Mothers Day 2013

Mother’s Day has a United States history. The day of celebrating your mother is only a little over a hundred years old. It began in 1908 when a lovely lady named Anna Jarvis began a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” an official holiday in the U.S.

There have been other days honoring mothers since the 1870’s but nothing official. Anna Jarvis trademarked “the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day”. President Woodrow Wilson made the day official by an act of U.S. congress. Other countries adopted this “special day” not on the same date but with their own name and dates, typically falling on a Sunday. There are some great Mother’s Day traditions around the world to check out on the Internet.

Down to the “oh, what am I going to do for my mother on Mother’s Day” and the day is quickly approaching? Check out these lovely B&B’s.

Mother’s Day at the Lady Neptune B&B/Inn in Hampton, Virginia is offering a family special. Cozy comfortable rooms, delicious breakfast and buffet await you.

New England’s Captain Fairfield Inn (a luxury Boutique B&B) in Kennebunkport, Maine offers an absolutely elegant weekend for any occasion. You have to check the amenities, lodging, food, packages and the Keene area. Chef Jed’s prepared breakfast, wine list, and afternoon and evening snacks are a special treat. Choose a Special Package today at the Captain Fairfield luxury Boutique Hotel. Call Alana today at 1 800 322-1928.

The Beacon House in Carolina Beach, North Carolina is offering special Mother’s Day packages. Is mom ready for the beach? Call 910.458.6244.

Mother’s are special and a weekend away may be just the thing to put a smile on her face and to know how much she is appreciated will make you happy too.

Happy Mother’s Day from The Aardvark Team

Happy St. Patricks Day!

St patrick's day banners vectorThere are so may great ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and wish everyone you know health, happiness and success. Many weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries are spent at Bed and Breakfast Inns across the world the weekend before and after March 17th and even though this year St. Patrick’s day falls on a Monday, it is no less special.

Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast in New Orleans welcomes you to partake in their holiday celebration. Saturday, March 16 starts the Tracey’s St. Paddy Day Party in New Orleans, LA. At noon, the Irish Channel Parade begins and on Sunday, the entire afternoon and evening is a great celebration. Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast hosts weddings, anniversaries, reunions, retreats, small meetings and a great St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The guestrooms at Avenue Inn are not only beautifully decorated and comfortable but also affordable. Special packages are available upon request.

St. Patrick’s day In Savannah, Georgia is remembered by a small group of immigrants who marched the streets of Savannah for their own country against political persecution and potato famine. The traditional parade, going on now for over 200 years, has a Grand Marshal, Greening of the Fountain in Forsyth Park, Celtic Cross Mass and so much more. Check Savannah Bed and Breakfast Inn online at www.savannahbnb.com for their St. Patrick’s Day three day Celebration. Call the Savannah Tourist Information Center at 912-644-6400 or consult the official website for St Patrick’s Day at www.savannahsaintpatricksday.com for more of Savannahs best. Don’t forget: Savannah is the home of Paula Deen’s Lady and Sons Restaurant which is worth stopping in to visit while you’re in Georgia.

Wherever you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day will be a wonderful celebration for family, friends and new acquaintances. Great fun, food, singing, dancing and dedication to wonderful St. Patrick’s tradition should be expected. To all the innkeepers, owners and guests of Bed and Breakfast Inns celebrating, Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Aardvark Team.

Happy New Year 2013

We want you to bring in the New Year 2013 with Great Karma. Doing something nice for someone you know or do not know but do not tell them is all part of Great Karma. Thank everyone each day for their help. Let someone ahead of you at the market and don’t fuss about it, donate your time at a charity or give some of your really nice clothes to a less fortunate person (their size), stop by a homeless shelter bring some blankets or clothing, have and extra car your not using, give it to someone to get to work or college believe me I know how much this is appreciated and your not using it anyway. I gave one of mine in good condition and with air conditioning. A year or so later I met the young man who got. He was brought up in a orphanage and he was going to ministry school. I had no idea who would receive the car but I was really happy that he was the one and I did not tell him it was mine. Someone treat you really nice at the department or grocery store. Take a minute and write a special note to the manager and post it in the mail. A note and a quick thank you means a lot to those who have taken the time to be kind to you.
Don’t quibble over the 20% tip at the restaurant believe me my motto is everyone should work as a waiter or waitress at least once in their life to understand how nice or how rude people lives can affect us. Make it a practice to say something nice to someone each day. That compliment could make a change in their lives for the better just by your smile and comment. Seize the moment you will know when you have given the gift of Great Karma. Make the year 20013 the best experience of your life no matter what happens. The power of giving material gifts or just a smile may mean more that you will ever know. Happy 2013 & Great Karma

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.

