American Historic Inns and iLoveInns.com Welcomes Europeans
Euros & American Bed & Breakfasts–a Winning Combination
By Shirley Anitra Swagerty
Forbes.com recently ran an article by Melinda Peer in which she said: “With exchange rates tipped in their favor, international tourists are flying to the USA.” Bed and breakfasts across America cater to European travelers. Many multi-lingual innkeepers list the languages they speak in the ILoveInns.com award-winning online directory under “Services and Amenities.” Bed and breakfast inns provide an affordable, clean and comfortable home away from home, along with a fabulous breakfast and personalized attention that innkeepers provide day in and day out.
Triple Pleasure: Mountains, Beach & Farm
The Howard Creek Ranch Inn, located on the picturesque Mendocino coast of California in Westport, offers 60 acres of farmland as well as sandy beaches and majestic mountains. Innkeeper Sally proudly notes theirs is a multi-lingual staff, including Spanish, Italian, Spanish and Russian speakers. She finds that because California is a very large state geographically, her and her husband Charles’ widespread knowledge of the state is appreciated by first-time overseas visitors to their bed and breakfast. Their inn serves only organic and natural foods which are savored by all who visit.
Danish Pastries on the Veranda
Amy and Hans Herberg, owners of the charming Williams Cottage Inn in Beach Haven, New Jersey, speak and understand Norwegian, Danish, Swedish and German. They lived many years in Norway and enjoy sharing a traditional Norwegian Christmas each year. While that is celebrated only once a year, they do regularly serve home-baked European Danish which all of their guests love. This seaside bed and breakfast makes a relaxing getaway for those visiting New York City and the Atlantic breezes are especially delightful when enjoyed from the expansive veranda.
With the exchange rate so favorable, Europeans can indulge in some pampering and fine amenities provided at the Lafayette Inn located in Easton, Pennsylvania. In this delightful 1895 Georgian Mansion, gracious hosts Paolo and Laura speak Italian and often travel to Europe, paying close attention to what overseas visitors would like. They have recently installed an espresso machine and offer a large variety at breakfast to satisfy everyone.
Chef & co-owner Victor at historic Hotel Charlotte in Groveland, California speaks Spanish, his native tongue, as well as Italian, Portuguese and French. Co-owner Lynn says that European guests especially appreciate the large common areas where they can gather to talk, play board games, use the computer or plan the next day’s adventure. The home-away-from-home, warm and welcoming atmosphere, as well as the favorable exchange rates, appeal to long-distance travelers. On the way to Yosemite, on scenic Highway 120, this historic gold rush bed and breakfast is a great choice with 10 rooms with private baths to choose from.
Jazzy New Orleans
Carl Smith of The Burgundy Bed and Breakfast in New Orleans, Louisiana, warmly welcomes guests from around the world. A couple of blocks from the French Quarter, this four-bedroom, aptly named bed and breakfast has a colorful, historic charm along with generous Louisiana hospitality offered in French, German and English languages!
Monika and Jeff, owners/innkeepers at the Chestnut Street Inn speak French and Hungarian. They have traveled extensively throughout Europe and feel confident in providing European travelers with what they want. Located a short drive from Chicago, in Sheffield, Illinois, their 1875 historic landmark inn features a fireplace in the parlor as well as a formal dining room where a gourmet breakfast is served daily.
If you are European, or have ever traveled in Europe, you know that the coffee there is rich and strong and is exactly what Tim and his staff at the Melitta Station Inn in Santa Rosa, California provide for their guests. In addition, he speaks French, German, Dutch and Italian from the many years spent abroad before moving to Sonoma County (aka Wine Country) in California. Relax in one of the six rooms at this renovated inn and linger over a hearty country breakfast in the morning.
Nutella in New York
During your visit to upstate New York you can stay in the Amsterdam Castle and feast on a true European breakfast daily. Innkeeper Susan offers whole grain breads, boiled eggs, French marmalade and of course Nutella. She and/or her husband speak French, German fluently and a smattering of Italian. Feel like royalty in this 50-room spacious castle in Amsterdam, New York, close to Albany and Sarasota Springs and a 3-hour ride from New York City.
Wherever you travel, you can be assured that staying at a bed and breakfast inn will maximize your Euros and enhance your stay. Expect warm and friendly innkeepers, a wealth of insider information they gladly share, the attention to detail they give your accommodations and their care in preparing a tasty and varied daily breakfast.
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