Aug01

Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs or BnBs for short) are becoming an increasingly popular lodging option for travelers worldwide. BnBs are often private family homes, which gives them some huge advantages over standard hotels. They tend to be more personalized, relaxing, and down-to-earth experiences.  So what is included in a Bed and Breakfast?

Bedrooms

Bed and Breakfasts commonly have between four and eleven private rooms; the average BnB has six bedrooms. Some have private en suite bathrooms while others require their guests to share communal bathrooms.

One feature travelers often appreciate about BnBs is the uniqueness of each bedroom. Large hotels can have over one hundred rooms that are practically identical. How boring is that? Most BnBs don’t have “copy and paste” bedrooms. 

Inn on Bath Creek has four unique bedrooms (Pamilco, Chesapeake, Calabash, and Okrarcoke), each themed around a southern coastal town. That means our guests can visit us four separate times and have four completely different experiences! Visit our website to check out our luxury guest rooms.

Breakfast

Most of the time, breakfasts offered in chain hotels are mediocre at best. Stale bagels, powdered eggs, suspicious-looking fruit. No thanks. And if you don’t wake up early enough, all the “good” stuff is already gone!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially on vacation. Have you ever had a not-so-great breakfast that made you a little sick? Or the meal just wasn’t appetizing which led you to being hungry all day? Those kinds of things can ruin a whole trip! 

B&Bs offer locally-sourced, fresh, and delicious breakfasts that will give their guests the energy and nutrition they need to enjoy the rest of their day. One of our guests wrote “The breakfast each morning was the highlight of our day!”. Find us on Trip Advisor to read more wonderful reviews from our wonderful guests.

Amenities 

Hotels charge for everything. Wifi, Parking, Drinks. Staying in a hotel usually ends up being much more expensive than we originally think. Bed and Breakfasts often do not charge for these things and have extra amenities included as well!

The Inn on Bath Creek offers free parking, free WiFi, free drinks throughout the day, a selection of DVDs and books, and various places to relax. Hotels may have comfortable bedrooms, but very few have welcoming communal areas. Our guests love to spend time in our sunroom, front room, lounge, garden, and on the front porch swing. 

B&B Owners

Bed and Breakfast owners may be the biggest asset to your vacation. While hotel owners are extremely busy and have tons of rooms, customers, and employees to deal with, B&B owners are usually very available to their guests. 

Most owners live in or near their B&B so they are very knowledgeable about the local area. They’ll know the best places to eat, the coolest historic sites, the most fun places to shop, and all the secret gems you could only hear about from a true local. 

Inn on Bath Creek guests love the owners. Here are a few comments from our guests. 

“Dale & Maree, were so welcoming and made you feel at home.”

“Our hosts, Maree and Dale, couldn’t have been more welcoming and helpful.”

“Marie and Dale were exceedingly enjoyable, helpful and extremely accommodating. We are delighted to have had the experience of staying in The Inn on Bath Creek!”

Hotels and other common lodging options may be suitable for short business trips, but if you want a real getaway, one that is relaxing and unique, you should consider a Bed and Breakfast instead. 

We’d love to show you first what is included in a Bed and Breakfast firsthand! Visit our website to book a vacation with us!

Jun25

This year has been an interesting one to say the least. No matter who you are, you have been affected by more than a few curve balls 2020 has thrown at you. Luckily, we are entering summer and as Charles Bowden once said, “summertime is always the best of what might be”. 

North Carolina is a beautiful state every day of the year, but it is particularly beautiful during the summer months. From our serene coast to the mesmerizing mountain ranges and everything in between, there are endless opportunities to enjoy your summer in NC this year.  

1. Canoeing, Kayaking, and Tubing

Although beautiful, North Carolina summers are HOT! One of the best and most fun ways to stay cool is to be on/in the water. Canoeing, kayaking, and tubing spots are present all over the state! 

East coast paddlers enjoy the peaceful scenery of overhanging trees and water birds at Goose Creek State Park. This is a great option if you own a kayak or canoe but unfortunately the park does not offer rentals.

 If you plan on being in central North Carolina this summer, check out Cape Fear River Adventures in Lillington. They offer kayaking classes, lazy river tubing, white water adventures, and even paddleboard yoga! This is a great spot for beginners who want to rent vessels. 

Western NC has amazing paddling options as well. Zaloo’s Canoes has something for everyone. Take a relaxing 2-3 hour float down New River, a 5-mile kayaking trip, or an overnight canoe adventure!

2. Visit a State Park

What better way to spend your summer than exploring the great outdoors? Visiting State Parks is a wonderful way to experience and appreciate NC. There are currently 41 places that make up the North Carolina State Parks system.

Jockey’s Ridge, located on the Atlantic coast, is home to the tallest living sand dune, a great place to hike, and the perfect spot to watch the sun set. Visitors also enjoy flying kites and adventure seekers get a thrill out of hang gliding lessons!

Located just a few minutes from town amenities, Eno River is a great option for those who don’t want to go too far off the beaten path. It’s no surprise that it was named the Regional State Park of the Year because of its nearly 28 miles of scenic trails that take hikers into the heart of nature.  

Hiking is an obvious activity to enjoy at Grandfather Mountain, but this State Park is full of surprises! Its unique wildlife exhibits are built around the natural habitat of cougars, black bears, elk, otters, and bald eagles. Grandfather Mountain’s mile high swinging bridge is arguably its most breathtaking feature. 

