As the Hudson Valley starts to reopen to travel and tourism, our B&Bs are reopening to guests as well.
As you start to think about taking your long-delayed vacation and make travel plans please think about staying at a local Bed and Breakfast. Places to stay in the Hudson Valley are numerous, with your choice of B&Bs, hotels, motels, and Airbnbs, but we would like to stress why staying at a B&B is something to consider.
While all lodging options have pros, they also have cons. Airbnb for example has instituted new cleaning protocols that hosts are supposed to be following but hosts are not required to follow them and there are no inspections. While a guest can report a violation, how would someone staying at a vacation rental prove or disprove or even know if doorknobs or other high touch areas had been cleaned and sanitized?
Hotels are offering contact less check-ins (as are many B&Bs). ALHA (the American Lodging and Hotel Association) has rolled out Stay Safe Guidelines which many B&Bs are following as well as initiating their own additional cleaning initiatives above and beyond what hotels are calling for.
In a hotel, while you may be able to avoid dealing with a person at check-in, the odds of running into someone in an elevator or stairwell are greatly increased and most hotels do not have 6 feet of width in their hallways to keep the appropriate social distancing space in high traffic areas.
While we are a B&B association so no surprise we are a bit biased towards staying at a B&B we would like to offer up some benefits of staying at a Bed and Breakfast during this time of uncertainty.
Bed and Breakfasts (like many Airbnbs) are people’s homes, unlike many Airbnbs, B&Bs are businesses that pay rooms and meals tax to the state, pay other and local federal taxes to operate and are inspected by a Fire Marshall for physical safety and a health inspector for food safety. Many of our Innkeepers are also ServSafe Certified. As homeowners and also business owners, our innkeepers take the safety of their guests extremely seriously.
While many of our inns have posted what they are doing on their websites, like Woodstock Inn on the Millstream and Inn the Woods, some are posting updates on their Facebook pages and other social media as well. We would encourage guests making a reservation if they have any questions or concerns to please call or email the property directly and the Innkeepers would be happy to help answer any questions.
Vacationing in smaller boutique and unique locations like B&Bs are an attractive and lower risk choice as you make your vacation plans. With less rooms than a hotel, with fewer chances of running into other guests face to face, many of our B&Bs have outdoor gardens to enjoy as well as many being in close distance of appropriate social distancing outdoor activities that you can enjoy while keeping yourself and your fellow travelers safe. Some of our B&Bs also have guest rooms with exterior entrances as well as other options for guests.
And Breakfast, the name says it all Bed and Breakfast! While many of our members have and are instituting some changes to how guests are served breakfast, some are offering in-room dining, some staggered setting, the excellent service, and the delicious food stay the same. At an Airbnb you can cook yourself some scrambled eggs, in a larger lodging facility you “might” get a hot breakfast but it’s not personal and probably not made to order or you can come to a B&B and get a delicious breakfast made with love.
So please, as you consider making your vacation plans, consider staying at one of our member inns, where you can relax, unwind and enjoy the beautiful Hudson Valley at B&Bs where the safety and well-being of guests and staff are the highest priority. We look forward to welcoming you.