Hi this is Cheri Antozak, designer, owner & innkeeper at Prairieside Suites, an award winning, Luxury Bed and Breakfast near Grand Rapids, MI. I was excited to read this Trends Report about how American travelers are falling in love with our romantic B&B experience. I, of course, already knew this because I have been sharing my home with lots of weekend "get away" couples and business travelers for many years now. We feel honored to be a part of so many special occasions. Guests are often here while celebrating a birthday, anniversary, honeymoon and many couples have become engaged at our B&B.
Prairieside Suites is a multi “Award Winning” Luxury Bed & Breakfast located in Grandville, Michigan just 6 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. This fine home was featured in "Inn Traveler Magazine" and was voted “3rd Best Overall B&B in North America” from Arrington’s Publishing. Plus voted “Best in the Midwest” and "Best of the Great Lakes" by bedandbreakfast.com. We have, also, been voted "Most Romantic" by American Historic Inns.
Our goal at Prairieside Suites is to create an "Experience" not just a "Stay". Luxury jacuzzi fireplace suites are at the heart of this nurturing environment. Our spa rooms feature extra long & deep whirlpool tubs with views of the fireplace. These tubs sit in our beautiful bedrooms [not in a cramped bathroom]. Some rooms have European jetted showers, heated tile floors and heated mirrors that don’t fog while showering!
All bedrooms include air conditioning; remote controlled ceiling fans, entertainment centers that include a CD player, flat screen TV with cable/DVD/VCR and beverage centers with coffee makers, Free wi-fi, refrigerators, and microwaves. We also have In-House Massage, Romantic Packages, Room Services, free Wireless internet plus a Music and Video library on site. Shopping malls, theaters, restaurants and lots of area attractions only minutes away.
We serve a full candle light breakfast in the dining room @ 9:30am. For the guests who prefer to snuggle and sleep in, a deluxe continental breakfast can be packed in the privacy of their room to enjoy anytime. Cheri says, “When you stay with us our rooms will make you feel totally cared for and pampered in every way”. Relax and unwind while you enjoy your stay in one of our spotless and allergy-free, romantic spa rooms, at Prairieside Suites Bed and Breakfast in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Check out this month specials.
Reprint from the Ypartnership/Harrison Group 2011 Portrait of American Travelers
Distinctive B&B ambiance appeals to growing number of travelers
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
The terms “bed & breakfast” (B&B) and “inn” conjure up romantic images of stately Victorian houses nestled among majestic oaks, graciously operated by entrepreneurs we secretly admire because they finally decided to follow their dream. Yet how do these seductive images translate into market appeal? Results of the just-released Ypartnership/Harrison Group 2011 Portrait of American Travelers reveal the answer.
Fully one out of every eight (13 percent) American leisure travelers stayed at a B&B or inn at least once during the previous year, the survey reveals. This incidence rises to one out of six (17 percent) among leisure travelers with an annual household income of $125,000 or more. And a remarkable eight out of ten (79 percent) leisure travelers express interest in staying at a B&B during the year ahead. Why is this notion so appealing? Not surprisingly, it’s the lure of their distinctive ambiance.
When asked why they patronize B&Bs and inns, leisure travelers who did so during the previous year cited reasons that point to the unique, authentic experiences they enjoy during their stay. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of patrons prefer the private, less crowded, quiet atmosphere of small inns and B&Bs. More than half feel B&Bs offer a better sense of local culture (56 percent). Personalized service delivered by the innkeeper (54 percent), unique architecture and decor (53 percent) and home-cooked food (52 percent) are also cited as appealing aspects of B&B travel. When compared to a traditional hotel/motel, more than two in five travelers find B&Bs more romantic (47 percent) and feel more pampered (45 percent), while slightly less enjoy socializing with other guests (39 percent) and feel B&Bs are a more affordable escape (37 percent). One in five (19 percent) appreciates a general pet-friendly policy maintained by most B&Bs and small inns.
Among leisure travelers who express interest in staying at a B&B or inn on a future trip, the home-like ambiance and amenities they expect to find in these properties are the primary motivators. The majority of survey respondents cited comfortable beds/linens (92 percent), friendly staff (91 percent), complimentary, fresh-made breakfast (88 percent), free time to relax and unwind (87 percent) and knowledgeable innkeepers (80 percent) as desirable attributes of B&Bs. Other aspects include the opportunity to taste different or unusual cuisines (68 percent), free Wi-Fi availability (67 percent), romantic ambiance (63 percent), distinctive theme or atmosphere (59 percent), unique architecture (55 percent) and the ability to reserve a specific room with unique decor (53 percent). Two in five travelers are eager to socialize with other interesting guests (41 percent).
Clearly, consumers believe B&Bs and inns offer an alluring residential ambiance that is not found in most conventional hotels and resorts. When combined with the personal touches of the host innkeeper, this appeal is very alluring.
Come experience my world!
Cheri Antozak is the owner, Innkeeper & Designer of Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast, Grandville, MI