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7 Dec

5 Out-of-the-Box Gift Getaways For Unique B&B Experiences

Holiday tradition calls for gathering with family and friends and sharing scrumptious foods and sweet treats, eggnog and stories of days gone by. But, what about changing things up a bit and taking your revelry on the road? Holiday getaways to a bed and breakfast can provide a festive twist to your seasonal celebrations.

If you’ve ever dreamt of leaving the chilly streets behind for a warm and sandy beach or rolling out of bed late and shopping, gift list in hand, while still wearing pajamas, here’s your chance.

Watch and Learn – Build A Gingerbread House

Kingsley House BnBHave you ever admired a candy-speckled gingerbread house and thought about trying your hand at making one? At the Kingsley House Bed and Breakfast Inn located in Fennville, MI, you’ll get your chance alongside a kitchen pro. Chef Scott will be at the helm, assisting you from start to finish with the creation of your very own gingerbread house. A horse-drawn carriage ride through Allegan forest awaits you afterwards.


Prepare for…the End?

Forty Putney Bed and BreakfastIf you thought the end of the world was coming, what would you do? The innkeepers at Forty Putney Road located in Brattleboro, VT, have an idea: throw a weekend bash! According to the Mayan calendar, the “end date” is December 21, 2012, and may coincide with a solar shift and earthquakes. So, you might as well savor dinner at a local Mayan restaurant in town, a beer and chocolate pairing, and a two-course breakfast at the inn while you still can.

Shop in Fuzzy Slippers

Azelea Bed and Breakfast GeorgiaIf you bring an unwrapped toy to any four participating Savannah, GA, bed and breakfasts including the Azalea Inn & Gardens and Green Palm Inn throughout the month of December, you’ll receive a passport to shop more than 60 local boutiques, restaurants, bars and tour companies all in your pajamas. Giving back never felt this cozy.

Escape to Warm Weather

Addison Bed and Breakfast Amelia IslandFeel like switching out your heavy coat and hiking boots for a swimsuit and sandals? Winter is the perfect time for cold-weather dwellers to plan some fun in the sun. If you stay four nights at The Addison on Amelia Island located on Amelia Island, FL, between December 1, 2012, and February 10, 2013, they’ll give you the fourth night on the house. You can spend days relaxing on a sprawling beach front followed by toasts at the inn’s late afternoon happy hour.

Solve a Murder Mystery

Crystal River InnYou may have innocently checked into the Crystal River Inn located in San Marcos, TX, to celebrate New Year’s Eve with other guests; but when a fellow guest mysteriously drops dead, you’re all suspects. Glamorous ladies, cigarette girls, hit men and spies fill up the mythical Monaco nightclub setting while a multi-course dinner, champagne toasts and a dessert buffet round out the menu. A glass-bottom boat cruise, candlelight cave walk and midnight hayride through the historic district also are on tap.

Tradition is what the holidays are all about; however, it’s good to switch it up now and again. You might even surprise yourself and start a new tradition you’ll enjoy for years to come.

About The Author:  Rich Rodriguez is the Director of PR & Marketing for, one of the world’s most comprehensive B&B directories. You can read more about B&Bs and travel at the BnBFinder blog. Follow along on Twitter at @BnBFinder, Facebook and Google