November 19, 2012

Social Mornings

B&B Wallpaper

No one would call me a morning person. Nor could I be accused of being an extrovert. So why would I want to spend my vacation time socializing with strangers, first thing in the morning?

You can believe I was asking myself this very question on our most recent vacation, when we decided to go the B&B route for lodging. Bed and Breakfasts look so appealing from an architecture and off-the-beaten-track perspective. You get to check out someone’s fancy old, or new, house and whatever crazy furniture they’ve put into it. Plus, B&B’s tend to be in neighborhoods rather than tourist areas, so I can pretend for a few days that I’m a local.

We had fancy, rich breakfasts, with plenty of eggs and tomatoes, while we chatted with our fellow guests around a communal table. Sounds great, except I would dread coming-up with chit-chat before my coffee. After the social hour, those composed breakfasts would sit in my stomach like a lead weight, making our long days of adventure off to a series of rocky starts and irritability.

This post is more a reminder to my future self, than a particular story. Remember Marijka! B&Bs may not be the right place for us to stay. We’d be better off with an apartment rental like Air B&B or VRBO or even a regular hotel.

The photo above is the wallpaper in one of our B&B rooms. I’m still trying to figure out how I can hang some of that paper in my own house! Reminds me of the British Sherlock rooms.


  1. TC can definitely sympathize with your experience of chit chat at B&B’s- we’re planning a trip over the holidays and he insists that we only stay in apartment rentals this time. Though you can rub elbows with a wide variety of people, many of whom have interesting stories to share, breakfast at a cafe in a new neighborhood where no one will be offended if you read your guide book or write in your journal is usually more pleasant.

    I am suddenly reminded of the Canterbury Tales, a medieval collection of stories about a story-telling contest among travelers. This still goes on every morning at many a B & B.

    Comment by M. — November 20, 2012 @ 5:36 am

  2. That’s so true! While I enjoy swapping travel stories and meeting fellow travelers, I’d much rather do that over afternoon wine than morning coffee.

    Comment by Marijka — November 20, 2012 @ 10:29 am

  3. I thought the exact same thing when I saw that wallpaper!

    Comment by jeff — November 23, 2012 @ 8:25 am

  4. I totally understand about morning chit chat. The good mornings I’ve had at B&Bs were where it was set up like a little cafe with tiny separate tables. And I love that wall paper.

    Comment by Maureen — November 26, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

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