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Bed and Breakfasts Named After Metals

 

named metals

Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast

 

 

Did you know that there are bed and breakfasts named metals?  Well, they at least have a metal in their name (or implied in their name).

 

 

 

 

The following is a short alphabetical listing of some “metallic” inns in the United States:

 

Advice 5 Cents: Duck, North Carolina (after all 5 cents is a nickel!)

 

Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast: Joseph, Oregon (the innkeepers can arrange for bronze foundry tours upon request)

 

Coppersmith Inn Bed and Breakfast: Galveston, Texas (the second owner, Paul Shean, was a coppersmith from Ireland, hence their name)

 

Goldsmith Inn Bed and Breakfast: Missoula, Montana (the innkeepers have the last name Goldsmith; the Goldsmiths restored this beautiful historic property after it was planned to be demolished; it required moving this massive 4,000 square foot home)

 

Silver Heart Bed and Breakfast: Independence, Missouri (this historic home officially opened as a bed and breakfast in April of 2013; their sign has a large silver heart on it)

 

The Iron Gate Inn and Winery: Cedar City, Utah (the oldest Bed & Breakfast building in the Cedar City community opened as a bed and breakfast in June of 2002; and yes, the gate is made of iron)

 

Mercury Inn (formally named “Wild Iris Inn”): Portland, Maine (Mercury, a deity from ancient Roman mythology, was a protector and guide to travelers. He ensured that those in his care were given the best treatment he had to offer.  Mercury Inn seeks to offer the best in modern accommodations, local fare, and warm hospitality).

 

The Platinum Pebble: West Harwich, Massachusetts (centrally located on Cape Cod; “a pebble’s throw” from Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Provincetown, and more; the word platinum may come from the fact that they receive rave reviews)

 

Tin Lizzie Inn at Yosemite: Fish Camp, California (Tin Lizzie takes its name from the Model T Ford which the public lovingly dubbed “The Tin Lizzie”; they have a replica 1890’s Victorian Model T, but it is only 2 years old.)

 

Each inn has its own story.  Whether the name is picked for its uniqueness, a nearby local attraction, an owner’s profession or last name, its physical features, its proximity to other attractions, or even an antique replica, it is always fun choosing the right name for your bed and breakfast inn.

 

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

Bed and Breakfasts Named After Colors

named colors

 

 

Since colors can be quite attractive, it is not surprising that so many bed and breakfasts are named colors. We take a look at bed and breakfasts across the United States that have a color in their name.

 

 

This is a small sampling of colorful inns listed in alphabetical order by name:

 

Amber House Bed and Breakfast: Sacramento, California (their logo has grain in it like the “God Bless America” song lyric “amber waves of grain”)

 

Black Forest B&B Lodge and Cabins: Colorado Springs, Colorado (built in the majestic Black Forest, the highest point east of the Rocky Mountains)

 

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast: Missoula, Montana (the sky is so blue in this gorgeous mountain setting)

 

Brownstone Colonial Inn: Reinholds, Pennsylvania (a beautifully restored 18th century Georgian sandstone farmhouse)

 

Green Palm Inn: Savannah, Georgia (there are a lot of green palm trees in Savannah)

 

Indigo Inn: Charleston, South Carolina (in the year 1850, this property used built to serve as an indigo warehouse now it has been transformed into a lovely inn)

 

Orange Blossom Hacienda: Queen Creek, Arizona (of course they have orange blossoms for guests to enjoy)

 

Purple Mountain Lodge B&B and Spa: Crested Butte, Colorado (the lodge is a pretty shade of purple)

 

Red Gate Inn: McKinney, Texas (appropriately, they have a red gate and a red front door)

 

Silver Fountain Inn: Dover, New Hampshire (their silver fountain has lights so you can even see it at night)

 

The Golden Leaf Inn: Estes Park, Colorado (located on a scenic mountain with plenty of trees including golden leaves)

 

The Yellow House: Waynesville, North Carolina (there’s no surprise that the house is yellow in color)

 

Tickle Pink Inn: Carmel, California (sits on the original home site of State Senator Edward and Mrs. Bess Tickle, who loved flowers–especially pink flowers)

 

Violet Hill Bed and Breakfast: Middletown, New York (originally operated as a dairy farm in 1926, they now grow beautiful flowers for market)

 

White Porch Inn: Provincetown, Massachusetts (in keeping with their name, the whole inn, including the porch, is the color white)

 

If you stayed at (or own) a bed and breakfast with a color in its name, feel free to comment below with the name and its website address.  Bed and breakfast inns display lots of lovely colors.

 

Want to attract more guests to your inn?  Contact Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging to help you with your online marketing needs.

 

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

Bed and Breakfasts Named After Animals

named after animals

 

Bed and breakfasts named after animals are easy to remember and can attract new guests. There is almost always a story behind the name.  If you are ever a guest at any of these inns, the innkeepers would most likely be happy to tell you how their name was chosen.

 

 

The following list of forty bed and breakfasts is just a small sampling of the many wonderful inns named after animals.  Animal lovers may be attracted to being a guest at these inns. Innkeepers choosing a bed and breakfast name for their inn can be inspired by these creative names.

