Sunday, March 27, 2016

Missouri Inns for Spring and Summer Travel

Missouri state tree, Dogwood
It's Spring--Is there travel in your future?  Consider a stay at a fine Missouri bed and breakfast.

Missouri is the Show Me State.  Let BBIM show you: 
  • 19 inns near the Katy Trail
  • 22 Country inns
  • 9 inns that host weddings
  • 19 inns near Amtrak Stations
  • 35 inns near rivers or lakes
  • 32 inns in wine country
  • 39 Historic Inns
  • 22 inns along the Lewis and Clark Trail
  • 9 inns along Route 66
  • 25 inns near Civil War Sites
All our B&Bs offer a complimentary breakfast, have required licensing, safety equipment and insurance, accept BBIM gift certificates, and provide comfortable accommodations and welcoming hospitality.  Don't take our word for it--check BBIM members great reviews on Trip Advisor, Google+, and Facebook.

Want to be an innkeeper? or have a Missouri BnB? We're always looking for other Mo inns to join our professional organization.  Check out the tab on our website.

When planning your next vacation to Missouri, visit the Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Missouri website for all your lodging needs.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

It's February--Need a Couple's Getaway...

Consider a professionally ran Missouri bed and breakfast.  It's still winter but what a great time for a little snuggling and reconnecting with your sweetie and we've got just the place.  Check out the BBIM website for an inn near you or take a drive to some place new.  Our B&Bs are smart buys with complimentary breakfasts, comfortable and romantic amenities, and ideas for fun.  Search inns by specials for even more savings and add-ons to your stay.  If you have a BBIM gift certificate, use it ANY time.  Our member bed and breakfasts have informative websites with online availability and booking and/or an option to call and talk to someone who knows.  So, once you've found your getaway destination, it's easy to make it happen!

When planning your next vacation to Missouri, visit the Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Missouri website for all your lodging needs.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Missouri Bed and Breakfast Inns hold Fall Conference


The Beds and Breakfast Inns of Missouri held their fall conference at Hermann on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.  Innkeepers from B&Bs across Missouri met at Hermann Hill’s Pavillion for business, education, and networking.

Bridgette Kelch from DeBourge House, made an excellent presentation on using Social Media for BBIM and your Bed and Breakfast--a must have for our industry.

Mitch Pies from Pies Insurance (BBIM vendor member) presented information on booking giant, AirBNB and led a discussion on the pluses and minuses of AirBNB and effects of all Short Term Rentals in our world.

Stacy Kistler from Napoleon’s Retreat, spoke on last year’s legislation that came about due to a change in taxing small St. Louis B&Bs as commercial properties and effects on BnBs statewide and what actions BBIM members can take to support new legislation and efforts to protect and prosper our small professional lodging businesses in the new year.

Nancy from Southmoreland on the Plaza, spoke on the new chip card processors and requirements for those that accept credit cards.

As part of our BBIM business meeting, new officers were elected as follows:

President--Gary Scheel (Somewhere Inn Time)
Vice-President-- Nancy Miller (Southmoreland on the Plaza)
Secretary-- Barbara Spencer (Victorian Country Inn)
Treasurer-- David Kelch (DeBourge House)
Quality Control-- Carolyn Hatcher (Stone-Yancey House)
Marketing-- Becky Babler (White River Lodge) and Arlen Schwinke (Epple Haus B&B)
Membership-- Deb Franko (Bass and Baskets)
Gift Card Administrator-- Bridgette Kelch (DeBourge House)
Legislative Chair-- Stacy Kistler (Napoleon’s Retreat)
Social Media Coordinator-- Bridgette Kelch (DeBourge House)

Thank yous were expressed to Terry Hammer and staff of Hermann Hill Inn that in true BnB style, provided delicious snacks, drinks, breakfast and lunch at their beautiful wedding/conference center.

Now is the time to join our professional organization of inspected inns in Missouri.  Contact Membership chair, Deb Franko or any board member to be a part of the future of innkeeping.

When planning your next vacation to Missouri, visit the Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Missouri website for all your lodging needs.

