Monday, September 6, 2010

Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns Book Review & Giveaway Plus 1 Free Night Stay!!

~~~THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED~~~



Andrew and I love staying at Bed & Breakfasts. We started staying at B&Bs before we had Ethan and even now we choose them over hotels anyday! If you have never stayed at a B&B you are totally missing out. The ones we have stayed at are always super clean and the owners are really nice. Plus you get a wonderful homecooked breakfast each morning. No instant powdered eggs here! A lot of B&Bs offer treats in the afternoon or evening that you can grab at anytime.

Just because you have kids doesn't mean you still can't stay at a Bed & Breakfast. We have stayed at B&Bs since having Ethan and it was a pleasant experience. All of the ones we have stayed at the rooms are nice and large so the pack'n'play fits nicely into the room.We feel that the rooms are nice and insulated so he does not bother anyone next door to us.

I admit, we have had one bad experience staying at a B&B. One of the worst problems we had with this one B&B was that it didn't have it's own private shower, just a tub. I'm a shower girl and have to wash my hair everyday. I was also 6 1/2 months pregnant and didn't like the thought of leaning over the tub to wash my hair. There was no info on the website that told us that it did not have a shower. If I had used a Bed & Breakfast Directory like iLoveInns.com I wouldn't have had that issue!

About iLoveInns.com!
iLoveInns.com is a wonderful directory of B&Bs and country inns, with more than 19,000 listed! Use the easy Innfinder Search to quickly access inns near your destination. Check out all of the information you need to know about each inn you are considering before booking online. Color photos are available so you know what your room will look like before you decide where to stay. There is a great Advanced Search option that you can use to specify inns with certain accommodations. You can also learn about bed & breakfast hot spots across the country. And also find out where the top inns are, including iLoveInns.com famous picks for the Top 10 Most Romantic Inns.

The Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns book is a compliment to the iLoveInns.com website. This is a handy guide featuring nearly 1,000 inns. The inns in the book plus 400 more listed online participate in the One Free Night Certificate that is included with each book. The book lists the B&Bs by state and county. Under each inn, information is included about the time period the inn was constructed and about the accommodations. I love the ease of the book. It is nice to have something at my fingertips that I can look at anytime. Plus the certificate will save you $100-$450 on your stay! We are planning a trip this fall when we will use our One Free Night Certificate and I will be sure to blog about it. 

Buy It! You can purchase the Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns book at iLoveInns.com for $10! This is a blow out sale until the books are sold out!

WIN IT! iLoveInns.com is giving away one copy of the Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns book to 4 Take Time to Smell the Rose Readers! This is up to a $450 value each!!
 

You have the chance to enter several entries by the doing the following. Each one counts as 1 entry unless otherwise specified. I am now making it a requirement to follow my blog publicly on Google Friend Connect to enter my giveaways.
  • MANDATORY ENTRY(You also must be following my blog publicly on Google Friend Connect)-counts as 1: AND visit iLoveInns.com and tell me which B&B you would like to use your One Free Night Certificate at if you win. 
    • Subscribe to my blog via email with Feedburner (on right side bar).
    • Blog about my giveaway before Sept 15th, linking back to this giveaway. Leave the URL where you blogged.
        • Grab my  Take Time to Smell the Rose button. Leave URL where it is posted.
        • Grab my Take Time to Share Your Giveaway Sunday button. Leave URL where it is posted.
            • Follow Smell_the_Rose AND iLoveInns on Twitter AND tweet about this giveaway. After initial "tweet" you may gain an extra entry each day. Limit 1 tweet a day.  Leave URL where you tweeted in your comment. 
            •  'Like' I Love Inns on Facebook and leave a message on their wall that I sent you. 3 entries!
            • Tell me about a B&B stay you've had. 

                                    Please copy and paste this for your tweets: 


                                    Win a 1 Night Free Stay at a B&B from @iLoveInns and @Smell_the_Rose. Up to $450 Value. 4 winners! #giveaway http://tiny.cc/iLoveInns

                                    **Leave your email on each comment. You must do this in order to win!**

                                    Giveaway ends Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 9:00 p.m.(CST) Winner will be drawn by the random number generator at Random.org and will be notified by email. Winner will also be announced on this blog. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.

                                    This giveaway is open to USA residents ONLY . Must be 18 years old or older to win.

                                    The thoughts and opinions expressed on my blog are my own and are not swayed by any monetary or product compensation. I received a complimentary copy of Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns from iLoveInns.com and no other compensation was received. 
                                     
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                                    117 comments:

                                    Kim said...

