Lexington & Staunton, Virginia
History cloaks the lovely Shenandoah Valley towns of Lexington and Staunton like the mist that gives the Blue Ridge Mountains their name. You can enjoy it all, from museums to mountains, hiking to highways, antiquing to wine-tasting, at a leisurely country pace. Read more...
Branson & Springfield, Missouri
The "Live Music Show Capital of the World," Branson has over 46 theaters playing host to over 80 shows, while Springfield has a lively restored downtown area with great restaurants. The surrounding Ozarks are great for fishing, golf, shopping, and many other activities. Read more...

B&B Travel Tips for Seniors

Money-saving suggestions: Whether you think that senior travel starts at 55, 65, or even 75, here are some tips to maximize the pleasure of B&B travel while minimizing the costs. You can always ask for a senior discount, of course, but the real savings will come from following this advice:

  1. Travel midweek: B&Bs are usually busiest on weekends; business is typically slower on weekdays, so rates are almost always significantly less.
  2. Stay multiple nights: A three-night stay will nearly always result in an additional reduction in rates; if the innkeeper doesn't volunteer it, it's perfectly OK to inquire.
  3. Travel off-season: Avoid such peak periods as school vacations, holiday weekends, and the height of fall foliage for lower rates, less traffic, and fewer crowds.
  4. Pay attention to pricing: Use the "Quicklist" search tool on BedandBreakfast.com to search for B&Bs in your desired price range. In general, you'll get more for your money by selecting the least expensive room in a more pricy B&B than the most expensive room in a less costly one. Why? The least expensive room may be the inn's smallest, but will typically still have a queen-size bed and private bath with shower, and you'll enjoy the same top quality amenities, décor, and extras of a room that's twice the price.
  5. Take advantage of last-minute travel deals: Use your increased flexibility to enjoy spur-of-the moment getaways. Every Wednesday, BedandBreakfast.com posts approximately 300 Hot Deals, each offering savings of 20 percent or more. Read them online or sign up for a weekly email.

Comfort-enhancing suggestions: Even if you're in great shape, 55 is not 25. It's OK to ask innkeepers about the following:

  1. Lighting: The older we get the less light our eyes absorb. If you enjoy reading, ask for a room that has good lighting on both sides of the bed and in the bathroom. A bathroom nightlight is appreciated for the inevitable late night visit(s).
  2. Comfortable seating: If back problems make reading in bed unpleasant, ask for a room with a reading chair with good lighting.
  3. Tub and/or shower grab bars: If your knees and/or hips are long past their 50-year, 50,000 mile warranty, something (other than the towel bar) to hold on to is a good idea, especially when getting in and out of deep soaking tubs or whirlpools.
  4. Stairs: Many B&Bs have a first-floor guest room, so be sure to ask for one if stairs present a problem.
  5. Phone & email access: Cell phones don't always work in rural areas, so inquire about telephone and email access, if you need to be in touch with loved ones at home.

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