B&B, BnB and Breakfast in Bed|A Brief History of Two Loves: Hospitality and Sheer Pampering

B&B, BnB

Bed and breakfasts have been very popular with the traveling public in Europe for years.  The abbreviation of `B&B’ on roadside signs first became popular in the British Isles – typically with a detachable ‘Vacancies’ sign swinging below.  Tourists will see B&B signs in many windows there.

The term “bed and breakfast” is not used in many other countries. Terms such as paradors, pensions, gasthaus, minskukus, shukukos and pousados are used to describe what Americans and English-speaking Europeans think of as a bed and breakfast.



The United States also has a history of bed and breakfasts dating back to the time of early settlers. As the pioneers traveled the trails and roads across this county, they sought a safe refuge in homes, inns and taverns. In fact, some of those historic accommodations now serve as B&Bs.

During the Great Depression, many people opened their homes to travelers to bring in some additional money for the family. The term “boarding house” was used at this time. After the Depression, this type of lodging declined and many people had the idea they were just for low-income travelers or drifters.

In the early fifties, people may remember the term “tourist home” being used. This too was essentially a form of bed and breakfast. Once motels were built on the new highways, they were soon forgotten.

In large part because of the number of Americans traveling to Europe in recent years and rediscovering B&Bs, there has been an exponential increase in interest in the U.S.

Today, the B&B is not viewed as a low-cost lodging facility but as an attractive alternative to the typical standard chain hotel or motel room. Today, some bed and breakfasts offer amenities not unlike those found at the most upscale hotels in the world. Source




Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast served to one in bed upon waking, commonly to show appreciation for the receiver. Wiki



By: Chef Sous Chef

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 servings 1x

Category: Food + Drink, Brunch

Cuisine: French

Quick to make, and tasting just as beautiful as it looks, our French Toast with Maple Ricotta, Raspberries and Basil is the perfect bed in breakfast that incorporates everything you could want in a brunch in one delicious bite. Using baguette slices, and a thick ricotta topping with mashed berries, makes for an easy and clean eating meal. Add coffee and mimosas to the mix, and this dish will have you in bed all day long.


SCALE 1x2x3x

½ baguette, long diagonal slices

2 eggs, large

¼ cup whole milk

½ tsp vanilla

¼ tsp cinnamon

⅛ tsp salt

¼ cup ricotta cheese

2 tbsp maple syrup

1 cup fresh raspberries, divided

8 small basil leaves

1 tsp icing sugar

1 tbsp butter


No. 1 | Preheat oven to 200°.

No. 2 | In a large shallow dish, beat together the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Place the bread in the pan to soak, for 30 secs, then flip and allow to soak for an additional 2-3 minutes.

No. 3 | Heat a skillet to medium heat with butter. Once the butter begins to bubble, place 3 slices of french toast in the pan and cook for 3 minutes, until browned. Flip and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Remove and place in the oven, then cook the second batch of french toast.

No. 4 | While the french toast is cooking, mix the ricotta and maple syrup in a small bowl, then set aside. In another small bowl, mash together ½ cup raspberries and 2 basil leaves.

No. 5 | To serve, spread a large dollop of ricotta on the toast, then coat with a tbsp of mash raspberries. Sprinkle with the basil and a few fresh raspberries, then dust with icing sugar.


Serves 2

Serving Size: 3 pieces

Calories Per Serving: 337


22% Total Fat 17g

74% Cholesterol 221.7mg

11% Sodium 258.9mg

12% Total Carbohydrate 31.9g

Sugars 17.9g

30% Protein 15.1g

19% Vitamin A 173.1µg

18% Vitamin C 16.5mg

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2 thoughts on “B&B, BnB and Breakfast in Bed|A Brief History of Two Loves: Hospitality and Sheer Pampering

  1. Great post. I have only once stayed in a BnB in Christchurch New Zealand many years ago. June 2021 I am having a three night stay in Cairns North Queensland. I am still deciding which accommodation would suit me best. So far I have narrowed it down to hotel or BnB.

    1. That sounds so wonderful and Valentine’s red! Valentine’s Day is to be a lavish pampering for every queen of hearts – and you’re one! 🌺🍂🍮🍮🔔👍👍

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