Join BBIM on the following Social Channels:
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Monday, March 9, 2015

Join the BBIM family and enjoy Innkeeping Excellence

BBIM WANTS YOU….
Grey haired man with mustache in a lite blue shirt and woman with dark hair in blue jacket sitting at a table looking at the same photo...as guests, associates or innkeepers to enjoy and participate in our professional association of Missouri Innkeepers. We want to provide guests with safe, comfortable, unique properties, hosted by innkeepers that strive to exceed expectations.

We want a relationship with associates and vendors that’s productive for all. And we want Missouri innkeepers that are excited to learn, listen, and share with our members as they strive to be the best they can be.

We want YOU!
Guests, contact one of our inspected, insured, and licensed inns for a reservation.  The Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri website has a variety of ways to help you find the inn that best meets your needs.  There are links to click through to the inn’s website and book directly with them with no additional cost to you or the inn.  BBIM gift certificates also have no commissions or fees.


Table with green tablecloth displaying handmade ceramic coffee mugs painted brown, mustard, dark blue and green.Associates/Vendors, come and list your services to BBIM members and receive membership benefits on BBIM's Associate/Vendors webpage.

Are you a Missouri Inn-keeper who is currently not part of the BBIM family and would like to be? Check out the Nonmember Innkeepers webpage or contact a BBIM board member near you. We now have financial incentives to join our team in addition to upcoming area spring conferences and our fall conference. You are welcome to attend these BBIM Conferences.

BBIM members, we look forward to seeing you at the upcoming conferences, sharing on the forum, or serving on the board or committees.  Together, we can continue for another 25 years.

Join BBIM on the following Social Channels:
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Western Missouri Summer Vacations ideas, K.C. to Branson

The blog post is dedicated to much of what travelers can see and do on the western half of Missouri during the 2014 summer vacation season when visiting Missouri.  In next months post, we will talk about the eastern half of the state.

black amish buggy being pulled by a brown horse on a gravel road
Jamesport, Mo
So, lets get started out west and begin the journey in one of Missouri's largest Amish communities of Jamesport where visitors can find many activities such as shopping for antiques, specialty shops and other Amish businesses.

Places like Anna's Bake Shop with lots of fresh baked goodies for sale, Rustic Cedar Furniture with its beautiful hand made furnishings, and the Amish Produce Auction Barn can be some of the unique stops in Jamesport.  For more information and to find tour maps, please visit their website: Jamesport Missouri

man dressed in pioneer clothes riding a horse as part of a reenactment of the Pony Express
Pony Express reenactor.
Next lets travel a little to the west and stop into St. Joesph where the nations Pony Express first began and the notorious outlaw Jesse James met his end.

St. Joseph has many wonderful museums, art galleries, restaurants and shops where a person can spend more than just a few hours sightseeing.  For history buffs, take a Civil War self-guided tour or Jesse James driving tour.  For more information aboSt. Joseph Visitor's Center website.
ut the area, please visit the

Now lets travel south to a city everyone knows.  Kansas City.  Shops, Nightlife, BBQ....Need we say more?  This is one of the 'anchor' cities of the state with so many things to see, do, and experience that it would take multiple blog posts to write all about it.  But here are some key highlights about the city.

Brick and glass building known as the Kauffman Center for the Arts
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
For family friendly fun-in-the-sun, be sure to check out Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun amusement parks and the Kansas City Zoo.  Other family orientated attractions are the Arabia Steamboat Museum, The City Market, National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum where you will find greats like the legendary Jackie Robinson and many other pioneers of the Negro League enshrined.

Of course with professional sports a big part of K.C., there are the Kansas City Royals and later in the summer/into autumn the Kansas City Chiefs.  For those looking to go golfing, K.C. has that too, lots of golf courses for those looking to tee up and practice their swing.

You may also want to check out one of the many special events or festival that take place during the summer months in Kansas City.  For more information and to plan your Kansas City itinerary, which you can find on the Visit Kansas City website.

As we travel further south, we come to the Lake of the Ozarks region where again, there is so much to do at the lake that you will want to plan an extended stay in this area.

