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September 30, 2019

What do Inns and B&Bs Offer that Hotels Don’t?

Many travelers first hear about inns and B&Bs from friends.  They may be reluctant to stay at a bed and breakfast or small inn because they are not sure how these establishments function.  An article in the Huffington Post http://www.huffpost.com lists some reasons you may enjoy the unique experiences at independent inns.

At establishments like the Buckhorn Inn, your room rate includes a cooked-to-order breakfast.  Many hotels offer continental breakfasts.  But it is an entirely different experience to sit down to freshly baked breads, fresh fruit,  juice, a made-to-order entrée and a never-ending cup of robust coffee!

Bed and breakfasts also typically offer free wi-fi and complimentary parking.  And B&B owners and their staffs have a wealth of knowledge about the local area.  We are always happy to provide our personal favorite restaurant, gallery, and hiking recommendations!

Small inns typically have paid much attention to detail and comfort when furnishing the rooms.  Each accommodation at Buckhorn Inn is different and all have your relaxation in mind.  Many have fireplaces.  Complimentary beverages and afternoon snacks are something you don’t often find at chain hotels!

Many people prefer staying at inns because of amenities like fire places.

Inn rooms are cozy retreats.

Inns offer many options for privacy and socializing.  You have the opportunity to meet and interact with other interesting guests.  Or you can spend as much alone-time as you desire.  We even offer breakfast delivery for those guests who wish to dine in their accommodations.

As the Huffington Post article points out, hotels often see their patrons as customers, while innkeepers see their patrons as guests.  From the warm welcome you receive to the attentiveness of staff, to the appointments of your room, we want to help you create long-lasting memories at Buckhorn Inn.

Guest Ranks Buckhorn Inn Above Other Inns

We were delighted to receive this note this morning from our guest Dr. Bryska Benoit:

Dear owners!!!  I have already given Buckhorn Inn a great review on TripAdvisor!!  But, on a personal note, I just wanted you to know that 2 weeks before I visited your WONDERFUL inn, I also spent 3 days at Blackberry Farm with friends!!

Your service was just as exceptional, your accommodations even BETTER, and the food & value were beyond compare!!!  I would not hesitate to return to your inn & would recommend it to ANYONE!  I know thousands of people in our area and many of them vacation in the Smokies, winter and summer.  You will be my #1 place to stay!  Thank you again.

Thank you to our wonderful guests who recommend Buckhorn Inn to other travelers.

 

February 18, 2019

Why Stay at a Bed and Breakfast Rather than a Hotel?

Why opt to stay in a bed and breakfast rather than in a large hotel?  The website http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/info/trav discusses the many reasons travelers opt for smaller, independent inns and bed and breakfasts.

A Bed and Breakfast Offers Value

The article points out that hotels usually do not offer a big bang for your buck.  The rooms can be small, you may pay for parking, and if there is a free breakfast it typically is a continental breakfast.  Most amenities are available for an extra cost.  At the Buckhorn Inn, you get a comfortable room and free nearby parking.  We offer complimentary Wi-Fi, which has been newly upgraded.  One of the best perks about staying with us is the hearty and delicious breakfast that comes as part of your stay.  You enjoy fresh fruit, juice, and fresh-baked biscuits and sweet breads while you contemplate your choice of entrée.  You may opt for a savory dish, like Country Eggs Benedict, a sweet dish like Bananas Foster French Toast, eggs cooked the way YOU like them with a breakfast meat, or a hearty bowl of oatmeal with delicious optional add-inns.  And while you enjoy that, your mug will be kept filled with robust, regular or decaf coffee or tea.

Unique Rooms

Many people prefer the inns because they like a room with character.  At the Buckhorn Inn you may

A typical bed and breakfast offers unique rooms as this traditional Buckhorn Inn room.

The Buckhorn Inn provides a serene oasis from the crowds viewing the eclipse.

choose from several different traditional inn rooms, premier suites, cottages, or guest houses.  Each has its own personality and décor.  Many of our guests find their favorite and always try to book “Cottage 5” or “the Red Room”!

Rich History

Many B&Bs have rich history and stories.  At the Buckhorn Inn, we are proud of our 80-year history of serving guests.  We have tried to keep the original charm and feel of Douglas Bebb’s vision, while providing our guests with the most modern amenities.

Personal Attention

Innkeepers go the extra mile to make sure you feel comfortable and welcome.  Innkeepers John and Lee Mellor provide personal attention and assistance to all their guests.  The bed and breakfast staff are great local experts and can provide you with great advice on what to see and do in the Gatlinburg area.  Part of that personal attention is providing fresh-baked treats in the afternoon and providing a library of good books and DVDs.

Please let us know why you choose to stay at Buckhorn Inn!