Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Annapolis Arts Crafts Festival and Eastport-A-Rockin' 2013

Whether you want to soak in the colonial heritage of the United States first capital from 1783-1784, set sail in the Sailing Capital of the World, or enjoy the thriving art scene, the vibrant city of Annapolis, Maryland offers something for everyone, including relaxing and historic Annapolis, Maryland bed and breakfasts. The more than four million people who visit this historic city each year can’t be wrong!

This month, Annapolis shines a spotlight on the craftsmen, artisans, and furniture makers that are an important part of this city’s history. Annapolis thrived as a result of these businesses. The Annual Annapolis Arts and Crafts Festival will take place June 8 & 9, 2013 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Enjoy the paintings, sculptures, and jewelry from more than 200 artists. After sipping some Maryland wine and toasting the artists’ inspirational work, make your way back to The Flag House Inn and unwind on the large front porch. Located in the National Historic District, this inn is one of the largest private homes near the waterfront. Enjoy the nautical art and memorabilia, fine paintings, and antiques on display in your room before retiring for the night.

End your stay in Annapolis at a rockin’ musical arts scene. Eastport A Rockin’ taking place on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, is known as the local music festival of the summer. Three stages will feature 25 local bands from the Chesapeake region performing rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and funk. When you’re done rockin’ out, escape to the quaint, friendly setting at Chez Amis Bed and Breakfast (translation is “House of Friends”). Just like close friends, this inn embraces guests with its French country-styled common area designed for reading, conversation, and indulging in homemade goodies. Wake up each morning to a three-course gourmet breakfast before exploring the State Capitol, antique shops and fabulous dining all located just steps from the inn.

Visitors need look no further than Maryland for a getaway that will satisfy history buffs and everyone in between. Make your way to Annapolis this month to celebrate art at its finest. You’ll enjoy the work of these present-day artists even as you encounter history and B&Bs located in the charming Annapolis Region.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Western Maryland Bed and Breakfast Deals

Searching for an early season travel discount on a getaway in Western Maryland?

Look no further.

Now through May 13, 2013, eleven lodging properties located in the Deep Creek Lake area have teamed up with the
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce for the
3-2-1 Lodging and Activity Promotion and it is quite the deal.

Stay 3 nights for the price of 2 between now and May 13, 2013.

We would of course recommend you stay with our member inn, Waters Run Guest House & Suite Bed & Breakfast located in Swanton, MD.  They are offering their Guest House at $250 plus tax and their Suite for $190 plus tax for 3 nights for 2 persons per unit staying 3 consecutive days.
Note: there is a charge for a each additional person, and cannot be combined with a gift certificate.

Spring in Maryland is a wonderful time to visit.  Temperatures tend towards the moderate side, and with a light jacket you can enjoy a hike or bike ride along our many trails, dust off the golf clubs for a round at one of our many courses, and its always a perfect time to see whats on the menu at our many fine dining locations.

Just ask the innkeepers at Waters Run Guest House & Suite Bed & Breakfast what they would recommend when you book your visit with them, or any of the other fine member innkeepers of the Maryland Bed & Breakfast Association!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Maryland Festivals: Sugarloaf Craft & Pork in the Park

Maryland reawakens in April from its long winter slumber, springing back to life with a great assortment of festivals and events that delight both our local residents and visiting guests.   Innkeepers have completed their spring cleaning, and are ready to welcome you for your next visit!

We'd like to share two upcoming events scheduled for mid-April 2013 and let you know about the Maryland Bed & Breakfast Association members conveniently located near these activities.

April 12-14, 2013
Sugarloaf Craft Festival  
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Gaithersburg, Maryland      

Here are a few of our members near the Montgomery County Fairgrounds:
Inn at Norwood 
Gramercy Mansion
Pleasant  Springs Farm B&B 

Also check in our “Places to Stay” section of the Maryland Bed & Breakfast Association website to find other member inns.

April 19-21, 2013
Pork in the Park BBQ Festival   
Winterplace Park
Salisbury, Maryland

Here are a few of our members that are nearby this BBQ Festival:
Inn on the Ocean  
Whitehaven B&B 
Atlantic House B&B 

Check back next week for more happenings in Maryland!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Maryland Innkeepers: Consider a Portrait Photographer

Maryland innkeepers understand that in this day and age of internet marketing, achieving instant rapport with a prospective guest is essential and your website is the crucial portal to your future success.

Professional photography of your inn including special features and your food service is easy, but what about a photo of you?  Most innkeepers don't consider good portraiture of themselves as a key component of the sales process, but people want to put a human face on the experience they are about to enjoy!

 The guest's overnight experience involves more than just selecting the room they want to stay in. They are choosing you as well!  It is your labor & love of the world of innkeeping that makes your inn a warm and inviting destination.  Your guest is seeking the unique experience of a bed and breakfast, and that includes choosing "a unique place and a friendly face".

A professionally produced environmental portrait is an essential component of unique branding. There is no other you!

What exactly is an environmental portrait? Simply put, it is an image placing you in your element reflecting the image you want to portray of your inn.

If your inn style is casual, then our photo shoot will be casual.  If your style is formal and upscale, your portrait will reflect that. If you have a strikingly unique feature to your inn, we will make that the focal point in our portrait of you.

When contracting the professional to photograph you in your establishment, an additional qualification to consider is that photographer's ability to bring out the best in you.  Looking at the photographer's portfolio will showcase how well they capture the individual in their environment.

