Archive for the ‘Greensboro Bed and Breakfast’ Category

A Packing Tip for Those Pesky Charger Cords

February 10th, 2015 by Judy Horn

Have you ever left anything behind at a B&B or hotel?

One of the most common items that land in the lost-and-found at B&Bs and hotels are charger cords for cell/mobile phones. Most B&Bs and hotels have a basket full of assorted cords that have been lost by guests. In fact, if you lose one of your cords mid-trip, ask your innkeeper or hotel front desk clerk if you can look through their collection to find one that will fit your phone. Chances are they’ll give it to you.

Cords in an Eyeglass Case

Store your phone charger cord and ear buds in a hardshell eyeglass case.

A good way to keep cords and ear buds in good condition while you travel is to store them in a hard-shelled eyeglass case. Not only will the case keep the cords neatly wrapped and less prone to tangling, if you get into the habit of putting the cords away in the case as you pack your purse or suitcase, you will have a better chance of not leaving them behind!

Check this blog for other travel tips or visit our Travel Tips board on the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/troybumpasinn.

Packing: Shoes on the Top or Bottom?

January 27th, 2015 by Judy Horn

Today’s Travel Tuesday Tip is about shoes.

Most authorities on packing recommend that you put your shoes at the bottom of your suitcase and fill them with rolled socks. Contrary to that advice, the TSA (Travel Security Administration) recommends packing shoes, boots, sneakers, and other footwear on top of other contents in your luggage. The TSA recommendation probably is more important if you’re packing a carry-on bag vs. checked luggage.

Regardless of whether you pack your shoes on the top or bottom, it’s a good idea to wrap your shoes. An easy way to do that, as shown in this photo, is to use a disposable shower cap. These caps, which you can pick up at the dollar store, easily fit around most shoes.

Shoes wrapped in shower cap

Use an expensive shower cap to cover shoes in your suitcase.

If you can’t wait for our next Tuesday Travel Tip, you’ll find more travel tips on the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/troybumpasinn. We invite you to follow our Travel Tips board as well as the other boards we have on Pinterest.

Tips for Packing Your Suitcase

January 19th, 2015 by Judy Horn

SuitcaseIs there a best way to pack your suitcase when you travel? You can find many suggestions for efficient packing online.

One of my favorite tutorials is this video from Heathrow Airport.

Several good takeaways presented include:

  • Pack light. You really won’t need all the clothes you initially pull out of your closet and drawers.
  • Roll many of your clothes, especially undergarments, sleepwear, and socks. Stuff smaller rolled items into the shoes you pack.
  • To minimize creasing, use a layered interweave to pack your outer garments. The video shows you how to do it. For trips where you’ll visit and stay at multiple destinations, you can reduce the amount of unpacking and repacking by creating multiple interweaved stacks of clothing. That way you can hang up the clothes in one stack and leave the other stack(s) in your suitcase until you get to your next destination.

If you can’t wait for our next Tuesday Travel Tip, you’ll find more travel tips on the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/troybumpasinn. We invite you to follow our Travel Tips board as well as the other boards we have on Pinterest.

When your travels bring you to Greensboro, NC, we invite you to stay at the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B, located in historic College Hill and close to downtown Greensboro, the Greensboro Coliseum, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Greensboro College.

Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIk8v__Osm8

 

Travel Tip Tuesday

January 12th, 2015 by Judy Horn

The more you travel, the better you get at planning trips, interacting with the airlines, and packing your suitcase. One of the best ways to prevent traveling from “taking it out of you” is to have accommodations at a welcoming and restful location (say, for example, at the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B in Greensboro, NC). After you’ve purchased tickets and made reservations, you can use plenty of tips and tricks to make life on the road easier. We’ve collected a wide variety of tips and will share some of them with you in the coming weeks.

Have you ever lost jewelry while traveling? As shown below, one of the best tips we have for packing small pieces of jewelry is to use a pill container. You can buy inexpensive plastic pill boxes in a variety of sizes at the dollar store.

If you can’t wait for our next Tuesday Travel Tip, you’ll find more travel tips on the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/troybumpasinn. We invite you to follow our Travel Tips board as well as the other boards we have on Pinterest.

A bill box will keep small pieces of jewelry safe in your suitcase.

An expensive bill box will easily keep small pieces of jewelry safe in your suitcase.

Follow us on Pinterest!

January 5th, 2015 by Judy Horn

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Follow the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B on Pinterest!

The Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B of Greensboro, NC, has a Pinterest page! We invite you to follow us for inspiration and information. We use our Pinterest page to provide information about:

— The best of Greensboro, including pictures of the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B
— Useful travel tips
Household tips (Have you ever wondered how to fold a fitted sheet?)
— A sampling of our favorite breakfast and cookie recipes
— Breakfast recipes and ideas for breakfasts for people on special diets

We anticipate that we will add more boards. And, we always welcome suggestions from our fans for things they’d like to see on our Pinterest page. You’ll find the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B Pinterest page at  http://www.pinterest.com/troybumpasinn/. Check it out!

Three Things Your Innkeeper Wants to Know

March 6th, 2014 by Judy Horn

Questions

A bed & breakfast is a more personal setting than a hotel, so don’t be surprised if the innkeeper asks you a few questions that a hotel doesn’t ask. Guests who provide a little information about their trip make it possible for their innkeeper to better anticipate and serve their needs.

Here are three things your innkeeper wants to know:

1. The reason you’re in town – Are you in town for a relaxing, schedule-free getaway? Or, are you seeing a play, speaking at a conference, shopping for furniture, meeting business clients, or attending a wedding? If you are in town for a specific event, you’ll probably be adhering to a schedule, possibly needing breakfast at a specific time. Remember, too, that innkeepers love sharing tips about their city, so give them a chance! Tell them where you’re headed and they can probably recommend good restaurants nearby or offer tips about parking at the venue you will be visiting.

2. How you will be arriving – Here in Greensboro, it’s possible you might fly into one of several regional airports. If you mention which airport you’re using, your innkeeper will be able to give you a realistic drive time and may also share tips on available ground transportation options. Greensboro’s Piedmont Triad Airport is just 15 minutes from the Troy-Bumpas Inn B&B. Raleigh-Durham International Airport is 1 hour, 15 minutes away; Charlotte’s Douglas International Airport is 1 hour, 30 minutes away.  Arriving at our inn by taxi? We’ll be sure to tell you to inform the driver to take the driveway to our guest entrance in the back. That way you won’t have to drag your luggage up our long front sidewalk!

3. Food allergies and preferences – If you or a traveling companion cannot eat certain foods, are on a special diet, or know of foods that you’d prefer not to see on your breakfast plate, mention these in advance. Don’t be shy about expressing your wishes. Innkeepers work very hard to ensure that the breakfasts they serve are delicious and appealing. They often are very willing to accommodate a variety of special diets, but doing so may require a little advance research and shopping. Giving the innkeeper advance notice of your preferences helps him or her best serve your needs.

How can we make your stay at the Troy-Bumpas Inn Bed & Breakfast more enjoyable? Don’t hesitate to tell us!

What’s a “Piedmont?”

February 27th, 2014 by Judy Horn

piedmontmap

The piedmont (shaded area) extends along the eastern U.S.

You can’t be in the Greensboro area long before you hear and see the word “piedmont.” Pronounced “peed-mont,” you’ll hear it on every local TV weather report and see it as part of the names of many local businesses. Greensboro is in the heart of the piedmont, North Carolina’s most densely populated section. The “Piedmont Triad” (or simply the Triad) refers to the three city area of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point.

The word was new to me when I arrived in central North Carolina. “Piedmont” must have been one of those geographic words that they didn’t dwell on back in Missouri, where I grew up. My teachers must have been discussing the Mississippi River basin while North Carolinians were pondering the piedmont.

Here’s what I have since learned: The piedmont is a plateau region located in the eastern United States between the Atlantic coastal plain and the main Appalachian Mountains. It’s not exclusive to North Carolina but stretches from New Jersey to central Alabama. Geographically, the piedmont has gently rolling terrain often broken by hills or low mountain ridges. There are a few low mountain ranges and peaks found in the North Carolina piedmont, such as Pilot Mountain near the town of Mt. Airy.

The piedmont occupies about 35 percent of North Carolina. (To the east, taking up about 45 percent of the state, is the coastal plain. To the west, occupying the remaining 20 percent, are the foothills and mountains.)

Of the three regions, the mountains are the coldest part of the state with the greatest snow accumulations and mildest summers. The coastal plain has the mildest weather with its climate influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. The ocean has less influence on the piedmont, which has hotter summers and colder winters than the coast.

You now have a working understanding of the piedmont! To learn more about all the things to see, do and enjoy about the North Carolina piedmont, visit http://www.visitnc.com/piedmont. Better yet, come visit. You’ll find the best in piedmont hospitality at the Troy-Bumpas Inn Bed & Breakfast in Greensboro, NC.

Blandwood: The Oldest Standing Example of Italianate Architecture in the U.S.

