Bed and Breakfasts - Romantic and Relaxing

By Martin Vernon   Gazebo Bed and Breakfast

Thankfully the days are long gone when staying at a bed and breakfast entailed sleeping in someone’s spare room with basic amenities and a shared bathroom "down the hall". Hardly romantic!

Good quality B&Bs are perfect for those seeking a romantic retreat: with their intimacy, cosiness, high quality surroundings and quiet friendly atmosphere. Many are in attractive older homes oozing charm, furnished by antiques in lovely décor. You can lazily luxuriate in fine linens on a comfortable bed, soak in a two-person bubbling whirlpool bathtub and enjoy the ambience of a fireplace - just the place for a romantic break.

Planning

Take time in advance to plan your retreat. Use the internet to research bed and breakfast websites (associations as well as individual B&Bs) to find the right amenities and setting at the right price. Some will feature romance packages. Perhaps the trip could be a surprise for your partner.

Stay for more than one night to allow time to unwind and enjoy the locality as well as to relax. If the occasion is special pay a little extra to enjoy the finer things. A bed and breakfast may be less expensive than an equivalent hotel with its full home-cooked breakfast included in the overnight rate.

Activities v non-activities.

Togetherness in a different environment is wonderful therapy. Mix rest and activity, and leave work behind – no laptop, perhaps no cell phone.

Bring special treats like favourite CDs and DVDs, wine, chocolates, bubble bath etc. Do check if candles and massage oil may be used.

Ask your innkeepers for local recommendations including cosy restaurants.

If this is your first bed and breakfast experience it will probably not be your last.

Victoria Features

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