What is a Bed and Breakfast Really Like?

As someone who has stayed at B&Bs even as a kid, I am always surprised at how many folks have never experienced a bed and breakfast.  So it seems like a good idea to answer your questions about what it is really like to stay at a Maine bed and breakfast.  I am always surprised when people tell me that they think staying at a bed and breakfast is kind of like staying at your grandmother’s house, complete with shared bathrooms and nosy neighbors. And while that was apparently kind of true back in the day (and by that I mean way before I was even born), it certainly isn’t the case at the Maine Stay. In fact, BnBs are often just as swanky and professional as high end hotels, but usually just on a smaller scale.  As far as decor goes, though, styles can really run the gamut, but when it comes to our particular bed and

No shared bathrooms here!
No shared bathrooms here!

breakfast, every room really is different, but overall the style falls somewhere between contemporary and modernized traditional.

But while every room is different, there is one thing that everyone experiences, and that is breakfast! It seems like a lot of people are worried about having to get up too early in the morning, and since we have multiple breakfast seating times, there’s no need to lose any beauty sleep.  I mean, you’re on vacation, after all!  Breakfast is supposed to be a leisurely and relaxing thing! One thing that people often ask about is sharing a table at breakfast.  And while most people think that’s one of the fun parts about staying at a bed and breakfast, it isn’t for everyone.  For that very reason, we have designed it so that guests in the Cottage suites and Deluxe fireplace suite 12 can have breakfast delivered to their door.  Or during the warmer months, you can stake a claim on one of the tables for two on our wraparound porch. But back to the food. Unlike most hotels, breakfast is not continental style and it’s definitely more than just muffins and juice.  In fact, our two or three course gourmet breakfast is carefully crafted daily to provide inventive cuisine with a balance of nutrients to keep you fueled throughout the day. No need to worry if you’re a food allergy sufferer or on a special diet – our chefs are more than happy to accommodate dietary needs (gluten-free diets are our particular specialty!) as long as you give us a few days notice.

There is one other thing that people ask about often, and that’s noise.  But guests planning a visit to our bed and breakfast need not worry, because without those characteristic long hotel hallways, you’ll actually experience much less sound transmission than in a hotel.  Plus, there’s only one room where you could have an upstairs neighbor (and with thick floors, padding, and carpets, you’ll never hear a thing), you’ll never run the risk of an elephant staying above you.  In fact, there’s only one thing guests report that draw them out of their cozy beds in the morning – the smell of breakfast!

You can expect to enjoy many of the same amenities at a Maine bed and breakfast as you would at a traditional hotel.  You’ll find flat screen televisions, hair dryers, and personal care products, but you’ll also find things like iPod/iPad docking stations, bathrobes, complimentary DVD rentals, and free WiFi.  Free.  And yes, you’ll have your own bathroom.  While many seem to be worried that they might have to share, that is a feature of the past and every room or suite has its own en-suite bathroom.  But there is something that really sets Maine bed and breakfasts apart from a hotel and that is personal attention.  Our attentive staff wants to help you make your getaway as perfect at possible, happily assisting with everything from suggestions for dining in Kennebunkport Maine, running routes, booking spa appointments, and even helping set the stage for a romantic proposal! While I could write an entire book about BnBs, I hope this answered your questions about what to expect at a bed and breakfast!


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