Inns and B&Bs throughout the U.S. and Canada will honor veterans by opening their doors with complimentary stays on November 10, 2011, in observance of Veteran’s Day. In the largest known effort within the lodging industry to honor veterans, more than a thousand inns and B&Bs are expected to offer free stays to thank veterans for their service to their country. To date more than 340 inns and B&Bs have signed up to participate in the B&Bs for Vets program in the U.S. with an additional 100+ offers from Canadian innkeepers, and more are being added each day. Organizers expect to surpass the 900 participating inns that joined in the program in 2010, expecting more than a thousand innkeepers to jump on board offering rooms to thousands of vets on the eve of Veteran’s Day. There are plenty of participating inns within an easy drive of Boston. For a complete list of participating inns and B&Bs, visit www.bnbsforvets.org for participating inns in the United States and www.bbcanada.com/bbforvets for a list of participating Canadian B&Bs.
“We are delighted that so many inns and B&Bs have jumped on board the B&Bs for Vets program early this year, offering free rooms to vets and their guests“ said Jay Karen, President and CEO of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, the organization coordinating B&Bs for Vets. “Last year several thousand vets with their families and companions were honored with complimentary stays at inns and B&Bs and this year we expect to honor even more,” finished Karen.
The B&Bs for Vets program started in 2008 when Kathleen Panek, co-owner of the Gillum House and a handful of other innkeepers in West Virginia opened their doors to veterans in honor of Veteran’s Day. The program grew in popularity among innkeepers, and last year more than 900 inns in the US and Canada participated by offering free rooms to vets. This year, the Professional Association of Innkeepers International will coordinate the B&Bs for Vets program in conjunction with BBCanada.com to thank veterans and introduce them to today’s B&B experience.
Veterans interested in reserving a room on November 10 are asked to contact the inn/B&B where they wish to stay. Proof of military service will be requested, and all policies of the inn will be enforced for free stays. To see a complete list of participating inns and B&Bs in the Boston area and well beyond, visit www.bnbsforvets.org or www.bbcanada.com/bbforvets New inns and B&Bs are being added daily, so if you don’t see one today, check again tomorrow!
One important word of wisdom
Inns and B&Bs are small properties. Some have committed all their rooms to the B&Bs for Vets promotion, all have given as many rooms as they can. Yet there are simply a limited number of rooms available and they’re booking up fast. Vets interested in this promotion should call to reserve their room asap to insure availability.