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Association of Delaware Shore Bed & Breakfasts
Complete Delaware Shore bed and breakfast guide for the best bed & breakfast inns on the Delaware Shore.

The Addy Sea
An elegant, victorian Bethany Beach Delaware Bed and Breakfast
P.O. Box 275, Bethany Beach, Delaware 19930

Awaken Inn
Come relax, retreat and rejuvenate...
25001 Cannon Rd, Millsboro, DE 19966

Blue Water House
Celebrating the magic and beauty of Lewes
407 E. Market St, Lewes, Delaware 19958

The Corner Cupboard Inn
A small comfortable inn - friendly & graceful
50 Park Ave, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971


Delaware Inn
One of the oldest operating bed and breakfasts in Rehoboth Beach
55 Delaware Ave, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971

The Homestead at Rehoboth Bed and Breakfast
Country charm at the beach
35060 Warrington Rd, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

The King's Inn Bed & Breakfast
The King's Inn Bed and Breakfast
151 Kings Hwy, Lewes, Delaware 19958

Lazy L at Willow Creek
A Bed and Breakfast Resort located in Lewes, DE. Pet Friendly.
16061 Willow Creek Rd, Lewes, Delaware 19958

The Marshall House
112 NW Front St, Milford, Delaware


Royal Rose Inn Bed and Breakfast
A great getaway...
41 Baltimore Ave, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971

Savannah Inn
Contemporary luxury in downtown historic Lewes.
330 Savannah Rd, Lewes, Delaware 19958

Sea Voice Inn
The closest Bed & Breakfast Inn to the beach
14 Delaware Ave, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971

Sea Witch Manor Inn
Victorian Bed & Breakfast and antique showroom
71 Lake Ave, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971

Silver Lake Guest House
Located on a scenic waterfowl preserve with panoramic lake & ocean views
133 Silver Lake Dr, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971

The Towers Bread and Breakfast
101 NW Front St, Milford,
Delaware

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Bed and Breakfast Advice from the Experts

Many people have the dream of owning and operating a Bed & Breakfast by the beach. Sounds glamorous, doesn't it?! What could be better than people paying you to stay in your home? Indeed, the hospitality business can be very rewarding. However; the following tips may be helpful when you try to determine if the B&B lifestyle is for you.

1.) You MUST be a people person! I'm not talking about your average individual who simply likes people...you must get used to many different types of people being in your home. You will have to know when your guest wants you to be talkative and when your presence is not desired. At the Graystone Inn, we make sure our guests have dinner recommendations and information about the local area after they check-in.

2.) A B&B owner is a chef, housekeeper, sales and marketing expert, maintenance person and accountant all rolled into one! Most operations are small businesses run by couples. My husband Mitch has turned our backyard into a beautiful "Magic Garden" filled with flowers, water features and a vegetable garden. He is also the master baker in our family! Your days will be full of different challenges such as the finicky breakfast guest who neglected to tell you she was allergic to eggs after you've slaved over your famous Eggs Benedict recipe. Flexibility is the key here...and you must always do it with a smile! Invariably, the late Friday night reservation scheduled to arrive at 6:00 p.m. can easily turn into a midnight check-in. You must establish clear policies in advance and be flexible when you can.

3.) Your guests will expect you to be the local expert when it comes to dining, shopping, activities and attractions. Be a proponent of your local community, and be knowledgeable about what it has to offer. The Graystone Inn has a book filled with local restaurant menus to assist our guest when making dining decisions. Local maps, brochures and pamphlets can also be helpful.

4.) Know your limits. The Graystone Inn is a year-round Bed & Breakfast, but many Inn owners may choose to close for a few long winter months when business is sparse. You are in charge of your own destiny...it's as simple as closing your doors for a well-needed vacation.

5.) Partner with other community businesses. Get to know the other Bed & Breakfast owners in your area...know who you want to refer your guests to when you're full. The Graystone Inn has partnered with local restaurants, florists and spas to design value-added packages for our guests. Be sure that you know that the food and service is excellent at the restaurant you are sending your guests to...your name and reputation is on the line!

6.) Be gracious and always treat your guest like they are the most important person in the world. Our beach resorts are full of competition, and the only thing we can do to separate ourselves is to provide phenomenal service! This will ensure that last-minute reservation will turn into a repeat guest.

Owning a Bed & Breakfast is a very gratifying and fulfilling experience. You are truly in charge of your own destiny!

About the Author: Julianne Myers, Innkeeper/Owner, Graystone Inn Bed & Breakfast
(302) 684-5166

Julie has a B.A. in Business and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. She has held numerous positions in the hospitality field including hotel general manager, regional manager and corporate trainer. She is currently the president of the Association of Delaware Shore Inns and Bed and Breakfasts.


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