I applaud the split-personality Travel coverage of bed-and-breakfast inns. The two commentaries [“To B&B, or not . . . ,” April 14] accurately presented alternative and diametrically opposed perceptions of a B&B experience.
But what would either writer think if he or she were to walk into a B&B with pastel-colored walls, no doilies and lots of snacks and drinks at the ready? While many B&Bs are indeed in historic buildings, others range from a Frank Lloyd Wright-style house to farmhouses to fancy and upscale buildings. In short, the stereotype may not only lack the infamous doilies but also the lumpy bed, although I wonder where writer Joe Yonan stayed to find a B&B serving a stale breakfast. It’s important to note, too, that the “overly chatty” B&B proprietors he described could have some truly entertaining tales to offer.
There is plenty to be said for an “expectation standard” represented by a brand name. When you walk into a Holiday Inn, you have a pretty accurate notion of what you’ll be getting. B&B owners are indeed proud of the variety of accommodations we provide. The common denominator? The lack of cookie-cutter hotel lodging.
Ellen Goldberg, Middleburg
The writer is president of the Loudoun County Bed and Breakfast Guild and co-owner of Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn.