How to Select an Inn for Your Vacation Stay

Fall 2011

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Contact: Jeanne Karlhuber
802.422.3407
snowedinn@vermontel.net

Tips of Choosing the Right Inn for Your Vacation Needs

KILLINGTON, Vt.—There is no question the decision to stay in an inn or bed and breakfast as an alternative to a stark hotel or motel is a personal one. Not all inns are created equal, and the quality of an inn is very important when it comes to making your stay a memorable one. Not all, but most inns are typically family owned and run. This means you’ll most likely experience a connection with the inn’s owners or innkeepers, whether it’s over a cup of coffee early in the morning or with a glass of wine by the fire in the evening.

Innkeepers of the Snowed Inn, Jeanne and Manfred Karlhuber, have provided a list of tips and thoughts for those trying to decide whether or not to stay at an inn for their next vacation:

1. Consider what your priorities and needs are for your accommodation requirements. Will you want to eat your meals at the inn or do you expect to dine elsewhere? Do you require ensuite facilities or are you comfortable sharing bathroom and toilet facilities with other guests? These are important questions to first answer to yourself and then pose similar questions to the innkeepers of those establishments you are considering. Having clear expectations about your accommodations before you arrive is important to an enjoyable stay.

2. What type of atmosphere are you expecting from your inn experience? Many innkeepers join right in for conversation with their guests, giving guests a glimpse into their personal lives as innkeepers in hopes that guests might open up a bit to make a more personal connection. People arrive as guests but leave as friends. And while most innkeepers are sensitive to the need for privacy, there are some who hope and expect to have communal breakfasts where “everybody knows your name.” When inquiring about an inn, ask the innkeeper how much privacy is available, where the common area is in comparison to the rooms or suites, and how engaged to the innkeepers or owners become with their guests.

3. Proximity to the area’s sights and sounds. Many people enjoy the perception of “escaping” to a quaint quiet inn to get away from it all. But if the inn is located on a busy main street, where bars and restaurants are open until late-night hours, then that perception will certainly not become reality. How close do you want to be to nightlife, restaurants and entertainment? Do you want to be able to walk to shopping and attractions or are you comfortable with hopping in your car each time you leave the inn? Is the inn on a side or country road or right in the thick of town? Understanding where the inn is in relation to the area’s activities is key to an enjoyable experience.

4. Do you want to come and go as you please or are you OK with being off-property for the day after you’ve finished breakfast? Many inns require that once you’ve had breakfast that you remain off-property until late in the afternoon. This allows housekeeping to do its job while you’re out exploring the area. But this might not be OK with you, as you want to be able to access your room when need be, perhaps even take an early afternoon nap or soak in the spa. Ask innkeepers what their policy is regarding this, and if they would like you to be away from the inn during the day, find out what other arrangements might be made to fit your needs.

5. Child or Pet Friendly? Some inns are and some aren’t. Make sure you ask whether or not the inn is family-friendly or if pets are allowed. Knowing this ahead of time ensures you’ve selected the right inn for your needs.

6. Price. At the end of the day, guests will look to price as a determining factor of which inn to choose. But remember the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” As you compare inns and B&Bs, consider what is included in the room price as well as the quality and atmosphere of the establishment. Sometimes paying a bit more ensures that you have the experience you envisioned having.

The Snowed Inn is a small, hotel-style country in tucked away in a quiet, woodland setting just off of Killington Road. Family-owned and operated by Manfred and Jeanne Karlhuber, the Snowed Inn is a classic AAA 3-Diamond rated lodging property with a variety of room types, all with private bath and wireless Internet access. From standard rooms with one, two or three beds, to deluxe rooms with fireplace and/or Jacuzzi tub and even some with a living rooms and kitchen/dining area, staying at the Snowed Inn is intimate yet provides the modern conveniences and amenities just steps away from the front door. A year-round outdoor spa with hot tub is nestled in the woods off the back deck, or guests can sit and share stories of their day in the common living room area.

The Inn is located just a short drive up the Killington access road, to Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in the East. The resort plans to open for the winter season in early November but guests should visit www.killington.com for the latest updates and conditions.

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