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
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
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,
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