Nov 2011

Large-Scale Effort to Thank the Troops Veteran's Day>

Inns and B&Bs throughout the U.S. and Canada will honor active military and veterans by offering complimentary stays on November 10, 2011, in observance of Veteran’s Day. To date nearly 500 inns and B&Bs have signed up to participate in the B&Bs for Vets program in the U.S. with an additional 215 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. For a complete list of participating inns and B&Bs, participating inns in the U.S. and Canadian B&Bs.

“I have served for over 20 years, and have been privy to many expressions of gratitude by businesses and individuals. The Savannah Inns participating in this program are locally owned and the costs of their donations land a little closer to home. Vets who are lucky enough to participate in this program are treated like family, and the experience is one that many could not afford without the program. It’s exactly the respite they need from a career that has kept many in combat zones for multiple tours,” said SFC David Cogdill, temporarily stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia.
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. This year, the Professional Association of Innkeepers International will coordinate the B&Bs for Vets program in conjunction with to thank veterans and introduce them to today’s B&B experience.

Many inns and B&Bs are turning all rooms over for free stays for Veterans on 11-10-11. The Authentic B&Bs of Lancaster County, PA have partnered with businesses throughout the region to offer additional complimentary offers to vets Authentic B and B. The Groveland Hotel in CA is offering 90 free rooms to 90 veterans to celebrate their 90th birthday.

Veterans interested in reserving a room 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. While some have already filled, new inns and B&Bs are being added daily. An easy sort by state or province makes finding the right place to stay easy.

View videos of B&Bs for Vets:
Inn Above Onion Creek, Kyle, TX
Historic Smithton Inn, Ephrata, PA
Capitol Hill B&B, Seattle
Azalea Inn, Savannah, GA

CONTACT: Marti Mayne, 207-846-6331