                                    I follow u and I'd love here - Gastonian - Savannah, GA

                                    Kim said...

                                    email subscriber

                                    gracefuldesignscards.com said...

                                    Im a follower an idea for using my certificate would be the butler house near Niagara Falls.

                                    gracefuldesignscards.com said...

                                    I'm an email subscriber.

                                    gdesignsATwildblue.net

                                    Romapr said...

                                    I follow you and I would like to use it in The Lockhart Inn. Very cool :)

                                    romapup at gmail dot com

                                    Romapr said...

                                    Subscriber to your blog via email

                                    romapup at gmail dot com

                                    Romapr said...

                                    Following Smell_the_Rose & iLoveInns on Twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/romapr09/status/23880982080


                                    romapup at gmail dot com

                                    Amber said...

                                    I follow your blog with google friend connect and I would so love to spend a night at Petite Auberge in San Francisco!
                                    Thank you for the giveaway :)
                                    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

                                    Amber said...

                                    I subscribe to your blog with feedburner!
                                    Thank you for the giveaway :)
                                    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

                                    Amber said...

                                    I "like" I Love Inns on Facebook (My Facebook name is Amanda Moore) and posted on their wall that you sent me!
                                    Thank you for the giveaway :)
                                    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com
                                    #1

                                    Amber said...

                                    I "like" I Love Inns on Facebook (My Facebook name is Amanda Moore) and posted on their wall that you sent me!
                                    Thank you for the giveaway :)
                                    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com
                                    #2

                                    Amber said...

                                    I "like" I Love Inns on Facebook (My Facebook name is Amanda Moore) and posted on their wall that you sent me!
                                    Thank you for the giveaway :)
                                    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com
                                    #3

                                    Amber said...

                                    I once stayed at quaint B&B in Kentucky and it wasn't too pricey but the hosts were very gracious and helpful and fed us a hearty pancake breakfast!
                                    Thank you for the giveaway :)
                                    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

                                    Amber said...

                                    I follow you both on Twitter (I'm @AmberGoo) and tweeted: http://twitter.com/AmberGoo/status/24015459312

                                    Thank you for the giveaway :)
                                    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

                                    agordon10 said...

                                    The Lily Ponds B&B in Ohio.

                                    Caramel Cutie said...

                                    I follow you GFC. I like the Savannah Beach Inn.

                                    MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

                                    http://www.iloveinns.com/two-meeting-street-inn-id17698.html

                                    saphyress said...

                                    Cheney House in Ashland NH looks lovely

                                    rosannepm said...

                                    Follow on GFC-rosannepm and I'd loveto use it as Asheville North Carolina
                                    rosans4@comcast.net

                                    rosannepm said...

                                    Subscribe by e-mail
                                    roans4@comcast.net

                                    rosannepm said...

                                    Follow Smell the Rose and iLoveInns on Twitter-rosannepm and tweeted: http://twitter.com/rosannepm/status/24125109224
                                    rosans4@comcast.net

                                    rosannepm said...

                                    Like ILove Inns on Facebook and wrote on their wall that you sent me: http://www.facebook.com/pages/iLoveInnscom/152249455592?v=wall&ref=ts
                                    rosans4@comcast.net #1

                                    rosannepm said...

                                    Like ILove Inns on Facebook and wrote on their wall that you sent me: http://www.facebook.com/pages/iLoveInnscom/152249455592?v=wall&ref=ts
                                    rosans4@comcast.net #2

                                    rosannepm said...

                                    Like ILove Inns on Facebook and wrote on their wall that you sent me: http://www.facebook.com/pages/iLoveInnscom/152249455592?v=wall&ref=ts
                                    rosans4@comcast.net #3

                                    rosannepm said...

                                    I stayed at a fantastic Bed and Breakfast in Savannah GA and then went onto one in Tybee Island where they claimed they didn't have a reservation for us! What a hassle. We had to go back to Savannah to stay in a hotel. Found out from Trip Advisor that the woman and her won who owned it were crooks.
                                    rosans4@comcast.net

                                    Jane said...

                                    I follow you publicly on GFC as jcottey. I'd love to stay at 50 Lincoln-Short North in Columbus, Ohio.
                                    jcottey at aol dot com

                                    Jane said...

                                    #1 I 'Liked' I Love Inns on Facebook and left a message on their wall that you sent me.
                                    jcottey at aol dot com

                                    Jane said...

                                    #2 I 'Liked' I Love Inns on Facebook and left a message on their wall that you sent me.
