Today I got to thinking about Bed and Breakfast Establishments. A friend of mine has one, and I started to think about what I would expect to find in this home away from home.
Well, first at the top of my list would be a private bedroom with a locked door, so that my belongings would be safe when I went sightseeing. Of course, staying in a person’s house or B. & B. a locked door would ensure privacy and peace of mind while sleeping.
A comfortable queen-sized bed or one comparable to one’s own home would be preferable. A clean mattress cover, sheets, pillow cases and towels/face cloths would be expected I would imagine.
Having a clean bathroom that would not need to be shared with too many people would be at the top of my list. A bathroom right off the bedroom would be optimal. A jacuzzi or soaker tub would be nice, but a standup shower would suffice.
A comfortable kitchen area with ample space to seat all people staying for the night would be preferable, with a living room with comfortable couches so that overcrowding would not occur.
If breakfast is included with the room, there should be food from all food groups. Fresh fruit should be the fruit in season or available from a larger center. Breads, muffins, rolls should be homemade that morning or the day before. Homemade jams should be available, along with the bread/toast. Choice should be offered, for people with dietary challenges. Freshly squeezed juices would be a bonus. Perked coffee and choice of steeped teas should be offered.
I would see bonuses to be coffee/tea/juice offered mid-morning or upon arrival. A muffin or cookie would be a nice touch as well.
Other bonuses would include a library containing Newfoundland books and 20-30 best selling novels, so that guests would be able to relax and read when resting or if weather is inclement. Magazines such as the Downhomer would be welcomed.
Owners of the B. & B. must be versed in the history of the surrounding areas, communities closeby, and the island of Newfoundland. Outings must be available to landmarks in the area, historical icons, to view the animals, lighthouses, fossils etc. Pamphlets should be made available for tours, boatrides, shows, festivals and so on. Kind, friendly and concerned operators would be an awesome part of the experience.
To think of staying at a Bed and Breakfast makes me want to travel across this island right now, and discover the best places to stay. Since my finances are limited I can do some research and try one each year, and that would mean staying in a different community each year. Certainly it’s something to look forward to! Where shall I start?
Why not comment on any hotel, motel or Bed and Breakfast that you’ve stayed in on our island? I’m sure you have many stories to tell. Recommend the best one or ones you’ve experienced.
- Are you visiting the Avalon Peninsula this summer? (newfoundlandtraveller.wordpress.com)
- Newfoundland rocks (macleans.ca)
- Hiking to Maddox Cove, Newfoundland (theplaceswevebeen.wordpress.com)
- Stroll in Stanhope, Newfoundland (theplaceswevebeen.wordpress.com)
- Old Buildings in Port Union, Newfoundland (theplaceswevebeen.wordpress.com)
- Past the remote at a Newfoundland lighthouse inn (life.nationalpost.com)