One of the most coveted perks at Travelzoo is the Travelzoo Experience, in which Deal Experts and other employees take advantage of the same travel, entertainment and local deals we publish to our subscribers and report back on their experience.
Twitterverse, I have a confession to make: I’m not a fan of acronyms. BYOB? No thanks. DIY? Not my style. ASAP? Now that’s just rude.
So it should come as no surprise that the acronym B&B would make me a bit uneasy.
I mean, even the name “Bed & Breakfast” is off-putting. Talk about basic. It’s like calling a restaurant “Food & Plates.” Not exactly the red carpet treatment (RCT).
Yet when you live in the Midwest, bed & breakfasts are the equivalent of Waffle House in the South or In-N-Out Burger in California. They’re everywhere.
So, when my wife, toddler and I packed up our car for a weekend in Saugatuck, Mich., at a bed & breakfast, courtesy of Travelzoo, I privately hoped that I wouldn’t be screaming like an acronym SOB later that day.
Thankfully, we had a great experience in Saugatuck and our toddler has asked us if he can go back. But along the way, we picked up a few B&B hunting tips:
Why? Well, unless Donald Trump is running a boutique B&B on the side, most owners are operating on a modest renovation budget, touching up and remodeling when they can. With that in mind, plan accordingly, do your research and request the room you want.
As for us, we were happy with our room because we had requested a suite with plenty of space for our toddler to sleep. Plus, he had a clean view of a giant sculpture by the playground he nicknamed “King Worm.” And in our world, a view of “King Worm” is like an oceanfront suite in Maui.
In the King Worm suite, we sampled the B&B’s breakfast the first morning and the next day, we wanted to try some local fare (and as sadistic parents, we wanted to unleash our toddler’s wicked ‘foot fight’ arm on the rest of the diners -- spoiler alert: our little man pitched a pancake no-hitter).
Same goes for the B&B experience. Don’t spend too much time on-site. Go out and explore the area and get the local experience -- milk a cow, take a boat ride, sample homemade fudge, pick apples -- the whole nine yards.
If there’s one thing I learned on this recent trip north to Michigan, it’s this: with a little research and some prep on the side, anyone can put aside the BS and inject more LOL and TLC into a B&B weekend.