A B&B Halloween Murder Mystery Weekend

Do you believe in the paranormal, ghosts, goblins, haunting experiences and murders? We are only mentioning this because Halloween is just around the corner. Bed and Breakfast Inns like to celebrate this day because many offer Mystery Weekends. These usually come with dinner, one or two nights at the B&B Inn and the Murder Mystery story which you can participate. It turns out to be a really fun evening with a delicious meal and meeting new friends.

1. Murder Mystery Weekends are interactive live action role-playing games.
2. Bed and Breakfast Inns are decorated to represent the scene of the crime.
3. Costumes are usually involved for the guests to play different characters.
4. When the murder happens, guests try to identify the murderer by evidence, examining clues, and questioning the players.
5. Now the conclusion: which guest is the murderer???
Check www.BedandBreakfastNetwork.com and find the best Bed and Breakfast Inn offering this Halloween treat. You will have the best weekend ever and be talking about it for a long time. You will enjoy visiting a B&B/Inn who offers a Mystery Package Special so much you will want to return again and again.
Have fun…
– The Aardvark Team

New England Fall Foliage

Anytime is the perfect time to visit New England but Fall is really special because of the fall foliage. The colors of the leaves are spectacular.  A drive through Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts or Connecticut will bring memories for the rest of your life. Or revisit or even discover a new area.

1. We have embedded Yankee’s Live Fall Foliage Map for you to track the best foliage of New England

2. Remember to bring warm clothes. The air in New England is getting cooler and you may need that sweater or jacket.

3. A visit to New England with a loved one or good friend will be one of great memories for a life time.

4. Don’t forget your camera and remember there are many websites that have contests for the best photo’s for New England’s  Fall Foliage and you may be the winner.

5. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast or Country Inn. Their rooms are beautiful and their breakfast are family style or gourmet style and ever so delicious. Starting your day with a great breakfast is the smart thing to do. Many Bed and Breakfast Inns offer dinners by reservation so do not forget to make one if staying for several days or a week.

6. Please visit www.BedandBreakfastNetwork.com and find the perfect Inn for your New England destination in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts or Connecticut.

7. We will be here in Florida thinking of what a wonderful time you will be having and hope you will drop us an email about the great time your having.

Use this map to track the fall foliage. We will enjoy hearing from you and will post your comments and or photo’s on our next blog. Wishing you a wonderful Fall Foliage Vacation.

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Labor Day 2012

The first Monday of September we celebrate Labor Day. On September 5, 1882 in New York City the first parade was held and organized by the Knights of Labor. Since then, the first Monday of September has been the day we continue to honor this tradition. It is supposed to be a day of rest, relaxation, picnics, and families spending the day together. A day to thank ordinary workers for all they have done for us throughout the year to keep strength, prosperity and our country safe. We have Grover Cleveland to thank for passing the federal law that made this an official holiday in 1894 with thirty states celebrating this wonderful holiday. In most towns and cities there is plenty to do whether it be great parades, park picnics, barbecues, pool parties and like so many other American holidays, fireworks. If you happen to be at Disney World it will be a great celebration of their very first Great Irish Hooley. There will be dancing in the streets and authentic Irish food and drink. The celebrations in small town America are not much different than in the large cities. A pancake breakfast, visit to antique classic car shows, the wonderful parades, pizza eating contests, grape stomping, delicious bbq’s, a beer identification contest hosted by the Knights of Columbus and peach festivals are just a few of the fun things to do. However you choose to celebrate Labor Day, remember it is the day we celebrate all of the workers in our country who have done so very much for us and if you are an American laborer, we thank you for all you do. Enjoy your day; we all deserve it!