Tax Time Isn’t All Bad When You Can Travel

With tax day approaching soon, what are planning to do with your tax return? We know about all the bills and other expenses we all incur during the year that we use our tax return for but maybe we need a couple of days away or a weekend to let our loved ones know how wonderful they have been this year. There are so many Bed and Breakfast Inns that offer great midweek specials that are not so expensive that it will break your bank account.

Accommodations at Bed and Breakfast Inns are almost always beautifully decorated, cozy and comfortable and many offer afternoon teas, event packages, dining, business conferences and for the really daring, with a significant other, maybe a wedding or vow renewal ceremony all at affordable rates. Enjoy a massage and spa day, golf nearby with your partner or if you’re alone, let your Innkeeper know you would like to enjoy meeting new friends. If you just want to visit to be alone, many B&B/Inns have great libraries full of movies and books for your enjoyment. It does not matter where you live; tax time is here and we do hope you have or will be receiving a nice sum to allow you to enjoy yourself. A day or two of rest and relaxation to be pampered is a gift to yourself. Visit our www.BedandBreakfastNetwork.com and you will find yourself knowing that this is the perfect way to relax and enjoy all that work you did last year.

The Aardvark Team

Keeping your website up to date

It is incredibly important to have your website redesigned/updated on a regular basis so your site will not become outdated but there are many other reasons. SEO (search engine optimization) is a constant and you have to stay current or you will lose your position against your competitors in this market. New content should be a primary focus on your redesign. Stale content is not good for anyone.

Make your new web site unique and consider adding a blog that feeds to RSS and social network sharing buttons on all pages. Landing pages with important keyword phrases are another must. Make sure that your new web site has a call to action so visitors don’t have to hunt down a way to give you their busines.

Make your web site about what your clients or guests will want, not about you. Write about who will be using your services, what makes you unique and how this can benefit your guests or customers. Do not copy your competitors website as this can hurt your position in the search engines.

Knowing that your web site looks great is not the answer; it is all in how it works and how you communicate your information to guests and customers. Not redesigning your website for many years and having duplicate content is worthless. The search engines now work harder than ever to filter out what is irrelevant, stolen or black hat marketing tactics and will ultimately ignore or blacklist your website.

SEO has changed a lot recently. Giving your guests a reason to move through your website will decrease your bounce rate and keep them going deeper into your website. Have your web master check for broken images. A professional web site is what you should be going for and your web master can provide that for you. Keep your blog up to date. Submit a new idea once a week or at least twice a month. Make your content interesting and improve navigation. Your designer will ask for a lot of content so please try to provide as much as you can. The designer will know when to use information pages. Please understand a professional designer knows how to enhance photos and organize your information.

Top 10 Tips for Innkeepers/Owners Selling Your Bed and Breakfast Inn

Only being 30 days into 2013, we’ve already seen a lot of bed and breakfast inns change ownership and go up for sale. With all of this ownership change, we have seen what helps a B&B to sell right away and what causes them to stay on the market for a while. We want to pass these tips along to you to help you get your B&B sold so you can move on to the next stage in your life.

