There’s nothing like travel to help you expand your worldview, celebrate a special occasion, reconnect with your partner, or decompress for a while. Your choice of lodging can make or break the entire experience, so consider the benefits of an inn.
Instead of staying at a hotel, where you’re one of hundreds of guests, or with a faceless corporate chain, consider the many options available with any of the 70,000+ professional inns across the United States. No matter where you’re headed, there’s an inn that fits your personality and style to a tee!
An inn can be a boutique hotel, a bed and breakfast, a country inn, a dude ranch, a collection of treehouses, or a group of cottages or cabins. They’re found in cities, suburbs, the middle of forests, on islands, and anywhere people are drawn to spend time. And the personalities of inns are as diverse as their owners. If you’ve ever had the pleasure to stay at more than one inn, you already know that no two are alike and discovering them can be one of the great pleasures in the life of a traveler.
The variety of choices alone is enough to make an inn visit attractive. But there are similarities across inns that also make them a superior choice:
Small is Beautiful
Especially now, inns offer lodging options that expose you to a very limited number of other people. While there are smaller and larger inn properties, staying at one will never make you feel like you’re lost in the crowd. Many offer standalone cottages or cabins for complete privacy. Others have room or suite options that include a private entrance/exit into the inn. And for those who aren’t sure how you feel about interacting with the innkeepers, that’s also entirely up to you. Most innkeepers offer self check-in, and are more than happy to provide as much or as little interaction as you’d like.
All professional inns are licensed, insured, and regularly inspected by state and local health departments. Plus, as a small, often family owned business, their very livelihood is dependent on making sure they’re operating properly and with your health and safety in mind. That means food safety, as well as overall cleaning and sanitization procedures are followed to the letter. Many people’s first response when checking into an inn is to say how clean the place is. That’s not an accident, and innkeepers work hard to make sure their places are spotless.
Built-in Concierge Services
Innkeepers and staff are part of the local community, with deep connections to whatever you may need. They can make recommendations for the best hidden hikes in a national park, get you a table for dinner at the hottest bistro in town, or give you a discount coupon and steer you to the best winery in the area. Smart travelers pick their inn first, and then count on the staff there to help them plan their itinerary during their stay. It’s like having a no-charge concierge before you even check in!
And then there’s the food! Inns serve up some of the best food you’ll find anywhere. Whether the inn you choose provides breakfast only, or has a restaurant on site for other meals, the food is most definitely part of the experience – and that experience is outstanding! Even better? If you have any food allergies or preferences, be sure to share that when you make your reservation and the inn staff will be sure to accommodate your needs in a way that won’t leave you filled with FOMO as other guests are served the “regular” food.
Innkeepers Are Interesting
Lastly, if you are interested in interacting with your innkeepers, you’ll probably hear some pretty amazing stories. The lives innkeepers have led before joining the lodging community are as varied as the inns they run. Every one of them has a different reason for going into the business and you’ll be amazed at their journeys.
The experience of staying at an inn is so much more than where you sleep for the night. It’s an added attraction on your vacation. Start finding your perfect stay right now!