What Makes a Bed and Breakfast Successful?

A bed & breakfast is a very different type of accommodation than a hotel, and as such, people have very different motives and expectations when choosing where to stay during their vacation or trip. 

For many innkeepers, creating a special and unique experience is an integral part of their business – but what does that actually mean? 

What makes a bed and breakfast successful?

One of the biggest mistakes innkeepers make is not capitalizing on a few key aspects that make their guests comfortable, wowed, and satisfied. 

Check out our tips below for creating a one-of-a-kind excursion for your guests.

Create a Warm & Inviting Environment

Those who seek out local B&B accommodations may be searching for a place that provides an “at home” feel – something you cannot replicate in a larger hotel. 

Comfortable and customized bedrooms provide a peaceful place to return to at the end of the day, and the familiarity of the innkeepers and staff provide a more personable experience. 

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Don’t skimp out on decorations in your B&B – define your aesthetic, and really go for it. Whether you’re aiming for rustic, posh, or anywhere in between, make sure your common spaces and guest rooms emanate that decor to the fullest extent. 

Not quite sure what to offer to capture the “home-away-from-home” vibe? Here are some suggestions to make your B&B experience truly one-of-a-kind:

  • Offer a “Happy Hour” where guests can mingle & meet you and your staff. Offer beverages and light hors d’oeuvres; ideally, a local favorite for them to try.
  • Create a place within your B&B where people can feel cozy – this can be a fireplace, a gazebo, or a private picnic area. When enjoying some downtime, it’s great to be able to offer guests a unique place to wind down.
  • Avoid buying low-quality bedding – invest in luxury sheets and duvets so that your guests get a great nights’ sleep.
  • Partner with a local business that provides soaps and shampoos – instead of offering big box toiletries, they will love having another opportunity to experience local wares.
  •  Hang artwork and photographs throughout your B&B of local spots – this will help your guests get accustomed to your location and get excited about their trip. It may even prompt questions about certain places that turn into recommendations!

Keep Visitor Counts Low

Staying at a hotel can be relatively cheap at times, but the trade-off is that guests are sharing a floor with many other people.

This can result in noise happening at all hours, or never seeing a familiar face.

By limiting the number of visitors that stay at your local B&B, you can create a more personal environment that limits noise and overcrowding.

Your guests will appreciate feeling like VIPs while staying at your accommodation, as they will be able to rely on quick and customized service. 

Provide Local Recommendations

One of the main reasons why people come to a local B&B is to receive recommendations from those that live in the area as opposed to relying on travel websites or other methods of reviews. 

You have the ability to use your local connections to provide your guests with hidden gems in your area, and occasionally hook them up with some great deals. They will appreciate this a lot and feel like they received a more.

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Aside from recommendations that come from conversations with your guests, be sure to have pamphlets or brochures on-hand to offer them.

Create a booklet to put in every guest room that has a list of all of the tourist spots, as well as some not so well-known places of interest. 

Secure one-of-a-kind deals for your guests from fellow local businesses around the area – typically they will be happy to offer you a custom deal for sending patrons their way!

Prepare & Offer Home-Cooked Meals

One of the downsides of staying at a hotel is the lack of food available in-house. While some may offer room service, guests are most likely paying for quickly reheated food – and from a menu that doesn’t provide a lot of options. 

As lots of hotel rooms don’t provide a kitchen area, it can be difficult or impossible to prepare food themselves – this can result in many nights of takeout or expensive restaurant outings. 

baked eggs with parmigiano herbs

At an inn, however, guests are more likely to find that an in-house chef or even the innkeeper yourself provides meals and snacks throughout the day. 

At Inn on the Paseo, for example, one of the owners of the Santa Fe bed & breakfast is also the executive chef and plans all of their exquisite menus.

Tailor your menu to the local cuisine, and be sure to have food available for hungry guests as much as possible. 

Some local B&B owners even prepare picnic lunches for their guests to take with them on excursions – this can either be gratis or built into their accommodation cost. 

A great way to get your B&B on the map is to create a signature dish that you are well-known for, and that represents the area you are located in.

Check out our local recipes

Define Your Unique Selling Point

How do you make your B&B unique? With over 17,000 B&Bs operating in the USA, you need to know how to make yourself stand out against your competitors. 

Not only do you need to sell your location, but you need to convince people why your particular accommodation is better than others. 

A common mistake is to be a “jack of all trades and a master of none” – essentially, trying to do everything without fully mastering one selling point.

