The perceptions of staying at a bed and breakfast range widely. Some think that it is like staying at a haunted house with every step bringing creaks and moans. Some think it is like a European hostel where all the guests have to share one bathroom. Still others think it is like a creepy motel ran by a crazy family.
While I am sure that there is the occasional inn where some of that may ring true, it is not typical. A typical bed and breakfast is a delightful place where guests enjoy the privacy of a hotel, the luxury of a high caliber condo, and the atmosphere of a beautiful home. This is true of most bed &breakfasts and is definitely true of the Wildflower.
But let me tell you about our first time.
Our first experience with a Bed & Breakfast was when we got married. We were probably in the same situation as you – not sure what to expect. Were we just super-surprised! The couple that ran the B&B were as hospitable and as friendly as you could ever hope for. They treated us like we were part of their family. Not only did we love the owners, but the rooms were luxurious and the breakfast was absolutely delicious.
It beats staying at a hotel by a long shot.
We loved the laid back atmosphere, the high hospitality, the exceptionally comfortable beds—basically everything about it. We were spoiled now and hotels just wouldn’t be enough for us anymore. When we traveled, we stayed in Bed & Breakfasts whenever they were available—and never disappointed.
Let’s look at some of the misconceptions and myths that a lot of people have about Bed & Breakfasts.
Privacy is always a worry with B&B first timers. At the Wildflower, all rooms and suites have their own in-room private bathroom. You don’t have to leave your room at all, just like staying in a hotel room. You will find, however, that the linens and towels are all of higher quality than what you would find at a hotel. The mattresses are of higher quality too. Check out the complete details on our Guest Rooms page.
It is true that a lot of bed and breakfasts are old buildings. The Wildflower is nearly a century old itself. But that doesn’t mean living like the old days. Much renovation has gone in to making the guest rooms and common areas quite comfortable. The suites and rooms have all the modern comforts you would expect at a luxury hotel. Cable television, central heat and air, quiet rooms, and many other modern comforts make the Wildflower on or above luxury hotel standards. Some of the suites have their own air conditioning unit as well.
The common areas may have that old-time look and feel, but still have some modern comforts. The furniture in the parlor is custom made to be comfortable and relaxing. The dining room is always open with a refrigerator full of soft drinks and bottled water. Coffee and tea is available any time. Fresh snacks are served in the afternoon, but prepackaged snacks are ready to eat 24 hours a day. A microwave is available for reheating leftovers or making a bag of complimentary popcorn. Enjoy some coffee and conversation relaxing in a rocking chair on the quaint and comfortable wrap around porch.
One of the big differences between a hotel and a Bed & Breakfast is, well…the breakfast, of course! I’ve had the free breakfasts you get at a hotel chain—usually a waffle that you make yourself or some type of quick egg thing. All made at least 2 or 3 hours earlier and just not fresh. At the Wildflower, you can expect something much better. You’ll enjoy a delicious mix of gourmet breakfast dishes and down-home southern favorites with everything home-made from scratch. Delicious quiches, home-made buttermilk biscuits, made-from scratch pancakes, fresh fruit dishes, and decadent breakfast desserts are all just part of a wonderful morning meal.
At a Bed & Breakfast, guests have breakfast together all at the same time. This is a great way to meet new people who are just like you! People who frequent Bed & Breakfasts are usually social and friendly. They love to meet new people, share their stories, and learn about other’s life experiences. Many lifelong friendships have developed over the breakfast table. Even the shiest of introverts usually find that they enjoy the easy atmosphere of breakfast time. The Wildflower has a main dining room table as well as smaller tables in the front patio dining room. Folks who wish to dine apart are welcome to use the smaller tables.
Bed & Breakfasts are usually run by a couple and that is also true of the Wildflower. One of us will personally check you in, give you a quick tour, and show you to your room. We want your experience at the Wildflower and in Mountain View to be truly memorable. So we’ve tried out many of the local restaurants, seen a lot of the shows, and met many of the local musicians and attraction owners so we can give you the best information. It’s like the concierge service at a fancy hotel! We also have a lot of discounts available. Just ask!
We stay onsite in the owners’ quarters just behind the dining room. We do like to get out to see a show or run the occasional errand, but we are never more than a few minutes away. The Inn phone is forwarded to our mobile phone if we both leave together. Just a quick call with any question or concern is never a problem.
You will also be delighted by some of the unexpected difference you will see at the Wildflower. On weekends, we usually have a local musician play for breakfast. Soft, Celtic sounds from a mountain dulcimer or the smooth strumming of an acoustic guitar adds an ambiance to breakfast you won’t find at any hotel. After breakfast, if you’re not in a hurry, stay for a free concert with great music and singing, jokes and stories. Grab an instrument and join in or sing along to well-known favorites.
You might even catch some music on the porch. Chris plays several instruments and loves to get with guests for porch jam sessions. Sometimes local musicians will stop by to play some great music on the porch.
Still on the fence about staying at a bed and breakfast? Check out our reviews at TripAdvisor, BedandBreakfastOnline, or Google us and read our reviews.
Don’t hesitate to give us a call or an email so we can answer any questions you may have. Our phone number is (870) 269-4383 and our email address is innkeeper@thewildflowerBandB.com.
And we would love to meet you. We hope to see you soon.