Travel tip – plan to stay at a Bed and Breakfast

It’s time to plan a trip to a Bed & Breakfast

According to the U.S. Travel Association, travel is the clear-cut way to achieve the benefits of time off. A recent poll of travelers revealed some interesting facts:
• The vast majority of Americans (88%) are in search of a warm climate for their vacations.

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• Nearly two-thirds (63%) of Americans say they prefer to indulge than be healthy on vacation.
• The traditional weeklong trip is still the gold standard for most Americans, with 72 percent saying they prefer that length to a long-weekend vacation.
• Americans are split on whether they prefer to save or splurge on vacations—just over half (52%) say save and just under half (47%) say splurge.

Airbnb or an Established B&B

A “real” B&B is an establishment making a living in the hospitality business. They typically charge more than an Airbnb property. Both are someone’s home but that’s where the similarity ends.

Why, you ask? An innkeeper is a professional that is much more than a person who rents a room in their house for extra money. Established B&B’s meet all the requirements of any other hospitality property. Proper inspections, insurance, and compliance with  state and local business requirements.  Innkeepers typically are trained in the hospitality industry and culinary arts, just like any other professional, that all cost money.  When visiting a B&B you usually have a higher quality of sleeping accommodations right down to the quality of the sheets. Innkeepers want you to enjoy their home and food offerings more than just an extra bedroom that someone sees as an opportunity to make some cash.

Plan your trip

Research shows that planners have a distinct advantage over non-planners: they use more of their time, take longer vacations, and are happier! Therefore, it is time to get planning!

1. Decide where you want to go and what time of year you want to get away

2. Consider the activities and atmosphere of the places in the region, and then pick the town or city that best fits your desires.

3. Plan enough time to enjoy your destination and do the activities you want

4. You’ll have a better chance of getting the reservations you want if you plan ahead

5. Making arrangements for pets while your away or bring them along on your trip

6. Put together a general activity list of what you would like to experience. On the other hand, plan to do nothing but relax, and leave your schedule wide open for endless possibilities.

7. Unplug! If you need some down time, consider using your phone or computer only when completely necessary. It will do wonders for you.

8. Maybe you have always wanted to stay in a bed and breakfast inn. Go ahead and try something new!

A Bed and Breakfast makes for a great vacation getaway.

While the price of a B&B might seem higher than a hotel at times, the actual value is much greater. The private accommodations are usually superior to that of a hotel…better linens, bedding, and furniture. The amenities are also often more plentiful from better shampoo, lotions and grooming items, to snacks, games and libraries of books/DVD’s, plus free Wi-Fi and parking.

In addition, B&B owners delight in serving made from scratch, scrumptious breakfasts with locally sourced ingredients, which rises above what you will find at a hotel.

We Innkeepers are also excited to share with you all the wonderful places to visit, explore and experience while visiting with us. Please ask us about our great restaurants, breweries, wineries and tourist attractions.

While staying at a Bed and Breakfast, you are sure to receive not only value, but comfort, variety, special amenities and local expertise that hotels cannot beat.

Are you ready to plan a B&B vacation? Put the Shenandoah Valley and Fox Hill Bed & Breakfast on your “to-visit” list. Regardless of your itinerary, we assure that your stay at Fox Hill will be memorable. Our welcoming philosophy is simply to keep it casual and comfortable. Our activity guide will give you a jump-start to planning your visit.

No two Bed and Breakfasts are alike. At some, the bar is set very high and deserving of a five star rating, while others’ efforts may reflect lower ratings.  A good place to check is Trip Advisor, for what other travelers say about the accommodations, atmosphere and especially the food. After all, it is a BED and BREAKFAST.

Traveling with Fido?

nellie with stubby ballWhy not travel with your beloved dog?  Fox Hill B&B is dog friendly. Four of our six suites are pet friendly, but you would never know there were dogs in the room before you. Our spacious suites are large enough for large breeds without crowding. All are almost 600 square feet; that’s almost 1/3 the size of the average house. There’s plenty of things to do with your pet while staying at Fox Hill. Explore 38 acres of fields with walking paths, a babbling stream; and in the summer months paths run through our cornfields with a large play area in the center.

