Making Travel With Kids Easy and Pleasant

Strange beds and the excitement of experiencing a new space can make hotel lodging a little hectic when it comes to traveling with children. It's a good idea to make a few preparations before traveling to ensure order and relaxation when you get to your hotel, as opposed to stress and mayhem. Bringing along a special lodging bag full of entertainment, snacks that encourage relaxation, and a few other amenities can make a big difference in how well your children behave while spending time in the hotel room. This blog is designed to offer parents useful tips and tricks for traveling with kids, and for making the most out of lodging no matter what accommodations may be available.

Questions To Ask Bed And Breakfast Inn Owners Before Booking Your Stay


When you're going on a summer vacation, if you're looking for something a little different in the way of accommodations, a bed and breakfast inn may be perfect. Each inn has its own look and style, but asking the questions below can help you learn more about almost any bed and breakfast establishment.

What Should You Do if You'll Be Checking in Late?

Unlike hotels, the people checking you into the bed and breakfast inn are likely to be the owners. Therefore, when they are not expecting guests, they may be out at the store, doing work in the backyard or cleaning rooms for other guests. That's important to check-in at the agreed upon time; they will be there to welcome you instead of being busy with other tasks. Delays are not uncommon, but if you do plan on getting to the inn later than expected, call to give them a heads up.

Will You Have a Key to the Front Door?

Each inn has their own way of handling access to the inn through the front door. There are still some inns where the owners personally lock the door at a certain time each night. Some inns allow entry through the front door by giving each guest a key, while others use a keypad with a special code that allows people to get in once things have settled down for the night and the owners is asleep or in their own room. Make sure you ask, as you may go out for the evening and come back very late or want to leave early in the morning for a run without disturbing the owners.

Can You Have Breakfast in Your Room?  

A tradition for many bed and breakfast inns is a large breakfast served each day in the dining room for all the guests. At breakfast, you can enjoy a bountiful, home-cooked meal and get to know others staying in the inn. Eating breakfast in your room away from everyone else is not done often, and some inns don't offer that service. Ask just to be sure.

Do You Hire Independent Cleaning Staff?

Generally, tipping is not done at a bed and breakfast inn the way it is done in large hotels; those cleaning the rooms are usually members of the owners' family if not the owners themselves. However, if you know that the inn employs outside workers to clean, you might ask whether it's appropriate to tip them.

A bed and breakfast inn can offer a unique experience when you're on vacation. Ask these questions and others so you can be comfortable and happy with the inn you choose.


16 April 2017