 

In alphabetical order, here is the list of names along with their location in the United States:

 

Baby Quail Inn: Sedona, Arizona

 

Bird-In-Hand Village Inn and Suites: Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania

 

Black Dolphin Inn: New Smyrna Beach, Florida

 

Black Sheep Inn and Spa: Hammondsport, New York

 

Blue Buffalo Bed and Breakfast: Austin, Texas

 

Butterfly Hollow Bed and Breakfast: Gordonsville, Tennessee

 

Cheshire Cat Inn: Santa Barbara, California

 

Cinnamon Bear Creekside Inn: Sonoma, California

 

Dove Nest Bed and Breakfast: St. Joseph, Michigan

 

Dragonfly Ranch: Kona, Hawaii

 

Fox and Hound Bed and Breakfast: New Hope, Pennsylvania

 

Gilded Swan Bed and Breakfast: Ashtabula, Ohio

 

Grey Hare Inn: Traverse City, Michigan

 

Hummingbird Inn Bed and Breakfast: Reeds Spring, Missouri

 

Kangaroo House B&B on Orcas Island: Eastsound, Washington

 

Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast: Asheville, North Carolina

 

Meandering Moose Lodging: Talkeetna, Alaska

 

Mountain Horse Farm B&B and Spa: Naples, New York

 

Muley Twist Inn: Teasdale, Utah

 

Otter Creek Inn: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

 

Pheasant Run Farm Bed and Breakfast: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

 

Red Elephant Inn Bed and Breakfast: North Conway, New Hampshire

 

Sandy Salmon Bed and Breakfast Lodge: Brightwood, Oregon

 

Seal Cove Inn: Moss Beach, California

 

Sleeping Bulldog Bed and Breakfast: Seattle, Washington

 

Sparrow Hill Inn: Monroe, Georgia

 

Sun and Cricket Bed and Breakfast: Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

 

Swamp Rabbit Inn: Greenville, South Carolina

 

The Blushing Oyster Bed and Breakfast: Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts

 

The Bobcat Inn: Sante Fe, New Mexico

 

The Chicken Coop Bed ‘n Breakfast: Crawford, Georgia

 

The Flying Frog Bed and Breakfast: Franklin, Indiana

 

The Honking Goose Inn: Amsterdam, Ohio

 

The Mermaid and the Alligator: Key West, Florida

 

The Owl’s Perch: Robbinsville, North Carolina

 

The Peaceful Pelican: Palacios, Texas

 

The Scranton Seahorse Inn: Madison, Connecticut

 

The Whale Walk Inn and Spa: Eastham, Massachusetts

 

The Whimsical Pig Bed and Breakfast at Wolf Creek: Copley, Ohio

 

Yellow Turtle Inn: New Windsor, Maryland

 

Observations about some of these animal names:

 

  • Names include colors: black, blue, grey, red, and yellow.

 

  • Names include movies: “Cheshire Cat Inn” and “Fox and Hound B&B”

 

  • Describe a quality about their particular animal: gilded, meandering, sleeping, blushing, flying, honking, peaceful, and whimsical.

 

  • Describe where the animal is: butterfly hollow, dove nest, dragonfly ranch, seal cove, sparrow hill, chicken coop, owl’s perch, swamp rabbit, and whale walk.

 

  • Have two contrasting concepts: “Lion and Rose”, “Sun and Cricket”, and “Mermaid and Alligator.”

 

If you are thinking about naming your bed and breakfast after an animal, you could make the name fun like “The Whimsical Pig.”  Unusual color names like “Blue Buffalo” and “Red Elephant” will be easier for your guests to remember.  Innkeepers, make sure you like the name because you will be saying it again and again!

 

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

Feature The Benefits of Your Unique Inn

feature the benefits

 

If you feature the benefits of your unique inn, you will attract more guests.  Good marketers use features to explain and develop benefits. People often get features and benefits mixed up.  That’s easy to do. Features are characteristics of the product or service, while benefits are positive values to the purchaser.

 

 

Let me illustrate with a relevant bed and breakfast inn example.

 

Bed and Breakfast Features:

 

  • 8 bedrooms each with private baths

 

  • conference room

 

  • electric vehicle charging

 

  • fireplaces

 

  • spa

 

  • outdoor swimming pool

 

  • wired internet

 

B&B Guest Benefits:

 

  • comfort of your own private bathroom

 

  • convenience of a conference room on site

 

  • environmental friendliness of electric vehicle charging

 

  • romantic appeal of fireplaces

 

  • relaxation and health appeal of your spa

 

  • refreshing dip in the pool on a hot summer day

 

  • enjoyment of free internet access throughout your inn

 

Also take the time to note what your previous guests have commented or listed in their online reviews. Not all feedback will be positive because you cannot possible please everyone all the time.  You can take potentially negative comments (or objections) and market them in a positive light.  Put this on your website and share in social media.