Sure, you will want to offer comfortable rooms, personable experiences and delicious experiences, but choose one area to really shine and commit to that. 

The Inn on the Paseo takes full advantage of this mindset, and offers a few ways guests can uniquely enhance their stay at a Santa Fe B&B:

  • As they are located close to the world-famous Santa Fe Opera, guests can ask for an Opera Picnic Basket for the tailgate, filled with gourmet foods and signature soups.
  • Their famous Welcome Basket is perfect for those who are visiting the area for the first time – not only do guests enjoy local treats, but also coupons to local merchants, seasonal surprises, and spa discounts.
  • Rose Petal Turndown Service is a guest favorite for those who are enjoying a romantic getaway at the Inn. The ambiance created by this special touch makes a wonderful first impression on guests.

Simply offering a place to stay isn’t what defines a B&B – that’s what hotels and AirB&B’s are for. 

Welcome basket

Local bed & breakfasts encompass so much more than that, from their aesthetic, to their personalized experiences that make guests’ getaways unforgettable. 

Take time, effort and resources to create a one-of-a-kind experience at your bed & breakfast that will wow patrons and keep business flowing.

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Santa Fe Restaurant Week 2020!

It’s almost that time of year! Don’t miss your opportunity to indulge at one of Santa Fe’s best restaurants.

Taking place February 23 – March 1, 2020, you’re invited to dine at over 50 Santa Fe restaurants for lunch and dinner with meals starting at just $15 per person. Most restaurants will offer a prix-fixe menu consisting of three courses (appetizer, entree, and dessert). Check out the full list of participating restaurants here.

Don’t miss this fantastic annual event. Plan your last minute getaway to Santa Fe and take advantage of our 10% off Winter Special.

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Ski Santa Fe – Skiing at its BEST!

There are many people who aren’t aware that there is great skiing in New Mexico!  In fact, close to home is Ski Santa Fe, Santa Fe’s very own ski resort, and every year it attracts skiing enthusiasts from all over the country (and other parts of the world!).

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Don’t Miss Santa Fe this Summer!

The summer months in Santa Fe are amazing. You are guaranteed wonderful weather to enjoy the many events that are taking place and there is something happening every day. Here are just a few of the events that will help to make your trip to the city one to remember.

Railyard Artisan Market

The Railyard Artisan Market is an event that actually takes place each Sunday for most of the year. Starting at 10 am at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion, it runs until 4 pm. It has now been taking place for almost 10 years and it is a great way to find out more about local art and crafts. For visitors it is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or two to take home and you can choose from pottery, jewelry, hand-blown glass, hand made cosmetics and textiles. You get to meet the artists and learn more about their crafts. For more information about the market and the artists taking part, take a look at the official website https://santafefarmersmarket.com/railyard-artisan-market/

Santa Fe Opera

Summer is the peak opera season in Santa Fe and this year the company will be performing a number of classic operas that you will not want to miss. On the program this year there is The Magic Flute, The Barber of Seville, Madam Butterfly and Tristan und Isolde, among others. For more information about the program, booking tickets and the work of the opera company, head over to the official website https://www.santafeopera.org/

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Anyone who has an interest in chamber music should definitely visit the city during the summer. This year the chamber music festival starts on July 19 and runs until August 24. The event dates back to 1972 and one of the aims of the event is to promote the talents of emerging artists. There are more than 80 concerts during the event’s six week run, held at either the St Francis Auditorium or the Lensix Performing Arts Center. This is one of the most popular events in the city’s arts calendar, so to make sure that you reserve your tickets in time check out the official website https://www.santafechambermusic.com/

The Cathedral Basilica of St Francis of Assisi

A tourist attraction that should be at the top of everyone’s list for a visit when they in Santa Fe for the summer is the St Francis of Assisi Basilica. There is no entry fee so it is a great choice for those on a low budget, although the opening times do vary, so you should check these in advance before you visit. Located close to the Santa Fe Plaza, this beautiful building dates back to the latter part of the 19thcentury. The stained-glass windows are particularly beautiful and there are guided tours of the cathedral on most days. Find out more about the cathedral on the official website https://www.cbsfa.org/

While you are in the city during the summer, make sure to book your accommodation at our top rated Santa Fe bed & breakfast the Inn on the Paseo where you can bring the whole family for that real home from home experience.

