What Kind of Persons Stay at a Bed and Breakfast?

What types of people stay at B&Bs?  Your type of people stay at B&Bs.  Or in other words, all kinds of persons stay at B&Bs.

You think that every couple that books a room at a bed and breakfast appears like they just popped out of a Cialis® commercial?  The fact of the matter is that guests range from young to old, and from active to relaxed.

As we were renovating the inn, our interior designer asked us to define our “typical” customer.  We were hard-pressed to provide a concise answer.  So after we opened our doors, we began to keep an informal database in the form of a spreadsheet.  Here are some of our conclusions so far:

You may be part of an adventuresome group that wants to bicycle on the C&O canal towpath.  Or you may be a retired couple who travels to local wineries around the country.

Perhaps you and your friends would just like to spend some time together and enjoy a tongue-tantalizing dinner at Patowmack Farm, or a comedy show at the Weinberg Center for the Arts.  Or you may be a business traveler looking for something a little more comfortable than the standard hotel adjacent to the interstate.

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that the majority of our clientele is comprised of couples who just want to get away for a day or two.  Most B&Bs have accommodations to ensure that your stay is quiet and intimate.

Many persons like the concept of spending time in a historic home that is totally unique.  Few folks will ever sleep in a custom home that was built by individual craftsmen in the 1800’s.  Your eye will rove to architectural features not found in today’s houses.  And your suite will certainly not look anything like the standard chain hotel box.

As mentioned, when Pat and I were asked for a description of our “ideal customer”, we had trouble answering.  The fact of the matter is that we were hoping for guests from all types of backgrounds – from near and far;  just passing thru, or spending a few days.

We often say that our main goal is to meet interesting people.  You see, running a full-service inn is a time-consuming job.  The fact of the matter is we don’t often have time to get out much ourselves.  Therefore, we live vicariously through our guests.  Many times, at breakfast you will find us asking “how did you like the show”, or “what did you think about that distillery”?

So, no matter how you describe yourself, come visit us at the Frederick Inn Bed and Breakfast.  We are not your grandmother’s B&B.

Note:  We would love to hear comments from B&B users who do not consider themselves to meet the stereotypical demographic.  Please tell us about yourself, and the places you have stayed.

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