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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Unexpected Benefits (Life in a Small Town)

Having a bed and Breakfast located in a small town has a few benefits.

First of all being located in a small town means that when one travels to your town chances are truly excellent that the visitor will visit your shop or store, frequent our eating establishments and staying with us become for a time, part of our town.

Second, you know all the other shop owners in town so there is almost always someone to watch your store for you.  Fact is you know almost everyone in town  - as well as their grandmothers.

Third, when your town is visited by a State Representative, chances are you will have the opportunity to meet, greet and just set and talk for a while.  This is exactly what happened tonight here in Rogersville, Alabama.

Representative Mo Brooks came to town tonight to hold a Small Town Town - Hall.  Prior to this larger meeting, members of Rogersville Retail (Business) Community had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Representative Brooks about the actual and expected impacts we, as small business owners, are feeling due to ObamaCare among other topics.

A group of 16 or 17 persons representing 5 or 6 small business sat down for dinner at Butler's Restaurant tonight.  The non-scripted round of questions and answers covered a wide array of topics.  If nothing else this exchange left those present with a better understanding of POLITICS at the Federal level.  It also left, I trust, Mo Brooks with a clear grasp of how the backbone of a small town economic community is being impacted by decisions made Washington D.C.  At any rate, this event provided a great face to face between our elected representative and a small slice of the American voting public!

I do not think the voices of our business community would be heard as well if we were just a part of a big city economy.  Like the title of this post suggests - An Unexpected Benefit    


Have a blessed Day.

Betty Maloney
Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast
"A State of Mind, A Place of Grace, A Way of Life*"
* Taken from the book, How to be a Better Southerner by Carolyn Kent.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Myths About Bed & Breakfast Inns

Longing For Home is a Diamond Collection Bed & Breakfast, one of only 400 in the world, 
for which non of the following hold true!!

Myths and Facts about B&Bs


B&Bs lack privacy.
While meeting the many wonderful innkeepers and inngoers are a big reason travelers choose B&Bs, most are also more than accommodating when it comes to guest privacy. With almost all B&Bs offering rooms with private bathrooms and many providing flexible dining hours and private or semi-private dining options, staying in a B&B provides an exceptional experience for guests seeking a relaxing weekend getaway. Guests respect one another’s privacy and innkeepers work hard to provide gracious hospitality and give you as much privacy as you need. Many B&Bs have private entrances, separate cottages or carriage houses, for those want an option to the main house.

B&B means sharing a bathroom with others.
Back in the day, B&Bs were practically defined as places where you could rent out a room quite affordably with shared bathroom facilities. However, today’s modern B&B industry has evolved to where nearly all B&Bs, inns, and boutique hotels offer rooms with private bathrooms. In fact, according to the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, more than 97 percent of B&Bs offer private baths in some, if not all rooms. For those looking to economize on rates, a shared bath option is available in approximately 12 percent of B&Bs.

B&Bs are expensive and don’t offer hotel-like services.
Room rates for B&Bs vary widely, depending upon location, the property itself, and its amenities. B&Bs, however, are attractive to many travelers because of the great value for your dollar including such as free breakfast and other amenities, usually at no extra charge, like refreshments, Internet, onsite parking, afternoon teas, wine and cheese hours, and more. Many B&Bs also offer free Internet, flexible check-in, private pools, spas and spa services, bars, private balconies, luxury soaps/shampoos, high thread count linens, and much more, providing 5-star accommodations and service. Travelers are guaranteed to get these and other amenities at BedandBreakfast.com™ Diamond Collection™ properties, which are professionally inspected and maintain top consumer reviews.

Finally, B&Bs offer a level of personal customer service often unmatched by many other lodging alternatives. Innkeepers serve as not only managers, but as “personal concierges,” offering tips on restaurants, nearby attractions, and info only locals would know.

B&Bs are mostly older inns in rural areas.
Hardly! Many B&Bs are beautiful Victorian homes and/or listed on the National Register of Historic Places (many impeccably restored) – providing unmatched charm and elegance.

At the same time, however, there are ├╝ber-modern inns located in large cities. You can find everything at BedandBreakfast.com – from beachside B&B cottages and quaint mountaintop inns to boutique B&Bs in the wine country and rustic ranch lodges. Many offer spas, restaurants, and other services suited for the local area, such as hiking, horseback riding, or skiing.

Have a blessed Day.

Betty Maloney
Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast
"A State of Mind, A Place of Grace, A Way of Life*"
* Taken from the book, How to be a Better Southerner by Carolyn Kent.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

 It is official!!!!

The Rogersville Bluegrass Festival, by action of the Alabama Legislature, has been deemed the Home of the Alabama Bluegrass Music Championship in banjo, dobro, mandolin and guitar!!! Special thanks to Senator Tammy Irons and House Representative Lynn Greer for helping push thru the resolution. Thanks too, to our own local National Champion banjo player Weston Stewart whose idea a year ago has brought us to this new place. Thanks to Barry Bedingfield who has worked tirelessly to keep things moving along.

We are excitedly planning for the upcoming festival and look forward to what's ahead. Stan Nelson and Hurricane Creek will be performing Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. We welcome all jammers!!!! The bluegrass planning committee is committed to improving our shade tree area for jammers. We plan to turn the volume down and reposition the speakers so the shade tree jammers can pick and jam without the disturbance from the stage.


Have a blessed Day. Betty Maloney
Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast
"A State of Mind, A Place of Grace, A Way of Life*"
* Taken from the book, How to be a Better Southerner by Carolyn Kent.