BedandBreakfast.com Celebrates 20 Years Connecting Travelers with Unique B&Bs, Inns

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BedandBreakfast.com turns 20 -- joining only a handful of Internet domains that came online in 1995, including Yahoo.com, eBay.com, amazon.com, msn.com and nytimes.com.

Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek in Kyle, Texas

"BedandBreakfast.com was among the first lodging companies to get on the Internet, providing a one-stop shop for travelers looking for B&Bs," says Matt Laessig, general manager of BedandBreakfast.com.

BedandBreakfast.com® celebrates 20 years of business in June – outliving many “dot coms” that launched in the 1990s and paving the way for a host of other travel-related websites for travelers.

In 1995, BedandBreakfast.com joined only a small number of other Internet domains that came online at the start of the Internet boom and remain in business today, including Yahoo.com, eBay.com, amazon.com, msn.com and nytimes.com. Now, more than 10,000 B&Bs, representing nearly 75,000 rooms, are listed on BedandBreakfast.com.

“The Internet has been such a powerful force for all industries, but certainly travel has experienced some pretty mind-boggling changes over the past 20 years,” says Matt Laessig, general manager of BedandBreakfast.com.

One of the first lodging options in history, bed and breakfasts continue to offer unique places to stay, personal attention, and above-and-beyond guest services and amenities to today’s travelers who increasing seek local, authentic experiences.

“BedandBreakfast.com was among the first lodging companies to get on the Internet, providing a brand new way for its B&Bs to advertise and promote their businesses, and a one-stop shop for travelers looking for B&Bs,” Laessig says. “Once considered an ‘alternative’ lodging experience, bed and breakfasts are now mainstream and popular among travelers who want special travel experiences.”

Looking ahead to the future of the B&B industry, Laessig says travelers can expect more customized experiences, including personalized itineraries for guests; more experiential B&B stays from hands-on classes to outdoor adventures; continued focus on culinary offerings such as on-premise bars and brewpubs; and more travel technology such as keyless entry, in-room iPads or laptops, and photo/video services.

To commemorate its anniversary, the leading B&B company is featuring 20 B&Bs on BedandBreakfast.com that have been in business for 20 or more years, providing exceptional experiences to guests from around the world. They run the gamut from small B&Bs to larger inns and boutique hotels.

Casa Laguna Inn & Spa, Laguna Beach, Calif. – Casa Laguna was operated as a motel since the 1940s and a B&B since 2000.

Cheshire Cat Inn, Santa Barbara, Calif. – The Cheshire Cat Inn celebrated its 30th anniversary last month, under the same ownership.

Deerfield Inn, Deerfield, Mass. – The Deerfield Inn has been open continuously as a country inn since 1884. Karl Sabo & Jane Howard have been innkeepers at the Deerfield Inn for 28 years.

Provincetown Hotel at Gabriels, Provincetown, Mass. – This year, the Provincetown Hotel celebrates its 37th year in business under the original owner.

Union Street Inn, Nantucket, Mass. – Union Street Inn is in its 21st year of B&B ownership.

Castle in the Country Bed & Breakfast Inn, Allegan, Mich. – Ruth and Herb Boven have offered comfortable Victorian accommodations at the Castle in the Country B&B since 1992.

Andon-Reid Inn, Waynesville, N.C. – Originally constructed in 1902, Andon-Reid Bed and Breakfast Inn is now designated as a Waynesville Inn historic property.

The Swag, Waynesville, N.C. – Founded originally as a Smoky Mountain lodging by innkeeper and owner Deener Matthews in 1982, The Swag Country Inn was originally built as a family home in 1971 by Deener and her husband.

Chesterfield Inn, West Chesterfield, N.H. – Phil and Judy Hueber purchased the Chesterfield Inn in 1987 and have been honored to be known as the Chesterfield Inn innkeepers since then.

Carroll Villa Hotel, Cape May, N.J. – In 2016, the Carroll Villa Hotel will celebrate 40 years as a third-generation business in a 1882 National Landmark hotel.

1825 Inn Bed & Breakfast, Palmyra, Penn. – Built as a private residence farmhouse more than 190 years ago, the B&B has been providing relaxing accommodations for many years.

Noble Inns, San Antonio, Texas – A collection of three B&Bs in the historic King William District of San Antonio, The Noble Inns have all been impeccably restored yet maintain their historic charm.

Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek, Kyle, Texas – The Inn was built as an inn and restaurant in 1994 and has recently undergone a large renovation including a huge new pool deck, a new 14-person spa, a large outdoor fire pit, multiple room remodels, a doubling of the hot water heating capacity and an expansion of 25,000 more gallons of rain water storage.

The Inn at Round Barn Farm, Waitsfield, VT – In operation since June 1990, the Inn at Round Barn Farm is registered in the National Registry of Historic Places.

Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, VT – Brian and Leslie Mulcahy have been innkeepers at this historic B&B since April 1994 and purchased the inn three years later.

The Iris Inn, Waynesboro, Vir. – This purpose-built Virginia retreat that overlooks the Shenandoah Valley from a 12-acre Blue Ridge mountain top opened its doors in 1991.

L’Auberge Provencale Bed & Breakfast, White Post, Vir. - The Inn has been around for over 30 years under the same ownership.

Old Rittenhouse Inn, Bayfield, Wis.—The Old Rittenhouse Inn is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015 and was originally owned and operated by the current innkeepers parents.

Washington House Inn, Cedarburg, Wis. – The inn celebrated its 30th anniversary in September 2014, under the same owner and innkeeper since opening.

Pinehurst Inn, Bayfield, Wis. – A lovely 113-year-old lumber home three miles south of Bayfield, WI, home of the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior, the Pinehurst Inn Main House offers five guest rooms.

Formerly called Inns and Outs, BedandBreakfast.com was founded in mid-1995 as an online directory for B&Bs, providing an affordable way to advertise and promote B&Bs in competition with hotels. The company acquired the “BedandBreakfast.com” url in 1998 and changed its name to match. BedandBreakfast.com was acquired by vacation rental leader HomeAway® in March 2010. Today, BedandBreakfast.com is the world’s #1 directory of professionally run B&Bs and inns, helping travelers find, plan and book bed and breakfasts.

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About BedandBreakfast.com
BedandBreakfast.com, based in Austin, Texas, is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties, with more than 10,000 properties worldwide, representing nearly 75,000 rooms. BedandBreakfast.com helps travelers find and book the ideal B&B or small inn through informative descriptions, photos, and more than 300,000 consumer reviews. BedandBreakfast.com offers convenient gift cards welcomed at more than 4,000 B&Bs in the United States and Canada, with no restrictions or blackout dates. BedandBreakfast.com is owned and operated by HomeAway®, Inc., the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals, representing over one million paid listings of vacation rental homes in 190 countries.

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