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Spend Spring 2020 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

There are always plenty of events happening in Santa Fe no matter when you visit, but when you arrive in the spring it is a great time to explore the city to discover all its best-kept secrets. If you aren’t sure where to start, one of the many tours will solve the problem for you. 

Historic Walks of Santa Fe

If you are interested in the history of the area then the Historic Walks of Santa Fe offers tours led by local, professional museum guides who can talk you through the various features of the architecture, art, culture and history of the various monuments and sights of the city. Stopping points on the walk include the Loretto Chapel, St Francis Cathedral and the State Capitol. The tours leave each day at 9.30 am and start at the Eldorado Hotel, or you can join the later tour at 10 am at the Plaza Galeria. For more information on the tours and how to buy tickets check out the official website at www.historicwalksofsantafe.com

Discovery Walking Tour

This is a great way to get a different perspective on Santa Fe. These take in not only the historical sites but give great tips on local cuisine and shopping as well as cultural attractions. This walk takes around 90 minutes and there is no need to reserve a place. They leave each day at 10 am and start from the lobby of the La Fonda Hotel. If you do want to know more you can call 505-983-7774.

Tours with a difference

Not everyone wants to go on the standard cultural tours and the good news is that there are plenty of tours with a difference in Santa Fe. On Sundays and Thursdays you can head out on the Ghost Tour to find out where the most haunted places in the city are. Mondays you can take part in the Artists and Acequias tour or on Tuesdays and Fridays you can tag along on the Bread ‘n’ Chocolate tour. The ‘Bars and Brothels’ tour takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays or you could try the Fun, Games ‘n’ History in Cemeteries tour each Wednesday. You could also try a tour that focuses on a specific part of the city’s history. Each Thursday you can go on either a Jewish Legacy tour or the Women’s History tour.  To find out more about any of the city’s unique tours take a look at the official website at www.swguides.com

Art Walking Tours

Between April and November each year there are art walking tours that are run by the New Mexico Museum of Art. The tours focus on the downtown area of the city and take place every Monday at 10 am, starting from the gift shop at the museum. The proceeds from the tours are used to support the various education programs that are run by the museum. For more information go to www.nmartmuseum.org

However you choose to explore the city, you will need a welcoming and comfortable place to stay and the Inn on the Paseo definitely fits the bill. Book your accommodation with us today.

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Winter Events in Santa Fe, New Mexico

The winter months in Santa Fe are just as lively and colorful as the summer months so if you want to visit at this time of the year you will still find plenty to keep you occupied. December is filled, as you might expect, with the usual events leading up to Christmas and you can find out more about these on the official events calendar. However, after Christmas, Santa Fe does not slow down at all, so no matter what you are interested in, there is something for you.

New Year’s Eve

If you happen to be in the city at New Year then you should not miss the annual celebrations that will ring in the start of the new year. Known as ‘A City Different New Year’s Eve’, this takes place on the Santa Fe Plaza. The festivities start at 9pm and go on past midnight. Don’t worry about the cold – stationary heaters are dotted around the Plaza to keep the chill away and there are also bonfires for warmth. Local bands will be providing the music at the bandstand and you can also warm up with a traditional hot chocolate or enjoy a snack from one of the food trucks. The celebrations pick up at 11:45pm when the mayor officially welcomes the crowd and at midnight don’t be waiting for something to drop – as the name of the event signifies, it is very different from celebrations elsewhere. Here, something is raised! A Zia symbol created by a local artisan is lifted to mark the start of the New Year. Add to this the usual firework display and the singing of Auld Lang Syne. And all you have to do is go along to the Plaza on New Year’s Eve.

Restaurant Week

For a great dining out deal, head to Santa Fe in February. Restaurant week takes place from 23 February to 1 March and it is a great way of testing the finest cuisine that the city has to offer at a lower price. To find out which restaurants are taking part in this annual event check out the official website. Three course dinners start at just $15 dollars, so browse the menus and plan your culinary journey around the city.

Art Exhibitions

The Museum of International Folk Art is a great place to enjoy the works of both established and new artists and in 2020 There are several exhibitions that you should visit if you are in the city. The first is an exhibition that starts in October 2019 but runs until 7 March 2021. This is called ‘Musica Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico’ and you can see it in the museum’s Hispanic Heritage Wing. It covers the history of the music from the time that the Spanish first arrived in the region. On December 8 2019 a new exhibition starts named ‘Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan’ and this will be on until January 10 2021, looking at the role of ghosts, demons and other supernatural beings in Japanese art. Why not visit the official website to find out more?

Just remember that even in winter the welcome is warm at the Inn on the Paseo but make sure you book your room at our Santa Fe bed & breakfast in advance if you want to visit for one of these popular events.

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Off the beaten path events in Santa Fe Fall 2019

When Fall arrives in Santa Fe, there is still so much going on in and around the city that it still attracts thousands of visitors each week. So, what is there to do once summer comes to an end?

Fall Fishing

The Pecos River is located inside the National Historical Park and the fall fishing season starts on September 12 this year, running through to November 4. Those who want to give the fishing a try here will need to make a reservation and this can be done up to 30 days in advance of your visit. The park has three beats and you can reserve places for up to three people. Just keep in mind that there is no fishing here on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and don’t forget that you need to have a permit too. You can pick up the permit when you arrive. Reserving a place does not automatically give you a permit, you have to physically collect it at the visitor center. Make sure you have a valid NM fishing license, proof of your reservation and your driver’s license.

One stretch of the river is definitely for those who have a great deal of experience with fishing and access is limited so you need to be prepared for a walk, but the other stretches are easy to access and only need a moderate effort for fishing. For more information including the opening times check out the national park’s website

Origami in the Garden

This is an unusual exhibition which features a number of origami sculptures created by Jennifer and Kevin Box. The sculptures are actually made from metal but are designed to resemble delicate paper. The artists have also collaborated with a number of other world class artists on several of the pieces. This exhibition comes in two sizes. There is the larger show – the ‘Monumental’ show – and the small show, known as the ‘Fundamental’ show. There are 20 large pieces in the Monumental show while the smaller show features 15 sculptures. To find out more about the precise locations and opening hours the official website has all the information that you need. 

Historic Route 66

Route 66 is one of the most famous routes in the US, and between 1926 and 1937, it actually ran through Santa Fe. There are tours that you can take that will show you the exact route and point out to you some of the major landmarks of the city and surrounding area. The route takes you from the heart of the city out towards La Bajada Hill. Some of the original sections of the road are still in place but are unpaved, just as they were back then. The road down La Bajada Hill, however, is not suitable for vehicles of any description. It is steep and features some challenging hairpin bends. Those who take the tour will get the opportunity to tackle it on foot though. The tour can take up to three hours and you can book for as few as two people. The tours take place on weekdays between 1 and 3pm and run from September 16 to the end of December. Book a place and find out more at the official website.

Whatever you choose to do, don’t forget to book your accommodation. You can be sure of a warm welcome at our Santa Fe Bed & Breakfast where you can enjoy all the comforts of home.

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Summer in Santa Fe, New Mexico

The months of June, July and August in Santa Fe are extremely busy when it comes to the events calendar. With so much to choose from, you will need to plan your visit carefully. You also need to make sure that you book your accommodations in advance to avoid disappointment, so make sure you reserve your room at the Inn on the Paseo early.

Currents New Media Festival

This event runs from June 7 to 23 and features multimedia exhibitions, performances and documentaries which take place right across the city. Most of these events are free to attend and you can find out more about the schedule by visiting the official website. There are exhibits that will appeal to visitors of all ages.  

Santa Fe Bandstand

From June 18 to August 24, the outdoor music festival ‘Santa Fe Bandstand’ takes place. Whether you prefer rock, country, jazz, mariachi or Native American music there will be something here for you. This is another event that is free to attend and the performances are staged all over the city, with many of them in the historic downtown Plaza. This is a popular event both with locals and visitors, so make sure you check ahead for the schedule so you don’t miss anything. More information can be found on the official website.

Rodeo de Santa Fe

One of the most popular events in the social calendar in Santa Fe, the Rodeo de Santa Fe starts in June 19 and lasts for four days. All the main rodeo events are included, from barrel racing to bull riding and this annual event has been held since 1949, making 2019 its 70th anniversary. There are plenty of attractions at the rodeo from vendor stalls to a carnival so it is a great day out for the whole family. To purchase tickets and find out more about the event, visit the official website.

Santa Fe Opera Festival Season

Music and performance are very important in Santa Fe and for those who enjoy classical music, the Santa Fe Opera Festival Season is a must. The event starts on June 28 and runs to August 24 this year and has been an annual event since 1957. This year the operas include Mozart’s ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’, Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’, Ruders’ ‘The Thirteenth Child’ and ‘Les Pêcheurs de Perles’ by Bizet. There will be a total of 36 performances over the three months and tickets are in high demand so we recommend that you book these as far in advance as you can to avoid disappointment. You can find out more about the schedule of performances and book the tickets via the official website.

