What Are the Top 5 Myths About Staying at a Bed and Breakfast Inn?

Bev & RickApr 12, 2010  (Source: cabbi.com)

When travelers were asked by the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns if they had ever stayed at a bed and breakfast, some of their answers led to the discovery of interesting myths surrounding B&Bs.

B&B decor is limited to lace doilies, paisley wallpaper, antiques, and patchwork quilts!
The decor of some inns recall earlier eras, but increasingly, more inns are trending toward clean, sophisticated decor with modern furnishings and amenities.  Even many Victorians feature individually decorated rooms to appeal to a variety of tastes.

Bev and I believe you will find the decor at the Captain Lord Mansion and our Captain’s Garden House to be uncluttered with lots of modern amenities, with special attention to comfortable beds, chairs and couches.  Bev hates lace doilies!


You have to share a bathroom with other guests!
The majority of inns offer private bathrooms.  For those that don’t, most have policies of only renting rooms with shared bathrooms to families and couples traveling together to ensure the safety and comfort of guests.

Each bath the Captain Lord Mansion is totally private and has been modernized with heated marble floors, tiled showers, large vanities and many baths have jet tubs and jetted showers.

You have to eat breakfast with total strangers and eat whatever the innkeeper prepares that morning!
Many inns offers guests a variety of choices for breakfast and pride themselves on accommodating guests with special diets or food allergies. Some offer brunch featuring lots of items.

Yes, the Captain Lord Mansion serves a “family-style” breakfast where you dine with “strangers”; however, the majority of our guests enjoy meeting and sharing with new-found friends.  Also, we cheerfully accommodate special diets and food allergies.

You have to abide by a curfew set by the innkeeper!    Curfews are one of the most common myths. Guests usually are given keys to the main house and guest room doors, providing them with the flexibility to come and go as they please.

God forbid a curfew at the Captain Lord Mansion!  We give you a key to your room and a combination to our guest entry so you may come and go at your leisure.

B&Bs are only for couples and strictly prohibit children and pets!
Many inns offer family units with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, and a number of inns offer pet-friendly rooms as well. These pet-friendly inns are also a good resource for pet-friendly restaurants and activities.

Although the Captain Lord Mansion is geared to adults, we have flexibility to serve children in a few of our guest rooms.

Bev and I thought you would enjoy seeing this information.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield