For diehard travel enthusiasts particularly those who traverse with their significant other can find solace in finding a place that both can enjoy and make it their own adventure.
While the rooms may offer every luxury and the restaurant’s sumptuous fare, there is a missing element.
It is harder for these establishments to reflect the character of their locale.
For this reason, many sojourners opt to stay at a bed and breakfast or a guest house in order to drink in the atmosphere of their destination.
This, of course, begs two questions: first, is there a difference between a guest house and a bed & breakfast?
If so, how do they differ. A good case study can be found in the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Knowing Where To Stay
Of course, there are no hard and fast definitions when it comes to B&Bs and guest houses; the terms are often used synonymously. At the same time, many seasoned travelers will make distinctions.
Some will call a place with over five accommodating rooms a guest house while others believe it is the absence of food service that earns that moniker.
Alternatively, there are guests who believe that meals (breakfast anyway) are included in a B&B package whereas they will be an extra charge on a guest house bill.
In a more subjective realm, tourists report that B&Bs have the feel of a family home while guest houses are more a place to sleep, i.e. a hotel with few or no amenities.
Be Near All The Action
It is little surprise, then, that couples look for bed and breakfast lodgings when planning a vacation.
For the romantic and historic-minded, there is a lure from the many places to visit in Santa Fe.
Couples can take in the original artwork and myriad crafts at Canyon Road.
Santa Fe Plaza puts the Mexico in New Mexico with the Palace of the Governors and the historic San Miguel Mission, as well as a plethora of Spanish and Native American markets.
Not to be missed are the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi and the Santa Fe Opera House.
Amorous twosomes can find much to do but the question remains: where will they stay?
Planning Your Bed and Breakfast Stay
A New Mexico bed and breakfast will certainly not have the same ambience as many B&Bs located across the country.
The décor, the food and the hosts will reflect a different culture. Architecture will vary, though prospective guests can expect adobe to figure in.
Planning to stay at an inn in Santa Fe means determining what to see and where to go in advance.
How far do you want to walk? How much time will you spend outside of your bed and breakfast in Santa Fe as opposed to relaxing in your room?
Obviously, price must factor into the pre-trip plans, as well.
Make It A Romantic Getaway
The romance of such accommodations speaks for itself. Couples share the house with only a handful of other guests as opposed to being warehoused in a 400-room hotel.
The properties are most often landscaped to highlight the beauty of the surrounding area.
Owners frequently offer romantic packages including guests’ preferences regarding wine, and chocolate delights that they can enjoy.
These personal touches are business as usual at bed and breakfasts, be they in Santa Fe or anywhere around the country.