Etiquette for B&B Travelers
We want to ensure that your stay is enjoyable. We also understand that this may be your first visit to a B&B, so here are some helpful tips for travellers on how to make it a great experience for everyone.
- Call ahead. Your hosts would hate to miss you. They enjoy meeting you at the door and making you feel welcome.
- If you have allergies or any special needs, let us know ahead of time so we can be prepared to accommodate you to the best of our ability.
- If the brochure states “NO PETS”, please don’t ask us to make an exception. Saying no to guests is awkward. We are in the business of meeting your needs, not denying them.
- Knock, or ring the bell when you first arrive. Don’t just walk in.
- Arrive as close as possible to the time agreed upon. Unlike a hotel, there is not always someone “on the desk”. Hosts plan their day around guest arrival times, and they worry about you when you are much later than expected. If you will be delayed, a phone call will be appreciated.
- If you must cancel, contact your hosts as soon as possible so they have the opportunity to accommodate other guests. Hosts understand that the unexpected can occur.
- If you are sharing a bathroom, you’ll need to be considerate of the needs of others.
- Many B&Bs are on septic systems and the hosts will appreciate your short showers and careful use of water.
- If you break something, tell us. We know that accidents happen.
- If you are staying more than one night, tell your hosts if you don’t want your room tidied and bed made. Hosts feel uncomfortable intruding on your private space.
- Take the time to sign the guest book and write a parting comment. Your hosts have put something of themselves into your stay and your comments are appreciated.
- When you depart, leave your name and full mailing and/or email address. A business card is perfect. This way we can contact you if you have left anything behind. We can also send you up-to-date tourist information and it is a great way to keep in touch with our valued guests.