Give B&Bs a Chance This Holiday Season: California's Bed & Breakfast Association Busts Some Common Myths

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Top 5 myths -- and truths -- about B&Bs are provided by the California Association of B&Bs. Do you really have to share a bathroom with a complete stranger? Are you forced into a curfew by innkeepers? And, why people are investing more in the B&B experience in today's economy.

I have to eat breakfast at a certain time … with total strangers.

In response to hearing some tired myths about why some travelers are hesitant to stay at B&Bs, the California Association of Bed & Breakfasts (CABBI) today revealed some interesting facts.

Although travel is among the top cited favorite gifts of the season, B&Bs are sometimes ignored due to some common myths.

CABBI, a non-profit association with nearly 300 pre-screened members, is setting the record straight.

Myth #1: "I have to share a bathroom with other guests."

Nearly all of CABBI's member properties have private baths, and more than 100 inns have rooms with a spacious Jacuzzi or spa tubs. For instance, each room in the Packard House Bed & Breakfast in Mendocino features a fireplace and jet tub as well as ocean or village views. Any shared bathrooms are clearly designated - and are perfect for a family looking for two rooms.

Myth #2 "I have to eat breakfast at a certain time … with total strangers."

Technically, the one element that distinguishes a B&B from a hotel is that a "bed and breakfast" offers a fully cooked, warm breakfast on the premises that is included in the room rate. But this doesn't mean you're required to sit in the dining room during a specific hour. Many inns offer in-room service or breakfast at scheduled times. Simply ask! The Casa Laguna Spa and Inn in Laguna Beach is an historic Spanish revival overlooking the Pacific Ocean and invites guests to either dine inside or on the patio set below towering palm trees.

Myth #3 "The beds are creaky, the lampshades are crocheted and there's no perks or amenities."

In addition to traditional B&Bs, CABBI properties include urban inns, modern spaces and boutique hotels with on-site restaurants and spas. San Francisco's retro-chic Laurel Inn is a perfect example. Each inn must first be qualified under CABBI's inspection to ensure cleanliness and up-to-par amenities. Whether you stay in a cottage, cabin, Victorian mansion or urban inn - you often have the same amenities found in large hotel chains … everything except the "large." Many CABBI inns have spas and pools on the premises and offer upscale products as well as special touches you're not likely to find elsewhere. For instance, The Wine Country Inn in St. Helena is set amongst rolling vineyards and offers free shuttle service to local restaurants.

Myth #4 "I have to comply with a curfew set by the innkeepers."

You're not 15 years old living at home with your parents - so we won't treat you as such. Many inns have separate entrances for guests, but even if not, you're provided a key so you can enter as you please. So go ahead and stay out late!

Myth #5 "My dog and/or children are not welcome."

Although you'll still find B&Bs that specialize in offering quiet or romantic settings, many CABBI B&Bs are kid and/or pet friendly. Thanks to the nature of these unique properties, some B&Bs have separate cottages or spaces that make them a preferable option over a high-rise hotel.

Fido will feel right at home at the Carmel Country Inn and dog owners will appreciate the tips on local dog sitters and pet-friendly restaurants. If you're bringing the whole family, there are over 100 options at a CABBI-certified inn - and many B&Bs host kid-friendly activities. The guesthouse at Barney's Rancho Bernardo B&B near Yosemite sleeps up to 6 and includes a studio kitchen, fireplace and pool table.

So think twice before you book at a larger hotel. We think you'll be surprised at today's B&B experience. Want some specific examples? Give us a call!

California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns
Stacy Rollo

Cass Caulfield

Established in 1991, The California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) is the largest tourism organization of its kind in California. We are a non-profit, statewide organization that is wholly dedicated to ensuring the highest quality standards in bed and breakfast accommodations. Currently, CABBI has nearly 300 members.

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