Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Save fuel, save the planet, PARK IT AND SAVE!  
After seeing a slew of gas promotions to "DRIVE" guests to certain B&B websites/online directories, it was suggested that instead of encouraging people to consume fuel by baiting the hook with free gas cards and such, what we really need is to encourage them to drive less! 

How about walking or biking? Or a little bit of this?
Park it by the water when you stay at The Maguire House Bed and Breakfast

The Maguire House B&B
Ashburnham, Massachusetts

Take A Hike! Literally! We are minutes away from Mt. MonadnockMt. Watatic, and Mt. Wachusett, some of the best hiking in New England. After your hike relax by the pristine waters of Upper Naukeag Lake, right in our back yard.
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White Cedar Inn Bed & Breakfast
Freeport, Maine 04032

Save gas! Things you can do and places you can go in Freeport, Maine on shank's mare:

Shopping- Over 100 local and outlet branded stores in walking distance (even if you're carrying lots of packages!)
Dining- 10+ wonderful restaurants within 4 city blocks (aka 1/2 mile, aka 10 minutes' walk).
Ice cream stands- 5 ice cream stands and 2 candy stores in less than 3 city blocks!
Coffee & Tea- Full Queen's tea or 2 coffee bars in less than a 10 minute walk.
In-town nature park- 5 minutes' walk to get there.
Freeport history- at the Historical Society house or at Memorial Park, it's a quick 5 minute walk!

Riding a bike?
In 20 minutes you can be at the beach. Or on a mountain. Or halfway to Bowdoin College. And the number of restaurants, shopping, ice cream stands & coffee bars expands. You can also visit a vodka distillery and a brew pub! Dine on lobster right on the water. Take a sail on the bay. Rent a kayak and paddle around Casco Bay. All within 20 minutes' bike ride!

Or, head over to LL Bean or Lincoln Kayaks for guided kayaking tours on Casco Bay.

If gas prices are getting you down, you can also 'bank' some gas money for your vacation trip by walking more at home. Double bonus- you look great in your vacation clothes with all your walking exercise and you've saved enough gas money to pay for fuel on the road.
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Gillum House Bed & Breakfast 
Shinnston, West Virginia

Who needs a car? Bike or hike the West Fork River Rail-Trail just 50 feet from the B & B in Downtown Shinnston! We have 2 bikes & helmets available for guest use. Or Shop Shinnston with our coupon book of discounts for Gillum House guests. Walk to the Bice-Ferguson Museum (2 blocks) or to the  park for swimming. Walk less than a mile to the original 1778 2-story Levi Shinn log house (innkeeper has the key). Packages are available that include packed lunch and/or dinner or walk to several restaurants in town.
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Thomas Shepherd Inn
Shepherdstown, West Virgnia
With gas prices averaging well around $3.50+ a gallon, vacationers’ thoughts turn to ways to stretch their gas dollars further while still taking a well-deserved vacation. A few days at a bed and breakfast can often provide good value for your dollar – starting your day with a hearty free breakfast and complimentary amenities like Wi-Fi and afternoon treats that cost money at hotels. 

Guests arriving at the Inn in Shepherdstown, WV– just 3 gallons of gas from D.C., Baltimore, and much of Pennsylvania – can park the car at the B&B and spend a few days exploring the area on foot or bicycle. We are located on the main street of the historic small town and only one block away from downtown with restaurants ranging from fine dining to casual ethnic options, locally-owned boutiques, independent movie theater, and live music. Bicycles can be rented from Shepherdstown Pedal & Paddle or Blue Ridge Outfitters and used to explore Harpers Ferry via the scenic C&O Canal Path or the rolling farm vistas of Antietam Battlefield just a few miles away. You really don’t need to get back in your car until you’re ready to check out!
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Bridgewater Inn and Cottage
Bridgewater, Virginia
Small town USA. You can walk or bike (our bikes) to food, shops,river, parks, tennis, 9 hole golf, gift shops, etc. Great mid valley location (Shenandoah Valley,Va.) for historic sites, antique shops, National Parks, and between Harrisonburg & Staunton, Virginia.
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Quill and Quilt Bed and Breakfast
Cannon Falls, Minnesota

The Quill and Quilt in Cannon Falls is perfect for your “Park It” getaway. We are two blocks to the winery which is open year around for tastings and numerous events. We have 5 restaurants within 4 blocks of us. The Cannon River Bike trail with walking paths starts one block from our front door. It starts with a view of the falls and eventually ending in Red Wing at the Mississippi River. Bike rental is available. Our quaint downtown has a regionally famous fabric shop for all your quilting needs and more. Several antique stores also dot the main street with a large antiquing mall within a brisk 1/2 mile walk. 

Our B&B also blends all the modern comforts with the old world charm so you have TV, DVD, Wifi, A/C and more with out even going out. In addition to being able to schedule a massage at our in house spa. “Park It” and enjoy!
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Bicycling on the Blue Ridge Parkway Near Roanoke VA
Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast
Rocky Mount, Virginia
Sit a spell on the porch and leave your worries behind! We have 130 foot wrap around porch with southern ferns and white wicker and rockers for you to read a book, sip some sweet tea or hold hands with your lover.  

You can walk to dinner, our little movie theater, trace your roots or visit our historical museum, Artisans of The Crooked Road gallery and music events! We are the start of The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail.  Visit The Depot for "Footlights of the Blue Ridge" which features bluegrass and old timey music.  See our sites of interest page for more things to see and do here in Blue Ridge Country! We are 15 miles to The Blue Ridge Parkway (America's Favorite Road with zero stops) and 19 miles to Roanoke VA.
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See for yourself Bed and Breakfast Inns are "A BETTER WAY TO STAY!"

Image Credit for Bicyclists ride: Scott K. Brown/, Virginia Tourism Corporation
Image Credit for Park it by the water: Terry Maguire, Maguire House B&B


  1. I was going to suggest the old fashioned "Parking" as in drive in movies. Do we always have to be on the move and consuming fuel? Might be that "parking it" is the best thing for our relationship. agness

  2. We have a fun drive inn theatre near us (Mayberry Drive inn in Moneta VA), but you have to DRIVE IN to get to it. LOL

  3. There's a drive-in about 45 mins from us in Keysville. Park it here and watch movies here choosing one from our media library. Have a favorite? Let us know and we'll rent it for your stay with us.

  4. Come out to Charlottesville, Virginia and enjoy a wine tour! We take two couples or small groups up to six on an afternoon of wine tasting, and drop you off for dinner and pick up too!

    No getting lost or reading maps!

    Arcady Vineyard Wine Tours and B&B


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