In the 4-5 room range, this owner-occupied
establishment has an equally mixed use as home and
lodging with lodging superseding home more often
than not. It is located in a legally zoned area
and meets all the tax, fire, building and health
requirements for this size and use of property.
This establishment advertises publicly and can
legally post a sign. Often the property is
purchased specifically to be a B & B, but many
are converted family homes.
Generally small, owner-operated businesses. Inns
advertise, have business licenses, comply with
government ordinances, pay all appropriate taxes
and post signs. Breakfast is the only meal served
and only to overnight guests. The inn may host
events such as weddings, small business meetings,
etc. Room numbers range from 4-20 with a small,
but increasing number up to 30 or more.
INN: A business offering overnight lodging and
meals. These establishments are, in fact,
bed-and-breakfast inns which serve at least one
meal in addition to breakfast, and operate as "restaurants"
as well as overnight lodging accommodations.
Modified American plan (MAP) country inns serve
dinner to overnight guests only, and the cost of
dinner and breakfast is often included in the room
rate. A country inn with a full-service restaurant
serves these additional meals to the general
public. To be a country inn, a property does not
have to be located in a rural area. Room numbers
tend to range from 6 to 30.
HOTEL: This group of properties, by name, are
luxurious and elaborately decorated. They often
provide hotel-like services with a personal touch
from employees. The size ranges from 15-50 rooms.
The owner may be involved in daily operation, but
generally a manager is responsible to a
corporation. Meal service is usually breakfast
only, but in some instances very high-quality
dinner and/or lunch service and room service are
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