I love the convenience of an all-inclusive resort. I appreciate the sense of a community at a hostel. I adore roughing it at a campground. And I relish the personal, one-of-a-kind experience and touch found only at bed-and-breakfast accommodations.
Whenever I book a room at a B&B, I have two immediate thoughts: First, it’s going to be so awkward staying in someone else’s home, a stranger in another person’s private space. And, second, I can’t wait to arrive—nothing compares to a B&B.
In Flagstaff, Arizona, we had our choice of chain hotels and staying at The Inn at 410. It was a no brainer. We immediately booked at The Inn at 410, a B&B that’s earned many awards over its lifetime. Gordon Watkins has run The Inn at 410 for many years. He and his staff are friendly, attentive and very knowledgeable about Flagstaff and the surrounding area. They’re available to answer questions during daylight hours, and Gordon lives on the property and is around when breakfast is being served.
We stayed two nights in the Dakota Suite, which was outfitted in a country western theme with Native American patterns, wood furniture and cowboy memorabilia. It had a bedroom and sitting room with a single bed as well as a large bathroom and some kitchen amenities (a small refrigerator, a few dishes, etc.). Flagstaff proved to be a bit colder than we anticipated, and we took advantage of the in-room fireplace to warm up. There is a large library of DVDs available at the inn, and a refreshment table with drinks and snacks is available in the lobby area all night long.
Breakfast consisted of a set menu, which was served at a set time each morning. It was a hearty breakfast with stellar coffee and freshly squeezed juice. I’ve stayed at B&Bs where breakfast is family dining style, with everyone staying at the inn sitting at one table. At The Inn at 410, each party had their own table. Though it feels a bit odd at first to be dining with strangers, I’ve always come to enjoy and appreciate these communal meals, so that would be the only thing I would have changed about our Flagstaff inn experience. With so many interesting attractions in the area, it would have been fun to compare notes with others visiting Flagstaff.
When we checked out of The Inn at 410 on our final morning, I realized that, once again, my experience ended up following a familiar pattern as it always does at privately owned inns: First, it was not at all awkward, and I felt beyond welcome during our stay. And, second, I still adore B&Bs and will continue to choose them whenever possible.
Visit The Inn at 410’s website for more information on rooms and rates, and to book accommodations.
My stay at The Inn at 410 was comped, but my opinions are my own. Trust me, I love B&Bs.