The program was started in 2009 by the West Virginia Bed & Breakfast Association. "We just wanted to say thank you to the courageous men and women from our armed forces", says Kathleen Panek, owner of the Gillum House in Shinnston, West Virginia and originator of the concept. "These are trying times for anyone serving or who has served and a good night's rest is our way to say, thank you."
The Following Bed and Breakfasts in the Cumberland Valley are taking part in the Veterans Day promotion.
The Carlisle House, www.thecarlislehouse.com
Fallen Tree Farm www.fallentreefarm.com
Gelinas Manor www.gelinasmanor.com
Orris House Inn www.orrishouseinn.com
Pheasant Field www.pheasantfield.com
The Pine Tree Inn www.pinetreeinnbb.com
Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast www.redcardinalbedandbreakfast.com
Field and Pine www.cvbednbreakfasts.com
The Inn at Ragged Edge www.inatraggededge.com
Craig Victorian www.craigvictorian.com
"This is the best way for us to honor this country's military members", says Kim Hanlin owner of the Fallen Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast and President of The Cumberland Valley Bed and Breakfast Association "Not enough people realize what our servicemen and women face on a day to day basis in addition to those who have already put their lives on the line for our country and we are happy for them to stay with us as we celebrate Veterans Day."
Bed and breakfast inns are smaller hospitality businesses that offer a more personal touch than standard motels or hotels. All rooms have private bathrooms, comfortable beds, and beautifully decorated areas for relaxation or conversation. Known for their great breakfasts and personalized service, Bed & Breakfasts are a perfect way to enhance a getaway.
Reservations need to be made directly with the participating inns. A valid military or Veterans Administration ID will be required for each reservation. Each participating Bed and Breakfast is making at least one room available on the night of November 10 and availability is limited to a first come first serve basis.
Thomas Shepherd Inn in Shepherdstown, West Virginia secured a domain name and created a web site to enable Veterans to locate a participating Bed & Breakfast. For more information on the promotion go to www.bnbsforvets.org.