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A Brief History of B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Lodging

  The B&B arrangement is a very old one. The concept has existed in one form or another since the beginning of man. Monasteries served as bed and breakfasts for travelers, and in some cases still do.  Before the 20th century, it was quite normal for country travellers to spend the night at a private…

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Why Stay at a Bed and Breakfast?

By John Kone, Innkeeper – Blue and Gray B&B Why should you consider a bed and breakfast over other places to stay? After all, the last place you stayed seemed okay, and there are plenty of hotels and motels along the way. Next trip think about these three reasons: Home Away from Home: A bed…

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Perfect Gifts for the Perfect Hostess

Saying thank you for someone’s hospitality can be a challenge. Here are a few elegant yet affordable ideas for hostess gifts that anyone will appreciate. Thanking someone for her hospitality is a great gesture, but it can be a challenge to figure out what to bring as a gift. Before you’re invited to another dinner…

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Holiday Party Checklist

Throwing an elaborate holiday party is not always easy, actually it’s quite stressful! There is so much to plan and do; invitations, food, music. It would seem like the to-do list would be endless, but with these quick tips you’ll be able to throw the best holiday party of the season! So before you announce…

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9 Adorable DIY Thanksgiving Place Settings for Kids

by Kim Grundy Turn the Thanksgiving kids’ table into the cool table with these adorable ideas for place settings. From “thankful” placemats to handprint cookies and personalized place settings, we’re sure you’ll find Thanksgiving place settings that you love. Turkey leg place setting Kids and adults alike will get a kick out of these personalized turkey…

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Tips to Master the Art of Gift Giving

by Allison Dial Gifting is so much more than just the physical exchange of objects — it’s a way to communicate and to send a message to the recipient of the gift. When you put some thought into it and choose a meaningful present, the gift becomes a wish for someone’s happiness. On the flip…

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Heavy and Whipping Cream Are the Same Thing . . . Right?

To those of you who’ve been forced to choose between heavy and whipping cream at the supermarket, you’ve probably pondered it yourself: isn’t all cream more or less the same thing? Not exactly. There are differences in milk-fat content. All cream contains at least 18 percent milk fat: “whipping cream” is made up of 30…

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America’s 10 Oldest Restaurants

I found this article very interesting and wanted to share it with my dining friends and readers.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. ~Carla  Old ’76 House Tappan, New York “The oldest dining room in America” is how owner Robert Norden, 49, describes the Dutch tavern, built in 1686. Diners savor blueclaw…

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What Are the Best Apples for a Great Fall Apple Pie?

What Are the Best Apples for a Great Fall Apple Pie? First off, an admission: I’m not much of a sweets person. Would I rather eat apple pie, or pizza pie? I often ask myself. You can guess what I reward myself with for answering that question correctly.* *Okay, I’ll tell you: it’s pizza. But…

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SOCIAL DINING: MAKING SPACE

Technology helps to arrange the seating for a perfect social dining feast or have a blind date for foodies. Find out more on Fine Dining Lovers! Selecting the perfect mix of people and organizing them all around a table without upsetting anyone is one of the most difficult tasks when organizing an important dining occasion…

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