Tips for First Timers at a Bed and Breakfast

First timers;
If you have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast before and you’re a first timer then I have some tips that may make your stay a comfortable one for you and your innkeeper. Mark my word, once you have stayed at your first B&B you may never stay anywhere else.
What to expect;
Most bed and breakfast are family run and the owner is also the host. You will find the decor to be usually antiques, thick linens, hand embroidered pillow cases and quilt tops, fine china, and decorated with family heirlooms.
What to bring;
Take only what you need when you go away and ask about special amenities that are available like: shampoo, conditioner, bathrobes, slippers, beach towels, lawn chairs, & coolers or bicycles.
Several Bed and Breakfasts have an evening complimentary tea coffee tidbit and invite you to sit with them as they don’t allow eating in the rooms. If you’re not sure, just ask.
Your Hosts;
Your B and B hosts are happy to tell you about their home and area. They often provide maps and brochures and will recommend or make dinner reservations for you at a near by restaurant. The attention is personable when staying at a B&B compared to staying in a hotel.
Breakfast and what to expect;
Breakfasts are always the highlight of your stay. You get to enjoy your host’s finest cooking talents and talk over your day’s adventure with other guests. At one time you could have people from 3 or 4 different countries come together at the breakfast table. In most cases a time is set for breakfast; the menu is the same for all and it changes each morning of your stay. Most B & B’s will pay special attention to dietary needs, but always advise the host when booking the reservation if you have a dietary or allergy.
Dietary Needs;
Some Bed and Breakfast’s are able to accommodate your requests, (ie. Starches, citrus, diabetic, carbs, vegetarian, vegan, likes, and dislikes). I alternate the entree and pastry menu over a two-week period. It is best to communicate when booking your B&B if your dietary needs can be met.
Type of Travellers;
Most bed and breakfasts have more than one room and can accommodate small groups. Often you can find backpackers, cyclist, great place for women travelling alone, small business groups, newlyweds, seniors, and college students just before class starts. Some Bed and Breakfast accept young children and babies, not all. Sometimes there is a cut off age because the house is not appropriate for young children.
Book Early;
Some differences between a hotel and a bed and breakfasts are: A B&B doesn’t have a front desk attendant and extra staff on site. B&B hosts do most of the work themselves. A B and B has only a few rooms that fill quickly (so be sure to book early).
Arrival time;
Most B & B’s have a check in time, and a check out time. This time is a set time allowing the host to finish up with the usual daily routine, appointments, shopping or just a 10 minute down time. I like to know when guests are checking in just in case we are out for a walk or happen to go out for dinner.
Shared or Private Baths;
My bed and breakfast is a 2.5 Canada Select star rating as it has three shared baths and four bedrooms. Canada Select only awards a 3 star and above rating to accommodation who have private bathrooms inside each room. If you prefer a private bathroom, look for a B&B at a 3 star rating and above.
One night stay;
Plan to stay in a B&B the length of time it takes to visit that area. The Trailside B&B is in the Charlottetown, Green Gables Shore area. I recommend the minimum of 3 days to see Anne’s Land and Charlottetown area.
Why a Cancellation Policy;
Hotels have anywhere from 25 to 200 rooms and B&B’s have 2 or 3. A cancellation in a hotel could represent 4% of the total days revenue, and a last minute cancellation at a B&B represents as much as 50% of a day’s revenue. When you book a room at a B&B we hold that room exclusively for you booking it off the reservation system means any prospective traveller can’t even see this room. A B&B cancellation period is usually longer than that of a motel. When you make a reservation be sure you understand their cancellation policy. Please read our cancellation policy.

I hope this is helpful for first timers to Prince Edward Island. I know I wished when I visited for the first time I had some heads up. I’ll do my best to try and cover more info PEI ie…weather, bridge, how to drive, travel hints, where to go, how google and the Island work, recycling, dunes oh and Cows.
Until next time

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