AUSTIN, Texas, April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Even with ever-increasing gas prices, almost nine out of 10 B&B travelers are planning the same or more leisure trips this summer compared to last year, according to BedandBreakfast.com, which today announces its Top 20 Summer Destinations for B&B Travelers. With the exception of the always popular destinations of New York, Boston, Washington, DC and San Francisco, travelers prefer smaller U.S. destinations for their B&B weekend getaways, yet when it comes to travel outside the U.S., they seek out more intimate accommodations offered by B&Bs when visiting large European cities.
"From scenic shorelines and charming towns to historical landmarks, the Eastern coast boasts the most popular U.S. B&B destinations for summer travel," says Martin Slagter, vice president of HomeAway, Inc., which owns BedandBreakfast.com. "Travelers are looking for quiet, romantic getaways or spending the weekend exploring destinations rich in history and culture."
Slagter says B&B travelers typically travel by car to destinations between 100-250 miles away, and choose B&Bs primarily to get away from the masses that stay at hotels, and to enjoy more intimate, interesting accommodations, home-cooked breakfast and refreshments, and other free amenities such as Internet and onsite parking.
Interestingly, four out of the top 20 destinations among Americans for summer travel are in Europe (London, Amsterdam, Rome, and Barcelona).
"Since BedandBreakfast.com expanded into Europe last year, we have seen more interest among North American travelers in staying in B&Bs when traveling abroad," Slagter says.
According to a March 2011 surveyof B&B travelers by BedandBreakfast.com, nine out of 10 (90.3%) say they will take at least one weekend getaway this summer, and nearly two-thirds (62.3%) say they will take two or more weekend getaways this summer.
BedandBreakfast.com offers a Summer Specials page, which lists inns around the world offering discounts, free night stays, gas cards and other specials for B&B travelers. Its Diamond Collection is an exclusive group of professionally inspected and guest-reviewed luxury inns that offer private bathrooms, 24-hour access to service or staff, free Internet, flexible check-in or guaranteed late arrival, and maintain a 4.0 or higher consumer review rating on BedandBreakfast.com.
BedandBreakfast.com, based in Austin, Texas, is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties, with more than 11,000 properties worldwide. It is owned by HomeAway, Inc., the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals. BedandBreakfast.com helps travelers find and book the ideal B&B or small inn through informative descriptions, photos, and more than 150,000 consumer reviews. BedandBreakfast.com offers convenient gift cards welcomed at more than 4,000 B&Bs in the United States and Canada, with no restrictions or blackout dates.
* The top 20 summer destinations are based on an April analysis of most-searched page views on BedandBreakfast.com and a March 2011 survey of B&B travelers.