Win an Inn for Your Kids, New Way for Groupon to Get You Guests

Image 4-14-16 at 12.00 PMWin a Maine Inn for your kids.

Did you raise a future innkeeper? If your child was raised in an inn, this could be a dream come true for all of you, a mortgage-free inn.

“Don’t delay! Entries are due by September 19, 2016, – winner will be chosen on October 13th, which is the couple’s wedding anniversary. Be sure to check out even more beautiful images of Freedom House Bed and Breakfast on the website’s photo gallery, which includes exquisite details about each of the seven bedrooms. Do you think you have what it takes to call yourself the next owner of the Freedom House Bed and Breakfast? To apply for the essay contest, click the official essay contest link.”

A Mother’s Day Getaway That Keeps Going and Going and Going

The Fredericksburg, Texas Visitors Bureau sent a highly compelling Mother’s Day Newsletter that included suggested Itineraries for a 3-Night stay for Mother’s Day.

1. Start your weekend early on Thursday, May 5 to bring Mom to the Fredericksburg Summer Farmer’s Market. Enjoy …. local produce, breads, pizza, local wines and live music at Marktplatz.
2. On Friday, May 6, browse art galleries during First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg…
3. On Saturday, May 7, treat Mom to wine and food pairing out at Rancho Ponte Vineyard…
4. Be sure to RSVP early for a tasty Mother’s Day Luncheon at Becker Vineyards on Sunday, May 8. Enjoy multiple courses paired with award-winning Becker Vineyards wines – and enjoy the sights and smells of the blooming lavender fields!

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Those North Carolinians! – They Paint in Private Gardens

From Visit Edenton comes an event your town could start – Artists are gathered for a painting event held simultaneously in 17 beautiful local gardens – It’s an event to walk through and enjoy music, art and gardens. “4/15-16 * Gardens * Dancing * Artists”

“Easels in 17 Gardens with over 34 Artists from throughout NC and Virginia painting. Activities for Children and Boogie on Broad with Band of Oz on Friday evening. Tickets may be purchased at the Penelope Barker House and online.”

How to Use Groupon to Get Guests Without Signing UpImage 4-14-16 at 12.12 PM

Send DEAL info to your guests straight out of Groupon offerings. Groupon and LivingSocial type marketers are a great source of information and deals for both you and your guests if they cover your neck of the woods.
You do have to get their emails – you’ll be surprised at the dinner deals available – and it will help you create your own packages with folks in town who run restaurants, museums, attractions. You’ll know what kind of deals they might make with you, a fellow business in town. Better yet, when you send groupon deals to former guests, you’ll be surprised who will stay at the inn just because they read about the restaurant or vineyard tasting, or river rafting deal.
Here’s the offer we received:
The Fig & Olive – Cuisine inspired by the Mediterranean regions of France, Italy, and Spain infuses olive oil into sweet and savory dishes. $25 for a prix fixe lunch with a glass of house wine for one, valid Monday–Friday ($41 value)

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Cooking School or Classes Pull Couples to You

Castle Hill, Newport
“This spring, the Castle Hill culinary escape embraces a meal that evokes relaxation and community. Executive Chef Lou Rossi will guide guests through a weekend of brunch classics, including savory offerings like quiches, crepes, and a main course of grilled apricots with stracciatella, country ham and arugula. Pastry Chef Christina Mercado will handle the baked goods as she teaches students the art of baking croissants, Danish pastries, English muffins and vanilla ricotta fritters. What would a weekend of brunching be without signature cocktails? Beverage Director Anthony Boi will lead a tasting of some classics as well as some interesting new selections to work into your brunch routine.”

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Recipe Provided By:
Clamber Hill Inn & Restaurant
Petersham, MA
An original award-winning recipe created by Mark & Deni Ellis. “Many of our guests say these are the best pancakes they have ever eaten. Made with fresh pears marinated in Poire, a pear liqueur, and arranged artistically on the pancake while cooking.” READ MORE