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What is a bed and breakfast?

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to stay at a bed and breakfast, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about what to expect.  A typical bed and breakfast has between four and eleven rooms making it a more personal overnight stay versus a larger hotel chain.  With a majority of innkeepers living on site, they are there to attend to every need and make sure your stay is as pleasant as possible.  Bed and breakfasts also make the perfect spot for intimate weddings or family reunions.

The history of the bed and breakfast dates back to Colonial America when people opened up their homes to travelers.  It was only when cars and trains became more prominent that hotels became more common.  A current bed and breakfast, or B&B, is often a private residence and is frequently a historic property.  The number of bed and breakfasts increased throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s with renovations being done to the properties to take them from a house with a shared bathroom to guest rooms with private baths and luxurious amenities.  Many of these historic mansions are decorated with antiques and original paintings to create a historical ambiance.

Most people looking to stay at a bed and breakfast have concerns about having their own private bathroom.  97% of bed and breakfasts give guests a private bath most with amenities like a whirlpool bathtub or spa shower.  And just like staying at a hotel, each room provides a television and has wireless internet access.  The common areas for guests at these bed and breakfasts usually include a den, dining room and outdoor space to relax during the stay.

Forget the continental breakfast.  Bed and breakfasts offer a full breakfast served daily in the dining room.  Arsenic and Old Lace bed and breakfast in Eureka Springs Arkansas serves a gourmet three course breakfast.  The meal begins with fresh fruit followed by homemade baked breads including muffins and scones.  A savory or sweet course follows with meat and side dish to accompany.  Freshly squeezed juices, hot tea and coffee are also offered at breakfast and throughout the day.  The innkeepers also provide homemade items like brownies or cookies to snack on when returning to the inn after a day out on the town.  Breakfast is the only meal served at a bed and breakfast but the innkeepers have recommendations for the best spots to dine around town.

Arsenic and Old Lace in Eureka Springs is a Queen Anne Victorian style bed and breakfast mansion.  They offer five guest rooms each complete with private bathroom.  All guest rooms include a seasonal fireplace to create a relaxing environment and the perfect spot to end a long day.  Private off street parking is available and the location is within walking distance to the Historic District of downtown.  Arsenic and Old Lace is even pet friendly so no need to leave your furry friends at home.  Innkeepers Beverly and Doug Breitling even offer extras like chocolates or champagne to make that romantic weekend away extra special.  For more information about staying at Arsenic and Old Lace and the rooms available for your stay, visit their website at https://eurekaspringsromancebb.com/.

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