As a way to thank members of our military, both active and retired, for their service to this great nation, we donated several rooms at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfastto veterans and their families last night. For the second year in a row, we have woken up on Veterans’ Day to a dining room full of folks who have done us all a great service. We were honored to listen to some of their fantastic stories and share their company. Last night, we were proud to host 18
military members and their spouses – it was such a treat! We can’t wait to participate next year – but, vets, please remember to reserve your room early, as they get snatched up quickly!
Our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast proudly joined the ranks of 340 other US Inns and B&Bs, as well as 215 Canadian establishments, to host veterans for no charge last night. In 2008, a variety of inns in West Virginia banded together to pay homage to members of the military with their “B&Bs for Vets” program. The program has grown each year since, and in 2010, the Maine Stay joined over 900 inns participating in the program. This year, the Professional Association of Innkeepers International took over the program, incorporating it into their Better Way to Stay campaign. Yes, this certainly shows that bed and breakfasts are a lodging choice a head above the rest – with a sense of character and honor. I mean, seriously, when was the last time a big hotel gave away something for free? And to top it off, we dished up a favorite cold weather breakfast feast – oven coddled eggs over herbed mashed potatoes, decadent raspberry quick bread, thick slices of country ham, and a fresh fruit started. Delicious!
But the most satisfying part was witnessing the sheer pleasure it brought to our guests – their smiles were certainly thanks enough. We can’t wait for next Veteran’s Day in Kennebunkport Maine!