Dispelling Myths about Bed and Breakfasts

It wasn’t until very recently that I discovered how many myths still persist about Bed and Breakfasts.  In fact, this weekend I visited another great New England Inn with two friends and realized that they were nervous about their first BnB experience.  I couldn’t believe it!  Despite hearing all about our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, they had so many wacky ideas about inns.  It’s time to clear the air!

Young Innkeeper at a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast
Meet me, innkeeper and Bed and Breakfast goer. A granny? Not exactly.

Myth #1: Bed and Breakfasts are for old fogies and run by old fogies.

Truth: FALSE!  Can I make myself a case and point?  Well, I just did.  I’m a 23-year-old innkeeper.  And a 23-year-old inn guest.  Honestly, the truth is that Bed and Breakfasts are the best way to travel, especially for young people.  You get great breakfasts for free. You get concierge services and help figuring out where the best places to eat and play are (and the secrets about where to get the most bang for your buck).  Who doesn’t want value like that?!  But BnBs aren’t just for Gen-X/Yers either – the baby boomers (hi, mom and dad) are pretty sweet too.

Myth #2: You have to socialize with the other guests… before your first cup of coffee.

Truth: Uh-uh.  One of my friends is a self-proclaimed introvert, so this was her biggest fear.  When we started home after our little getaway, she turned to me and said, “I get it!  You can be social if you want, but no one’s going to judge you if it’s not your thing.”  That’s the beauty of staying in Bed and Breakfasts – there’s opportunity to hang out with other guests or staff, but only if you want to.  She stayed in her comfort zone, while I, the queen of gab, got my fill of socializing.  And we were at the same place!

Myth #3: There’s no privacy and you’ll hear your neighbors.

Truth: Bed and Breakfasts are quieter than hotels.  First, innkeepers plan their rooms to minimize any noise between them.  Think about

Contemporary Bed and Breakfast suite
Got floral? Not here!

your typical hotel – I can usually hear the conversations of the couple sitting in the bed behind mine.  Our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast doesn’t have a single room where one bed is adjacent to another.  Plus, many BnBs are in historic buildings, and let’s be honest – they built things way better back in the day.

Myth #4: All of the rooms are old-fashioned and covered in flowers.

Truth: Not. Even. Close.  One of my favorite things about staying in inns is that every room is different, so while some options may be frilly, many are not.  Enjoy the variety!

Myth #5: Breakfast will be pancakes and muffins.

Truth: On what planet is that a good idea?  Can you say sugar coma?  Truthfully, innkeepers eat what you’re eating every day, so we’d feel pretty crummy if that was dished up.  Balanced breakfasts that you would never take the time to make for yourself are on the menu.  Food allergies?  Just let them know in advance!

Still got questions?  Innkeepers are real people that want you to have a really great vacation, so just ask!

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