On our most recent trip up to Northern Maine, Dasha and I decided to stay at a Bed and Breakfast. Growing up and vacationing with my parents, I always stayed at one. I found each stay to be very memorable. You get to discover the story and theme behind each B&B and can have a one-on-one experience with the owner.
However, the B&B experience can be quite different from a hotel one. From my experience, you normally share the same house with multiple guests as well as the owner. You may even share a bathroom with another guest. Breakfast is often served at the same time with all of the guests. Some may find this a little uncomfortable, but we love to talk with others and have insightful conversations. You can also find out some of the best kept secrets in the area.
The B&B we stayed at was the only one located in Aroostook County and was VERY reasonable with pricing; around $79 a night. The Hampton Inn in the next town over was over $100 a night. The price alone made it a frugal choice, plus you have breakfast included.
The Old Iron Inn B&B shares a story of antique irons and their many uses. I had no idea that there were so many varieties and each manufacturer had their own idea to make it more user friendly. For instance, some had little metal slugs that would get heated up on the stove top, versus heating the whole iron. This allowed the user to have a slug heating up while one was in use.
For your next trip, stray away from the norm and stay at a bed and breakfast. You may find it makes your trip a more memorable one.
Have you stayed a bed and breakfast? What are some of the other frugal ways you have lodged?