Tuesday, October 18, 2011

B&Bs Open Their Doors to Veterans on Nov 10 in a Large Scale Effort to Thank the Troops

Thousands of active military and veterans will awake refreshed on Veteran’s Day to a gourmet breakfast at B&BS in the U.S. and Canada

Inns and B&Bs throughout the U.S. and Canada will honor active military and veterans by opening their doors with complimentary stays on November 10, 2011, in observance of Veteran’s Day. To date more than 450 inns and B&Bs have signed up to participate in the B&Bs for Vets program in the U.S. with an additional 210 offers from Canadian innkeepers, and more are being added each day. Organizers expect to surpass the 900 participating inns that joined in the program in 2010, expecting innkeepers to offer free stays to thousands of vets on the eve of Veteran’s Day so they can awake refreshed on 11-11-11 for a gourmet breakfast and Veteran’s Day events. For a complete list of participating inns and B&Bs, visitwww.bnbsforvets.org for participating inns in the United States and www.bbcanada.com/bbforvets for a list of participating Canadian B&Bs.

“I can’t think of anything more important than honoring veterans with a complimentary stay, “ told Teresa Jacobson, co-owner of Azalea Inn in Savannah, GA to WTOC in an interview last year.

“The B&Bs for Vets program is such a great way to honor not only the military, but their wives and families as well. My wife served too; supporting me while on multiple deployments,” told Michael Dawson, Army Chaplin to Amy Dolan, innkeeper at Inn Above Onion Creek in Austin, TX.

The B&Bs for Vets program started in 2008 when Kathleen Panek, co-owner of the Gillum House and a handful of other innkeepers in West Virginia opened their doors to veterans in honor of Veteran’s Day. This year, the Professional Association of Innkeepers International will coordinate the B&Bs for Vets program in conjunction with BBCanada.com to thank veterans and introduce them to today’s B&B experience.

Veterans interested in reserving a room on November 10 are asked to contact the inn/B&B where they wish to stay. Proof of military service will be requested, and all policies of the inn will be enforced for free stays. To see a complete list of participating inns and B&Bs in the U.S. and Canada, visitwww.bnbsforvets.org or www.bbcanada.com/bbforvets While some have already filled, new inns and B&Bs are being added daily. An easy sort offers by state or province makes finding the right place to stay easy.


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