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.

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.

Maine’s York Harbor Inn gearing up for fall

descriptionThe beautiful York Harbor Inn in York Harbor Maine emailed us their spectacular fall foliage Specials. York Harbor Inn is a premier luxury Bed and Breakfast Inn with completely redecorated guest rooms and common area. Linens and furnishings have all been upgraded. The concierge “Innkeeper in Residence” Paul Gagnon of the Chapman Cottage is there to welcome you. Previous guest will receive a great 50% discount. Fall foliage guests who reserve on the Internet will also receive a substantial discount. These are for those who reserve on line only. Thanksgiving at the beautiful York Harbor Inn is having their 32nd year of a bountiful buffet. Roast Turkey, Seafood Newburg, Coffee-Spice sirloin, baked stuffed haddock, three cheese lasagna, oyster cornbread stuffing, praline butternut squash, homemade cranberry sauce, apple crisp, pumpkin pie and the list goes on and on. Thanksgiving dinner is also served in the Ship’s Cellar Pub. Staying at York Harbor Inn enjoy the luxury comfortable rooms with fireplaces and all the amenities you could ask for, jacuzzi spa tubs or ocean view decks. Queen and King beds check the room pages to confirm your specific amenities. A fall Wedding at the romantic York Harbor Inn will be an oceanside function with beautifully decorated rooms and 35 foot cathedral ceilings. Wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners overlooking spectacular views. Ask about discounts for Friday and Sunday Weddings.Only 45 minutes from Portland and 50 minutes from Manchester NH airport. York Harbor Inn is recognized by the Travel Channel’s “Great Country Inns of America” . This award winning Bed and Breakfast Inn can be found on http://www.bedandbreakfastnetwork.com/maine/ just click on the banner link, check out the beautiful Inn, and rooms and Pub. Remember this is an Historic Inn and truly beautiful. Reserve your getaway, wedding or corporate meeting today.

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.

theaardvarkteam@gmail.com

Making Plans For Your Summer Vacation

Cape May, New Jersey is one of the most delightful places to vacation. Choose The MainStay Inn Bed and Breakfast. (www.mainstayinn.com). Not only is it beautiful but hospitality plus makes it a memorable event.
The variety of food is delicious and served in the dining room. Afternoon tea is a treat. Everything has that special touch. It is a Bed and Breakfast Inn you will want to return over and over again. The decor is just beautiful. Rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated. The apartment is charming.
Guests are provided with lush beach towels, beach chairs, showers and changing rooms for their day at the beach. Designated parking spaces are a plus.
The MainStay Bed and Breakfast Inn was originally known as “The Clubhouse” for 19th century place for gentlemen to gather in an elegant setting for gambling and other amusements.
Need the perfect gift? A MainStay Gift Certificate are available. Call 1 609 884-8690 or email
The perfect summer getaway. You will find them as a Premium Listing on our www.BedandBreakfastNetwork.com New Jersey Click to their website. You will be impressed. Enjoy your stay at the MainStay Inn.
Wishing you a delightful summer. The Aardvark Team

St. Patricks Day 2012

Visiting Chicago, New York, Boston, New Orleans, Key West, St. Augustine or any city in the United States for St. Patrick’s Day you will have a wonderful time. Please visit our www.BedandBreakfastNetwork.com for beautiful lodging and hospitality plus.
A little history. St. Patrick’s Day. The celebration starts on March 17th the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. He is the patron saint of Ireland. Not much is really known about his life. There are some tall tails about him banishing the snakes from Ireland but are exaggerated stories. St. Patrick’s is a day for eating corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread and wear green chrysanthemums or a Shamrock symbol of the three diving persons in one God sacred to Ireland. The cities mentioned above celebrate St. Patrick’s Day to the fullest. Green rivers, lakes and fountains.

May the luck of the Irish
Lead to happiest heights
And the highway you travel
Be lined with green lights.

The Aardvark Team

End of Summer

Did summer go fast for you?  Are you disappointed that your son or daughter is off to college. Are you going to miss all those outdoor activities, including sports, trips to the beach, baseball, hiking and now getting down the real responsibilities of school or other decisions you have made for the fall and winter. Maybe you have made a decision to change careers and want to grow in another direction and after summer and this is the right time for you. Missing friends you may have made during the summer that you may or may not see again leaves a lot of stressful feelings. Or you may have had a less than a forgiving situation with a close friend or relative. Relax and consider these situations and hopefully you can come up with new options. Don’t be distressed. Fall and winter are on their way with it’s magnificent colors, cooler weather and new sports. Fall and winter trend in dress are here and your wardrobe probably needs an update anyway. Your home or apartment may need that new fall or winter feel as well.
Enjoy what you had this summer good or not so good it was an adventure and a new one is just around the corner. Hopefully is was a great one and if not you have the chance to make fall and winter better.
Blow a kiss to the end the Summer of 2011 a new adventure is just ahead.