                                    jcottey at aol dot com

                                    Jane said...

                                    #3 I 'liked' I Love Inns on Facebook and left a message on their wall that you sent me.
                                    jcottey at aol dot com

                                    Jane said...

                                    I've never been lucky enough to stay at a B&B, but my best friend has. She raved about the wonderful decor in the guest rooms and the delicious homemade treats!
                                    jcottey at aol dot com

                                    Stephanie Bruce said...

                                    I am a follower of your blog

                                    I would probably stay close to home, and either go to Chapman KS or Council Grove KS.

                                    Tom Mangan said...

                                    Newport, Rhode Island , Spring Lake , NJ or Jim Thorpe, PA (really) appeal to me.

                                    krstrpp said...

                                    Should I be lucky enough to win, I'd love to spend the certificate at the Old Rittenhouse Inn at Bayfield, WI. Thanks for the chance! (krstrpp at hotmail dot com)

                                    misssuzy44 said...

                                    I never have stayed in an Inn Before but would love too for my 30 Anniv in Oct.

                                    misssuzy44 said...

                                    Would love to let my In-laws stay in another Inn they have stayed in one in Eureka Springs, Ar and they have a 50th anniv and we need a Special gift for them

                                    wendy said...

                                    The Queen Victoria at Cape May is one that I would choose and I follow your blog on GFC as wendy wallach

                                    madamerkf at aol dot com

                                    wendy said...

                                    Liked them on facebook and let them know that I sent you! #1

                                    wendy wallach


                                    madamerkf at aol dot com

                                    wendy said...

                                    Liked them on facebook and let them know that I sent you! #2

                                    wendy wallach


                                    madamerkf at aol dot com

                                    wendy said...

                                    Liked them on facebook and let them know that I sent you! #3

                                    wendy wallach


                                    madamerkf at aol dot com

                                    Shooting Stars Mag said...

                                    i follow and I would probably pick the Cincinnati's Weller Haus

                                    lauren51990 at aol dot com

                                    Shooting Stars Mag said...

                                    i stayed in a b&b once in texas. it was for my aunt's wedding. it was really nice and cute. she got married in the main area of the place.

                                    lauren51990 at aol dot com

                                    BestyG said...

                                    I follow and would love to stay with hubby at the sunlight mountain Inn in Glenwood, CO. Thanks for the chance!
                                    BetsyLGreene@yahoo.com

                                    BestyG said...

                                    I subscribe! BetsyLGreene@yahoo.com

                                    Jen M said...

                                    I would love to use it at the Verandas in Wilmington, NC. Beautiful!

                                    stashingjen @ gmail.com

                                    KowgirlsRule said...

                                    I follow via Google Friend and I would love to stay at Coombs House Inn on St. George Island.

                                    KowgirlsRule said...

                                    I subscribe via email.

                                    Katie S said...

                                    I'm following your blog publicly with GFC and I would LOVE to stay at the Little Italy Inn in San Diego, CA. My husband and I love San Diego and we are hoping to take a trip to California in a few months. This free night would be awesome!

                                    katiekstewart at gmail dot com

                                    Katie S said...

                                    I subscribe to your blog via email with Feedburner

                                    katiekstewart at gmail dot com

                                    Katie S said...

                                    I've grabbed your Take Time to Smell the Rose button

                                    http://ryanandkatiestewart.wordpress.com

                                    katiekstewart at gmail dot com

                                    Katie S said...

                                    I'm following you and iLoveInns on Twitter (@katie0stewart) and Tweeted:
                                    http://twitter.com/katie0stewart/status/24793846163

                                    katiekstewart at gmail dot com

                                    Katie S said...

                                    I Like iLoveInns on Facebook (Katie Farish Stewart) and let them know you sent me #1

                                    katiekstewart at gmail dot com

                                    Katie S said...

                                    I Like iLoveInns on Facebook (Katie Farish Stewart) and let them know you sent me #2

                                    katiekstewart at gmail dot com

                                    Katie S said...

                                    I Like iLoveInns on Facebook (Katie Farish Stewart) and let them know you sent me #3

                                    katiekstewart at gmail dot com

                                    Katie S said...

                                    Daily Tweet
                                    http://twitter.com/katie0stewart/status/24875472220

                                    katiekstewart at gmail dot com

                                    colo08 said...

                                    http://twitter.com/colo09 did the twitter thing. had a great weekend at a B&B with my wife...

                                    colo08 said...