  1. A fresh coat of paint is a must. Bright bold colors are not as attractive to the buyer who are looking to purchase your property as natural colored walls.
  2. Make sure the bathrooms are not just clean but immaculate and freshly painted. If mold is an issue, spray the surfaces with one part water and one part bleach and the mold will be gone. Shower doors must be clean and can be scrubbed with one part muriatic acid and 10 parts of water. They will be sparkling clean now. If the vanity is old, replace it with a new, updated sink. New towels and accessories are a must.
  3. Pack away any photos or personal items. This is important because the buyer wants to imagine themselves in your bed and breakfast inn with their own ideas for decorations. It will also make your B&B/inn look larger.  There is nothing more that will deter a potential buyer than a cluttered property. You may even consider renting new furniture to make your B&B/inn look better.
  4. If you have squeaky doors, make sure they are oiled. If the front door squeaks when your potential buyer comes up, that may be the only thing they remember from their visit. You want everything to be perfect.
  5. Shampoo your carpet, buff your hardwood and treat your tile grout. Flooring will be one of the first things your potential buyer looks at when they walk in the front door. After all, they have to look where they’re stepping when they walk in. Black grout joints that obviously should be white will tell your buyer that cleanliness is not number one on your priorities list. You want your floor to sparkle or in the case of carpet, look like its brand new with a few shampoos from a rented carpet cleaner or by a professional carpet cleaning crew.
  6. Make sure that your furniture and bedding matches and has that “new look”. Make sure the master bedroom is designed for both sexes and the bedding and decorations reflect its gender neutrality. New bedding and sheets can really perk up the look of a bedroom. This goes the same for your living/family room. If needed, buy covers for your sofas.
  7. Make sure there is plenty of light turned on when your potential buyer visits and make sure everything is spotless. This lets the potential buyers know you have kept your B&B/inn in a condition that they will want to purchase it as-is. If you need to replace old light fixtures, you can find them at any hardware store.
  8. What about the outside look of your B&B/Inn? Cleaning your windows, pressure washing the outside walls and walkways, replacing plants that are not thriving, fixing loose brick or stones, trimming trees and adding new potted plants can make a world of difference when your potential buyer drives up and walks to your front door. Don’t send them running for the hills with an unkept lawn and dead shrubs.
  9. Make sure you or your realtor advertises in as many online bed and breakfast inn directory websites as possible. The exposure you get from listing your property on sites like www.InnsForSale.com can be the difference in whether or not you sell your property. From our experience, the potential buyer may have seen your property on one site and then found you again on another site. Having your B&B on multiple resources can help keep your property on the front of a buyers mind. And be sure that these websites have professional looking photos on them. No matter how beautiful your bedrooms might be, a scan of a polaroid picture with a timestamp from 1999 on it does not show professionalism and can be enough to have your inn passed right over by a potential buyer.
  10. So in short, remember: sparkling clean, new paint, definitely no clutter and if need be, call a professional staging company to help you.

For more tips or with help on selling your bed and breakfast inn, visit our B&B/inn sales directory at www.InnsForSale.com.

We wish you much success with the sale of your property.

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Country Cabin Manor in Alfred Station, New York For Sale

Country Cabin Manor Alfred Station New York is a great opportunity. A log home set in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. 4,000 square feet of guestrooms with vaulted ceilings and skylights, private baths with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, dining room and maintenance free deck. Turn key with furnishing included. B&B has been in business for 10 years. Located near golf courses, antique shops, and only an hour from Corning Glass Museum and Finger Lakes wineries. Two local collages close by and this is the only Bed and Breakfast in the immediate area. Affordable priced and negotiable.

Honeymoons, wedding and receptions at honeymoonbb.com

Do you own a Bed and Breakfast Inn and offer Weddings, receptions and ceremonies? Do you have an elegant or charming room for intimate or larger ceremonies or beautiful garden or seaside backdrop?

www.Honeymoonbb.com is the perfect venue to advertise what you offer for this very special day. Helping your guest to plan this spectacular event from low cost to a lavish ceremony is stressful but rewarding. Many of your guest will need your help with vow renewals, anniversaries, elopements and may need your honeymoon suite.

They may need you to take care of everything and be their total coordinator. There may be only the two involved the bride and groom or there could be 200 or more guests. Catered meals, flowers and extras that the party will need. Do you have an on-site justice of the peace. How many rooms can you accommodate for the wedding party and guests or do you have access to other B&B’s who will help accommodate the extra guests.

This lavish ceremony is one that will be one that guests will remember forever and we hope they will return again and again as your guests. Remember word of mouth is one that will bring guest back to you.

