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A Beginner's Guide to Bed and Breakfast Etiquette

Thursday, September 22, 2016

bed and breakfastStaying at a bed and breakfast is a drastically different experience than spending the night at a hotel. As such, owners have different expectations for guest behavior as well. Therefore, it is important that you practice appropriate etiquette when staying at a bed and breakfast. Here are four unwritten rules to keep in mind.

  1. Make special requests ahead of time. There are some things that guests should tell hosts before checking in to the bed and breakfast. For instance, it is important to make the owner aware of any dietary restrictions or food allergies so that they can plan accordingly. Also, if you have physical limitations, check to make sure the room is handicap-accessible.

  2. Adhere to the schedule. As the name suggests, breakfast is a standard feature at a bed and breakfast. It is always nice to wake up to a hearty, home-cooked meal. However, it is important to remember that the kitchen won’t be open 24/7. The innkeeper will likely have specific hours during which she will serve breakfast. Find out when the meal is served and arrive at the dining room during that timeframe.

  3. Be personable. Staying at a bed and breakfast isn’t like staying at a big hotel. Because the inn is rather small, it is a far more intimate experience. You will have the chance to chat with other guests during mealtimes and as you come and go throughout the day. Most bed and breakfasts are located in small communities, like those in Buena Vista, which has a population of less than 5,000. People in the community all know one another, so it is wise to make a good impression during your stay. Of course, if you prefer to enjoy a quiet stay alone or with a loved one, you don’t necessarily have to socialize extensively with other guests. It is your vacation, so it is up to you. Regardless, it is important that you are polite and considerate.

  4. Leave a tip. Bed and breakfasts have limited staff (if they have any at all), so oftentimes, the innkeeper will do all of the cooking and cleaning herself. Leaving a tip is a good way to recognize all of her hard work.

For your next Colorado vacation or sightseeing adventure, check out the bed and breakfast lodging in Buena Vista Colorado. Just make sure you keep these four unwritten rules in mind so that you can make the most out of your stay.

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