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Austin, TX –Many travelers have been afraid to venture into the Gulf Coast area due to the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The leak began when a rig exploded in late April, and while tar balls and oil have washed ashore on some beaches, most of the land in the Gulf Coast states has remained untouched by the spill. Although the media is reporting that brides are canceling their beach weddings and travelers are rescheduling their beach vacations in fear of the encroaching oil, the problem has diminished since the well was finally capped a few weeks ago.

If you’re interested in visiting the area, there wonderful places in and around the Gulf Coast that welcome you to explore charming towns, enjoy local cuisine, and unwind. There are also great deals to be had!

Bed and breakfasts on the Gulf Coast and in the surrounding area are ready and waiting for reservations! Many properties are losing revenue due to the misconception that the area is covered in oil. When travelers book a stay of two nights or more in a Gulf Coast state (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida) on using the green “book it” button, they will get 15% off by using the promo code GULF15. This promotion ends September 30, 2010.

For more great specials, click here to see all Gulf Coast Getaways that individual B&Bs are offering.

Here is a small sampling of the hundreds of area B&Bs and inns unaffected by the spill:

Emma's Bayhouse Bed & Breakfast
, Fairhope, AL:
Located on Mobile Bay, Emma’s Bayhouse overlooks the Fairhope Municipal pier and is next to a bayfront park. This four-room B&B is only a few minutes away from the charming downtown Fairhope, where you can find boutiques, cafes, and art galleries. The inn is also near a picnic area, duck ponds, and a rose garden. Water enthusiasts can go sailing or fishing in the bay. For more great B&Bs in the area, click here.

Coombs House Inn, Apalachicola, FL:
Housed in a regal Victorian mansion, this luxury inn has 23 guest rooms and 13 fireplaces. It is located at the Forgotten Coast, where the Apalachicola River and Bay merge. Seated in the heart of Apalachicola's historical district, there are many seafood restaurants, museums, gift shops, and a theater in walking distance. The beaches of St. George Island and Cape San Blas are nearby, and there are plenty of opportunities for boating and fishing. For more great B&Bs in the area, click here.

Five Continents Bed and Breakfast, New Orleans, LA

Built in the 1890s, this elegant Greek Revival Mansion is only six blocks from the popular French Quarter, where there are plentiful jazz clubs, bars, and restaurants. Be sure to try some French Creole cuisine! Five Continents Bed and Breakfast features three suites and one cottage, each with a theme of one part of the world (North America, European, Asian, and Eurasian). Within walking distance of the B&B are the Aquarium of the Americas, the French Market, and a casino. For more great B&Bs in the area, click here.

George Blucher House Bed & Breakfast Inn
, Corpus Christi, TX:
This 1904 Victorian home features five guest rooms and one suite. It is several blocks from the bay and marina, making it a convenient spot for those who want to participate in water sports. Corpus Christi has several beaches currently unaffected by the spill. The B&B is right across from Blucher Park, a bird sanctuary, and is within walking distance of nice restaurants and clubs. You can relax and overlook the inn’s park-like setting from the large verandas and balconies.  For more great B&Bs in the area, click here.

The Elms Bed and Breakfast, Natchez, MS:
While some Mississippi beaches were affected by the oil spill, historic Natchez is well worth exploring. Built in 1804, The Elms in Natchez is a short walk away from the Mississippi River and is in the heart of the garden district. It is also close to many antique shops and restaurants. The spacious grounds are shaded by ancient oak trees; you can enjoy the scenery from the large deck. While you’re in the area, you can also gamble in casinos, go fishing and boating, and tour antebellum homes.  For more great B&Bs in the area, click here.

For up-to-date details on how the spill is affecting certain areas, check with the local Convention and Visitors Bureau, or directly with the innkeepers.

About, based in Austin, Texas, is a leading specialty travel website with detailed information on more than 11,000 bed and breakfast properties worldwide. The site helps travelers find the ideal B&B or small inn through informative descriptions, photos, and more than 100,000 consumer reviews, and make confirmed reservations instantly at nearly 2,000 properties. In addition, offers gift cards welcomed at more than 4,000 B&Bs in the United States and Canada, with no restrictions or blackout dates. The company also operates RezOvation, the industry leader in property management systems, online reservations, website design and internet marketing for the inn and B&B market. is owned and operated by HomeAway, Inc., the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals, representing more than 475,000 paid vacation rental home listings across 120 countries.
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