In 2008, the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast in Shinnston, West Virginia sent out a press release to the local area newspapers that all rooms were available FREE OF CHARGE to anyone with a valid military ID on November 10 as a Thank you for your Service. This would cover Active Duty, Retired, National Guard, and Reserves. One young Navy family was visiting relatives in Fairmont and booked.
The Gillum House felt this would be a way to not only thank the military, but to also thank the truly “unsung” heroes – their partners who have to take care of everything while their partner/spouse is deployed or on a TDY assignment. November 10 was chosen so the military would be on-site for any Veterans Day activities.
|Shinnston's Lincoln High NJROTC Color Guard|
The innkeepers at the Thomas Shepherd Inn in Shepherdstown, West Virginia created a web site to list the participating inns so the military could find participating inns easily. By November 2010, 900 bed & breakfasts in the United States, 11 in Canada, 2 in Mexico, and 1 each in Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Paris, France, and Namibia in Africa were participating. In 2011, the program was turned over to The Better Way To Stay (Professional Association of Innkeepers International). In 2011, BBCanada launched the program for Remembrance Day.
Since November 11 is on a Sunday in 2012 and the Official Observance is Monday, November 12 so B & Bs For Vets will be observed on November 11, 2012. Many of the participating innkeepers are Veterans themselves and many inns offer military discounts year round. Reservations will be taken as any other reservation would - meaning all inn policies apply - and on arrival, showing ID resets the rate to FREE OF CHARGE for the room.Remember – Bed & Breakfasts ARE the Better Way To Stay!