Golfers along creek lining up for their next shot
Tan-Tar-A Golf Course
They have one of the largest Outlet Malls in the area on the east side of the lake and many outdoor activities such as Ha Ha Tonka State Park and underground caves to be explored or spending a day on one of the many golf courses.

For fun in the water, there is Big Surf Waterpark or...well...the lake.  Lake of the Ozarks offers many fine boat cruises that can be booked and taken as well as places for people to launch their own watercraft.

For more information about fun at the lake, please visit their website- Lake of the Ozarks

As we conclude our journey down the western portion of the state we come to the Branson and Springfield area's.  Here in the historic town of Springfield people can visit the historic downtown district with it's shops, restaurants, art galleries and more.  For the outdoor enthusiast, you wont want to miss one of Bass Pro Shops largest stores in Springfield or the Archery Hall of Fame.

You can also visit the Missouri State University campus or take in a minor league baseball game with the Springfield Cardinals.  For Civil War historians, visit the Battle of Carthage Historic Site or take the Battle of Springfield driving tour.

To see more of what to do, please visit the website for Springfield Tourism.

40 minutes to the south of Springfield you come to Branson Missouri which became famous many decades ago as the place to go and hear favorite country artists, many of which left the Nashville scene to build huge and beautiful concert halls in Branson.

Airial view of water slide at Branson Missouri
White Water in Branson
For outdoor recreation we recommend looking at Table Rock Lake State Park or Silver Dollar City which is a wonderful amusement park with fun and exciting rides for the whole family.

There is also lots of shopping, antiquing and wonderful restaurants in Branson and for more information about the area, please visit the Branson Visitors website.

No matter where your vacation this summer takes you in the Show Me state of Missouri, you need to book your lodging at one of the many fine Bed and Breakfast of Missouri today.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Vacation at Missouri State Parks & other tourist sites

Come and spend your family Summer Vacation at one of the many Missouri State Parks & other tourist attractions across the state when you book your Missouri Bed and Breakfast lodging.

The Show-Me state has lots to offer visitors
and with the busy summer travel season beginning to heat up, there are many great travel packages that visitors to the state must take advantage of.

Some of the locations where you will find vacation deals might be Kansas City
attractions such as Worlds of Fun Park, Kansas City Zoo, the Harry S. Truman's Home & Museum and Professional sports such as Soccer (Sporting Kansas City) and Baseball with Kansas City Royals.

There are many things to do in St. Louis such as visit the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the St. Louis Zoo the St. Louis Art Museum, Six Flags St. Louis or the iconic Gateway Arch as well as Professional Baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals.

Places to visit in Missouri also could be one of the many Caves like the Mark Twain Cave in Mark Twain's boyhood home of Hannibal or the Fantastic Caverns just north of Springfield Missouri

How about one of the many MO State Parks like the Civil War memorials of Battle of Carthage State Historic Site and the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site.  Other well known parks are Bennett Spring State Park, Elephant Rocks Sate Park, Lake of the Ozarks State Park and Table Rock State Park.

Once you have picked your destination, book your lodging at Missouri Bed and Breakfast where you will find over 80 member Inns all waiting to provide you and your family with exceptional accommodations.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Missouri Bed and Breakfast association celebrates 25 Years at Spring Conference

BBIM annual Spring Conference is almost here and members are signing up fast for this special 25th Anniversary celebration as the state of Missouri's only recognized statewide Bed and Breakfast association.

In a few more weeks, members, friends and association vendors will come together to celebrate a huge milestone amongst member run organizations when they celebrate 25 years in operation during their annual get together on March 17th and 18th, 2014.

The first meeting took place at the Lake of the Ozarks back in November 1989 and it is only fitting that the group returns to the 'birth-place' of it's founding to celebrate the occasion that will include a banquet, workshops, trade-show and association meeting.

BBIM since that time has grown to be 80 Inn's strong with each member passing an independently inspected and approved criteria before becoming a member.  It has been that standard that has kept guests coming back time after time because they know the quality of BBIM's members.

For more information about the BBIM 2014 Spring Conference & Anniversary Celebration, please visit the event webpage by CLICKING HERE.

For more information about Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri, please visit their webpage by CLICKING HERE.