at a bed and breakfast inn offers an experience
well beyond your typical travel accommodation. A
night's accommodation at a bed and breakfast provides
you with the extra added value frequently sought
by travelers as they seek a holiday accommodation
or a family vacation accommodation. If you have
not yet had the pleasure of spending the night in
a B&B, allow us to offer a few comments on how
the guests and innkeepers might expect to interact
with one another for the best possible overnight
accommodation experience. We look forward to hosting
you and your family on your next trip to North Carolina!
do you choose the B&B that is right for you?
Ask the innkeeper questions before you decide. All
innkeepers will gladly answer your questions by
phone and send you their own brochure.
there resident pets? Dogs and cats are not uncommon.
- Bed size? Can you only sleep on a queen, or need
- Are non-smoking (or smoking) rooms available? Does
the B&B have a smoke free environment?
- Are reservations required in advance?
- What are the Inn policies regarding: Cancellation,
breakfast, check-in/check-out times, room payment,
guest pets, minimum stay?
Some NCBBI Members are NOT open year 'round. Rates
may vary by season or change without notice. Please
consult the B&B of your choice in advance.
Carolina Bed and Breakfast Association Etiquette
and Breakfasts are as delightfully different from
one another as the innkeepers who own and operate
them. However, each B&B offers accommodations
and a very special brand of hospitality. You will
enjoy and relish different surroundings in every
B&B you visit. Whether you are traveling for
business or leisure, try it once and you'll realize
that it is a very pleasant alternative from the
cookie cutter layout of today's motels and hotels.
These differences may pose questions for B&B
guests. Do you need a reservation? What's for breakfast?
What is appropriate behavior? We have tried to provide
some brief and simple answers, for those of you
who are too shy to ask.
is a good idea to call in advance to be sure a room
is available. Advance deposits are often required;
and cancellation policies vary, so be sure to ask
when you call. In addition, advise your innkeeper
if children or young adults will be accompanying
you. Special arrangements may be necessary.
is standard practice to include breakfast at no
additional cost. It is usually offered one of three
ways: Continental: rolls, muffins, or coffee cake,
coffee or tea and juice; Continental Plus: extras
are added to the standard Continental breakfast
like cereal or fruit; Full: often includes many
of the above items and one or more hot items. Some
B&Bs serve you at the table, some offer breakfast
buffet-style, and others may offer breakfast in
do I act at a North Carolina B&B?
is the key. Mutual respect is the mode of operation
between the innkeeper and guests as well as between
the guests themselves. Guests are usually informed
either verbally or in writing (a letter posted in
your guest room or elsewhere), of policies which
the innkeeper asks that guests honor. They are established
to help guests become comfortable and familiarize
themselves with how things work at each B&B.
The rule of thumb: When in doubt, please ask.
your good manners when you visit a North Carolina
A B&B is not an appropriate place for a noisy
party. You will find that many B&Bs on our Association
listing have a no smoking policy. If you have arranged
to check-in at a specific time, please do so, or
call ahead to arrange an earlier or later arrival.
When coming and going from the inn in the evening,
be mindful of the fact that sounds carry easily. If you stay at a B&B in which you share a bath,
it should be left the way YOU would like to find
it. Staying at a B&B on the North Carolina Association
listing is a wonderful experience and great fun.
Read the rules, ask a few questions and you'll soon
feel at home. During your stay you will meet new
friends, enjoy exceptional hospitality, and learn
all there is to know about the local area. You are
sure to love it so much that you will soon become
a regular B&B traveler.