In observance of Veterans Day, over 200 bed and breakfasts in the United States and Canada are providing free rooms on Wednesday, November 10, to honor those who have served or are serving in the military. Over 200 inns in 39 states and Canada have donated rooms for this holiday promotion.
The program was started in 2009 by the West Virginia Bed & Breakfast Association. “We just wanted to say thank you to the courageous men and women from our armed forces,” said Kathleen Panek, owner of the Gillum House in Shinnston, West Virginia, and originator of the concept.
The Whistling Swan Inn in Stanhope is taking part in the Veterans Day promotion. “This is a great way for us to honor our country’s servicemen and women,” said Liz Armstrong, owner of the Whistling Swan Inn. “We want to honor those men and women in the military who put there life on the line for our country every day. Not enough people realize what our serviceman and women face on a day to day basis." Liz’s father served in World War II, and the Whistling Swan wants to honor veterans by having them stay with them as they celebrate Veterans Day.
Bed and breakfasts are small hospitality businesses that offer a warmth and personality rarely found in hotels and motels. All rooms have private bathrooms, comfortable beds, and decorated areas. Known for their breakfasts and personalized service, bed and breakfasts are the perfect way to enhance a getaway.
Reservations have to be made directly with the participating inns. A military or Veterans Administration ID is required for each reservation. Each participating Bed and Breakfast is making at least one room available on the night of November 10 and availability is limited to a first come first serve basis.
Thomas Shepherd Inn in Shepherdstown, West Virginia secured a domain name and created a web site to enable Veterans to locate a participating Bed & Breakfast. For more information on the promotion go to www.bnbsforvets.org.