Enjoy staying at B&Bs

This past Sunday, my wife and I were in Grand Rapids, Mn. to hear the Soweto Gospel Choir perform at the Reif Performing Center.
We had taken accommodations at the Morning Glory Bed and Breakfast, where we have stayed previously.
One of the benefits of staying at a B&B is that you get to meet and visit with a variety of travellers over coffee and breakfast.
You never know where the people who will be joining you hail from. This past weekend, for instance, a brother and sister who were celebrating a mid-70s birthday were with their spouses and also going to Sunday night’s performance.
One couple was from Hibbing while the other was from Minneapolis.
The brother and sister originally had grown up in Bemidji, but have travelled with their spouses across much of North America.
When my wife and I travelled to Vermont, we met a couple from Europe and another couple who had met in Korea. He had been in the U.S. military, and met and married his Korean-born wife while stationed in Seoul.
He had relatives in Vermont and the B&B was their nightly resting location while they went about visiting.
The couple from Europe was much younger than us, and their interest was biking and hiking around the New England states.
Breakfast always was interesting as we talked about what we were going to do and what we had seen.
Then last fall, we spent two days in Little Rock, Ark. staying at the Baker House B&B. It was an old converted Victorian mansion on the north side of the river.
There we met a couple from California, who were returning home after staying at B&Bs across the country on a trip that had taken them from California to New York.
The other couple, from Kansas City, was celebrating a wedding anniversary.
Often while staying at B&Bs in the U.S., one of the first questions that pops forth after introductions centres on an explanation of Canada’s health-care system and how it works.
Those questions have been more intense in the past few years with the Affordable Health Care Act just coming into play south of the border.
When you stay at a B&B for more than a night, you also hear of the other guests’ visits in the community, with recommendations on places to visit and restaurants for evening meals.
We have never been disappointed with any of the recommendations received.
The highlight of a stay at a B&B is always the breakfast. Each host puts forth their very best each morning.
Everything is always from scratch; cinnamon buns, quiche, egg bakes, waffles piled high with fruit, and fresh juice fills the home with fragrant smells.
I can’t ever think of a breakfast that has disappointed me. And every day the menu changes.
Often, guests have stayed at a B&B on several occasions and have helped prepare the meal with the owners.
You are left with the feeling that you are family as much as guests.

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