February 21st, 2014 by Judy Horn

When Reverend Sidney Bumpass built the home that is now the Troy-Bumpas Inn Bed and Breakfast, a visitor would find few homes in the immediate area. One home, however, was only a third of a mile away, and it was already more than 50 years old when Sidney and Frances Bumpass moved into their home in 1847. That house, known as Blandwood, still exists today and is a national historic landmark that is open for tours.

Blandwood Mansion

Blandwood Mansion, considered the the oldest standing example of Italianate architecture in the United States.

Originally Blandwood was a simple two-story farmhouse constructed by Charles Bland. The earliest part of the home was completed in 1795. The house was later purchased by North Carolina Governor John Motley Morehead. In 1844, toward the end of the governor’s term in office, he commissioned renowned architect Alexander Jackson Davis of New York to build significant additions to the house in the Italianate style. A central tower, stucco walls and symmetrical flanking dependencies were added. The additions were completed in 1846.

Today, Blandwood is considered the oldest standing example of Italianate architecture in the United States. The restored mansion operates as a museum and provides visitors a look into 19th century art, architecture, furnishings, and landscape. Some of the Morehead’s furnishings are on display.

Vistors to the mansion learn interesting aspects of the homes architecture as well as information about the governor and the Morehead family. Morehead earned the nickname “the father of Modern North Carolina” and was a strong supporter of statewide rail and water transportation systems; free public schools; and more humane treatment of deaf and blind children, prisoners, and the mentally ill.

While we are not certain, it seems highly likely that Frances Bumpass and her family were acquainted with their neighbors, the Moreheads.

To learn more about this treasure of architectural and historical significance, take a look at this video created by Preservation Greensboro Incorporated, the non-profit organization that operates Blandwood. Tours are available Tuesday through Sunday. An admission fee is charged. Guests at the Troy-Bumpas Inn can receive a discount coupon that offers one free admission with a paid adult admission (valid during 2014).

Etiquette at a Bed & Breakfast

January 23rd, 2014 by Judy Horn

Place setting

First-time guests staying at a B&B sometimes are a little unsure what is considered proper. My best advice: Use your common sense. If you’re still unsure, ask the innkeeper. Even if you’re afraid you may be asking a silly question, this is the time to remember that there are no dumb questions and ASK! Chances are good someone else previously has asked the innkeeper the same question.

This video is a helpful guide to B&B etiquette. It gives good tips about booking and ensuring that your dietary needs are met. The video also discusses noise concerns.

At the Troy-Bumpas Inn Bed & Breakfast, we are fortunate that none of our guest rooms share common walls. And, since the house was built in 1847, the walls are quite thick. That typically translates to quiet rooms, even when we have a full house.  It’s one of thing many of our guests appreciate and comment on. They like not hearing a bunch of party goers laughing and giggling as they stroll down the hallway outside their hotel room at the wee hours of the night. If you happen to be a night owl and are likely to return to your B&B guest room late or simply like to stay up into the early hours, I recommend asking the innkeeper if you have concerns about noise. Depending upon the date of your stay, you may learn that not all the guest rooms are occupied, thus reducing the likelihood of disturbing others.

Enjoy the video. I’ll discuss more considerations about staying at a B&B in future blog posts. Please stay tuned!

Is a B&B Right for You?

January 15th, 2014 by Judy Horn

B&B Sign

If you have never stayed at a Bed & Breakfast, you might wonder if a B&B is right for you. If so, you may find this independently produced video helpful in making your decision.

The two most valuable tips in this video are to:
1) Book your room once your travel plans are stable, and
2) Contact the B&B with any questions you may have prior to booking.

Before phoning the innkeeper, check the inn’s website. Good websites have an abundance of information including photos of the guest rooms and clearly stated policies. You can usually determine if an inn accepts children and/or pets in a matter of minutes by checking their website. If the website doesn’t answer all your questions, pick up the phone. Innkeepers are happy to provide details about their guest rooms, describe the inn in general, and clarify any policy concerns.  They also can give you advice about nearby restaurants and attractions.

One observation I would add about this video: The dining room shots are taken at extremely large inns. Many B&Bs throughout the United States have five or fewer guest rooms.  At the Troy-Bumpas Inn, we have three guest rooms, so the largest number of guests you’ll ever see in our dining room is eight! The video remarks that the prospect of meeting fellow travelers is a benefit of staying at a B&B. It’s a great way to meet other people and find out what sights they have seen. But don’t let the prospect of a communal breakfast table stop you from booking! Most B&Bs, including the Troy-Bumpas Inn, can easily seat guests at separate tables if they wish to dine on their own.  Guests need only ask!

I’ll discuss other considerations of staying at a B&B in future blog posts. Please stay tuned!