Bed and Breakfasts offer comfort in a setting that hotels can't match

You can always stay at a hotel if you need a place to sleep. It just might not match the setting of a bed and breakfast, which caters to those seeking a less beaten path.

When you select a bed and breakfast operation, the first thing you’ll notice is the size – it is typically much smaller than a hotel. Also, these businesses typically offer only a handful of rooms, generally between 4-11 rooms, according to a 2015 study from the Professional Association of Innkeepers International. If a quainter experience is what you’re looking for, a bed and breakfast may be the place to stay.

Here are some things to consider before booking your Bed and Breakfast stay.

Locations

Specifically in Northern California, there are four locations which are prime for a bed and breakfast stay: the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the Central Coast, Sonoma or Napa Wine Country and the Gold Country/Mother Lode region of the Sierra Nevada foothills. Each is known for its breathtaking scenery. Choose from ocean waves cresting upon the shoreline, the smell of wine being harvested, the quiet, cool mountain scenery and the rustic history behind the California Gold Rush.

Look at reviews before booking anything

When searching for the perfect B&B, consider other resources than just the company’s website. Always search third-party review sites to see what others have had to say about their stay. Study the reviews to see if they discuss particular aspects that you’re interested in. Here are some things you should look for when reviewing bed and breakfast operations:

Hospitality

Each bed and breakfast has an innkeeper. What kind of a host were they? Polite and friendly? Did they have great suggestions for things to do in the area? Those who strive to make your stay the most enjoyable experience possible may be ones to put at the top of your list.

The breakfast

The reason you’re staying there is for the companionship, community and a good meal. How did visitors rate the breakfast? What type of morning meal was offered? Take this into consideration when selecting a B&B because the most important meal of the day goes a long way toward the operation’s reputation.

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