Inn on the Paseo specializes in relaxing, home away from home accommodations where you are sure to receive a warm welcome. Call us today to find out more about our Santa Fe Bed & Breakfast and to book your accommodation.

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Santa Fe Events in May

As Santa Fe heads into summer the list of things to see and do suddenly starts to get bigger.

During the month of May there are a couple of big events that you should consider adding to your itinerary.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Hosted by the Santa Fe Watershed Association, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival will take place on May 18.

This is a festival dedicated to environmental issues and you can pick up a ticket for just $15 to view the films at The Screen at Midtown Campus. This is an event that goes on tour all over the world and features at 250 different events, to encourage people globally to take action on a local level.

There are around 150 environmental films featured in this event, which aims to educate people in environmental protection.

To find out more and to book your tickets check out the official website.

Performance Santa Fe

This is an event that started in August last year and runs until May 2019. This is not just one type of performance, but includes drama, comedy, dance and music – all world-class productions run by an organization established around 80 years ago.

This is the longest-running arts organization in the state and the dedication to fine quality productions is clear. Each season runs for 10 months and includes educational programs as well as the artistic productions.

Why not take a look at the official website to find out more and book your tickets?

Santa Fe Century

The Santa Fe Century attracts cycling enthusiasts from all over the world and this year it includes a new pick up location and an all dirt route as well as bringing back the original routes that previous participants have enjoyed.

The vintage bike celebration is a popular part of the event and will be back this year and there is also the opportunity to raise funds for a good cause.

The amazing scenery and camaraderie make this an event that should not be missed and for those who are thinking about doing more cycling but aren’t sure, this is a great place to start.

Find out more at the official website.

Santa Fe Margarita Trail

Those who love a cocktail or two will not want to miss out on the Margarita Trail.

This takes you around the city, giving you the opportunity to see some of the amazing architecture and cultural attractions as you sample the uniquely-crafted margaritas.

There is a total of 45 margaritas to be tried and tested and for further details on the trail and different locations you can check out the official website or download the app.

The question of lodging in Santa Fe is easily answered – all you have to do is give us a call at Inn on the Paseo and book one of our cozy rooms so you can enjoy your visit to the city while staying in a home away from home environment.

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April Events in Santa Fe, New Mexico

April is a great month in Santa Fe with plenty to see and do. From arts to sports, there really is something for people of all ages.

Ski Season

The ski season actually comes to an end on April 7 in 2019 so if you want to strap on those skis you are going to have to move quickly. However, you could take advantage of a good offer that will give you a few discounts for the next ski season too. If you take any lesson package you will be given a Snow Sports Passport and this will give you savings for the rest of this season as well as next winter. There are lesson packages aimed at people of all ages and abilities. To find out more about this and view the web cams that show the slopes take a look at the official Ski Santa Fe website.

Baroque Holy Week

Easter takes place in April this year and one of the main events celebrating this religious festival is the Baroque Holy Week, where you can enjoy some of the most wonderful music. Held in the Loretto Chapel, there are three performances on April 18, 19, and 20. The musicians include Stephen Redfield and Meg Bragle, part of the Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble. This will take you back in time and give you the opportunity to experience some amazing chamber music. To find out more and book your tickets go to the official website.

Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

Towards the end of April there is the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow. It is actually held in Albuquerque at the Tingley Coliseum Fair Grounds, this is an annual event that always takes place during the last weekend of the month. It is when the Indian Traders Market happens, which showcases the work of more than 800 traders and artists. There is plenty of entertainment and music and the event brings together more than 3000 indigenous and Native American singers and dancers from across the United States and Canada, representing around 500 different tribes. If you want to attend it is a good idea to arrive early and you can order your tickets from the official website.  

Throughout April there are also plenty of other performances, markets and exhibitions that you can go along to. The region is also known for wine-making and there are plenty of tours and tastings that you can take part in. Why not take a trip to the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and enjoy the work of this renowned artist? Or relax in one of the city’s spas?

No matter what you want to do while you are in the city, you are guaranteed amazing accommodation if you book in at the Inn on the Paseo. Our family-friendly surroundings are cozy and welcoming. Call us today to find out more about our Santa Fe bed & breakfast and book your accommodation.


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