                                    follow blog on google colo08

                                    Katie S said...

                                    Tweet
                                    https://twitter.com/katie0stewart/status/24993288623

                                    katiekstewart at gmail dot com

                                    Katie S said...

                                    Tweet
                                    https://twitter.com/katie0stewart/status/25055098316

                                    katiekstewart at gmail dot com

                                    Your Cooking Guinea Pig said...

                                    I now follow your blog.

                                    kmscott@juno.com

                                    Your Cooking Guinea Pig said...

                                    I would love to get spend the night at the Primrose Inn at Bar Harbor, Maine!

                                    kmscott@juno.com

                                    sjt42075 said...

                                    i am a follower and i would like to stay at the The Oscar Swan Country Inn in geneva,il
                                    stracey2010@live.com

                                    susan said...

                                    I would love to go to ocean city new jersy bed and breakfast, Brown's Nostalgia . suelee1998 @ gmail.com

                                    christigpa said...

                                    GFC follower and I'd like to take my Ethan and Jacob (and DH) to The Australian Walkabout Inn - Lancaster, PA.

                                    christigpa at gmail dot com

                                    Roxy said...

                                    follower and would LOVE to stay at the Lang House in Burlington Vt!

                                    hockiemack at hotmail.com

                                    saturdaynightfever said...

                                    I am a follower; the Margarita European Inn in Evanston, Illinois!

                                    edgenemmers@gmail.com

                                    Diane52 said...

                                    I follow you via google and the only B& B we stayed in was on our honeymoon on the east coast. Would love to stay in one in Sagatuck, MI
                                    Diane Baum
                                    esldiane@gmail.com

                                    paula michele said...

                                    I'm a follower. I would pick Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head, NC.

                                    hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

                                    Melissa said...

                                    I follow on GFC (Melissa O.) and would love to stay at the Primrose Inn in Bar Harbor, ME. I went to college in Bar Harbor and would love to show my husband where I lived for those years!

                                    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

                                    Melissa said...

                                    I am also an email subscriber.

                                    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

                                    Jinxy and Me said...

                                    I would like to stay at A.G. Thomson House - Duluth, MN.

                                    I'm following your blog in Google Friend Connect.

                                    nesta 67 {at} live dot com

                                    Jinxy and Me said...

                                    I like them on Facebook and wrote on their wall. (Chrysa D) #1

                                    Jinxy and Me said...

                                    I like them on Facebook and wrote on their wall. (Chrysa D) #2

                                    Jinxy and Me said...

                                    I like them on Facebook and wrote on their wall. (Chrysa D) #3

                                    Jinxy and Me said...

                                    tweet http://twitter.com/LuckyJinxy/status/25180265730

                                    Jinxy and Me said...

                                    I stayed at an awesome B&B in Montreal - great hosts and great food!

                                    freeandfantastic said...

                                    ny gisels in nyc
                                    gislewis at gmail dot com

                                    freeandfantastic said...

                                    this will my 1st stay at a b&b
                                    gislewis at gmail dot com

                                    Jayfr said...

                                    I'm a follower. I would like to try the Farmers Guest House in Galena, IL. Looks nice.

                                    skytoucher said...

                                    I would look for one in the Baltimore of Washington, DC, area since I need to go out there for medical reasons.

                                    intime said...

                                    follow GFC and would use the cert on Lovelace Manor - Lancaster, PA intime@myself.com

                                    intime said...

                                    ssbcribe via ffedburner intime@myself.com

                                    intime said...

                                    FB post http://www.facebook.com/pages/iLoveInnscom/152249455592?v=wall&ref=ts#!/pages/iLoveInnscom/152249455592?v=wall&story_fbid=10150289345990593&ref=mf

                                    intime said...

                                    I stayed a a B&B in Marlbouragh Mass. WIt was a cape cod style home on the 3rd floor breakfast was oatmeal pancakes and oh so good intime@myself.com

                                    dvice said...

                                    I follow. I like Flowers & Thyme B&B - Lancaster, PA

                                    Hotsnotty2 said...

                                    I would love to stay at the Celie's Waterfront Inn - Baltimore, MD, thanks!

                                    Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

                                    Smarti said...

                                    gfc- smarti
                                    hotel 309 ny
                                    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

                                    Smarti said...

                                    i once stayed at a b&b in barbados. It was great!

                                    Smarti said...

                                    email subscriber
                                    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

                                    Smarti said...

