeepers and collaborate with each other!

Why We Love Being a B&B Owner

Monday, December 12th, 2011

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