Thursday 11/10/11 we gave all 5 of our rooms away. Had 5 couples - 2 Marines, 1 Navy, 1 Army and 1 AirForce. Only one cancellation which we immediately filled from our wait list. Three of the couples took advantage of our Veterans Day Weekend 50% off offer and extended an extra night. The Marines would have even stayed longer, but had to leave for home and the Marine Ball this evening (Saturday).
Our Virginian Pilot newspaper on Thursday featured our inn on the front page of their Local Magazine insert called the Beacon, and interviewed Marie-Louise and the Navy officer who stayed with us. Very good publicity for us, B&Bs for Vets and the Better Way to Stay Programs.
Breakfast Friday and this morning were a HOOT! The comeraderie and good natured ribbing was thoroughly enjoyable. Unfortunately, one couple had to leave before breakfast Friday to rush home and take a sick child to the doctor, but they enjoyed their night away especially as he had just returned from IRAQ on Wednesday. Friday night 3 couples wrapped up in blankets and enjoyed wine and cigars on our second floor porch. One couple that checked in Friday are both in the Army, and were surprised at breakfast this morning to meet one of the officers who had been in charge of one of their schools also staying here. They are running a leg of a Wounded Warrior Marathon relay in Norfolk on Sunday and this is their third stay with us.
All were greatly appreciative of our participation in the B&Bs for Vets Program and said they would spread the word for next year. We expect to see all of them again when they take advantage of our year round 20% Military Discount.
We got as much out of the weekend as did the vets. Should be called "Vets for B&Bs"!