                                    follow both as @rsmc1 and tweeted
                                    http://twitter.com/rsmc1/status/25224140654
                                    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

                                    Smarti said...

                                    liked on fb and said you sent me
                                    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

                                    http://www.facebook.com/pages/iLoveInnscom/152249455592?v=wall&story_fbid=10150289552050593&ref=mf

                                    freeandfantastic said...

                                    email subscriber
                                    gislewis at gmail dot com

                                    ps- forgot to mention that i already follow in gfc as gis in my mandatory

                                    freeandfantastic said...

                                    i follow both as @udelled and tweet
                                    http://twitter.com/Udelled/status/25224693365
                                    gislewis at gmail dot com

                                    Smarti said...

                                    liked on fb- left meaasge- ria clarke 2
                                    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

                                    Smarti said...

                                    liked on fb- left message on wall 3
                                    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

                                    Annette D said...

                                    I would love to visit A Place In Time - Fredericksburg, TX!
                                    Thanks for the chance!
                                    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

                                    Annette D said...

                                    I am following both on twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/annedoggett/status/25229427881
                                    (also following via GFC, forgot to add to previous comment)
                                    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

                                    Annette D said...

                                    Got your button! http://abdoggett1.blogspot.com/
                                    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

                                    Teresa Choplin said...

                                    I follow via GFC
                                    I'd love to stay at The White House - Ducktown, TN
                                    Tchoplin2009@gmail.com

                                    Renee said...

                                    I follow and would use it at Beach Hut - San Diego, CA
                                    mightynaynay(at)cs.com

                                    Mickey said...

                                    I would like to use it at the Graystone Inn - Wilmington, NC

                                    mickeycoutts at yahoo dot com

                                    Mickey said...

                                    Subscribe via e-mail.

                                    mickeycoutts at yahood dot com

                                    Mickey said...

                                    Following Smell the Rose and iLoveInns on twitter - mickeycoutts

                                    Tweet -
                                    http://twitter.com/mickeycoutts/status/25250518068

                                    mickeycoutts at yahoo dot com

                                    Mickey said...

                                    Like iLoveInns on facebook - Mickey Coutts #1

                                    mickeycoutts at yahoo dot com

                                    Mickey said...

                                    Like iLoveInns on facebook - Mickey Coutts #2

                                    mickeycoutts at yahoo dot com

                                    Mickey said...

                                    Like iLoveInns on facebook - Mickey Coutts #3

                                    mickeycoutts at yahoo dot com

                                    Mickey said...

                                    On our wedding night, before leaving for our honeymoon the next day, my husband and I stayed in a gorgeous old house in NC. It was the coolest place I've ever stayed, with neat little rooms and a strange floorplan. We started staying there every anniversary until the owner argued with us over DVD rental prices (his room menu wasn't updated and he wanted an extra $0.50 per movie). He lost 6- year-repeat-customers at a $270 per night B&B over about $3.

                                    mickeycoutts at yahoo dot com

                                    dctm said...

                                    I would love to stay at the Lake Guntersville B&B in Alabama

                                    Christie C
                                    dctm at bellsouth dot net

                                    Heather said...

                                    I follow via gfc as /\Heather/\
                                    I'd love to visit the Mansion at Judges' Hill in Austin. Thanks!

                                    purango said...

                                    I follow. I would like to use it at the Stovall House in Helen, GA. garrettsambo@aol.com

                                    twifanheather said...

                                    Following your blog! I would love to stay at Blueberry Ridge B&B in Marquette, MI!
                                    hsemonick at gmail dot com

                                    twifanheather said...

                                    I 'Like' I Love Inns on Facebook! #1
                                    hsemonick at gmail dot com

                                    twifanheather said...

                                    I 'Like' I Love Inns on Facebook! #2
                                    hsemonick at gmail dot com

                                    twifanheather said...

                                    I 'Like' I Love Inns on Facebook! #3
                                    hsemonick at gmail dot com

                                    lisalila said...

                                    I would like to stay at the Sweet Dreams Luxury Inn, located in British Columbia.


                                    Lisa

                                    greengirl@mail2web.com

                                    lisalila said...

                                    I blogged about your giveaway @sunsetstarlet

                                    lisalila said...

                                    I follow your blog on Google Friend Connect.

                                    greengirl@mail2web.com

                                    Gianna said...

                                    I'm a GFC follower.
                                    Kinni Creek Lodge & Outfitters in River Falls.. :)

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