July 2012 - Trails of Hats'n Hospitalitea

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 We are just another B&B in Charlottetown however we are low in numbers this year compared to last year. It seems that tourism is down across the Island.  Some blame the prices of gas, the US dollar being low, while others blame the department of tourism for lack of advertisement. The weather can’t be a blamable factor as it has been the most wonderful weather in the past.  For the past 10 years we have kept pretty good stats on the tourism growth and what we report is that the  prices go up each year and the tourist number go down  by about 4%.  

It’s time to take a look in your own back pocket. Compare your accommodations to others in tourist areas at the same time of year. Perhaps we need to make PEI an affordable vacation destination and market that to the public. I know I had a look at my numbers and the first year we opened our doors for a tourist home  in Greenvale we offered rooms at $45 to $65 dollars. There is this web site called the way back machine, you can actually take a look at how you looked when you first made your web site. I followed the link and then had to advance to 2002 in-order to see the B&B added to the web site, here is the link to greenvaleacres.com in those days.  Today 11 years later we have rooms at $55 to $70 dollars and that isn’t much of a price hike.  But we all have to help do our part to bring prices down so families can afford to stay at affordable accommodations and start traveling again. 

Talking with a colleague at another B&B she suggested I try out booking.com as they are well indexed, have great advertising for promoting the Island and she tells me she gets at the least one booking from them daily.  Let’s get started I said, however it will take a week to build the web page, take the 45 pictures, fill out forms and descriptions.  The forms are sent the pictures are taken I just need to down size them and email them off and by the end of next week we should be partners in business. I’ll have to come back and show you a link to the web page.  For now I’m struggling with bathroom pictures, I just feel a bathroom is private, small, and just doesn’t show in a picture how convenient it really is compared to the side of the road.

Here is my struggle

It just doesn’t do what I want for a picture

I don’t think backing up helped

The vessel sink area

 Then the throne. I didn’t include the seaglass or pictures on the wall, something should be left for the imagination, but it looks like… just a bathroom, nothing pretty, no frills, bells and whistles. Oh well it is what it is.

The rooms turned out pretty nice

Trailside East

Trailside West

Builtmore South

Builtmore North

Then just randoms of the rest of the house

Hats in the tea room

A rocking chair for Grandma and me

Table setting with a view of the pond and garden

Grandma’s Tea Room set for tea

Tea sniffing bar…

Randoms of sea glass in the Gift Shop

Scrapbooking items for Prince Edward Island

The Island Made Gift Shop

More sea glass on display

One sitting room

Second sitting room

Gardens and backyard

Raised beds

Pond with Koi and Goldfish

Side walk to another garden

Sitting bench at the pond

Side gardens and bird feeders

East side gardens

more of the side gardens

Another sitting spot

Blueberries around back

The rest area we provide off the Confederation Trail 

Thank you for taking the tour. It has been a challenge to arrange all these pictures and there are plenty more but I didn’t want to over due it.  Imagine they allow 45 pictures.  I’ll come back and post the link when it is complete. 

I was also asked about attractions in the area…. Started thinking about it, and really we aren’t far away from anything here on the Island but I wouldn’t say we are close to Cavendish being it is a 30 minute drive. I wouldn’t say close to the beach even though it is a 15 minute drive. I wouldn’t even think the centre of Charlottetown is close being 6km away.  So I added Grandma’s Tea Room as the closest attraction.  Do you have any attractions close to you in your area? If so what are they?

That’s it for now,

Ciindy 

 

 

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Tourism seems to be slow this year, so at the Trailside B&B we decided to lower our already great rates to bring you a room for $63 a night on a minimum two night stay.

 

Save on a two-night stay

The Trailside B&B is located in the North end of Charlottetown, close to the airport. We are at 545 Malpeque road (Route 2). Our 2.5 star bed and breakfast features a summer rate of $70 for two people. Stay with us for only $126 plus tax for two nights. Just tell us you saw the ad on the Ferry, or pick up one of our brochures at the Visitor Information Centre.

*this offer expires 08/31/2012

Call To Book at 1-877-367-7851
 
 Book your next best sleep beside the trail at the Trailside B&B.
Cindy
 
 

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