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AUSTIN, TX (November 21, 2011) –While winter fills the air with the scent of pine trees and fireplaces, for bed and breakfast travelers, there’s also romance in the air. Two out of three B&B travelers look for romantic locations (60%) for their weekend getaways, and those romantic dreams continue when they get to the door of their B&B, with Clint Eastwood (24%) and Robert Redford (23%) leading the list of celebrity B&B owners to greet them and serve them breakfast, followed by Oprah Winfrey (20%) and Richard Gere (20%).

Leisure travel remains strong for bed and breakfast guests with nearly 90 percent of™ guests traveling as much or more this winter compared to last. A recent survey of B&B travelers by found that nearly 60 percent plan to take one or more weekend trip this winter and 40 percent plan to take one or more week-long trip.

The top winter destinations for bed and breakfast travelers who plan to travel between December 2011 and February 2012, based on traveler searches on and survey data, run the gamut from metropolitan cities to beach communities and small town destinations, including:

1. New York, NY
2. New Orleans, LA
3. Asheville, NC
4. Charleston, SC
5. San Francisco, CA
6. Amsterdam, Netherlands
7. Key West, FL
8. Fredericksburg, TX
9. London, England
10. Savannah, GA
11. Boston, MA
12. St. Augustine, FL
13. Cape May, NJ
14. Napa, CA
15. Barcelona, Spain
16. Rome, Italy
17. San Diego, CA
18. Denver, CO
19. Chicago, IL
20. Washington, DC

When it comes to B&B travelers, the survey found they enjoy all kinds of destinations, with beaches (62%) the most popular destination, followed by cities (60%), mountains (57%) and rural destinations (48%), and all kinds of travel experiences from quiet and relaxed (55%) to busy and active (45%).

More than 80 percent of those surveyed travel less than 250 miles for their weekend getaways (84%) and travel with their partner/spouse when going to a B&B (82%). In addition to romantic locations, two of three travelers also choose B&Bs in historic areas (63%) and nature and wildlife (61%) destinations.

“Getting away for a weekend trip can refresh and rejuvenate most everyone and what better way to relax than being pampered at a luxury boutique hotel or enjoying the peace and quiet of the outdoors at a country inn,” says Martin Slagter, vice president of HomeAway, which owns “B&Bs are popular among couples because inns are not only romantic, but also each one is different and distinctive, providing its own special hospitality and sense of discovery.”

Looking back over the past year, the survey also found almost a third of travelers (29%) have stayed in more B&Bs this year than last. When deciding where to stay on a trip, B&B travelers look for free onsite parking (73%), flexible check-in (60%) and free breakfast (57%). These amenities are offered at all Diamond Collection™ properties, an exclusive group of professionally-inspected and guest-reviewed luxury inns, and at many of the 11,000 member inns.

About, based in Austin, Texas, is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties, with more than 11,000 properties worldwide. It is owned by HomeAway, Inc., which operates the world’s leading online marketplace of vacation rentals. helps travelers find and book the ideal B&B or small inn through informative descriptions, photos, and more than 160,000 consumer reviews. offers convenient gift cards welcomed at more than 4,000 B&Bs in the United States and Canada, with no restrictions or blackout dates.

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