Queen Anne Bed & Breakfast joins state association

The Iowa Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Association has welcomed the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast, located in Nevada, Iowa, into  membership.

The Iowa Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Association has been affiliated with the Professional Association of Innkeepers International for over 26 years and has served the tourists and lodging industry in the State of Iowa well for over 27 years.

The Queen Anne Bed & Breakfast offers four spacious rooms, each with their own theme.  The gracious Queen Anne Victorian home is listed on the National Historic Register.  As with all the Iowa B&Bs, the Queen Anne serves a full breakfast to guests and it is always included in the price.

The king room bed.  Very large and comfortable with a private bath.

The King Room. A very large and comfortable bedroom with a private bath and sitting area.

 Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast
1110 9th Street, Nevada, IA. 50201
Phone: 515-382-3022  Fax: 515-382-3022  www.QueenAnneBedandBreakfast.com

If you own a B&B website, it should include a strong blog

In today’s social internet world, it is more important than ever for the bed and breakfast establishments with a website to also have a strong blog connected.  The reason is simple, the internet continues to change as the devices and the people using them continue to evolve.

The innkeeper that is sharing information that fills a need for their  guests is the innkeeper that is also putting the heads in the beds. For the bed and breakfast owner, the number one thing guests expect from the website owner is finding local information. This means the innkeeper needs to constantly be sharing about the things happening on the property as well as in the immediate area, letting people know why they should come visit, and keeping them informed about what they can be doing when they stay at the B&B.

Potential guests want to know what activities can be enjoyed in the local area.

Couples Can Reconnect During B&B Stay

Enjoy the company of your loved one at a B&B. It is natural for couples to become very comfortable with each other and reconnect when they plan a Bed and Breakfast getaway. Yet that doesn’t have to mean the two must focus on romance the entire stay — this too can be draining to a relationship.

Most quality B&B are very romantic in nature and the innkeepers usually enjoy catering to their guests.  At the typical bed and breakfast inn both you and your mate will get plenty of personal attention. You will also get that time alone that you have been craving. If you have jobs and children then you know that rarely happens. For most of us, we often use down time to catch a couple of hours of sleep before we start a new day. A bed & breakfast getaway can be the perfect solution.

These days just about every household has a home computer.  If you happen to be someone that has not yet jumped onto the Internet’s Superhighway, go to the local library so you can explore your options together. Decide where you would like to go and how much you are able to afford. You certainly don’t want to be worried about your finances while you are enjoying some time away. If you are tight on cash then plan to visit a B&B during the week when the prices are usually a little lower.

To help you save even more money, look for coupons or package deals online as well.  It is common for bed & breakfasts to be full on the weekends. Yet they often have empty rooms during the week so they offer a discount to entice people to fill them up. It is a business strategy you can easily use to your advantage.

You can also find great pictures online so you know exactly what your money will be buying you. This eliminates the risk of you showing up and the room not being what you thought it would be. That could really put a damper on this nice romantic time you are planning for each other. If you have a certain look or theme in mind then type that into the search engines to help you narrow down the possibilities.

If you need something in addition such as you want a certain bottle of wine or an arrangement of flowers in the room when you arrive contact them directly. Most of the bed & breakfast businesses owners are very willing to do these types of favors for you. If you call one and they don’t do these type of special favors, then consider staying at one that will. Of course you can’t leave such requests for the last minute and then expect them to do it so plan ahead.

There are many great reasons why you may want to spend some time with the one you love. It may be your anniversary or to celebrate a special time in your lives. However, you don’t need to have anything in particular going on to decide to get away like this. Be spontaneous and show each other you are still valued and very special to each other even with all the other commitments that have taken place in your lives.

Take some time to really nurture yourself and your partner by getting away. Booking a stay at a great bed & breakfast can help you get connected again in a way that you haven’t for some time. Get away from your daily responsibilities and really focus on each other. You will find that everything else is still there waiting when you return. Yet these short get always can do wonders for your mood and for your relationship.

Practically every state bed and breakfast association has a website these days.  Most are filled with photos and interesting facts about the member inns.  The Iowa Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Association even has a special travel links page where visitors can find links to just about every other state association in the USA, here is a link to that page: http://www.iabedandbreakfast.com/travel_links.htm.

Author Interview

Author Amelia Painter Talk of the Town, a popular weekly television program in Spencer, Iowa, recently interviewed author Amelia Painter about her book titled Opening and Operating a Bed & Breakfast in the 21st Century: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Inn Keeping Success with Professional Online Marketing Strategies The video below discusses the Second Edition of the book and viewers will learn more about the author and her partnership with Iowa Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Association based in Spencer, IA. The first edition was published in 2006 and this 2nd edition came out in late 2007.

This outstanding B&B guidebook’s most valuable chapters take the reader on a step-by-step tutorial that will help them understand the internet better and they’ll learn internet marketing techniques from a proven professional.