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PLANES, TRAINS BUT NO AUTOMOBILES - CAR-FREE MEANS CAREFREE
BedandBreakfast.com says don't be careless, go car-less this summer
Austin, TX - Between rising gas prices and a desire for greener travel, Americans are finding renewed interest in car-less getaways. BedandBreakfast.com comes to the rescue with a comprehensive list of car-free getaways. "This summer, travelers can care less about rising gas prices by going car-less to B&Bs," says Sandy Soule, Editor of BedandBreakfast.com and frequent inngoer. All B&Bs and inns listed can be accessed by public transportation; some reward guests with special incentives for choosing greener travel options. Listed alphabetically by state, read on for descriptions of great getaways using foot and pedal power.
Martine Inn, Pacific Grove, CA: Fly into the Monterey Peninsula Airport, catch the Monterey-Salinas Transit bus and get off two blocks from the inn, located on Monterey Bay. A 22-mile walking path is steps from the door, and the famed Aquarium and Cannery Row are within a five-minute walk. Monterey's entire splendor is easily accessed on foot, by rollerblades or by bike.
August Seven Inn, Daytona Beach, FL: Located just five miles from the airport, the inn provides complimentary transportation to those staying two or more nights. Famous Daytona Beach is an easy four-minute walk. Access shops, farmers markets and restaurants on foot, or take public transportation right from the inn to downtown malls, mini-golf and other attractions.
Scarborough Fair B&B, Baltimore, MD: Take Amtrak, the Marc Train, or fly into BWI, and the Light Train will bring you within 12 blocks of this inn, located in the historic Federal Hill neighborhood, an easy walk to the Inner Harbor and the Oriole's Camden Yards stadium. If your feet tire, walk two blocks and rent a Segway, the newest craze in green transport, or use pedal power to explore the harbor by swan boat.
Morrison House B&B, Somerville, MA: Simply take the Silver Line from Boston's Logan Airport or Amtrak to South Station, connect to the Red Line, get off at Davis Square, and you're a two- minute walk to this B&B. Stroll the tree-lined Minuteman Trail or take the T to all of Boston's fabulous city sights and sounds. Davis Square's bookstores, restaurants and nightlife are right out the door.
Lathrop House B&B, Springfield, MA: Car service is offered from nearby Bradley International Airport, Amtrak, and Peter Pan bus stations. Once here, bus service right outside the door will take guests to the Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden, Basketball Hall of Fame, museums, restaurants, and more. Right across the street is 765-acre Forest Park, with 16 tennis courts, nature trails, duck ponds, Japanese and formal rose gardens, and even bocce courts.
Captain Wohlt Inn, Hermann, MO: This complex of four buildings, all on the Historic Registry, rewards visitors who arrive by Amtrak from St. Louis or Kansas City. Come by train and receive a 10 percent discount for one-night stays, then add a 15 percent discount for the second night and a 20 percent discount for the third night's stay. Walk to museums, wineries, antique and gift shops, microbreweries, restaurants and more. Rent bikes and receive complimentary shuttle service to the Katy Trail for scenic biking.
Serendipity B&B, Independence, MO: From the Kansas City Airport, catch the shuttle into downtown KC, then transfer to the bus to Independence. The B&B is just a half block from the bus stop and four blocks from the Amtrak station. Visit the former Truman home and the Truman Library or enjoy quaint shops, restaurants and more. A historic walking trail through town makes seeing the sites on foot fun and easy, and bus service makes downtown Kansas City easily accessible.
The Guest Haus, Washington, MO: Take Amtrak to the 1926 historic Union Pacific Station in Washington and walk four easy blocks to this self-contained B&B. Guests have exclusive use of the two-bedroom house, with a full kitchen and living room, so bring the whole family or a group of friends. Antique and gift shoppers will find 10 treasure troves within five blocks, along with museums, a general store and galleries.
Broad Creek Guest Quarters, New Bern, NC: Fly into New Bern's Craven County Regional Airport, and your innkeeper Harold will shuttle you back. Walk to onsite recreation including indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, golf, spa, exercise and game room, playground, horseshoes and much more. Harold's friendly shuttle service takes guests to New Bern's restaurants, theater and outdoor attractions. Nearby protected waters make canoeing and kayaking a great way to spot abundant wildlife. Rentals and guides available.
Bayberry Inn, Cape May, NJ: Take the New Jersey Transit bus to Cape May's Welcome Center, and then stroll two easy blocks to this inn. Walk to beaches, live theater, shopping and Cape May's renowned restaurants right from the Bayberry.
Wyman House, NY, NY: Fly into any of New York's airports and take buses or cabs close to the doorstep of this Manhattan-style inn, overlooking Riverside Park. Rent bikes and use pedal power to ride along the Hudson to Battery Park, or hop onto convenient buses or subways to access all the restaurants, theaters, museums and nightlife of the Big Apple. Throughout July and August mention GREEN GETAWAY and receive a complimentary $10 Metro Card for use on public transportation.
Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, Shinnston, WV: Fly into the Harrison Marion Regional Airport, and shuttle service will be provided by the inn. Two bicycles and helmets are available for use on the adjacent rail trail. Museums, parks and restaurants are an easy stroll or bike ride away.
Earth Rider Bike Shop and Hotel, Brodhead, WI: Grab your bike and head for the Gelder Bus Line or the Metra Train; both allow bikes. Then use pedal power to the hotel, a haven for cyclists with a bike shop on the first floor and B&B above. Complimentary bike checks, indoor bicycle storage and guest rooms with cycling themes and d?cor make this a favorite with the bicycle bunch. Plenty of recreation, restaurants, and outdoor adventure are within easy walking or cycling distance. Arrive by bicycle and a complimentary bottle of local wine or brew will be waiting. Bike-less? No worry, bike rentals available. Stay two nights at the B&B and receive a complimentary one-day bike rental.
Baldwin Village Inn, Toronto, ON, Canada: Subway, bus and train stations are all within a five-minute walk of this inn, or catch a streetcar to access all the attractions, shops and culture of Toronto. Chinatown, Kensington Market, Little Italy, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Entertainment district, Theatre, Opera House, Harbour Front, CN Tower, and the famed Skydome are all within walking distance. Every third Sunday through the summer and fall starting July, Baldwin Street will be designated pedestrian-only, filled with entertainment, music, cultural and historic exhibits.
By the Park B&B, Toronto, ON, Canada: Located just 150 meters from the Keele subway station on the Bloor line, this B&B is an easy 40-minute train ride from the airport. Access all the sites of the city by subway or bring roller blades and explore the city via residential roads and nearby paved trails.
Villa L'Aimée, Nice, France: Take the train from Paris, Marseilles or Genoa, Italy to the center of Nice, and from there catch a bus for a 10-15 minute ride to the local square in the beautiful quartier of St Maurice; the B&B is just an eight-minute walk away. Visit the Chateau de Colline or the Promenade des Anglaises with its beach and restaurants. Although city bus travel is easy, the new Tramway system, scheduled to open September 2007, will make public transportation throughout the city faster and even easier.
For additional ideas for green and car-less travel, visit http://www.BedandBreakfast.com and click the link to Green Getaways & Eco Escapes in the lower left-hand corner of the page. Learn more about these inns and nearly 6,400 others on BedandBreakfast.com, the leading online bed and breakfast Internet directory and reservation network worldwide. A variety of search functions and extensive maps enable inngoers to find the perfect B&B. Travelers can make reservations online, purchase gift certificates welcomed at nearly 4,000 U.S. bed & breakfast inns, subscribe to free newsletters, read and write independent reviews, and post questions on expert-hosted message boards.
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