3. Camping

North Carolina offers a camping (or glamping) experience for everyone. It is easy to find traditional camping sites by doing a simple internet search. However, if you’re looking for a unique experience, you’re in the right place!

In the coastal plains, camp on the Roanoke River, literally! These platform sites offer a unique experience of camping a few feet above the water. If the beach is more your scene, try Cape Lookout National Seashore and camp in the sand, a short distance from a lighthouse.  

Central NC offers more glamorous versions of camping. Live out your childhood dreams and spend a weekend at Treehouse Vineyards. That’s right. You can rent a treehouse to “camp” in. If you’re a coffee lover, you’ll love Long Cove Resort which proudly serves Starbucks in each cabin.

The North Carolina mountains region features unusual camping shelters. At Blue Bear Mountain Camp, you can stay in an RV, tent, cabin, or even a 22 foot tall teepee! If you love paddling, you’ll love French Broad Paddle Trail. Spend all day paddling down the river to your next campsite, set up camp, sleep, wake up, repeat.

No matter which region of North Carolina you decide to spend your summer, there are tons of options for everyone. Just remember: stay safe, have fun, and don’t forget your sunscreen! If you’re ready to explore Historic Bath, NC, we’d be delighted to have you stay at the Inn on Bath Creek. Click here to request a room today, or call us on 252-923-9571.

May22

Life is crazy. There are so many things to keep up with. You have to cook, clean, work, keep up with family and friends…we’re stressed just thinking about it! 

It’s time to pause and recharge. You deserve a break! How are you supposed to deal with all this if you don’t take a little time for yourself? Relaxing doesn’t always mean getting an expensive, hour-long massage at some fancy parlor (but boy, does that sound nice!). 

There are a ton of cheap/free, quick, and easy ways to relax at home.

Environmental

  • Create a comfortable space: Pick a place in your home that’ll serve as your relaxation station. It can be your bedroom, the couch, the kitchen table, you pick! Grab your favorite chair, pillows, blankets and make it as comfy as possible. Now you have a space to escape when it all feels too much. 
  • Carve out alone time: Even if it’s just 5 minutes, find a comfy spot in your home and spend some time with yourself.
  • Disconnect: We have insane amounts of information, news stories, and cat videos at our fingertips. While sometimes that’s great, it can also be extremely overwhelming. Take a few hours to unplug and turn all your devices. 
  • Remove clutter: It’s almost impossible to relax at home if you have a lot of clutter. Being surrounded by a bunch of stuff isn’t good for your mental health. Get rid of anything you don’t need anymore, one drawer at a time.
  • Natural light: Just a few minutes of sunlight can turn that frown upside down. Try going on a short walk at a local park, your neighborhood, or stay inside and soak up some light from an open window.
  • Calming music: Let music soothe your soul. Here is a great compilation of relaxing music to help you destress. 
  • Plants: Spending time outside has been proven to reduce stress, but sometimes it’s hard to find the time to spend outside. Try buying a few plants to put in your house.

Physical

  • ABCs: Need a quick fix? Saying your ABCs backwards. It’ll shift your focus from whatever is stressing you out and is a fun challenge for your brain! 
  • Massage your scalp: Yes, you can do this yourself. Here’s an article to help.  
  • Stretch: Stand up, reach for the sky, touch your toes, shake out your arms, whatever you have to do. Take a few seconds to check in with your body, feel where you are holding your stress, and work out the kinks.
  • Workout: Everyone knows exercise reduces stress but no one wants to hear it! Don’t worry. You don’t have to do jumping jacks, burpees, squats like everyone else. Try dancing, playing a sport, or any other fun way to get your blood pumping.  
  • Take a Bath: This one is pretty self explanatory. Add a little excitement with a bath bomb, a few drops of essential oils, or make it a bubble bath.

Mental

  • Meditate: Meditation can sound intimidating if you don’t know how to do it. Fortunately, there are several apps that can guide you. Try HeadSpace or Calm.
  • Read: Find a book you haven’t picked up in a while and lose yourself in it.
  • Journal: Sometimes the best thing you can do while you’re stressed is just get it off your chest. What does that mean? Grab a pen and paper and just start writing whatever comes to mind. How you feel, what you’re thinking about, what you wish you were doing.
  • Gratitude: Start a gratitude journal and start every day with jotting down three things you’re thankful for. 
  • Make a list of what makes you happy: Just thinking about things you enjoy and that make you happy can turn your day around. After all, this stress is only temporary and this exercise will remind you of life’s beauty.

Fun

  • Comfort food: You’ll like this one! Indulge in your favorite meal or dessert. It’s okay to cheat every once in a while.
  • Puzzles/board games: Putting all your focus and attention on something lighthearted and trivial can be very calming. Life shouldn’t be serious all the time.
  • Discover a new subscription service: Subscription box services are very popular right now. There are companies that will mail you food, makeup, clothes, books, and more! Makes for a nice surprise in your mailbox. 
  • Rediscover a relaxing hobby: Remember when you used to paint, draw, dance, knit, do crafts? Try picking it up again! You might surprise yourself. 
  • Plan a staycation: If you have a weekend to relax at home (lucky), plan a staycation for yourself. Read our staycation blog for ideas to help you make the most out of it. 

As Izey Victoria Odiase once said: “Relax, Recharge and Reflect. Sometimes it’s OK to do nothing.” Whatever you do, we hope that you’re able to relax and unwind.