Now that it is winter you will have a lot to offer right at your Bed and Breakfast. We know your staff will want to make this a most memorable time. We hope you will advertise on www.Honeymoonbb.com.

– The Aardvark Team

Top 11 Tips For Selling An Inn

Several things we wanted to point out that you need to include in the description of your Bed and Breakfast Inn for Sale:

1. How lovingly you have maintained the property and tended to the B&BInn when necessary maintenance has been needed.

2. How beautifully decorated and spacious the rooms are.

3. If your landscaping is visually beautiful and inspiring for relaxation or meditation include this.

4. If you have remodeled or redecorated recently make sure you let your potential buyer know.

5. Make sure you include if rooms all have their own bath and mention how many rooms at least twice.

6. Pool. Make sure you include it is sparkling the pool and how well it has been maintained.

7. If you near the water include the comment fabulous water views.

8. Located in a prestigious location another positive mention this or if it is located in the country mentions how beautiful the mountains are and include some of the activities.

9. If your B&B/Inn is perfect for weddings, events and other entertaining this is another positive.

10. Restaurant or gourmet evening dining, afternoon teas or social activities on the weekends.

11. Be sure to mention activities at your B&B/Inn and in the area that are fun and exciting.

Wanted to mention a couple of things to include in your ad just in case you may have forgotten.

Preparing For Thanksgiving – The Dinner Edition

In the next few weeks we will be bring you new recipes and things to do to prepare for the your big Thanksgiving Dinner.

1. How many guest can you accommodate at your home or are you going to go to a restaurant, Bed and Breakfast Inn, Country Inn. Who is going to help pay for this exciting day. You or are your guests going to bring food, desserts, decorations, maybe even some games to keep everyone occupied while all the cooking and preparing.

2. First lets get down to the list of folks you really want to be with. Make a list of how many will fit at your table and are all those folks compatible. Mom, dad, aunt matilda and uncle Harold, best friends. If you can with all your heart be sure to invite someone or a couple you know will be alone and you know this will bring them great joy. Make sure your seating arrangement is set so that those sitting next to each other will really get to know each other better and this is such a special occasion.

3. You will be not only making the turkey but have plenty of mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, stuffing rolls, pie, cake, cookies and below you will find my favorite a recipe for Bread Pudding compliments of the beautiful Corner Cottage, Fredericksburg TX makes.

4. Ask everyone you do invite to bring a couple of containers to bring some left overs home.

5. If you have everyone to your home make sure they help with the cleaning up because this is one time you too would like to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner and rest and relax at the end of the day with a lovely glass of wine and good conversation.

6. If you decide to eat out get with your Innkeeper, host of your favorite restaurant and still plan who will you will be having dinner with. The time, who will be sitting next to whom. Are you going to stay over at the Bed and Breakfast Inn and what the plan will be for the next day. Remember Turkey will make you want to relax and if your having wine be sure no go right out and drive. Keep and eye on the elderly specially if they are in a new environment and you do not want any mishaps. This is just one of several articles we are planning to bring you over the holidays.

– The Aardvark Team

Bread Pudding from Corner Cottage a Traditional Bed and Breakfast Fredericksburg TX
www.fredericksburgcornercottage.com

3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 cups Half and Half
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
8 ounces stale French bread, cut into 2 inch cubes
1 15 ounce can of peaches, cut into bite sized pieces

Beat sugar, eggs and Half and Half. Add all the remaining ingredients. Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator overnight. Spray a 9×9 pan with nonstick spray. Pour mixture into pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes, until golden. Serve with Amaretto Sauce (recipe follows).

1 stick of butter
1/2 cup Half and Half
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Amaretto

Cook all ingredients except Amaretto until mixture thickens. Add Amaretto at the last. Drizzle over bread pudding.

Please check our www.InnRecipes.com for some of the most delicious gourmet cooking on the internet. They have been provided by our Bed and Breakfast Inns so you know they have been well tested by guests who have given them rave reviews. Enjoy.