Seattle’s FLAT Tax for Airbnbs $10Night, Inns & Irma, Innkeeper Talks Back to Boston Globe, 3 Inns’ Fall Specials

Innkeepers on Anna Maria island seemed to be relatively pleased when they returned to the island and realized they could open their doors quickly. Harrington House on Holmes Beach took action by posting directly on their website that they were open. Their communication is loud and clear.   And they have the webcam to prove it. Here

Florida Inns Agree to Fema’s $125/Night
Another inn on the island saw a boatload of guests from damaged homes coming in to stay. “The Anna Maria Island Inn is part of a FEMA program that subsidized hotel rooms for people who can’t stay in their homes after a natural disaster, and that was one reason the place was so crowded.” More



Seattle to Tax Airbnb operators $10/night

Only  2 properties per host

The Seattle City Council has released a new set of regulations designed to prevent property owners from operating Airbnbs and other short-term rentals as if they were hotels – part of a larger effort to ensure an adequate supply of long-term rental stock for the city’s permanent residents.


Innkeeper Talks Back to Silly Boston Globe B&B Article

Innkeeper David R. N. Livesley of Woodstocker Inn wrote back to the Globe to set Christopher Muther right after his degrading and boring Sept. 3 article entitled Does B&B stand for blah and bummer? One man’s stand against breakfast with strangers.  Here’s what the innkeeper said:

“Muther’s misconception is commonplace, and we get frustrated that one bad B&B incident has put him off for life…We will gladly show Muther what many contemporary small inns and B&Bs are now offering: organic food, eco-friendly attitudes, Wi-Fi and other technology, and, importantly, beds with duvets that are made for sleeping in.

For another take on the Globe’s anti B&B article read Janet Wolff’s blog

Eclectic, Contemporary, Indulgent – they say about their inn.

Check out the Woodstocker very unusual websitewhich reveals the unique personality of the owners and whose visuals make a pitch toward the Airbbnb – Boutique crowd.

Samuel Johnson (Born 1709) Honored by Google Today & What He Said About Inns

Today’s Google Doodle pays tribute to Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) – remember his famous Inn quote?

“There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.”

3 Fall Idea-Starters From Ohio,, South Carolina & West Virginia Innkeepers

1. Throw in a Fall Cookout and Book Up


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast Saturday morning.

Spend the day exploring the area: check out local wineries, go antiquing, or discover hidden gems in Amish country.


Enjoy a Saturday evening cookout at the Inn (burgers, brats and chicken on the grill).

Relax around the bonfire as members of the Kokosing River Surf Club entertain you with classic rock and blues tunes. Two night packages start at $379 for two guests. Friday night dinner is available for an additional cost.


2. Create an Event Around Your Local Historian

EXPLORE HISTORY series, Novelist Carson McClullers’ Charlotte.
Sunday, Oct. 8, 3 pm. Noted Southern novelist Carson McCullers lived in Charlotte as she began her 1940’s classic novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Join us as Mary Kratt, author of The Imaginative Spirit: Literary History of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, joins community historian Dr. Tom Hanchett to look at how the Queen City is reflected in McCuller’s classic novel. This event is part of the year-long Carson McCullers 100th birthday series of events organized by Charlotte Center for Literary Arts. …part of the ongoing Explore History! series sponsored by The Levine Museum of the New South and The Duke Mansion.
This event is FREE to attend, but reservations required.


3. The Best of Fall in One Enchanting Escape

Hillbrook Inn

The time for boots and scarves, hot apple cider, and all things pumpkin is upon us. Take it all in and see the hillsides transform with a special fall getaway.
~ See The Leaves ~
· Go for a scenic hike overlooking historic Harpers Ferry at Maryland Heights
· See the colors from a new perspective on a zip-lining adventure
· Try something new and go for an off-road segway tour
· For a more laid back experience, cruise along Skyline Drive – a 105 mile trip along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park
~ Savor The Tastes of The Season ~

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