It is an old axiom but a true one:  you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

You are your inn, so remember to let your future guests see you both at your best through the lens of a professional photographer!

content courtesy of:
Bill Rettberg
MidAtlantic Inn Photography

Friday, March 1, 2013

Maryland Bed & Breakfast at MidAtlantic Conference 2013

Whether you are an aspiring or veteran innkeeper, we hope you are making plans to attend this year's MidAtlantic Innkeepers Trade Show & Conference taking place March 10-11-12, 2013 in our home state:  Hunt Valley, Maryland!

2013 marks the 6th Annual gathering and this conference has been growing in popularity among innkeepers each year.  Pete Holladay and his team do an excellent job of attracting experts from around the country to present on the latest trends and issues important to the hospitality industry.  Topics range from Google updates and internet marketing to mid-week business development and cooking with tea!

The trade show floor will be teaming with experts in their field, each looking forward to visiting with and updating innkeepers on their latest products and services. 

Your Maryland Bed & Breakfast Association is proud to endorse the MidAtlantic Innkeepers Trade Show & Conference, and we will participate as an exhibitor:  visit us in Foyer 3 in the Exhibition Hall - and say hello to new President, Brian McCarthy (Atlantic House Bed & Breakfast, Ocean City MD).  Be sure to pick up information on "Partnering With the State" and learn more about the discounts available to our members through our preferred vendor relationships. 

For information about registering for the conference, visit the MidAtlantic Innkeepers conference registration page.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Maryland Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificates Make the Perfect Gift

Last-minute gift needs can cause a real panic... but not if you choose a gift certificate from your favorite Maryland Bed and Breakfast!
Our member inns offer the perfect getaway alternative to hotels anywhere in the state through unparallelled service, great breakfasts, ideal ambiance, and knowledgeable innkeepers.  Offering east-coast hospitality at its finest, any of our member inns are the perfect place to send friends, family, or loved-ones!

Gift certificates are available for any occasion, and any dollar amount - choose to give a stay, part of a stay, or any dollar amount to be used toward a perfect Maryland vacation!  Contact your favorite member innkeeper today, and give the perfect gift!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

November Events For Your Maryland Getaway

November is almost here, and with it comes some unique events that you can only find here in Maryland.  If you plan to take a vacation to any of our charming Mid-Atlantic inns, make sure to set aside some time to take in these great happenings.

November 3-4, 2012:  Fall Fest of Fine Art in Ocean City, MD
The Atlantic House Bed and Breakfast and Inn on the Ocean Bed and Breakfast welcome you during this major arts event.  Located at the Ocean City Convention Center on 40th Street, this even features vendors from here in Maryland, and across the United States.  Nearly 6,000 attendees come to discover a wide variety of professional artistry products, perfect for your home, or for gifts.

November 3-4, 2012:  Christmas Craft Expo in Ocean City, MD
The sister show to the Fall Fest of Fine Art, The Christmas Craft Expo craft show is also located in the Ocean City Convention Center.  In fact, one admission cost will get you into both shows (Just $5 for adults, $4 for attendees aged 13-17, and free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult)!  Crafters from all over the country will be in attendance, offering wares of wood, glass, ceramics, paper, fabrics, and more.

November 9, 10, and 11, 2012: Waterfowl Festival in Easton, MD
The Bishops House Bed and Breakfast and John S. McDaniel House Bed and Breakfast offer unparalleled hospitality during the area's premier fall wildlife event!  What began as three small preservation-minded exhibits in 1970 has blossomed into a full-fledged eco-celebration, able to support hundreds of conservation projects.  The event features information, demonstrations, auctions, and contests, complete with kids' activities, and shopping opportunities for everything from gear to fine art, making this the perfect family activity!  One $12 admission cost will grant you access to all three days of the event; children under 12 years old are free.

November 10-11, 2012: Unique Boutique in Hollywood, MD
More than 40 artisans will be present at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department.  Wares include fine art, stained glass, ceramics, candles, bath products, jewelry, fiber art, paper art, and much more.  Admission is free, and there will be food available at the event, so come at your convenience.  The Victorian Candle Bed and Breakfast welcomes you during the show!

Now through November 17, 2012:  The Main Street Farmer's Market in Gaithersburg, MD
Farmers from around the area share the Market with local artists and crafters each Saturday at the Main Street Pavilion (301 Main Street).  You'll find fresh produce, herbs, jams/jellies, baked goods, honey, jewelry, bath products, yard art, fiber art, and much more!  The market is open from 10am to 2pm.

Every Wednesday in Crumpton, MD:  The Crumption Auction
Once per week, you can take part in one of the best auctions in the state.  The Crumpton Auction at Dixon's Furniture features furniture, art, china, housewares, and some very interesting collectibles, both modern and antique.  There's just no telling WHAT will turn up!  Photos of some items/lots are posted the day before the auction, however this is just an idea of what all might be for sale.  Auctions start at 8:00am promptly each day.  New buyers should contact the Main Office at 410-928-3006 for information about setting up an account with the auction.  For your convenience, the Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn in Chestertown, Crow Farmstay Bed and Breakfast in Kennedyville, the Inn at Huntingfield Creek in Rock Hall, and the Moonlight Bay Inn in Rock Hall are all within 10 miles of the auction site.

Of course, this doesn't include all the post-Thanksgiving, Christmas-related events that will happen all over!  Your Maryland Bed and Breakfast Association innkeeper will be happy to provide more information on additional area activities close to their individual inns.  So plan your Maryland getaway at your favorite inn accommodations anywhere in the state.