Attract More Bed & Breakfast Guests With Flexible Check Out

Airbnb Hosting – In the End I Hated it..

Having to buy a Star Wars-type breathing apparatus before emptying your bathroom bins – and still gagging; giving thanks for guests who expertly tend your garden and leave every room spotless: such experiences typify two practical extremes of being an Airbnb host

Becoming so antagonistic towards the people partying in your property that you’ll take a four-figure earnings hit (plus a cancellation fine) to get rid of them early; jumping at personal invitations to visit… Business Post


Could you attract more guests with a flexible check-in/check-out? thinks so. They quote a recent survey.

“Most vacationers would happily pay more for the option of flexible check-in/check-out times (74%).”

I’ve noticed a few inns offering noon check out lately, but not many.

What if Free Late Check Out showed up in your Google listing – and extending check out to 1. Has anyone tried this?


Apply for Awards Awards

Awards really work to convince more guests – here are two;

  1. USA Today – We were reminded of the USA Today Awards when reading the Kennebunkport. We’re excited to announce that Hidden Pond and Tides Beach Club has been nominated for USA Today’s 10Best Awards for Best Destination Resort and Best Waterfront Hotel! Help us turn this nomination into a win by voting daily through July 29th. Stay tuned- the winners will be announced August 9th.Go Here
  2. Top 10 Romantic – You won’t believe how much this works – one inn given theTop 10 Most Romantic Inns award 25 years ago still displays it, and it still works. This is probably the easiest possible award to apply for. Simply nominate yourself by writing We have been choosing romantic inns for 25 years. See former winners.
  3. If you have top Tripadvisor Awards maximize them with some of the best guest comments to all your pages – & no one clicks to TA.


What We Heard This Week

You Let Me Be the Innkeeper I Want to Be

Can’t thank you enough. I came here to be an innkeeper to bake, cook, play in the dirt with my flowers and meet and greet wonderful people. I surely didn’t sign up for all this computer crap. I hate this part!!! But as always thanks to YOU you always make it right. God bless you and have a great day 🙏 Robin

You Do a Tremendous & Professional Job – “This compliment is 22 years in the making. I am retiring and closing the inn after 22 years. I want you to know you do a tremendous and professional job. Thank you.” Jim Osterfoss, Nagel Warren Mansion

“Can you make my current website more dazzling?”

Renewing iLoveInns

“I reached out to my marketing team and they said to definitely renew our membership with because of the SEO value.”  Kayla, Innkeeper


If You Have a Vacation Rental

Give it a Page

Note what is called The Inns of Charleston above. If you need to move in this direction take a look at their listings on Airbnb and at how their website reflects an Airbnb image.

This will work better if you are in a high demand area like Charleston or in a downtown area next to everything.

If you have equity and kids who don’t exactly want to do the whole inn thing, they might do this – Here’s their story:

In 2016, we purchased two properties on 69 & 71 Spring Street. These homes were built in 1876, and were renovated and revitalized to create an authentic and upscale low-country vacation home experience. This was the start of The Inns, Charleston. Then the very next year we decided to build off our success, and added another 10 bedroom unit, 154 Spring Street.


How to Add Custom Features to Your Vacation Rentals

Great options such as Groceries Ahead, Games etc. on a whole page noting the options. This page makes you feel like you are already on vacation


Paint with Anna Painting Party On August 24th at 3pm!

Here’s another event that can get you press AND put you on the map with locals.

“We will be hosting another Paint with Anna class next month and you’ll be painting Taughannock Falls! We had a blast painting with her last month and are excited to do so again. We will hopefully be out on the patio again, weather permitting. Bring friends and food or drink if you would like! We will have water.”


Photo: Unsplash

Best Breakfast Casseroles

A best-loved Southern Living breakfast casserole, this recipe video can be prepared in advance by a helper!, stored in the refrigerator overnight, and baked the next morning. In just an hour, you’ll have what reviewers call “the best tasting breakfast casserole ever eaten.” Serves: 6 to 8 so hopefully you have to double or triple the recipe.

Enchilada from Southern Living


A second enchilada video.

Or celebrate Southern Roots with this Quiche with a Cheesy Grits Crust


Can you believe Smoked Salmon Burritos or Wild Mushroom-Egg Bake

Yes it might be Christmas in July but it will be worth it for the hearty thanks you’ll get from your guests (and the make ahead convenience).