Inn Etiquette

Alaska bed & breakfasts are as delightfully different from one another as the innkeepers who own and operate them. However, each BBAA member inn offers accommodations and a very special brand of hospitality. You will enjoy and relish different surroundings in every B&B you visit. Whether you are traveling for business or leisure, try it once and you'll realize that it is a very pleasant lodging alternative from the cookie cutter layout of today's motels and hotels. These differences may pose travel etiquette questions for B&B guests. Do you need a reservation? How much will it cost? What's for breakfast? What is appropriate behavior? We have tried to provide some brief and simple answers, for those of you who are too shy to ask. For additional Alaska travel information, be sure to check out our region pages.

RESERVATIONS:  It is a good idea to call, email or book in advance to be sure a room is available. Advance deposits are often required; and cancellation policies vary, so be sure to ask when you call or read the cancellation policy online. In addition, advise your innkeeper if children or young adults will be accompanying you. Special arrangements may be necessary.  If traveling with animals, again, policies differ, so be sure arrangements are made at the time of booking to avoid disappointment later.

RATES:  Rates vary. You can expect luxury accommodations for $150+ per night during summer high season and get-away weekends and ski areas during winter. Likewise, you can expect something very simple and perhaps a bit like staying at Grandma's house for $70 -$100 per night in summer and possibly a little less in winter. 

BREAKFAST:  It is standard practice to include breakfast at no additional cost. It is usually offered one of three ways: Continental: rolls, muffins, or coffee cake, coffee or tea & juice; Continental Plus: extras are added to the standard Continental breakfast like cereal or fruit; Full: often includes many of the above items and one or more hot items. Some B&Bs serve you at the table, some offer breakfast buffet-style, and others may offer breakfast in bed.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME?:  Courtesy is the key. Mutual respect is the mode of operation between the innkeeper and guests as well as between the guests themselves. Guests are usually informed either verbally or in writing (a letter posted in your guest room or elsewhere), of policies which the innkeeper asks that guests honor. They are established to help guests become comfortable and familiarize themselves with how things work at each B&B. The rule of thumb: When in doubt, please ask.

JUST A FEW MORE TIPS:  A B&B is not an appropriate place for a noisy party. You will find that many B&Bs have a no smoking policy. If you have arranged to check-in at a specific time, please do so, or call ahead to arrange an earlier or later arrival. When coming and going from the inn in the evening, be mindful of the fact that sounds carry easily. If you stay at a B and B in which you share a bath, it should be left the way YOU would like to find it. Staying at a B&B is a wonderful experience and great fun. Read the rules, ask a few questions and you'll soon feel at home. During your stay you will meet new friends, enjoy exceptional hospitality, and learn all there is to know about the local area. You are sure to love it so much that you will soon become a regular B&B traveler.