City folks, your pet will thank you for the rest, relaxation and great place to run without too many distractions.

With all of these travel-planning tips, it’s now time to plan and look forward to a Bed and Breakfast getaway. Explore outdoor adventures, enjoy local art and culture, and indulge in delicious food and wine!

Visit the Pet Friendly Shenandoah Valley

Starting a search for “Pet Friendly Shenandoah Valley” and you will find Fox Hill Bed & Breakfast is the fastest way to make your next travel adventure to the Shenandoah Valley four-legged friendly

That’s right, a bed and breakfast that accommodates dogs of all breeds and sizes.   All of our pet friendly suites have Our children, Nelli and Rugerbreak, plus being spacious enough for dog crates and beds, food bowls, toys, etc. Settling in, you will find that there is plenty to explore on our 38-acre countryside estate. Enjoy a game of fetch or Frisbee on the mowed field in the front of our property; a run or stroll through the meadows; a dip in the stream;  a nose-to-nose greeting with our resident donkey, or just simply gazing out at the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Of course, our family loves visitors, too, and enjoy a good game of chase.

We know your dogs are important family members and we like to treat them as such.

We provide a welcome basket in your Suite filled with paw wipes, towels, and delicious dog treats.  Your pooch will go bonkers for these all-natural, tasty (yes, we ate a few) Peanut Butter & Banana or Pumpkin treats!  Handcrafted in Lexington VA, Whistle Creek Dog & Cat Treats are individual small batch of treats. 

Whistle Creek is uniquely qualified as a farm to table Treat Company.  100% natural ingredients  are used to craft their product and it starts with fresh milled gluten free flour that is milled for each batch. Continuing with  fresh farm eggs from their personal chicken flock; homemade, one ingredient peanut butter from unsalted redskin Virginia peanuts;  local raw honey, locally  raised grass fed beef, and much more. Eric personally creates each treat with love, the most important ingredient while omitting wheat, corn, soy, fillers, by products, or anything artificial. His mission is to provide quality, limited ingredient, and wholesome treats for your beloved Dog & Cat to enjoy.

Our canine visitors will find a Visit to the Pet Friendly Shenandoah Valley area activities will keep their tails wagging.

Hiking at Crabtree Falls  (one of the tallest sets of waterfalls in the United States east of the Mississippi River. It is located in the George Washington National Forest in Nelson County, Virginia, off of Virginia State Route 56. Wikipedia), or a stroll along Cedar Creek at Natural Bridge State Park (Natural Bridge is a geological formation in Rockbridge County, Virginia, comprising a 215-foot-high natural arch with a span of 90 feet. Wikipedia) are highly recommended.  Lexington and Staunton, VA are pet-friendly cities and you’ll find outdoor seating available at a number of quality restaurants.  If you forget or run out of a pet supply while on vacation, you can pick up what you need locally at Tractor Supply, Lexington Pet Palace or Pet Smart – of course your pooch can help you sniff out what you need.

We have many pet parents traveling with their dogs visit us here at Fox Hill.  We always encourage them to explore our property, and we enjoy watching as their dogs bound off with glee, delighting in all the new smells and experiences.  Our most recent visitor,  Nala, enjoyed herself immensely!  We were delighted to learn she was adopted via the Lucky Dog Animal Rescue program.  Lucky Dog and Southwest Airlines teaNalamed up and transported numerous homeless pets that became stranded in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, to the D.C. area.

Are you ready for your pet-friendly travel adventure to the Shenandoah Valley?

Search for “Pet Friendly Shenandoah Valley” and see how we compare. There is pet friendly and there is pet tolerant. Knowing the difference is where we excel!

You will be sure to find a Suite at Fox Hill that is just right for everyone!