 

Examples:

 

  • “Out in the middle of nowhere”= “get away from the hustle and bustle of the city”

 

  • “Too expensive” = “great value for all that is included in your stay”

 

  • “Rains a lot” = “plenty to do inside if it rains such as…”

 

Now it’s your turn.  What benefits (not just features) do your guests receive when they stay with you? For example, if you have a game room, you can write, “Guests have fun playing our games in our billiard room.”  Be sure to show pictures of your pool table, chess set, Scrabble board game, and even jigsaw puzzles (see below) and post on Facebook, for instance.

 

Also, take note of any guest complaints you have and see if you can turn it into a positive. For example, a vegetarian bed and breakfast may receive a complaint that they do not serve meat, but they can share guest testimonials about their delicious, hearty, and healthy vegetarian breakfasts.  Of course, be sure to get the permission from guests, before you put any pictures of them online.

 

Since each inn is different, notice what your guests say about your inn.  Then you are well on your way to attracting more guests when you feature the benefits of your unique inn.

 

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

Early Inn at the Grove in Rocky Mount, VA

Early Inn

 

The Early Inn at The Grove in Rocky Mount, Virginia offers luxurious accommodations for its guests.  The house, known as “the Grove” to all of the locals, was built and finished in 1854. There have been 3 families that have resided in this house until it was purchased in December of 2013 with the intent to turn it into a bed and breakfast.

 

The house is a Greek Revival Style house. It rests on 10 plus acres full of beautiful trees including ancient oaks, some of which were planted by the second owner in 1900.

 

Innkeeper Keri Jackson loves welcoming guests to this delightful inn.  Famous guests who have stayed at the Early Inn include comedienne Paula Poundstone and The Bacon Brothers band (and Keri did serve bacon to Kevin Bacon)!

 

Early Inn Innkeeper Keri

 

The Early Inn offers five elegantly decorated rooms:

 

Early Inn General Early Suite

General Early Suite

At one time, Jubal Early slept here.  He had his Law office at the foot of the property.  The General Early Suite celebrates the confederate soldier who served as a general.  His sister was married to the first wife of the original owner of the house.  Decorated in browns and burgundy, this room has a private connecting bathroom with shower.  The only downstairs bedroom. Be first in line for coffee and stay in the General’s suite. This is a very cozy, comfortable room.

 

Early Inn Wanderlust Room

The Wanderlust Room

 

Luxuriously decorated, you will feel pampered during your stay here in this room. Decorated in grays and blues, this room looks out over into the side yard.  The beautiful landscape will keep you wanting to stay forever.  The new King mattress, Comphy bedding and blankets, bluetooth radios and your own climate controlled ceiling fan will leave you feeling pampered and refreshed.

 

Early Inn Harvester Suite

The Harvester Suite

This room, decorated with the colors of a harvest, remind you of fall.  The oranges and browns bring you a peacefulness and such a sense of tranquility that you will not want to leave.  This room has 2 Queen beds. The view out the window not only shows you the walkway from a time back in history, you can actually see the Harvester Performance Center doors.  Definitely within walking distance, you will be able to walk right over to see a show.

 

Early Inn Magnolia Suite

The Magnolia Suite

 

When you think of romance, think of Magnolias and ruffles.  This room is beautiful!  With original floral wallpaper from the 1980’s, you feel like you have taken a walk back into a simpler time.  You will not need to leave your room.  The bathroom hosts a soaking tub as well as a double shower.  The King size bed boasts comfort and beauty. You will definitely want to try out this room.

 

Early Inn Conspiracy Suite

The Conspiracy Suite

Was it a conspiracy?  If you want to know, check into this room and settle in with a copy of previous owner Keister Greer’s book, “The Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935.”  This room gives you spectacular views of the front and side yards.  Decorated in blues and browns, this room hosts a connected bathroom with a shower.  This room has a king size bed, two chairs and a small table.  Individual temperature controls along with a ceiling fan ensure that you are comfortable at all times.

 

My husband and I loved our stay at Early Inn at the Grove in Rocky Mount, Virginia. This historic estate has maintained all of its charm yet is equipped with modern day technology including free Wi-Fi for its guests and flat screen televisions in each of their five bedrooms.

 

Whether you want to get married inside the inn (perhaps in their elegant library) or outside (near the large tent with its own dance floor), the Early Inn hosts weddings. The Early Inn also host private parties such as luncheons for class reunions, baby showers, and anniversaries.

 

While Innkeeper Keri Jackson was attending Floydfest, we enjoyed her delicious French Toast casserole. Nacasha took care of us during our stay.  She has a friendly, easygoing personality and she makes guests feel right at home.  Guests rave about Keri’s hospitality and so much more on TripAdvisor.

 

The town of Rocky Mount offers antiques, artwork, and awesome entertainment at the Harvester (which is right across the street from the inn). We recommend that guests also visit the nearby Kupkakery Bakery & Kafe as well as the relaxing Vintage Spa.

 

We look forward to coming again soon to the Early Inn at the Grove in Rocky Mount, Virginia.  Would you like your inn featured in this blog?  Please contact Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging.